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This week’s MMM is preparation for Succot.
To start, it’s a holiday of connections. I want to explore some of the main features, highlights and spiritual principles involved in Succot
For example, one of the themes of Succot is happiness. It’s the second half of the holiday month, and instead of Gevurot being transferred from the male persona to the female persona, there are chasidim, which are mechanisms of connection instead of mechanisms of disconnection.
Also, there’s the idea of a love affair, the one happening between us, the Jewish people, and Hashem. And this love affair culminates in a unification during the holiday of Succot, which has ramifications for the whole year.
We go out into a succah, and inside it we are covered by the clouds of Glory, of trust and Emunah. These clouds raise us up to a level where we are able to commune with the seven shepherds of Israel, with Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and the others, each on a different night.
Rosh Hashanah falls on the heels of Elul, a month of very intense time of self-exploration. And then there’s Yom Kippur, a time of judgment and tshuva. What’s the essential connection woven into this whole period, including Succot? That’s the question.
My answer would be this – it’s a paradigm model for all relationships. What’s happening during Rosh Hashanah, though the end of the holidays, is something that happens every day. This elongated unification process is actually going on all the time, every day, every week, every month and every holiday.
This period represents a standard, paradigm model, and I believe it teaches us about all our relationships by first teaching us about our relationship with G-d. It’s a pattern for all our interactions.
That pattern is – first step could be described as, “if you love somebody, set them free…” It’s the separation of Eve from Adam, before she became a separate being. We can start with a separation of ourselves from G-d so that we can see who we are and how we bond with G-d.
That’s the first step, and it’s the Days of Awe, or the Days of Tshuva we’re in right now. Once we get a complete self-realization of the “real Me,” then that mature, clarified Me who knows why I’m here in the world is ready to bond with Hashem, the One who made me and who enables the real Me.
That’s the beginning of the bonding process. And when we get to that place, we must have a commitment. Like the wedding ceremony that commits the couple for the rest of their lives, to each other and to no one else, which involves a contractual agreement that’s signed and sealed, so it is in the paradigm process at this time of year. Our commitment is signed and sealed, and that’s when happiness comes into the picture.
We have clarity on our connection and where we’re going together. The Sages say, there’s no happiness like the happiness of ridding ourselves of doubt. So, happiness comes into the second half of this holiday period because our commitment is sealed on Yom Kippur. After that, we can celebrate. It’s the happiest time of year. We try to keep ourselves happy by singing and dancing with each other every night. It’s a connection built up from the demonstration of our undying love, and our willingness to go into the succah exile with our beloved.
Without a normal home to sleep in and eat in, we still have deep trust in our partner. We are willing to do anything for our partner.
And finally, when we come together at the end of this whole holiday period with a mutual sharing of our essence, with love, joy, a hug and a kiss… after the intimacy we give birth to our newness in the new year. It’s a family created by this type of a paradigm relationship. It’s reproductive.
This season is a model for paradigm relationships.
This has to do with do with looking at the world through a Kabbalist’s eyes. It focuses on the Sephirot, so I call it Looking at the World Through the Sephirot. And there’s a lot to say on that topic.
It starts with understanding the essence of what the Sephirot are all about, which is a bridge between G-d’s articulation and our human articulation of the world. When we look at the world through the Sephirot we are looking through G-d’s eyes with a Divine interpretation.
We see the essence of things. It’s like we put on “essence glasses,” and we can see things differently when we re-frame processes and structures as Sephirot.
We move nouns into verbs. We take structures and watch the Sephirot turn them into processes. So, that’s what makes this have a process focus.
When we see the world through Sephirot, we are also able to see how things interact with each other Sephirotically. By definition, the Sephirot are all about harmony and interconnections.
Once we understand the whole Sephirotic structure, you understand how one thing can exist in a vacuum by itself, but also it exists in conjunction with other Sephirot.
According to the Arizal’s understanding, the Sephirot are not only individual entities, but they are always a part of the whole.
A professional basketball player, or football or any sport, if you interview one player you’ll hear that person say, “I did it for the team. I don’t do it for my own glory,” whether it’s true or not. But that’s the way it works, and that’s the way Sephirot work.
You look at each of them to see how they match up with all the other Sephirot, and it’s why they are also holographic. Each part has all the other parts within it.
Looking into a person, we are also holographic. We have a micro-cosmic view of everything outside of us on the inside of us.
When a Sephirotic master looks at the world, it’s like a physicist who understands that the source of matter is energy. Sephirotically, we understand that the source of matter is Divine energy.
Sephirotic consciousness is something that, as we become more fluent in our description of it, and as we translate everything we see and hear into a Sephirotic template, the more we have the ability to have a conversation with everybody and anybody.
Their occupation doesn’t matter, nor their interests or problems. I have a Sephirotic template bridging me from the world to the G-dly world. And with that Sephirotic template, I can connect with anyone.
We also have to understand that Sephirot are not fixed and frozen. It’s not that kind of situation. Instead, it is a live world, full of experience, like a person.
Therefore, when I look at the Sephirot in the proper way, it’s like the difference between looking at music scored on a piece of paper and hearing that same music, or playing that music. That’s the Sephirot also. It’s not a frozen photograph or portrait.
The Sephirot are alive, more so than we are. If you understand that there’s an experiential aspect of the Sephirot you’ll put on your Sephirotic Glasses and see them as a rich expression of what life has to offer.
Also, if you understand the Sephirot, you’re interested in the language of Kabbalah, which is spoken in the Holy Zohar and in everything, really. They always translate non-Kabbalistic teachings into Kabbalistic teachings by means of the language called The Sephirot.
Once we understand all of that, we have incredible power to heal, to bring things that are out of alignment back into alignment and to help people see their dreams come true with the Master Template of how the world works.
It brings life, and color and music to what might otherwise be a very drab existence.
This is a few contemplations, some highlights of Joseph’s initial years in Egypt, after being sold into slavery by his brothers. It represents some of what we learn about who Joseph is and the standards to which he was held in Parsha Miketz.
First of all, Joseph was called the Master of Dreams, and being a dreamer has everything to do with how truthful you are. We have a tradition that says the truer a person is, the way he sees things is not delusional, but is rather penetrating into reality. The more real truthful and real a person is, the more their dreams are on the level of prophecy. They reveal hidden reality, the unseen, which tells us who we are and what we are and what life is, not only in the future but right now as well.
Joseph was on that highest of highest levels, and therefore any encounter he has with a dream, whether interpreting the dreams of others or sharing his own dreams with his brothers and not getting a favorable response, is coming from a person of truth. Joseh’s Sephira of Yesod… one of the translations of that is truth.
He was a truthful person, and therefore he was able to be the channeler of dreams, which earned him the right to be the second in command of Egypt, the most powerful nation in the world at the time, and to feed the world as well. Joseph was able to penetrate the falseness of reality into the truth of reality. That’s where those dreams came from, and he was able to have them and to interpret them as well.
Although, we have to say that his dreams happened because he said, “It’s not me… I’m not the one interpreting the dreams, it’s G-d.” So, because of his submissiveness and ability to work with dreams, Joseph was elevated to the highest level. He allowed the enacting, empowering and enabling to come about, not by his own power, but by G-d’s. That’s what placed Joseph on the highest level of dream interpretation and earned him the position of second-in-command in Eqypt and the one who saved the world from famine.
This is also because of who Joseph was and the Sephira he represented (Yesod). Joseph was the foundation of wellbeing and abundance in the world. He was the “feeder” of the entire world, including not only his own brothers but all the tribes of Israel. He fed them and he was also the unifier, regardless of the fallout between him and his brothers. Ultimately, he was able to bring them into a kind of unity because of who he is and the essence of what Yesod is.
Beyond that, he, like all of his brothers and all of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, was G-d’s right-hand army to fix up the world… Tikkun Olam, bringing the world to its rectification of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden.
Joseph was especially important because he was the culmination. Yaakov understood that when Joseph was born in Laban’s house it would be time to face the world, to face Esav, because, as the Midrash says, “Jacob was the fire and Joseph was the flame,” and Esav is the straw that gets burned by the two of them together. Joseph is the culmination, and therefore he is able to go into the world and bring that holiness into the world, the whole purpose of creation into the world.
We also learn from Joseph’s life that he was held to the highest standards, like all our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. He was not meant to chase after his own wellbeing at all. So, when the ten years of his prison sentence came to an end and it was time for him to leave, Joseph should not have had to ask for favors from Pharoh’s ministers who were also in prison with him, the chef and the minister of drink. He asked them to put in a good word for him with Pharoh, and G-d did not look favorably on Joseph asking those guys for their help. Joseph should have trusted, as he did with the dreams, that everything is dependent upon G-d, and nobody else.
This is what we need to learn for ourselves as well: if we don’t need to make that extra effort, beyond what we really need, then don’t do it. Let G-d take care of what’s going on, and all the rest of it.
Ultimately, Joseph was the one who led the whole world at the time. People looked at him in awe, even though he hid his beauty, for the most part. Even his own brothers didn’t recognize him physically. He had a beard, and then he didn’t have a beard… They didn’t recognize him because he was the paradigm tsaddik, the paradigm righteous person. The way Joseph did it was to hide his righteousness from everybody, including his brothers. He talked to them about it, but he hid it from them as well.
When Joseph finally did reveal himself, his brothers were stunned. Not only did they see how all the pieces fit together, but they saw how a Yesod person was able to show how all the moving parts fit together. They were also able to see that all the things Joseph hid about himself became revealed, and then they were unable to speak. They were stunned.
So, these are just a few of the many areas of Joseph’s life that we should study and emulate as much as possible.
Continuing with the theme of reincarnation basics, I’d like to talk about the fact that we are all born with the main host, meaning who we really are. But we also have, throughout our lives, anywhere from 1 to 4 guests.
These are people who experience what we experience, and they are usually “soul family” people who are connected with us in the map of souls. They have a like for us, an affinity for us. They are rooting for us and we are rooting for them. They are here, as are we all, to fix up something from a previous lifetime.
My main experience is “me,” but if I develop the sensitivity to do so, I can begin to experience these other personalities, not in a schizophrenic or multi-personality type of way, but in a natural way. You might think of it as the different voices within each of us, reacting and awakening in different ways.
All these various personalities will find their main body to inhabit at the time of the resurrection of all the souls into their bodies, and it will be like a grand old reunion in those days. Seeing yourself in so many generations and nuances is part of the experience.
Another experience is this – the greater the person, the more people that are outside of him or her, those people are actually inside of him or her. And the great person has an affinity for all those people. The greatest example of all is Moshe, Moses, who had everybody inside of him. That is why he was able to counsel and get to the bottom of the Daas, the knowings of each person, and help them know what to do.
Each of us, on our different levels, quantitatively and qualitatively, take people inside us, and that’s how we relate to other people.
The second, related topic here is “ibur.” These are short-term guests, as opposed to a life-long guest within us, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to many years in duration. These people come in a helpful way, to inhabit us, because they either need the tikkun, a mitzvah for themselves, or they are present to help us, because we’re doing something extraordinary. They are present to give us an extra boost of expanded consciousness that comes along with their inhabitance of us.
This is not as creepy or spooky as a dybbuk, or an exorcist-type story, but it’s a natural thing going on inside us. We’re either helping them or they’re helping us.
For example, there was a time when divorce was very rare. Now that is not the case, but in the past there were people who needed to fulfill all the mitzvoth in the Torah, and they might jump in right at the time someone is experiencing divorce. That person will feel a very elevated awakening inside, because there are other souls coming on board, so to speak, in the merit of that particular mitzvah.
These others don’t suffer with us if they are here to help us, but if we’re helping them, then they do feel it, meaning our suffering is their suffering. Our refinement is their refinement.
On Shabbat we have what’s called an “extra soul.” The Arizal teaches us that this is literally another human being from the world of souls, come to give us extra aliveness and pleasure, an expanded consciousness. And they leave us when Shabbat is over, and we feel the loss. It can be sort of a harsh feeling.
And it’s similar when we step up to help many people in a public way. We will get many people from the ibur system to help us get across what we need to communicate to them. And we can become aware of them by developing a sensitivity, the same way as we can become sensitive to other people within us throughout our lifetime. We can cultivate an awareness of getting extra help, as if something from beyond us has come to help us.
And, G-d forbid, the opposite is also true. If we are doing something really bad, it could be that some bad souls are coming to mess us up. It works both ways.
The third topic here is what I call the smoothness factor. The basic idea is this – we all come into this world with unfinished business. We all come reincarnated. We are coming, not to fix up the same things we faced last lifetime, but to fix what remains to be fixed. So, we can heal in every feeling and act and word and emotion and thought and interaction and relationship we have. We can feel if something we’re doing is unfixed, and needs to be fixed.
It may be something that’s not smooth for us, and we have to work especially hard at it, we’re driven to work hard at it. Therefore, even if we get knocked down we’re driven to get back up and fix it up.
Or, it could be the other way around. It may be something we’ve already fixed up previously, and we are in our element, so to speak, then we may have the feeling that everything is going smoothly because we already took care of that thing.
Both of these situations are useful, the hard stuff and the smooth, easy experiences. Both exist to advance us in our tikkun, which will ultimately bring us to our culmination in the end of days.
The same is true of relationships. People come into our lives, as close or as distant relationships, to help facilitate our tikkun, our perfection process. We need to pay attention to that perspective, meaning that they are here from a previous time to help take the sting out of bad feelings we may have about other people. They are sent by G-d to help us go through what we need to go through.
Finally, there’s the Sephirot factor. There’s a Sehirotic soul map and we are connected to people closest to us by a particular Sephira, and we will heal in affinity with people of the same Sephira, too. This is true regarding soulmating, friendships and family relationships, among others.
I’m not going to get into all the various Sephirot because that’s a separate discussion for another day, but the basic idea is this – we are here to maximize our Sephirotic profile and to align it as well.
TREE OF LIFE MEDITATIONS – LIFE APPLICATIONS OF THE ‘AITZ CHAIM’ –THE ARIZAL’S CLASSIC KABBALISTIC WORK – Part 1
The following meditations represent a lifetime collection of ‘Pnimiyut’ (spiritual life applications), which are translations of the otherwise very technical Creation Principles comprising the important Kabbalistic Classic—the Eitz Chaim—the Tree of Life.
These translations are in the form of meditations in order to best internalize and be impacted by them. This is the first of several posts with Creation Principle meditations.
- GIGULIM\ CIRCULAR PROVIDENCE INTERTWINED WITH YOSHER \ LINEAR PROVIDENCE
Know that you have access to G-d in a transcendent and in an immanent fashion. Experience G-d’s transcendence, His Infinite Presence being beyond your fathoming, beyond any limitations at all, while at the same time, experience G-d’s immanence, His intimate presence inside of you, nurturing you, loving you, guiding you, knowing you better than anyone in your life.
Know that in order for you to grow into becoming the best person that you can become, you need two seemingly contradictory approaches to life. First, draw down into yourself a certainty and a clarity that all is now perfect as is along with a knowing that nothing is perfect and you have the responsibility to improve and perfect everything that comes your way.
- THE PARRALEL INNER AND OUTER LIGHTS OF ADAM KADMON \ PRIMORDIAL MAN
Know that your life is a blend of information you’re aware of, knowledge that’s accessible to you and also knowledge that’s beyond you. The way you grow spiritually is to draw down into yourself that which is beyond you.
This is called, “the outer lights,” or sometimes it’s called, “the surrounding light.”
Focus on what you know, in your life. Focus on it in conversation, in learning, in facing challenges. In any aspect of life, identify that which is known to you and that which is not known to you.
And make it a point to try and grow in your spirituality by stepping up into the world of the outer lights, the great world of the unknown. And ask G-d to send you the information, and wisdom and the knowing that it will take to fathom and to become familiar with that which is beyond you in life.
You’ll find that the very question itself, and the very request itself, when done earnestly, will bring the response, the answers, and the ability to fathom that which is beyond you.
- AKUDIM \ THE PRIMORDIAL BANDED PHASE OF THE CREATION PROCESS
Know that there is a future consciousness, a world of reward, where there will be reflected to us the reward of all we have done well in our lives. In that reward world, we will see how all of the wonderful things we accomplished, and the choices we have made result in their power. We will see their power ad infinitum, forever.
Step into that world right now. Experience how there is a result, there is a birthing of all the good things you think, feel, think and do. Step into the other side of your choices and your actions. Set that as a primary focus in all that you do, and you’ll find it all becomes primordially potent and effective.
- MATEI AND LO MATEI \ THE ‘TOUCHING AND NOT TOUCHING’ PRIMORDIAL CREATION PHASE
Know that ladder leading from one world into the other world is a ladder that cannot be climbed head on, or directly. It must be climbed as the angels approached infinity in the prophetic visions we learn.
We must connect to that which is higher to us, by taking a step forward, touching it, then taking a step back and not touching it. Then we repeat it… stepping forward and touching it, then stepping back and not touching it.
Experience reaching out for that which is beyond you this way. But when you reach out for that which is beyond you, touch and grasp and engage and encounter and embrace that unknown area for just a short moment. Then stop and come back to where your base line is located.
Consider how it felt to extend yourself, and when you feel ready, go back and touch it again.
You’ll notice the more often you go forward and touch, and then stop and go back again, the more you’ll be ready to step into the new reality.
- THE WORLD OF NEKUDIM \ POINTS
Know that the world, before it was in a state of Tikkun, or Rectification, was in a state of Tohu, or Chaos. The main reason for that is because the light, the influence of life, was so incredibly powerful that the vessels could not properly contain them. Know that in a future time we will re-engage these primordial lights in such a powerful way that we will be able to harness the most powerful energy, which today would be considered animalistic or criminal.
At that time in the future we will have the ability and the capability to contain them and to hold them.
Step into that future time, and experience a more powerful light force than you have ever experienced before. And visualize your ability to contain that, and to harness that and to hold that, and to step into a whole new levels of inner, positive, beneficial power.
- SHVIRA \BREAKDOWN AND TIKUN \ RECTIFICATION
One of the keys to rectification of all that is broken is to build a proper foundation. It’s to have a vessel that can contain whatever light or life force is being directed at it. One to of the ways to accomplish this is by using teamwork. Two heads are better than one, and three are better than two.
So, step into a community. And search out the strengths of each individual member of the community, and unite the community by sharing that particular strength that nobody else has, and pool those strengths into some kind of single-minded directive or goal that can only be accomplished by a group, instead of one person alone.
- THE DIVINE NAMES –‘MAH’ AND ‘BEN’
Know that in the world as we know it now, in its march towards perfection and rectification, one person can be an influencer, a healer, a rectifier, and another person will be the influenced, the healed and the rectified.
Step into a reality where you completely accept, with full peace of mind, that relative to any particular person in your life, you are the one to be influenced by that person. While you will be, relative to a different person, the influencer.
When you accept and embrace this dynamic, then life becomes very rich and full and effective.
- THE DOUBTS OF THE UNKNOWN HEAD
Know that the core of reality is the understanding that we don’t understand. It’s the knowing that we don’t know. It’s the mystery.
Accept the fact that the deepest levels of your processing of life, and of your knowledge, is a mystery. And have the humility to accept that, as much as you know, there’s much more that you don’t know. That very humility will draw down an incredible amount of knowledge to you, which you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.
- SEFIROT VS. PARTZUFIM \ PERSONAS
Know that we all have certain traits which dominate our personalities. One person might have the character trait of transcendence. Another person might be an enabler or empowerer.
But know that on a deeper level we are holistic beings. We are personas, containing all of the Sefirot. Engage and empower and enliven all of the traits of your personality, until they are all shining as powerfully as possible.
- ATIK – THE ANCIENT OF DAYS
Know that the highest of the Sefirot is the bridge between that which is above and beyond, and that which is within time and space.
When you step up to be a person with the ability to remove yourself from your own, natural limitations, you step up into the place which is beyond.
The way you do that is to leap straight into it.
What I’d like to speak about now is the concept of being extraordinary. This concept is extremely important, whether you happen to be an extraordinary person yourself, or to be part of a group of extraordinary people, or whether you’re exploring the Sefirotic topic of being extraordinary.
Being extraordinary is the Keter, the highest of the Sefirot, and I’m involved in a constant exploration of it. So, let’s begin.
First, I’d like to speak about extraordinary time transcendence. You need to know that the patriarchs and matriarchs were all plugged into an extraordinary level of time transcendence. They experienced the restoration of youth in their old age by bearing children at the ages of 90 and 100 years. They were connected to the eternity atmosphere of the Paradisical afterlife, and so in this life as well.
Many years later, when the Jews left Egypt, the inception or birth-point of our people, they left in a flash, not even long enough for the dough to rise (thus the concept of matzahs). And this imprinted on the soul of the Jewish nation a natural, inborn ability to not be limited by time. The patriarchs and matriarchs understood they deserved this “above time” dimension, as a result of taking advantage of every day and every moment of their lives.
This is the concept of Allness, or Kol [a post life consciousness accessed in this life] and was the code word of the Patriarchs, and it earned for them a ticket to eternity, as they were buried in the cave of Machpelah, the entrance to Paradise on this earth. It’s the place where the time frame of this earth meets with the time frame of the garden of Eden.
I have a few comments on the above paragraph, with regard to transcending time:
The Patriarchs experienced youth in their old age. We can see, if we have good eyes, a very spiritual person, who even in their old age they may have a baby face, or what our Sages call a “shining face.” And this is an indication of youth in an older person. Even though they say the eyes are the window to the soul, it’s really the whole face when the older person has been living in a time-transcending way.
The Patriarchs gave birth in their old age. The whole idea of the difficulty and travail and age constrictions of giving birth is a curse from Adam and Eve, back in the garden of Eden, condemning women to suffer in the birth process itself. Since the Patriarchs didn’t have the ability to bear children at all, for them to have children was entirely extraordinary.
We also have a tradition about those people, who are at any time living in an extraordinary way with regard to the whole birth process and the garden of Eden episode of birth, which says if they transcend that idea, if they live in an upper level, soul way, they will not have a hard time giving birth in this lifetime, and they will have the ability to give birth at older ages as well.
That’s one of the lessons we learn from the Patriarchs, to transcend the limitations of time, even though there are natural limitations. We don’t necessarily have to be limited by time.
The Patriarchs experienced this world inside of the next world. That was a blessing our Sages used to give each other, “May you experience your future world in this world. May you experience the garden of Eden in this world now.” By living Paradise now, living a life that is completely self-actualized and G-d connected, a person will be experiencing the future life in this life now.
One of the keys to doing that is to be detached from this world. To the extent you’re detached, then you’re not attached to all the vicissitudes of this world, you’re able to transcend it and live in sort of a garden of Eden-type reality in this world.
Another point made above is that in Egypt the Children of Israel had sort of a supernatural “coming out,” which is an indication of transcending time in the birth process. We all know that everything follows the beginning. The body follows the head, for example.
The Jewish people are called Reshit, and as it is said, Bereshit Bara, in the beginning, for the sake of Reshit. So, who is Reshit? Reshit is our people. Our people are all about beginning, and we understand that to the extent you invest in the beginning, all the rest will follow suit. The beginning of a Sefirotic process is what determines the rest of it. The head of the year, Rosh Hashanah, determines the character of the rest of the year to follow.
So, we know that secret of extraordinary time transcendence as well.
The Sages took advantage of every single day of their life, with their Allness. Because they’re related to time in an extraordinary way, making every minute sacred, a sacred opportunity, they lived a life and they left the world with Allness. It was almost like measure-for-measure, to the extent that this whole world is a mirror, a measure-for-measure kind of system.
If you relate to time as being precious, every minute, time will relate back to you as being precious, too, and you’ll be able to live an “above time” reality, even in this world. I believe this is a big part of why the Sages were able to transcend their youth and their old age as well. It’s because every minute was precious to them.
In the cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, there is the connection between the post life, the paradise, garden of Eden post life and this world. The cave is a meeting point. And this meeting point is another key to transcending time.
If we understand that there are certain vortexes of time connections in our lives, then we will know exactly how to transcend time. Abraham sensed this when he bought that cave, that it was a time warp cave, a place to move from a time-limited reality in this world to a time-limitless reality of the next world.
That cave is certainly in a place, in the city of Hebron, but it’s also in a certain time. There are time markers in our lives where we can bridge and go beyond this life and into the next life. Time passes away, but with sensitive and subtle spirituality we can feel certain times in our lives when we are bridging past, present and future all together. And that is another way of time transcendence.
The following is sort of a time-transcendence meditation:
Be aware that you are a child of the people who have an illustrious history of being able to transcend time. With this realization in mind, focus on what area of your life might be time-bound, and how great it would be to have the ability to transcend these boundaries.
For example, midlife and aging issues… Rather than giving in to the normal, restrictive consciousness and fears that plague so many people, focus on the timeless parts of your being, such as your soul. Your soul does not age the way your body does. It carries on forever. To live your life with the soul at the helm, as opposed to the body, you’ll transcend the crippling, aging woes that so many people suffer.
Other examples of time transcendence are the awareness of the afterlife and the way all your present actions have eternal reverberations.
To expand a little bit on that:
We are a people who transcend time. We need to use that power inside ourselves to focus on the time-bound parts of our lives, and expand them into time boundlessness. How do you do that? You do it by focusing on that which is timeless, and yet accessible to you, which is the soul.
And the more you live life from the soul and not from your body, wherever you find yourself in a time bound situation you’ll be able to go beyond those boundaries. Time is bound only when it is not connected with timelessness parts of ourselves.
So we need to heal and project in a timeless way to see the expanse of every process we get ourselves into, and other people as well.
And one final point:
The afterlife has eternal reverberations, and we have to focus on those now, which means understanding “reality” we find ourselves in as we live this life 24/7 is just a video movie. Imagine that the movie you’re in right now will have replays, with deeper analysis and depth, going forward forever. When you do that you can relate very differently to every move you make in this movie now.
You’re going to think differently, and speak and act differently. You’ll side differently and count your people and your situations differently, because of those eternal reverberations. That has a huge impact on how we live our lives.
When we live with that awareness that every move goes on forever, we’re going to think twice, we’re going to be more meditative before we think, speak or do anything in our lives. And that’s going to raise us up above time as well.
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I’m home B’H!
My trip was amazing and full of;
Meditating to let in the Soul and
Connecting with new communities and
Investing in old friends and
Bonding with new friends and
Trying to be an adaptable, flexible traveler and
Trying to be worry-free and anxiety-free and
Discovering the ‘PARADOX PRINCIPLE’ and
Trying to convey nuclear bite sized teachings and
And now I’m back, recovering and wondering where have I been and how that influences where am I going to, and one of the first specific explorations that this has led me to is—– the exploration of truth….after all , I tried in my many encounters with people on my trip, to somehow represent and convey a deeper truth to them….but now that I’m back home, and spending most all of my time alone, I’m no longer ‘on stage’, but rather, inside of the classroom of life, and therefore , as a full time learner, I’m moved to explore both what I already know [because unless we make an effort to know what we know, it most likely remains unknown to us ] as well as what I don’t yet know….so here is my latest exploration/presentation which I’ll call [first I’ll bring ‘what I know’—ie…TRUTH TEACHINGS that I have already brought in the past, and afterwards [this week or next] some new stuff-‘what I don’t yet Know’;
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
TRUTH MEASURING APPROACHES
******Use these approaches as gauges to check the truth value of any principle, decision or piece of wisdom that you encounter.
A. TRUTH STANDS THE TEST OF TIME.
This verse in Proverbs states “The expression of truth stands forever.” Our Sages teach, “Falsehood has legs to stand on”, i.e. staying power. Does it stand up to the test of time? Though you can’t know this ingredient of the real truth of anything until a reasonably considerable amount of time will pass in the future, nevertheless you can compare any similar phenomenon that occurred in the past. If it stood the test of time, so can your present topic at hand.
B. TRUTH RESONATES AND BREEDS HOLINESS.
Our Sages interpret the verse “Distance yourself from falseness” thusly; Falseness distances you from Hashem. You can feel or resonate with the Divine Truth in a situation, statement or idea… not only does it feel to be something that Hashem would approve of, but also you’ll find yourself being drawn to think, feel, speak and act out in a Holy way. Falseness produces the opposite results (the higher that you go in Kabbalah’s spiritual worlds or soul levels, the more Divinity and Truth will you experience).
C. TRUTH IS RECOGNIZED IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF DECEIT AS LIGHT IS IN DARKNESS.
Our Sages also teach that our world is a world of the hiddenness of G-d’s presence (the word “Olam” which means world comes from the Hebrew root for hidden). An even stronger expression offered is that this world is a “world of lies or deceptions” (Alma D’shikra). In a world of lies or deception, the truth, by contrast is very apparent and recognized. (Our sages’ phrase is Emet Nikeret – the Truth is recognized). This power of truth to be recognized in darkness is manifest in the trait of authenticity, where a person fearlessly shines forth the “real me” – even when it would be more comfortable to stay hidden behind their politically correct facade!! Integrity also is an attractive trait where people recognize in the person that they prefer to be courageously truthful rather than comfortably deceitful.
D. TRUTH IS ACCESSED BY SEEING THE WHOLE PICTURE.
The Kabbalists teach that truth is one of the traits of the sefira of Tiferet. Tiferet is the sefira that bridges or connects together all the rest of the sefirot of the personality – those above it (the spiritual and intellectual) with those below it (the actual), those to the right of it (the expansive and free-flowing traits) with those to the left of it (the constrictive and limiting traits). In other words, it takes into account the whole picture. Other similar areas that fall into this category are: 1. Torah – the truth that encompasses all elements 2. A judge – needs to rule based on all the factors 3. A Halachic “Poseik” (Authority) – needs to decide based on all the factors 4. Our forefather Jacob – the patriarch who embodied all sides of life, the spiritual with the physical bridged in all areas of life 5. My good friend’s constant advice in times of being confused about which direction to go was, “Go up to a higher level and see the whole picture – and then everything will fit into its proper place.”
E. KEEP PURSUING THE TRUTH UNTIL YOU GET IT.
“Pursue the Truth.” The Truth by its nature is something like Divinity itself that is hidden and makes itself increasingly available to a person according to their determination to get it!!
COPING WITH DECEPTION APPROACHES
1. MIRRORING THE DECEIVER
King David [in the 2nd ‘Book of Shmuel’ Ch. 22, verses 26-27] teaches this mirroring -principle stating, ‘ With a righteous person, be righteous…with a ‘tam’, be a ‘tam’…with a pure person, be pure…and with a crooked person, be crooked.’
Carry this approach out by simply mirroring ….Be very very careful not to fall into the trap of becoming a deceiver yourself…Hold onto your inner purity in all situations that you find yourself in
2. LIVING IN A HIGHER REALM
Here’s a simple tool that’s do-able and with a lot of persistence, can truly help you to see a world that’s unified and rectifiable, and allows you the ability to cope with some of the toughest people and challenges. You’ve possibly heard me at previous times bring this tool, but I bring it again because its application at this point is very appropriate. It’s called the ‘Mikve Tool’, and here’s what you do: Simply dunk yourself into a real or imagined body of water. While dunking, say to yourself, that all that’s recently happened to you is the best possible thing in the world for you. Then bring up into your mind a specific negative or painful experience that you have had recently. Come up for air and then dunk again and say to yourself that the reason why this experience is the best possible thing that could’ve happened to you, is because________ and wait for an answer to come in to your mind. The answer usually has something to do with the rectification of your personality or soul, such as a need to be more humble, loving, believing…etc…
3. BE A RADICAL ‘TAM’ IN THE FACE OF DECEPTION
****The point here, is that one’s ‘t-a-m ness’ will draw down a Divine-based-protective-force-field, and sometimes will even transform the deceiver into becoming a bit of a ‘tam’ also…Anyway here’s a few basic steps in ‘Tam-ing’;
A. Be radically authentic—–what you express on the outside, should be a reflection of what you feel on the inside…
B. Be radically happy with your lot.
C. Make ‘HOLY SIMPLICITY’ your primal value and ‘Modus operandi’ in life….this includes all areas of life; how you interact with people, with Hashem and with life itself…[Don’t forget what the Breslov Chassidim are fond of saying, ‘it’s not simple to be simple! And don’t forget what the Kabbalists are fond of saying ‘Simplicity is in the highest Sefirotic realm of ‘KETER’]….
A. Identify your strongest points. For example, you may be and feel outstanding in the realm of spirituality or learning or emoting or being creative or getting ‘results’…
B. Leverage or utilize this strong point[s] of yours when you are in the heat of an encounter with a deceptive person [rather than having to distance yourself from them]….
C. For example, if you’re a lover of wisdom, impress upon the deceptive one how fascinated you are by their depth and breadth of wisdom. Hopefully this will steer them away from feeling challenged by you and therefore needing to deceive you…
Escape when you need to escape in order to protect yourself. Get a good lawyer if necessary. Included in this ‘escape clause’ is the ability to not allow the deceiver to trap you into an abusive type of relationship or dynamic that they themself created, in order to always keep you defensive and under their control….
meanwhile, until next time;
ps—–I am in the midst of setting up
my summer schedule and am slowly
but surely filling up my free time with
1 on 1 phone and live
so be in touch, in case you are interested
Continuation of Kabbalistic Healing Techniques
Continuation of Direct Divine Infusion Healing (Part 1)
) HELPLESS CRYING DVAIKUT (Clinging to Hashem)
While emoting as much a possible, both internally and externally (crying, screaming, jumping up and down, moaning, etc, go over in your mind, or orally, all of the events of one or more than one dilemma, crisis or any other type of difficulty that you are facing. Discuss all the efforts that you have invested to try to solve your problem. When you get to the point where you see that you have done all that you can do, and that it is beyond your ability to solve the problem, you’ve arrived at the helpless point.
Now is the time to reach your emotional crescendo and with a primal scream to Hashem, call out “I CANT DO IT – PLEASE DO IT FOR ME HASHEM”.
This exercise can be done very effectively and powerfully with an entire group.
Each person chooses their own private darkened corner of the room and begins to emote.
Then they all come together after a designated time to help each other process.
Part 2 –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW INTERNALLY THROUGH BALANCE, HARMONY AND ALIGNMENT
5. UNIFICATION HEALING
Here the basic principle is to offset or heal the weaker side or half of a pair with a meshing or fusion of the stronger corresponding half. Therefore focus on the weaker side of the pair (example: the left brain as opposed to the right brain, or fallen desires as opposed to rectified ones, or a fear as opposed to a corresponding strength, or a traumatic time in your life as opposed to a very self assured time).
Begin to draw down energetically the strength and power from the stronger one of the pair and enmesh the two together until the weaker side begins to feel stronger and reinforced.
If the situation involves two personalities, have the stronger of the two reassure their weaker partner.
In a group situation have all the members of the group draw upon their stronger side to heal the designated person’s weaker side.
6. TURKEY HEALING
A dysfunctional part of yourself will definitely inhibit a free flow.
Liberating the dysfunction, or “turkey”, reopens the channel for full physic flow.
The healing principle and the name “turkey”, comes from Rebbe Nachman’s story entitled “the Turkey Prince”.
A prince, thinking he was a turkey, sat cockling and pecking his food while he was totally naked underneath the table.
A wise sage eventually healed the turkey with the following steps:
a. Radical non-judgmental acceptance of the turkey just as he is (so much so, that the sage convinced this prince that he the sage, was a turkey just like him).
b. Take very slow, but deliberate “baby steps” towards bringing the “turkey” to a complete recovery.
On the ground, when turkey healing, one has to make a very great effort to lovingly embrace the person and their dysfunction (turkey) just as they are.
This is the key to the healing process.
To the extent that the person feels your unconditional acceptance, they will begin to heal.
CONTINUATION OF PART TWO –
7. SOUL BODY HEALING
This healing method is based on the idea that the body knows what the soul needs in order to heal.
Sometimes the body overcompensates, and becomes very protective; for example, a person with chronic fatigue will only be able to function minimally so that the person doesn’t get abused, hurt or otherwise harmed.
We would tell the body that we will strike a deal with you and if you release the person from their chronic fatigue, we will create a strategy whereby the person will be safe from harm. Therefore, do the following:
Choose any bodily ache, pain or illness.
Contemplate what this pain or illness is intent on protecting in your life.
Next, contemplate an alternative way to protect yourself other than the illness.
Speak to the bodily pain and convince it that you are taking over from here and you won’t need its services any more, but that you really appreciate its services that its done to help.
The body won’t always be so willing to listen, so you must be consistent and persuasive.
PART THREE –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW EXTERNALLY (SPARKS-ing)
8. RAV OOSHER’S PUPPET SHOW HEALING
Rav Oosher (Zatzal) over the years had countless people seeking his healing help.
Most of them were very miserable and depressed. They felt that they were victims of people’s manipulations and bad luck. Rav Oosher taught them to reframe their perspective and view life as a puppet show.
All of the bad fortune and abusive people in their lives are merely G-d’s puppets meant to direct them towards their rectification and enlightenment. The results of this reframed perspective were breathtakingly astounding.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a situation in your life where you feel that you are the victim of bad people and bad fortune.
Bring into your mind an awareness that every aspect of these people and this bad fortune is merely a display custom sent from on High in order to direct you towards the next level of your growth. Therefore don’t take personally what this person or circumstance is doing against you – they are only puppets.
This technique is a consciousness – be patient.
It takes a long time to reap the maximum benefit from it. Nevertheless, without a doubt, its got the power to transform your life.
9. SEFIROTIC LIFE BODY HEALING
The idea here is that there is a direct correlation between the events of our lives and our Sefirotic health.
If one Sefira is out of wack, then that area of life will also be out of wack; for example:
If a person has chronic pain in their left leg, that points to some disfunctionality in the HOD area of their life. HOD corresponds to the left leg. HOD is the Sefirotic character trait that corresponds to our capacity to enable others to do their best. If this enabling process is too strong or too weak, or is being abused by others, then there is a good chance that this person will suffer in a part of the body that corresponds to HOD, such as the left leg.
Here’s what to do:
Focus on a part of your body which is giving you trouble.
Identify the body part’s Sefirotic correspondence. (I understand that many people don’t have this knowledge. In case you are interested, please consult me regarding the Sefirot correspondence to your effected body part.)
Now identify the corresponding Sefirotic aspect of your life.
Adjust this Sefirotic aspect of your life to be aligned and in balance with all the other Sefirotic aspects of your life.
10. GILGUL (REINCARNATION) HEALING
The principle here is as follows:
A very large part of who we are, who we associate with, the challenges which we go through, our stations in life, etc etc, are a direct result of a trans-life perfection process. What we didn’t get right in previous lifetimes is what we will be challenged with in this life.
The way to identify reincarnation based aspects of our life, is to take inventory of the unique people and situations that we find ourselves in. Then view these people and situations as being the direct result of what we have come into this life to rectify.
The healing process happens when we take action in the proper way in response to these challenges which are thrown at us.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a unique challenge that you find yourself in life.
View this challenge as being the result of a similar challenge that we didn’t quite get right in a previous life time.
Ask Hashem to enlighten you as to what you are meant to do in order to get it right this time. (This dialogue with Hashem can also be enacted in a written manner.
Write to Hashem your question, and write what you think He will answer back to you.)
Carry on in this way with all the different people and challenges in your life.