Welcome to a new week full of new adventures and opportunities y'all!....Before I move on to another aspect of G-d Clinging [Dvaikus] mastery, I must share with you a bit of a breakthrough that I had last week in the purifying waters of the Mikve--the breakthrough I was praying for ---the ability to open up the overflowing wellsprings of the topic of Emulating G-d...Here's what I came up with in the holy waters [with of bit of post Mikve editing];
A-Awakening others who are asleep [both spiritually and physically]
B-Bridging two normally unbridgeable extremities
C-Creating things that have never been created
D-Delighting in those who I love
E-Extending a hand to those in need
F-Fixing all that needs to be fixed
G-Giving and only giving , and not taking
H-Hearing that which cannot be normally heard
I-Infinitizing all activities thoughts, feelings, ideas..etc..
J-Joining together contradictory ideas to unite in one paradox
K-Knowing all that was , is and will be
L-Loving that is unconditional and unlimited for all created beings
M-Matchmaking people with their 'beshert' spouses,teachers..etc
N-Noticing all that is normally not noticed
O-Obligating Himself to take responsibility for everything
P-Purposeful-ing every single aspect of reality with meaning
Q-Quickening the pace of 'Tikun' when it needs to be speeded up
R-Re-newing Creation Every second-what is never was or will be
S-Suffering the pain of all those who suffer
T-Tikun-ing the entire universe constantly till all is perfect
U-Unifying all aspects of life into one grand plan
V-Voice-ing His Opinion to all that are ready and able to hear
W-Watching out for the wellbeing of all creatures
X-X-raying everything and everyone to reveal their essence
Y-Yearning for all of His Children to come back Home
Z-Zealous-ing for justice and truth to reign where it's missing
*****I certainly hope that despite the fact that that we now move on to new pastures, that we all will be able to keep on emulating and exploring more and more of this wonderful and elevating method of Divine connection...
Perhaps one of the most important [and well-known] areas of G-d Consciousness is Prayer.
We often walk through our lives in a very precarious fashion---wading our way through waves of confusion, through challenges that oftentimes seem too much to cope with---and other challenges that seem too hard for an entire nation to cope with.......and sometimes , even the smallest , pettiest and most insignificant circumstances throw us off-balance---and here too, we're stuck!
What are we to do?!
The primal answer, the obvious answer, the answer that comes so natural to one and all ---is Prayer...
And we need to know on the one hand, that there is the One Above [and below and all around for that matter] who waits to hear from us and our prayers------ like a parent who longs for their beloved children to call out to them---and who can't refuse giving it over abundantly, unconditionally....And the reason is [to the extent that we can fathom it] is because this is their raison d'etre -their very reason for living --their life force that they long to fill up with and to share with their precious children...the same parent that feels the pain and deficiency of their child, as being their own....the parent who rejects nothing that we ask for , no matter how trivial or petty, and at the same time, who reaches out to help us to the point of completely fulfilling our request, when our problems seem insurmountable....
And we need to know on the other hand , that when we pray, we can rest assured that no prayer ever goes to waste---even when we don't immediately or ever, see that the prayer has been answered ....and we need to know that the more that we pray from the depths of our hearts, the more the prayer impacts [so to speak] the corresponding heart of the One Above....and we need to know that there is nothing too small or petty to pray for--everything qualifies.....and we need to know that the prayers that we pray, effect the Upper Worlds to draw down to the whole world and to us and to all in need, great Shefa[ abundance and wellbeing].....and we need to know that when we have in mind that Hashem feels our own lackings and pain and needs and losses, much more than we do, and we then reframe our prayers to comfort Hashem in exactly what it is that we are hurting about, rather than ourselves, then we draw down incredible , rectifying healing and wellbeing....and sometimes, when we realy and truly pray from the depths of our hearts, then that prayer will elevate all the other prayers that we have prayed over a long period of time , and sometimes even many of the prayers of others who have trouble opening their hearts to elevate their prayers as well.....
A FEW POINTS TO KNOW ABOUT CREATING AND PRAYING FROM A 'PRAYER SPACE'.....
1. PRACTICES LIST
I've collected a list of 'Prayer Preparation Practices' that are drawn from a the full spectrum of Jewish Sources-----Halacha based, Kabbalistic based and Chassidic based----especially those that are prevalent in the world of Chassidic Rebbes
2. USING THE LIST
These practices are compiled in a semi-comprehensive list--meanng that there is no way that one person would or could practice all of these in preparation for prayer [they would have no energy left for the main job of prayer]---however when you use the list in a way that you choose those practices that speak to you most, from each of the 4 unveloping categories, you won't be overwhelmed....
3. A PRAYER SPACE
Taken as a whole, all of these preparatory prayer practices, can be seen as a way to get into a Holy Prayer Space-----a mindset or 'headspace' which enables you with the greatest of ease and expanded consciousness and transcendence to pray ! By the way, this headspace applies not only in preparing yourself to pray, but also in the prayer service itself as well....and for that matter, for any spiritual activity that you may be involved in.....
4. THE UNFOLDING ORDER OF THE MEDITATIONS
In order to maximally tap in to the Prayer Space, we will present the practices that belong to 4 categories, in a sort of natural unfolding or opening up of Prayer Consciousness or Prayer Space;
A. FLOW------- First clear out all that is obstructing the FLOW of being in a Prayer Space with all the proper practices
B. TOTAL SELF EXPRESSION-----Now with a freed up mind, do all the practices that are neccesary to open up your TOTAL SELF EXPRESSION
C. INTERPERSONAL CONNECTION-----------Then, once you have achieved total self expression, you'll naturally want to extend yourself to others and to do practices that effect INTERPERSONAL CONNECTION with others ---with mutual benefit and enpowerment elicited for you and them
D. G-D FUSION---------------------
THE 'PRAYER SPACE PREPARATION' MEDITATIONS AND PRACTICES
A. FLOW ENABLING PRACTICES [or how to overcome the inner obstacles]
1. Physical Flow Enabling Practices
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