I'M A BRIDGE PERSON
I humbly submit to you that I consider myself to be a 'bridge person' -
I seek and am constantly driven to bridge the right wingers with the left wingers, the
higher soul callings with those of the lower soul, the religious with the non-religious,
secular wisdom with Torah wisdom, the creative artistic types with the straight
businessman types [inside and outside of me], my past and my present, my loves with
my disgusts, my sublime strivings for the ephemeral lights with the constant need to
bring things down to reality, the happy go lucky side inside with the deepest side, the
meek shy side with the extroverted dynamo side, the intellectual side of things with
the experiential side of things, the long haired expansive 'hippy' side of me with the
straight up-no messing around side... etc… etc… etc. ....ad infinitum.
I apparently come from some type of root soul-type that never really finds
things to be just fine the way they are - there must be another deeper, more whole
and more real side to things than just what meets the eye....I'm in need of
completion, transcendence, unification.......on the other hand I pretty much
stick to being a 'be here now' laid back type of guy.. [I don't know how these 2
opposite character traits exist in the one person that I am, other than to say
that I'm a walking, talking paradox]....
WHAT DOES BRIDGING HAVE TO DO WITH THE INNER VOICE?!
Well, now that I've spilled my heart out on to the table, and revealed yet
another little puzzle piece of this mysterious being that they call Yitzchak
Schwartz - Yitzchak the bridge man - - What, you may well ask, does being a
bridge person have to do with the topic at hand? And if you ask, Hey Yitzchak,
what is the topic at hand anyway?! - -then I won't really be able to blame you
for asking - -we have sort of been drifting lately - haven't we! So I'll remind you-
- We've been discussing [within the wider context of 'paradising our lives'], the
theme of hearing our inner Voice. Two weeks ago, we introduced the theme in a
general wide angled way. We expressed our hope to open up our ability
to holistically hear our inner voices from across the spectrum of our entire
psyche or persona. To help facilitate this, we brought a large list of 'VOICES'
from the 'Parsha Tools' as well as from other 'tool-chest' collections. Then last
week, we introduced the formula called P.L.U.G. IN., designed to plug us in to a
paradised existence. We plugged in the appropriate inner VOICES that can
help us to be constantly plugged in.
Now, in our third and final week's exploration of [or perhaps flirtation with] the
huge challenge of opening up our inner voice, I'd like to try to penetrate to the
essence of what hearing an inner Voice is really all about. And HERE IS
WHERE BEING A BRIDGE PERSON COMES INTO PLAY! Simply put - THE
ESSENTIAL PROCESS OF INNER VOICE-ing IS A BRIDGING PROCESS....
We are sent from on High [a voice which is] the internal guidance
showing us how to complete any lacking or un-completed aspects of our life -
the ultimate act of Bridging!
'BRIDGING' - ONE OF CREATIONS PRIMAL PROCESSES
This bridging or completing process, is rooted in the Creation process itself. G-
d removed His Infinite Presence from the vacant Place or space of Creation,
causing all created beings to be eternally driven to complete the uncompleted,
to re-infinitize the finite reality of this vacant void atmosphere. This primal
bridging or completing drive, is expressed in most, if not all major Kabbalistic
themes, as well as all major themes of Judaism.....Here's a few:
1. TIKUN - The Cosmos is seen as being broken and full of scattered energies
and components, and is constantly striving to complete itself by retrieving all of
it's lost sparks, and forming them into an eternally stable foundation
2. SOUL PERFECTION - - All people, whether they are aware of it or not,
within one lifetime as well as across the spectrum of multiple lifetimes, are
constantly busy completing and perfecting that which is incomplete and
imperfect. As the Baal Shem Tov explains, every challenge or experience that
we have in life, is an opportunity to regain lost parts of our soul!
3. THE MALE \ FEMALE PARADIGM DYNAMIC - What he lacks, she
possesses... what she lacks, he possesses... their mutual completion comes
about when they bond or bridge together.
4. JUDAISM - Judaism may be defined as a primal drive to bring
G-d into areas of life where He is hidden. Thus, the Torah completes or bridges
or organizes the business of day to day living into a Divinely-Guided
framework. The Mitzvot [the commandments] as well as the 'Halacha' bridge or
integrate finite activities into an infinite-Divine based system. Kabbalah bridges
or fuses finite consciousness with infinite consciousness
5. PARSHA KORACH - Torah Parsha 'Korach', as explained by
the Holy Zohar, is a description of Korach's primal declaration of war on the
concept of 'Shalom' [peace] - the root of the word Shalom is the word 'Shalem'
which means 'Complete'!
Korach claimed that we are all already perfect and complete
['...all of this nation in it's entirety is Holy...'], and therefore no longer
in need of completing or bridging themselves. Ultimately, in future times, we
WILL be complete - but if we 'jump the gun', as Korach would have us do,
the results would be disastrous.... [ see this week's Parsha Tools essay,
brought right after this essay, for a deeper look...]
INNER VOICE BRIDGING - a formula
If you want to start becoming a 'Bridge Person' too, then start listening to the
inner voices that are informing you constantly how to complete that which is
To jump-start this process, simply ask yourself,
'To complete this particular lacking___X___, I need to do____X____'