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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: May 22, 2015

What if we lived our lives knowing with certainty that all the people and situations we encounter that truly bother us are there merely as participants in our process of transformation? What if we knew that everything we currently consider a problem is in reality an opportunity that the Light has sent us to identify something we need to change or a belief we need to let go of in order to truly feel the Creator? Would we continue to worry or assign blame as we now do?

The answer is probably no. And in truth, if we had this perspective on life, it would even help us shift the way we relate to our loved ones. We’d become more tolerant and less inclined to judge or criticize them. We would realize that the difficulties and obstacles that plague us are, without exception, actually opportunities for our spiritual growth.

Today, let us try to live with this consciousness. Let us focus on understanding that the Light sends us certain people and situations to help us transform...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 21, 2015

There is a process that the kabbalists suggest for us to do on a daily basis called a cheshbon nefesh, or an "accounting for the soul." The purpose of this process is to assess ourselves every day so we can see how and where we can improve. It involves looking at where we were selfish, where we spoke or acted from fear, where we lied, where we cheated--in short, where our actions were influenced by ego and the negative side. It also involves an accounting of our assets--where we did well, where we shared, and where we spoke and acted from our soul.

Just as a business can benefit and prosper from the taking of a regular inventory, this process is one way we can experience accelerated spiritual growth. By identifying our negativity, taking responsibility for it, and summoning up a true desire to change it, we reconnect with the Creator, thus transforming our transgressions into Light for the world. Likewise, by recognizing our sharing words and actions, we...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 16, 2015

Over the course of our lives, many things happen: good things, bad things, everything in between. There are lessons to be learned, messages to be grasped, battles to be won…or lost.

The truth is that the more difficult our journey, the greater the reward. If we didn’t have a bit of a bumpy ride, if we weren’t tested along the way, then there would be no way for us to reach our full potential.

It says that the tzadikim (righteous souls) and those who are closest to the Creator sometimes receive very negative dreams because it is through these dreams that they are given the opportunity to adjust their ways, change their actions, and realign themselves spiritually. These dreams, in effect, serve as a kind of Divine notification that sets these righteous individuals on their proper spiritual path. For such people, or indeed for any person who knows how to understand dreams in the right way, a nightmare can become a catalyst for a great revelation of Light.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 15, 2015

One day, a student went to his spiritual teacher and asked, "How can I study these teachings all day if I need to work to bring home sustenance for my family?"

Thoughtfully, his teacher responded, "Just because you are working doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with the teachings. For example, when you are at work and a customer asks for a pound of grain, provide an honest measure. That is spirituality. Or when someone asks to borrow money, loan that person money in a way that is fair. That, too, is spirituality. Just apply what you have learned to whatever you do, and in that way, you will make your life’s work the work of spiritual growth."

Today, we, too, need to remember that it isn’t about the amount of time we are able to devote to our studies that makes the difference. It’s how we apply what we have learned to our day to day life.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: May 14, 2015

If a person is talking to me, but I don’t really listen because I think I already know where they are coming from, then it is impossible for me to help, because I have already acted as judge and jury. That is why it is so important that we sincerely make an effort to step outside of ourselves, our opinions, and the veils that cover us before we can really understand another and offer our help.

Today be conscious of where you are coming from in your interactions with others. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to truly be of service.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: May 12, 2015

Sometimes the most difficult thing in the world to do is to love someone, especially those who are closest to us. For sure, when everything is in harmony and the ocean of life is smooth, love is easy, love is simple. But when the storms roll in and the waters become choppy, when there are worries or disagreements with regard to family, emotions, finances, or any other negative events that may be looming, it all becomes much more difficult.

Yet, it is precisely when we don’t want to love that we need love the most. This doesn’t mean that we need to condone harmful actions, or even agree with everything the other person says or does. Nor does it mean that there won’t be times when we simply don’t see eye to eye. What it does mean, however, is that we never lose sight of the fact that the same Divine Light that shines within us also shines in the other person, and we need to speak and act accordingly no matter what.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: April 30, 2015

When we feel we are being judged by another, this is simply a mirror reflecting the judgment that we have within us and use to judge others. In the same way, that which we learn to forgive in others is what we will in turn be forgiven for.

That is why we shouldn’t shrink from people and situations that are uncomfortable for us. They are simply revealing to us where and how we should grow and when we embrace them we will slowly be able to free ourselves from the inner ties that keep us from reaching our full potential.

The Creator wants nothing of us except to see us acting as He would act. He would like to see us spending our moments caring for one another, loving one another. There’s so little of that on our planet, so it’s our job as conscious beings to strive every day to live with that level of awareness.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: April 29, 2015

In understanding who we are it is important to know, first of all, that we are Godlike. Without that knowing, it is impossible for us to give Light to others or even to bring Light into everything we do. The moment we accept that our being, who we are, is the flow of Light, we tune into that flow and everything around us is illuminated.

One way to connect to and share the Light is to say a sincere “Good morning” to someone, even if we don’t feel great and things aren’t going the way we think they should go. This is one small way that we can share our Light and build our love.

Today, take a moment to stop what you are doing and take a few deep breaths. Appreciate the eyes you have been given to see the beauty around you, and feel your heart beating in your chest. Observe the breath that flows in an out of you without you even doing anything. Then, tuck this appreciation into your being and go on with your day with love in your heart.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: April 28, 2015

We need to always ask ourselves, "How is what I’m about to do going to affect others? If we are trying to motivate a person to act in a certain direction, is it simply because we want him to see things the way we do so we can feel right? Is our action a sharing action that also respects the space and process or others?"

We always need to check the intention behind our actions and make sure that what we’re doing is coming from a place of Light. Are we thinking only about ourselves alone? Or are we thinking about how we can benefit others and/or the whole?

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: April 25, 2015

The greatest gift we have is our ability to look at one another with tolerance and love. Not only when we dance and hold hands and look into each other’s eyes. Not only when we feel close to one another. No, this feeling of kinship must be there even when we disagree, even when we don’t see eye to eye. If we cannot maintain our sense of kinship under adverse conditions, we may as well take all of the positive moments we have had with the other person and just blow them away into the wind.

“We need to cultivate a feeling of kinship with those around us that doesn’t disappear when we disagree or don’t see eye to eye.”

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“What is the gift of Shavuot? For the entire world an opening is created allowing us to taste & see that the Light is good." ~@Michael_Berg_ 18 hours 37 min ago