It’s that time again—another new moon. In a normal year as we complete the lunar month of Pisces, we should be entering the month of Aries. But this year, that’s not the case. We actually have another month of Pisces!
Why? Well, the kabbalistic calendar is a lunar calendar based on the cycle of the moon, as opposed to the secular Gregorian calendar, which is based on the cycle of the sun. For the kabbalistic calendar to stay in sync with the solar, the sages added an extra month seven times every nineteen years. This extra month, known as Adar Bet, or Pisces II, began this Saturday night.
Now you may be thinking: OK, if we need to add another month, why do we add another Pisces? Why not another Taurus, or Scorpio, or Leo?
Well, as you know, there are twelve months of the astrological year. Each one of these twelve months corresponds to one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Six of these months are known as male months, and six of them as female months...Read More
Bette Davis once said, “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.”
Without challenges, life isn’t really life. Everybody goes through challenges. The greater the challenges, the more we progress spiritually and the greater our responsibility becomes. At the same time, the greater the responsibility, the closer we get to the Light, and the closer we get to the Light, oftentimes the darker our darkness seems to be.
It’s always been this way. Just read the stories in the Bible; you’ll find that they are full of challenges. What we must understand is that what we see as difficulties are actually opportunities to elevate our certainty, our consciousness, and our connection to the Light of the Creator.Read More
We are not here only to change our anger, or the things we have done that have hurt others, or the pain we have put in other people’s lives. We are here to understand that it is through actions like these that we create a void in ourselves that the Light cannot enter. When we really realize this point and take responsibility for our own inner void, we can draw an immense amount of stability, consciousness and Light into our lives.
Today, take a few minutes to reflect on this concept. Then when you are ready, you can ask the Creator something like this: “I no longer want to see negativity as something outside myself, but rather, I want to get to the consciousness that everything that I do creates my own negativity, my own disease, my own suffering, my own pain. These are all caused by me alone and by how I act towards the outside world.”
If we can really absorb this idea, then we can change a great deal of the negativity that surrounds us and permeates the worldRead More
Whether we have been on the path of spirituality for a day or for years, we still all have moments when we forget to share, when we get caught up in the illusion that is the material world. For all of us, there are days when we ask ourselves, “Where did my spirituality go?”
A more productive question to ask ourselves from time to time is this: “What if today were the last day of my life? What would I do with it?” Suddenly, many of the things we worry about would become far less important, I’m guessing.
So imagine it is your last day. How would you treat those you love? How would you treat strangers around you?
This week is a time to try to establish a “direct line” to the Light—a union between the Light force and ourselves—because as long as we are breathing, we have work to do in this world.Read More
Every single person on this earth is a world unto him- or herself, but each of us also has a sphere of influence that includes our family, nuclear and extended, as well as our friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. In fact, an individual person can affect the lives of 20, 30, 40—and now with the Internet—even hundreds and thousands of people.
As we all head into the New Year, let’s each take a minute to think about our personal sphere of influence. How far does it extend? Who is included in it? Most importantly, are we influencing those people in our sphere for the positive? What changes can we make in our daily life to enhance the lives of those around us?
How we affect our families, associates, business partners, and friends is an indication of our own spiritual growth. This year, may we all grow closer to manifesting our potential in this world.
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2014.
Love and Light,
This year, the first day of Chanukah coincides with American Thanksgiving, the day many of us here in the United States get together to celebrate and express gratitude for our friends, family, and blessings. The last time these two dates coincided was in 1888, and the next will not be for another 79,043 years!
When we light the candles for Chanukah, we need to understand that we are not performing a religious ritual meant only for one group of people. The candles are spiritual tools meant for all of humanity. Their purpose is to help us remove chaos from this world and reach the time when we will come to know that we are all part of one soul.
The Light of the candles is that same Light that exists in everybody’s spirit. As long we have this Light within us, we need to try to fulfill the purpose for which it came—to recognize this very same light that exists in others. Granted, it is much easier to see others’ frailties and all the things that are wrong with them,...Read More
This week's Bible portion tells us that Jacob feared Esau, his brother. Those of you who know anything about this Bible story may remember that Jacob was the more positive of the two brothers, while Esau was on the negative side. So the question becomes: Why would Jacob, who we know was a highly elevated soul, have anything on a spiritual level to fear from Esau? Don’t we know that Light prevails over darkness?
According to the kabbalists, this story is actually a code. Esau epitomizes the ego, so Jacob’s fear of his brother was actually a fear of his own ego. Even at his elevated spiritual level, Jacob knew that if he began to believe himself to be the message rather than the messenger, to be the Light rather than a conduit, then he would lose the ultimate battle against the ultimate destructive ego-driven force: the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. For Jacob, it was clear that his only real power was his ability to be a channel for the Light of the Creator....Read More
The life we experience here on this earth is often shrouded in veils of negativity. In fact, in a world that rife with chaos—from earthquakes to widespread flooding to unemployment, terrorist attacks, and war—we may wonder if there is any sure way to be protected.
According to the kabbalists, we have the power, via our positive actions and our ability and Desire to Share with others, to create a spiritual shield that can protect us from any negative thing that crosses our path. Why? Because we live in a world of manifestation, a world where the Creator is revealed through our positive deeds.
Oftentimes, we ask to see God, as a benefit to us, to feel His presence. But in our searching, we frequently overlook the opportunities to experience the Creator that are right in front of us.Read More
On the road of our lives, we don’t often anticipate that sometimes, like Jacob the Patriarch in the Bible, our process needs to have complications—things that get in our way. Why? Because the more difficult the process, the stronger the vessel and the higher the individual can climb on the ladder of spirituality.
Each and every one of us has been put in the exact right situation to become the brightest light possible. Every difficulty we experience is an opportunity for us to climb to the next rung. But we need to be aware of those things that are around us—especially the painful and uncomfortable ones—so that we can grow from them.
You know, all of us, including myself, are very spiritual when things are right. But when things go wrong, all too often everything goes out the window. We throw over the bucket. We toss all our notes on the floor. We scream, “Help! Help! How could this happen to me?”
Take a good look at your life. When things are not what you want...Read More
Opportunities for us to draw down energy arise constantly and usually in the most mundane of situations. We certainly don’t need to wait for a picture-perfect moment to extend love. For example, if someone approaches us for help in the midst of our busiest hour, we have a choice: We can brush the person off and respond curtly, or we can say to ourselves, “Wait a minute. Maybe this person needs help in some way.” If we can extend ourselves— even if for only a moment—then we will have tapped into true spirituality and connected with love.
Each of us is just one single person. But if this week, we can uplift one other person, and then that person in turn uplifts another, by Friday we will have affected thousands of people, if not more. If we can feel the people around us and extend love instead of judgment, we can get to the place beyond physicality and create a better world for all humanity.
And that is a true blessing.Read More
In the midst of such chaos in my life, I have been able to find peace through studying Kabbalah. Without any doubts whatsoever, I would highly recommend anyone to call. I am so thankful for The Kabbalah Centre, because it has made all the difference in my spiritual growth and development.
- Susan Perry Simpson
Kabbalah is the best gift I have had this year. But it did not come easy. It is a result of a lot of hard, focused, and disciplined work my teacher guided me through. Often I had to go out of my comfort zone to apply the tools. But the satisfaction and confidence I now feel is indescribable.
- Sam Parnaso
Now I look back and question what exactly I did and how I managed without these teachings in my life.
- Christopher Smith