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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.”Read More
Oftentimes, many of strive for certain things in our life. We visualize ourselves building a hugely profitable business or we see that we want a certain relationship to work out. While such determination is great, we must always be cognizant of our spiritual journey and ask of the Creator, “If what I want is not the thing for me, if it is not the thing that I need to do at this time, then make it not happen.” Perhaps we are determined to go here or there with these people or those people, but consider this: Maybe if what we want never happens, we might find ourselves in a place that is ten times better for us.
No matter how perfect we think our plan is, we should always ask the Creator to be a part of our consciousness, so that even though we may have decided where we want to go, we are still allowing for an opening to change our mind. If we can do this at least for this month of Taurus—if we can open ourselves to new ideas and new relationships—then by the end of the month...Read More
They say that in every generation there are 36 righteous souls (Lamed Vavniks) who hold up the world and keep it from destruction. These are good, kind souls—spiritually elevated individuals who can actually leave their bodies and travel to places bringing healing energy where there is suffering.
Occasionally, we are lucky enough to encounter one of these special souls, and if we’re open enough and attuned to hearing the message, we might be receiving a helping hand from one of them. The help could come in the form of someone coming along with a few simple words which can alter our life, or in the form of a sudden feeling of peace or calm in the middle of a difficult situation.
Today, be aware and present of the messages that may be coming to you. You never know who’s got your back.Read More
There is a story about a simple shepherd boy who did not know how to pray. He was sad because he did not know how to reach the Gates of Heaven. Nevertheless, he desired so strongly to know and be close to the Creator that he stood outside the house of prayer, took his whistle, and blew it with all his heart.
Meanwhile, inside the house of prayer was a group of people who knew all the prayers but who also could not open the Gates of Heaven. When they heard the boy blowing his whistle outside, they called out, "Stop it!” and then muttered to themselves, “How can he do such a thing? Here we are in prayer and meditation, and he is blowing a whistle."
The great kabbalist the Baal Shem Tov was in there among the people and he said, "Wait, stop yelling at him. The gates are open. The boy has opened up the Gates of Heaven with the sincerity of his heart!"
Most of us probably do not know all the words of all the prayers, and we...Read More
There is a story about the Rav’s teacher, Rav Brandwein, a Kabbalist and Chief Rabbi of the Histradut.
One day he was walking down the street on Shabbat and he passed a man smoking a cigarette.
Kindly, Rav Brandwein turned to this man and greeted him as he passed saying, “Shabbat Shalom.”
The man looked shocked and turned back at Rav Brandwein as if to say, “Are you sure you’re telling me Shabbat Shalom? Don’t you see the cigarette?” (Because Rav Brandwein was a religious authority, the man did not expect to be greeted so kindly and without judgment while he openly broke the Shabbat).
But Rav Brandwein turned and said, “It’s still Shabbat Shalom. What I do is my business – what you do is yours.”
That statement was so characteristic of Rav Brandwein. And for us it’s a powerful message: no matter what we believe to be our way, it’s only somebody else’s way if they choose that. And we have no...Read More
We can never really learn to love until we learn that WE ARE LOVE inside of ourselves.
The more we can understand this, the freer we become.
There is a story in which the students of Rav Zusha approached him and found him white faced and crying. They asked him what was wrong. He replied, “I’ve just had a vision, and in that vision I went Upstairs and when I went up there, they didn’t ask me why I wasn’t as humble as Moses or as mighty as Joshua? No, they asked me, ‘why weren’t you more like Zusha?’”
Each one of us has been put here with a specific purpose and role. We are each an important piece of a grand puzzle. We are not built to be “perfect.” Rather, we are built to be who we are and our job is to do the best we can from that place.Read More
I have seen a man take an electric bulb, place his hands on opposites sides, breathe deeply, and light the bulb, just by himself. I’ve also seen people lift other people with their hands and move them from one place to another, regardless of their weight or size. Of course, these are just exercises demonstrating certain individuals’ mastery over their energy. But they actually signify something far greater—that we as human beings were given a tremendous ability to change even our physicality. We have within us the potential to heal and transform ourselves, as well as that which is around us.
Viktor Frankel, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, said “Everything can be taken from a man except for one thing—the last of all human freedoms: The ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances, the ability to choose one’s own way.”
Today, no matter what your circumstances, no matter how heavy they may seem to weigh upon you, choose to exercise your...Read More