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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: January 28, 2015

This is a week when we can receive a fresh perspective and can practice being open to the universe.

For example, when we are really trying to do the right thing and something happens unexpectedly and we are baffled by it, we can say, “Wait a second. Maybe this is a message for me to change something within myself. Maybe this situation is coming from the Light. Maybe there is something else I have to do to go to my next level.”

Oftentimes, the greatest blessings in our lives are cloaked in difficulties and challenges that we come up against. By meditating on today’s Name, we can gain the ability to see the lesson or the message in everything that comes our way.

72 Name #70

Affirmation for the Day:

I know that there are no...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 27, 2015

Imagine the destruction that just a few individuals can wreak upon society and the world. With enough intention, any group of people is powerful, even if it sometimes exists for the wrong reasons. So in these chaotic times, let’s think about how we can affect the world if we weave together our individual strands of consciousness to blanket the world with positive energy.

Think of the power of a few simple hashtags—#illridewithyou, #jesuischarlie, or #iamnigeria—in creating a connection between people of all nationalities and walks of life. If we can come together in our goal of creating human dignity for all, then together we can move mountains.

The foundation of this unity is the concept that what’s more important than being right is being capable of understanding the views of others and working together with them. We can all be great in what we do. But we can be even greater if we do it together.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 26, 2015

It often requires effort to find common ground with those who think, look, live, or pray differently than we do. But sometimes it can be even harder to find common ground in our existing interpersonal relationships.

What we need to learn is that when we love someone—a partner, a friend, or a family member—and they exhibit unpleasant mood swings or push our buttons, we still need to extend them love without agenda, just as we would have them extend love to us with all of our frailties and shortcomings.

This doesn’t mean that we cannot set healthy boundaries or that we have to put up with someone treating us badly. It does mean, however, that we need to allow those close to us to feel that they are a part of us—even when they are “off their game” so to speak or when they act like a child rather than an adult.

We can receive the gift of unconditional love when we are ready and willing to extend it ourselves.

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: January 25, 2015

This week’s Bible portion is Beshalach, a very powerful portion in which 72 Names of God are revealed to mankind.

The 72 Names are 72 three-letter combinations of Hebrew letters, each combination channeling its unique energy from the Upper Worlds into our world through the letters themselves. We can connect with these letters simply by passing our eyes over them with the conscious intent of connecting to their energy.

At the Kabbalah Centre, we teach that any person can use these Names as a spiritual tool to connect with the spark of Divine Essence within and to make transformations at the seed level—the level of consciousness. To learn more about the 72 Names of God, click here.

With all confusion and the negativity in the world right now, our collective meditation, prayers, and energy are especially important, so each day this week, I will...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: January 24, 2015

Because they are able to see through and anticipate the end result of most endeavors, Aquarians have a tendency to rush through things. They want the work to be over with already. They have a hard time “slowing down for the ride,” so to speak, because in their mind, what they have envisioned is as simple and clear as if it has already come to pass.

Since all of us are affected by the energy of Aquarius this month, let’s make sure to take a moment to pause and not rush to make snap decisions.

For the next few weeks, take the time to allow yourself to really think things through and plan accordingly. Cross your t’s and dot your i’s this month. Be detailed and work step by step to make your plans a reality. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants. At the same time, however, do think outside the box and do keep moving forward!

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: January 23, 2015

Going to work. Doing the laundry. Taking the kids to hockey practice. Grocery shopping. Always running around, always busy, right? Stop. Give yourself the gift of time.

Time to slow down, to take at least 20 minutes of quiet time to pray, to commune with the spark of the Creator within. Time to burn a candle in a quiet room, to watch the clouds, to walk the dog. Time, even, to acknowledge that there are situations we have no control over and to realize that other ones are presented to us to relay a message.

We will reap the benefits of these moments of introspection and peace, and in due course, these moments will bring us a good return on our investment of time and energy.

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

Your smile sends out a powerful message: My heart is open to be a friend, to listen to you, to have empathy for you. Inside of me, I have made room for you.

A smile triggers a domino effect. When you smile, you inspire others to extend beyond themselves and enter a world where they share with others and others share with them. Conversely, when you are angry or fearful, you bring out these same emotions in those around you. In a sense, you are encouraging others to be limited and self-concerned.

Today, take a moment to reflect on how you are affecting those around you. Is your energy bringing expansion and light, or coldness and limitation?

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 20, 2015

Honesty is a quality of the Light. If we want to be the Light in a relationship, we need to be ourselves. I’m not saying concealment isn’t appropriate at times, but hiding things out of fear and insecurity is not really a good idea.

Of course, honesty requires courage. When we hesitate to tell the truth, it is often because we are afraid of the consequences. And sometimes we may be afraid for good reasons! But even if the initial reaction to our honesty is messy, it is sometimes better to let the chips fall where they may. That way we allow room for something more solid and authentic to take hold.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 19, 2015

We are working so that the next generation can live with the understanding that within every human being is a spark of God. When everyone in the world realizes this, there will be no more prejudice, no more wars. We will have a world without guns and without drugs—a world where people will live in love instead of hatred.

To quote and honor that great soul Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of his birth: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: January 18, 2015

God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.

How many times in our life have we heard this line?

When we feel we are completely surrounded by darkness, when we’re convinced there’s no way out, there’s no point thinking that God has it in for us. No, we have these hopeless thoughts simply because somewhere along the line, we gave up. We said, “OK, I don’t want this test. I don’t want to lift 500 pounds. In fact, I am settling for my 50-pound weights over here because I can do those easily.” Today, remember that we can reveal the greatest amount of spiritual Light through the biggest and most difficult tests in our life.

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“We have to learn, all of us that we are never judged by the big things we do, but by the kindness that we forget to share.” ~Karen Berg 1 hour 6 min ago