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
A lot of us think our responsibility lies with other people. As a result, when something happens that throws us off course, we immediately look for a scapegoat.
When we come from this place of blame, however, we are just binding ourselves into our own bondage, our reactive consciousness. The truth is that the minute we fall into judgement of others, ourselves, or the situation before us, we lose the opportunity to see and immediately act upon the chance to reconnect to the Light.
Each one of us is a teacher and each one of us is a student, meaning all the things that happen in our life are there as lessons for us to learn from.
When we are able to view our reality through the lens of personal responsibility rather than through the lens of judgment and blame, we gain the ability to free ourselves of the karmic influences that keep us experiencing the same patterns over and over again. And so, we consistently need to ask ourselves: “Why am I in this picture? What...Read More
To care for someone is to want to feel a closeness with that person. In effect, we are saying to that person, “I want you to be a part of me; therefore, I will try my best to relate to you in your language and on your level.”
To care is to create unity, but to achieve this oneness, we must be prepared to give up our own level of comfort to create a bridge between us and the other person. If we are unable to bridge the gap—if we can’t move outside of ourselves and our comfort zone, if we can’t see the other person’s needs—then there is no love.Read More
This past Friday night, Kabbalah Centre students from all over the world gathered together in many different places for the Pesach Seder connection. Together, as a global community, we experienced a taste of the magnificent spiritual freedom that was available during that powerful cosmic window.
Now is time to take all of the energy that we received and begin to incorporate it into our own truth, each one of us at our own level. Now is the time to “walk the talk.” Because you know what? True freedom is not a one night affair. It is a lifetime process that we work for minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day..
As we change, the world changes--but it starts from within us and it starts from the here and now.Read More