The Bible tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
But how are we supposed to love somebody or something that we can’t physically relate to? How can we love God? We don’t see Him, really. We don’t feel Him, really. We don’t feel His embrace on our body, really.
But what we can do is feel each other’s embrace. We can feel the love of those around us. We can feel the energy of our family, our friends, of all the people in our lives.
If we can learn to be a part of one another and to love one another, then we can do what this verse is telling us, because a spark of God exists in each and every person. To love the Creator with all of our heart and soul and mind is really to love our fellow humans—even though to act in this way runs counter to our normal selfish ego-nature that doesn’t want to share and be a part of others.
For example, we may wake up one day and think to ourselves, “Oh heck, I...Read More
Sometimes we go to the Creator and we say, “I’ve given charity. I’ve been a good person. I’ve helped people. Please, I need a favor over here.” But you know what the Creator’s answer is when we come forward with this approach?
The Creator’s answer is: “Really? You’ve given charity? Where did you get the money to give the charity? Who bestowed that blessing on you in the first place?”
Any time we go to the Creator and explain how good we are and therefore how much we need to be helped by Him, the answer is: “You aren’t whoever or whatever you think you are. You are what I made you. You are where I put you. Now use what you’ve been given to create a space to be closer to your spiritual roots.”
As human beings, we work really hard to accomplish things in the belief that once we achieve whatever we consider to be success (in finance, wisdom, honor, or whatever), then we have finally “made it.”
But have we really “made it?”
We learn in Kabbalah that it...Read More
There are many types of prayers and many ways to pray.
For example, we have what we consider "intellectual prayers." Intellectual prayers are written prayers; they have specific words that appear in a specific order. Kabbalists are familiar with specific intellectual prayers that, when combined with the right intention, can unlock the gates of the Upper Worlds and allow the prayers to be taken by angels to the Creator.*
There is also what is known as "prayers of the heart." When we pray from the heart, we are saying, “Listen, God, I know I probably don’t deserve it, but I have no other solutions. Please, God, help me… help my child… help my family… Please help because I am lost and I don’t know how to find the Light.”
In the Bible, when Moses’ sister, Miriam, had leprosy and Moses said with all his heart, “El na ra fa na la” (meaning “Heal her now”), those few simple words were the sum total of the prayer—and the end of the illness.
My point?...Read More
Disharmony need not exist. If something happens to you or if you are in an uncomfortable situation, try to turn it around, not just in your moments of discomfort, but at all times. Each and every one of us has the power to prevent wars and natural disasters. We are all a part of the Light energy, and we all have the power to respect turn that which is dark into Light.
This is what it means to be spiritual. We need to use the tools available to us—from whatever spiritual path we are on and whatever our course of study—to advance the cause of unity, not separation; the cause of human dignity, not humiliation and shame; and the cause of respectful treatment for our fellow beings.
We are all a part of this purpose.Read More
If all of us in this world would practice the golden rule—to love each other as we love ourselves—then we’d have no more war, no more chaos. If we could love one another for that spark of the Creator that we each have within ourselves and not because of the community we belong to, how much money we make, or how we pray, then we would live in a different world.
Don’t get me wrong: Human beings have faults. In fact, there are people with deep and dark faults that they must change. But if we can focus on what we ourselves need to transform and if we can support those around us with love and understanding in the hope that they will transform as well, then we can induce healing in a world sorely in need of it.Read More
Two years ago, a tanker spilled oil into the Pacific and no one knew how to get rid of the mess. So we at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles took a group of people down to the beach where we did a meditation and a healing circle. In the following weeks, the oil dissolved itself. It disappeared, and experts to this day don’t know where the oil went or what happened to it.
The idea here is that we can make a difference in the world through our consciousness. So the next time you draw positive energy to yourself, remember to also push it outwards and help to create healing for a world in chaos.Read More
In this world, people are judged by race, money, status, religion, and a thousand other criteria that society imposes on us. As spiritual human beings, however, we need to push ourselves to have a different consciousness.
Spirituality is believing that everyone has the right to draw spiritual energy and to bring that energy into their lives and the lives of others. Spirituality is understanding that the Light force of the Creator transcends the physical world. Spirituality is realizing that the Light exists in each and every one of us. Spirituality is about caring for the welfare of others and not just looking out for ourselves. When this is our consciousness, we can arrive at a place where we have a sense of unity with our neighbor and the blessing of Light in our lives and in the world.Read More
Sometimes we find ourselves saying, "I’m trapped on this wheel and I can’t move forward. I feel like I’m stuck and I don’t have any place to go." When we hit this point, sometimes all we need to do, as hard as this might be, is to pick ourselves by the bootstraps and figure out what we can do to make a better way.
If we are able to do this, then maybe we can go on to the next stage. If we don’t do anything and we stay stuck in the same place and the same consciousness, then it’s a sure thing we will never go to the next level. But when we learn how to motivate ourselves in our current circumstances, the universe itself will propel us forward.Read More
The Zohar says that during this time, the Creator will "refine us as gold is refined." Webster’s Dictionary says that "to refine" means "to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material." Though most of us would probably prefer to have a life that is wide open and all bright and beautiful, we need to remember that this is not why we were placed here on this earth. Comfort is not the name of the game. The game is to be able to go through the maze we call life, to see through to the end of the tunnel to transform our negativity into Light.Read More
The Zohar says that we must be prepared to work for anything we ask of the Creator. If we want a miracle to save us, we need to create an opening through which that miracle can enter.
If we say, “I’ve done this and I’ve done that, now where is the miracle?” or “I’m not worried because I will be saved,” then we are sure to be disappointed. No person, not even the most righteous among us, can rest on their deeds or on their laurels. We have to be willing to create our own miracles by doing something against our usual reactive mode of operating.Read More