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

For me, certainty means one thing. I know that the things that happen in my life – however difficult they may be – are part of a grander plan: a Hand that is pushing me in a direction, whether or not I acknowledge it, whether or not I want to go there. We are put in this world with an assigned spiritual role, and we will get knocked around by the universe until we wake up to it.

I know a person who got shot and nearly died, had heart disease and nearly died, got cancer and nearly died. But he is still here, which means there is still something he still needs to do in this life. He keeps getting slammed and getting saved because he has a spiritual role in this world, some spiritual work that he has yet to complete.

Take a look at Moses: Even he was called to complete his job.

Initially, Moses lived a comfortable life in Egypt. After all, he grew up a prince in Pharaoh’s palace! Then one day something happens, and he has to go out of his...

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

I heard a fascinating story recently about an old man who wrote two wills before he died. The first will included two letters: the first letter contained his instructions to his family on what to do with certain aspects of his life: his goods, his homes, his money, etc. At the bottom of the letter, he wrote: "I am asking that you bury me in my favorite green socks."

After he died, the family read the letter and prepared him to be buried. But the cemetery where he was to be laid wouldn’t allow him to go into the ground wearing the socks. The family pleaded, but to no avail.

When they got home from the funeral, they opened the second letter. Much to their surprise, they read: “See! I couldn’t even have a pair of socks when I left!”

It’s a funny story, and apparently a true one. But it shows us that the bottom line of being is that the only thing we can take with us is the energy we create from the things we have done from...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: February 25, 2015

Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”

This world was created to give us the environment to change! To go up the ladder of transforming into a spiritually evolved being.

When we suffer hardships, it is the grand symphony of life that has placed us in that position so that our soul can go through its process of correction. Each person that has been put into this world was born into a certain family or environment that takes into account their previous lives to enhance the work of their soul. Everything we experience is there to help us evolve and change. The soul may travel through many different lifetimes to achieve its perfection in order to be whole and eventually to go back to its Source, the Creator.

The point is that we came here to this world to change. And when enough of us wake up to this understanding and truly start to work on ourselves and embrace this change, then we will be able to...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 24, 2015

Admit it: We’ve all done negative actions. The question now is how do we counteract them with good?

I know of a man that used to continually engage in extra-marital affairs. Then he decided to change his ways. Now he is loyal, he gives to charity, and he has become part of a community that he gives back to. In the ledger of life, he is paying back his cosmic debt.

Today, take a good look at your own life. What is your debt? If you don’t know why bad things are happening in your life, find out. Having certainty is the knowledge that if something is going wrong in your life, it is because your cosmic bank account is depleted. Start putting positive thoughts, words, and actions into the universe – in other words, start making daily deposits in the bank – and things will get better! Begin your own daily ledger sheet so the cosmos does not have to do it for you.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: February 23, 2015

All too often we hear about how someone who was abused has become an abuser, a victim who has become a victimizer. But what if that person can turn the pain around and rather than hurting other people, help them instead? If that person can do that and not to give in to their victimhood, then there was a reason for them to experience the hardship in the first place.

I heard a story of a man who lost his whole family in an accident. He was the only survivor. The pain, both physical and mental, led him to become a drug addict. Eventually he realized that this couldn’t be what life was all about, so he cleaned up his act and today he works intervening with addicts.

Hopefully we all don’t have to go through his kind of sorrow to be able reach the understanding that life is about change, that it’s about helping others, that it’s about taking all that is negative within and around us and transforming that pain and negativity into Light for the benefit of ourselves and the...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 22, 2015

On a spiritual level, the universe is a giant cosmic bank where we make withdrawals and deposits on a daily basis.

Our withdrawals include health, security, love, the breath that we take, even the fact that we can open our eyes in the morning!

We make deposits in the bank when we volunteer, help others, or do small kindnesses like saying hello to someone we don’t necessarily know well or even care about. Every day that we do actions of sharing beyond our comfort zone, or extend ourselves as a good friend, or pray not only for ourselves but for others as well, we are making a deposit into our cosmic bank account.

The cosmic bank is open 24/7, and our thoughts, words, and actions are constantly adding to or subtracting from our account. But we have to keep making deposits; we can’t rely on some good deed we did three years ago, hoping it will tide us over. Just as we need to eat every day, we need to share every day, too.

Today, take a moment to check the...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: February 21, 2015

There is a story that tells of a bank robber who gets shot and killed in the middle of big heist. Fast forward a bit, and we find him apparently standing at the gates Upstairs where he meets a wonderful angel who says to him, “I am your angel, your messenger. Actually, I’m sort of like a genie, and anything you want, just ask me and you get it.”

And the bank robber says, “Wow, this is great! You know what? I want to have some alcohol. And let’s see, I also want to have some beautiful women around me. In fact, I want to do whatever I want and have the best time.”

And just like that, poof, the guy looks around and he’s in the middle of a fabulous party. So there he is, partying one day, two days, three days…until he says, “Hey, angel, wait a second. There’s something missing here. I’m done with all this stuff. I want to try something else.”

The angel says, “Sure, no problem. What do you want to do?”

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

Interestingly, a number of influential people including Malala Yousafzai, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently signed "An Open Letter to World Leaders," which ended with this plea:

Let's be clear: the actions we take in 2015 will decide which way the world turns for decades to come. Please take the right path.

Yesterday was officially the Chinese New Year, and according to Chinese astrology 2015 is the year of the goat (or sheep depending on who you ask), symbolizing peace. People born under this influence are known to be gentle, amicable, and kind. 2015 is also the 32nd year of the current 60 year cycle that occurs in the Chinese calendar. In kabbalistic numerology, 32 is represented by the letters Lamed and Bet, which spell “lev” in Hebrew, meaning heart.

I believe that this is the year that the universe is calling us— all of humanity— to return to our heart. With so much...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 18, 2015

Seventy-five percent of the body that we are born with consists of water. And you know what is so interesting? As we grow older, that percentage actually goes down. Yes, water dissipates from our body. An average male adult body consists of approximately 63% water. Kabbalistically, water represents chesed (mercy). And so from a spiritual perspective, the way I understand this phenomenon is that as we grow older, our natural tendency is to become inundated with our own prejudices and guidelines and boundaries. We start to decide where our kindnesses should and shouldn’t go, and in so doing we are diminishing the amount of chesed (mercy energy) that we carry with us.

Today, however, with our growing consciousness and the spiritual tools available to us, it doesn’t have to be this way. The more we can inject human dignity and kindness into our daily interactions with others, the more chesed we will bring to ourselves and the world.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 17, 2015

Instead of feeling doubt every time something seemingly negative happens, what we should be saying is: “I don’t understand this situation, but I’ve done everything I can to make it a positive experience. So I’ll have certainty that in the larger scheme of things, the situation is indeed positive.” With this consciousness, we give darkness no entry into our experience or our life.

Today, when something doesn’t go as planned, have certainty that the universe is working for your highest good.

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RT @michael_berg_: One word from @TheZohar is enough to elevate you spiritually, but only if you are certain that it will. 3 hours 24 min ago