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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 15, 2014

According to the Kabbalists, we have been given a predetermined period of time to be here on Earth as well as a predetermined number of words and actions to use in our lifetime. Positive actions such as studying spirituality and helping others, speaking positive words, and giving encouragement are not charged against our spiritual bank accounts, but negative words and actions are. Therefore, by making every action we take and every word we speak positive, we have the ability to create immortality.

As we continue on the 30-Day Kind Words Challenge this week, remind yourself that your efforts and kind words do make a difference in the bigger picture for yourself and for the world.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 14, 2014

It’s important to remember that how you present yourself to the world is how you will be remembered. As we all know, it’s not possible to make two first impressions, so make your words and actions count when you meet someone. Ask yourself: "Am I approaching this situation with kindness and care? Or do I just want to blow past it to the next task or person?"

Today, when you engage with others, make sure you are putting your best foot forward. After all, you might be the one who makes the difference in their life.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 13, 2014

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: It takes only one small candle to bring Light to a darkened room. We have the power to be that small light every time we choose to make a difference in someone’s life.

Being that candle doesn’t require a great deal from us either. It’s the way we smile, the way we take a moment to help, the way we say “thank you.” Our kindness and care can make a tremendous difference in the life of a person…or the world.

In a world that is at any given moment cold, dark, and painful for many people, we need to remember that one candle can bring warmth and Light. As the old adage goes: “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 12, 2014

It’s no secret that horrible chaos is erupting all over the world at this time. Some regions are shrouded in such darkness and pain that it is hard for most of us to even wrap our heads around what is happening.

For this reason, those of us who are perhaps more in tune with the spiritual Light around and within us should realize that this awareness is not simply a blessing in and of itself. Rather, it is an opportunity to bring other people to the same awareness.

Today, don’t take your spiritual awareness for granted. Share one concept you have learned with someone else; it just may be what he or she needs to hear.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: September 11, 2014

Each and every one of us has a certain number of tests that we must pass over the course of our lifetime. This means that whenever we reach the point of accomplishing whatever we need to accomplish at a specific level, then we move on to the next level and the next test, each time gaining access to a higher level of our soul.

The hard fact, though, is that the tests that we sometimes need to undergo can be very difficult. Sometimes they may even appear to us to be insurmountable “curses.” What we learn in Kabbalah, however, is that every hardship is there to somehow bring us to another level of consciousness.

For example, let’s say that a busy person gets ill and is ordered to relax. As a result of finally slowing down in life, this person now finds himself with the time to contemplate his ways: what he has and has not done, how he has or has not contributed to the world. Now, after years and years on one track, this person gains a true determination to become more...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 09, 2014

People often ask me the difference between spirituality and religion. Certainly the two words can be interchangeable and the ritual can often look the same.

For me the difference is the idea of purpose, the reason why we do or don’t do x, y, or z.

There is a wonderful little story that speaks to this question: A student challenges his teacher about the manner of giving thanks, saying “We both make a blessing before we eat. How is your blessing different from mine?” The master lovingly answers his bold young pupil saying, “Yes, it is true that both you and I make a blessing before we eat our food. The only difference is that you thank God so you can eat, and I eat so I can thank God.”

What we learn from this master is that it’s not the blessing or ritual itself that is important but rather the consciousness behind it. According to the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, the purpose for all our study, for all the many connections we participate in, for all the...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: September 08, 2014

At this time of the year, we normally make our greatest effort to take spiritual stock of our actions. At best we work on how we can become better versions of ourselves, at worst we can get stuck in beating ourselves up all in the name of purging. Either way, we are focusing on ourselves, and on the how, rather than seeing the end goal, which is why we do this work in the first place. Remember that line from the Bible "love your neighbor as you love yourself." I believe that much of the job of perfecting the how has been done by the generations before us. Religion has brought us to the place where we have perfected ritual. What is left for us now is to simply be the kindness we want to see in the world.

So as we go through this month of Virgo, and while we sign up for, and plan our participation in the 22 days of the High Holidays, let’s do it a little differently than we have in past years. Instead of focusing on correcting the times we were not...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 06, 2014

The Chinese have a saying: "When we were born, we cried while all around us laughed. Let us live our lives so that when we leave this world, we can laugh while all around us cry."

When we smile, we stimulate others to extend beyond themselves and to enter a world where they share with others and others share with them. Conversely, when we are angry or fearful, we trigger those states in those around us, encouraging others to be limited and self-concerned.

Paul Ekman, PhD, a pre-eminent psychologist and an expert in facial expressions, has found that smiling on the outside can actually stimulate brain activity associated with happiness. Let’s cultivate a smiling, cheerful attitude.

Life is a wonderful dance, and we can enjoy it more if we learn to tread lightly.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: September 05, 2014

During this time of year, it is of utmost importance that we set our mind to leaving all our old garbage behind and work at washing ourselves clean of any grievances we hold over the injustices we feel others have done to us. Emotional scars block us from the Light that sustains us within.

We ask the Creator to forgive and dissolve all of the negative things we have done, but He can only do this when we are willing to do the same for those around us. We must see that the Divine is in each of us because if we can do that, that light will come back to us and from us ripple out to the world.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 04, 2014

In Kabbalah, we learn that we can’t coerce someone into spirituality. The best way to bring a person to higher awareness is to demonstrate our transformation through authentic joy, warmth, and kindness. This is how we can truly guide and inspire those around us—not by saying “You should do this” or “You should do that.”

Today, be extra conscious of how you use your words. Are you using your words to encourage and inspire, or just to criticize and get the job done?

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