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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 02, 2015

If I have $100 and I give away $1, I don’t have $100 anymore, right? I have $99. It’s obvious that if I give something away, then I will have less than I had before. But this is true only in the material world.

There’s one thing that doesn’t diminish, and that’s energy—spiritual Light, if you will. In the spiritual world, the more we give (with the right consciousness, of course), the more we can receive back. A candle provides a nice metaphor: If I take a candle and from that candle light 100 candles, the light of the first candle isn’t reduced. In fact, the light in the room gets brighter and brighter.

How will you share your light today?

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: March 02, 2015

People tend to look for great concepts and intellectual ideas that are sometimes so intellectualized that they don’t understand them.

Truth is very simple.

If you have a teacher and he can take a concept, consolidate it, and give it to you to understand, then you know he knows what he is talking about. If the concept is too complicated and codified, chances are that the teacher doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 28, 2015

It is said that there are two prayers that kabbalists are supposed to do no matter what on a daily basis. The first is the morning prayer, Shacharit, which corresponds to Abraham, who represents mercy and the Right Column of energy, the energy of sharing and kindness. The second is the afternoon prayer, Mincha, which corresponds to Isaac, who represents the Left Column of energy, the energy of desire and receiving. What’s interesting, however, is that Arvit, the evening prayer, which corresponds to Jacob and to the Central Column of energy, the energy of balance, is considered optional. The reason for this is that each of us contains both the Right Column, the Desire to Share, and the Left Column, the Desire to Receive. The Central Column, the energy that balances these two forces, is something that we activate of our own volition and choice.

Via the Central Column energy, each of us has the option of choosing to grow towards the...

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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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RT @karen_berg_: Giving doesn’t mean we have less. 1 candle can light 100 wicks without its own light diminishing. 47 min 15 sec ago