Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 03, 2016

If we understood that there is a system for all the things that manifest in our lives and that everything is here to teach us and to bring us to a place where we can complete our correction, then we would never worry. We would know that God put us in this framework, in this body, and in this environment to be in the best position to finish our correction.

The circumstances in which we find ourselves are not meant as punishments; they are tools to help us elevate to another level of spiritual consciousness. If we truly understood this, then there would be no greed, anger, or envy because we would know that we are always exactly where we need to be.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 02, 2016

So many people remain in situations that make them feel miserable. They stick it out because they don’t know how to change their circumstances. We stay in a relationship that’s no good, but we think it is easier than being alone. We stay in an unfulfilling job for the same reason. Most of us are a slave to something. But when we live in bondage to a situation or a person, we leave no space for the Light of the Creator to do His work.

Today, acknowledge one area in your life where you feel you stuck. Recognition is the first step to change.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 26, 2016

Letting go of ego means listening to another completely—even when we don’t agree with what they have to say. It means allowing someone to have a differing opinion—and not turning it into a war of words. It means being in a place where we recognize that we don’t have to take offense—just because someone doesn’t share our viewpoint.

Today, set an intention to let go of ego in some area of your life. Then, be aware when a situation arises that presents you the opportunity to do so.

Remember, in the moment, letting go of our ego is not easy; but is one of the best ways to bring yourself a sense of lasting fulfillment and to breathe life and energy into those areas where you may feel a little stuck.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 25, 2016

To be completely attuned to another person’s "wavelength," we must completely remove our prejudices from the picture. What I see with my eyes isn’t what you see with yours. You and I have two completely different perspectives on everything surrounding us. If we can temporarily give up what we think, who we are, and what we feel, we’ll be able to truly hear what is being said and reach into the depths of another human being.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 23, 2016

A righteous person is not someone who becomes pure and then can lecture and give himself to the people. Rather, a righteous person is someone who would, perhaps, stop in the street to help someone who is hurting—even though, let’s say, this will make him or her late for an important meeting.

A righteous person, in other words, is someone who sees what he or she can do for someone else, and does it, even if it is inconvenient or uncomfortable.

There’s a story about a man who wants desperately to find God. I mean, he really, really desires to connect with his Creator. So what does he do? He fasts for a few days, then climbs a mountain to meditate. Finally, exhausted, he gets to a place where he can rest and there he continues his fervent prayers. Nada: no response from God.

At last, exasperated, the man cries out, “God! God! Where are you?”

And God says, “You went the wrong way, buddy! I’m down here, with the...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 22, 2016

It is said that we have two eyes for a reason: one eye to see the beauty and warmth in our friends, and the other to look inside ourselves to see what is wrong with us so we can transform it.

It is so much easier to look for what is wrong in a person or situation than for what is right. It is so much easier sometimes to find something that is off in whatever is in front of us and then proceed with zeal and zest to try to change it.

The greatest gift we have is loyalty and friendship. So the next time something you find yourself focusing on all that is going wrong, find something right---and appreciate it.

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Posted In: Posted On: January 21, 2016

There is a beautiful story that I told in a recent lecture. I’m sure I have written it down before, but it is so powerful for this time, for this month of Aquarius, that I want to share it with you again.

It is a story about a great tzadik, a righteous rabbi. One day, a couple came to him with their dying child and begged him with all their heart to heal the boy. The tzadik did everything he could. He spent hours and hours in prayer and fasting, but to no avail. He finally came out to the parents, and with tears in his eyes said, ‘I’ve tried, and yet there is no opening for me to heal this child. I’m so sorry.”

The parents were devastated. Completely torn apart inside, they took the little boy into their cart and drove off.

About an hour later, the tzadik suddenly said to himself, “What did I do? What a stupid fool I am!” With that, he jumped into his cart, and driving as fast as he could,...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: January 19, 2016

We are now one week into the month of Aquarius (Shevat), a month that holds tremendous power for all of us, whether we are Aquarians or not.

We have the ability, if we so desire in this time, to check our spiritual boundaries, to push them a little further. What do I mean by this? This month, as I mentioned in my new moon post, is known in Hebrew as “dli” meaning “bucket,” because energetically speaking it is a time of culmination and collection.

Like a spiritual checkpoint, the month of Aquarius is a time when we can take all the things that we have learned from the beginning of the year at Rosh Hashanah and bring them to fruition. It is a time to ask ourselves questions like: “Have I changed for the better? What have I done? How am I different? What have I received?“

If our answer is “no” and “nothing,” then perhaps it’s time for us to recheck our spiritual channels. I’m not saying that we all need to be completely transformed persons in comparison...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 15, 2016

I’ve said this before, but 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 one person’s life.

Being that candle doesn’t require a great deal from us—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 a world that is at any 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: Well Being Posted On: January 14, 2016

It’s no secret that there is horrible chaos erupting all over the world at this time. Some regions are shrouded in such darkness and pain that it is even 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. 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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Karen Berg, Spiritual Leader of The Kabbalah Centre, has committed her life to introducing the teachings of Kabbalah to the world and to expanding the role of women in spirituality and in the global community.  Read Karen's Bio

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