Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 24, 2016

This week we enter into a 21 day period the kabbalists call Ben HaMetzarim, which is often considered to be three of the most “negative” weeks of the year. I put the word “negative” in quotes for a reason, because Rav Berg would often teach that this time has the potential to be one of the most positive. This is the duality of the material world that is connected to the Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil. Even the word “evil” spelled backwards becomes the word “live,” To the degree that there is darkness, we are given an opportunity to reveal the same degree of Light.

So the question becomes, how can we do that? What can we do, this coming 7 days in particular, to begin the process of making these weeks the most positive of our year instead of the most negative as they are inclined to be?

For the answers, we look to the ...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 17, 2016

Dear friends,

Many of you who have been students at the Centre for a long time will remember how often Rav Berg stressed the importance of this week’s portion. Pinchas is a powerful healing instrument given to us by the Creator and revealed to us by the kabbalists. It always falls during the month of Cancer to give us the energetic support we need not only after the malady strikes, but before it ever manifests in our bodies. As the Rav insisted, the healing energy of Pinchas attacks any dormant dis-ease that exists within us, and the upcoming 7 days that lead up to the reading of the portion itself help to set the foundation to receive as much as we can of this pure laser-like healing energy. As this spiritual opportunity comes but once a year, I would like to ask something of our global community: Can we join together in a unified...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 10, 2016

Dear friends,

I hope you enjoyed last week’s 7-day spiritual compass, and I am especially excited to share with you what the kabbalists teach about the energy that is available to us this week.

Balak is such a unique portion. Usually, if a portion is named after a particular person, it is named after a righteous soul, and yet Balak was no such individual. He was a wizard who specialized in the arts of black magic. He had great powers, but intended to use them for evil instead of for good. I use the word “intended” here for a reason, because he soon discovers that despite his many magical abilities, he is unable to bring harm to any of God’s children. He has every tool necessary to do so. He has all the means. He has even partnered with the right people. So how then is it possible that he was thwarted? In fact, it is...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 16, 2016

Sometimes going forward actually means going inward, asking ourselves: What am I doing, and why am I doing it? Am I improving the lives of others? Am I improving my own life? Is what I am doing each day making the world a better place?

By taking the time out of our busy lives to ask ourselves these and other important questions, we can arrive at the answers that are meant to take us to our next level.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 15, 2016

Those of us who have been studying Kabbalah have probably heard the statement that consciousness is all there is. Yet, there are so many times in our lives that we live robotically. When we go to work each day, do we do it just to make a living, or do we think about how we can be of assistance to those around us? When we do mundane chores around the house, do we do it because we have to or because we want to create a beautiful space for those we love? When we pass people on the street, do we ignore them or do we give a smile and say a little prayer for them?

It’s not easy to live with consciousness, but it does make a world of difference.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 14, 2016

It was in the month of Taurus (Iyar in Hebrew) that the Israelites first received the manna in the desert. The manna, which would fall from the heavens, tasted like whatever the Israelites wanted it to taste like. If a person wanted a rib-steak, for example, the manna would taste like a rib-steak. It is also said for the people who felt a certainty, the manna fell at their door, while the others had to go and find their manna a little further away.

What’s the message here for us now? If we have certainty in our connection to the Infinite Light inside of us, then we can rest assured that the upper worlds will always provide for us, and that we will be given all that we need.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 13, 2016

We learn from the kabbalists that the greater the challenge, the greater the Light that can be revealed from it. Sometimes we think that to reveal the Light, we must overcome the obstacle, but in truth, we can grow stronger, learn lessons, and receive clarity just by choosing to face the challenge itself.

It’s not always about overcoming the challenge. It’s about how much we can grow just from facing it. That’s how we reveal the Light in our challenges.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: May 12, 2016

Anyone can be a messenger. Once I was at a restaurant and the waiter said to me,

"You know, The whole God thing is very simple."

I said, "Very simple?"

"Yeah." he said. "God is very simple. When I’m filled with love and kindness, when I look at other people and say, 'How can I help them or what is it that I can do for them?' When I wake up in the morning and say, 'I feel good inside. I feel hope' -- when I have those feelings, then I know I am with God.

"And when I have those other feelings like - 'Why don't I have that? Or, how come I'm a victim? How come I can't do things like other people and when I do, no one notices?' - when I have those feelings, then I know I'm not with God."

Sometimes what is so simple, is also so true.

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: May 11, 2016

It is a remarkable thing to understand that everything in this world there is energy. Everything. There is nothing that doesn’t have an energy; a plant, a flower, and certainly, you and I.

When we pray to the Creator what is the thing that we use the most? It is our throat chakra, the voice, the "in" and the "out." And what is the "in" and the "out?" It is a conversation, an exchange of energy. When we go to the Creator, and we cry in front of Him, and we say, ‘You know, I really feel empty in this space, I really feel I need You, I really feel that I have to connect to You, I really feel that I need the kavanot (intentions) to be with You.’

We cry out to the Creator, and when we are done, there is silence, and in that silence we can hear the Creator’s voice better. We can hear that still small voice saying, ‘Now is the time you can listen.’

This whole exchange comes through the throat chakra, our place of prayer our place of song, our place of...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 10, 2016

When get together to pray as a group, the thousands of people listening to us online and the thousands of people who fill our Centres throughout the world, we are drawing a powerful force, lifting our hearts to say, "Are you listening, God?"

We need to be able to bring spirituality to the world so that there will not be the chaos that we see happening around us. The only reason the negativity is still there is because we haven't been able to break it yet. Through our unity and love for each other, we keep pushing that door open. I believe we are getting closer everyday.

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Karen BergYOUR 7 DAY SPIRITUAL COMPASS by Karen Berg

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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