Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 02, 2015

What consequences do we suffer when we are envious, angry, jealous, or hurtful?

The answer is simple: envy, anger, jealousy, or hurtfulness.

Think of how painful these conditions are. What greater deterrent to being negative and spiteful can we have than to experience these feelings ourselves? If we find that we continue to hurt ourselves with these emotions, it is because we persist in blaming others for how we feel, how we react.

But it is never truly about the other person.

The people around us are messengers--showing us what we need to learn about ourselves.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: August 01, 2015

The reason the Creator chose Moses to be the leader of the Israelites was because of one small, simple gesture Moses made. One day while shepherding his flock of sheep on the hillside, he noticed that one of the little lambs was injured and lacked the strength to go back to pasture. Instead of leaving the poor lamb behind, Moses went back and picked it up, carrying the small animal gently in his arms.

Seeing this, the Creator said, “If he cares so much for one of My littlest creatures, how much more can he care for My people.”

It wasn’t Moses’s intelligence or even the breadth and depth of his spiritual wisdom that made him a leader in the eyes of God. Rather, it was the quality of his heart—his ability to embody the harmony, care, and love that exists within the Creator’s Light.

The Zohar says:

"Come and see, when a man wills himself to worship his Master, the will first reaches the heart, which is the basis and foundation of...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 31, 2015

How many of us truly consider the other person when we communicate with them? Most of the time, we don’t really think about it. We simply say what we want to say however we want to say it, and expect the other person to hear us the way we want them to.

The problem with this approach is that if we do not consider the nature of the person we are speaking to, what we want to get across often falls on deaf ears simply because that person does not know how to hear us.

The Rav used to say to me, "Never speak to a person in a tone or in a way that they will not understand you. Always speak on the level where they will be able to accept what it is you need to say."

Part of effective communication is learning to step outside of ourselves and to truly consider the other person. Doing so is how we inject sharing Light energy into our conversations.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 30, 2015

It’s no fun to be afraid, whether that fear is simply a mild unease or a paralyzing apprehension that keeps you from moving forward. But how can we learn to overcome fear? How can we stop the flow of adrenaline that starts charging through our bodies when we’re afraid?

Here’s one tool I can give you:

Write down what you think you're afraid of and then assign a color to it. People often choose black or red because these colors are usually associated with fear, but feel free to choose whatever color works for you.

Once you have identified the fear, ask your Higher Consciousness, “What color will help me to heal this fear?” Be open to receiving an answer. The most important part of this exercise is to allow yourself to receive the answers that are already within you. The first color that comes to your mind will be your healing color.

Next, making sure that you are in a comfortable position, breathe in your healing color, then breathe out the color of your...

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Posted In: Posted On: July 29, 2015

There is often a beautiful Light within people and things that appear to be negative.

Take Abraham the Patriarch, for example. One of the highest souls of humanity, he came from a father who was an idol-maker. Even Moses was born from the sexual union of two relatives.

But why is this great Light concealed? It is so the negativity of the Left Column, the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, doesn’t consume the Light before it has a chance to grow and become its true essence. We never know from what vessel true spirituality will come, so this means that more often than not, we must look beyond the apparent darkness to see the most powerful Light shining.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 28, 2015

We should always work to acknowledge and remember our unique brilliance as a child of God. At the same time, however, there is great importance in the knowing that all we think we are can be gone in an instant. In the stillness and humility of knowing that we are a flicker compared to the Light of the Creator, that we’re just a candle in relation to the Sun, we can tap into and feel our oneness with the Infinite Force inside of us.

When we realize how small we are in the vast abyss of time and space, we open ourselves to all of the power and possibility that exists in the cosmos. It is in this knowing that we keep striving to grow our capacity to love and to share our Light.

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

A place of internal peace is a place where we feel strong and satisfied, a place inside us where we feel our spiritual essence striving to go further and further and further in its evolution and growth. In this space, the heart and mind are united.

The key to reaching this internal peace is certainty: the knowing that everyone and everything in this present moment in our life is absolutely perfect and right for our spiritual development. The people who we have perhaps lost or who have gone away were with us for as long as they needed to be to help us in our personal growth. If we can flow in this certainty, then we can arrive at internal peace, a very powerful place indeed to be.

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: July 26, 2015

Today is Tisha b’Av, the 9th day of Av, the day the First and Second Temples were destroyed, the day that the Final Solution was signed into law in Germany in 1942, the day of several other destructive negative occurrences throughout history.

The kabbalists reveal that in terms of energy, Tisha b’Av is the most negative day of the year. And yet it is said that on this day, the Messiah will be born.

How can the darkest day be the seed for the greatest Light? The answer is that life works in polarity: Wherever the greatest amount of negativity exists, there exists a correspondingly strong pull for the positive.

Most of us understand that without pain, our physical body does not grow and develop. It is only as we exercise, as we push ourselves, as we do more lifting, that we become stronger.

The same is true on the spiritual level. There is no such a thing as a place that is full of negativity that does not also offer...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: July 25, 2015

If all of us had the ability to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, we would have already achieved purity of being. The reality is, however, that our inherent nature is to take for ourselves, not to share of ourselves.

So if our nature is to take, then why does God want us to give? Why are we being asked to love our neighbor, who may not even be someone who is close to us or whom we know anything about?

The answer is simple: When we transform our selfish nature by learning to love one another just as the Creator does, we transform darkness into Light.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 24, 2015

How many of us remember what we had for lunch three Tuesdays ago? My guess is not many. But I bet if we went out for a great meal with friends to discuss how we were going to do something that would help someone else, we’d remember the meal, no problem. We might even remember all the details of what we ordered and how everything tasted. It would be a pleasant memory, one perhaps imprinted in our minds for a while to come.

The reason for this is because when we are engaged and involved with others, we escape the bondage of the “me” and connect ourselves with the Light inside us. When we are focused only on fulfilling our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone (that is, our base physical desires), there is very little spiritual energy involved. However, when we share—when there is someone or something outside of ourselves in the equation—then a spiritual circuitry is created that connects us to a different, higher aspect of ourselves, thus making way for true...

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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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