Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 03, 2015

The righteous of old used to go into the local woods to meditate and to feel their Oneness with the Creator amidst the beauty of Creation.

In that sacred space, they would clear their minds of the constant stream of thoughts about the opinions of others—what he said, what she said, what I am going to do.

It was a quiet time—a time to just be, a time to reset. In this inner sanctum, they could access the most powerful answers in the universe, the answers that come from the quiet space within.

Today, take a few moments to walk outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Notice the leaves on the trees, the sky, the warmth of the sun on your skin, the wind playing with your hair. Whatever Nature has to offer, just notice it and commune with that part of you that is one with all of Creation.

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

God doesn’t make deals, but we try to make deals with God all the time. For example, sometimes we’ll say, “I will pray three times a day and be a religious person if you will do this one thing for me, God.” Then when nothing appears to happen, we become upset and question why God isn’t manifesting what we want in our life, even though we are doing all of the “right” things.

The reason we aren’t getting what we want is because we are trying to make deals. In this world, the only deal is to be the very best human being that we can be. To achieve this level of enlightenment is the only task that God has given us to do. He wants us to wake in the morning and not only see the beauty of the world, but to marvel at how wonderful it is that we can see at all. This is the consciousness we are put on Earth to gain.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: August 27, 2015

There’s a story told about a man who has a dream one night. In the dream, the Creator shows him a boulder and tells him, "I want you to go out and push that boulder." So in the morning, the man gets up, finds the boulder near his home, and starts to push it. He pushes it for a day, a week, a month, a year, two years. After two years, however, he gets tired of pushing the boulder. In fact, he’s completely forgotten about his dream.

And so he lives out his life and eventually passes on.

When he comes to the Gates Upstairs, he is greeted by a group of angels who tell him, "Sorry, you didn't finish your work on Earth. You're going to have to go back down again.”

Stunned and upset at the angels’ pronouncement, the man asks, "What do you mean, I didn’t finish my work? What is it that I didn't do?”

The angels say, "You were told to push the boulder. You were told to do your work. You were...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: August 26, 2015

The beautiful thing about our spiritual community is that it is made up of thousands upon thousands of faces speaking with one voice, the voice of the soul.

Each one of us has our own beliefs and ideals, and we come from different cultures, religions, and walks of life. Yet we can, at least in one part of our lives, our spirituality, come into “at-one-ment” with one another because we understand that regardless of what separates us, the soul is one, and we are all rocks hewn from the same magnificent mountain created by a Divine Force.

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

When we are on a spiritual path, the Light shows us signs to let us know we are heading in the right direction. It's like flying an airplane. When we rise above the clouds, the sun is always shining. In the same way, when we rise above those things that cloud our spiritual vision, the Light is always shining brightly and illuminating our path.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: August 24, 2015

The things in our lives that fulfill us on the deepest levels of our being can only come from a spiritual root. Money, possessions, and honor cannot fill us with this Light. True fulfillment can only come when our soul is satisfied that we are doing the real work--the spiritual work of transforming ourselves. And as long as we are in our physical body, our work is not yet complete.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 21, 2015

During the time of the Holy Temple, the city of Jerusalem was small, and many people lived outside the city walls. Each day, a bullock would be delivered from outside the city to inside where it would be used for the sacrifice in the Temple.

One day, the people living outside the walls said, “We who are outside the walls don’t understand why only those inside Jerusalem should receive the energy from these sacrifices.” So instead of sending a bullock, they sent a pig so that those inside would be deprived of energy.

The motivation behind this act came from the thought that “if I don’t have something, then the next guy shouldn’t either.” Sometimes our actions, too, are based on such a belief. This is because we don’t really understand that there is an infinite amount of the Creator’s Light—enough for everyone.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 20, 2015

Kabbalah teaches that each of us has been granted a predetermined amount of time here on Earth along with a predetermined number of words and actions to use in our lifetime.

Positive acts such as studying spirituality and helping others, speaking positive words, and giving encouragement are not charged against our “account”; however, when we speak negatively about or against others, those words are counted. This means that, in effect, through our positive actions and our words of Light, we can actually create the energy of immortality.

Today, make sure that your words and actions are words and acts of Light.

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: August 19, 2015

The Zohar refers to the Gates of Mercy that open and close depending on the time of the year, but there is one gate that can always be opened—the Gate of Tears.

When we cry out to God and ask for His help to be more spiritual and sharing, to rid us of those things that keep us locked into ourselves, the Gate of Tears swings wide open. A single minuscule tear is potentially the drop of Light needed to take us through this gate and up to our next spiritual level, allowing us to climb up to a place where we can see that we are constantly surrounded by opportunities to grow and improve ourselves.

Tears rooted in selfishness, tears we cry to get more for ourselves alone, won’t unlock this gate. Only when we cry out to God with the desire to become more than we are today, does the Gate of Tears open, welcoming our requests.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 16, 2015

One of the most important things that we came into this world to learn is to really open ourselves to love. I’m not talking here about loving one another as friends, but of learning to love humanity.

We are here to understand that love is not an energy that says, “I love you, my child, because I benefit from you; because everything you do in this world is mine; because through you, I can expand myself.”

Nor is love is an energy that says, “I love you, my husband, because you give me so many things. I love you, my friend, because you like me; because you are part of my same social status; because you like the things that I do; because you appreciate who I am.”

These sentiments (and their agendas) are not a part of the energy of love that we have been put here to generate and share. Love does not discriminate. Love does not calculate. Rather, love is the energy that connects us all. It is the energy that gives us the ability to have care for all people.

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