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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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 09, 2016

We all make mistakes. We all do things perhaps that we shouldn't, and we act in ways that perhaps we wish we had not. But that's part of life, that's part of being involved in something that's very real. Life is full of all kinds of pitfalls and negativities and things that can get us down. Just remember that no matter what, light doesn’t come from light. Light comes from darkness. And the darkest part of our night, is just before the dawn.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 07, 2016

Plants, animals, even the spheres of the different planets have their own vibration. We all exist in harmony, and each one of us is vibration. Yes, our vibrations may be different, but if you join with somebody, and you look into their eyes and you hold their hands, do you know what happens?

Your hearts synchronize, and you suddenly you beat in a different rhythm, a rhythm of oneness.

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: May 05, 2016

There is a story about a simple shepherd boy who did not know how to pray. He was sad because he did not know how to reach the Gates of Heaven. Nevertheless, he desired so strongly to know and be close to the Creator that he stood outside the house of prayer, took his whistle, and blew it with all his heart.

Meanwhile, inside the house of prayer was a group of people who knew all the prayers but who also could not open the Gates of Heaven. When they heard the boy blowing his whistle outside, they called out, "Stop it!” and then muttered to themselves, “How can he do such a thing? Here we are in prayer and meditation, and he is blowing a whistle."

The great kabbalist the Baal Shem Tov was in there among the people and he said, "Wait, stop yelling at him. The gates are open. The boy has opened up the Gates of Heaven with the sincerity of his heart!"

Most of us probably do not know all the words of all the prayers, and we...

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