Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: September 16, 2017

This week we gather together for Rosh Hashanah, the 6th day of Creation, the day that Adam was "born." The kabbalists explain that on one's birthday there is a renewal of the soul that occurs, the individual is strengthened in their purpose in the world. Rav Berg used to say that Rosh Hashanah is all of our birthdays, since in truth we are all One. The only reason we may have a different birthday from our neighbor is because we have been coming back to this earthly plane so often; but at the seed level, there is no fragmentation and Adam comprised all human consciousness just as a seed can hold all the future emanations of a full grown tree with all of its leaves, branches and fruits.

With that in mind, as gather on Rosh Hashanah, and we have people from all walks of life, it is an indication that we are going back to that Source, to the root. Because it is only in that root, in that unity of spirit, that we can find the peace, the non-aggression, non-separation. We all...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 09, 2017

It is human nature to get caught up in fearing the future or regretting the past, but never forget that your true power lies in the present.

This is especially helpful to remember whenever we are approaching a big cosmic opening, such as Rosh Hashanah, the day on which our lives will be laid bare before our Creator. In our spiritual preparation for such an event, we might find ourselves setting our sights a bit "beyond the seas," so to speak.

I've often used the example of the guy who works 50 years in a profession he doesn't even like, just so that "one day" he can retire and finally enjoy his life. But who say there is going to be a “one day”? I believe life is much more fulfilling when we recognize the miracles that are before us in each unfolding moment.

Sure, we all have aspects of our existence that we'd rather not deal with, and we might have obligations to fulfill that perhaps we'd like to skip, but...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 02, 2017

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Have you ever been walking down the street, maybe feeling a little discouraged even, when suddenly you cross paths with someone who has the biggest smile across their face? In an instant, you feel better. The positive vibration bounces off of you and you too find yourself in an ear to ear grin. That is the power of joy. And thanks to the energy that permeates the cosmos this week, we can all get a good dose of it.

What is joy, really? Generally, we talk more of happiness, in the day to day. We say, "I'm happy with it," which means something more like – I am content. Joy (simcha, in Hebrew), however, is an altogether different force. Joy is more unconditional.

Consider two people who wake up in the morning with identical circumstances. One jumps out of bed with incredible motivation and energy, "...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: August 26, 2017

Have you had moments when you feel like you are playing a losing game? Where it seems you always end up with the same sort of relationships, or with the same scenarios in finances? Or maybe you are always trying to ditch the same 15 pounds? If so, you are not alone. These times can be frustrating, and can make you feel like you don't want to make any effort at all.

We as human beings often get caught up trying to control the external elements of our lives. We see people, places, or situations as the source of our problems. The Kabbalists, however, have a totally different perspective: The areas that give us the most trouble and frustration are the areas where there is the greatest potential for spiritual transformation. With this knowledge, we can begin to see our greatest challenges are truly our greatest blessings.

The Baal Shem Tov wrote, “Creation can be likened to a picture puzzle that has been disassembled....

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 19, 2017

I'm sure you've all seen and used the little monkey emoji that have their eyes, ears, and mouths covered. But have you ever considered where they come from and what it means? The origins for these three fellas are a bit obscure. They are Japanese in origin, depicted on the walls of a Shinto shrine, but have probable Buddhist and even Hindu roots as well. Although in our Western culture, they usually have a negative connotation in that they describe someone who would turn a blind eye to wrongdoing, their original meaning is that it is wise to "see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil." (Sometimes there is a fourth one, by the way, with his hands crossed portraying the "do no evil.")

This week's portion is called Shoftim meaning "Judges," and in the Torah we read about the details of how the judicial system was to be carried out. Rav Berg would often teach regarding this portion that there are gates a soul goes through upon leaving this world. At each one, there...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: August 12, 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where you and another person witness the same event, and yet you see it totally differently? Or maybe you've watched two people interacting in a foreign language and you think they look upset, but really they are just very excited?

Whenever I experience those scenarios, it reminds me of the fact that as human beings, we don't always see things so clearly. Each one of us has preconceived notions and ideas, held in our conscious or subconscious mind, that form the lens through which we "view" this world. As the saying goes, “We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.”

It is a fitting discussion because this week's portion is Re'eh which means "to see." Through it, we receive the energy to build and maintain our spiritual vision. This is also the week in which Rav Berg was born so it holds extra power and significance for all of us in this Global Spiritual...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: August 05, 2017

Sometimes we think that this life is about getting prizes and avoiding punishment, about following all the rules to be the good boy or girl we are expected to be, about coloring inside the lines, or knowing it all.

But Kabbalah says otherwise.

This week's portion is called Ekev and when you look in the Zohar you will find a discussion of the correction of souls across lifetimes. It explains that each one of us descended into this physical world with a certain "tikkun" (correction) to complete, certain things to do; specific challenges to face and overcome. There is no set "this is what your life should look like" and then you are redeemed sort of thing. Everything is much more fluid than that. What there is is a universal system of spiritual laws through which we are afforded the opportunity to resolve our karmic debt.

Many years ago, when we were just beginning to build what we now know as the Kabbalah Centre International, we were in Paris...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 29, 2017

Have you ever tried to change someone else? If your answer is yes (which it is probably for all of us), then you know it's a trap which only leaves you feeling disempowered and frustrated. What can be even more painful is watching someone you love go through a difficult process and knowing that you cannot take it away from them. We can walk this road of life together hand in hand. And yet, simultaneously, it is up to each one to take responsibility for our own growth and healing.

While this can be difficult to accept in times that someone we love is in great pain, it is also empowering to know that we each have the power to overcome our unique challenges. The circumstance in which we find ourselves is not an accident. Simply put -- if it comes to us, then we have what it takes to rise above it. We may need to get creative, ask for help, use all the tools in our box, go way outside of our comfort zone, and exhibit great patience and certainty, but eventually, we will evolve...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: July 22, 2017

There are many components to spirituality. Of course, there is study through which we can gleam insight into the many profundities of the Creator’s magnificence. There is also prayer, a channel whereby words and thoughts can connect us with God’s ever-present Light. Both these pieces are important, and yet there is another component, one I feel is the most powerful towards attaining a spiritual lifestyle and all the blessings and fulfillment that come with it.

This is what I like to call spirituality in action. For there is nothing that generates more positivity in the world than extending our hearts to one another, or lending a helping hand to someone in need. To pray to God is beautiful and to study God is the path to enlightenment, but to become like God is truly Divine.

In the Zohar portion that we read this week, there is a story of a little six-year old boy, called the Yenuka who had a gift of...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: July 15, 2017

Imagine a guy who is about to close a huge contract and make a lot of money. Just before it happens, the deal falls through, and he ends up with nothing. He invested so much time, energy, effort, and then poof it is gone. It is all taken away. Most of us would probably think to ourselves, "Oh man, tough break; too bad for that guy." Right? But what if I told you that’s not the case?

What if I told you that in the bigger picture of this man's spiritual growth, losing this contract was going to give him the humility he needed for an even bigger deal down the line. Had he gotten it, he would have become too egotistical, losing his connection to his inner Light. Undergoing that "setback" was the way the universe allowed him to find himself with a stronger, more powerful consciousness.

The idea here is that true reward is not about what we get in the physical world. It is not the honor, respect, or money we make. The real reward is that which we gain through our evolution...

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In the midst of such chaos in my life, I have been able to find peace through studying Kabbalah. Without any doubts whatsoever, I would highly recommend anyone to call. I am so thankful for The Kabbalah Centre, because it has made all the difference in my spiritual growth and development.

 

- Susan Perry Simpson

Kabbalah is the best gift I have had this year. But it did not come easy. It is a result of a lot of hard, focused, and disciplined work my teacher guided me through. Often I had to go out of my comfort zone to apply the tools. But the satisfaction and confidence I now feel is indescribable.

- Sam Parnaso

Now I look back and question what exactly I did and how I managed without these teachings in my life.

- Christopher Smith