Posted In: Weekly Consciousness, Toldot, Responsibility, Human Dignity Posted On: October 28,2013
Opportunities for us to draw down energy arise constantly and usually in the most mundane of situations. We certainly don’t need to wait for a picture-perfect moment to extend love. For example, if someone approaches us for help in the midst of our busiest hour, we have a choice: We can brush the person off and respond curtly, or we can say to ourselves, “Wait a minute. Maybe this person needs help in some way.” If we can extend ourselves— even if for only a moment—then we will have tapped into true spirituality and connected with love. Each of us is just one single person. But if this week, we can uplift one other person, and then that person in turn uplifts another, by Friday we will have affected thousands of people, if not more. If we can feel the people around us and extend love instead of judgment, we can get to the place beyond physicality and create a better world for all humanity. And that is a true blessing. Read More
Posted In: Love, Human Dignity, Judgment Posted On: October 25,2013
The essence of spirituality is to teach us to go outside of ourselves and to feel the energy of the next person. To paraphrase the first century BCE sage Hillel, the most important commandment for humankind is treat your neighbor as you yourself would like to be treated; the rest of the Bible is simply commentary on this point. And the cosmos constantly affords us the opportunity to connect with our purpose: to be able to look at people and offer love instead of judgment. All of us have times of judgment. If in the midst of those moments, we can remember to respect the human dignity of others, then we can overcome the barriers between people and connect to love, which is the greatest level of spiritual being and connection. Read More
Posted In: World Peace, Rav Berg, Unity, Master Kabbalists & Their Writings Posted On: October 23,2013
Last Thursday marked 30 days since the 12th day of the lunar month of Libra when my husband and our teacher, Rav Berg left this world. According to the kabbalists, on the 30th day after a person leaves this world, the soul reaches the most powerful place in its journey. I’m sure that from now on, we will be able to feel the Rav supporting the Kabbalah Centre as it moves forward with the spiritual work of awakening in everyone a respect for human dignity for all mankind. The Rav was a special human being in more ways than one. He had a remarkable openness and kindness for the people around him and for the people that came to him. He opened himself to allow people in, regardless of where they came from or what their beliefs were. To create what the Rav created takes great strength. Think about it. How many of us have really chosen our path in life and followed through 100% to achieve it? Not many. Most of us do what we need to do, what we are told to do, and what is expected of us. The... Read More
Posted In: Desire, Depression Posted On: October 23,2013
If we are honest with ourselves, we know that in addition to being asleep at night, we can also be asleep during the day. It is very easy to go through our days being good people and doing what we are “supposed” to do. But to really live life requires a much greater desire—a desire for genuine fulfillment that we constantly need to build. To really live is to wake up and inject new energy into each day. In practice, this means recognizing what our individual gifts are, using them, and sharing them with the world. But we cannot accomplish this unless we first are able to cultivate appreciation—to consciously work to see the good in ourselves and in others. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not always easy to do this. Sadness can be one of the greatest roadblocks to our transformation. But when we fall into despair, we become disconnected from the Light and we lose our clarity. We cannot access the information that is there for us. We cannot read the signs; we do not get the messages. They are... Read More
Posted In: Chayei Sarah, Unity, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: October 21,2013
This week’s portion connects us to the energy of Sarah the Matriarch, who, according to the kabbalists, represents the totality of Creation. Much like a seed that contains the potential for the branches, roots, fruits, and leaves of a plant, the energy of Sarah connects us with the underlying unity between everyone and everything in this universe. Today, use the power of Sarah to remove the separation between you and another person. This can be something as small as offering a smile or opening a door, or something as important as extending an apology or forgiveness to a loved one. But when you do it, you can be sure that you are helping to reunite the whole of humanity. Read More
Posted In: Spiritual Work, Effort, Our Potential Posted On: October 16,2013
No matter how much we try to read, learn, and study, if we are not reaching, if we are not stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zone to help someone else, if we are not holding on with our fingertips to the next rung of the spiritual ladder, then we cannot get to our next level. Yes, that growth might involve discomfort, even pain. But if we want to grow, there is no alternative. Read More
We all want to reach our full potential. How are we truly able to see all that limits us from doing so? Read More
One afternoon, a simple man was told that God would be revealed to him that night. Thrilled at this incredible prospect, the man rushed through the streets to his home. On the way, he found a ragged young boy on a side street, so he brought him along. A little while later, he saw a starving beggar and gave him something to eat. Finally, he reached his house and eagerly waited to see the Creator. He waited all night, but nothing happened. The next morning, he pleaded, “God! What happened to the promise? Where were You yesterday?” And the Creator answered, “What do you mean? I was in the boy and I was in the beggar.” This week, let us remember that the Creator often comes to us in the form of someone we can help or a situation in which we can be of service. These are our opportunities to build our Light, to bolster our protective shield, and to give us the strength to remember that we are totally capable of rising above whatever difficulties are happening in our lives. Read More
Posted In: Beresheet (Genesis), Weekly Consciousness, Lech Lecha, Consciousness Posted On: October 07,2013
In the Bible, the Creator tells Abraham to go out of his house and to leave his place of birth. According to the kabbalists, leaving one’s house is a code for creating a new beginning. For Abraham to reach his potential as the channel of mercy for the whole world, he first needed to go out from his comfort zone. How does this apply to our lives? Well, we know that making a decision to change is important, but unless we do something about it, the change cannot manifest. Sometimes in order to reach the next level of our potential, we need to do things that take us beyond ourselves and out of the nice boxes we have organized around our lives. We need to be okay with the fact that we may not know how the conversation will conclude, or how our day will unfold, or where we will be in five years’ time. Our job is not to know the specific outcome of every situation, but rather to know that our actions—positive or negative—actually make a difference in the bigger picture. Read More

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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