There is so much I could share with you about the famous kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari), including my own experience in connecting with him. But what I will share is a simple lesson I gained from his life and his teachings, one that has benefitted and strengthened me in even the most difficult of tests. The Ari was born in 1534 CE in Jerusalem, but when he was still very young, his father passed away and he was sent to live in Cairo with his uncle. As a little boy, he was a spiritual prodigy, understanding and revealing the sacred secrets as if he had either studied them for years or else had in some other way downloaded them into his consciousness. When he came of age, the Ari left the city and took himself to the banks of the Nile where he lived by himself and spent his time studying the Zohar, the secrets of the universe, and living in silence. He was known to be able to communicate with nature and to see and understand the secrets of the universe in all of life that was... Read More
Posted In: The Big Picture, Well Being, Human Dignity, Global Consciousness Posted On: July 31,2014
Sometimes we can look at what is happening across the world and say, “OK, I see what’s happening, but what does it have to do with me? And what can I do about it?” The answer is simple: What I can to as an individual is to make sure that my own channel is clear. In other words, I need to ask myself questions like: How am I interacting with others? Am I open to accepting criticism in the right way and growing from it? Am I looking to see things around me that I can improve? Am I motivating the people around me? If we can get ourselves to the place where we wake up in the morning and set our intention to connect more with others and with our own spirituality, making sure that we don’t bring more negativity into this world, then this consciousness can spread out to others around us and from them outwards. Multiply this positive consciousness by thousands upon thousands, and together we will be able to alter the way the world looks. Read More
Posted In: Overcoming Challenges, Personal Transformation Posted On: July 30,2014
Oftentimes we forget the role of spirituality in our lives. Things happen and we react to them. We let the weights of life bring us down. What we must remember, though, is that inevitably our consciousness is what determines whether something is negative or positive in our life. Now you may be saying to yourself: What do you mean by our consciousness determining whether something is negative or positive? Well, let’s look at a practical real-world example. A businessman meets the right contact, gets a big contract, and is about to make a whole lot of money and then….BOOM! The deal falls through and everything is taken away from him. Sounds pretty bad, right? How does the person react? On the one hand, he could take this situation as a major blow and feel ruined by it. In other words, he sees the situation as negative. But on other hand, this same person could say to himself: "Maybe what happened occurred for my space, my spiritual growth, or my humility." Here, he turns the situation... Read More
Each of us has our own personal angels that hover around us as guards. When we do positive actions and connect to the Light force of the Creator, they are strengthened and are able to protect us. How do you and your angels become really strong? Well, think about it this way: On a physical level, the more weights we lift, the stronger we become. Spiritually, it’s the same idea. The more we fight our way out of our negativity, selfishness, and limited thinking in order to become more like the infinitely loving and sharing Light Force of the Creator, the stronger we become spiritually. Even when we are “lying in the mud” so to speak, and we say something like, “Yea… some protection this is…”-even in those times, we are protected by our angels. Because you known what? Most of the trying circumstances we encounter are specifically designed for our maximum growth. Read More
On the level of our souls, there is perfection. But in this physical world, there is no such thing as a person that is completely whole.One person may enjoy health; another person may enjoy happiness; another, wealth; and yet another, power. But in every single human being, there is a part that holds darkness. It is this darkness that gives us the opportunity to do what the kabbalists call our tikun—the process of correction in which we can overcome that part of us that is negative. The Creator never promised that we wouldn’t have problems in our lives. There was never a promise that life would be one big party. That is not why we incarnated as we are. We incarnated so that we could overcome our darkness and through our effort transform it into Light for all. Read More
In these difficult times, we all want to help. We all want to make the suffering of others go away. We all want to right what is wrong. But unfortunately, not all of us can do this—at least not directly. So what can we do? First off, we can remember that consciousness is everything and that our thoughts and actions have ramifications far beyond what we can see with our eyes. So even if we are halfway across the world from a physical battlefield, we can still send our prayers and love to those places in need of this positivity, with the certainty that our efforts do make a difference even if we don’t see it right away. We can also remember that even though we may not be in the midst of the physical fighting, we are, as members of the human race, a part of the eternal battle of consciousness. Every day, each of us fights our own battle with our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone—with that voice of our ego that tells us to be angry, selfish, anxious, judgmental, and fearful; with that... Read More
Posted In: Spiritual Work, Effort, Responsibility, Personal Transformation Posted On: July 11,2014
Many people believe spirituality means sitting on a mountain to meditate all day. But really it’s just the opposite. Spirituality is about becoming more involved with removing people’s pain in mainstream reality. The more work you do for others – not separate from them – the higher you evolve spiritually. Read More
Posted In: The Big Picture, Karen Berg, Certainty Posted On: July 10,2014
My father died in 1942, right before I was born. Mother was looking to make a life for herself, so I spent most of my time with my grandmother. I was really close to her, and with her help, I raised myself. Eventually, my mother married my stepdad. You would think after this second marriage, my life would have settled down, but it didn’t. Altogether, in fact, I went to 13 different public schools. It was a nomadic, unstable experience—one where I never had the protection of a "normal" household or family. Externally, I was a mess. I was five years behind in reading, and my classmates constantly made fun of me, calling me "stupid." One night, some kids threw me into a construction pit. I couldn’t get out, and I was terrified I would die down there. So I started crying. Why am I telling you all of this? Is it your sympathy I seek? Not at all. That incident was a turning point in my life. It was the first time I had ever felt the presence of God, Who came to me as a voice in my head. "... Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Love Posted On: July 09,2014
We are here to learn to give our loved ones the energy that allows them to feel that they always are part of us, even when they are moody, angry, or hurt, or even when they act like children instead of adults. This is the gift of unconditional love, and the only way we can receive such a gift is when we’re capable of giving it. This is the kind of love that the Creator has for us. Read More
What is a spiritual person? A spiritual person acts with consciousness, knowing that there are steps to take to become closer to the Light of the Creator. Spiritual people do not do good things simply because they think that’s what is expected of them. They do good things because that is what they expect of themselves. Read More
Posted In: Appreciation, Well Being Posted On: July 07,2014
When the Israelites were in the desert, they were given food one day at a time. They were told not to create a stockpile; the manna would fall from the sky everyday. The message in this is actually quite simple and clear: Today is the day that counts. The Creator will provide for us each day. There is no such thing right now as “tomorrow.” If we aren’t capable of giving of ourselves today, if we aren’t able to establish a connection to the Divine love that each of us has within, then we have yet to understand this important lesson—that each day is in itself the fulfillment. No person on earth has a guarantee that tomorrow will happen. Read More
In order for there to be Light in our work, we must first acknowledge that we are who we are and we are able to do what we do because of the blessing of the Creator. If it weren’t for the Divine blessing bestowed upon each of us, then we wouldn’t be that winner, that actor, that singer, that business person. Indeed, every blessing we receive as part of our personal karma can be used for the benefit of something or someone else in the world. If we don’t have this consciousness and we do what we do because we think we are the be-all and end-all, then the energy we receive cannot last. Read More
Posted In: One Percent & 99 Percent, Restriction, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: July 02,2014
Most of us living in this world are governed by the "I." The "I" is concerned with questions like: How are people going to view me? How will I relate to my family and my friends? What does this person think of me? Am I recognized and approved of by that person? The "I" is the physical part of me, not the spiritual part. The spiritual part of me is secure, sharing, loving, and loved. Today, when you get busy with the worries of the "I," stop for a second. Take a deep breath. Walk around the block. Reconnect with your spiritual essence and then return to the situation at hand with a renewed sense of strength. Read More
Posted In: Relationships, Divine Inspiration, Judgment, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: July 01,2014
When we like someone, he or she can raise hell and we’ll just say, “Isn’t that sweet?” But when we don’t like someone or that person rubs us the wrong way, then the color of their shirt, the way they walk, the way they speak- even the most minor of quirks - can make us cringe from them. The reason for this is that our perspective is internal and may have little to do with the true nature of the other person To avoid doing this, we must consistently plead with the Creator to open our mind to see things as they are…without being colored by our prejudices, assumptions, and calculations. Read More
Posted In: Cancer, Sharing & Receiving, Astrology, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: July 01,2014
Cancer is a water sign of emotion and depth. Since Cancer is ruled by the moon, people born under this sign are, on the one hand, highly intuitive and empathetic, and, on the other hand, moody and overly sensitive. For this reason, one of the Cancer’s spiritual missions in this world is to find a way to balance his or her watery center. They often form a sort of shell to protect themselves from getting hurt; hence, their mascot: the crab. Known for their love of home and family life, Cancers seek and maintain strong family ties. In fact, there is often nothing more important to a Cancer than close relationships. But as with all of us, sometimes those things that we chase the most are the things that either come last for us or give us the most difficulty. Look at Henry VIII (one of the better-known Cancers): All he wanted was an heir, yet only after six ill-fated wives did he come out with one. What’s the lesson here? This month, we need to remember that to receive our heart’s desire,... Read More


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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