Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: May 30,2015
The Zohar talks about the energy of the different colors of the rainbow. Red, for example, is the color of desire and carries the energy of strength, passion, and aspiration. White is the color of sharing, and green is for balance and healing. Knowing and using the power of these colors in conjunction with meditation can help us awaken healing in ourselves and change our energy as needed.

 Today, I’d like to share a quick exercise with you that you can do wherever you are and whenever is convenient for you. Consider it a tool to help you to stay in conscious connection with your spiritual essence. Feel free to read it first, and then try it out:

 In your mind’s eye, place a green swirling ball outside the center of your chest, and then bring it towards you. Now breathe in this beautiful green light. As it cleanses your internal organs, may you feel its strength and its energy giving you peace and healing in the internal parts of your body.

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Posted In: Appreciation, The Big Picture, Well Being Posted On: May 29,2015
Most of us see our lives in component pieces. Instead of being able to look back and see all of the things we have been provided for in the past, we often focus only on what we lack now. Rather than appreciating all of the beautiful relationships, all the sharing of emotions, thoughts, and feelings we have had with people during our journey of life, we only register the people who are really getting under our skin at the moment. 

Our life is a composite of many parts, a synergy of energy, a confluence of influences from people, places, and situations. From this perspective, we can say to ourselves, “OK, I may have lost my best friend, but we had 40 good years together—years of joy, of love, of sharing.” Or, we can say, “Yes, this part of my life may be coming to a close, but I know with certainty that just as doors have opened for me before, another door is open for me now. I just may need to bring myself to the place where I am ready to walk through it.”

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If we have a desire, a dream, and enough perseverance, the universe will help us achieve that dream. But if our dream is for the benefit of ourselves alone, then there will be little Light to show us the way. In other words, if the consciousness behind our goal is one of selfishness, we might still achieve it, but it will come with a cost and we won’t experience lasting fulfillment. 

 On the other hand, if we dream of changing our life so we can inspire and improve the world for all, then the whole universe will conspire to help us, because the Light exists in the energy of sharing, love, and connection. 

True success comes when we don’t just think about “me,” but rather about the “we.” Read More
Posted In: Appreciation, Well Being Posted On: May 27,2015
When we wake up in the morning and thank the Creator for being able to breathe, see, and talk, we create a consciousness in ourselves that it is not we who power these faculties, but rather the Divine Energy that is within us. We greet the day with an awareness that the Lightforce of the Creator is the Source of our life, strength, abilities, and sustenance. 

 This perspective does not mean, however, that we are just passive observers of a much greater Force inside of us. Rather, it is through our ability to take responsibility for our power as a unique expression of the Divine that we activate and strengthen that Light within us, not only for our own benefit but for the benefit of all beings. Read More
In this physical world, we experience the illusion of separation—of past from present from future, of self from others, of life from death—so that we can learn our lessons, make our corrections, and experience the earning process that we asked for at the time of Creation. In the sight of God, however, there is no time, space, or motion. Everything exists in continuity. 

 The key idea here is that although most of us have “separation issues,” the true reality is that at the soul level, there is no such thing as separation, even in death.

We are all one. We always have been. We always will be. Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Freedom, Anger, Fears, Jealousy, Guilt, Blame, Forgiveness, Judgment Posted On: May 25,2015
What is the punishment for envy, anger, jealousy, or hurtfulness? The answer is more envy, more anger, more jealousy, more hurtfulness. Think of how painful these states of being are. What greater deterrent to being negative and spiteful can there be than the persistent experience of these feelings? If we continue to hurt ourselves with these emotions, it is because we insist on continually blaming others for our reactions. But others are never at fault. They are merely messengers showing us what we need to learn about and heal within ourselves. Read More
Posted In: The Big Picture, Well Being, Overcoming Challenges Posted On: May 22,2015
What if we lived our lives knowing with certainty that all the people and situations we encounter that truly bother us are there merely as participants in our process of transformation? What if we knew that everything we currently consider a problem is in reality an opportunity that the Light has sent us to identify something we need to change or a belief we need to let go of in order to truly feel the Creator? Would we continue to worry or assign blame as we now do? The answer is probably no. And in truth, if we had this perspective on life, it would even help us shift the way we relate to our loved ones. We’d become more tolerant and less inclined to judge or criticize them. We would realize that the difficulties and obstacles that plague us are, without exception, actually opportunities for our spiritual growth. Today, let us try to live with this consciousness. Let us focus on understanding that the Light sends us certain people and situations to help us transform our nature and... Read More
Posted In: Repentance, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 21,2015
There is a process that the kabbalists suggest for us to do on a daily basis called a cheshbon nefesh, or an "accounting for the soul." The purpose of this process is to assess ourselves every day so we can see how and where we can improve. It involves looking at where we were selfish, where we spoke or acted from fear, where we lied, where we cheated--in short, where our actions were influenced by ego and the negative side. It also involves an accounting of our assets--where we did well, where we shared, and where we spoke and acted from our soul. Just as a business can benefit and prosper from the taking of a regular inventory, this process is one way we can experience accelerated spiritual growth. By identifying our negativity, taking responsibility for it, and summoning up a true desire to change it, we reconnect with the Creator, thus transforming our transgressions into Light for the world. Likewise, by recognizing our sharing words and actions, we strengthen our Light so it... Read More
Over the course of our lives, many things happen: good things, bad things, everything in between. There are lessons to be learned, messages to be grasped, battles to be won…or lost. The truth is that the more difficult our journey, the greater the reward. If we didn’t have a bit of a bumpy ride, if we weren’t tested along the way, then there would be no way for us to reach our full potential. It says that the tzadikim (righteous souls) and those who are closest to the Creator sometimes receive very negative dreams because it is through these dreams that they are given the opportunity to adjust their ways, change their actions, and realign themselves spiritually. These dreams, in effect, serve as a kind of Divine notification that sets these righteous individuals on their proper spiritual path. For such people, or indeed for any person who knows how to understand dreams in the right way, a nightmare can become a catalyst for a great revelation of Light. The same applies to the... Read More
Posted In: Spiritual Work, Study, Personal Transformation Posted On: May 15,2015
One day, a student went to his spiritual teacher and asked, "How can I study these teachings all day if I need to work to bring home sustenance for my family?" Thoughtfully, his teacher responded, "Just because you are working doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with the teachings. For example, when you are at work and a customer asks for a pound of grain, provide an honest measure. That is spirituality. Or when someone asks to borrow money, loan that person money in a way that is fair. That, too, is spirituality. Just apply what you have learned to whatever you do, and in that way, you will make your life’s work the work of spiritual growth." Today, we, too, need to remember that it isn’t about the amount of time we are able to devote to our studies that makes the difference. It’s how we apply what we have learned to our day to day life. Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Restriction, Judgment, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 14,2015
If a person is talking to me, but I don’t really listen because I think I already know where they are coming from, then it is impossible for me to help, because I have already acted as judge and jury. That is why it is so important that we sincerely make an effort to step outside of ourselves, our opinions, and the veils that cover us before we can really understand another and offer our help. Today be conscious of where you are coming from in your interactions with others. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to truly be of service. Read More
Posted In: Relationships, Well Being, Anger, Love Posted On: May 12,2015
Sometimes the most difficult thing in the world to do is to love someone, especially those who are closest to us. For sure, when everything is in harmony and the ocean of life is smooth, love is easy, love is simple. But when the storms roll in and the waters become choppy, when there are worries or disagreements with regard to family, emotions, finances, or any other negative events that may be looming, it all becomes much more difficult. Yet, it is precisely when we don’t want to love that we need love the most. This doesn’t mean that we need to condone harmful actions, or even agree with everything the other person says or does. Nor does it mean that there won’t be times when we simply don’t see eye to eye. What it does mean, however, is that we never lose sight of the fact that the same Divine Light that shines within us also shines in the other person, and we need to speak and act accordingly no matter what. Read More

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