Posted In: Pain, Well Being, Emotions, Depression, Happiness Posted On: January 28,2017
Laughter heals. For that which we can laugh at, can no longer hurt us. Actress and author Carrie Fisher, who recently passed away, may God rest her soul, once said: “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true – and that is completely unacceptable.” This coming from a woman whose father left her at 2 years old. A woman who suffered from a lifetime of drug addiction, was diagnosed as bi-polar, and once was committed to a mental institution where she did not sleep for six days straight. Regardless of the slings and arrows life threw at Miss Fisher, there was one thing she never lost: Her sense of humor about herself. She was a wildly funny writer and comedienne, with a wit that rivaled the likes of Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde. She found ways of turning her maladies into comedies, poking fun at herself and her life, in everything from a series of books to a one-woman stand up show on Broadway. For Carrie Fisher, the funny perspective was the only one worth having. I mention this... Read More
Posted In: Va'era, Tikun, The Soul's Journey, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 21,2017
“Hidden within the patterns of your personal history is a code that once deciphered reveals the meaning, purpose, and direction of this life.” – Carl Jung It is within the patterns of our life that we find our purpose. There’s a popular movie from the early 1990’s called Groundhog’s Day. It’s a comedy about a man who becomes stuck in a loop where the same day repeats itself. Each morning, Phil awakens and its February 2nd all over again. No matter what he does, he cannot seem to progress to the following day. At first, he sees this as carte blanche to do whatever he pleases. However, it’s not long before Phil becomes disillusioned with the state of his repetitive life and attempts to end it all. Still he inevitably awakens on the morning of February 2nd. It is in Phil’s exhaustion and hopelessness that he begins to contemplate his place and purpose in the loop. He understands that he can use the repetition the universe has provided him to make himself and the world better: He learns... Read More
From big dreams, great rewards may come, but there is none greater than the journey itself. For just as there is no reward without a journey, there is no journey without reward. There was once a man for whom every day was the same. He awakened very early each morning and donned his suit and tie. He went to work, came home, ate dinner, and went to bed. Day in and day out, his life was unchanging. Each day he would tell himself, “When I’m 60, I will retire. Then, I’ll get that house by the sea.” And so, this is what he lived for. An entire life spent eyeing the prize. You know, there are two different endings to this story. In some versions, the man passes away at the age of 59. It is only at the gates of heaven that he suddenly realizes how terribly his life was wasted. In another version of the story, he retires and gets to his dream house by the sea. He walks in, takes a look around, and he’s completely in awe of its beauty. He sits down and looks out at the view. A minute passes.... Read More
“If I do all that I am supposed to do -- pray, study, and attend services each weekend – why don’t I feel the Light?” This question was asked of me recently. It’s one I think many of us, regardless of our religious or spiritual paths, have asked from time to time, and so to best answer it I would like to share a little about my personal life with Rav Berg. When we first started our journey together, Rav Berg was very different from the man he later became. He was a very religious business man – scholarly and determined, and at times also hard. The softness and love the world came to see in the Rav’s eyes didn’t come until much later. It was not there until The Kabbalah Centre changed from being a place of study to a place of connection. To be honest, people changed the Rav. The Rav did not become the Rav until there was you. At first the Rav did everything a teacher/scholar was supposed to do, but “supposed to” doesn’t always equate to feeling the Light. While study is so important,... Read More
Posted In: Light & Vessel, One Percent & 99 Percent, Certainty, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 01,2017
This moment – the one you are living right now, at this very instant – is a moment the Light designed just for you, and it will take you where you’re meant to grow. A student asked me recently, “What will 2017 bring? Will it be a year full of blessings, or a year full of challenges?” The answer is: It depends greatly on our perspective. As with every year, the next 365 days will surely be filled with times of great joy, times of great sadness, moments in which we rise to the spiritual occasion, and moments in which we fall. What can make this year different from the last is how we choose to view the circumstances we will face. It is not what happens to us, but how we perceive it that determines our quality of life. In this week’s portion of Vayigash, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery. It is a beautiful story. One could easily assume that Joseph forgives his brothers because it is the “right” thing to do. We learn from the Zohar... Read More

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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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