Posted In: Speech, Well Being, Human Dignity, Judgment 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 is a guard, who... Read More
Posted In: Certainty, 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 family. When Moshe says to the Israelites, "Re'eh," he is essentially saying, "See... Read More
Posted In: Spiritual Work, Effort, 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 teaching classes and sharing the Zohar. One... Read More

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