Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Pills

laitman_552.03In the News (New York Magazine): “Do modern realities merit an increased dependence on Xanax? Steven Hayes, a clinical psychologist at the University of Nevada, believes that benzos stop a gap that evolution has yet to fill. As humans try to control an exponentially growing number of inputs with which they are confronted, ‘our attention becomes less flexible, our minds become more chattering, and the next thing we know, we’re frantic.’
Humans are ill-equipped to process or accommodate all these new signals. ‘Our task now is to create modern minds for the modern world, and that modern mind has to be psychologically flexible.’ In the absence of that flexibility, Hayes says, people need a bridge—a pill—between what life doles out and what people can realistically handle.”
My Comment: The world is developing too quickly and people are simply unable to adapt, unable to cope with all of its challenges. Therefore, advances in modern pharmacology come to help.
When taking a course of typical antidepressants, one must wait two to three weeks before starting to feel any effect. With Xanax, it’s much simpler: get nervous, take a pill, calm down. The drug is similar to a cup of coffee and doesn’t even cost that much.
Xanax disconnects a person from the problem. If life has him by the throat, then of course, this is a blessing for him. This will work until he realizes that he needs to attain the truth. Only then will he reject these “sleep-inducing” methods. He will throw Xanax away and pick up a book on Kabbalah.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 2/8/18

Can The Wisdom Of Kabbalah Save A Person From Depression?

Laitman_092Question: Can the power of the Light that is inherent in the wisdom of Kabbalah save me from depression?
Answer: If your depression exists physiologically, as a result of a shortage of certain chemical substances, then you need the addition of these chemicals. Today, this is a widespread phenomenon.
But if the depression comes from an inner imbalance, then I am sure that it will be filled by the wisdom of Kabbalah. A person moves to a new system of balance. He begins to balance the positive and negative systems.
He requires a proper environment that supports him and a teacher who explains how it is possible to attain the proper mixture of positive and negative characteristics. It is up to him to listen to the teacher and try to implement his recommendations.
The method of Kabbalah elevates a person above all the problems. But the wisdom of Kabbalah emphasizes that the problems will exist anyway, and new problems will begin to appear so that the person will balance them through the right line.
Question: Does it follow that this problem is basically psychological?
Answer: All problems are psychological. If a person constantly receives for himself, then, in principle, he is limited and cannot enjoy.
Question: The wisdom of Kabbalah offers a new formula for pleasure, which is bestowal. If I constantly think about others and bestow, will I be happy then?
Answer: The state of pleasure from bestowal still has to be achieved. But if you have such an opportunity, then your happiness will truly be limitless, you can bestow as much as you want and at the same time enjoy it. In this case, the perception of happiness itself is correct; it is like a mother who wants to give everything to her child.
If a person is in the right group, then through mutual bestowal to each other they not only begin to feel happiness and spiritual ascent, but they also discover that the Creator is among them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/17/17

New Life #974 – Does Man Control Nature?

New Life #974 – Does Man Control Nature?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
Summary
Man does not conquer nature, but rather, is part of nature. Nature allows man to learn from it and develops his intellect and emotion. Nature allows us to build all sorts of things so that we can come to the existential question: I have everything, but what is the purpose of my life? Our ego develops so that in the end we will have a new desire for influence and love.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #974 – Does Man Control Nature?,”3/6/18
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Entering The Spiritual World Is A Process

laitman_284.03The exodus from Egypt is only an exit, and not an entrance.Entrance into the spiritual world occurs as a result of the crossing of the Red Sea, accepting mutual guarantee, receiving the Torah, and the breaking of the golden calf. It is an entire process.
Freedom comes only after receiving the Torah, breaking the golden calf, and entering the desert, in other words, the beginning of the revelation of the levels of Bina. Bina is called “freedom.” The entire process, taking place in the Sinai Desert, symbolizes the achievement of freedom. We rise higher and higher above our desire to receive pleasure and by doing so, gain freedom from the angel of death.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/8/18Shamati, Article 190, “Every Act Leaves an Imprint

Arrive Before Him

laitman_260Everything has its own time, but Israel accelerates time. So I want to get ahead of the Creator and arrive first at our meeting. That’s why I’m in such a hurry. Everything is already drawn up and set, but I do not break the rules of the Creator’s program—I only want to arrive before Him. It is specifically by our attempt to accelerate time that we show our aspiration and love.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/8/18Talmud Eser SefirotVol. 1. Part 3, Chapter 3, Item 5

Belonging To One System

laitman_267.02We are already beginning to feel that our world hit a dead end and is in crisis. The reason is that nature is pushing us toward greater unity and connection in one system, toward mutual interdependence of all people, societies, and governments.
In the last 50 to 60 years humanity has built a myriad of international systems, transcontinental corporations, which suddenly and quickly grew to encompass the entire world, rising above governments and borders in their activities and interests.
But at the same time, politicians and people are becoming ever more egoistic and incapable of cooperation, unwilling to see themselves as a single unit, a whole. The outcome is that the world descends into a very complex crisis, one that has never before existed.
On one hand, nature, through financial and manufacturing systems, locks us into a single system, into an integrated world. But we refuse to be integrated; each nation feels that it is unique, independent, and doesn’t want to rely on anyone else.
At this juncture erupts a tremendous crisis to which no solution is found. The world enters a global resistance. Baal HaSulam writes that there is no choice other than realizing that in everything, it is only human egoism that is to blame, but we are still obligated to achieve unity.
Egoism hinders us, but we need to rise above it, as the methodology of Kabbalah teaches us. If we use this methodology, then we will advance. Otherwise, we will involve ourselves in a very long path of suffering.
America feels this crisis much more powerfully than other countries. That’s why the goal of the upcoming Kabbalah convention in New Jersey, which will take place in May, is to enable us to actually feel ourselves not as separated by distant continents, but as belonging to one system which is above geography, history, and different languages, in other words, belonging to one body, one soul.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/8/18, Preparation for the World Convention in New Jersey 2018

Breaking Israel News: “Why Kabbalists Are Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary“

The largest portal Breaking Israel News published my new article “Why Kabbalists Are Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary“:

“Out of the darkness came forth light, and out of concealment came forth and revealed the deep. One came out of the other. Out of good came forth bad, and out of mercy came forth judgment. Everything is included in one another, the good inclination and the bad inclination, right and left, Israel and the rest of the nations, white and black. Everything depends on one another.”
 The Zohar, Kedoshim, 7-8.
Kabbalists are adding to the celebration of Israel’s 70 years of Statehood an additional reason to celebrate: that in the State of Israel, a major spiritual resurgence is starting to take shape after 2,000 years of spiritual exile.
Darkness and light, descents and ascents, exile and glory, are all characteristic of the people of Israel, ancient and modern. We have enjoyed states of blossoming unity and brotherly love at the time of the First and Second Temples. We have endured states of bitter defeat, where unfounded hatred breached our unity, allowing the Roman Empire to take advantage of our disunity and bring about the ruin of the Temple.
In exile, even while detached and dispersed around the world, we found ways to prosper and develop the countries we settled in, making our mark in education, economics, science, technology, law, and society. However, while doing so, since there is a seeded expectation in humanity’s subconscious upon the people of Israel to bring a completely different kind of prosperity and growth than the materialistic version we’ve brought till now, then we’ve been plagued with the constant phenomenon of anti-Semitism: from slander and blood libel to the devastating pogroms and the Holocaust.
After the utter horror millions of our ancestors experienced in the Holocaust, the world had mercy on us and supported the establishment of our new national home: the State of Israel. However, not even a single day passed of relishing our independence, and we were once again at war to hold onto what we were given.
70 years have passed. Wars and instability with our every neighboring nation have spurred our development of a well-equipped army and what has been ranked as the world’s mightiest air force. Struggles to build infrastructure and develop exports on a land that provides little natural resources has catalyzed our becoming one of the most technologically advanced nations.
All that remains is to rekindle the national love that is dwindling, to revive the national essence that has been inactive for 2,000 years, to reawaken ourselves to unity and illuminate the light that humanity subconsciously expects from us.
Therefore, I’m very happy that on Israel’s 70 years of independence, we have been given a golden opportunity to proudly carry the wisdom of truth and publicize it. After 2,000 years of ups and downs, light and darkness, glory and exile, the veil has been lifted over the wisdom of Israel—the wisdom of Kabbalah—and we are becoming ripe to start using it to realize our true role in the world: to achieve “love your friend as yourself” and “each shall help his friend” in order to become “a light unto nations.”
As with a fruit’s development, our external skin has been getting tougher, yet the sweet inner part is still hidden within. The time has come to learn how we can peel off this skin and expose the sweet, inner part of Israel to the world.
The annual shift from Yom HaZikaron, the day we pay homage to Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, to Independence Day, when we celebrate the establishment of the State of Israel, is symbolic of the way we can only experience a rise after a preceding fall. The people of Israel experience darkness and light adjacently, and we gain discernments from these combined states. Our remembrance and our independence are as one, in the morning we mourn and in the evening we cheer. “And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:5).
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Answers To Your Questions, Part 224

laitman_565.02Question: Do the friends in the World Kli influence the world and change it for the better by studying the wisdom of Kabbalah even though they have not yet ascended to the first level?
Answer: It is said that any good contact with the wisdom of Kabbalah by every person in the world has a positive effect on the entire world since everyone is a part of the system of Adam.
Question: Can the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah be dangerous for the learner and those close to him? For example, if a person studies alone.
Answer: A person must be mentally healthy, study within a physical or virtual group, and be in permanent contact with everyone—success and patience!
Question: The “point in the heart” has grown, but is now “closed.” I have lost a sense of happiness. Nothing helps. What should I do?
Answer: This is exactly the way the seven years of famine begin. It is a compulsory expulsion from egoism. Then, one enters the upper world to do what is pleasing for the Creator, not the ego!
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