You know those times when you just don't feel like working? Those moments you're with your kids or sitting at work and you just don't have the energy? "Tomorrow I will have the energy I need. I don't know what got into me today. I feel tired/down/lazy ... "
These are the times you want to push yourself. Because when you do, great things will come of it. This is a great teaching Rav Brandwein shared with my father, Rav Berg. We need to do the work even when we don't feel energy, even when we feel down. As he taught, when a person's work and excitement are based on his feelings on any given day, he is bound to fall.
Today, instead of avoiding work or interaction in those situations where you feel less than energetic, motivated and powerful, I dare you to actually get enthusiastic about the opportunity to break through, to do your work and do it with love!
You don't need "energy" - you have you. And when you own that and push through, you will reveal the most Light.
Yesterday we risked asking for ourselves. Today, let's do the opposite and ask
others what they need. Sometimes that's a far bigger risk.
When was the last time you asked your boss if you could do more around the office? Or asked your wife if she needed help around the house? Or asked your kids if they wanted you to spend more time with them?
Those are risky questions indeed because you may not want to hear the answer.
Today, notice how often you don't ask others what they need because of your own desire to receive for the self alone. Once you get in touch with that, ask if you can help in whatever context.
Here's your first risk-taking
How many times do you want something but don't ask for it because of an innate assumption you won't get it?
Number one reason many people don't have what they want is not because they're not worthy, smart or talented enough. It's because they don't ask for it. Why? It could be a whole bunch of reasons that all boil down to the same core issue: feeling they don't deserve it.
On Rosh Hashanah, there is an opening in the cosmos that allows us to go before the Creator and ask for blessings for the New Year. But if we're walking around with this innate assumption that we don't deserve, than our asking won't be genuine. It will be religious.
We need to feel it in our bones that we deserve and are worthy of all God has to offer.
Today, take the risk of asking for what you want. Whether it's a better table at a restaurant or your partner to give you some space, ask for it.
P.S. And now, there's something I'd like to ask you. Please email me [JUST HIT REPLY] a brief summary of your experience. What did you ask for? What were the results?
Rav Berg, my father and teacher, calls the spiritual realm
'the world of information.' For every single question we have, the answer exists
in the world of the non-physical reality. You meet a new person and wonder, are
we compatible? Is this going to the altar or to the dumpster? Is there something
about this person I should know about before I devote myself heart and soul?
The answers do exist — in the world of the 99 per cent (the majority of reality we do not perceive.) We have complete access to all the information we could ever desire — even information about the people we interact with. It's like having the most comprehensive encyclopedia at our fingertips - all the time.
Today, connect to the world of information by listening to your instincts, noticing deeper meanings in things people say, and looking for 'coincidences' and 'random' messages. Desire and awareness is all you need to crack open the answers to all of your questions.
Kabbalists 4,000 years ago spoke of a dangerous,
terrorizing entity that threatens to destroy the world. They called it sin'at
chinam, 'hatred for no reason.' In almost every major kabbalistic text I've read
and studied throughout my life, the importance of dislodging hatred, dislike and
jealousy from our own hearts has been paramount.
If we understand that we are all part of the Lightforce, that each one of us has holy sparks of this force inside us, then how can we have lasting bad feelings or ill-will towards others?
As children, my father and teacher Rav Berg always taught me and my brother Michael to feel other people the way we would feel our own selves. Would you yell at your right hand for accidentally cutting your left hand when you were using your scissors?
Today, notice how often you are judging and disliking people — often for no good reason at all. Imagine if everyone you knew took more responsibility in this department! This is precisely the way in which the kabbalists predicted we'd elevate the consciousness of this world.
It is a little known
kabbalistic truism that the best way to receive blessings is to bless others.
Wherever we are in life, we all want blessings. Perhaps it's the blessing of putting food on the table or having children or finding our soul mate or being even more happy and fulfilled and creative.
Today, make it your business to bless at least 3 people. How do you bless people? It starts with thinking about the things they need most in their life. Thinking is maybe the wrong word. Feel is more appropriate. Open your empathy chambers and allow your instinct to guide you.
We all reach points in our days when we don't understand.
It can be a relationship challenge, a health issue, which direction to do with
our career, a difficult passage of study, a momentous business decision. We all
get those 'not-knowing' moments.
The way to see with clarity is, according to Rav Ashlag, to stretch. Not physically [though a forward bend always does wonders.] But to really do something that is outside your zone of comfort, out of the norm. When we elevate above the normal course of things, the Light responds in kind.
Suddenly we understand what we are reading, suddenly we know which doctor to go to, suddenly we see what limiting belief has been sabotaging our relationships. These moments of epiphany do not come from our brains, they come from the Light.
Go above your nature today. Really stretch your tolerance or patience or compassion or belief in yourself. Do something that will build the vessel for whatever it is that's beyond you to come in.
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