Did you see Evan Almighty? Cute movie. The basic message was we can change the world with small acts of random kindness. I couldn't think of a more kabbalistic message.
Rav Ashlag, founder of The Kabbalah Centre in 1922, gave a simple analogy to explain this. Place on one side of a balance scale sesame seeds that represent chaos,
darkness, pain and suffering, and on the other side place sesame seeds that represent unlimited fulfillment, joy, happiness, and the removal of all pain and suffering.
Rav Ashlag then asked the question: How many seeds would it take to tip the scale one way or the other? The answer is one. And that's how we change the world. That
seed could be one action of caring - one person deciding to make a difference.
Too often we believe who we are isn't enough, our gestures of kindness and love won't make a difference, our ability to restrict our ego won't mean a thing in the grand
scale of things. Yet, according to the kabbalists, just one action can mean the difference between darkness and Light.
Today, think about what that one sesame seed would be for you. What could tip the scales in your own life from garbage to gift, from darkness to Light, from selfishness to
For those of us who want to change the world, it's essential to remember when we make small changes in ourselves, we reveal the spark of God within. This is what creates
change in the world.
Small changes are by no means easy, as you know. Over time, we create negative response habits that we unconsciously follow. Stopping these habits is like holding
back a tidal wave. But, it's not totally impossible. We can do it. It just takes a lot of our effort. Scratch that, it takes ALL our effort, but we can do it. And when we do overcome
ourselves, we allow the Light of our souls to illuminate the people in our immediate circle and beyond.
Bottom line: Today, when you face a challenge, refuse to react in your usual way. Choose a new direction of proactivity. This is not only how you will change your life, but
it's how you will change the world. You can do it.
Students who read about the kabbalist's ability to climb the ladder (HaSulam) up to the Upper Worlds often ask me how they can do the same.
What I tell them is what I will tell you today. Try removing your negative traits. Awaken repentance in your heart. Share with someone who is in need of love or friendship. Drop a few coins in a charity box. Next time you want to lose your temper, resist.
Do all of these and you will feel what it's like to ascend to the highest of spiritual worlds.
Most of us are stuck in the mud worrying about what tomorrow is going to be or beating ourselves with guilt over what yesterday was. Imagine what a heaven on earth this would be if there were no more fear or guilt!
No, seriously, imagine how much more peaceful and productive your life would be if fragments of fear and guilt no longer ran rampant throughout your consciousness.
Without all that chatter stopping up the flow of your life, what would you do different today?
Remember, the Zohar constantly reminds us the thing we need most to change, we see the least. If someone approaches you and says you should change XYZ, then
chances are you will not see it; you will always find a reason to justify your actions because you don't want to see it.
Furthermore, Rav Shimon explains if you are busy patting yourself on your back for the great spiritual work you've done, it is a sure sign you haven't. When one is truly on a spiritual path, one will always see how much more work needs to be done.
Today, look at those areas where you are satisfied, where you think you have changed. Have you? What more can you do? And continue to remain open to the pure, honest feedback of strangers and others who have no vested interest in whether or not you change.
As my brother Michael
often says, the fulfillment we get is dependent on how much we believe the Light
is in our life.
The question I have for you is, do you really believe the Light is there with you? Do you know it? Do you feel it? This is not an easy question to answer. But it's one I hope you will wrestle with today.
The Light wants to come in and help you...if you let it. You have to recognize that it is there and be an open channel for it to flow through. If you are closed to the Light, and think you don't need help and it's all you, then it can't enter.
As the Baal Shem Tov said, "There is no room for God in the man who is filled with himself.
How much time do you spend arguing about who is right and who is wrong?
As spiritual people wanting to connect to the most fulfillment possible, we always have to step back and examine our need to be right. Those pauses in the midst of arguments can save us years of tears.
Today, when you are in the midst of disagreeing with someone, ask yourself if it's worth creating space between you and the other, just to be right. It's important to speak up and express your feelings, but it's equally important to listen to other person's feelings. Forget about being right. Being open to another's perspective is the right way. That's what creates an opening for the Light, and it's the best way to resolve any argument.
Or said another way, there are three sides to every story: your side, the other person's side, and the Light's side.
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