Rabbi Doniel Katz – Profound Meditational Technique To See Divine Light in Everything

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CONTENTS OF THIS EMAIL:

  1. The Link to Our New Elevation Youtube Page: You can now view all our previous Elevation Meditation Workshop sessions right here!
  2. A Short & Sweet Teaching from Rav Doniel: On the Need of Hishtaavus (Equanimity) in Relationships.
  3. The Source Sheet From Tonight’s Workshop: In Hebrew & English. A wonderful meditation technique from the Magid of Mezritch.

1. The Link to Our New Elevation Youtube Page:

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2. A Short & Sweet Teaching from Rav Doniel:

An excerpt from his session in the upcoming Elevation Mastery Program, on living life with Hishtaavus (equanimity).

“A sad, yet joyful, liberating and empowering truth: Neither seek, or even need relationship with anybody. 

Yes, you heard me right. 

Most people, even good people, are ultimately too identified with their own egos and fears to be able to form relationship in a healthy and consistent way. Find love and peace in your own heart and with Hashem. In a tangible, rich, and vital way. Then, should you accidentally stumble across love, friendship or connection with anyone, even if for a fleeting moment, you can appreciate it for what it is, and choose to accept that good as it is. Rather than yearning for the promise of salvation from loneliness it claims to offer you, and tumbling after more, uprooting and unsettling yourself, and ultimately falling further into disconnection. 

This is not a lesson on *not* loving others. It’s a lesson on how *to* love others. 

Be loved from within, don’t need from without, and find joy in what you have. Amen.”

3. The Source Sheet From Tonight’s Workshop:

For those planning on joining our Jerusalem Meditation Workshop tonight, either live in person or watching on Facebook Livestream (on Rav Doniel’s Timeline), see the source text we will be learning how to experience. Also, here are the details if you’re lucky enough to come join us:

THE MAGGID’S TECHNIQUE TO SEE DIVINE LIGHT IN ALL THINGS

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Rabbi Dov Ber, Maggid MiMezritch (Maggid Devarav LeYaacov §200)

“וְעֵץ הַחַיִּים בְּתוֹךְ הַגָּן” (בראשית ב ט). ר”ל כי הנה איתא כשאדם לומד או מתפלל יחשוב בעצמו כאלו הוא בגן עדן, אשר אין שם לא קנאה ולא תאוה ולא גאוה. ובזה הוא ניצול מן הפניות. אך צריך להבין כי איך יחשוב זאת, והוא יודע בעצמו שהוא בזה העולם בין אנשים ידועים? אך הענין הוא כשאדם לומד או מתפלל בדחילו ורחימו ומדבק ומקשר מחשבתו בבורא ית”ש, ומחשב ש”מְלֹא כָל הָאָרֶץ כְּבוֹדוֹ” (ישעיה ו ג), “ולית אתר פנוי מניה” (תיקוני זוהר, תקון ע’, דף קכ”ב ע”ב). והכל מַלֵא מחיוּת הבורא ב”ה, נמצא כל מה שרואה הוא רואה רק חיוּת הבורא ב”ה הנמשך בו. דרך משל, אם רואה בני אדם, הוא רואה תבניתם ושומע קולם ודיבורם וחכמתם, הוא הכל חיוּת הנמשך בו. וכן כל דבר שרואה ושומע. כי בכל דבר יש תבנית ותועלת למה שהוא מסוגל, או מראה או ריח. וזהו הכל חיוּת הבורא ית”ש. ונמצא כשאדם לומד או מתפלל בדחילו ורחימו, בוודאי הוא זריז ונזכר בזה מאוד. מחמת שהוא מקושר מאוד במחשבתו בהבורא ב”ה, אינו רואה ואינו שומע כי אם חיוּת הבורא ב”ה שבכל דבר, כי הכל ממנו ית”ש. רק שהוא [חיוּת הבורא] מלובש בכלים מכלים שונים כביכול. ואיך אפשר שיבוא על מחשבתו שום פניה לתאות העולם, כשאינו רואה לפניו רק חיוּת הבורא ותענוג רוחני שבכל דבר! ואפשר לזה רמזו חז”ל (ברכות יז ע”א), “לֹא כְּהָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא, אֵין בּוֹ לֹא אֲכִילָה, וְלֹא שְׁתִיָּה, וְלֹא פְּרִיָּה וּרְבִיָּה, וְלֹא מַשָּא וּמַתָּן, וְלֹא קִנְאָה, וְלֹא שִׂנְאָה, וְלֹא תַּחֲרוּת. אֶלָּא צַדִּיקִים יוֹשְׁבִים וְעַטְרוֹתֵיהֶם בְּרָאשֵׁיהֶם וְנֶהֱנִין מִזִּיו הַשְּׁכִינָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שמות כד יא) ‘וַיֶּחֱזוּ אֶת הָאֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאכְלוּ וַיִּשְׁתּוּ'”. ר”ל כשחושבין בבורא ית”ש שהוא מסבב כל עלמין. וזהו “וְעַטְרוֹתֵיהֶם בְּרָאשֵׁיהֶם” אז הם נהנים מזיו השכינה. ר”ל שהם מתעדנים מן התענוג הרוחני חיוּת הבורא השוכן בכל מקום. והוא על דרך שאמרו חכמינו זכרונם לברכה “עוֹלָמְךָ תִּרְאֶה בְּחַיֶּיךָ”.[1] כי גם בזה העולם יש להשיג תענוג גן עדן. וזהו “וְעֵץ הַחַיִּים”, ר”ל עצה של חיים שתהיה דבק תמיד בחיים, הוא “בְּתוֹךְ הַגָּן”, ר”ל שיחשוב כנ”ל ויהיה בתוך הגן. (ספר מגיד דבריו ליעקב, אות ר)

Ve’Etz HaChayim be’toch ha’gan—and the Etz HaChayim in the midst of the garden” (Genesis 2:9). It is brought that when a person learns Torah or prays, he should think of himself as actually being in Gan Eden, in a place where there is no jealousy, no lust, and no ego. In this way he will be saved from having any ulterior motives. However, how can one even consider this, knowing that he is in this world among people [who have all the above-mentioned negative tendencies, including himself]? However, the matter can be understood thus: When a person learns Torah or prays with awe and love, and attaches himself in deveikus, and binds his consciousness to the blessed Creator, and contemplates the fact that, “Melo kol ha’aretz kevodo” (Isaiah 6:3), “The entire earthly reality is filled with His glory” or “The fullness of earth is His glory,” and “Leis atar pnuy mineh” (Tikuney Zohar 70, p. 122b), “There is no place void of His presence,” and all is filled with the life-force of the blessed Creator, it becomes clear that all he sees and perceives is nothing less than the chiyus of the blessed Creator that flows in it [the world]. For example, when you see people, you see their physical form, you hear their voice, their speech, and their wisdom, in truth what you are really seeing is the chiyus of the blessed Creator that flows in them. The same is true of everything… it is all the chiyus of the blessed Creator. It comes out that when a person learns Torah or prays with awe and love, he will surely be alert and extremely attentive to remember this, for by virtue of being powerfully attached to the blessed Creator in his consciousness, [he knows that] he sees and hears naught but the chiyus of the blessed Creator that inheres in each thing, for all is from Him, may He be blessed [and ever more revealed]. It is just that this chiyus is dressed up in vessels of all sorts, as it were. Knowing this, however, how can any ulterior thought or worldly lust enter his mind, being that he sees nothing but the chiyus of the Creator, and the spiritual delight in each thing? It is possible that this is what our sages of blessed memory meant when they said (Berachos 17a), “Olam Haba is not like olam hazeh. In Olam Haba [the world of the souls], there is no eating, no drinking, no marital relations, no business transactions, no jealousy, no hatred, and no competition. Rather, the tzadikim sit with their crowns in their heads and enjoy the splendor of the Shechinah. This is alluded to in the verse [that describes how they saw the Shechinah on Mount Sinai] (Exodus 24:11), ‘They saw Elokim and ate and drank.’” They meant that one should always contemplate the fact that the blessed Creator surrounds all the worlds. This is the meaning of “their crowns in their heads,” as a result of which they enjoy the splendor of the Shechinah; that they are delighting in the spiritual delight of the chiyus of the Creator that is immanent in every place. This is also similar to what they said, “May you see your [eternal] world in your lifetime.” For even in this world one may attain the delight of Gan Eden. This then is the meaning of, “the Etz HaChayim,” that is, the etza (counsel, advice) for real chayim, to be constantly deveik be’chayim, “be’toch ha’gan” (in the midst of the garden), to contemplate as we said above, which will actually make one realize that he or she is in Gan Eden even now.


(Translation by Rabbi Avraham Sutton, For The Elevation Project)

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