Category Archives: GdConsciousness

There is only One yet it feels like two. Please help me unify with You.

Comprehending addictions and seeing the cure – redeeming the Shechina from the galus of our nature

Could it be that support groups become potential addictions?

What is it that we turn to when we are in pain?

Torah tells us that our pain is given to us purposefully. Torah teaches us that our pain provides us a special opportunity to bring our spiritual being more to completion. We resolve our pain through understanding the design of the world and having compassion upon the pain of the Shechina in exile in our nature. We accept our challenge with love for Hashem. Recognizing Hashem as the Power filling our challenge releases something from Infinity that He wants to give to us, something that heals and completes us.

Our bodies need support, comfort, and therapies. There is a purpose to all of these. The purpose is to calm us. However, becoming calm does not obviate the need to make the spiritual effort of having compassion upon the Shechina that is in exile in our nature. Should we overlook this important step, while we may find some natural comforts momentarily in our go to’s, we might mistakenly be adding layers of concealment to Hashem Who is already concealed.

We all have wants. What happiness do we receive when we have what we want? For how long are we gratified?

What if we took our wants and turn them into tefilos, opening the powerful desires with wisdom that what fills them is Hashem’s power? With trust in Hashem, we can ask Him to please take our wants and to please filter these according to His Will give to us a mature want that is consistent with His Will only. Bringing the wisdom of Torah and of Hashem’s compassion into our hearts IS what gladdens our intellect and brings calm and simcha to our emotions. It is healing. It is connective. And it is eternal.

As wonderful as friends, support groups and relaxation are, and as much as we are in need of these balancing blessings, it is incumbent upon us to take the step towards Hashem, to build our eternal identity, to become receptacles and channels for bringing compassion into the world in a way that we can ONLY by opening our will to make it His Will.

In so doing, we have something to turn to besides the natural need to express hurt with blame and shame. We have an avenue that takes us to healing and love rather than investing ourselves only in the temporary and incomplete ameloriations that natural remedies provide. Seeing the opportunity to truly nullify and release Shechina from nature and experience the simcha of humility can only be done while we are alive.

Rabbi Krohn – The Glittering World of Chessed

Rabbi Krohn published a book in 2018 on Chessed that is filled with stories. Rabbi Krohn shows the reader the sensitivities of the people involved as well as their inner experiences from being involved in the chessed.

What a wonderful way to help us redeem the Shechina from being exiled within our nature! By moving towards chessed, we experience the blocks to that chessed and have the opportunity to make ourselves into more complete beings.

Here is a chart that Rabbi Krohn gives in the preface. May these beautiful tools lend themselves in our busy lives to incorporate chesed on a daily basis and unify with each other and with Hashem.

The joy of nullifying our nature

The Vilna Gaon tells us that if it were not for the opportunity for us to break our nature and correct our character traits, there would be no reason to be alive in this world.

The existence that we have is woven closely with our initial thoughts and emotions which, unfortunately, we do not truly see. What we think and feel is a visceral reaction somewhere after that initial thought!

Torah teaches us that because we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we are confused regarding our first allegiance – our awareness of Hashem is obscured by our survival instincts and concern for subjective goals. What we do not realize is that this confusion and our strong interest in subjectivity is a diversion of our spiritual life force from awareness of Hashem to self-absorption. To us, it does not feel like we are self-absorbed or involved with matters that are unworthy of the amount of energy they take. We are interwoven with the confusion, and Torah teaches us how to take that confusion itself and recognize Hashem so that we may redeem the Shechina from where it is concealed the most – in our nature.

We are familiar with commandments of the Torah that teach us to give the benefit of the doubt, to not bear a grudge or take revenge, and to not think of ourselves as better than someone we are finding fault with. Yet when we are emotionally feeling these things, telling ourselves the words of these commandments brings little comfort because the thoughts and emotions that are flooding our system argue with the simple truthful connection these mitzvahs are designed specifically for us to access when our nature confuses us.

The real challenge is to find a way for us to calm ourselves and move ourselves to follow these commandments sincerely. How can we stop shaking with anger or fear? How can we avoid feeling better than someone we have disdain for, someone we see doing something outrageous and mistaken?

The key is to remember that we are being given these circumstances specifically to redeem the Shechina from where it is hidden in our nature. If we remain focused on the circumstances, the thoughts and feelings we have argue with the mitzvahs and we look for a way to bend them so we can do what we feel naturally. The glue that keeps us connected to our nature is very strong however, that very glue is filled only by Hashem. That is the real free will that we have, to recognize our Creator, to realize we are a creation. We can develop the spiritual awareness of Hashem and what He desires of us in the moment. Recognizing Him as what fills the matter IS awareness.

And what does Hashem want? He wants a being that can recognize Him, that asks for its needs, upon whom He may bestow the good He desires to give us. He gives us real free will to participate in the process of receiving the good, a good that completes our soul, releasing something of His Infinity from being in exile, and brings us to spiritual maturity. Our true “self,” not our self-absorbed self. We need our natural, self-awareness as we develop from babies to adulthood, just like a banana needs it peel until it is ripe. How else would we comprehend what a “self” is? But once we begin to find more spirituality, we can start the process of spiritual maturity, one layer at a time, for a lifetime. We can dig down to below our natural reactions, lovingly and gently, yet with determination to unify our soul by receiving what is hidden in our nature into our hearts in a way that brings us to be a stronger receptacle and channel for bringing compassion into the world.

When our emotions are flooding us, we are being given the opportunity to bring a root element of either water, fire, wind or earth, or a combination of these root elements, from imbalance to balance. How? By loving Hashem and recognizing that His Power is filling all of what we experience.

We recognize that what is blocking our awareness of Him is our confusion, and that the confusion itself can be filled only by Hashem’s Power. Only Hashem can conceal Himself. With emunah, we recognize our Creator. There is no other Power.

Love Hashem and remember that His Love fills all the world and that He is Giving and loving and compassionate. This is a channel of love we open through which His Love embraces us as we empty our emotions into His Love, with the pleading that the infinity of His Power that animates our pain be given to us as a gift in a revealed form, as His Compassion.

Notice and name all of what we are feeling. Each strong thought and emotion that comes to mind, see its potency as being filled only by Hashem. Ask that the potency glue us to awareness of His Compassion and not to what we are experiencing, the confusion of our subjectivity and personal circumstantial goals.

This takes emunah to do. But more, it takes bitachon to know that Hashem will complete it for us. Hashem desires a being that can recognize Him, sincerely choose to be connected to Him, and to receive the benefit from the relationship. The simcha of experiencing that infinity in our hearts is a completion that is the greatest joy a person can experience, far greater than the outcomes of reaching any subjective goals.

Hashem knows our hearts. He knows our circumstances because He orchestrated them. Our focus at all times on awareness of Hashem and bringing imbalances in the root elements of fire, wind, water and earth in our system involves us with the purpose for our existence. This level of understanding – a mature understanding that brings Torah and Hashem’s Compassion into our understanding and into our heart – makes it possible for us to build our eternal identity.

The mistake we make if we are unaware of this could be that we make choices to make sure that our natural instincts are satisfied and gratified. We may be involved with mitzvah observance too, but, as stated by the Vilna Gaon, the whole goal of life is to break our nature. Doing mitzvahs helps us to break our nature – chesed, charity, brachas and more. Hopefully, our love and awe of Hashem lead us to getting closer and closer, bringing Hashem more and more into our hearts.

Nullifying our natural reactions gives us greater and greater pleasure in this regard and cannot be understood properly unless approached. There is much confusion in this regard. Yet each year we tackle our next step in making Hashem King over something in our nature. As we are soon going into Passover, the benefits of nullifying the ego are in the time zone itself. Perhaps we will experience that simcha of closeness to Hashem, and perhaps that will lead us to want to nullify the next set of confusing emotions that come up as well.

Nullifying makes us whole. Our confusion diminishes. We look at the mitzvahs of giving the benefit of the doubt, not taking revenge, and not feeling superior to those we discern are making errors differently. These mitzvahs then truly express who we desire to be for all eternity. We no longer argue with the mitzvahs because the power of the confusion has been absorbed and unified in our heart.

Our yearning is to reveal Hashem. To do so, we have to nullify what blocks us. We have to nullify the power in what argues with the mitzvahs.

And all we have to do really is recognize that the power in our arguments are filled with Hashem’s Power, concealed in our subjectivity and instincts. Once we realize it is His Power and not “our true self” that is in the confusion, we ask for that Power to glue us to awareness and compassion so that we may reveal His Compassion.

Movement within us can traverse and impact worlds.

Rabbi Asher Freund – translation of a letter he writes in response to a childless couple in pain, explaining the opportunity being given to them to release the Shechina from its pain in exile.

http://www.hashkafa.org/Mesilas%20Yesharim%20Introduction.pdf

http://www.hashkafa.org/mesilas-yesharim-series

Rosh Chodesh Adar Beis – A time to change our personal and communal mazal

Today is Aleph Rosh Chodesh Adar Beis, the first day of the month in which we celebrate the upcoming Purim.

At the time of Purim, our mazal changed from a gezeira to being saved.

Esther HaMalka asked that all the Yidden daven, do teshuva, and fast for three days. It was not up to her alone to change the decree. Every Yid had to do teshuva, meaning to remove the obstacles that were blocking them from recognizing Hashem’s constant loving and benevolent presence. It was very dark then. And the Yidden listened and they did teshuva and then there was joy and simcha.

Sometimes it is our aveiras that hold us back. But sometimes it is a rationalization that we do not realize contains an aveira. For example, perhaps we are turning for comfort and support to something INSTEAD of Hashem. This does not mean we do not need comfort and support from each other. But there is a very fine line…we cannot substitute our go to’s for recognition of Hashem, for prayer, and for a will to bring His goodness through us into the world.

In other words, if we just seek to “feel better”, we are overlooking the pain of the Shechina in galus in the natural emotions we are experiencing. That pain is our opportunity to recognize Him, a spark of something Infinite, that He intends for us to acquire IN ORDER TO HEAL AND REDEEM US. We cannot substitute anything else for this. That would be a violation of the commandment to not worship idols. Hashem is with us right here, right now. When we are sensitive to His Pain in being hidden enough to realize that He is so concealed ONLY to give us a way to bring a spark of Infinity into our being and to provide Him with a home in this world, we have the gumption to withstand the pain of our circumstances and submit, recognize Him, notice and name where we glued to our own subjectivity, and ask instead to be glued to awareness of Him.

We must be truthful. Wherever we have become comfortable with our rationalizations, we are glued to the darkness. It is an auspicious time to confess, do teshuva and become open to the salvations He desires to give to us.

Rav Asher Freund – Comprehending that our pain contains something of Infinity that, when we recognize the pain of Hashem in being trapped there, we have the courage to bear the pain by willingness to experience it in order to exercise the will He gives us through our emunah to redeem the Shechina . And that infinite spark then heals and comforts us and builds our eternal identity with awareness of Hashem. Trust in this.

Please reference Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, from www.bilvavi.net. Here is a document called Unity Talks on the topic of stopping sinas chinam and building ahavas yisrael.

Chodesh Tov!

Rabbi Kessin – Repair Sinas Chinam and Remember and Guard Shabbos with new or re-freshed eyes

Rabbi Kessin discusses the need to repair sinas chinam with ahavas Yisrael and achdus, and to elevate and observe Shabbos with new eyes to heal us and remove obstacles that hold back the coming of Moshiach.

We are working with faith and trust to bring out a natural goodness. May Hashem see that we are doing so from a truth and sincerity of wanting Him in our hearts so that He will complete it for us. See Rabbi Genuth below.

Above is the original forty day Ahavas Yisrael Project seven lessons that teach us the laws of how to love one another.

Here are links to bilvavi.net on ahavas yisrael:

  1. Getting to Know Your People – 004 Loving A Convert: Achieving Universal Love
  2. Getting To Know Your Hisboddedus Practice – 021 Hisbodedus and Ahavas Yisrael
  3. Getting to Know Your People – 001 Three Steps Toward Ahavas Yisroel
  4. Getting to Know Your People – 003 The Necessity To Hate Evil
  5. Tefillah – 168 Emulating Hashem’s Love and Kindness
  6. Tefillah – 102 When You Feel Unloved
  7. Tu B’Av – 002 Depth of The Festival of Tu B’Av
  8. Tefillah – 167 Torah of Life
  9. Getting to Know Your People – 005 How To Hate Evil and Aspire For Unity
  10. Getting to Know Your People – 002 Unconditional Love

Rabbi Moshe Weinberger series (41 shiurim) on YUTorah.org on Nishmas Am Yisrael

Alter Rebbe On Ahavas Yisrael and Ahavas Hashem

We are working with faith and trust to bring out a natural goodness. May Hashem see that we are doing so from a truth and sincerity of wanting Him in our hearts so that He will complete it for us.

The Connection Between Ahavas Yisrael and Ahavas HaShem

The Zohar teaches that G‑d, Torah and Israel are one. It therefore follows that the love for G‑d (ahavas HaShem), the love for Torah (ahavas HaTorah), and ahavas Yisrael are one.1 Since the essence of G‑d, Torah and Israel is one, and an essence is indivisible; therefore, when one grasps a part of the essence one has the whole essence.2

For this reason:

1.Ahavas Yisrael is an indicator for ahavas HaShem, i.e., if a person is lacking in ahavas Yisrael, he is lacking in ahavas HaShem,3 for one who loves the father should surely love the children.4

2. In ahavas Yisrael lies ahavas HaShem, i.e.,ahavas Yisrael is a demonstration of ahavas HaShem. The soul of a Jew is literally a “part of the Divine”5 as explained above in Tanya, chapter 32, and therefore when one loves the Divine within the Jew, that is actually ahavas HaShem.6

3. Ahavas Yisrael is the vessel for ahavas HaShem.7 Through practicing ahavas Yisrael, one will eventually come to ahavas HaShem and ahavas HaTorah. One who works on his ahavas Yisrael will reach great heights in his ahavas HaShem.8

When one sees a Jew who only has ahavas Yisrael, one must see to it that: 1. he must also be brought to ahavas HaShem and ahavas HaTorah, and 2. his ahavas Yisrael should not only extend to feeding the needy, but should lead him to bring other Jews to ahavas HaShem and ahavas HaTorah.9

Between the three loves, ahavas HaShem, ahavas HaTorah and ahavas Yisrael, ahavas Yisrael is the greatest, for if one possesses true ahavas Yisrael, one automatically has ahavas HaShem and ahavas HaTorah. One who has ahavas HaShem does not necessarily have ahavas HaTorah, and one who has ahavas HaTorah does not necessarily have ahavas Yisrael.10

Ahavas Yisrael is greater than ahavas HaShem as the verse11 itself testifies, “I love you, says G‑d.” Therefore when one has ahavas Yisrael, one loves that which the beloved G‑d loves.12

Furthermore, the three loves correspond to the three pillars upon which the world stands:13 Ahavas Yisrael corresponds to acts of kindness, ahavas HaTorah to Torah, and ahavas HaShem to avodah.14

A further comparison may be drawn from ahavas HaShem to ahavas Yisrael: The Sages15 comment on the verse16 “And you shall love the L‑rd your G‑d,” that the imperative to love, ve’ahavta, suggests also that the name of the L‑rd your G‑d should become beloved through you, i.e., that others will come to love G‑d through your actions. The same may be applied to ahavas Yisrael, i.e., that one’s ahavas Yisrael should be in such a way that one’s friend becomes beloved through you.17

The Resting of the Divine Presence (Shechinah)

When there is unity among the Jewish people:

1. the Shechinah rests with them.18 When there is fragmentation,19 the Shechinah removes itself for it cannot rest in an incomplete place.20

2. G‑d does not look at the people’s misdeeds.21 The reason for this is that when Jews are together, the Shechinah rests between them, and the Shechinah itself does not wish to see its own defect. However when there is hatred among Jews (G‑d forbid), there is a separation between the Shechinah and Israel, which causes G‑d to see the misdeeds of Israel in general, and in particular, the misdeeds of the individual who is the source of the hatred.22

3. G‑d fulfills the people’s requests and listens to their prayers and supplications. The people of Israel are the children of G‑d, and when the Father sees the children living with each other in a spirit of mutual love and care, each one putting aside his own worries in order to calm and offset the worries and needs of the other, then the Father takes great pleasure from his children and He works wonders to fulfill their requests.23

In this vein:

1. The blessings that are received and given at a Chassidishe farbrengen — a gathering in the true spirit of ahavas Yisrael — can arouse G‑d’s mercy even more than the angel Michoel can arouse on behalf of the Jewish people.24

2. When a Jew sighs over the troubles of another, that sigh has the power to break through partitions of steel which may be in heaven created by accusing angels, and conversely, the joy which one Jew expresses when he hears of the simchah of another and the blessing he gives him is accepted by G‑d as much as the prayer of Rabbi Yochanan the High Priest when he entered the Holy of Holies.25

Tehillim 108 – Hashem Fills All the Worlds

1A song, a psalm of David.אשִׁ֖יר מִזְמ֣וֹר לְדָוִֽד:
2My heart is steadfast, O God; I shall sing and play music, even my glory.בנָכ֣וֹן לִבִּ֣י אֱלֹהִ֑ים אָשִׁ֥ירָה וַֽ֜אֲזַמְּרָ֗ה אַף־כְּבוֹדִֽי:
3Awaken, you psaltery and harp; I shall awaken the dawn.געוּרָה הַנֵּ֥בֶל וְ֜כִנּ֗וֹר אָעִ֥ירָה שָּֽׁחַר:
4I shall thank You among the peoples, O Lord, and I shall play music to You among the kingdoms.דאוֹדְךָ֖ בָעַמִּ֥ים | יְהֹוָ֑ה וַֽ֜אֲזַמֶּרְךָ֗ בַּלְאֻמִּֽים:
5For Your kindness is great above the heavens, and Your truth is until the skies.הכִּֽי־גָד֣וֹל מֵעַל־שָׁמַ֣יִם חַסְדֶּ֑ךָ וְעַד־שְׁחָקִ֥ים אֲמִתֶּֽךָ:
6Lift Yourself above the heavens, O Lord, and over all the earth is Your glory.ור֣וּמָה עַל־שָׁמַ֣יִם אֱלֹהִ֑ים וְעַ֖ל כָּל־הָאָ֣רֶץ כְּבוֹדֶֽךָ:
7In order that Your beloved ones be released, save with Your right hand and answer me.זלְמַעַן יֵחָֽלְצ֣וּן יְדִידֶ֑יךָ הוֹשִׁ֖יעָה יְמִֽינְךָ֣ וַֽעֲנֵֽנִי:
8God spoke with His holiness, that I would rejoice, that I would allot a portion, and that I would measure the valley of Succoth.חאֱלֹהִ֚ים | דִּבֶּ֥ר בְּקָדְשׁ֗וֹ אֶֽעֱלֹ֥זָה אֲחַלְּקָ֥ה שְׁכֶ֑ם וְעֵ֖מֶק סֻכּ֣וֹת אֲמַדֵּֽד:
9Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine, and Ephraim is the strength of my head; Judah is my prince.טלִ֚י גִלְעָ֨ד | לִ֬י מְנַשֶּׁ֗ה וְ֖אֶפְרַיִם מָע֣וֹז רֹאשִׁ֑י יְ֜הוּדָ֗ה מְחֹֽקְקִֽי:
10Moab is my wash basin, on Edom I shall cast my shoe; on Philistia I shall shout.ימוֹאָ֚ב | סִ֬יר רַחְצִּ֗י עַל־אֱ֖דוֹם אַשְׁלִ֣יךְ נַֽעֲלִ֑י עֲלֵֽי־פְ֜לֶ֗שֶׁת אֶתְרוֹעָֽע:
11Who will bring me to the fortified city? He Who led me up to Edom.יאמִ֣י יֽ֖וֹבִלֵנִי עִ֣יר מִבְצָ֑ר מִ֖י נָחַ֣נִי עַד־אֱדֽוֹם:
12Is it not You, O God, Who has forsaken us, and does not go, O Lord, in our hosts?יבהֲלֹֽא־אֱלֹהִ֥ים זְנַחְתָּ֑נוּ וְלֹֽא־תֵצֵ֥א אֱ֜לֹהִ֗ים בְּצִבְאֹתֵֽינוּ:
13Give us help against the adversary, for man’s salvation is futile.יגהָ֣בָה־לָּ֖נוּ עֶזְרָ֣ת מִצָּ֑ר וְ֜שָׁ֗וְא תְּשׁוּעַ֥ת אָדָֽם:
14With God we shall gather strength and He will trample our adversaries.ידבֵּֽאלֹהִ֥ים נַֽעֲשֶׂה־חָ֑יִל וְ֜ה֗וּא יָב֥וּס צָרֵֽינוּ:

Rabbi Genuth has a weekly shiur ($36 a month) through Patreon that is highly recommended:

https://www.facebook.com/moshegen/videos/10156123942536367/

Here are a few general notes from that shiur. Our concern is intended to be directed to completing our Divine mission – Hashem takes care of our needs. It is up to us to nullify the initial set of thinking that blocks us from receiving the down-flow of blessings Hashem desires to give us. Instead of self-referencing, we purge this in order to connect to our Divine mission, to allow a new ray of light to descend down from a higher Source, that completes us.

Purging our worries is that in the experience, everything is fine, even though we don’t understand it and it is core, it is all good. There is no pressure to get the right answer because otherwise I am giving the answer and I don’t want that, I want the light to flow down!

The point is to remove what has been created to reveal the substrate of everything. How do we know we have purged it all? When we have the feeling that it is all good. It is not up to us to “make it all good.” We have to get rid of all the structures there in place that we have trust in falsely believing that we assure the well-being of ourselves or others…and then Hashem’s light drops in. And then we act, with a unified light and Hashem’s blessings come into the world.

We need to know how to calm down our fire in this way, to balance it with the love of Hashem and nullification in favor of our Divine mission.

The process of healing and emunah – 40 days ending April 6, Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Please visit http://redemptionproject.io/40-day-journey

Emunah zoom community for these forty days Sundays 8:30 Pm Eastern

Here is a summary of what our speakers are hoping to help us attain ….we seek to bring awareness of Hashem deeply into our being, not just our intellect, but into our hearts.

Our goal for the next forty days is to have a greater awareness in our hearts of Hashem. We will develop a process for a continuous journey to grow that awareness. Each step we take, we will build faith in Hashem and trust in the Torah He gives us. Believe it or not, Torah helps us regulate our emotions and heal.

We experience awareness of Hashem as healing to our emotions. We literally repair by integrating Torah into our hearts. Without wanting to sound mysterious, the journey itself is our destination. The healing is in the effort. The goal is to make the best use of each day, and through that, experience the gift of healing. It is not something to be achievement-oriented about. WE are journey-oriented. Reflect on this.

Do we realize how profoundly our self-focused sensitivities to our own emotions and desires often block us from experiencing awareness of Hashem in our hearts? See if you notice this during the day today. Stop today when things are frustrating and say “I wish I could feel Your love right now but something is blocking it. I know it is there, please help me feel it.”

What if there were a way to shift our natural responding sensitivities from self-focused to G-d-focused? We want to make an effort toward that goal. This effort means taking steps inwardly rather than in our external circumstances, with no guarantees regarding outcomes. This makes room for Hashem to answer us.

Are we open to making effort regardless of tangible, physical world outcomes? Do we realize that Hashem alone is in charge of outcomes? If so, do we see where faith and trust play a role in this process? And are we ready to will to go above our natural reactions?

Letting go of circumstances and results that we are naturally familiar with is easier when we truly know the task. Our will to shift our focus above the self is combined with our emunah. This effort makes possible the release of a spark of Infinity from Hashem that is hidden.

Over time, we come to trust in Hashem’s constant love for us so very much that we realize something….Hashem is asking us to go through this process JUST so we have the opportunity to bring a spark of Infinity from within its hiding place within nature into the root elements that compose all of creation, including us, earth, wind, water and fire, solid, gas, liquid and radioactive substances.

Remember, Torah tells us that when Hashem creates the evil inclination, He says it is very good! If Hashem were to try to come into this world in a revealed way, there would be no nature visible. Thus, He comes in through a back door, a concealed way, and does not force Himself upon us. He awaits our recognizing His Power and our acceptance of Him in our hearts.

Wanting that Infinity means that we are willing to not “go with” the subjective experience of anger or fear, but rather that we see the opportunity to be like Hashem. We become like Hashem when we return our upset feelings with love in our hearts to Him. We become like Hashem when we realize we are being given a moment to absorb that drop of Infinity intended for us into our hearts.

We mature our intellect when we realize we can draw Hashem’s love into our hearts and bring a drop of Infinity in that completes and unifies our soul. Our effort to use our free will and the strength of our emunah determine how long we wallow in thinking the anger or fear or sadness before we recognize Hashem and love Him.

That drop of Infinity that was trapped in a constricted or painful emotion is released from where it is hidden within our nature. That drop of Infinity, as it intermingles with our spiritual being, unifies our soul. This awareness of Hashem no longer needs to hide. It is felt as love and connection to Him in our hearts. We gain an integrated understanding of Hashem’s love – mature intellect – in our hearts. Would that be something worth making an effort for in your eyes?

Each time we resolve our upsets to calmness with will, emunah and love builds trust in the process. We see that what is gluing to us to our natural reaction is Hashem hidden in the nature of our physiology, in our lower brain. We breathe through the challenge with love in our hearts. We recognize Hashem and His Love. With gratitude for being alive! With gratitude for the opportunity to actually use free will to go above nature, a G-d-like act! With gratitude that we can re-organize ourselves and choose our identity.

What we are presenting is an expanded way to regulate our emotions. The whole world is filled with Hashem. That includes the seemingly difficult wall we hit when we are overcome with constricted negative feelings. When having any negative reaction today, stop and say, This is Hashem! There is No Other Power!

And once we recognize Him, we have another step to take. We can now see that we have been focused on our subjective interpretation. What is the opportunity? With real free will, we are able to go above our natural subjective reaction. Something Infinite of Hashem is hidden there. We recognize Him for the purpose of asking to be glued to objectivity. What is objectivity? His Oneness and Love.

We recognize Hashem as the Power in all our emotions. We use real free will to ask Him to help us connect to His Love. We ask for help to go above our interpretations in order to unify our soul by acquiring a spark of His Infinity hidden in the challenge.

We notice and name our objections, each time seeing the power of our reactions as coming only from Hashem. Piece by piece, we empty our heart of our self-focus. We ask to be a strong receptacle and channel to reveal a hopefully unified light. This is healing. In this world. Believe it or not, we are given real free will to re-organize our inner being and create for ourselves an identity for all eternity.

The more we realize that Hashem is the only Being with any value or honor, the easier it is to hold onto His Honor and withstand the movement we feel inside, letting go of our self-focus on our honor in favor of revealing His Honor.

The starting point is anywhere we encounter that sense of enduring, lifelong lack. We often have a “pet peeve”, something we struggle with throughout our life, that keeps presenting itself within our challenges. This is what we have come to “fix”.

The fixing is not within the circumstances upon which the lack appears. The fixing is within our inner being. The goal is to integrate love from Hashem within our hearts, to quiet the anger and fear we feel.

By soothing the fire with the love we receive from that Infinite spark of Hashem, our emotional pain quiets. Indeed, our makeup is reorganized. The new balance is housed in our heart.

A quieted spirit with awareness of Hashem leads to compassionate action. What if every circumstance were like manna – able to take on whatever we give emotionally to it by reorganizing our inner being

Emunah is a power of the soul that we can build stronger and stronger. Bitachon, trust, is our choice to cling to Hashem’s Honor no matter what. We can choose to bring the feeling of His Love to surround us in moments of struggle and pain and darkness.

With emunah and bitachon that Hashem is a constant Giver of only good and all good, we are in a position to approach what blocks us from feeling that reality. Sometimes it is our natural reactions, and sometimes it is the powerful glue in Creation that keeps us self-focused naturally.

Emunah is to know all power is Hashem, No Other. And that it is light, although concealed. Hashem’s light, even when concealed, has as its essence compassion, a potential for us to experience.

Be willing to peel back our self-focus. Describe and pour all of our will into feeling Hashem’s love. We wish only to be a receptacle and channel for His Blessings.

We let go of results. We make an effort to recognize Him, and jwe make a choice to keep Torah and emulate His Compassion.

We wish to draw “water”, Torah wisdom, to quiet the fiery reactions of our intellect that are naturally self-preserving. Without wisdom, those angry, fearful, and honor-seeking urges produce thoughts that heat up our emotions. We feel moved to lash out in “self-defense.” The process of regulating our emotions by saying This is Hashem and by willing to go above our nature is a choice.

Are our actions halachically permitted? Are we emulating Hashem? By quieting the fiery intellect, we slow down and begin doing a run and return, to carve out a hollow in our heart where the painful emotions have been emptied into Hashem’s love.

The hollow in our heart  is our choice to open, out of yearning for Hashem. It is the repair to the eating. We ask to glue ourselves to awareness of Him instead of to self.  We ask to hold the light in our heart as revealed and felt compassion. We ask to be connected to Hashem, to be a strong receptacle for all of the light and a channel for bringing  blessing into the world.

Why choose something so unnatural? In Bereshis, Torah teaches about tohu, a light from the highest world of Atzut that broke and fell into the world when Adom ate. This is not just a mysterious story from long ago.

Hashem fills all the worlds. This high light is filled by Hashem, but it fell into the world without being able to be inter-inclusive. It takes the form of every solid, liquid, gaseous, and radioactive atom.  The high light is unrectified and thereby conceals Hashem’s compassion.

Hashem is filling the world but we are here to help inter-include the root elements themselves. How? Through our love for Hashem and our will.  Our mind and heart can receive something Infinite from the root elements and shine it into the world integrated and revealing its pure and intended form.

If after 120 years when it is the day of judgment and we are called to the light, do we want to go to the light, to the Throne of Honor?  Or will we gravitate instead towards what was created due to our going towards subjectivity without making an effort to go to the light while alive?

When the Moshiach arrives, our free will no longer be full free will. The time is now to make the effort to recognize Hashem in everything,  He is hidden within our constrictions.

Use real free will and ask Hashem  for whatever glues us to a place of constriction to please glue us to awareness of Hashem. Ask that Hashem’s love mature our understanding and quiet the inner movement of our soul.

Remembering the sabbath and guarding the sabbath are the description of the Torah commandment to keep the Sabbath. The word for remember is zachor, male, alluding to Hashem’s Infinite love and wisdom. The word shomer, guard, is female, alluding to the aspect of binah, intellect, which, when  mature with love and wisdom from Hashem, guards our soul from error through halacha. It is this maturity we seek, an infinite path of closeness with Hashem’s unyielding compassion.

We may find ourselves there again and again! It does not mean our efforts were in vain. It means Hashem wants us to do it again!! Our effort is releasing and has impact. Hashem wants our hearts.

Hashem wants a being that can recognize Him and ask for its needs so that He may bestow upon us the good He desires to give. To receive this good, it is up to us to make ourselves into a strong receptacle to be a channel through which the good may flow.

The work is to recognize Hashem in what glues us to self-interest and to ask instead to be attached to awareness of Hashem, letting go of all our experiential emotions that block us from feeling Hashem’s total love. Once re-balanced in this way, we look again at our circumstance and can act, only now we will be a channel of blessings, with Hashem’s help

“With this ‘Crazy Glue’ I want  awareness of You, For my heart to hold  the Might of Your revealed Compassionate Light.”