posted on Mar, 1 2005 @ 05:22 PM
this was written by Michael Berg
this is how i too look at much before me.
A VAST ILLUSION CALLED EXTERNAL REALITY
A landmark on the road to becoming like God is the realization that nothing happens because of external forces. Whatever happens to me, positive or
negative, happens because I need it to happen to me at that instant for my spiritual development. Whoever “does” it to me happens to have the
merit to be the vehicle for that action….but it was going to happen anyway. The individual simply was the channel.
This demolishes the paradigm of our current world, which is a paradigm of total misunderstanding. Now, when someone treats us badly and apologizes, we
brush it off: “Oh, that's OK.” We don't fully embrace the apology, because we still want the person to feel bad for it. We are totally in the
grip of the notion “They did it to us.”
Conversely, when we do something good for someone and they thank us, we brush that off: “Don't worry about it.” We're not really accepting the
thank you because we feel they still owe us.
It's a mistaken view of the world.
When someone does a good action toward us, that action was going to happen anyway and that person happened to be the channel. He can't expect a thank
you - it is he who gains by the goodness he partakes in.
In the bible story, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. Through an amazing set of events, he winds up second in command to the Pharaoh of
Egypt, and when his brothers come to Egypt for help, he reveals his identity to them. To say the least, they are astounded and embarrassed for their
actions to him. Yet Joseph, being the high soul he is, feels no animosity or anger toward them, realizing it was for the best that he went to Egypt
and thus got to reveal his greatness. The brothers were naturally sorry for committing a grave misdeed against him, but Joseph himself sincerely felt
there was nothing for them to be sorry for.
When a person lives this way, it changes his life. When we recognize that each event was going to happen anyway, we can't become so angry anymore, so
needing of thanks, or such a victim to resentment.
Like all struggles on the path of becoming like God, this is difficult do. Universal victimhood dies hard. But we must try.
And the final point pertains to imposing this truth on others. In the words of a great kabbalist:
When it comes to me, I'm a believer. When it comes to others, I'm an atheist.
What he means is, you don't judge others. You don't pontificate to a person in stress how there are no external forces and it's all for the
You live the truth yourself. You hold yourself to the most rigorous spiritual standards. But you approach others with human dignity and gentleness.
Just like God.
How do you prepare yourself for a divine spiritual experience when the negative forces keep nagging at you until you lose control and do something
that seems to bring you back to square one. These feelings of loneliness, despair, jealousy. I really need some insight on this because this is
becoming a real challenge. I know it's me but I just don't know how to handle it. Any advice?
The great kabbalist Rav Ashlag taught: in spirituality there is no disappearance. Whatever Light you reveal will never disappear. When a person falls,
he does not lose the level or Light he has already achieved. Returning to square one is an illusion.
The Opponent, or Evil Inclination as kabbalists speak of it, will make us despair, make us believe in the notion of square one. It is important to
fight these thoughts with fervor, and remind ourselves that for every positive action Light is revealed, and that Light is maintained and that Light
never diminishes. In the middle of despair, we must remind ourselves that we have revealed Light, and that we must clean away the darkness and we will
Understand that the “negative forces nagging at you” is the Opponent speaking and he has a certain hold on you. You must disconnect from him more
and more. Second, you must take action to get back to and re-connect with the Light already achieved. You can do this through sharing (remember, our
positive actions never get diminished), and through meditating or praying. Praying in the kabbalistic sense is not asking something of God. It is
connecting to the Light.
With Love & Light,
AN OPEN LETTER
STUBBORN FOR THE LIGHT
THE MIRACLE OF NATURE AND THE NATURE OF MIRACLES
A TOOL CALLED JOY AND SERENITY
THE SCALE OF CERTAINTY
A VAST ILLUSION CALLED EXTERNAL REALITY
THE HEALING COMES BEFORE THE SICKNESS
ON THIS DAY
THE CANDELABRA WILL BUILD ITSELF