- Being Brave
- Blessings 2019
- Building the Temple
- Compassion 2018
- Divine Miracles
- Freedom 2018
- Healing 2018
- Healing 2019
- Hod – Giving Space
- Hod-Giving Space
- Joy & Strength
- Joy 2019
- Miracles 2018
- Possibilities 2018
- Revelation and Celebration
- Strength 2019
- Trust 2017
- Trust 2018
As the Passover holiday comes to an end, freeing our limiting beliefs and entering a new state of consciousness is possible. Try on paradigm shifts and rearrange your thoughts on relationships, careers, health, society, media, politics. Things are not what they seem a lot of the time (for example, I’ve been diving deeper into Dr. Sarno’s philosophy and what a paradigm shift that is in terms of health!). Tune into your intuition and let it give you the truths that your social self mind may argue with. Invite yourself to Freedom 🙂 Give yourself that gift. May we all experience true freedom from arrogance and may the world know Peace.
Freedom is … believing in miracles – divine wonders beyond the natural laws of the physical and the natural laws of the spiritual. According to Kabbalah, the world is created anew every moment through the energy of divine letters and so why not believe? Hashem (G-d) as the infinite can do anything 🙂 The wording of this Jewish month of Nissan is connected to the word miracles. The Passover story of the Jew’s exodus from Egypt, Mitzrayim, which also has a spiritual meaning of ‘limitations’ was empowered by G-d’s miraculous hand. The Rebbe relates a lesson to this for all of us today. Each time that we go out of our own state of limitations and tap into our soul’s infinite power to touch the divine and traverse difficulties, we are doing miracles. The Rebbe says that the generation of today are the reincarnated souls of the generation of the time of the exodus. Let’s do this thing! Through our infinite potential of doing random acts of kindness and charity and our ability to choose divine action over fear, we can switch darkness into light forevermore. As Jewish prophecy states about Geula “There will be neither famine nor war, neither envy nor strife, because goodness will flow in abundance and all delightful things will be as available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know the Divine.” (Maimonides)
14th day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom
Freedom is …knowing that everything has its divine time. When the Jews were in the desert after leaving Egypt (the Passover story), they were commanded to build a Mishkan (a portable sanctuary, spiritual center) for the Schechina (feminine aspect of the Divine) to dwell. For seven days they set it up and took it apart until the eighth day, Hashem’s (G-d’s) presence rested there. Hashem said “Know that everything has its time. Everything happens at exactly the moment it’s meant to happen, not a moment before or after” (from ancient text Yalkut Shimoni). And in life we can ‘know’ this to bring us comfort and freedom from anxiety. We can make our human efforts with patience and peace of mind, become a keli (vessel) to receive G-d’s revealed good and know that at the exact moment when something is meant to be, it will be.
13th day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom
Freedom is …receiving. When someone gives you a compliment, just respond with a “thank you.” When someone gives you a gift, just receive it with a smile and a “thank you.’ When a kind person offers to help you, just receive. Receive, receive, receive is so much holier than arguing, rejecting and using false modesty to deny others the pleasure of giving to you. Receiving is not taking, but opening and expanding and is a form of love and vulnerability.
11th day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom
“A true leader does not seek followers, he wants to teach others how to be leaders. He does not want control, he wants the truth. He does not impose his leadership on others, nor does he take away anyone’s autonomy. He inspires by love, not coercion. When it comes time to take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he is the first to arrive at the time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear. He is so passionate about your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it is like coming face to face with yourself for the first time.” Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson (Lubavitcher Rebbe)
Many years ago, I had little respect for leaders of any kind, especially religious ones and especially Jewish ones. I had rejected my Jewish background and lived a very secular, atheistic, liberal and feminist life and was fine with that. In my mid-twenties, believing that my college boyfriend was in a cult, I boarded a plane to Israel to rescue him. To make a long story short, I discovered it wasn’t a cult, but was Orthodox/mystical Judaism. This Judaism was one, that just two generations before me, all my ancestors practiced. I committed to exploring it in depth for many years until deciding to practice it myself – something I’ve been doing for 20+ years. It was a leap of faith because as much as I studied, I couldn’t decide whether I really believed in the unseen realm of the spirit. Something that I couldn’t see or touch felt really distant from reality for me. The Lubavitcher Rebbe became the bridge that helped me make that leap – his kabbalistic wisdom, care, love and guidance was so deep and real that the spiritual didn’t seem so distant. Having experienced personal prophetic guidance from the Rebbe, as many others I know have, I use the Rebbe as my compass and north star through all the chaos and confusion in the world. He continues to guide and direct and I am grateful.
In honor of the Rebbe’s birthday today, Yud Aleph Nissan. The picture is of the Rebbe giving out blessings of wine. The Rebbe did this for hours including on Sundays to distribute dollars and blessings and when asked if he ever grew tired on his feet for so long, he responded “Every soul is a diamond. Can one grow tired of counting diamonds?” And that is how the Rebbe sees all of us, yes – you and me