Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Message from Yael Yardeni

Hi Everyone,
We have a very intense week ahead!

First of all, many of you guys have asked me about retrograde Mercury! What are we to do? Stay home or stay silent???

Here is a good and proactive way to use the energy of retrograde Mercury….

The Planet Mercury represents the reasoning mind, meaning the way we think, the way we process information, as well as all forms of communication.The good news is, in this time of Mercury being in retrograde motion, we are able to erase and correct . Certain things that were lost will be found, certain things from our past will reemerge, all for the purpose of correction, or as we call it in Kabbalah, Tikkun.

Remember, Mercury, currently in the sign of Taurus, will be retrograde from April 18th through May 11th. Taurus being an earth sign, this is a great opportunity for us to make practical changes.

On April 28th the Moon will be full, and situated in Scorpio! This energy will pinpoint all the control issues we still have, as well as helping us uncovering certain annoying truths about ourselves!! The sign of Scorpio being the most inquisitive of the whole zodiac, it’s as if we were given a private investigator!

Scorpio is also connected to money and business, therefore, around the full moon, we need to make sure that all is in order in that domain, otherwise we will be in for unpleasant surprises. Just call the bank and find out if all is under control!!!!

The cosmos is indeed helping us this week to bring law and order in our lives, so lets take great advantage of that!

On another very positive note, the end of this week will see a very positive cosmic window and spiritual opening: on Saturday night and Sunday, we have a very special connection to a gigantic Kabbalist by the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai ( the author of the book of Spendor/ the Zohar). This will be a great time to sign contracts or move to a new home, since the energy of his anniversary breaks all the heaviness of this Taurus month!

If you are next to a Kabbalah centre, make sure you are there for a connection Saturday night, otherwise just light a candle and meditate to let this amazing light enter your lives!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Love Yael

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spread the Word- NY Open House Sunday 5/2/10

Throughout history, the greatest minds of a generation studied the spiritual wisdom of Kabbalah.
Scientists (Einstein)
Physicists (Sir Isaac Newton)
Philosophers (Plato)
Mathemeticians (Pythagoras)
Artists (Michelangelo)
Explorers (Christopher Columbus) &
Inventors (Thomas Edison)
drew from the teachings of Kabbalah to further their life’s work. Today, the great minds of our generation (you) are finding meaning & power in these same teachings.

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Notes from 4/26/10 Malul Call

In order to tap into such an enormous amount of Light, we need to prepare. The more I prepare myself, the better my connection. Consciousness is everything. I need to study, yes, but also want to find someone this week that I can connect with them. Not because of any obvious reason (i.e., they’re talented / smart / pretty) but just because they are human and I know that without connections / without connecting to others, I cannot achieve anything in this life. We know about the students of Rabbi Akiva that died during this time because of no connection with each other / lack of human dignity for each other. We need to remember that this week and connect with others.

Another part - sometimes we like to feel good among our friends by putting others down but this week, think about times when you put others down and try to fix it. Think: “in the future, what can I do differently?” For example, if I know a person does not have a skill or know an answer then why would I ask them to do something or ask a certain question especially in front of others? i can't embarrassed people or cause them shame

Third part - if you think you love somebody / want to love somebody, confront them and tell them if they have done something wrong. If you are afraid to say anything because you are scared of what they will think, it is superficial love. If you really love them, you must be where you can share.

Fourth part - there are 4 levels in this reality, one relating to when we speak which brings us to the concept of “speak to a priest”. When we are using our voice / speech and using it for unnecessary things, we limit the amount of energy. If someone in your eyes is highly connected, you won’t talk to them about little, mundane things or nonsense so you want to see everyone on that level. This way, our consciousness remains spiritual (about sharing / the Light) and we speak from there - “speak to a priest” – so we elevate others when we speak. Ask yourself: “do I bring peace when I talk or do I just talk nonsense all the time?”

Notes from 4/22/10 Consciousness Class

Taking our life to the next level starts with consciousness. Everything starts with consciousness.

We know that this week there are 2 portions, Acherai Mot and Kedoshim. Having 2 portions gives us a 2nd level of unity, since we receive 2 portions of light. Another portion enters to reinforce a higher level of light. The light is always trying to give us as much as possible. We get the light of immortality and holiness this week.

In Acherai Mot – we know the light reveals secrets to us. We should learn a completely different lesson each year as we get deeper and to another level, we should be at another way of seeing the story. “after the death of Nadav and Avihu.” The idea is “after the death.” What does this mean? Its where we need to be, “after the level of death,” meaning removing the aspect of death from our life. Death cannot be part of our movie/life/relationships/friendships/business.

The 2 souls of Nadav and Avihu were equivalent to the entire souls of all the Israelites. Yitzhak Levi of Berdichev explains that they were drunk and they entered the holy of holies, and then they died. The kabbalists explain – how can such high souls make such a mistake? They felt a level of light they thought was the light of immortality, so they thought they needed to get drunk since it was Purim – huge amount of light revealed, light of Binah, they thought it had already come, the end of the correction. And they needed to reincarnate at higher levels, later on, as Pinchas and Elijah the prophet. Imagine how careless and low our consciousness was however many years ago – when we were there, a person that does a negative action, how much negativity can that person spread? How much light can be revealed? Not really that much. But when a righteous person does a positive action, there is so much light revealed in one action; the same idea applies when he falls. When a righteous person does a negative action, he creates so much negativity for himself and the rest of the world. Kabbalists that use tools of the Zohar, mikveh, etc, to protect us so that we don’t fall, because the consequences are so much higher. “The sons of Aaron died because they didn’t ask Moshe.” When a person takes drugs or alcohol, they get immediate gratifications, and immediately bring light of Binah to a vessel in Malchut and get burned. If a person wants to elevate to a level above where they are – Nadav and Avihu got closer, they burned, they couldn’t handle it, and they short circuited; they went to directly plug into the light. If they had at least asked Moshe, no matter the answer, they would have at least had protection. A person that wants to elevate to a level above his own narrow place, study by himself, and not with his teacher, through his teacher, not asking permission from his teacher, “he must die.” This is tough to say, but we know that death is not just physical death. To attain another spiritual level, I have to connect through my teacher. The idea is for us, even asking questions, while its not easy, it helps us to stop; whether or not it’s the answer we like to hear; some people don’t like to ask questions because they know they are not going to get the answer they want to hear, or they ask questions in a way that they think will give them the answer that they want. And that’s not really “plugging in” and awakening the light. Most of us need to learn to reconnect to our teacher. When I am by myself and not plugging into the pipes and channels, I am causing death = spiritual death. You won’t be able to elevate. In order to elevate my consciousness, I need to understand I cannot just elevate by myself; in our life today we are not at such a spiritual level that we can elevate and connect any other way.

There are spiritual actions that we do that we feel so much energy from them, and there are actions that we stop doing, because we don’t feel like we get energy from them anymore. Some people love the mikveh, others do not. Even in our personal life, not just spiritual tools, there are things we like and things we don’t like. The Zohar says, when you do things you don’t enjoy and get no pleasure, because we do the things we don’t feel like we get energy from them, we will then be able to receive cleansing and clarity from the things we do in which we feel connected. By stretching and doing things that are uncomfortable or we don’t’ feel we get energy from them, we create more of an opening for energy from things where do feel we get energy. For example, if I don’t feel connected with Shabbat or other tools, we create limitations in the things we like to do. I like morning connection but not the night connection. The things I stop doing because I don’t like them, block the light that can be revealed from the things we like to do. Whatever it is, do it for the sake of cleansing to reveal light in something we do like to do. When a person starts doing something and likes to only do one thing, those of us that are leaders and want to inspire others, need to give people one small action to do. When you do one thing good, you feel good, and then you will do the next action. Just by doing one small action, that will bring us to do another small action. Eventually the person will be connected to the light in a much greater way. When we find that I need to know how to be more humble, if you continue doing spiritual and positive action, as you get closer to the light, you see how low you are, and how humble you can become; then the light can dwell on you.

Rav Ashlag shared a lot about this week’s energy. Must of the wisdom of Kabbalah is based on this week – in fact the Zohar says this week includes all the energy of the torah that we need in our life.

This portion Acharei Mot – after death, whenever there is any negativity, a person is not happy and has low energy. But there is another secret – this portion of Kedoshim – being holy – comes to bring and to draw to our life, to add holiness; when we connect its only for the sake of drawing to our life more holiness. What does holiness mean? Kedusha – holiness, separation not from others but separating a holy energy – like a surrounding energy that is separated from everything else. Kedusha is separation from the desire to receive for the self alone – any time a person separates himself from the realm of the desire to receive for the self alone – the small picture, small thinking. Shabbat is holy because it is separated from the rest of the week. Sometimes we need to separate ourselves from our environment if it is not so holy, for the sake of bringing holiness. A person should separate himself from the craving of the physical world; that is how we can draw holiness, so that our thoughts can become holy. You need to take yourself out of the physical world – out of the attachments, need and craving for 1% needs, by doing that you draw holiness and you become holy. There are righteous people whose soul is so powerful, and for them it is easy to separate from the 1%, they don’t have as much attachment to the physical world. But most of us are good people, but we don’t have as much power to achieve those levels of light and holiness by ourselves, so we need help. Include yourself in a holy environment. A single candle can add himself to a group of candles, and add to the equation of making a lot of light. That way can be included in the holiness that can be revealed that I wouldn’t otherwise get if I am by myself. When the light wants to come to our life, Rabbi Shimon said, when the light sees that he wants to be revealed in this world and enter someone’s life, but sees the person is not so holy, but is an evil person – meaning a person always connected to his desire to receive and who is not yet a transformed person – when the light wants to come but sees how much that person is into himself – the light will never look at us as a negative person, but regards us in such a way that wants to trickle down in a lesser way. The light shrinks himself to enter your life. Only through mercy and forgiveness. How many of us that really want to share with someone, will jump immediately and judge the other person and tell them what we think and all the negative things that we think about that person, rather than deciding if there is a merciful way to connect and convey our message. Is there another way for me to deliver that message in a merciful way? By doing that we elevate ourselves to behave like the light.

From Tiferet Shlomo – he says when a person works on himself and really prepares himself, when he works on his desire to receive for the self alone, awakens himself to really do more spiritual work – for the sake of revealing what is really connected to us – we are drawing holiness. But what we want to really understand - when a person in this world does a small action of holiness – meaning we do a small separation in our own level – when we awaken in our life, in the lower world, a small action – if you do a small separation between us and the physical world, between us and the desire to receive for the self alone – we decide not to be angry in order to separate ourselves from that need to be angry for the sake of bringing holiness into the world – if you separate yourself and you become holy – “I will have to come and dwell on you, and give you so much more holiness.” Just a small separation from the desire to receive for the self alone from above there is so much flow of holiness – a cloud of light and protection comes to a person. You can’t connect to the world of solutions and answers if we keep doing little negative actions. No matter how disconnected we were, how negative we were or are, a person will separate himself a little bit, a little bit holy, not just because we want to be holy, but because that selfish action we are about to do will prevent us from drawing down so much holiness from that cloud. We can draw down so much holiness from small actions because we want more holiness in our lives.

Rav Ashlag shared with Rav Brandwein – letter 13 in Beloved of My Soul – Rav Brandwein shares with the Rav Berg about Kedoshim. He speaks of Matan Torah, the gift of the Torah – dealing with the creation itself. The entire creation has an intention, a meaning – the entire creation was for one purpose, for us to become holy and for us to know that there is a creator. What does this mean, for us? Our job is to publish and to spread, to advertise, to market the creator, because that’s what the creator wants, that we will spread his name. Why? Why does the creator need us to spread his name? If the light is so good and can help everything in our life, we want to share it with others. When you study Kabbalah and you realize how great it is and you get the depth of it and get really excited you just want to share it. First, realize that if I am bringing that holiness into my life, I can attract more people to feel that light, and then more people will be attracted and will want to know about it. This light is the cure for all chaos, and a cure for death. The more people realize this the better position we are all in. in The Gift of the Bible, Rav Ashlag says the creator came to the Israelites and told them, if you will hear what I am saying to you and you will keep what I am telling you, you will become holy and protected, you will separate yourself from all other nations, and you will be a kingdom of priests, and you will be a holy nation. Rav Ashlag says, similarly the creator didn’t tell them anything that they should do. If my friend comes to me and asks me to do a job for him, he needs to clarify what is the job, what I will get out of it. We need to understand that when the creator asks us to do a certain job and asks us to keep all the commandments and separate ourselves from the desire to receive for the self alone, you will be priests and holy. But if there is no explanation of the job why should we take it? The idea of becoming a priest – is only for the sake of sharing. Only a person without the desire to receive for the self alone and can love anyone whoever they are -the results would be becoming a holy nation, and draw down light from the cloud of light that surrounds us. When you separate yourself from the desire to receive for the self alone, with a consciousness of wanting to draw so much more holiness to my life, it’s enough to draw so much more holiness. To the degree that I become a priest, I become holy. It’s very hard to separate yourself from the desire to receive for the self alone when you are by yourself.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Reminder- Mon 11:30AM EST Calls

From the Rav: "If we still find ourselves in a place where we are judging others, and not considering that if we were in that person’s environment, we might do the same, then this is wrong."

This and every Monday, we will have a Weekly Kabbalah Consciousness Call with Kabbalah teacher Binyamin Malul.

Join us Monday, April 26th, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. - Eastern, and every Monday, at this same time.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Notes from Consciousness Video

One of the most important things one can do for himself, if you can understand how important the study of Kabbalah is, you should be awakened to do more effort. Kabbalists have never limited the amount of secrets they share in one lesson. We limit what we receive. If our consciousness is not there, we won’t be able to capture the secrets being revealed. That is why it is so important to begin each day with study.

Look at the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was a very giving person – tithing and sharing. Many of us are sharing people, we open our pockets and give when asked. From that point of view, Cain was sharing all the time but yet he was disconnected from the Light. Why? Because that is only one aspect. We need to put effort into understanding what the Light is / who the Creator is. We must share with understanding otherwise it is limited. How did creation come about? My ability to reveal more Light is limited if I don’t give with understanding how the dots are connected / what the Creator is all about. I’ll ask you to do something this week – study something very deep every day for 20 minutes so it awakens desire in you. Try to study for the sake of sharing the secrets that are revealed to you, with someone else. I’ll share a secret now that I learned earlier: we have two portions this week. Why? The one percent reason is because it is a leap year but the real reason, as the Kabbalists explain, is that we need to awaken unity. So, unconditional love can be awakened this week for all our lives / all the world, in unity. Sharing / giving is a way for us to create unity. The reasons why angels can do work on a spiritual level is because they have the ability to give / receive one to another. For us to be able to awaken the angelic force / unity within us, we must be able to receive / accept another human being. Start with the sharing, with the deeper study this week about what the Light is all about.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Zohar Portion- Tazria

Tazria Volume 15 Verse 72

Rabbi Yosi asked, whence do we know that? Rabbi Chiya said, from the words, “Open rebuke is better than hidden love.” THE MEANING OF “OPEN REBUKE IS BETTER” IS THAT if the rebuke is done with love, it is hidden from people. So when one rebukes his neighbor with love, he must conceal his words from people, so his neighbor shall not be put to shame. If his words are public, they are not with love.

The Zohar in this section speaks about rebuke with love, which in simple English is “criticism with love.”

One of our obligations—as friends, as people who love each other—one of our responsibilities as far as helping each other is to really be able to help another person see the missing piece of the puzzle – to be able to allow another person to see what is wrong with him, to see what his Tikkun is, to see what he is doing wrong.

The whole idea of being in this world is not just to be alone, by ourselves. Kabbalistically the whole idea of being on the mountain and meditating forever and being one with the Creator is not what life is about. We all came from one soul. The only way we can make the journey back closer to that one soul is if we associate ourselves with other people who are part of that one soul … which will allow us to see a bigger piece beyond just ourselves, will allow us to interact with other aspects of that one soul, and will allow us to see things that our ego would never be able to see otherwise.

One of the main parts of the whole idea of expressing true love and true relationship is the ability of others to see what we are ourselves blind to see. Nobody in this world can see by himself all of his own issues. As much as we try to reduce our ego and be honest – about our blockages, about our selfishness, about our insensitivities, about our laziness, about our complaining – we were designed in such a way that as righteous as we are, we need another set of eyes—at least one other set—to be able to observe what is going on.

It is so amazing sometimes for me, personally. I think I am on the right path and I am pushing myself and I am stretching myself … and then a friend will tell me something that is so obvious—about my insensitivity towards somebody else, or how my ego was pretty clear when I attacked somebody, or if I tried to help somebody but they felt that ego—and only after my friend tells me about it can I see it clearly. On my own, by myself, even though I try to question myself, I am blind to seeing it. We were designed in creation not to see our own Big Picture … and that is the reason.

When we are not open to allowing another human being in our life, at least one – a friend, a teacher … somebody whom we love and somebody who loves us – if we do not open ourselves to that person so we can see our filth, if we do not open ourselves to allow that person to talk and to tell us things, then we will never get there in life. We will be blind.

The idea is that if our goal is truly to ascend and to grow and to gradually get closer to that idea of true love and true connection—and no matter what, it is going to happen eventually; if not now, then in a few lifetimes—then why do we need the pain and the suffering that eventually will get us to open up to other people? Would we not want to proactively open ourselves up to other people? Would we not want to do this proactively … even though it is painful and the ego does not like it?

We need some people to see what is going on with us. It is not that every day that we need to ask, “Please tell me my issues, my Klipot.” It is not every day that we need to have psychotherapy, but we do need to create an open line of communication … and where there is love, we need to hear what is wrong with us from other people who can see better than we do.

Think about it. We see so many issues with the people around us, but they are so blind and they do not see it. Why do WE see it? Because we are outside of the box, so we can see things clearer.

We have to be open to receive proactive criticism, but – as the Zohar tells us – only when it comes with love … because when it does not come with love, then it is the ego of the other person. He might be telling us something that he sees which might be true, but he is involved with his own agenda to criticize us, or he is involved with his own agenda to get back at us, or it is only to feel better about himself because he is going through some hard times. So, we need to be open to receive proactive criticism, but only when there is love between the two people.

Proactively, when we are in the role of criticizing another person – for the sake of helping him – we need to really question ourselves many times: “Am I doing it with love? Am I doing it because I care about that person? Do I have a little agenda? Am I a little down? Do I feel better about myself when I criticize because it makes me feel a little bit more spiritual as a result?” Or can we honestly answer ourselves: “No, I am saying it because that is my role right now. It does not mean I am above the other person. It does not mean that I am better than the other person. It does not mean that I do not have even worse issues and worse Klipot and worse blockages. It does not mean that.” We also need to ask ourselves: “Do I have to say it? Or can I wait and say it in two minutes … or half an hour … or in a day?” When we HAVE to say it, it is one of the indications that we are not totally coming from the right place and with love.

As the Zohar says, when our criticism does not come with love and true care and even with true feeling of the pain of our friend’s ego, then no matter how nicely we say it, it will be uncomfortable. If it does not come from that place, then it is going to cause embarrassment and shame … and then the other person will have to deal with another issue which was not the main issue we were trying to share with him. For example, if we try to share with him about his insensitivity, but we do it in a slightly rude way – such that other people could feel that we are criticizing him – then he will worry about being embarrassed in front of other people and he will not be open—his heart will not be open—to truly get what we are trying to share. And actually, the Zohar tells us that whenever our criticism does not come from pure love, not only is it not going to help that person, but it is also going to add judgment.

Kabbalah teaches that in every aspect of life, something that could potentially reveal a tremendous amount of Light could, at the same time, cause a tremendous amount of harshness and negativity if it is not done with the right consciousness.

Two main points:

1. We HAVE to open ourselves for a line of proactive and loving criticism; if not, our growth will be blocked and limited.

2. When we are in the role of giving criticism, we need to question many times: Are we doing it from the right place? Because if not, then we are going to harm the other person and we are going to harm ourselves.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Malul Call 4/12/10

This week is very special – like every other week. We have the new moon of Taurus which gives us the power of healing / the power to destroy negativity within. Starting this week, Zohar portions / secrets help us to reveal many secrets. This week’s portion talks about when a person has leprosy. This disease is terrible / unpleasant but what you learn from Kabbalists – you realize people who were on a much higher level of spirituality suffered from this thing. How can it be if you are a righteous person? Shouldn’t something better come? If someone is on a spiritual level, they have awareness. When you study, you become more aware so you have more protection, yes, but as you start being aware, you are less aware of your own faults. You think: “I’m doing ok”, “I’m righteous” – that is leprosy. You think that you are protected but the point is you need to be able to see that if something wrong is happening, it is a miracle to protect us from falling from the level we are at. It isn’t something bad. Leprosy came because they were missing something in their consciousness, so they were grateful (for the leprosy). This is why it is important to tell your teacher things so they can tell you when you are wrong. The righteous people get different types of diseases for the sake of awakening consciousness. When awakened, disease is gone. If something negative happens during the day (not, God forbid, leprosy) - something like somebody didn’t listen to us / didn’t call us, we need to take it as a miracle as it takes us out of our comfort zone. Why a miracle? The Light is becoming more aware of our work. We’re having some bumps on the road – the Light is telling us we can do a little bit more here / there. Kabbalists explain that when a person does any spiritual action - uses the tools / sharing / volunteering / charity - each action creates spiritual clothing. Spiritual clothing is another layer around each of us, a protection layer that becomes more powerful energy around a person. Action relating to physical work is different from spiritual work - you must have the right consciousness when doing volunteer work.

When things do not go my way, it is a miracle. When we see life this way, we will see the Light more in our lives. Try to study and understand the Zohar, this week. This will bring more healing into our lives. The effort you put into the study will awaken more Light / spiritual clothing. Try to be in a New Moon connection this week at a Centre or online or else, meet with your teacher.