Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 18, 2016

Within the 72 Names of God, there is only one letter that is missing, and that is Gimel. This is because the Gimel represents ge’ava, or “pride.” Pride overrides a person’s awareness and appreciation of the Light in their life.

There are many people who must struggle for success but manage to make something of themselves, just as there are many who struggle but fail to achieve success. What is the difference between these two types of people?

They both have the potential of the Creator within, but one desires success so that he can share it with others, while the other desires success only so he can feel good about himself.

We have a choice—either to be a Light for the world or to be a Light only for ourselves. On our path to success, there must be the recognition that only the power of the Light will allow us to fulfill our purpose. If we are following a higher purpose that is supported by the Light, then...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 17, 2016

Instead of feeling doubt every time something seemingly negative happens, what we should say is, "I don't understand this situation, but I've done everything that I can to make it a positive experience. So I’ll have certainty that in the larger scheme of things, this situation is indeed positive."

With this consciousness, we give darkness no entry into our situation.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 16, 2016

It is human nature to almost always see the glass as half empty in our lives. Knowingly or unknowingly, we tend to focus what it is that we lack.

We may say to ourselves, "I have this, and I have this, and I have that, but see over here, this is wrong, this is what I am missing."

Unfortunately, it happens that many times when concentrate our efforts on what we lack, we lose the effect of being who we are. And that "being" is our capacity to share with and be a part of others’ lives.

Today, focus on the good. Be who you are and let your light shine outwards.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 15, 2016

The fulfillment we seek in this world lies in the spiritual work of overpowering the consciousness that life is "only about me."

If we spend our days chasing things that do not satisfy our soul’s deepest desires for fulfillment, we will eventually feel empty and joyless. If we work only to serve the body, we will starve this all-important aspect of our being.

Ultimately, we discover that deep, lasting happiness can come only when our souls are fed—and the food that satisfies the soul comes to us when we manage to become proactive beings of sharing.

This does not mean we need to renounce the physical world, but rather to transcend its control over us.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: February 13, 2016

Sometimes we think that just because we may have transformed a few negative traits in ourselves, certain things should manifest in our lives and when they don’t we get upset or disappointed.

But the question I would challenge you with in response to this is: “How do you know it shouldn’t have been worse? How do you know that the place that you are, isn’t better than where you were originally going to be had you not done any spiritual work?

Consider this metaphor: When someone, God forbid, comes into your home and he steals some money out of your purse or he destroys some of your property, what do we say? We say, “Well, thank God, it could have been worse.” Right?

The same thing with our lives: We never know what our part is in creating our reality as it is. The only thing we can know is that if we become more and more aware of our actions, during the day, and we learn how to participate more with other people, and we learn how to benefit others and ourselves,...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 12, 2016

There’s a Kabbalistic story about a person who goes to his teacher and says, “I have been calling to God, begging, pleading and asking Him for this one thing and he never seems to answer me.”

The teacher turns to the student and says, he has answered you. The answer is no.

It’s a simple story. But sometimes it can be just the thing we need to hear.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 11, 2016

Most of us are striving to find our spiritual purpose and to become better human beings. But once we embark on a spiritual path, it can actually become harder for us to figure out what it is that we are meant to do. We think things should come easier to us now that we’ve found spirituality.

We think, “I’m on the path, so why isn’t my life perfect yet? Why haven’t I made the money I had hoped to make or met the person of my dreams yet?” But who says that you are supposed to accomplish these things at all?

Even if we become spiritual, we shouldn’t look to Heaven for a quick fix because a spiritual path doesn’t always run straight. In fact, the things we must do on our spiritual path may be far more difficult than anything we might encounter on a “normal” path.

For in order to have free will, we must encounter equal measure of darkness and Light. As our Light grows, so does the darkness that will challenge us. But this is what makes the Light that we earn so...

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: February 10, 2016

Most of us never call to God when we are really happy, when everything is going great.

Oftentimes, we only find the space to call out the Creator when we need something from Him, and sometimes its almost like He has to make a reason for us to so much as think about Him

On the spiritual path, the road doesn’t get easier at the beginning, at the end, or in the middle; but the Light of the Creator is always there for us, no matter what, standing at an open gate waiting for us to reach out.

Today, even if everything is going smoothly, take a few moments to call on God, even if just to express appreciation for all the blessings in your life.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: February 09, 2016

It is great to come to a spiritual class and to learn, but that’s not the thing that is going to change people or yourself.

The only true thing that helps manifest change in your life, or in anybody’s life, is taking the tools and converting them into action; transforming that Desire to Receive for the Self Alone into a Desire to Share.

If we can do that, then we will take mini steps towards great changes in our lives.

We may not see all these changes at first, and sometimes we may feel like we are going nowhere-- but the only reason for that is because as we clear the layers, the veils from ourselves, our challenges become more difficult in order to assist our growth.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 03, 2016

If we understood that there is a system for all the things that manifest in our lives and that everything is here to teach us and to bring us to a place where we can complete our correction, then we would never worry. We would know that God put us in this framework, in this body, and in this environment to be in the best position to finish our correction.

The circumstances in which we find ourselves are not meant as punishments; they are tools to help us elevate to another level of spiritual consciousness. If we truly understood this, then there would be no greed, anger, or envy because we would know that we are always exactly where we need to be.

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Karen BergWeekly Consciousness by Karen Berg

Karen Berg, Spiritual Leader of The Kabbalah Centre, has committed her life to introducing the teachings of Kabbalah to the world and to expanding the role of women in spirituality and in the global community.  Read Karen's Bio