Rebbe Nachman & Eckhart Tolle | The Power of Now

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6/30/2015

Rebbe Nachman & Eckhart Tolle | The Power of Now

Reb Noson, the chief disciple and scribe of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, gifts us with the following antivenom to the bite of enslavement to past and future:

It is written: “See, now, that I, I am He…” (Deuteronomy 32:39).
“See, now,” precisely. Through the paradigm of “now,” you are able to see that “I, I am He,” and begin anew, in each moment, to cleave to God.

Rebbe Nachman teaches that if you want to attain the level of the World to Come – even in this world – just close your eyes – gently withdraw your mind from all that is going on around you and move yourself into another dimension. The more you “close your eyes to this world”, the more you will attain true spirituality and bring the essence of the eternal “World to Come” into your life.

This is the secret behind closing our eyes and covering them when we say the Shema prayer. Up to a certain point the world reveals God. Beyond that point however, that very same world obscures Him. We therefore close our eyes and cover them with our hand when we recite the beginning of the Shema – in order to break through the facade of this world to reach towards the unity behind it. This is the Power of Now.

ET: “Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance”

RN: “The reason why the world is far from God, and does not seek to come close to Him is only because people lack yishuv ha-da’as — a calm, settled mind”

ET: “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within”

RN: “By connecting to simchah, a person liberates his very being and consciousness. Then it is possible to attain a calm, settled mind. Even in the supernal worlds, this accomplishes a great unification”

ET: “Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death”

RN: It is written: “When you walk, it will comfort you; when you lie down, it will watch over you; and when you awaken, it will comfort you” (Proverbs 6:22).

“When you walk” on this earth, the Torah “will comfort you.” “When you lie down” in the grave, God and the Torah “will watch over you.”

“When you awaken” in the World to Come, “it will comfort you.” When you have purified your thoughts, there is no difference between this world, the grave, and the World to Come. When you desire only God and His Torah, all are the same. In all three, you may connect to God and His Torah. One who is attached to the things of this world will experience a great difference between this world, which is a wide, open place, and the grave, which is a cramped place. However, if you purify your mind, all will be the same”

ET: “To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation” – “Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be”

RN: “Every perceptive person understands that time does not exist. The past is gone, the future has not come, and the present is like the blink of an eye. Thus, the life of a man is only this instant in which he stands. Consider this, and in whatever circumstance you may find yourself — even in the depths of Hell –you will be able to cleave to God in each moment”

ET: “Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now”

RN: “Forget about yesterday and tomorrow. Today is everything”

ET: “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence”

RN : “Yesterday and tomorrow are a person’s downfall. Today you may be aroused toward God. But yesterday and tomorrow pull you away”

ET: “Don’t get stuck on the level of words. A word is no more than a means to an end. It’s an abstraction. Not unlike a signpost, it points beyond itself”

RN: [Yes, but] “Prayer must be spoken out in actual words – literally. It is not enough to think the prayers. It is true that God knows what we are thinking. But the words have to be spoken, because speech is the vessel with which we receive the flow of blessings. According to our words, so is the blessing we receive .One who perfects his speech can receive abundant blessings through the vessels he forms with his words. This is why we must actually articulate our prayers with our mouths”

ET: “The ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in the transcendence of the world”

RN: [Right on ET.] “If a person doesn’t focus on the purpose, what is the point of his life?”

Reb Noson explains that every day, constantly, God in His goodness renews the process of creation, and no instant can be compared to another. Because the heavenly constellations constantly change from one second to the next, every set of circumstances is unlike those that existed a moment earlier or a moment later. “Imagine what transpires from one second to the next in the supernal worlds, which are without limitation or number!”

“The garment of one day is unlike the garment of another day”

-The Zohar

“All of these endless cosmic transformations are for the sake of man, to enable him to serve God”

-The Arizal

“This is the reason for everything”

-Reb Noson

Blessings,

Etan

Rebbe Nachman & Eckhart Tolle | The Power of Now

Soul Mingling | Jah is My Light

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Soul Mingling | Jah is My Light

He said if it doesn’t bring you joy then why do it?

I said in the world of duality there’s two kinds of joy – one temporary and one authentic – this world is caught up on temporary joy but that leaves with the corpse. I dig eternal joy that for some begins after burial, but for the blessed few is experienced now – it burns superficial pleasures to a crisp. And that’s the secret my friend.

He said what’s up with that beard man. You look so much better with a tight groom. I said part of me agrees – the part that likes others liking how I look – the part that plays the role – that gives me that temporary pleasure. I said I’m trying to merge what’s up inside with my exterior – a complicated process for some to absorb. I said I’m jiving with the holy Zohar bro – the beard represents channels for Divine abundance and reflects supernal Godly qualities of kindness and trust, which I am called to embody.

He said that’s so 1800’s man why can’t you adapt to 2015. I said I’m not trapped in today man. I don’t wear my pants low and adorn myself with billboard fashion no more. What we wear is how we look to shape and express our identity. Holiness and humility seems like sucking the joy out of life – not dancing and drinking at the clubs all night seems like a departure from joy but for me it’s shedding the temporary to pursue a spiritually meaningful life.

He said you’re turning into a bland robot. I said, like Moses, the more I shed my ego the more room I make for the presence of the Creator to fill me in. And my ultimate joy is alignment with the Source- gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

He said can’t that be done with your head while your body is dancing through to the beat of this world. I said yes but it depends on what beat you are tuned to. I said we are meant to enjoy this world for sure but enjoying food to me is no longer like it is for a monkey. Enjoying pleasure for me is no longer like it is for a horse. That’s sideshow stuff man. I’m restricting from the unhealthy snacks with my eyes on the feast ahead.

He said I like what you are saying but it seems way too extreme for me. I’m just not there yet. I said we are where we are in relationship to our point of resistance. Like yoga man. Just be true to yourself and it opens up step by step. No rush man. It’s all about the desire in your heart.

He said how do I build my desire? I said now we are talking bro.

He said for real man, how do I break free and live like you? I said all you need to do is walk and talk with the Lord. See everything as a direct communication, follow your holy soul’s intuition to restrict from the pursuit of temporary and destructive pleasure and exert with all your might toward the pursuit of holy eternal joy.

He said how do I know which is which? I said check out the 613 man. 365 restrictions and 248 exertions – aligned to 365 sinews and 248 bones in your body. All pockets of light accessing the upper realms. I said the first step is to learn from the first of us – Abraham. Separate from your current structures, influences, social norms and expectations, desires, lusts, habits, preconceived ideas and external influences. Walk out of your parent’s idol shop and follow the voice of your Father in heaven.

He said how do I hear the voice? I said open your eyes, but opening your eyes at first is really closing them off to the external world. Ground yourself to the Source of all mega pixel projection and then look back out at the projections – learn the fundamentals before playing the game, learn the meaning of the words before uttering more chatter. Explore the link between your thoughts and your reality, intentions and outcomes.

He said why is God hidden. I said so you can find Him – and once you do He is no longer hidden. He said all I see is nature. I said look at the hand beneath the glove of nature – the force which blows the winds and sends the rains – the banger of the Big Bang.

He said ok, but what’s up with religion. That seems to separate people more than unite, seems like a place for the weak to find solace and purpose – for the masses to flock to seek comfort and meaning in a life of suffering that can’t be explained. I said those are great questions, and there’s no one liner responses. But I also said I believe that the manual came with the vehicle – that the Source did not fall short of sending a map to the maze – that the Creator left us with a job here – and authentic free will to accomplish it.

I said seek for yourself wisdom brother. Ask these questions and seek the answers for yourself because faith is not something that someone else can give to you. It works in reverse to what you see in this world. Hearing and knowing come only after doing. Naaseh v’ nishma. First the action then the knowing.

He said where do I start man? I said love your brother like yourself. It’s all a mirror, all one. I said real joy comes from giving. That’s how we widen the bandwidth of our pipes – we become a partner with the Source.  Pray for the health of another and health flows through you into them. Pray for the clarity of another and wisdom flows through you to them. That’s why we learn that if you are going through lack and you pray for another who is going through that same lack, your lack is hooked up first – like sustenance flowing from your mouth to your organs, the heavenly electricity flows through your cable en route to your brother.

Rig your joy to be activated through giving – and watch what flows through you next bro.

He said thank you. I said thank you.

Shabbat shalom.

Blessings,

Etan

Soul Mingling | Jah is My Light