Saturday, February 11, 2017

All Quests are Quests for Life!


Quests to accomplish, self-actualize,
 Acquire, receive gifts,
  Immerse in pleasures, get married,
   Are all to access deeper life; yea... higher life!

We’re like a fly buzzing about a naked bulb,
 With greater light and warmth,
   The fly is flying with more life!

With the energies released by food,
 We feel more alive!

With the love n’ support of family,
 We feel more alive!

Whilst captivated by art n’ drama,
 We feel more alive!

In the presence of saintly speech,
 We feel more alive!

Obviously, with our Soul mates,
 We feel more alive!


Holy souls imbibing Torah in paradise,
 Feel more alive!

With their every imbibe,
 Comes a new influx of life!


Bodies resurrected feel more alive,
 Than in their prior life at peak!

Their attendant souls feel more alive,
 Than in the very peaks of paradise!

Resurrected couples will feel more life,
 With a mere proximity,
   Than they had felt in their past,
     Whilst twined in the depths of intimacy!

One can barely imagine the life,
 Which will course betwixt them,
   In their post-resurrection intimacy!

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Access to Life ...


Ultimately, every gift and acquisition is about the attainment of greater life. It’s strange how whatever God gifts and/or bestows upon a person is from his/her own life.

Through the progressive stages of concealment access to higher aspects of one’s own life becomes more and more tenuous, until most of the access is lost ~ though a vague sense of familiarity lingers. These feelings serve as an arrow pointing in the direction of one’s own lost treasure of self.

Even the material blessings one receives are only the very shoes which a higher version of one’s own life walks about in. Even if these shoes are relatively empty, they are never entirely empty. They always bear some living wearer; as some new gleam of one’s lost hold on life has returned.

So too with my Soul mate, she’s a lost part of my life which I have been yearning for all along. Together, we’re both more alive! We’re two legs of a greater soul. Our bodies are the shoes. We are each inserted into a precious shoe, so we can stroll the earthly realm together.

Together, we can draw down the light of our unified soul more effectively into the earthly realm. Since our soul is an aspect of God’s Light which He wishes to bring down into the earthly realm to make a “dwelling below”, a temple or a paradise below, by our union we play a very important part in this cosmic process of making our realm more alive.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Menasseh


In a recent conversation, someone very close to my heart had taught me a very valuable lesson that probably only a very sensitive educator would find self evident.

The lesson goes like this, since our brain cells carry memory storage, if one is exposed to what’s inappropriate he or she carries the memory etched in his or her very neural biology. Neural cells are either created or altered to accommodate this particular memory, becoming “impurity” which the mind harbors - as it likely toxifies mental processes or at the very least, takes up neural space which could have been occupied by appropriate thoughts and memories. On a case by case basis or on a neuron by neuron basis, that particular mental space didn’t necessarily need to be filled with the ugly, it could have just as easily been filled with the beautiful and pleasant.

This teaching made me ponder whether there is anything positive which can possibly later emerge from mental territory snatched up by toxic thoughts and memories. Then it dawned that possibly the solution begins with the reversal of this toxic process, i.e. by “forgetting”. When “forgetting”, the unpleasant thoughts and memories loosen their neural grip, allowing room for new occupants; hopefully and finally pleasant ones. This exposes the mystery behind the Biblical name Menasseh which Joseph gave to his eldest son, praising his forgotten unpleasant memories of youth; which in his royal success were replaced with new and much happier memories.  

By naming his son Menasseh, he did not mean that he entirely “forgot” what happened to him. If he had, how would he later confront his brothers; the source of his youthful sorrow? What it likely means is that over time he psychologically healed from those unpleasant memories; turning them progressively blurrier and vague.

Okay, but, what is there to praise about forgetting; wouldn’t it have been better for the unpleasant thought or memory to have never formed in the first place and render his “forgetting” entirely unnecessary?  

There is an interesting question in contemporary Jewish dietary law whether whisky produced in casks which had previously contained non-kosher sherry are kosher. The main concern is whether the sherry has been absorbed into the wooden walls of the casks. Then when whisky is stored in them, the lingering sherry may mix with the whisky and flavor it with its non-kosher flavor. The opinion which holds that the whisky is kosher dismisses this concern. Instead, it claims that the prior storage of sherry simply altered the wood of the casks in such a way that they produce a better whisky. However, there is no significant lingering absorption of sherry in the walls of the casks. Therefore, there is no sherry present at all to add a non-kosher flavor to the whisky and render the whisky non-kosher.

Similar to sherry reworking the wood of casks (in the latter opinion), unpleasant thoughts and memories may reshape the neurological structure of the brain in such a way that after a process of “forgetfulness”, whether partial or full, the brain absorbs the positive and pleasant in a very unique and special way. The brain is simply reshaped to notice what it wouldn’t have otherwise, had it not undergone inappropriate exposure.

This can be compared to the difference between the religious experience of a sincere penitent and a lofty saint. They are two very different religious experiences. Had the penitent not gone through his or her “see saw” spiritual journey, God would have been known in a very different way - probably, with less fierce passion and focus.

This helps explain why during pre-messianic times, the Jewish month of “cheshvon”, associated with Menasseh, remains largely dormant of holiday and celebration; and then when the messianic era arrives, the third temple will be dedicated specifically in this month. Possibly foreshadowing this, Menasseh was encamped closest to the “holy of holies” - as by the process of “forgetting” he was formed into a very unique vessel to bear a very unique light of holiness.

On a related note, just a few weeks ago a woman remarked to me about how thankful she is to her husband’s former wife for having trained him so well. Now while in the throes of his former marriage that “training” was likely very toxic and painful. However, once he psychologically healed from it and the past bitterness lost its edge, he was reshaped for a great relationship with his new wife; his true wife!      

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

If You are One...

If You are One,
Then all is You,
  Including me too!
I’m continuous with all,
All’s continuous with me,
 There’s only One Identity.
If You are One,
Then self is borderless.
  Since self n’ others merge.
   Please light up my heart with love.
If You are One,
Then I am cared for,
  Since You “got my back”,
   Please help me be less fearful.
If You are One,
Then all’s in You,
 As if in a vast womb.
I am a sibling to all,
As One Origin bore us.
  In kinship to all, I implore,
    Please flow my compassion to the fore.
If You are One,
Then You lack inhibitions.
   There’s no holding You back!
     You provide kindness as You will.
    
As the needy fill Your world,
Please healthily uninhibit my giving.
If You are One,
Then You’re the peak of empathy.
  You hear all creature’s needs,
   Even ahead of all their pleas.
Please help my ears open,
To hear the needs of others.
If You are One,
Then a hidden bond,
  Latently connects all.
You seek it’s exposure,
To bring all visibly closer.
Please help me bond,
With those open to do so.
If You are One,
Then earth can transform,
Into the paradise of Eden.
Please guide my deeds,
Yes, even my every step,
  To make earth paradise.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Expanding Boundaries (the essay)


Boundaries within,
 Boundaries without,
  Boundaries roundabout.

Boundaries within boundaries
 Boundaries beyond boundaries.

Do you know anything,
 Without knowing boundaries?

They tell you “truths”,
 Half truths, fuller truths,
  Never really whole truths.

Why not whole truths?
 Because of boundaries,
  Be they narrower or wider,

Some fuller truth,
 Always awaits, just beyond.

And so the pattern,
 Continues, continues n’ continues...

So why argue at all,
 When you can widen the circles?

Broaden the boundaries,
 And both circles will intersect,
  Opening an oasis of agreement.

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Truthfully, the search for truth is one of expanding the boundaries of our awareness and knowledge. We can never know the full truth. Only the Creator can, as He’s Infinite. At best what we can know are expanded or improved relative truths. With this we can find greater happiness, resolve paradoxes, solve conflicts, create advances in science, medicine and technology.

A famous example of this happened with Einstein’s relativity. He never invalidated or supplanted Newtonian physics. He simply expanded out Newton’s thought process into a wider context - exposing it as a lesser relative truth nested within a sea a greater (relative) truth.
Since the theory of relativity conflicts with other aspects of physics, it’s clear that the story isn’t over. There’s definitely a larger meta-theory which will incorporate and dwarf relativity. I don’t know what it is, but for all I know maybe somewhere in the history of exposing meta-theories, one or more of them might be introduced by the Messiah himself - as enlightening the world is one of his jobs.

This way all the world thought leaders in the physics community will be grateful to him, follow him and inspire the academic and intellectual masses to follow suit. Maybe, the gift of the Messiah to the physics community can be the ultimate resolution of their long standing internal conflicts with a more expansive meta-theory which, at once, solves and validates all that was previously known; ultimately, improving humanity’s worldview.

Every time the Talmud bumps up against an unresolvable conflict, the text proclaims, “Taiku!” - which literally means, “Let it stand (unresolved)!”. However, there is a tradition that the word, “taiku!” bears a deeper message. It’s an acronym for the, “Tishbite (i.e. Elijah) will answer questions and problems.” Since Elijah is depicted as the herald of the Messiah, the acronym is really another way of saying that the Messiah will answer these questions.

Who says that Messiah will only answer long unresolved in Judaism, why not in other areas of human life as well - including academic subjects such as physics. By answering such questions the Messiah can earn the respect and following of various diverse communities of peoples, validating everyone’s view in the midst of a broader approach in the spirit of, “These and those are words of the Living God.”

This will really get humanity’s attention in circles where it counts to finally meld the various wisdoms of the world with the Torah under the umbrella of a greater system of Divine Truth. (In Jewish mystical thought there is a lot of discussion about the distinctions between the first and second tablets.)

There is a also a personal lesson in all this which we can apply to ourselves at anytime. In our souls we all have an inner aspect of the Messiah, which probably bears a more expansive view of life than our conscious minds normally carry. We can probably improve our worldview and resolve many of our inner conflicts by making this broader perspective conscious. Spiritual study, meditation and acts of kindness help in this process.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Expanding Boundaries


Boundaries within,
 Boundaries without,
  Boundaries roundabout.

Boundaries within boundaries
 Boundaries beyond boundaries.

Do you know anything,
 Without knowing boundaries?

They tell you “truths”,
 Half truths, fuller truths,
  Never really whole truths.

Why not whole truths?
 Because of boundaries,
  Be they narrower or wider,

Some fuller truth,
 Always awaits, just beyond.

And so the pattern,
 Continues, continues n’ continues...

So why argue at all,
 When you can widen the circles?

Broaden the boundaries,
 And both circles will intersect,
  Opening an oasis of agreement.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lost Feminine Self



There is a general understanding that the “Infinite Light” extended a “line of light” into the “vacated hollow” to stimulate her with new life.
However, has anyone also considered that perhaps there’s another reason why this event took place? Maybe, the "Infinite Light" extended a "line of light" into the "vacated hollow" to become energized by connecting to His lost feminine self.


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