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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Gendered Seasons


Summer is a manifestation of the cosmic masculine, a period of time when the warmth radiates primarily from “outside” the planet, the luminous sun.

Winter is a manifestation of the cosmic feminine, a period of time when the primary sources of warmth are from “inside” the planetary zone; firewood, fossil fuels, electricity, etc.

Spring manifests the maturing cosmic masculine. He comes skipping along, bearing sunny blooms like a frolicking adolescent male in love.

Autumn manifests the maturing cosmic feminine. She dresses herself colorfully attired in leaves, like an adolescent female nervously preparing for her first date, under lengthening moonlight.


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Activating One End through the Other


In Jewish mystical thought, what’s outside of our awareness because it’s beyond is referred to as “surrounding light”. In contrast, what’s within our range of awareness is called, “inner light”. However, inner and surrounding lights cannot be the only descriptions of our relationship with consciousnesses, forces and energies as there is at least one more possible scenario.

There are two reasons why something may be outside our range of perception. Either it’s too high or too low! Meaning, either it’s beyond our perception or below our perception. For example, the seven known colors of the rainbow represent the human eye’s capacity to accept a particular range of light waves. By studying other creatures, science has discovered a light wave above our range, called ultraviolet light (literary, “above violet”) and a light wave below our range called infra-red (literally, “below red”). Of course, these lights above and below our range are just what's popular knowledge.  I would expect that science has by now extended knowledge of the range much further in both directions. (If they haven’t, they are unforgivingly either too asleep or too fund dependant to boldly embark on the adventure of discovering the truth!) Since from the perspective of Jewish mystical thought, these levels of light are from the inorganic the reality’s lowest realm, it’s a given that the range of light extends far upward, becoming more and more alive, as the levels ascend - eventually, just Infinite Light or Infinite Life.

As just mentioned, what is beyond perception is called, “surrounding light”. There’s a special name for what is below perception. In Hebrew it is called, “battel”, which literary means, “nullified”. An example of “nullified” is  a tiny grain of salt dissolved in an immense piping hot pot of soup or a ray of sunlight while still inside the sun, before breaking free into the atmosphere. Similarly, angels might not see our reality, despite sharing the same universe, because our reality is “nullified” in the great spiritual light of theirs.  

Both “surrounding” and “nullified” lights share similarities, as they are both outside of our perceptive range. The Ashlag school of Jewish mysticism teaches that in spiritual terms spatial notions of distance and closeness is measured by similarity and dissimilarity. Two entities which share much in common, are similar, are said to be close. In contrast, two entities which don’t share much in common, are dissimilar, are said to be distance. It’s similar to psychological closeness and distance. People who we share many similarities with, we are close to. People whom we don’t share many similarities with we are distant from. This is not a function of physical space. We can be in close relationship with someone orbiting the planet in a satellite and at the same time we can be distant from our next door neighbor.

Since both  “surrounding” and “nullified” lights share similarities, they must have a connection to each other. Their similarities entails being outside perceptive range as two ends of a symmetrical pole, too high and too low. Thus, they can share at least three similarities. Firstly, they are outside perception. Secondly, they share a pole. Thirdly, their points along the pole are equidistant from perception, i.e. they share an equality of distance from a being’s perceptive range.  

To me, this setup seems to indicate that “surrounding” and “nullified” lights are in a male and female relationship with each other. Usually, what’s male and female to each other bears a high degree of polar opposite similarity. Therefore, the more of what is “nullified” is brought into perceptive range, the more of what’s “surrounding” will also be brought into perceptive range, as male and female work in tandem. Similarly, the more of what is “surrounding” is brought into perceptive range, the more of what’s “nullified” will also be. One end can’t be truly opened without the other end being opened too. It’s magnetic!

The Lubavitcher Rebbe always played on this notion to give hope to a lowly spiritual generation of Jews, many generations away from Mount Sinai and torn asunder by the holocaust, that their very lowliness is reason to believe that they can achieve revelations of the highest spiritual lights - including, ultimately the lights of the messianic era itself.

Quite possibly this is why the Lubavitch movement has risen to such popularity in the past couple of generations. Back in pre-war Eastern Europe, Lubavitch was probably viewed as just one school of Jewish thought and practice among many. And though such themes were always present in Lubavitch thought, it took a generation reaching such a low level for such teachings to really hit home and resonate.

This also illuminates what the Talmud teaches that the Messiah will come to a generation which is either very high or very low. There’s a need for one end of the spectrum to be activated to attract the other.

The value of bringing new perceptions of reality into perceptual range is that success with such efforts actually broadens the inhabited realm. Any given realm really only goes as far as perception allows for. What the inhabitants perceive is the extent of the realm. If their band of perception broadens then their realm expands and is more filled with divine revelations. By bringing into a realm neighboring “surrounding” and “nullified” lights, the realm swells with expansion. Just as a simple example, imagine if we could see infrared and ultraviolet suddenly our whole perception of reality would vastly broaden. We’d experience ourselves as living in a broader earthly realm - when really the only thing that changed was ourselves.


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Who Moves?


People may be wondering why is it that I focus so much on the “Tzimtzum”. Truthfully, it’s because it’s the universe’s very earliest and still enduring love story. It’s a record of the first interaction between male and female. Also, it has imprinted every male and female interaction ever since ~ whether cosmic or human.

The way the story is related, the Infinite Light withdrew uniformly in all directions. Concurrently, from a different perspective, the dispersed elements later comprising the cosmic feminine gathered together from the endlessly vast fabric of the Infinite Light.   Once gathered, there was a concentration of these elements which pulled together, tighter and tighter, contracting into a hollow sphere; inhabited by a dense afterglow of the surrounding Infinite Light.  It makes sense to me that due to this “contraction” of cosmic femininity, in English the “Tzimtzum” is often translated as, “the contraction”.

There’s a notion in the theory of relativity that when two objects move closer to or further from each other in non-gravitational space, it is unclear which item moved. Of course in gravity filled space, it is clear who moved. The one who expended energy! However, energy to move is only necessary in zones affected by gravity. In a gravity free zone, moving takes no energy. A ball thrown in space would just keep on going, going and ... No stopping! No refuel!

Under such conditions whose moving and whose stationary can’t be proven. Clearly, at least one object is moving or the distance between them would remain constant. However, which one is moving (or even both) can’t be proven. Either object’s status as stationary or moving blur!

If such relativity of motion applies to physical space, how much more so beyond physical space. So who moved away from whom? Did the Infinite Light withdraw outward from the empty hollow (inhabited by the afterglow) or did the empty hollow withdraw from the Infinite Light by gathering, concentrating and contracting into the cosmic feminine? It’s not really clear.

Though commonly held that the Infinite Light withdrew, it should be equally correct to claim that the cosmic feminine, while forming, did the moving as she consolidated and contracted; like the moon in the Midrashic story diminishing herself. In this scenario, it only appeared from her perspective that the Infinite Light withdrew - as both growth and shrinkage are kinds of motion.

It actually makes more sense to me that it was the material of empty hollow which did the moving; rather than the Infinite Light. Here’s why? As it’s stirred by lack, movement is a function of being finite - not Infinite. The more finite, the more lacking. Therefore, in weighing between the Infinite Light and the empty hollow, it makes sense that the more finite of the two would be the one to be in motion;  i.e. the empty hollow (along with the contained afterglow).

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