Reflections on Jewish Spirituality and Mystical Thought
FaceBook Comments:Elka: Shma is all about that... ♥April 18 at 12:41am Choni Elchonon Kihleel: Very true. The reason I pointed this out is because some people tend to get caught up in the notion G-d as a kind of Universal Mind and lose sight that in real seamless Oneness a Being whose the Universal Mind is also the Universal Heart - Loving all :)April 18 at 12:48amElka: given that God is One and there is nothing but God, there are no "some people" vs "others"... it's all US :) so when we trust in that whole love process, it's just a matter of channeling that love... accepting all as is... AND when we do get caught up in the Universal Mind, we always have a good point of reference - our heart, our soul, our being ♥April 18 at 12:56am Choni Elchonon Kihleel: True, looking within offers great reference points since everything within is continuous with what's beyond. :)April 18 at 1:22amElka : just sharing... when i meditate, part of what i say is "i love Hashem with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my being"... and visualize a complete alignment of expanding light (within)... ♥April 18 at 1:31am ·Choni Elchonon Kihleel: Nice :) I'm usually still too absorbed in the Oneness just I meditated over in the first verse of Shema to focus on anything else at that point. I'm still vibrating and reverberating with it. Maybe, I should really allow time to come down from that experience before saying "V'Ahavta ... ".April 18 at 1:35am Elka: well, the way to "come down" is by seeing/imagining the light (within) go into the ground through your feet... to experience the completeness of Redemption we must fly while being grounded :)April 18 at 1:45amChoni Elchonon Kihleel: This reminds me of a time while reciting Shema and I felt both beyond my body and within my body at once. I need to catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's. So I'll try your advice now with the bedtime Shema.April 18 at 1:48am Elka: goodnight ♥ :)April 18 at 1:56am Choni Elchonon Kihleel: You too my friend ♥ Thank you for your lovely insights and advice. Your full of depth and insight. It's a real pleasure communing with you :)April 18 at 1:58amElka: thank you :) we are One, remember? :)April 18 at 2:01am Choni Elchonon Kihleel: Yes we are :)April 18 at 2:08am
I discovered what works best for me with V'Ahavtah, is simply to continue the contemplation of Oneness into the situation of loving the Whole that I am one with, i.e. the Alter Rebbe's explanation in Tanya of "my soul calls out to You in the night".