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A very special friend reminded me today of one of the most fundamental and important of all Kabbalistic tools.

The Proactive Formula

1) A challenge appears.
2) Realize my reaction is the enemy.
3) Stop and insert consciousness.
4) Be proactive. Transform this challenge into an opportunity.

Try using this technique the next time you are faced with a challenge.

It just might change your life.

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If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.

– Tom Hanks

rock1Yehuda Berg told a story at Shabbat once. It was about a man who heard the voice of the Creator tell him to go push a huge boulder outside. The man proceeded to do as he was told and found a huge boulder to move. He pushed and he pushed, but the rock wouldn’t budge.

Everyday he went to the rock and he pushed until he was exhausted.

Then one day, he looked up to the sky and shaking his fists in the air he yelled, “I quit!! I’m pushing, but the rock won’t move!!!”

As he turned to leave the man heard the voice of the Creator say to him, “I didn’t tell you to move the rock. I just told you to push it.”

That is all that God ever asks of us, to keep pushing through our challenges as overwhelming and as hard as it can be.

As much as we want to quit, all we have to do is keep pushing. God will do the rest.

Being on this spiritual path, studying and practicing the teachings of the Kabbalists, is one of the most challenging things I have done or will do in my life.

In the past few weeks I have felt like walking away and giving up. Then I received this amazing message through the quote by Tom Hanks at the beginning of this post.

Yes, the challenge can be overwhelming sometimes, but it is in living Kabbalah that I find my strength to continue.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The following text is from an email written by Yehuda Berg and distributed by the Kabbalah Centre International.

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Thursday, October 2

The New Year is on!

All those wishes and changes and vessel-building—now it’s time to start putting our money where our mouths are, so to speak.

Oh boy. We’ve all made a lot of promises to ourselves. How are we going to keep them all?

Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps. That’s the name of the game. Slow and gradual.

Today, don’t overwhelm yourself with thoughts of how you’re gonna get up that mountain. Just start walking. One baby step at a time

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The following text is from an email written by Yehuda Berg and distributed by the Kabbalah Centre International.

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Saturday, September 27

There’s nothing worse than having something inside us and not being able to share it with someone. Part of what helps us reach those levels of fulfillment is sharing who we are with people.

2,000 years ago, when Rav Shimon, author of Kabbalah’s holiest text, The Zohar, was hiding from the Romans in a cave (and channeling the wisdom that would become the basis of all Kabbalistic study), he received a message. A dove flew into his cave carrying a piece of paper with a question sent by his students from whom he was separated.

When he saw the question, he started to cry. It was painful for him to have the knowledge and yet have no one with whom to share it.

Today, share yourself. Let your friends and loved ones know how you are feeling and what is going on inside. We are programmed NOT to share but in truth, that’s how we achieve happiness.

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Friday, September 26

Getting ready for Rosh Hashanah? Making lists of all the things you want in the New Year?

What about those closest to you, what are they wishing for? Chances are, their wishes are similar to yours. A little more tenderness, a little more understanding, a little more patience…

Today, give them what you want to receive.

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Thursday, September 25

We want to life to be easy—no battles, no demons, no doubts.

We’re in the wrong life if that’s what we want. Hope I didn’t burst your bubble. But as you probably figured out by now, the work never stops. Life is about constant change and growth—ups and downs, pushing and pulling. And ultimately, transformations!

Remember what the kabbalists teach us: 



CHAOS CAN ALWAYS BE TURNED INTO BLESSINGS.

Besides, life is boring without the challenges. You’ve seen those emergency room scenes in the movies, or perhaps first hand. The doctors furiously working to save a guy’s life and then, that dreaded sound: beeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Flat line. Game over. Death, the final frontier.

With that in mind, appreciate your obstacles today. Learn to see them for what they are: opportunities to elevate your mind, body and soul.

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Lesson the First

Love someone for who they are today, not who you hope they will become tomorrow or the person you think they should be.

Lesson the Second

You must always be exactly who you are. No one will ever truly love you if you hide behind the mask you wear to please them.

You must be loved for your true self or not at all.

Lesson the Third

Love yourself exactly the way you are right now, not for who you hope to become tomorrow or who you think you should be or the things you hope to accomplish.

No one else will truly be able to love you if you do not love yourself.

Lesson the Fourth

No one relationship or thing in your life can completely fulfill all of your needs.

Our souls came here to experience life, to live and and explore all of the possibilities that life has to offer.

We must seek growth in all areas—career, spirituality, family, friends, artistic/creative expression, parenting—to feel fulfillment that is lasting and real.

We must be whole and complete in every possible way. Becoming complete is being a multifaceted jewel that sparkles when the Light shines on it from many different sources.

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One of my spiritual teachers once reminded that it is important to occassionally take time out and do things help “recharge our batteries”—take a walk, exercise, read a good book, go to the movies, and so on.

In the spirit of this advice, I recently dusted off my Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD collection to watch some of my favorite episodes. (Yes, I am a complete geek! I own all 7 seasons.)

As I was watching the grand finale of season 4it took on a whole new meaning for me. I realized the episode was very kabbalistic in its theme. (I see things so much differently since I became a student of Kabbalah. Everything has new meaning, which is so beautiful.)

In this particular episode, Buffy and her friends had to literally become one to defeat the big bad of the season, Adam. Buffy takes on the Light of her watcher (teacher) and two closest friends so she can use their combined strength to do battle.

Buffy got it right. She understood she could not do it alone. The only reason she ever lasted as a slayer (most die by 19 but Buffy is still going strong at 27+) was because she had people who loved her, gave her strength, and stood beside in her fight against evil.

Besides having some of the best dialog ever written, the entire series played on a very important theme—you cannot do it alone.

So, you might ask what does this have to do with Kabbalah?

Everything!

Every day when I wake up at 3:00 AM to scan the Zohar, I feel every one of you waking up in the middle of the night to scan as if you were right beside me. I feel your love and your Light. It gives me strength when I am feeling weak. It gives me hope when I feel like giving up.

We are all doing battle against our own big bad every day. We fight the opponent and our reactive nature with every breath we take. As we fight our own individual battles, we are united in the struggle against chaos, pain, and suffering.

Each time one of us says, “No, I’m not going to get angry” or “No, I’m not going to let this get the best of me” we all become stronger. Each time one of us reaches out to another soul in an act of genuine sharing and compassion we all become stronger. In those moments we all give the opponent another critical blow.

In all of my life I have never felt like I belonged. I have always felt I was on the outside looking in.

Now I know I do belong. I know what it is like to be a part of a greater whole.

The same teacher also said to me, “You have no idea how much love is waiting for you.”

Now I know how much love is out there. I know I have never felt so loved.

And I love you, too. Each and every one of you.

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