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Our sages taught that we should consider everything we do before we do it, suggesting that we must learn to control our thoughts too. How though, are we supposed to deal with thoughts when they enter our minds so automatically? Is it really possible to control thoughts? What is the Torah's view regarding the role of memory? How can we ensure that concentration, memory and imagination are working for us rather than against us? These are some of the topics I'll speaking about later today in this week's live broadcast entitled: Your Higher Self.
G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 10:00 AM in NY; 7:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 8:00 AM Denver, 10:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00PM in the UK, 5:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 5:00 PM Israel. G-d willing, we'll try and post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM Monday (Israel time).
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When a person following the Emuna Therapy approach says: 'that thought is coming from the Dark Side, it's not a real, holy thought' - they are making that thought completely disappear. Hashem is the only reality here, and He just made that thought disappear. We're not suppressing anything; rather, we just got a whole bunch of Heavenly help, or siyatta dishemaya, to completely take that thought out of our personal picture. It's not buried somewhere deep down, ready to attack us again even harder the next time - it's completely gone.
The other guy who isn't following the Emuna Therapy approach, he's got a problem with "thought suppression", because he's still looking at his thoughts as though they are real, and that he has a real "mental demon" that he has to deal with. Again, if he's trying to deal with that demon without having Hashem in the picture, then after he "suppresses" his thought the demon is going to come back; and he's going to bring his bigger brother with him.
But for us, those mental demons don't exist anymore. They are a mirage. As soon as we tell Hashem that we are true to Him, and that we are loyal to Him, and that we know He is the only reality in our lives, then those negative thoughts simply disappear. We know that they are fake; that they are a...continue here...
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businessman who's having a hard time. The recession has hit, and he's
overstocked on merchandise. All of a sudden, the business that he's been
building up for years starts sinking. In the meantime, he promised his wife a
certain standard of living when they got married, and now he can't deliver on
what he promised.
The problem didn't start with the business
sinking. The problem started right back at the beginning of the marriage, when
the man made a lot of mistakes and failed to treat his wife like an adult, and
a real partner in his life. He didn't share what's really going on in his life,
in his head, and make her feel important and significant and valued as a person
in her own right.
He figured he'd let his money do the
talking for him - which kind of worked when he had the money to give her. But
now? Now she's feeling left out and resentful and angry. As a result, she's
continuing to spend the money that they don't have - and that she doesn't even
really want to be spending!
Why is this happening?
It's happening because the husband is
failing to meet the wife's deeper needs. It looks like they are fighting over
the money, but really, that's a minor detail. When he's telling his wife that
they don't have the money, and he's having a go at her for overspending, what
he's really saying is that he feels his wife is somehow sabotaging him, and
that she doesn't want his efforts to turn things around economically to
succeed. He's telling her that she's making him feel as though he's a failure.
In return, the wife feels even less loved
and even more punished by her husband, and we have a classic vicious cycle, or
what we call the 'Crazy 8' pattern, which just keeps going round and round,
making both sides crazier and crazier.
No one can stand the pain and discomfort
and reinforced negativity of being in a 'Crazy 8' pattern for long. Let's
remember: they aren't really fighting about the money. Once the husband
realizes that his wife has some deeper needs that he hasn't been fulfilling
since way back when they first got married, he'll start trying to fulfil them.
And when he does, the money issue all but disappears. It's practically gone.
Why? Because now, the wife is receiving much more unconditional love and giving
from her husband. He's making an effort to be home for dinner more; to spend
more quality time with her and the kids, and to take the kids out more. He's
holding back all the critical remarks and anger and resentment that he
sometimes still feels. But even when those feelings well up, he's holding them
back - and that is making all the difference in the world to his relationship
with his wife.
He knows he's got a lot of mistakes to fix
from the beginning of the marriage, but with emuna, he can undo them all, very
The following 'deeper needs' are universal,
and apply to men, women, children and everyone:
To feel loved and connected
To be understood
To feel important to others
To have someone who will go the distance for you - whatever it
takes, they will put themselves on the line for you
To believe and contribute to "something" bigger than yourself
When it comes to us and our relationships,
we have to ask ourselves: how far would I actually go to help that person, and
to be with them in their trials and tribulations? Can I give them my all? 100%?
Do I really have that love in me?
The answer is, yes, you do! But most of us
really don't know that it's there. If we haven't pushed ourselves, or demanded
it from ourselves, or unleashed it, then we haven't yet accessed that real,
deep, love that we actually feel towards our spouses and kids, and also towards
ourselves. That love is so very powerful. But most of us haven’t got anywhere
near harnessing it properly, yet.
So instead, we get caught up in our heads,
trying to work out and strategise 'what to do' about specific people,
situations or problems. We forget that we love these people, and that our love
for them is so powerful, it can push through anything. But before we can
harness our love, we first have to be connected to it. Only once we connect to
it, can we share it with our spouses, kids, colleagues, friends, neighbours,
ourselves, and also G-d.
Love is the power that will bring Moshiach.
Love is Hashem Himself. Love is Hashem's greatest midda, or character
trait. Hashem loves everyone and everything He created, and His love is perfect
Of course, we're not Hashem! We are human
and limited, and our love has flaws and limitations and biases. But we can
still aspire to emulate Hashem to the best of our abilities. In fact, that 's
the purpose of our life - to emulate G-d and perfect our character. We have to
strive to live by the spiritual values that will prepare us and groom us to be
able to make the right choices.
Your soul is completely good - just like Hashem. That's why His love for you is endless. You can encourage yourself with this at anytime - No matter that you have a yetzer hara - Hashem will never leave you.
This is the subject of today's broadcast entitled "You're Good." It's sponsored by Breslev Israel.
You can see it today Wednesday at 5:00 PM Israel time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. Everyone is welcome, both men and women so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by!
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8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 10:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight, 11 AM EDT, 4 PM in the UK, 5:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 5:00 PM Israel. As soon as we can, G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here.
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What is stopping you from having the life and the relationships that you want? What is shaping and controlling your choices and your emotions? Why do we do the things we do? If its so easy to change how we think and feel, why don't we? The answers to these questions and much more are here in this video. It's my gift to you!
A young woman who is frightened of many things feels better after speaking to Hashem but the relief is only temporary. You can see how I advised her in this week's copy of our parsha newsletter:
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May you and your loved ones be inscribed and sealed in the Good Book of Life for the coming year!
Rabbi Lazer Brody, who for years has been a steadfastly loyal pupil of Rav Shalom Arush, told me that though many people know that Rav Arush is a tzaddik, they still don't know what level of tzaddik he is - his spiritual powers are simply awesome.
The following two stories prove it.
I heard from Rav Dror Moshe Cassuto that there was a large gathering of people, here in Israel, several years ago. Thousands of people came to participate and hear a panel of distinguished Rabbis speak.
The organizer of this event had the merit to drive Rabbi Dovid Stern from Bnei Brak to the gathering. Rabbi Dovid Stern is the son of one of the thirty-six hidden tzaddikim of our generation. On the way, in the car, the organizer of the event remarked to Rabbi Dovid Stern,
that there is someone who makes CD's, his name is Shalom Arush. He said, 'I simply cannot stand to hear that man's voice.'
Rabbi Dovid looked the man squarely in the eyes and said: 'You obviously don't know who you are speaking about. Rabbi Shalom Arush has achieved something than no human being has achieved since the creation of the world.'
If you have any doubt about it - read this:
My chavrusa (study partner) told me this story. He heard it from Rav Dror.
There was a man living here in Israel. He was a non-religious Jew whose wife divorced him. The man was given a terrible judgment in court. He had to pay almost his whole salary to his ex-wife every month. As time went on, he became more and more depressed. It was bad enough to lose his family, but to work like a dog for the rest of his life and have nothing for himself - that was too much to bear. He decided he would end his life.
He took his car out on the highway. He put his foot all the way down on the accelerator and thought that eventually he would crash into something - then his suffering would be over.
The car raced up to 90mph...then 100mph...then 115mph - When all of a sudden, the young man saw one of Rabbi Shalom Arush's CD's sitting next to him. One of Rabbi Shalom Arush's students had given it to him at an intersection. He had never listened to it.
Seconds away from disaster, his hand inexplicably reached for the CD. He thought that if he listened to it as he was leaving this world at least he would go out listening to something holy. He was hoping that this would help him in the next world. He shoved the disk into the player and hit the button a few times. By now he was flying at 120 mph. He didn't care about listening to the disk from the beginning. It started someone in the middle.
The very first words that he heard Rabbi Shalom say were:"WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL YOURSELF?"Continue here...
Philosophers are expert at identifying problems; unfortunately they're very short on answers: They say that man is in 'existential crisis' due to the problem of 'freedom' and 'over-choice,' but they can't even help themselves! If they would only watch this, they would see the simple solution.