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This video message is quite deep and informative, and I noted from the speaker that according to kabbalists, by realising our true purpose in life, a person attains perfection, tranquility, unbounded enjoyment and the ability to transcend time and space while living in this world.
I learnt that Kabbalah is for a person who asks the question “what is the meaning of my life?” and the definition given is that Kabbalah is a wisdom or science that enables a person to feel and know an upper reality, which is how we grasp the purpose of life.
The speaker then drew a diagram to illustrate that our existence exists within a complete and total reality, yet we descended from this complete connection to (upper) reality into the world (lower reality, so to speak). He said that if we want to know the meaning or purpose of life, we need to know what the plan or blueprint for all of reality or creation is. He added that the purpose of life is to create a creature and fill that creature with the unbounded life. At this point, Jesus’ words came to mind – “I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
Back to the video, the speaker asked “what is it that keeps a person out of the spiritual world(s)?” He then likened a person to a closed box with 5 openings, representing our 5 senses, who is surrounded by a complete reality that is spiritual. Through the 5 senses, we perceive reality but through a program that produces “our reality”. He added that it doesn’t matter the degree of sensitivity of our senses; what matters is the program in this subjective system. I think this may explain why two persons can look at the same thing or event or phenomenon and yet have different interpretations or understanding of it. It can be a good thing because sometimes a diversity of viewpoints or perspectives can give us all a broader and more holistic perception of reality or understanding of something.
The speaker then defined the program that limits the reality that we can perceive as egoism, which is concerned with “what’s in it for me?” and “how is this going to affect me?”, and each of our 5 senses work according to this program, and not outside of the program (hence limiting us from perceiving the greater objective reality). He then proposed that we need to develop the 6th sense to make contact with what exists outside the program, and go beyond “what’s in it for me?” He said that the God of creation has built in laws to bring a person to complete fulfilment, giving us the motivation to get out of the box. He added that there is nothing wrong with having egoism, and it is how we harness it to find complete fulfilment, as I understand it. He explained that any movement or motion we make is a result of wanting to move beyond a less comfortable position to fulfil a need for something that gives us more pleasure than the one we are experiencing. This force of desire is that motivates everything in reality. This will eventually bring a person from a mere perception of a physical world and its limitation and sufferings that go with it and bring that person past the barriers into the spiritual world.
The speaker drew a diagram to illustrate how a typical person moves up a scale or continuum from one category of desire or pleasure to the next category of a greater desire: the first category being the desire for survival which we humans have in common with animals, and this category includes the desire for sex, food and shelter; the second category being the desire for wealth; the third being the desire for power to control the first two categories of desires; the fourth being the desire for knowledge, which encompasses art, science, religion and so on. Yet even after we have fulfilled these four categories of desires, albeit only temporarily, we still feel empty because even science, religion, etc cannot give us access to what we really want. At this point, I am reminded of a similar model that is used to explain the different levels of human desires or needs, called the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
“Maslow (1943) believed that individuals’ possess a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires.
However, instead of focusing on psychopathology and what goes wrong with people, Maslow (1943) formulated a more positive account of human behaviour with focused on what goes right. He believed that people are motivated to achieve certain needs. When one need is fulfilled a person seeks to fulfil the next one, and so on.
The earliest and most widespread version of Maslow’s (1943, 1954) hierarchy of needsincludes five motivational needs, often depicted as hierachical levels within a pyramid.
This five stage model can be divided into basic (or deficiency) needs (e.g. physiological, safety, love, and esteem) and growth needs (cognitive, aesthetics and self-actualization).
One must satisfy lower level basic needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs. Once these needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.”
(From “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” by Saul McLeod)
Back to the video, the speaker proposed that there is a fifth category of desire, which is a new desire that is not from this world and is placed within our heart, which contains or represents the sum total of all desires that we have, both for this world and beyond.
The speaker said that the points in our heart are parts of a greater reality or aspects of spiritual reality that grows continually upon fulfilment until it fills our entire experience or existence and brings us into the spiritual world.
He then moved on to explain what is an upper reality by comparing two different qualities of two different realities. He said that what’s inside the box or person or program is the “will to receive”, which makes us experience limited existence, sufferings, isolation, etc, whereas what exists outside egoism in objective reality is the “will to bestow”, where the experience is unlimited and unbounded pleasure and delight. The question therefore inevitably arises: how do we get from here to there? He said that there is no time and space in this non-mechanic existence or reality; rather it involves attributes that are similar or different to denote closeness or distance. I think perhaps another term we can use to describe this is “resonance”.
The speaker said that for people to move from the physical to the spiritual world, if they have exactly the same quality, purpose and intention, then they are connected. So, in order to enter the upper world, we need to fill within us a similar frequency (ah, that sounds familiar, as it relates to quantum science) or quality as the quality of the “will to bestow”.
He added that Kabbalah tells us that there are only two things that exist in reality: creator and creature, and everything that we perceive is the quality of creator (will to bestow) and quality of creature (will to receive). The creator can be said to represent or belong to the upper world, and the creature the lower world. To move to spiritual space is to change the “will to receive” (quality of creature) to become more and more similar to the “will to bestow” (quality of creator). Thus, Kabbalah is a method of helping us to be able to sense, bestow and create an inner similarity of this quality.
I think what is notable and perhaps amazing is that there seems to be an innate underlying intuitive knowledge within our human consciousness that there is something that lies beyond the surface of our physical world which we need to access beyond our physical senses, and different cultures and traditions across the ages have devised different sets of ideologies and structures and terminologies to explain this intuition. Kabbalah to me is one of the tools that have been created, developed and fine-tuned by people that has its own set of terminologies that enables people to understand or grasp the concept of a higher and deeper reality in a methodical and relatively accessible way that can be easy to follow (once we have familiarised ourselves with the terminologies). There are other forms of ideologies and belief systems that share similar concepts of an upper world as Kabbalah, for example in Christianity we have the kingdom of God, and in Buddhism we have the nirvana. To access the kingdom of God, we are taught to become like a little child, and know our true identity as a child of God. To enter nirvana, we are taught to practise the noble eightfold paths, which includes right mindfulness, right speech and so on. My take is that there are no right or wrong paths or ways to take to achieve the ultimate goal or purpose in life; only different paths that each person can choose that he or she finds resonance with, and it is possible to learn relevant insights from different ideologies to have a more enriching and fuller human experience and self realisation.
Incidentally, I came across this article that touches on a similar topic about the human heart, from a psycho-spiritual viewpoint.
“The heart – this beating lump of muscle is in a way a little like a smart phone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. It is through an unseen energy field coming from the heart that humans are profoundly connected to all living things. This energy of the heart literally binds us to each other. Every person’s heart contributes to a ‘collective field environment.
Whether through personal relationships, social connections, or even the global community – we are all connected to a field of electromagnetic energy. Increasing individual awareness of what we bring to this field environment could be the key to creating a sustainable future, a future that we can be proud to have helped create.” [HeartMath]”