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להצטרפות לרשימת התפוצה לחצו כאן

 

A part of a whole

Self-revelation requires encounter between self and other: the revealer needs an other to whom to be revealed.

(Rabbi Arthur Green - Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology – p. 62).

 

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them

 (Mathew 18, 20)

 

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The acknowledgment that besides being individuals we are also part of a larger "thing" – usually disappears from our consciousness, almost as a default. We are built like that: we feel our individuality (and freedom) as the center of the world. On one hand it is true, on the other it means that (unconsciously) we forget everything around us, or we consider it to be in our service. Usually, we`re even not aware of forgetting that,  especially when we are in pain; Pain separates but it is also the main way to feel connected with the other.

It is really important to hold this acknowledgment active in our minds; then it becomes like a nourishing source, like the breast of a mother for a child. It can help us in difficult moments to re-connect and re-member with ourselves, with the world, and with the other; it reminds us the source, the original truth. And the "other" is exactly in the same situation as me:  he is also – before and behind everything – a human being, a part of a whole, a part of connected and endless chain.

As Rudolf Steiner said:

 "Those who judge human beings according to generic characteristics only reach the boundary, beyond which people begin to be beings whose activity is based on free self-determination...Characteristics of race, tribe, ethnic group and genders are subjects for special sciences...But all these sciences cannot penetrate through to the special nature of the individual. Where the realm of freedom of thought and action begins, the determination of individuals according to generic laws - ends." 
Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path. A Philosophy of Freedom (GA 4), Hudson (1894)/1995.

When we re-open our eyes – through our active thinking - with  this awareness, we learn to recognize in every experience that we have the wide connection, the big picture of us all being part of creation, each of us in her/his own unique way and expression.

This far, thinking was given to human being only; therefore, developing an active thinking – i.e., by asking questions, by inquiring situations and experiences, by doubting what seems to be a total true, etc. – we use our thinking to reveal itself for us, and thus also to reveal our own self in spirit.

Blessings to the year 2017 J

Yifat Aharon (January 2017)

 

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