Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:October 29, 2014
It says in the Midrash that the Creator says to Abraham on this Shabbat, “I am creating you anew, as a new being.” Why? What does that mean?
The Rav often used the example that everything is included in the seed of a tree that will come from that tree - the roots, the branches, the fruit, the leaves, and so forth. Everything that will come from that tree has to be included within the seed. And the same is true with us; the moment we are born, all of the potential blessings that we will ever manifest in our lives - both physical and spiritual – are already included within us.
And the secret is that we have to understand this in order to be able to manifest these blessings.
There are two types of blessings that a person receives. There are blessings that are part of his essence – what we call that part that was already included in his soul at the moment he was born - and then there are the blessings that are not really part of his essence. Blessings that a person runs after and takes that are not truly part of his essence will never remain with him, and will never give him or her the Light and fulfillment that true blessings can create. So, for the matter of truth, there is only one true type of blessing. And those are the blessings that we are born with.
There is a concept called katnut, which describes when a vessel or a spiritual structure is in a small, limited phase. And then there is gadlut, when the individual in the spiritual phase gets to its greatest form. The purpose of our spiritual work, therefore, is to awaken that Source of blessings that is within us from the moment that we are born.
Awakening that Source of blessings that we are born with becomes like a magnet, and all the true blessings of sustenance, success, spiritual growth, etc., start being drawn to us… because they are ours.
The moment an individual is born, all of those blessings, both physical and spiritual, are born with him. But because he is still not yet a developed spiritual being, it does not have the power. It’s like a magnet; if you cover it up, it will not be able to draw anything to it. But if you make the magnet larger or remove any layers that are covering it, it becomes able to draw in all the blessings. So when we develop spiritually in our connection to the Light of the Creator, the Light of the Creator awakens the magnet within us to draw in the blessings that we are born with.
When the individual has the merit, through his or her spiritual work, to awaken that inner magnet of blessings, then automatically all the blessings that are his will start coming to him. And then the individual is called a new being. There is the being that has the seed of all the blessings, and then there is the being that has awakened that force and draws those innate blessings to him.
On this Shabbat, the Creator says to Abraham, and all of us, “Now I am able to create within you the new you.” But, the truth is that it is not really new. It was always there. It’s just that now, the veils are removed from it and it is able to grow stronger, and all of your true blessings can now be called to you. And all of your true blessings will now, by their own nature, come to you.
After this Shabbat, Abraham became one of the wealthiest people in the world, both physically and spiritually, because he completely connected to this secret. If an individual thinks that his blessings are outside of him, and he has to work to gather them, then either he will get some and lose them, or the ones he does get will not bring him the fulfillment that they are meant to.
The first thing we have to know is that we were born with these blessings. Everything we ever want, everything we ever need, both physical and spiritual, was born with us. What we have to do is uncover them. This also means, obviously, that we don’t want to do anything to cover that magnet even more. But what we have to do through our spiritual work, and this has to be our consciousness, is to grow and awaken the force that is within us to be able to draw all of the blessings that are meant to come to us.
It says in the Zohar that a soul comes into this world male and female, as one. After they come into this world, all the blessings of the individual get dispersed throughout the world. And then when the individual, through his or her spiritual work, awakens that inner core of blessings within them, the Creator will then, from all four corners of the world, bring the blessings that are meant to come to that individual.
That is the purpose of our spiritual work. That is the blessing that Abraham is given, that is the blessing that we are given on this Shabbat. The Creator creates us anew. There is nothing outside of us. There is not a single blessing that we were not born with.
What do we have to do? First, we have to make sure that we stop putting veils over our magnet. Because we can do all the right things, but if our innate magnet to draw in these blessings is covered or diminished, we will never be able to manifest the blessings that are meant to come to us. And second, we have to do what we can to awaken that force within us. Then, all of the things that are ours, all the blessings that are ours - physically and spiritually - start being called to us. Then we become unified with all those blessings that are ours, and we are referred to as a new being.