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Expanding the Borders of Holiness

Topic: Consciousness | Posted:July 3, 2013

Part of the Biblical portion of Matot-Masei speaks about the splitting up of the land of Israel to the different tribes. There were tribes, for instance, who got portions across the Jordan River, and they expanded the borders of the land of Israel. What does that mean? In the Meor Einayim it explains that what we’re talking about here is not expanding the borders of the physical land of Israel, but rather about the expansion of the borders of holiness, the expansion of the borders of the Light of the Creator.

The concept is that all of our spiritual work is under this idea of making the territory of holiness wider, and when enough of our work expands the domain of the Light of the Creator in this world, it will bring Gemar HaTikun, the Final Correction.

How do we expand the borders of holiness in our life? We need to see the Light of the Creator in more things. When we have negative thoughts, for example, and we think they are from darkness and not from the Light of the Creator, we are diminishing the domain of Light in this world and expanding the domain of darkness. Therefore, it’s tremendously important to see these negative thoughts as Light.

If you try to fight negative thoughts, you’re missing the point. Because the thought is coming to you for a reason; it is begging you to take it out of its shell of darkness and elevate it to the Creator. These negative thoughts are coming to us so that we can elevate them to their source.

Every time we do a negative action, every time we do an action of Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, we take sparks of Light and throw them into the darkness. And they have to come back to us for us to correct. How do they come back? They come back in the way of thoughts. And if we do not do this work with our thoughts, we’re not allowing them the process of correction.

When these negative thoughts come to us, there are three things we can do. One is to listen to the negative thought and fall with it, taking that spark and putting it into further darkness. The second is to just throw out the thoughts, and say, “No, I’m not even going to think about that.” And the third, which is the work that we’re talking about here, is to actually excavate sparks of Light out of the darkness.

These negative thoughts are holy, they are from the Light; they are begging us to take them out of their shells of darkness. If you push them aside, in addition to the fact that you are not helping that spark, you’re also allowing them to come back. And if we just push them aside, they’re going to keep coming back until we correct them.

Ultimately, this teaching is about starting to see that there is nothing in our lives that is not holy; we need to take everything about our life and bring it into the borders of holiness. Let’s look at it also, then, within the context of how we view others and how we view situations. For example, when I look at a person and I judge something as negative, I am diminishing the borders of holiness in this world.

If a person is negative it means he exists in the boundaries - in the borders - of negativity, not in the Light of the Creator. So, when you’re judging another person or a situation in your life as negative, you are saying with your consciousness that you are living within the boundaries of negativity. And with that consciousness, you are making the person that you are judging as negative or the situation in your life that you are judging as negative, exist under the borders of darkness and, therefore, diminishing the borders of positivity, of holiness. When we don’t see the good within every person or situation, we cause the spark of Light within that person or that situation to be taken over by the negative forces.

Our spiritual work is to expand the borders of holiness, to expand the borders of the Light of the Creator. We do that by seeing the good in everything and having the consciousness that each person, situation, or negative thought is part of the Creator.

This is a tremendously important way to view our spiritual work. We are either expanding the borders of holiness or expanding the borders of darkness. And our consciousness of how we see people, how we see thoughts, and how we see situations in our lives, is how we are either going to expand the borders of Light or expand the borders of darkness; it is by having this consciousness and focusing on the goodness within people, within situations, within things, that will keep expanding and expanding the borders of holiness until we bring the Gemar HaTikun.

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