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Getting Over Approval

Topic: Well Being | Posted:August 2, 2011

Kabbalists throughout the ages have sought to awaken within their students the ability to be free from approval-seeking. They often pushed them to great lengths to release their addiction.

Moses himself was a model of self-containment and trust in the Creator. There is an often told story about him and the time of the construction of the tabernacle. This was to be the first-ever place where the world could have all-access to the Light. He was instructed by God to gather all the gold, silver, and wood in the community’s possession and to further await instruction.

The community grew excited about the prospect of participating in such a divine request, and everyone donated and gave as much as they could. They spent weeks gathering and collecting, many giving their most valuable possessions. All their waking hours and energy were spent weaving, melting, building and measuring.

Soon, two months went by, and no message came. Then three months. The people started to doubt and dissent. A spirit of judgment fermented amongst members of the group, and they began sowing seeds of fear and insinuation that Moses wasted their time and money. One by one, his followers turned on him, pointing an accusing finger at their vast stores of possessions in Moses’ hands.

Moses said nothing. I’ve been learning this story since childhood, and the same thought always comes back to me: Why doesn’t Moses ask God for a timetable of events so he can hold back the people? Is that too much to ask?

And yet, every time I read the story, Moses’ response is the same. Nothing. He takes it all in - the gossip, the accusations, and the betrayal. He says nothing.

Finally, on the first day of Aries, the Creator comes to him and says, “Now’s the time!” And he commences the creation of the tabernacle, which goes onto become the most amazing spiritual center for the rest of the world.

The lesson is Moses’ non-reaction during those three months. He knew needing others’ approval is one of the most dangerous poisons of spiritual growth. Throughout his life, as evidenced in this story, he never needed approval. In fact, he enjoyed the opposition because he knew it meant he was growing closer to the Creator.

The kabbalists explain these three months of restriction was what allowed Moses to channel the construction of the tabernacle.

Can we say the same of ourselves? Do we grow from such experiences? Or do we retreat and become depressed?

When we allow our work to become predicated on receiving approval from someone else, it becomes difficult to be content.

Leo is an amazing opportunity to get vaccinated against the poison of approval. This month, find situations in which you are addicted to approval and may this example be your inspiration.

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