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Know Thyself

Topic: Consciousness | Posted:October 24, 2012

This week’s portion is one of my favorites in the Torah. It is the first time in history that an individual, Abraham, came to a spiritual awakening all on his own. Of course prior to him there were others, but each one of them who went on a spiritual path before him received it, usually from their father. Abraham, we know, was not born to a very spiritual father; as a matter of fact, his father was known to be negative. Yet through his own understanding, through his own thinking, he came to a spiritual awakening – for the first time without family or teachers. Therefore this week offers a very unique energy of spiritual awakening for us tap into.

At the beginning of the portion Abraham is one of the first individuals ever to receive a direct message, as a prophetic revelation, from the Light of the Creator. The message he receives are the first words in this week’s portion - “lech lecha,” which translated means “go to yourself.” What is the secret of those words, and more importantly, what is available for us to receive from them?

The kabbalists teach that one of the biggest mistakes every person consistently makes is that we do not have an awareness nor an appreciation for both who we are and the potential power we have. Abraham had come to the awakening that in order to receive all the blessings for which this world was created and all the blessings for which the individual was created, one has to go on a path of transformation, of change. However, even at the point in his journey where this portion finds him, he is still missing a truer appreciation for who he is, for the power of his soul, and for what he can accomplish. Therefore what he is told, and what we are told, what we want to become awakened to this week, is “lech lecha” –go to yourself, get to know yourself more.

As we know, Abraham and Sarah were married for many years and did not have children together. Sarah was born without the physical capability of conceiving; it wasn’t simply that she was older and as such wasn’t able to. Her ability to conceive would take a miracle that would have to literally change nature. So as the story in this portion progresses, Sarah comes to Abraham with a complaint, asking “why don’t you pray for me to have a child, to be able to conceive? “ She continues, “I know that if you had enough certainty in yourself, in the power that you have to awaken the Light of the Creator, you would be able to bring this change of nature miracle for me.”

It is a guarantee that every one of us has tremendously more ability to reveal Light and blessings for ourselves, for the world, and for those around us then we currently are. The reason why we are all limited to a certain degree is because we do not have enough of an appreciation for who we are.

And so here is one of the most important awakenings of this week – that we have to begin to really know ourselves, to “go to ourselves,” and begin to appreciate the power of our soul. Sarah understood what Abraham did not, that if you come to a point where you really have certainty in yourself and in your ability to draw down miracles through your connection to the Light of the Creator, then you will be able to manifest them.

Sarah’s complaint to Abraham therefore is not simply that he doesn’t pray for her, but rather that he does not have enough certainty in himself; that he does not understand completely the power he has to create a miracle… not to just draw down blessings, but greater than that - to draw down a miracle that will change nature. She tells him that as long as his consciousness is limited in his uncertainty about himself, he will not be able to draw that miracle for her, to draw that miracle for them together.

One of the gifts Abraham was awakened to on this week, that we can also become awakened to this week, is a strengthening of a certainty in ourselves. This week, we have the gift to truly “lech lecha”- go to ourselves, to see our own potential and appreciate our own power. Most of us are very far from a true appreciation of who we are. Most of us are very far from a true certainty in the power that we individually have to bring Light and blessings into our life.

Whatever degree your certainty and appreciation of yourself is, to that degree only will you be able to draw miracles. This week, we have the energy to ask the Creator to help us both see and appreciate our power and potential, so that we may begin to draw down unlimited blessings.

 

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