Topic: Well Being | Posted:December 12, 2012
We know that Chanukah is about opening up the channel of miracles. Therefore, during this time, we have greater access to create miracles... but first we must awaken them. In the Torah portion this week we learn a tremendously important lesson of how to truly awaken miracles, and through its energy, are given the opportunity to connect to the consciousness we need in order to do it.
After 12 years in prison, Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh to interpret two dreams. Pharaoh is so happy with Joseph’s interpretation that he makes him a ruler, a kind of advisor, in which only Pharaoh’s word is greater than his. So how did this happen? How did Joseph, after all that time in jail, merit becoming the ruler? The answer lies in his consciousness. Joseph’s reason for going to Pharaoh wasn’t to help Pharaoh; it wasn’t even to help the people or give sustenance to the world. The only reason he came to help Pharaoh was that he knew through doing it, he could bring certainty and a connection to the Light of the Creator to the world. He knew he could bring this certainty by being the conduit for miracles; people would see the miracles he brought and through that, their certainty in the Light would build. It’s a very important idea, and this is where the teaching lies.
The purpose of creating miracles, the purpose for prophecy, the purpose of the Creator’s giving certain people in every generation the ability to bring miracles is not for the miracle’s sake. It is for the sake of the people whose certainty will be awakened by experiencing or seeing the miracle. For instance, when someone comes to a righteous person and asks to be healed, or asks to be able to have children if they can’t, and the righteous person is able to awaken the miracle of healing, or to awaken the miracle of children, the purpose of that miracle is not for the individual to get well or have children. The purpose of that miracle is for all others to see the miracle occur, and through that experience, gain greater certainty and connection to the Light.
If someone comes to the Creator and says I really love this person, and I want a miracle to come to them because I want to help them, that’s not an easy request to be answered. However, and this is the work, when someone’s reason for wanting to bring the miracle is to open up a greater channel of miracles in the world so that people will start to see them, and as such, expand their certainty in the Light of the Creator, then this person will be able to draw down the miracle he’d like to create.
It’s very, very important, because in order to facilitate the bringing of the Gemar HaTikun, the Final Correction, we have to be opening up the channel of miracles, and you cannot open up the channel of miracles without clarity about their purpose. It all starts with consciousness, as the Rav says. If we don’t have clear and right consciousness about our desire to awaken the channel of miracles, we won’t be able to. Yet if we have the clarity as to why we want to awaken this channel, especially during this time of Chanukah, we will be able to draw down miracles.
To take it one step further, we have to also be very careful when trying to create a miracle that we do not focus and think about the physical manifestation of the miracle. This means, for example, we do not focus on someone getting physically well, or on receiving monetary abundance, but instead focus on why, big picture, we want to draw the miracle... but this is what we do, right? Even when we say, chas v’shalom - this person is sick, I’m going to pray, I’m going to read Zohar, I’m going to do what I can to bring healing to this person - we’re focusing on the physical, and we must be careful because our consciousness is not in the right place.
There is another deep concept we are taught here as well. In order for miracles to occur, it has to not only be for the purpose of bringing greater certainty and consciousness to the receiver and to those who are around him, but also of bringing that certainty to the giver, the creator of the miracle. Meaning the person who was the channel for the miracles has to say, “Wow, I now have an even greater connection, love, and certainty to the Light of the Creator.” When it’s also a surprise to the person awakening the miracle, only then can the miracle itself be awakened.
The reason the Creator sends His Light through a conduit is to strengthen certainty within others and within the creator of the miracle him or herself. In order for a person to merit being such a conduit, he has to understand its purpose. Every single one of us has that spark of righteousness to be a channel for miracles within us, and we all need to strive to achieve it. We achieve it through understanding and having the single consciousness that when we want to awaken miracles for others, the purpose is not for the miracle itself, but for the certainty and connection to the Light of the Creator that will be awakened through it.
The only way to do it, again, is your focus. Like Joseph, we can awaken miracles when we understand we are creating them strictly for the sake of raising both our own and others’ certainty and connection. My hope is through sharing this teaching, we all really awaken that consciousness, and with it, open up the channel for miracles. We can ask for it in Chanukah, and we can ask for it this week… and b’zrat Hashem, through our connection, we will see greater and greater miracles in our own lives and in the world.