Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted:January 27, 2016
Before Yitro, the father-in-law of Moses, appears in the portion of Yitro, he was a spiritual person who had left all the idol worship he had previously taken part of, and was looking for the truth. He hears the story of the Israelites going out of Egypt, and he hears the story of the battle with Amalek. And, as he is a very elevated spiritual soul, knows that the story of the Israelites going out of Egypt, the Splitting of the Sea, and the battle with Amalek is like the headquarters of assistance and redemption needed for the world from then on. Therefore, if we want to connect to that Light of elevation and assistance, we have to connect to, and repeat, that story.
Yitro has a choice. He can stay home and use the tool of repeating that story to himself, or he can go hear that story from Moses. It is a big choice, because Yitro lives very comfortably in Midian. He is a very well-respected and well-known person. He is wealthy, has a very comfortable life, and is very spiritual. So, the question he asks himself is: I know now it is important to connect to that story, and I can repeat it here to myself; I do not have to necessarily go into the desert and leave everything that I have here behind to go hear it from Moses. But, there is a chance that by hearing it from Moses I will elevate even more. What do I do?
What would most of us do? Most of us are comfortable in our spiritual work and in our connections, and every once in a while, we say to ourselves - if I push myself to go there, or if I push myself to do more, there is a chance I will elevate more. But it means I’ll also have to leave all kinds of comfort behind. For many of us, therefore, the answer is often to stay with the comfort and still do the spiritual tools. But the truth is we have to learn from Yitro that if we are not constantly pushing ourselves from wherever it is – and often it means leaving some level of comfort behind for the possibility of elevating higher - then we will never achieve the purpose for which our soul came into this world.
There has to always be this questioning of how comfortable we have become in our spiritual work, and how much we are willing to push ourselves. Again, the question for Yitro was: Will I continue repeating this story to myself because I know now that any assistance I will ever need will come from the retelling of the story, or do I push myself now to go to hear it from Moses? Do I push myself to go listen to this story, a story I know, from Moses?
And Yitro pushes himself to hear it from Moses, saying, “…I will hear this story from the most elevated soul in the generation today.” Yitro decides he will leave behind all the honor and comfort he had in Midian to go listen to this story from Moses, because the retelling of this story by Moses will give him an elevation.
Yitro knew that even though he was spiritual, if he saw an opportunity to push himself more to grow, he had to grab it. Because he knew that even though he thought he was spiritual, thought he was connecting, and thought he was using the tools, if he was not grabbing every opportunity to elevate, then it is nothing with regards to where he needs to get to, and there is no Light in the Light that he has now if he does not grab every opportunity of elevation.
So, we ask the question - what story does Moses tell Yitro that he doesn’t know? Nothing; because Yitro knows the story before he comes to Moses, and Moses knows that Yitro knows the story before he comes. But as Moses tells the story to Yitro, he is elevating his soul.
Yitro knew that by hearing this story from Moses he would be able to elevate and have the ability to take out some negativity from himself that he was not even aware of. Because what happens, unfortunately, to almost all of us, is that to whatever degree we are not pushing ourselves, to whatever degree we are not grabbing every opportunity to grow, then to that degree we are blind to our darkness. As long as we do not grab every opportunity for growth, it is not that we will not change what we think or know needs changing; it is that we will never know what needs changing. We will remain blind forever to where we need to grow.
And therefore, Yitro comes to Moses, not because he wasn’t spiritual, not because he wasn’t working on himself, and not because he wasn’t using the tools, but because he knew what most of us don’t really know: there is an opportunity here for growth. He could lie to himself as most of us do. He could stay comfortable, do the spiritual work, and continue using the tools. But Yitro knew if you don’t grab every single opportunity that presents itself to you, no matter what lack of comfort it is going to bring, no matter what you have to leave behind for it, you will never come to know the darkness or negativity within you that needs to be cleansed or removed. Yitro knew that, and he came to Moses. Moses tells him the story, which means that in repeating it, it opens the gate of elevation for Yitro. And Yitro begins to elevate.