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We Share This Ship

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:January 27, 2012

One day a man onboard a ship walks by one of the cabins and notices a man drilling a hole in the floor. He shouts, “What are you doing? Are you crazy?!” The man looks up bewildered and says, “This is my cabin, and I can do whatever I want in it.” The other man becomes irate. “You fool, a hole in your cabin will sink the whole ship.”

This seems like a simple story, but The Zohar uses it to clarify a deeper secret of life: we’re each responsible for one another.

This is a two-way street and includes two basic lessons for life. First, we must realize that our actions, both negative and positive, influence many other people in ways we can’t begin to imagine. On the other side of the coin, we must realize that other people’s actions, good or bad, directly influence our lives.

This is why we have a responsibility to help others grow and improve. We are truly all in the same boat – we all sink or swim together.

This understanding of our basic need to help others develop spiritually is one of the aspects that separates a person who is living Kabbalah from one who is browsing. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with testing the waters, but it’s important to always be pushing oneself to the next level so that spiritual inertia doesn’t set in.

Often we focus only on ourselves and our own spiritual growth - disregarding the rest of the world. Truth be told, we must help others in their spiritual development because we cannot fulfill our purpose and goal in this world without assisting others. A hole in another’s cabin floor will sink our ship as well.

We each find ourselves in different positions in life. But regardless of how big or small our sphere of influence is, the Creator gave us each our unique domain wherein we can impact others. We must understand that this gift of influence comes with responsibility: The greater our sphere of influence, the greater the responsibility.

Have a wonderful Aquarius. May the actions you take, and the words you speak, reveal Light for many lives.

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