ma_rs (ma_rs) wrote,

Shana Tova

An interesting article by Rav Yehuda Berg regarding Yom Tov from a
'modern' Kabbalistic view:

Life is but a dream ... if we let it be.

I don't know about you, but my schoolteachers always seemed to equate
dreaming and fantasizing with wasting one's life. "Be practical. Don't
be a dreamer. Get your head out of the clouds."

Fortunately, I had my parents to teach me otherwise. They taught me
that dreaming about the impossible is impossible - because everything's

The reason most people don't achieve what they want in life is because
they don't dare to dream.

This upcoming weekend marks the new year of humanity, otherwise known
as Rosh Hashanah. The kabbalists explain that our souls are born anew at
this time. Just as a child's physical DNA is encoded at birth, a person's
spiritual DNA is rewritten for the year on Rosh Hashanah. And it is
rewritten according to our desires.

The kabbalists recommend we take this time to visualize ourselves in a
year from now. What do we want to have accomplished by Rosh Hashanah 2007?

Visualization requires replacing limiting thoughts with boundless
It means replacing "I can't" with "I can," "I tried" with "I'm doing,"
"My father told me I'd never amount to anything" with "I can do anything I
set my mind to," "No one will ever love me" with "I love me."

What use are all the paint, canvases, and brushes in the world if we
don't allow ourselves to fantasize?

This week visualize your greatest dreams coming true. Doing so lays the
foundation for them to do so. This is not the week to be practical.
It's the week to drown yourself in colors, images, emotions, passions, and

If you're doing it right, the most fantastical Hollywood production
won't even come close to the splendor and grandeur of the things you come up

See yourself not just at your best but beyond what you conceive of as
your best. Dream about how much you can accomplish in the next 12 months.

Once you get going with thinking about what you want to accomplish,
start seeing yourself with those accomplishments. You will find that as the
year unfolds those opportunities will come your way as long as you continue
to hold fast to your dreams.

All the best,

Yehuda Berg

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