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Meditation Through a Sea of Reeds

Meditation Through a Sea of Reeds


Accept the world at its face value and it won’t let you move forward.
Every impulse must be bridled, every step carefully balanced
—and even then, for every step forward, you fall back two.
You are enslaved within an Egypt of your own making.

Here is your route of escape:

Meditate deeply upon the inner soul of the world;
struggle to see the vision described by our teachers.
Part the murky waters of a coarse, material world;
enter the reality that lies beneath it;
let that be your path from bondage.

Grasp that inner vision and it will flow outward
through the heart to the conscious self,
down to the heel that steps upon the earth,
until all these, as well, become mind.

Your eyes are now open,
your heart is awake,
your hands themselves know what to grab and what to avoid,
as your feet know where to walk.

In the struggle for deeper vision,
life becomes effortless.

You are free.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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April 20, 2014
He that hovers above brought Moses who appeared from the reeds and pointed the way , as all travel to the past may know of the present. That your making was to wander and collect along the path your correction. One new day you awaken and no longer are bound to the past but have become a direction to others. As a reed grows as to its purpose. So does man.
San Diego
April 3, 2013
RE: "Inner soul of the world" (Goria & David Leha)
Our "inner soul" already exists in the world of 'Ein Sof' our infinite dwelling place. Many screens or worlds conceal this perfect reality from us now due to our corrupted perception that we construct out of our egoistic desires.

The Kabbalists ( Rashbi (author of Zohar), the Ari and others) learned to recognize our egoistic intentions, ask for correction until they were rewarded with attaining Ein Sof - seeing the true reality even while in this physical world.

Hope this clarifies your questions.
Toronto, Canada
April 1, 2013
Connectedness with the earth and the energy of life
Thank you for this it is beautiful.God bless and peace be with you
Fiona Farrell
Cornafean,Co Cavan
March 29, 2013
Inner soul of the world
Inner soul of the world. Could anyone explain what does this mean exactly? Maybe suggest a reading?
March 29, 2013
How do we meditate on the inner soul, we just use our imagination?
David Leba
New York
March 29, 2013
Thank you.
I start my day with your daily dose of wisdom. I've been waiting for you to come out with a book of daily inspirational thoughts. It would be an amazing gift to give those who can't or don't yet go to Nu?!
Crown Heights
March 29, 2013
Accept What is
Accept what is (is), as is moving forward with the acceptance as is.
Eugina Giovanna Herrera
New York City, New York
March 29, 2013
To Justin Roth in Staten Island
Dear Justin

Thanks for your important comment. There is a fundamental prescriptive theological answer to your question, and I can give an derived applied answer from Victor Frankl. The prescriptive answer is that since Exodus, although our bodies may be oppressed, imprisoned, subjugated, burned; as Jews, our minds and souls are forever free from human bondage.
This sounds too esoteric to be useful, however, this is exactly the experience of Victor Frankl. He was a psychotherapist (he wrote man in search of meaning and founded logotherapy), interned for years in the concentration camps, his wife, his entire family murdered. Frankl in the camps realized meaning in dark suffering. Read on wikipedia the 3 paragraph quote starting with "We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones .."

You as a Jew are forever free. No matter what happens, noone can take this from you, you can always claim your freedom: Through love and moral agency.
Daniel Bilar
Norwich VT
April 13, 2012
Accept how the World + Life as is.

Very moving
Eugina G Herrera
New York, N.Y.
April 12, 2012
Beautiful...Most heartfelt...

Only Rav Freeman could be so descriptive.

Thank you.
brooklyn, ny
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