We are born equipped with everything necessary to accomplish our mission―the right genetics, looks, circumstances, parents, location, etc.On life’s path, each of us encounters people, things, and events that contain “sparks” (a kabbalistic metaphor for fragments of divine consciousness) that we are supposed to redeem just like in a video game. The only difference is that we don’t know where these “sparks are hidden. They can be anywhere, sometimes even in the lowest, darkest places, where we would never guess to look. We redeem them by striving to improve ourselves, bringing godliness, consciousness, kindness, and prayer, opening to the higher energies in this imperfect world. There is a fancy word for this concept of bettering the world: tikkun. How did these “sparks” (fragments of divine consciousness) get lost and end up in our physical world? One of the stories about the “sparks,” according to the Ari (a big kabbalist from 16th century) tells us that the original world was full of revealed good, abundance,and unity. They say Adam was able to see from one end of the universe till other end, knowing everything. Some call that stage “paradise.” Then a cosmic mishap happened, and this perfect world was crashed by Adam’s infamous sin of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is known in kabbalistic circles as the “breaking of the vessels.” (Many kabbalists believe that it was at this point that the physical body manifested, as it’s written that God made for humans ”garments of skin.” Before this, existence was only on a higher level with bodies made of “light.” With physicality, concepts like death, painful childbirth, etc. were introduced.) Simply put, that good world transformed into a less kind one, where the good is often hidden, where more work is needed, and more trouble is present, where choosing good is not so obvious.The holy sparks were buried in the lower, physical level. Humans are unique among creatures because they have a godly spiritual soul empowered by an additional animalistic soul and a body to function in the physical world. Only humans have the ability to collect and elevate these “divine sparks,” which can be in anything, some are buried so deep its hard to believe they’re really there. We are in a partnership with God in creating our universe. Each of us has a unique mission to find the “sparks” that only we can redeem. You and only you can accomplish your mission in life. This comes with a responsibility to know that you and everything you do matters now and forever, which is one of the main ingredients in life and the foundation of kabbalah. We must find our unique mission and path. Like the hasidic master reb Zusha said “ In the end of my life, by the divine tribunal i will not be asked “Why were you not Moses?” Instead i will be asked “Why weren’t you Zusha?” We all have to fulfill our own potential.
What is kabbala: the word itself means “to receive”, to “be open” to higher consciousness.
Briefly explained, kabbala is a science of spiritual forces, energies, structures, laws, and systems that helps us understand how the world of spirituality works. Just like mathematics is an abstract study of quantity and calculation built on a few axioms (for example, the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line), kabbala is a spiritual system built on a few central truths, including the existence of an original infinitive energy source that nourishes and sustains everything existing in our world. Many call this original power God. According to the Lurianic kabbala (there are a few different kabbalistic schools), each human has a unique and holy divine soul, rooted in God, that is sent into the physical world to fulfill its mission to better/ repair the world.
Our soul is armored with a physical body so that we can function in the physical world, with the help of a local guide, our animalistic soul. We need our animalistic soul to make sure we maintain our body, to make sure we eat, drink, sleep, stay warm, find shelter, have children, etc. The body and soul are in a partnership of equal responsibility for our mission’s success and for all of our actions. Our animalistic soul is basically a good guy, and without its help we would not be able to exist in the physical world. But our animalistic soul is rooted in physicality, so it likes physical things and if we are not careful to balance our life, the animalistic soul can get in charge and take control, silencing the voice of our godly soul, reprogramming our “mission” to wanting more “stuff“―more food, more houses, more sex partners etc. Which of course brings only temporary satisfaction, because there is always something bigger and better out there. A person in this state of mind is focusing on things he or she doesn’t have, instead of what he or she already has, just like a glass half full, half empty parallel. Deep down the person stays unhappy, somewhere he or she knows intuitively that a deeper reality exists that can’t be measured and perceived with the five senses.. and some might keep looking for meaning in life or trying to fill this void with addictions. We know somewhere inside that the universe cannot be deaf to our prayers and that our existence has meaning.
It works the other way around, too―the spiritual soul can hardly be happy and satisfied if the animal soul suffers from a poor diet, an uncomfortable home, health issues, or being overweight, etc. It’s supposed to be team work.
It’s our job to keep our spiritual and animalistic souls in balance. To achieve our highest potential, we need a healthy, strong body, and we must also listen to our higher soul and trust in our potential.
To be continued…