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It’s All Up to You

“Free will is in a person’s hands, literally. If on wants, on acts, and if one does not want, one does not act.”

There are many people who are confused about this issue, having become so habituated to their behaviors and ways from the time of their youth. They feel that they have no free will and that they are unable to change their behavior. But the truth is otherwise, for every individual certainly possess free will at all times on all issues, and one acts as one wants to. Understand this well.

Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan II: 110

This World

This world isn’t naturally the place of abundance — it’s the place where our natural tendency to restriction has to be transformed into abundance.

It’s not naturally the place of goodness — it’s the place where our natural tendency to evil must be transformed into good.

It’s not the place of light — it’s where we can transform the pervasive darkness within ourselves into light.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

It Is All A Test

Everything in the world—
whatever is and whatever happens—
is a test, designed to give you
freedom of choice. Choose wisely. (RNW #300)

Nachman of Breslov, Rebbe. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Forget About it!

Have you ever heard the expression, “Smile, though your heart is broken”? Seems odd? Doesn’t it seem more logical that if you‟re hurting, you should be sad and upset?

Our Sages tell us otherwise, “Whoever, is drawn to problems – problems are drawn to him” (Berachos, 63a).

Simply put, thinking about problems magnifies them; giving no thought to them, shrinks them.

So, you got a problem? Why not do the opposite; don’t think about it; forget about it, and be grateful!

Forget about It!: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Our Desire and Our Words

Our desire gives meaning to the letters and words that we speak.

If we have good desires, we will speak good words and thereby create good letter and word combinations. This will, in turn, eventually lead us to perform good and kind acts.

If however, our desires are for evil, we create evil combinations and bring these into the world.

Chaim Kramer,  Crossing the Narrow Bridge

 

The Power to Create

Although there are things we cannot understand, things which remain paradoxical no matter what, we must strengthen ourselves each and every day to think good thoughts.

We are important enough in G-d’s eyes to be considered mini-creators.

Each and every one of us is entrusted with these powers to create.

Our thoughts, our desires create Day, they create the good that exists in this world

Likutei Halakhot, Minchah 7:2

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge