Where Are You Really?

The Creator calls out to us, “Where are you?” Where is the real you hiding?”

“Lech Lecha — go for yourself” (Genesis 12:1); it’s for your own good.

Leave behind all of the false definitions and external selves you’ve built up from living in this world. Go and discover who you really are.

Adapted from Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned


Positive Imagination

When we are disturbed and unhappy, we should at least imagine ourselves as being joyous.

Deep down we may be depressed, but if we act happy, we will eventually come to genuine joy (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom 74).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

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

True Life

For just one day a person can endure very much: take upon oneself not to argue with anyone; be happy and pleasant; and dance and reverse all sadness into ultimate happiness.

Even though this may be very difficult, a person can accept it all for just one day.

If you will lead your life in this manner, you will be experiencing something that can truly be termed a life – a life in which you have in this world “only today”, nothing more.

Only Today: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

We Each Have A Path

“Abraham was one” — he was the only person in his time with the strength to break away from a false way of living.

We all have to be willing to sometimes walk the path alone to stay in conscious contact with G-d.

Walking an individual path doesn’t mean being self-focused, however. It means staying aware that you have to do whatever spiritual work needs to be done.

You can’t do anyone else’s, and no one else can do yours.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Be a Winner

Once you master the art of self-reliance, you can achieve as far as your desire will take you, and as deep as your belief in your own G-d-given powers will allow.

So, wave goodbye to your former wimpy, people-pleasing meek self, and burst forth confidently as an assertive winner with healthy ego-strength.

Self Confidence: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Power of Thought

Human thought has tremendous potential. When we concentrate our thoughts on something and really imagine it to be, we can actually force the thing to happen.

To accomplish this, we must visualize every step of the desired result in great detail. Diffused and generalized thought will not work.

But when every faculty of the mind is intensely focused on that which we wish to see happening, we can genuinely exert great influence on all sorts of matters in the world (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #62).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge