Imagination

Rebbe Nachman, after delivering a lesson in which he referred to one’s desires and evil inclination as illusory and dreamlike, said, “We should give the Evil One a new name. From now on he should be called Imagination” (Likutei Moharan I: 25:end).

We imagine ourselves different than we really are…

As Rebbe Nachman said: The world deceives you. Accept this from me. Do not let yourselves be fooled! (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #51).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

 

The Darkness of Illusion

The Darkness of illusion has shut out the Light, it has closed our minds to the wisdom and understanding which would normally help us see past the situation and even resolve it.

We must do everything we can to avoid such anxiety and the ensuing depression, because it is the worst mental state possible.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Imagination Run Wild

Who hasn’t, at some time in life, let one’s imagination run wild? When we allow this to happen, our thoughts become subject to all sorts of confusion and chaos, our minds see everything as Night.

The Darkness of illusion has shut out the Light, it has closed our minds to the wisdom and understanding which would normally help us see past the situation and even resolve it.

We must do everything we can to avoid such anxiety and the ensuing depression, because it is the worst mental state possible.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Inner Strength

Develop a thick skin to all the inevitable hurtful remarks and stinging comments that people are prone to say. Inhibit your natural tendency to cower from every insult, real or imagined, by laughing it off as one big joke. Develop inner strength by not taking the snide comments of others so seriously and stop being so intimidated by people around you no matter how loud their bark.

You must make the conscious effort to stop placing your faith in people and start placing your faith exclusively in G-d.

Don’t Take It Personally: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Coming To Terms With Reality

A person suffering from unrealistic modes of perception imagines that other people are acting against him. He repeats these thoughts over and over until he is convinced of it. Then he is possessed by his fantasy; his nerves are frazzled,  he cannot relax, and he eats himself alive.

He doesn’t have the peace of mind to discipline his thoughts and maintain a healthy, spiritual regimen of learning Torah, praying to G’d, and carrying out G’d’s commandments joyfully.

Instead, he is ruled by fear and rendered incapable by tension. He is moody and angry, and he indulges in bitter fantasies of how he will  revenge himself.

The people he is so worked up about may not have had any intention to hurt him; they may hardly be aware of him. And all the negative thoughts, the nerves, and the fantasies are baseless.

Come to terms with what your situation really is.

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

 

Living with Reality

Don’t upset yourself worrying about yesterday, about tomorrow, or about anything else.

When these thoughts enter your mind, recognize them and dismiss them. In this way, you will begin to live with reality. And once you do that, it will be easy for you to deal with all types of challenges which you previously couldn’t manage.

You will feel in charge, powerful, and calm – you will have achieved personal freedom.

Adapted from Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov in Illusions: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student  Rabbi Nossan of Breslov

Immediate Problems

Stop indulging in delusions. They are destroying your health and wrecking your nerves. Instead, begin to live with your reality, as it is.

Work to correct your immediate problems. Leave tomorrow alone – it is beyond your grasp. As for people whom you imagine may do you harm – if they aren’t bothering you at present, don’t embitter yourself with obsessive thoughts about them.

Limit yourself to dealing only with the present time, the present place, and the people you are now involved with.

Adapted from Illusions: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov