Space for You

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

 

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

Refining Our Receivers

If we want to experience contact with the Creator, we have to invest energy in refining our receivers.

To allow the Divine into our lives, we align our own ways with the Creator’s way – we straighten out what’s bent, and expand the good. It’s the work of a lifetime.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

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

Becoming Our Ideal Self

We’re here to stretch our natural boundaries…to transcend the limitations of our natures.

Everyone has his own unique nature, and our task is to stretch the boundaries — gently, intelligently, and in a healthy way — so that we participate in becoming our ideal self.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Our Lives Need Purpose

MOST PEOPLE LIVE IN FEAR whether they realize it or not. They fear rejection and loss, and, more than anything, they fear death. That primary fear of our own mortality affects us all. But we only begin to really live after we accept the reality of death.

But the Infinite One didn’t create us to exist in chronic fear. That’s not the way we’re meant to live.

Mortality isn’t a punishment — it’s a gift that prods us into remembering that our lives need to have purpose.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned