Monday, February 27, 2012

True Religion

We all know how heated a discussion can get when we bring up God and religion and there are so many of us asking questions as to the meaning of life and if there really is that big G in the sky looking over each and every one of us.

Having grown up attending a Jewish school I really couldn't understanding the stories of the burning bush and splitting of the sea. To me they seemed a little far fetched and exactly what they are "stories". I have often questioned if these events took place or did these stories hold a deeper meaning and explanation for the mysteries of the universe and our purpose here on earth.

For many years I took the spiritual path instead of the religious one. I connected to this beautiful energy I felt after my yoga practices, my meditation sessions and later the healing energy and power of reiki. But as you would have it my life took me back to my roots and back to the traditions of my Jewish faith. I often see that people are afraid of religion but what they are missing is the spirit and beauty of the teachings which bring us true lasting fulfillment not found in a ipad, iphone or "i" anything!

The path to happiness and our "true religion" according to Kabbalah is to share our unconditional love with others. To give instead of receive, to share instead of take and in this world it's a difficult task when we're all buying into the "i" mentality. The teachings tell us that we are beings of light and it is when we disconnect from the light within that all chaos begings. We are overcome with fear, anger, revenge and the "desire to receive for the self" creating a short circuit which goes from the initial high of our selfish desire to complete darkness.

Kabbalah teaches that it is the light that we are really after, everything in this world is vibrational energy emanating light. Yet the lasting fulfillment only comes from filling ourselves up from the inside out. An unhappy person with a Mercedes is still a misery and creates unhappiness wherever he may go. Our happiness does not come from what happens outside of us, it comes from what happens within. Our joy is the love we give, the friends we make and the people who love us and we love back creating a flow of energy of sharing that goes around and around.

Connecting to our inner light is where the real happiness comes from, we literally fall in love with who we are, what we bring to others and how we share that light in our life. Things happen around us and they are just part of the 1% world and according to Kabbalah all that we want is in the 99% where the true light is. By resisting our impulsive nature to take revenge, to take for the self alone and to do what our inner voice tells us to hurt others, we plummet deeper into the darkness and create more chaos in our lives.

I have also found that TRUE RELIGION is not going through the motions of prayer, ritual, festivals. It is about knowing the spiritual depth of why we do these things and how they can transform us into better people and elevate our spirits bringing more and more light into our life. I have spent time with some very religious people, who have grown up knowing only that world of strict obedience to the rules and regulations of our Jewish faith yet what determines our "true religion" is who we are in our hearts. Some religious people do not have TV's in their homes as they believe that watching anything other than the G channel exposes them to such violence, sexual references which is not good for the mind and soul. As Karen Berg said so beautifully when her husband, a Kabbalistic leader wanted to throw their TV out "If the TV goes so do you" as she believed if someone watches TV but they will give you the shirt of their back then that is TRUE RELIGION.

As for the jeans they are pretty nice but whether they are branded True Religion or not, we really need to look deeper into one's heart to determine their real religion and not what they look like on the outside wearing the 'religious' garb and doing the rituals blindly without consciousness.

Love xx Mia

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