Harmony of the Worlds 
Class 5: Splitting the Sea of Investment

The Jewish calendar of events is on a 6,000 Year timeline - the paradigm of our pattern is a 6-day week and then Shabbat represents the Messianic Era. We are currently under 250 years away from the 6,000th year. If one day is equal to 1,000 years then Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etcetera are each equivalent to 1,000. On this trajectory we are now passed year 5750, we’re in 5775 actually, meaning we are closing in on the end of the 6th Day - bringing us into the Shabbat of the universe.

The final event of “The Highlander,” was called the Quickening, meaning that at the end of times everything speeds up. Today, a new technology comes out daily, with the advent of the Internet and mobile apps and so forth our lives will never be the same. The Zohar says that in the year 1840, “the upper and lower worlds will begin to merge,” and that is the exact time period of the Industrial Revolution. We can learn from this that the wisdom of the physical Sciences and the Wisdom of the spiritual world were once one piece, but became separated. There was a time when they were one, and the Deity that is G-d was more tangible. G-dliness was the focus of the whole planet because It was real, not just an Idea but was an actual physical manifestation of what we proclaim to be the existence of Heaven and Earth.

This period of pure G-dliness lasted 40 years; it was the Era of King Solomon and the first Temple of Jerusalem. This Temple wasn’t just a Jewish Temple; it was a World Temple where all religions could merge into the G-dliness. G-d as an Energy-Form resided in one place and each person who entered became blessed. This was Jerusalem - and the remnants of the holiness still exist today. It was Holy not because the Jews said so, but because everyone knew about the energy that presided in this receptacle of a place. Miracles occurred there everyday, the sacrificial smoke always went straight up despite the wind, there were no miscarriages near the temple and no one ever got sick.

There was a direct connection to G-d and everyone agreed - there were no disagreements. Imagine, it was a channel on television and everyone was receiving the same information at the same time. With an iPhone in your hand every person can once again have the same information at the same time. Therefore, the messianic time is now - it’s not some future date. The infrastructure is already there - the change will be instantaneous. King Solomon asked one thing from G-d: Wisdom. One piece of Wisdom can change everything. Once something new comes into play, it transforms everything else in its wake.

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Today’s class is about: what stops us from moving forward. It would seem, the investment we have in the Past (our lives up until this point) is what holds us back from entering the void of the unknown - from transforming and evolving with something new. If you could create a system to release yourself from the grip of the past you would move into an enlightened way of being.

The first step in releasing yourself from your past investment is to identify your investments in the past - anything you could lose; personality, money, virginity. You have to feel it - if you don’t come into contact with it, then you can’t release it. Once you bring up your investment you have a conflict, a war; do you really want to give it up or perhaps you do not? If you move into the future and don’t make peace with your past then that old situation will return to haunt you in the future.

The way the Torah presents this shift is in the story of Avraham leaving his father’s house. It says Lech Lecha - “Go,” but it says it twice. Leave your birthplace, your country and your father’s house. The order is important; the first one is easy, move locations - you just get up and go. But the second, your country, is your culture making it a bit more difficult. The third one is by far the hardest: the house of your father represents the systems that were put inside of your head as a child. Even if your parents are no longer here, your brain is seeded with their ideas. Bereft to you or not, those ideas will always haunt your future unless you deal with them now. That’s much more difficult than leaving the place of your birth or your country.

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How does the Torah deal with these three things? It matches each of the three difficulties of traveling with a blessing. G-d says to Avraham “you’re going to be a paradox, I will bless you to have the things you’ll lack.” Normally, when you leave the place you grew up in you lose all your contacts and therefore your business; you’re out of money. Avraham wouldn’t be able to support himself, so G-d blesses him with wealth; “You’re in a foreign place, where you don’t know anybody and you’re going to do well.”

A blessing is on a much higher realm than the natural order of the world. Secondly, when you're traveling, it’s hard to bare children and even harder to raise them. Therefore, G-d blesses him with a large family with many children. The third one is a good name; Avraham no longer has his father’s name, so being well known and trusted everywhere you go is certainly miraculous, he is the most famous man in the world.

The conversation G-d is having with Avraham is: “I am going to assist you in leaving the state of your initial investment by giving you something different that works better. We’ve already developed a relationship to the extent that you trust me enough to accept.” This is the kind of conversation you must have with yourself moving forward in life. Even though the system you’re in, is telling you it doesn’t make sense to move forward into the new and unknown. With faith and confidence in a Divine Being, in a Divine System anything is possible.

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This is what we learned at the splitting of the Red Sea. Moshe could not open up the sea himself, it split only after Nachshon Ben Aminadav walked in up to his head. He was about to drown when the sea finally split for the Jewish people. We learn from this that showing commitment for the future means going so far forward that you can’t go back.

There’s a story about Alexander The Great with a similar moral. He brought all his men to an island where the crewman had to fight off a native warrior tribe. When they arrived, he told them all to get off the ships. He said, “you are all going to fight this tough tribe and I’m not sure if you’re going to win or not but I’m going to give you an advantage.” And he turned around and burned all the ships. The only way they could get off the island was to beat the enemy tribe. When you leave an opening back to the past, you essentially immobilize certain energies that you receive when you are fully focused on the unknown. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German poet and philosopher, once said: “When you commit and only when you commit, certain energies come into play that you would never know about.”

[Origins: W.H. Murray - “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” The final couplet is Goethe’s however.]

The mystical journey of life itself seems to follow these principals.


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