In the image of the checkerboard above, the square labeled A appears to be darker than the square marked B. It’s not. Both squares are identical in color.
I use this fun optical illusion to share a great secret of Kabbalistic wisdom that is more easily understood in our day because of the advent of quantum physics.
Physicists now tell us that our consciousness directly influences physical matter and this reality. That was a monumental discovery in the 20th century. However, the Zohar said the same thing 2000 years ago.
Here’s how it works on a practical level:
If you see something negative in someone else, you actually strengthen that negativity within that person and your reality becomes more negative with the very trait that you witnessed.
If you resist the temptation to see the negative, and instead, you fight and battle your ego and your judgement, and you force yourself to see the positive, you now strengthen that positive quality within that person and you bring more of the positive quality into your personal reality.
Remember, it DOES NOT matter if you were 1000% correct in your observation of a negative trait or behavior. Your judgment might be dead on. But we did not come to this world to be right and win arguments. We came to connect to Light so that we can use it to remove the darkness in our midst. We came here to create heaven on earth, to build a perfected world out of this dark and chaotic planet that we are now inhabiting.
So the Creator gave us the power of consciousness. We have the free will to use our consciousness to continue to see and indulge in the negative aspects of people and situations, judging and condemning everyone and everything, thus perpetuating these dark aspects in the external world and our lives. Or, we can use our free will to resist this easy and delicious temptation, and instead battle within ourselves to find the good within another person; to strive and see the good and the positive in a chaotic situation.
This is why governments have failed to change the world. They don’t get it. Because we don’t get it. Political parties on the right and left find everything wrong in one another. And this is why we all suffer. No one escapes. The secret is, the left must find the good in the right and the right must find the good in the left and this fusion creates a third and central column called the middle. And in this middle is the paradise that we seek.
The Creator, by design, implanted sparks of truth on opposite ends of the spectrum so that we can strive to unite the opposites.
But the ego makes us dig in. The ego blinds us to the secret for creating a world of peace and immortal existence.
We must find the good in the other in order manifest that good in that person and in our own lives.
If we judge others, the universe will judge us.
If we give unconditional mercy to others, the universe will extend unconditional mercy to us.
The Kabbalists say no judgment comes from God. None. Zero.
It is we who pull the trigger of judgment the moment we spot the bad in someone else and judge them. If we withhold our judgment, our reality will withhold judgment that is due to us.
That’s the work we came to achieve.
It’s not easy. God knows, it’s not easy.
But it’s the simplest pathway to transforming the world.
The world is not going to be transformed by some savior.
We are the savior of our own reality by the gift of consciousness and free will that was imbued into every human being. When we give into our ego, our selfish reflexes, and our reactions, we are slaves to the dark side.
We find our humanity, and we change the world from dark to Light, when we resist the dark thoughts attacking us; when we find positive attributes and genuine positive traits and qualities in the people (and opposite political parties) who annoy the hell out of us.
The more we extend this consciousness to everything in our lives, including our enemies, the quicker the darkness will be banished from this world and our personal lives.
It’s up to us.
It always has been.