Jews around the world sing the praises of Israel. Muslims sing the praises of the Arab and Islamic world. Christians sing the praises of Christ and Christendom. And all sides point the finger of blame at others for the bloodshed that perpetually drowns the Middle East and for the abundant chaos that inflicts all nations throughout the globe.
In the US, Republicans denigrate Democrats. Democrats cast blame upon the Republicans. Emails and articles are circulating on the Internet trying to prove points and cast nations and individuals on a higher moral ground than the o†her to win the support of the rest of the world.
Everyone is finding fault in the other, right or wrong, makes no difference.
From the Kabbalistic view-point, this is a recipe for death and destruction and darkness. And as Kabbalist Rav Berg has said on countless occasions, we have 2000 years of history to show us that this approach never works. Never. Ever.
It does not matter who is right or wrong in a dispute. That is a trap from which humanity can never escape and has never escaped.
Karen Berg offered the Kabbalistic solution to genuine world peace, prosperity and global transformation and it’s stunningly simple but unquestionably not an easy state of consciousness to achieve.
In short, Karen tells us that when an Israeli mother feels the pain and sheds tears over the death of an Arab child and an Arab mother feels the pain and sheds tears over the death of an Israeli child, then peace will come. This same principle holds true for all people, in all conflicts, including religious, political conflicts.
There is no “but” and no posturing or looking outward at the other opposing side. The moment we do, we all lose. We can be right and utterly miserable, or we can let go of the concept of wrong or right and, instead, turn on the Light to remove the darkness.
Being right never, ever flips on the Light.
This world, by design, was created with polar opposite viewpoints, ideologies and belief systems. The truth is never found on just one side of an argument. Each of us holds a small piece of the truth puzzle. Truth is always found down the middle, incorporating the best sparks of wisdom from opposing sides.
However, you can never get to the truth through intellectual debate.
The only way to get to the middle ground and to the ultimate truth is by feeling—not thinking.
When we focus, 100%, on feeling the pain of others, miracles occur in our minds in terms of a sudden higher understanding and a perceiving of higher truths that were not evident before. And that is when simple miracles occur on earth, like stunning change in the world without having to resort to violence and bloodshed.
Make no mistake, intellectual arguments, politics, religion and activism have never and will never bring about authentic peace without violence and unspeakable bloodshed.
Only miracles can change our world through mercy and peace.
And the greatest miracle that will bring about this domino effect and tipping point for generating more miracles, is the miracle within!
That miracle within occurs when we are feeling the pain of our enemy to the point where we can no longer inflict pain upon our enemy because it hurts us just as much.
That is the true underlying lesson of the Torah which says, “Don’t do unto others, that which is offensive to you.”
As we strive to practice this mindset and behavior, we eventually reach a level called “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”
That is the endgame.
But to get there, we must first strive, no matter what is happening around us or to us, to live “Don’t do unto others, that which is offensive to you.”
We are not here to be perfect. We are here to practice. To try. To strive. To feel, if even only a little, the pain of others.
Feeling is the way to paradise. Thinking is the way to war. Look at history.
When we feel, we raise our consciousness and great discoveries will then take place. When we think, we become intellectually smarter but not necessarily kinder and gentler and more loving. Men of madness and darkness can be brilliant. But someone who feels the pain of others can never inflict pain upon others.
Start striving to feel the pain of others.
Start with the people in your own life. Friends. Foes.
Because that will lead to loving others unconditionally.
When we share unconditional love, we feel and experience and receive the love as well.
It circulates around the world.
It’s like standing in a pitch dark auditorium with lots of people groping about in the darkness. Each individual is holding an unlit candle so the room remains in blackness.
Suppose one person’s candle is lit. And that person then shares their candle flame with another person’s candle. And then those two people share their flames with two other people.
Remarkably, your own light is not diminished no matter how times you share your candlelight. Your candle simply continues to shine.
Even more remarkable, the more people who share their flame with others, the greater the light that shines in the darkness. As people continue to share their lit candle with others, the overall darkness diminishes for everyone. Soon, a threshold is achieved where suddenly there is more light than darkness.
This is the power of authentic sharing.
And the greatest act of sharing is to simply try to feel another person’s pain. Just a little.
And then watch what happens.