Someone recently asked me if the Zionist state of Israel, made up of secular and religious, will finally live up to its role in the world.
It’s never up to the state or to a government to change the world. As difficult and abstract it might be to understand, it is up to individual people to play and perform their role in this world through their personal day-to-day interactions with family, friends, business associates and the strangers that they encounter.
This is what people have failed to understand for centuries. The government, the state, the establishment—both religious and political—are only the EFFECT of our collective individual behavior and consciousness.
As we change as individuals, the world changes in direct proportion. If we don’t change, the world does not change.
When we reach a critical mass and certain threshold of individual change, then, as the effect, the establishment changes. Each of us is a microcosm of the whole. This is NOT some poetic metaphor. This is reality, the very structure of our world.
If there is corruption in religion, it means we have corrupted our personal relationships with agendas and self-interest.
If there is corruption in government—ditto!
No one is coming to save us. No one. We must create the so-called “messiah” state within ourselves—via our own difficult transformation—in order for the global Messiah to appear.
Kabbalah does NOT deal with or address politics and government.
And Israel is not about a political or religious geographical state.
Israel is about a state of mind, a state of consciousness that is called “Love Thy Neighbor.”
This is not philosophical morality and ethics.
This is physics at the deepest level.
And our neighbors are not just Israelites. Our neighbors are Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists.
When enough of us achieve that state of consciousness, THEN the Land of Israel becomes a “holy” land of Milk and Honey instead of a land and region of war and bloodshed as it has been for 2000 years.
The sole purpose of the Torah and Zohar (the biblical body and soul) is to give us the technology and power to transform our consciousness and behavior from selfishness into selflessness.
Everything else that the Torah commands us to do is merely to bring us to that level.
The Kabbalists say the Torah is either the “drug of death” or the “Tree of Life.”
If we follow the Torah for religious reasons, to become wise and smart and self-righteous, it becomes the drug of death.
If we incorporate the tools and technology of Torah to uproot our darkest traits, letting go of victim consciousness, then it becomes the Tree of Life.
The Kabbalists tell us that when we reach a critical mass of people who achieve “Love Thy Neighbor” then the borders of the Land of Israel will expand and extend to the four corners of the planet.
The entire world becomes “Israel” for all peoples, for all races, for all religions, respecting the pathways and particular beliefs that are found in the diversity that is humankind.
As the Zohar says, Israel is merely the heart, the spiritual organ that nurtures all nations with Light, the same way the physical heart nourishes all the diverse organs of the body with blood.
Diversity is the key. The various organs of our body perform different functions, sometimes OPPOSITE functions, in order to create one healthy body.
We need all people, all religions, performing the spiritual essence of their teachings, in order to create one healthy, immortal body of humanity.
Israel merely pumps the spiritual “blood-flow” or “Light-flow” to all the different “organs” of the body.
We hear this often. But we forget this extraordinary truth and profound purpose of life as soon as we are confronted with chaos and tests that ignite our egos.
There is no enemy out there. The only enemy is our internal ego. As we diminish ego, we diminish the illusion of external enemies.
And the voices in our head that make us reject and doubt and misunderstand this simple but stunning truth, is the first internal battle we must wage and win, in order to begin to experience global change.
It’s up to us.
It always has been.