LIFE BEYOND THE RIVER Commentary & Guidance for Our Times Copyright 2004 – R. Michael Ozair
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move ourselves in opposite direction."
Introduction While there continues to be enough violence and insanity in our post election world right now to warrant urgent need for any shift in consciousness that we can gather, there are no hints of this shift in consciousness in newspapers or political front.
Humanity is in a vigorous phase of global challenge. The acceleration of time and increased energy frequency on planet are creating volatile change and rapid transformation, for others, it is being experienced as near psychological meltdown. Pressurized change in a short period of time is usually confusing and chaotic. When energy shifts, our perception of reality shifts. When our reality shifts, our relationships are tested and our circumstances can be shaken to core. And yet, some of us are nevertheless attempting to keep awake, or at least make everyday life somewhat manageable.
It is during these times that we recall what Kabbalah calls "Life Beyond River".
Life Beyond River
The classical Kabbalistic text, Zohar, teaches that in order to create a meaningful world, G-d ran a "River" through reality, "separating" His Divine presence from physical existence. This River acts as a Veil and it is source of all concealment and confusion. Our world is therefore referred to as an "alma d’piruda," a "world of estrangement." (Zohar 1, 22A).
The "River” or “Veil of Separation" runs through three areas of existence: olam, shanah and nefesh, meaning time, space and consciousness. The River runs through every moment and every thing. Each fragment of physical reality has its spiritual counterpart, but it is separated, or obscured, by River.
In spite of separation, a person is still granted power and vision to stand before these veils of separation and gaze beyond River, to Source of all Life, receptive to breathtaking scope of a Divine Reality.
How is this done when Veil of Separation is still there? Sarmad, a 17th century Jewish mystic from India, explains, "The Light of Life, which is essence of G-d, lies dormant in mineral world, lies in a dream-state in vegetable world, is awakened in animal world, and comes to full consciousness in man." This “Light of Life” is what we call nitzotz HaShem, a “spark of Divine” which exists within each human. It enables us to have a direct connection to Source, beyond River. Once we can make a direct connection, we need not fear turbulence of our times.
The Zohar comments, "Your ancestors had always lived beyond river...and I took your father Avraham from beyond river..." (Joshua 24:2) as meaning “The children of Avraham, Ivrim (Hebrews), are those who have crossed over. They have vivid memories of life beyond River.”
In spite of ability to make our direct connection to Source, beyond River, many of us tend to still turn away and settle into life on this side of River/Veil, thereby creating an all pervading sense of triviality of everyday existence. This is because it is easy to forget when one is challenged. The “side-effect” of being a spiritual being in a human body is that since we have descended to physical realm of existence which contains furthest and densest frequencies in universe, it will take deliberate efforts on our part to return ourselves to our true soul nature.
The Quest Always Begins with Our Quest-ions
Many of us are beginning with just questions:
What can we do to help? How can we personally contribute to creation of a world founded in love, not based in fear? What is my purpose? Why am I here? Why are all these things happening to me?
If we do not know, we may feel an unidentified sense of frustration or urgency. "But be assured", Reb Nachman of Breslov teaches, "that if you are asking these questions, you are already part of solution". You are being guided. The nature of your contribution will be made known to you in divine timing.
The real problem is for those who are not asking these questions, who have buried themselves in self defeat, anger, victimization and often, a desire for revenge.
For those of us who want to "remember", it is important to discern between thoughts and attitudes that create inner peace and those that perpetuate inner conflict. We must be careful to choose behaviors and actions that create life, not destroy life. Since our inner realty creates our outer reality, our contribution begins and continues in our minds and hearts, when freed from anxiety.
Once this is done, game and our purpose in it becomes more interesting.
Many people today are finding that their purpose is to serve as pillars to hold space of peace in this cosmic moment in Earth history. If you are one of these pillars, do not underestimate importance of your assignment. Love can only manifest on Planet through our attentive embodiment of peace and light. May HaShem bless you in your efforts. Continue to carry out your mission with diligence wherever you are posted and appreciate yourself for volunteering for this assignment. You have chosen to be in this world, at this time in history for a reason.
Other people are being given more action-oriented assignments. You are being asked to serve humanity by orchestrating or facilitating specific projects. Several people in our fellowship worked very hard on recent elections. Your efforts have not been wasted, but rather applauded and blessed by realms above, in spite of outcome.
Piscean Age Still Grasping Tight
Remember, that it may take time for many to adjust to Aquarian Consciousness. Many still cling to Piscean Age energy. Pisces, age we have been in for 2000 years (and are exiting), is symbolized by Fish. Fish are animals that swim in schools. When one fish decides to shift directions, each and every fish in school turns simultaneously. It is epitome of conformity, or "herd mentality". Nothing is questioned. The mob rules.