Moments of Enlightenment

I was born and raised as a Jew in Israel, I still have family and friends there, it’s not easy to look at what’s going on there these days without seeing this period as days of turbulence, of uncertainty, of threats.

I am not going to get into any political debates here. I left Israel some time ago because it always felt like a world of conflict to me and it didn’t feel like the reality I wanted to live in.

I no longer consider myself a Jew because my views on the reality we live in, the universe we live in, have changed significantly and to call myself a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim would be a failure to describe me or my newfound understanding of life.

My concern for those close to me who still live in Israel is very real, but so is the realization that we all have to choose our own path.

A discussion I had with a friend who lives in the US made me realize that the threat to Jews is not limited to Israel, many misunderstandings about the Israeli conflict have reignited hatred towards Jews around the world, and although we do not experience this where we live, it made me think about the moments of our lives and how we choose to accept them.

My journey has led me to many realizations and one of the simpler ones, one that is written about quite extensively in the literature but practiced very little, one that is mostly misunderstood, I choose to call it the power of this moment.

To my US friend I said “I believe that we should try and enjoy the moments in life we do have because the ones we don’t have don’t really matter.

This got me thinking again, as discussions often do. We experience many moments in life, and they are not all filled with joy and happiness, and yet we cannot ignore the fact that they are all part of our lives, so they must exist for a reason.

If you read my other posts, you probably remember that I am a great believer in Hermetism and most of what I learn in life seem to align with hermetic beliefs. The 6th principle of the Kybalion, “the principle of cause and effect” states that “Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.

So what could be the purpose of these moments in life – happy moments, sad moments, scary moments, uncertain moments, joyful moments, painful moments – what are they for?

My conclusion is that in the end it is only our interpretation that brings this or that emotion. They are not there to play with our emotions, but to bring enlightenment, we have to accept these moments as moments of great realization. The emotions we feel are certainly part of every moment, but what we choose to learn from that moment is what ultimately changes our lives forever.

Do I really encourage people to try to embrace moments of great fear with love? Absolutely not. I am here to ask you to stop after a moment of great fear and ask yourself, “What did I learn from this moment?”

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