There is a phenomenon that when we are close to someone we care about, our breathing and heartbeat can synchronize. For instance, when someone we care about is feeling unwell, we can hold their hand and it will alleviate their suffering. In such situations, the inner energies of one flow into the other through tactile contact, regulating their energies.
One of the important points here is that specifically a loved one can affect such a state. “A loved one” can mean in spirit, temperament or inner connection. If the two people are not close, then it is unlikely that they can operate in such a way.
Therefore, if we want to help people who are ill, we need to first attune ourselves to viewing them as close. We have it in our powers to do just that. Doing so requires feeling their inner world, the places where they are imbalanced, and trying to influence their return to a balanced state.
The healthy person in such a relationship is the one who is responsible for the one needing help. All the latter one can do is comply – an action that is also not so simple. The rest of the relationship, however, depends on the healthy person. In short, there is one whose job is to ask for help, and then the one who can help should do everything in their power to help.
One of my students asked me whether we could expand this concept to humanity, whether we could somehow help humanity through the tough times it is experiencing. It is indeed a problem. To start with, how do we know if pulling humanity out of its current state is for its best? If humanity has entered difficult states, it is for a reason. We should think about how humanity can be guided to a much better state, but exiting the descent it is in might not be the best course of action.
In the meantime, we continue studying, teaching and sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah. It offers a way out of suffering by providing the possibility to ascend through reaching out to and supporting each other. We need nothing else. If we mutually support and encourage each other, we can rise up to a new life together.
Kabbalah’s core principle is “love your neighbor as yourself,” which is also its toughest point. It means that we should increase our connection to others voluntarily, as if in the dark, i.e., when our self-serving natures feel no need to make us want to connect with other people. However, if we fail to actively seek positive human connection above our divisive drives, we are doomed.
The very moment we restrict every resistance we have to positively connecting with others is the same moment we rise above suffering. If we lag in our voluntary efforts to urge our connection above differences, then suffering will force us. The latter is like a person getting hit by a stick over and over again until he eventually lands on a path to happiness.
The wisdom of Kabbalah explains the integral laws of nature and the human being’s role in it. By learning the wisdom of Kabbalah, we can draw nature’s forces of connection that help us rise in connection above our differences. Doing so advances human consciousness ahead of the so-called “steamroller of evolution” – the natural evolutionary trajectory that leads to more and more suffering.