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Michael Laitman, PhD

Enhanced Perception

How much is one plus one? The answer is Ein Sof (infinity). Each of us is integrated with everybody else, and for this reason, with just one more person to work with, we can simulate a society. This, in turn, simulates our relationship with the Creator. The reward is huge.

Indeed, there is a special bonus to altruism. It may seem as if the only change will be putting others before ourselves, but there are actually far greater benefits. When we begin to think of others, we become integrated with them, and they with us.

Actually, each of us is Ein Sof, but without a society to help you correct yourself, how will you feel it? If you remember one of Kabbalah’s basic rules that the whole and the part are the same, your life will be much easier. You will be able to work on the whole (society) knowing that you are actually working on yourself, and this will make your correction much easier.

Think of it this way: there are about 6.5 billion people in the world today. What if, instead of having two hands, two legs, and one brain to control them, you had 13 billion hands, 13 billion legs, and 6.5 billion brains to control them?

Confusing? Not really, because all those brains would function as a single brain, and the hands would function as a single pair of hands. All of humanity would function as one organism whose capabilities were enhanced 6.5 billion times. After all, there are much more than 6.5 billion cells in our body, but it still functions as one unit. So if a single body can do it, why not the whole of humanity?

In addition to becoming superhuman, anyone who became altruistic would receive the most desirable gift of all: omniscience, or total recall and total knowledge. Because altruism is the Creator’s nature, acquiring it equalizes our nature with His, and we begin to think like Him. We begin to know why everything happens, when it should happen, and what to do if we want to make it happen differently. In Kabbalah, this state is called “equivalence of form,” and attaining it is the purpose of creation.

Beyond Life and Death

This state of enhanced perception, of equivalence of form, is why we were created in the first place. This is why we were created united and were then broken—so we could reunite. In the process of uniting, we will learn why nature does what it does and will become as wise as the Thought that created nature.

When we unite with nature, we will feel as eternal and complete as nature. In that state, even when our bodies die, we will feel that we continue to exist in the eternal nature.

Physical life and death will no longer affect us because our previous self-centered perception will have been replaced with holistic, altruistic perception. Our own lives will have become the life of the whole of nature.

But if you’ve gotten this far, no matter what you might think, it’s really even simpler than it sounds. You can already relate to Eternity. We’re already in Ein Sof. We’re just unaware of it. With the wisdom of Kabbalah, we have a great guide. With great guides, we can all find our way.

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