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Michael Laitman, PhD

Kabbalah is Not Mysticism

Q: How does the Kabbalah relate to spiritual quests such as mysticism, Eastern methods, and other spiritual systems?

A: It has nothing to do with them. Those are searches that a person makes, but they have nothing to do with Kabbalah.

Q: What is the connection between Kabbalah, fortune telling and magical forces?

A: There is no connection between the wisdom of Kabbalah and magic, fortune telling, charms, or anything people give to one another to provide them with some sort of pseudo protection from Fate. The wisdom of Kabbalah does not deal with those. The wisdom of Kabbalah is a science that develops in man the ability to monitor his own destiny and not be dependent on a special piece of paper, or a magic charm. The Kabbalist, the holy Ari, prohibited the use of charms in his writings because they provide nothing more than psychological support.

If I see that a certain object will save a person who comes to me for help, I tell him to believe in it, because there is magical power in it. But truly, the magic lies in the psychological strength that the object provides for that person. Physicians and psychologists use the power of psychological protection, but it would be a lie to say that that force has anything to do with upper-spiritual forces.

If that psychological protection works for you, use it, but know that it will not correct you. That is why Kabbalah does not use any “magical” psychological forces. That is also the reason why charms are prohibited in the Torah.

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