OUTLINE SESSION SEVEN
KEY FACTORS IN SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION
THE LAW OF SPIRITUAL RECIPROCITY
a. We receive in order to give and give in order to receive.
b. The Baal Shem Tov teaches that you must give to others if you want to receive, otherwise the flow of Divine blessing will be cut off.
c. There are many different ways that we can give to others.
d. A vast network of interactions is continually taking place across the universe.
e. The time sequence for these acts of mutual reciprocity is not always readily apparent.
f. The nature of the giving may also be quite different.
a. Central to the give and take in all of the kingdoms is the law of sacrifice.
b. Sacrifice opens the door to blessing, and allows the Divine Livingness to flow from one kingdom to another.
c. The Kabbalists call the sacrifice of the kingdom below for those who are above it hitoruta delata, an arousal or awakening from below.
THE SPIRAL OF PURIFICATION AND HOLINESS
a. The spiritual life is a never-ending process of purification and growth.
b. Constant effort is required to transform our physical nature into a worthy vessel for the Divine Spirit.
c. Each time that we climb another rung on the ladder, we go through a process of sanctification and transformation.
d. This human progression parallels the movement of the heavenly creatures in Ezekiel’s vision of the celestial chariot, who constantly strive forth toward the supernal light and then withdraw again (Ezek. 1:14).
e. Yet these swings are not simply a cycle of “to and fro” that finds us each time back in the same place. The spiritual life is an upward spiral, a path of overall evolution and growth.