If you could change anything in your life, what would you change? The tremendous power to change the seemingly unchangeable is the amazing gift we are given this week.
The truth is that for any challenge we face, we already have the strength to transform it. For any problem we encounter, we already have the solution to fix it. In order to access that unknown power, we need to connect to the creator within ourselves. God doesn’t create miracles - we do.
This week, we can regain control over our lives – overcome addictions, break through negative patterns and transform our selfish wants into sharing desires – as the annual energy of Passover enters the universe. On Thursday night and all day Friday, the energy used by the Israelites thousands of years ago to change their lives and miraculously split the Red Sea becomes available to us.
First, picture this: Having left enslavement in Egypt, the Israelites are being chased by the Egyptians and have reached a seemingly dead end, the Red Sea. To reach freedom and a better life in the Promised Land, the Israelites know they have to cross the Red Sea but don’t know how to do so. Desperate for help, they call out to the Creator, who replied: Why are you calling to me?
One person, Nachshon ben Aminadav, starts walking into the water with complete certainty in the power of the Light. Not until the water reached his nostrils does the sea split to reveal dry land for all the Israelites to cross over. After they make it across, the land returned to being a sea, preventing the Egyptians from following them.
One of the many tools we can gain from this story is the secret to changing our reality: realizing our purpose. After the Red Sea split, the Hebrew story says the Sea returned to its ‘le’eytano,’ which translates to mean ‘strength.’ Only when we are able to change do we truly access our strength. For an even deeper meaning, the letters of ‘le’eytano’ can be rearranged to make the word ‘condition.’
Sages say that when the Creator formed the Sea, he made a condition for it: Although it was a body of water, when the Israelites needed to cross, it would have to change and become something it is not – dry land. In the same way, The Zohar (the source of Kabbalistic wisdom, see below) tells us that we were created with the condition that we will use our body - the clothing of our soul - and the life we are giving to change our limiting nature, known as tikkun, and reveal Light in ways that are personal of each of us.
The Red Sea kept its condition and changed the reality for the Israelites. If we keep our condition, we will be able to change our reality too. To really reveal Light, we need to completely transform our innate limiting traits into proactive qualities. In fact, when the Red Sea split, the world became imbued with the ability to change its nature in order to reveal Light in the world. We have the ability to change our nature and change our reality; we just have to activate it!
Many times, we perceive strength as, ‘This is who I am, and I am not changing it.’ The ability to really change shows true strength. When do we really become who we are? When we can become something else for others, especially for those we love, for the sake of spreading Light. We really need to be so much bigger and demand so much transformation from ourselves in order to do what we need to do. In transformation lies the power to change our lives.
Like the Red Sea that became land, sometimes we need to be willing to be what we are not. Think about your defining limiting traits that you want to change. If you are closed emotionally or mentally, become open. If you are judgmental, become accepting.If you are controlling, become open and trusting.
Remember, like the splitting of the Red Sea, there is nothing in the world which cannot change in order to fulfill the Creator’s desire and reveal Light in our lives. Anything can change. For extra support on the path of transformation, the 72 Names of God Meditation Book by Yehuda Berg (below) is one of my favorite practical tools to use.
To specifically plug into the infinite energy of the Red Sea splitting on Thursday night, Kabbalah Centres all over the world, including major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, will be hosting events. To find a location near you:
- Visit www.kabbalah.com/locations
- call: 1-800-Kabbalah or 1-310-289-5011
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish for all of us to draw maximum energy during this week of Passover in order to reach a true state of freedom and become who we really need to be in this world.