Tuesday, April 6, 2010

BLOG 34: A SPIRITUAL MONET

Blog 34:    14th April 2010

A Spiritual Monet

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

The art student studies the Monet in awe and amazement. The exchange of light and shade; the subtle swirl of the brush; the uplifting spirit tinged with a hint of mystery – pathways to a spiritual experience that has enthralled connoisseur and idle doodler alike.

Every delicate and understated expression of a master is laden with deliberateness – layers of unfolding truths.   An oft repeated Hassidic tale speaks of a student who stealthily slips under the bed of his master just to observe how sleep-mastery is expressed.

The sleeping giant we call world is a labyrinth of discovery – not just lateral discovery of the lands and continents, flora and fauna, topography and seismic activity, but also a vertical dimension – personality, motivation, fulfillment and love.  the fourth dimension invites the spiritual searcher into an elaborate crystal dewed web of energetic Sefirotic forces that coagulate and discharge like an ever-changing cosmic chameleon. Here too lies mastery – Divine mastery, a spiritual Monet extrapolated into an unimaginably complex tapestry of universal art.

The student of life must lie at night under the Master’s bed staring at the enormity of the star studded canopy above. The enormity of a star’s energy – its pulsating ebb and flow of solar might, hinted only in its twinkle to the naked eye. And yet, that same energy, and more, lies embedded, like a coiled spring, in the smallest particle of matter. And beneath that tiniest particle – the equivalent of the same spiritual thrust that launched creation.

In the same way that every cell of the body contains the whole, so does every particle contain the Cosmos and the creative energy that launched the ever expanding big-bang. And that galactic explosion was birthed by the still small voice – the embryo of first creative breath that emitted the primordial sounds: ‘Yehi Ohr’ (let there be the [creative]light).

We may be mere mortals, blind to the enormity of the brush strokes of creation. But within each one of us stirs the potential appreciation of a true connoisseur. We may be only peeking over the shoulder of the Artist at work. But life provides us with glimpses of immense beauty, pattern, and unending depth latent within moment of now, an echo of what was, and a hint of what will be.

Life has to be lived – with depth and consciousness. What a loss to run frenetically from self imposed crisis to into personal morass, from artificial busy-ness to superficial socialization. Spend time looking over the Artist’s shoulder, peer through His eyes. Discover the wonderment of the dynamic art we call conscious, sentient life.

 (Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BLOG 33: THE COLLECTIVE SOUL

 

Blog 33:    31st  March 2010

The Collective Soul

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

Think of it logically.  Earth has a surface area of billions of square miles Continents like North America and Africa occupy many of these millions. There are countries like Australia and Greenland that are significant slabs of planet earth.  The peoples of these countries and continents have a rich tapestry of collective memories that weaves a blanket of national histories. The footprints of national psyche leave indelible impressions that school children dust off to discover their forbears’ courage and heroism.  Time and history intertwine in a mysterious experience of space, soul, and infinity.

Each national tribe has a profound spiritual connection to the earth it occupies. This connection is expressed in the intangibility of pride and belonging. It is reflected in the songs, the ballads, the narratives, and the dance of feet that twirls the dust of the soil and extends the head beyond the sky.

Planet Earth has one tiny fulcrum – a land mass of mere metres in comparison. It’s spatial insignificance is in remarkable contrast to its historical impact on the denizens of world societies. It has featured in the history of all major religions, empires, and continues to dominate the headlines of contemporary media. The utter illogicality of its historical centrality is breathtakingly absurd. This global and historical anomaly is Israel.

It is erev Pesach – the eve of the festival of Exodus – a festival that celebrates the pre-birth of the Jewish nation and its first national pilgrimage and settlement of the holy land. This was the first reading, the Haggadah, of and by the people of the book. I am sitting on a bus looking at Bedouin skin tents dotting a seemingly barren sandy, rocky hilly terrain. And just as suddenly I see the green oasis and date palms of Jericho. The contrast is magical. The illusion of lifelessness and listlessness belies a frenetic and energetic fertility one layer below – a metaphor for the indomitable human spirit.

Suddenly my subconscious memory arouses collective memories. I see camel trains patiently crossing invisible desert routes wending their way to cities of old. I sense the feeling of excitement and expectancy as the caravan children chatter their imaginative colorations of the next watering hole. My pre-birth mind envelopes the deep-seated strength of many generations of pioneers who set their compass to unknown cross-hairs of a tiny country that boasts climatic differentials true of the largest continents and the consequent flora and fauna of huge land masses.

In this moment I am those people, those fields, those trees and those shifting sands.  I am the paved stones trodden on by centuries of warring armies, of generations of Jewish pedestrians, by traders from the most distant shores of the known and unknown world. I blend into time and space and my collective unconsciousness invades my being. I am yesterday’s person, living today and yet apprehending a prescient knowing of a pre-ordained tomorrow. 

My words could be the words of an American Indian binding with his Americas. Or the dreamtime walkabout of Australian aborigines. But my words are those of a Jew whose soul is intertwined with a biblically recorded rootedness with a tiny tract of intractable real estate – the biblical land of Israel.

The minute hand rises to the fullness of an hour. Radio headlines spit out images of a fleeting now. The facile comments of talking heads reduce to mere background static, white noise, that loses its audibility in the vibration of eternal words. My soul’s roots intertwine with the collective soul of a people that transcends history and politics.

I am who I am. And I am home.

 (Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org

 

Monday, March 29, 2010

 
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BLOG 33: THE COLLECTIVE SOUL

 

 

Blog 33:    31st  March 2010

The Collective Soul

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

Think of it logically.  Earth has a surface area of billions of square miles Continents like North America and Africa occupy many of these millions. There are countries like Australia and Greenland that are significant slabs of planet earth.  The peoples of these countries and continents have a rich tapestry of collective memories that weaves a blanket of national histories. The footprints of national psyche leave indelible impressions that school children dust off to discover their forbears’ courage and heroism.  Time and history intertwine in a mysterious experience of space, soul, and infinity.

Each national tribe has a profound spiritual connection to the earth it occupies. This connection is expressed in the intangibility of pride and belonging. It is reflected in the songs, the ballads, the narratives, and the dance of feet that twirls the dust of the soil and extends the head beyond the sky.

Planet Earth has one tiny fulcrum – a land mass of mere meters in comparison. It’s spatial insignificance is in remarkable contrast to its historical impact on the denizens of world societies. It has featured in the history of all major religions, empires, and continues to dominate the headlines of contemporary media. The utter illogicality of its historical centrality is breathtakingly absurd. This global and historical anomaly is Israel.

It is erev Pesach – the eve of the festival of Exodus – a festival that celebrates the pre-birth of the Jewish nation and its first national pilgrimage and settlement of the holy land. This was the first reading, the Haggadah, of and by the people of the book. I am sitting on a bus looking at Bedouin skin tents dotting a seemingly barren sandy, rocky hilly terrain. And just as suddenly I see the green oasis and date palms of Jericho. The contrast is magical. The illusion of lifelessness and listlessness belies a frenetic and energetic fertility one layer below – a metaphor for the indomitable human spirit.

Suddenly my subconscious memory arouses collective memories. I see camel trains patiently crossing invisible desert routes wending their way to cities of old. I sense the feeling of excitement and expectancy as the caravan children chatter their imaginative colorations of the next watering hole. My pre-birth mind envelopes the deep-seated strength of many generations of pioneers who set their compass to unknown cross-hairs of a tiny country that boasts climatic differentials true of the largest continents and the consequent flora and fauna of huge land masses.

In this moment I am those people, those fields, those trees and those shifting sands.  I am the paved stones trodden on by centuries of warring armies, of generations of Jewish pedestrians, by traders from the most distant shores of the known and unknown world. I blend into time and space and my collective unconsciousness invades my being. I am yesterday’s person, living today and yet apprehending a prescient knowing of a pre-ordained tomorrow. 

My words could be the words of an American Indian binding with his Americas. Or the dreamtime walkabout of Australian aborigines. But my words are those of a Jew whose soul is intertwined with a biblically recorded rootedness with a tiny tract of intractable real estate – the biblical land of Israel.

The minute hand rises to the fullness of an hour. Radio headlines spit out images of a fleeting now. The facile comments of talking heads reduce to mere background static, white noise, that loses its audibility in the vibration of eternal words. My soul’s roots intertwine with the collective soul of a people that transcends history and politics.

I am who I am. And I am home.

 (Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org

 

Thank you for attending my presentation and purchasing my materials.  I do hope that it met with your expectations and that you benefited from it. It was a pleasure to have you in the audience.

 

Kindly note that your credit card will be processed in AUSTRALIA  and therefore you will find an item on your next statement from Australia in the name of Spiritgrow. Do  not be confused - your credit card has not been stolen - it is the purchase at the our event together.  The amount will be at the equivelant conversion rate.  (If you asked for ordered material for sending to you there will be a small shipping charge included)

 

Wishing you much joy and success.

 

Many blessings

 

Laibl Wolf

 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

BLOG 32: TAPPING INTO THE INFINITE

Blog 32:    23rd  March 2010

Tapping into the Infinite

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

One person sees an insurmountable obstacle. The other sees an exciting challenge. What determines the reframing process? Why do so many people employ a tried and failed screensaver of the mind – defeatism, while others revel in hues of bright green – a go signal?

The key distinction lies in the dynamics of self confidence, self worth, self esteem, and self belief – unleashing the power within. The defeatists’ psyche is a fragile montage of broken jagged glass edges. The slightest misstep will cut and maim. The victor’s mind-set is in the form of a flow, a surge of energy, a spiritual surfer whose synergy with the wave guarantees an exciting and successful quest for the shoreline.

Slave mentality characterized the original exodus. A doubt-stricken mutinous rabble fought tooth and nail to subvert its future. If it were not for the indomitable spirit and self belief of its charismatic leader, Moses, the Exodus would have imploded. One man molded the collective consciousness of a fledgling nation. One man reframed the deadening expanse of sand and dune to see a highway to freedom while the millions feared the terrors of the unknown. 

The reframing process is not a neat logical exercise. As a mind-manager I can set out the ABC’s of mental steps to reframe and shift perception. But success comes at a tipping point. And that point lies not in the brain but in the heart. Academic understanding, alone, cannot produce a paradigm shift. It has to be alloyed to a self-belief that draws on the infinite wellsprings of the soul.

Karate: slamming the edge of one’s hand against the brick can become a bloody gory failure of torn skin and shattered bone. Or the same kinetic energy can slice through the stone like putty. The difference lies not in the power expended. It lies in completing a circuit – the circuit of mind, body and soul. If the soul is not tapped, even the mind cannot assist the body. The ABC’s may be there, but the infinite has not been enlisted.

Have you experienced that surge, that power, that infinite capacity that comes with absolute self confidence? It is awesome. Nothing can stand in your way. It defines a Mohammed Ali in the boxing ring, a Roger Federer on the court, and a Roger Bannister on the athletics field. Their great successes came not from mere technique and strategy – body and mind. Their extraordinary successes were the result of unbounded belief that ‘it can be done’ when no-one else believed it possible.

That was Moses. He believed that he could transform a slave nation and propel it into the annals of history – a trajectory that finds the enigmatic survival of the oldest extant culture, the Jewish people, still vibrantly active on the world stage. He possessed the magic, not of the magician, but of the power beyond the conscious. Each one of us possesses that same aptitude.

A wise master, the Alter Rebbe, once said that should relive daily  the existential experience of being a Moses - a training exercise to touch the infinite within. To simulate our inner ‘Moses’ we must assume the same posture as those forbears did – hence the Matza (unleavened bread), wine, bitter herbs, afikoman, (‘desert’ Matza) employed in the (upcoming) Passover ceremony known as Seder (structured replay of the Exodus). By recreating the same spiritual panorama we simulate a success story and apply a formula that profoundly transforms obstacle into challenge, and challenge into success.

May the force be with you.

 (Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org

 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

blog 31: hypo criticism or hypocrisy

Blog 31:    16th  March 2010

Hypo-criticism or Hypocritical

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

Hypocrisy is an astounding human phenomenon. Fully integrated, exquisitely wired, electro-statically interfaced, chemically inter-laced, Homo sapiens, will think one thing, say another, and then do what neither thoughts nor words professed. If this were a robot we would consign it to the garbage heap.    Wikipedia very generously suggests that “Humans have a highly developed brain, capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection and problem solving.”  Well, that definition is practiced in the breach!

Just observe: Sophisticated countries around the world continuously spy on each other, have lockers full of copied passports for immediate use, invade the privacy of myriads of its citizens, offend all basic laws of democratic society – yet they will all, in unison, point a morally accusing finger at a naughty Mossad. (Let’s not even consider that Israel is probably the only country in the world fully surrounded by countries that have no compunction about wiping it off the map!). Or, the leader of opposition in Australia will admit publicly that he would counsel his daughter against indiscriminate sexual liaisons, only to be called a prude by a ‘liberal’ media culture. Yet when asked about his own daughter, one of the ‘free-thinking’ editors stated that he needed ‘to think about the matter.’ Hmm.  Furthermore, what was defined as progressive ‘raunchiness’ by twentieth century tabloids now sees the very same publishers ‘progressively’ at the forefront of ‘morals’ and ‘scruples’.  ( Morality must be currently a lucrative sale, huh? Wham I having difficulty believing that these former flower-children have become straight-laced conservatives?). And then we have paragons of virtue, including ‘holy’ clergymen, sexually exploiting those under their charge. (But that’s ok because the church is cleaning up its act. Oh really? (How about making a few citizen arrests Mr. Pope, and handing over culprits to the police?)

Who are the hypocrites?  Weak-kneed, loose-principled, quick-fix-ated, vote-getting, status seeking brand of Homo sapiens.  And the best way to duck for cover – point the finger at the next person.

We are so used to hypocrisy at a macro and micro level that cynicism hardens our sensitivities – even dulls us into docile acceptance. It’s not our fault says the government – it’s the contractor we hired! Hey, what happened to the Westminster rules Mr. Premier? It’s not our fault say the divorced-but-come-out-fighting-financially head-butting-parents of a teenage crim, - he’s just a bad apple. Another chorus: It’s not our fault say the huge mega-industrial chemical poisoners of our food chains - as cancer rates soar to record highs curiously paralleling ‘food giants’ profits – in fact we are helping society by dealing with an exploding world population. (I suppose a ‘people-cull’ is one way to contain population growth!)

Some will exclaim that I am being hypo-critical. To which I would respond: what’s wrong with being a straight, honest, caring homo sapien? The ancient Talmud notes in an exquisite piece of wisdom-teaching that “a person’s outside should be like his inside”. No double standards.  No blatant hypocrisy. No mixed messages. Just thinking morally, speaking truly, and doing it well.  Is that difficult? Apparently yes.

I think it’s time Mrs. ‘Preachy’ Clinton decided to give back a piece of Washington to the former owners, the Red Indians, before tongue-lashing Israel about sharing its Jerusalem. I think it’s time media players stopped bending morals to the enriching temptation of tabloid sensationalism and appealed to the higher quality of its readers, not the lowest common denominator. I think it’s time each one of us, took a cold hard look at the words that come out of our mouth and practice the values we truly espouse.

A challenge: next time you are at your cocktail party, poker game, family table, or football match, share with those around you something you truly believe in. Don’t camouflage yourself from with cleverness, brazenness, and bravado. Don’t suck up to the guy you want to con. Have the courage to change the moral climate of the world. Inject a first wave antidote combating the shallow hypocrisy that is becoming cynically accepted as a new norm.

As a wise man once said: Be the change you want to see in the world.

(Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org

 

BLOG 30: DYNAMIC MEDITATION

Blog 30:    9nd March 2010

Dynamic Meditation

-          Laibl Wolf, Dean, Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Wholistic Centre, Australia

Every day we wake to paint on the canvas of life. We choose the colours. We choose the shapes. We choose the position. Life’s meaning is embedded in these choices. The alternative is to become a victim of circumstances and other people’s agendas.

Choice requires kinetic energy. The potential energy of facing a fresh canvas needs to be transformed into active energy of mindfulness and consciousness. This is not a passive languid exercise. The moment of choice becomes a fission point – a tipping point – a spark that kindles the wood of enlightenment. But only if your meditative moment is well practiced. Meditation is not simply quieting the mind.  At times it needs to be an energetic flow of inspired colours, hues and techniques. I call this ‘dynamic meditation’.

In the moment of choice the waves of uncertainty collapse into a new reality - so state quantum physics and Chabad philosophy.

What are the tools needed to actuate the moment’s potential? Well practiced spiritual rehearsal that leads to a new default response for the searching mind, viz:

a)      When: There is a reason why a challenge, encounter, even a mere thought, occurs at any particular point in time.  What clue does it reveal about the wisdom of your potential response?

b)      Why: Why did this scenario arise? What is its background? What were some of the emotional and self-preservational ‘thrusters’ that launched it?

c)       Who: Who has the universe selected to be your teacher in the moment? The personality, circumstances, and nature of the person(s) who is being sent to you as an agent of learning, is significant.

To practice ‘dynamic meditation’ means to re-train and re-create new default responses to moments of challenge, change, uncertainty, and evolution. The restraint-harness that blocks the creative moment of choice is fear. The antidote: the realization that you are not in charge, you are not in control. Yet the universe has already provided you with a true solution. Find it.  It is there. In Kabbalah we call that the principle of Hashgocho Protis (you are under the beneficent and watchful eye of the Universe). Is that comforting?  Might be initially frightening to some. Yet this repose of humility and acceptance creates a completely fresh canvas to paint your mind-picture of this moment. And it frees the mind to engage in healthy search – ‘dynamic meditation’.

This is trainable, learnable, teachable, and do-able. It will free you from the entangled web of former adversities, hurts, and emotional cripplers. These three W’s (When, Why, Who) hold the key to becoming a virtuoso of the soul, a Rembrandt of the brush, a Frank Lloyd Wright of design.

Be creative. Let me hang your painting on my wall!

 (Your comments are invited: Click on reception@spiritgrow.org and let me have the benefit of your insight) 

Laibl’s web site: www.laiblwolf.com                                                                                                                                                                      - Laibl’s blog site: www.laiblwolf.com/blog/                                                                                                      – Spiritgrow – The Josef Kryss Wholistic Center, Australia site    www.SpiritgrowJosefKryssCenter.org