A while back I wrote an article titled The Deepest Secret of Kabbalah. In it, I revealed that whatever we truly desire in life we can have and we are only limited to the extend that we don’t truly desire it. And that is as true today in this highly complicated world as it was thousands of years ago. The understanding here is that those that have special things in their lives have it because they truly desired it–even if it came to them relatively easily–and those that don’t, it’s because they only gave lip-service to those things. Being jealous about something or even obsessed with it, is not true desire for that object, it’s just a desire to complain about it.
Here’s how it works. All students of Kabbalah know that there are 10 (or 11 including the reservoir called Da’at) sefirot which comprise the dimensional structure of the universe and each of these have 10 sub-sefirot. They also know that these are hierarchical from Keter (crown) at the top to Malchut (kingdom) at the bottom. But why Kingdom at the bottom?
Here is another powerful secret, we are all architects of our own world; we are the kings of our Kingdom. To the extend that you grasp this in your heart, you will be able to not only understand life, but take control over it, and thus achieve your true desires.
It’s commonly believed in Kabbalah that we are at the bottom of the tree-of-life (Malchut of Malchut), vessels receiving only reflected filtered Light from above. And that’s not wrong. Neverthless, the Arizal also said we are at the top of Malchut, head of the Kingdom. There’s no discrepancy here as there are many levels of Malchut. There is the all-important Malchut of Yesod at the crucial juncture between Zeir Anpin and Malchut (Heaven and Earth) and then lower down on the hierarchy there are the 10 sub-levels of Malchut within the greater sphere of Malchut.
The Tanahk contains endless stories about kings. As does the Bahir, the main Kabbalistic text prior to the Zohar. And there are endless stories about Kings amongst the educational stories of the sages and tzaddikim? Why?
Is it because there is a large audience of interested Kings out there? Or because a peasant needs to know how a King acted or should act? Or is it because we all have the power to be Kings if we’d only wake up to it, and the sages understood that?
Of course that power doesn’t derive from us, the same way the kings in your world don’t have any special powers of their own–they are just people, no different from the rest of us. The power, for those that understand, comes through Arich Anpin, the partzuf of Keter, in other words a higher aspect of G-d’s divine will. The divine will to create is a life-force that we eventually tap into and use to shape our own individual kingdoms.
You may be asking yourself if you’re the architect of your own kingdom (world), how come everyone else sees the world more or less as you do and not their own way? The answer is that they exist in your world only for you. It’s like the holodeck on Startrek; they don’t really exist, but because you created them they are very very real to you. And unless you obtain an extremely high level of spiritual enlightenment, you had better continue treating them as real because the consequences are grave. If it makes you feel better there are myriad other souls going through similar experience as you and because they are tapping into the same divine will, their worlds are similar in structure and all the worlds have the same divine intricately encoded guidebook, The Torah.
Nevertheless, Kabbalah teaches us that because we created our world we can learn from everything/everyone in it. It’s a beautifully large window into our psyche and our tikkunim (karmic corrections). Every time you see or hear about something terrible happening in the world, remember you wrote that news report and need to ask yourself why? What were you trying to tell yourself about yourself? And when things go wrong in our worlds, as they do so often, we can react to them and blow up, or we can realize that we requested (designed) them and enjoy the process of fixing them. Think of your kingdom as an amusement park for your soul.
Unfortunately, our bodies and minds are just the clothes of our souls and like our jackets and jeans they pay the price when we decide to play in the mud. While we continue acting like a jacket, unconscious, and just going along for the ride, we’ll have no control over what happens in our world, but if we learn to align ourselves with our souls we can experience the amusements and thrills of our world as they do.
The real question, though, is if we are the architects of our own kingdoms, why do so many of us choose to be peasants in those kingdoms and not the king?
You designed and built the kingdom and then decided to be peasant in it with control over only a tiny piece of it instead of all of it. Why? I’m sure your soul is having fun, but are you? What’s missing? Your desire to be king.
President Obama was no one special, with no real work, political, leadership, or business experience, yet he had the true desire to be a king, and thus became one–your king, in your kingdom. So far you have achieved exactly what you desired–you must have because you are the architect.
When two top football players go up together to catch a ball hurling toward them, who comes down with it? Not the best athlete, but the one with the most desire. The same can be said for teams. It’s not the one with the best or most expensive players, it’s the team with the most desire that wins the game.
The beauty of it all is that you can redesign your kingdom at any time. The Ana B’koach (42-letter Name of G-d) can help, but if you want to be king, prince, princess, or a star in your kingdom you have to truly desire it in your heart. You’ve got to really want it.
Lots more secrets to follow soon…