Hashem placed our souls in this world and provided us with a toolbox. This toolbox is filled with emuna, strength, acceptance and clarity. It is also packed with warm memories we experienced in the upper realms before coming down to this world. We use these tools to build our higher selves.
There is endless value in every step we take to elevate this world and infuse it with G-dliness; aka emuna. Distress in life is caused mainly due to our desire to assert our will over Hashem’s will. The root of all dissatisfaction and anguish is when our plan clashes with G-ds. Essentially the problem is rooted in our ego and arrogance to be in control.
The outcome of attempting to live independent of ratzon Hashem is a living a life we are not meant to live; we have separated from being the person we are supposed to be. The Children of Israel are equivalent to the five books of the Torah. In the event we disconnect from Torah named the tree of life, we in effect miss out on living. This is a common pitfall for people who lose sight of the goal of life and focus only on personal gain.
Creation was intended as a means to earn a share with Hashem for eternity. We must stay focused on the end goal; otherwise we run the risk of severing our lifeline, our vitality. We should dig into our toolbox of Torah knowledge and tefillah on a consistent basis in order to identify with the bigger picture.
The mitzvot are the physical expressions of our emuna, of our G-dliness. If we attempt to act against G-d we attempt to be our own god. Yet this is counterfeit pleasure and will not lead to lasting happiness. We cannot chose to live without G-d since He is the only true reality; we exist within G-d and G-d is manifest through us. Living a life of Torah and mitzvot in essence comes naturally since our life force wishes to remain just that; connected to life. This can only be achieved by connecting to our soul’s root, by digging into that toolbox filled with goodies and reminders. The tools provided enable us to build a beautiful life here in this world and B’H in the World to Come.
I will be taking a long break through the Summer to finish writing the second ‘Turnaround’ book named ‘Turnaround Your Health’ – A working emuna guide with insights on ailments and illness plus spiritual and practical exercises.
For sponsorship opportunities and dedications please write OritRiter@gmail.com. Weekly Shabbat audios will continue to be posted. B’H looking forward to meeting many of you on my upcoming Summer Emuna tour.
With warm emuna hugs, Orit Esther