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God’s name on Seder Night

On the most important ‘festival’ of the year we should use those free days to remember how the Most High, the Elohim HaShem Jehovah, was close to His people and liberated them from the slavery of man, but should remember also how He provides for salvation of the curse of death and gives the Grace of salvation for all those who want to come to Him as His children.

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To remember

Seder night drink four cups of wine + relate to elements on the Seder plate = central components of Seder night = represent four-letter Name of God, YHVH

Pharaoh cognizant of God acting through nature in the name of ELOKIM

God makes himself known to Children of Israel through the Name YHVH=> four expressions of redemption occur.

YHVH appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, + to Jacob with [the name] El Shaddai [Almighty God] > YHVH did not become known to them

established covenant with them

YHVH will take you out + will save you + will redeem you + will take you to Me as a people + will be a God to you + will bring you to the land I raised My hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, + I will give it to you as a heritage (Exodus 6: 2-8)

meaning Name of God = compassion, forgiveness, + mercy.

Connecting with the name of God, HaShem helps us

  1. put our trust in God
  2. forgive ourselves and others
  3. trust that HaShem will release us from bondage of our inner Pharoah, as indeed He does.

say on Seder night,

In every generation > person needs to feel > taken out of Egypt = taken out of slavery

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As we move through Seder night, we drink the four cups of wine and we relate to the elements on the Seder plate, we are not usually cognizant of the fact that both these central components of Seder night, actually represent the four-letter Name of God, YHVH

Pharaoh said, “Who is YHVH that I should listen to His voice? “

Actually, Pharaoh was cognizant of God acting through nature in the name of ELOKIM because that is how he acknowledged God to Joseph.   And even if we are talking about a different Pharaoh, one who did not know Joseph, nevertheless he would have heard of the story. But YHVH was unknown to Pharoah.

 It is when God makes himself known to the Children of Israel through the Name YHVH that the four expressions of redemption occur.

2. God spoke to Moses, and He said to him, “I…

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To wake up each morning knowing that the Creator of the universe loves you

 

The greatest thing in life is
to wake up each morning
knowing that the Creator of the universe loves me.

As one writer put it
‘He loves me as I am, not as I should be,
but He loves me too much to leave me as I am’.

~ Alan Hermann

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Learning from ourselves

Often it are the setbacks that bring people back with their feet on the ground and have they rethink about their position in this world and in their life.

The most difficult part in our life is often to liberate ourself from the chain of vanity that may have caught us, and to get to learn that we better have to become an instrument in the Hands of our Creator, following His path He has laid out in front of us.

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To remember

“You teach best what you most need to learn.”  = line from Richard Bach’s book ‘Illusions’ running through mind

Marianne Williamson frequently shares very personal stories about her honest trials through life which makes her advice all the more more palatable

  • We share in our own ways + we learn in our own ways

 

today’s lesson = Humility.

  • ego wants to (and has been) defending self, making excuses, + trying to justify own actions
  • making way through personal feelings of remorse, embarrassment, + confusio
  • often advice we give to others = exact advice we need ourselves.
  • hold ourselves to some ridiculous standard of “perfection” => too self-conscious to admit struggle with things we advise others to do.
  • listen to ourselves +  realize things we passionately want to teach other people = things we, ourselves, truly want to learn + embody =>  vigilant level of self awareness + honesty

enhance + deepen relationships with others + ability to impact them in a positive way

1)  Be Honest

2)  Have Compassion

3)  Stop Trying to be Perfect =>  sense of freedom

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Preceding

I is for Incompleteness

Timeless Insights on Humility

Professions for PEACE

“You teach best what you most need to learn.” ~Richard Bach

This line from Richard Bach’s book ‘Illusions’ has been running through my mind for the past couple of days. One of my favorite authors, Marianne Williamson, frequently shares very personal stories about her honest trials through life which makes her advice all the more more palatable to me.

But that’s my preference. We share in our own ways and we learn in our own ways. Just because I prefer authors who share their personal journey doesn’t mean everyone is so sensitive as to how advice is presented. Perhaps what I most need to learn is that we all write in very unique styles. That’s what creates this wonderful world of blogging. I am an ongoing student and today’s lesson is Humility.

I want to share an article from inspirational speaker Mike Robbins who expresses eloquently so much of…

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Timeless Insights on Humility

Professions for PEACE

Of all trees, I observe God hath chosen the vine, a low plant that creeps upon the helpful wall; of all beasts, the soft and patient lamb; of all fowls, the mild and guileless dove. Christ is the rose of the field, and the lily of the valley. When God appeared to Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar nor the sturdy oak nor the spreading palm; but in a bush, a humble, slender, abject shrub; as if He would, by these elections, check the conceited arrogance of man.

~Owen Feltham (1602 – Feb 23, 1668)

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I is for Incompleteness

How often our thoughts do not bring us to think why we did not do this or that and did not become this or that? How many of us dream not of a magnificent career and when we start working dream of reaching the top one day. But when would that top being reached?

More than once we receive a figural slap in the face, and several time we are put hard on the ground, making us aware that perhaps we want to much of ourselves or that we have a little ‘too big me’ in us.

Humility is often a trait that is difficult to achieve, but we can better place our hope in it, to feel happy, than to keep on struggling in the swamp of our vanity.

Hot Dogs and Marmalade

The victory of humility is the acceptance of our own incompleteness,
in order that He may make us complete in His own way.

Thomas Merton, The Silent Life


At least half of our Playmobile guys didn’t have hair.

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Looking at the place where you lost your happiness

Stop looking for your happiness at the place where you lost it.

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zoek je geluk op de plaats waar je het bent kwijtgeraakt

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Choose to always find the good in others

If you choose to always find the good in others,
you will end up finding the good in yourself.

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Kies er voor om in anderen altijd het goede te vinden

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Infinite complexity and true wisdom

 

In every detail of your world you will find infinite complexity.

That is divine. But it is not yet the true divine wisdom.

The true wisdom lies in the power you are given to heal your world.
Tzvi Freeman

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Oneindige complexiteit en ware wijsheid

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No storm can last forever.

Purplerays

No storm can last forever. It will never rain 365 days consecutively.
Keep in mind that trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Don’t worry!
No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever.

~ Iyanla Vanzant

Text & image source: Iyanla Vanzant https://www.facebook.com/DrIyanlaVanzant/

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Eight tips on how to “hold space” for people

What does it mean to hold space for someone else?
It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome.
When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control.

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Holding space is not something that’s exclusive to facilitators, coaches, or palliative care nurses.
It is something that ALL of us can do for each other – for our partners, children, friends, neighbours, and even strangers who strike up conversations as we’re riding the bus to work.

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Remember

  1. Give people permission to trust their own intuition and wisdom.
  2. Give people only as much information as they can handle.
  3. Don’t take their power away.
  4. Keep your own ego out of it.
  5. Make them feel safe enough to fail.
  6. Give guidance and help with humility and thoughtfulness.
  7. Create a container for complex emotions, fear, trauma, etc.
  8. Allow them to make different decisions and to have different experiences than you would.

Holding space is not something that we can master overnight, or that can be adequately addressed in a list of tips like the ones just given. It’s a complex practice that evolves as we practice it, and it is unique to each person and each situation.

me and mom

 

> Read more: What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well

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