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Our avodah this past week was:
- gentle words: soul suffices with simple gentle words that have a high degree of clarity- it wants the holiness so words to guide it is all it needs, no yelling necessary.
- Clear words: “soul comes from a clear world, take the simplest facts and repeat them, not with intellectual analysis, but with a basic understanding that these are true facts.”
- know what you are pondering is true- Hashem breathes in you the soul of life
- review this idea until it is clear and seems absolutely true
In Forest Fields:
Ask ourselves, what's the point of all the bodily lusts? to bring us to self evaluation which Rav Nachman says is self composure.
Daily self evaluation is an opportunity to take stock of our thoughts, speech, and actions, and see where we can do teshuva and see what is good for ourselves.
Ramchal states, otherwise we are stuck in a maze of paths trapping us, we have no clarity which is the path to take.
He says to set aside time to take a good look at ourselves, and begin to purify our deeds, and character, and in this way realize our personal potential. (68)
Rebbe Nachman says with self evaluation and confession of sin to Hashem every day, achieve true soul correction, because Hashem guides you to it, and fulfill your mission here on earth.
To be a true Baal Teshuva, need to do teshuva daily, and an hour a day of personal prayer then hastens the geulah!!! (70) "angels are created from one's personal prayers, and implant desire in others to seek Hashem"
Rambam says we don't need to expose our faults to anyone, just between Hashem and you.