IyH we will be continuing Bilvavi 2, chapter 9 and In Forest Fields pages 77-81
- contemplate the fact that Hashem created each thing (one by one) then verbalize the thought: Hashem, You created this object, it didnt get here by itself.
- Set aside time each day devoted to contemplation and remind yourself hourly of Hashem as our infinite Creator of all.
- What are the attributes of Hashem and how do they relate to me? (not answered yet)
- Where is He found? Hashem is everywhere: shivisi Hashem l'negdi tamid: but we can't see Him, so we need emunah for this, our avodah is “to reach true awareness that Hashem is with us in the room.. with each person..wherever you are.
“I don't see You, but I believe that You are right here” (68)- it must emerge from the depths of your soul and not your intellect...inner feeling of emunah that Hashem is here- although you don't feel it yet, the soul trust Chazal who taught Hashem is present”(68)
In Forest Fields 77-81:
Chapter 2: For I am Compassionate
Basic foundation of emunah: Hashem's mercy
(aramaic word for prayer: rachmei= Hebrew word for mercy)
The purpose of creation is so Hashem can express His infinite mercy (Zohar) so the main aspect of emunah is to believe in Hashem's mercy.
This emunah will lead to joy and recognition of truth.
Hashem listens to the cry of all suffering people who call out to Him, even if they are not righteous.
He gives us a wallet "full of spiritual credit cards" and says use them, call my name and receive whatever you need"
What stops us??? Yetzer hara- see page 80 for all excuses it comes up with.
See page 81 for what words to use to speak to Hashem if you are stuck.
Wehn we strengthen ourselves in emunah, believe in Hashem's mercy, we will begin to see huge miracles....amen!!! geulah please Hashem...