Da es Atzmecha:
Getting to Know Your SELF:
Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh, Book 1
19. Mesillas Yesharim: examine and scrutinize/evaluate your deeds to perform them in a more meaningful way and get rid of the deeds that must be stopped
20. Realize clearly that without the desire to feel and/or the feeling of closeness to Hashem, it is as if we are dead.
21. What does closeness to Hashem mean? "no place is devoid of Him"; sensing Him with our heart
22. 23. It is something that anyone can understand and achieve. If we don't know what cleaving to Hashem means, then we have no understanding of our purpose in life.
24. One can learn Torah and do mitzvos and still not have a "place for the light of Hashem to rest and to have Hashem dwell in their hearts” there are steps we need to take
25. The yh tries to keep us very busy in or habits and/ or tries to convince us that it is beyond our comprehension and we should wait until Gan Eden to experience closeness to Hashem or that we will feel it eventually if we keep doing mitzvos.
26. Dovid Hamelech said :”as for me, closeness to Hashem is my good” and chazal say “there is no place devoid of Him” -how do we reconcile these two statements?!
27. Two types of closeness: a. spatial b. familial
28. spatial doesn't guarantee familial and familial doesn't guarantee spatial closeness/ with emotional closeness- there is closeness in the souls but may not be evident each moment- not always thinking about it.
29. spatially we are close to Hashem (no place devoid of Him), familial (we are His children), friendship (do not forsake your Friend and your father's Friend)pg 36
30. Although we are close in every way, we don't sense it or feel it.We might know of spiritual closeness but may rarely feel it.
Homework: finish chapter 2 in da es atzmecha
do next ten 30-40 in Bilvavi book 1
and continue downloading into consciousness the card that Reitza Sarah designed.