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Introductory Course to Kabbalah
Lesson 2 - The Sixth Sense
By Michael Laitman, Ph.D
Kabbalah Lessons courtesy of www.Kabbalah.info
The Sixth Sense
- Are there people born with the sixth sense?
- What is the difference between a Kabbalist and a fortune teller,
or people possessing special psychic powers?
- Was Nostradamus a spiritual man?
- Is it preferable to know that tomorrow will be bad, or to receive
the power to create a different "tomorrow"?
What happens to people that are born with the sixth sense?
In reality, there is no such thing as people born with the sixth sense.
There are sensitive, receptive people, who are pure from birth, for
example, Boff Lessing in Russia. He was a well known Jew from Poland who
used to appear in theatres and all kinds of places. He was able to tell
one's entire future and entire past. He predicted in advance when he was
going to die, the day, the date and so on. These facts are widely
accepted and there are many such examples throughout history. But this is
different than being a Kabbalist. The Christians also have prophetic
people such as Nostradamus. Psychic abilities do not indicate somebody's
spiritual level. This comes from fineness, without the opening of the
sixth sense, stemming out of the purity of the soul.
We can compare ourselves to a black box, which is all feeling. So
through five openings, the souls feel this world, and become refined.
In this shell of the soul, there is a certain measure of coarseness,
and it is so sensitive, so refined, that through the light we sense the
light all around it, called the Surrounding Light. Accordingly, it has a
certain kind of sensation that transmits what is happening and what is
going to happen. Usually these sensations do not transcend this world.
That is to say that that he can tell you what was and what will be in
this world only. He can predict the future and help people by using all
kinds of energies or similar things – there are all sorts of techniques
in our world. But they do not raise man upwards, from the level of a
human being to the level of the Creator. All in all they give man a
little more information about his earthly, biological existence.
This is similar to animals and beasts being able to sense what is going
to happen tomorrow. They can predict natural phenomena such as
earthquakes, hurricanes and storms a few days before they occur. This
ability is also inside our body, with some people being more sensitive
than others. For example, a Bedouin lives close to the land and senses
more of nature than an urban dweller.
We could have also sensed it some thousand or two thousands years ago,
but today we have lost this sensitivity because of the development of
technology, all the techniques and scientific progress.
In other words these are things that do not belong to the sixth sense.
I am not interested because it does not help me. Even if I know more, or
I know less, I am going to live and die anyway and nothing will come of
It's said that it is better to know less… so we do not occupy ourselves
In order to emerge from this world of the five senses to a wider feeling,
called "the sixth sense" I need outside help. The question is – do I have
to wait for the awakening from above in order to begin developing it?
Very good question! I have descended from the Creator to a level below
the barrier (Machsom) where I feel myself alive as a person. I'm living
in a box or vessel with five senses. What needs to occur now? Does
something special have to suddenly happen to me that will initiate the
development of the sixth sense?
There are seven billion people like me – walking and talking boxes.
Everybody has a "Reshimo", a spiritual "gene" waiting to develop. If we
connect all seven billion people, we can build a chain linked by
spiritual "genes" that vary in size, strength and intensity.
It follows that there is a queue, according to which genes are beginning
to act and to speak inside a person. For example, you are already sitting
here today. However, your neighbor is still sitting in front of the
television with a beer and will arrive here in another year or two. It
will speak inside him after a while.
What does it depend on? It depends on the Light coming from above getting
bigger all the time. Besides, all the people in the world who are sitting
there right now, just like you, are also drawing these Lights. By doing
this they are creating an atmosphere in this world by which more and more
people are drawn, and are sensing. Already you are creating an
environment which enables these spiritual genes to also awaken in others.
Even if their time has not come yet, they nevertheless awaken today
because you've drawn an additional illumination toward this world. So you
are – what we call – speeding up the times.
I feel the surrounding environment through all my senses. Without the
sixth sense I desire all the pleasures of this world. This sixth sense,
the spiritual gene, the point in the heart or the beginning of the
spiritual soul – it feels only the Spiritual Light. This is what it
wants; this is what it longs for. So it is this desire that now brings
you here, and here you receive a taste of the Light. Through this
enlightenment, the desire will slowly start to grow, and then it will
grow some more.
It is growing, until this soul, this sixth sense through which you feel
is beginning to be stronger than all of the other five senses together.
The moment you are coming to the stage where you agree and identify with
this sixth sense, you will want to live solely through it. The moment you
achieve this, your entire soul is drawn upwards. However, you continue
to live in this world only because one’s physical body has to exist, and
take care of its basic needs. But once the whole soul has risen above, at
that moment the sixth channel is opened for you. From then on you have
free admission and an unrestricted feeling. This means that one is
crossing the barrier or that this barrier does not exist for him.
And through studying and while studying, we have to think about it all
the time. It does not matter what you will study. You will study all kind
of things, not necessarily exactly connected to it. We learn about the
building of the Worlds and all kinds of things being done there,
including details that are usually not so relevant.
Kabbalists could have written to us about these things, but did not for
a reason. They could have written for us a hundred thousand volumes. As
it is, we have a lot: six volumes of "The Study of the Ten Sefirot" is
not insubstantial. But on what did the Kabbalists touch, and what did
they do? They indicated to us, they wrote to us only of those places that
are like some kind of crossroad, where the sources of the Surrounding
Lights special to us are accumulating. And that is why it is worthwhile
for us to study what they wrote. It is not at all important how much one
knows. You are passing over them and then you draw Lights. And if you are
thinking with the intention of really getting to those places from where
the Lights are descending upon you, then – indeed – you have a mutual
working, and then it comes as assistance.
And following us, billions will come.
How does someone who has crossed the barrier feel?
This is a real problem. There are some that come to me and say – "I'm
already in the Infinity. There are many like these – it is no laughing
matter. If one says so, that is how one feels. That his feeling is wrong,
is another matter altogether, but how can you prove it to him? He feels
it. Sometimes I have to look at such people, and I have to consider if I
should tell them the truth or not. To live with such a sweet illusion, is
very good. And indeed it's also written – "don't put an obstacle in front
of the blind". Meaning – if someone does not see, it is forbidden to put
something in front of him which will make him stumble and fall. But if
indeed he is living in the wrong environment, far away someplace … Now,
for example, I'm invited to Australia – there are some people there that
want to study Kabbalah. Let's say that somebody like that lives there
without support, he has nothing, not our books, etc. Do I have to begin
telling him that he is in hell, that he has not even begun to know
anything, and he does not understand where he is … this is a big question.
So, how will we really know? Just like he's wrong, I could also be
And the opposite also – people come to me weeping "Who am I? What am I?
I am nothing". And maybe not. Maybe they are already in a good degree,
and do not feel it? It is definitely a problem.
To a person that does not live in spirituality, it is impossible to
explain what spirituality is, simply because he has no tools. It is like
trying to explain to a blind person the color of the sky, or to explain
to a deaf person some sound. How can they understand if they do not know
about this sense? And another thing: someone who is in spirituality, how
does he know that he indeed is there? He knows it by what he reads in
books and it starts to be the real life for him. This means that he can
live inside it, in the same way that we live in this world. It means that
if I act, if I bestow – I feel a reaction. I can measure it very
precisely, in the same way that I would use a "measuring tape" in this
world. My feelings, what I receive, with whom I work, in what way I work,
what relation do I have with the Creator, the Upper Power. In short, man
is not floating in clouds… If two Kabbalists are speaking, they are using
a common language. But if one of them wants to hide, then he hides from
the other. It is not like they always see each other. There are many
other things in the working with the Sixth Sense, with the knowledge the
Creator, I simply do not want to confound you. We will speak about this
slowly and as much as possible, I will describe it so that it will be
For now I can say only one thing: for the person who learns Kabbalah in
the right way, by the teachings of Baal HaSulam and Rabash, it's
impossible to live in some illusion and imagine himself in the Infinity,
floating away in spiritual worlds and meeting ghosts. Our work is very
technical, precise, and the method is very practical. The person is
standing with both legs on the ground and has to use virtually all his
powers. He will need all the means he has in this world, positive traits
and less desirable attributes. Only through this effort will he achieve a
revelation of the Creator. So he has no chance of floating; on the
contrary, he will always feel himself grounded.
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