Isaac Newton said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So what happens when we get angry and snap at people, or when we refuse to extend human dignity to the people around us, or when we don’t care about things that we should care for? What happens to that little ball of negative energy that we’ve generated? It doesn’t go away; it just sits someplace in the computer called our life. We don’t even feel it because it is the result of something we might have done inadvertently or without thinking; it’s not as if we consciously put it there. But 10 years later, something happens, and we find ourselves possibly standing in front of a judge, and he is really upset with us. And we wonder, “Why is he upset? I didn’t do anything.” We don’t see that the reason we are in our current situation is because of the data we input years before.
On Yom Kippur, we talk about the concept of atonement, which I like to say actually means “at-one-ment” with the Light of the Creator. But “at-one-ment” is not reserved for only one day of the year. Rather, it is a process we are meant to engage in on a daily basis, and it is one of the single most powerful tools for changing our reality.
Every time we experience a reaction that puts us at odds with the infinite Light of pure love and sharing within us, we are actually being presented with a moment to come back into “at-one-ment” with the Light of the Creator within us. The people and situations in our lives—in all our lifetimes, in fact—are simply agents to awaken those places within us that still need to be repaired, and as we do this work, the more blessings, love, and energy can flow through us.
The reason why fear, anger, hatred, or resentment show up within us when they do is because those moments—for reasons beyond our understanding—are the perfect time for us to take responsibility for them and free up some space on our hard drive.
The most important point of this process is that atonement is not about guilt. Enough with the purging already! Self-responsibility is about freeing ourselves, on a very deep level, of the karmic seeds we may have planted in this lifetime or in a past lifetime. Guilt and shame block us from truly doing this process. In fact, guilt and shame are disconnections from the Lightforce that we need to atone for as well!
The purpose of this cleaning and the sacrifices of our ego is to bring us into at-one-ment with the Light of the Creator so that when Passover arrives on the 15th day of Aries, we are in the best spiritual condition to receive all of the Light that is infused into the universe on that evening.
This journey will require that we be strong and daring, yet curious and excited—open to discovering something new about ourselves or to reawakening a spark that we have perhaps lost along our spiritual way.
This process all begins starting March 21, 2015; and for the next 12 days following, we have the amazing opportunity to return to at-one-ment with the Light of the Creator. The extent that we clean and gain control of the ego on each of these first 12 days will be reflected in our experience of each respective month of the year ahead.
By Karen Berg