Question: The more I meditate, the more I enjoy it. In fact everything else pales in comparison. I’d rather come to meditation group than go to the movies with family and friends. They see that I no longer enjoy the things they enjoy, and there’s discomfort in that.
Look, said Isaac. You have a table filled with marbles. You consider that some marbles are yours. Those other marbles are not yours. You have a band to go around your own marbles. A boundary.
You consider these marbles to be yourself. This is me.
Those out there – all that stuff is not me. I have my own bundle of marbles.
But the further we evolve, the more we realize that this odd marble is also me. And so is the next one. We expand our borders. We stretch and expand the band around the marbles until we contain them all.
I am not only myself.
I discover I am you.
I am the tree.
I am the wind.
The Torah tells us, “God made everything with wisdom.” This is read in two ways. Not only did God use His wisdom to create the world, but the world is literally composed of the substance of wisdom, Chochmah.
Even the densest physical things have the attribute of wisdom in them. It’s what they are made of. Some are more covered up than others. When we have the eyes to see it, to uncover it, we find wisdom in everything. God in everything. Nothing is boring. Nothing is less desirable than anything else.
The expansion of wisdom is the whole point of this world’s existence.
This is the ground from which all being arises.
Each and every thing is made of wisdom.
The wisdom is revealed when all the pieces of the puzzle are put together and you have a picture you didn’t have before. Every bit of it plays its part.
Question: I can envelop lots of things, but I can’t find a place in my heart for war. What do we do with the really horrible stuff?
Isaac held up his hand like a claw and said sometimes a puzzle piece is extremely dense and has very hard edges. Its boundaries are extremely tight. It knows what it is, and it is not like anything else. When a piece is like this, it is more ego-bound than anything else.
When I believe I am my own shape, I am deepest into my ego.
I know where my edge is, and I stop there. I refuse to merge.
But when the hard-edged puzzle piece is put into the whole puzzle and finds its unique spot, its edges disappear. You no longer see the borders of each piece. You see the beautiful picture they all make together.
Sometimes you’ll see God revealed in places we consider too negative.
There are moments of light and kindness even on a battlefield.
The Sages say the highest light is actually hidden in the deepest matter.
The most dense dark aspects of our world actually hold the most light, if we could uncover them.
(This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Walking the Bridge, Vol 1.)