In part two of this class, we explore some of the themes in Likutey Moharan 5 from the main LM, the Kitzur, the 50th Gate, and the idea of chametz of the mind. Don’t let your mind ferment!
From BRI Breslov.org YouTube videos:
Your thoughts are more powerful than you know. Chaya Rivka Z. explains.
Chaya Rivka Zwolinski teaches Rebbe Nachman of Breslov wisdom to English speakers around the world, using a psychospiritual approach. She leads trips for women to Uman and Jewish Ukraine and teaches in NYC and other locations. Find her video classes, articles, and podcasts at Breslov.org, BreslovWoman.org, and YouTube.com (BRI Breslov).
It teaches that the way you think is organic and fluid. It arises from your intellect, life experiences, emotions and feelings.
It teaches that the main way we are able to profoundly change our thoughts is either from a steady diet of outside influence (brainwashing as from a cult, intense propaganda, life-long “education”) or relentless inner work which can be repressive and rigid—and stifles the freedom to be yourself.
It teaches that it is difficult to change our thoughts and says most of us shouldn’t even try.
It teaches that our thoughts (especially those we feel to be dominated by our feelings, more on this later) reflect who we are—indeed, they are our unshiftable permanent essence. We must simply accept this, says this school of thought.
After all, everything’s good, everything’s relative, no one thought, idea, or way of thinking or belief is better than another—we’re just fine the way we are.
Really? Then why are so many people so unhappy?