Hold On! The Children of Kings

Hold On! The Children of Kings
Meshivat Nefesh #56

In one of Rebbe Nachman’s longer tales, “The Exchanged Children,” we learn that the soul can be compared to a true prince who was exchanged at birth with the child of servants. In the story, the true prince spends his formative years going through one trial after another…but it’s through all of those challenges that his true nature is revealed and he regains his rightful place in the world.

Reb Nosson wrote that most people made the mistake of thinking that they’re just “regular people,” or even worse, that their soul is somehow damaged goods, and that’s why they find it so difficult to realize their spiritual goals.

The truth is that every Jew is a child of the King, and his inner essence is filled with the most beautiful qualities and potential. Great people didn’t become great because they were necessarily made of different stuff than we are. Their greatness came from the effort that they put in to developing their innate potential…and their refusal to be deterred, no matter how far they sometimes felt from their goal.

Infinite One,
Please help me to remember
that I, too, went through the “chamber of exchanges.”
My inner essence comes directly from You,
my Father, my King,
and I have it within me to live
as Your own child can and should.
All of my trials
are designed to allow my inner qualities to develop
and to shine
with Your own light.
(LH Hilchot Birchat HaShachar 3:6)

Author: Yehudis Golshevsky

Yehudis in her own words: When I first began learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings with my husband and other teachers, I felt as though I had come home to the personal and vital relationship with G-d that I’d always sought. Today, a large part of my inspiration comes from helping other Jewish women discover their own spiritual potential through the meaningful teachings of Breslov Chassidut. Yehudis Golshevsky has been teaching Torah classes to women and working in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. She’s a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and holds a degree in Judaic Studies from SUNY at Buffalo. Currently, Yehudis is a contributor to Breslov.org and “Pathways”, the Breslov Research Institute’s weekly publication. Since 2006, she’s been taking women’s groups to Uman and other sites in Ukraine for prayer and study. Yehudis lives with her family in Jerusalem.

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