Hold Your Course

 

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“In the early stages of your spiritual journey, it may seem that Heaven is rejecting you and spurning all your efforts. Stay on course. Don’t give up. In time, all barriers will disappear.”
(The Empty Chair*, p. 42)

 

What does this mean to me?
It’s natural to wonder why G-d doesn’t make it just a little bit easier for us to get closer to Him—isn’t that what He wants? Especially when we are first setting out on a spiritual path; it would seem that instead of being sent obstacles, we should be helped along. Rebbe Nachman explained, however, that what appears to us to be a barrier is actually part of a longer process of drawing us closer. What appears to be Divine rejection is actually playing an important role: it cleanses, it humbles, it teaches us patience, and also forces us to forge a bond with our Creator in the place of distance.

 

A prayer:

 

Help me, G-d,
to be strong and determined
in serving You; never let me fall.
“Do not cast me away from Your Presence;
do not take Your spirit of holiness away from me.”
Grant me the skill to engage in spiritual ascent…
as well as the skill to return to the mundane
and serve You through the simple tasks of everyday life.
Help me to find You everywhere.

(From The Flame of the Heart, p. 24)

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Your Comments:

Amazing! I needed to hear this today. Something so special about Rabbi Nachman’s teachings, they always help me. What would I be or do without him. Thank you Hashem for connecting me to this amazing Tzadik!
SL

This world is dark the All Mighty has given us all that we need may I take it upon myself the commandment to love one another. May our people bring real love in a rising world who again hates us . May Moshiach come speedily in our days. B’H.
B

To be an “ish tam” (a simple man) is the best. This world ridicules one who always looks toward
HaShem, and asks Him, and argues with Him, etc. Yet every day we say “human beings cannot save you.” It means exactly what it says. This doesn’t mean it is easy-it is not. but then nothing worthwhile ever is.
RT

Rebbe Nachman saved my life!
Keep the wisdom coming…I would be lost without it.
DY

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*“The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy – Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.

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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