Many years ago, I first began to explore the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. At once, I experienced powerful feelings of déjà-vu.
On the one hand, I felt like I was remembering ancient truths, deeply buried primal memories.
On the other hand, the teachings were utterly fresh, unlike anything I’d ever heard.
Breslov wisdom contains hidden koan-like truths combined with hammer-over-the-head obviousness. Some of these teachings are complex spiritual puzzles. Others are simple, but deceptively so, because to live with Breslov consciousness is challenging, to say the least.
I began by reading little bits and pieces of Rebbe Nachman’s insights, meditating on them, and occasionally writing free-verse about them, too.
Bits and pieces such as:
There’s nothing very mysterious about free will. You do what you want to do, and you don’t do what you don’t want to do.
If you apply this to everything (everything) that you do or don’t do, if you follow it through to it’s logical conclusion, you’ll start to shed some self-limiting beliefs. Your belief system will change, and you’ll develop more faith in yourself. Believe that you do what you want. And then, remember that the next time you do something you wish you hadn’t. Or don’t do something you wish you had.
Talk to the Creator as you would talk to your best friend. Tell God everything.
Until the age of nine or ten, I talked to God regularly in the woods behind my house. I constantly asked Him to reveal to me why I was here, what was the meaning of my life.
But I eventually was caught and a couple of eye-rolling adults let me know that God didn’t really exist. They explained to me that intelligent people, like academics and professionals for example, knew that God was just a force, a creative bundle of energy. Possibly this force we call “God” made the universe in some way, something to do with physics and “natural” forces. But after creation, this force retired.
They explained more. I wasn’t special to God because no individual was or could be. The love I felt, the connection, was an illusion. I was talking to air.
Know! A person walks in life on a very narrow bridge. The most important thing is not to be afraid.
Don’t be afraid. Know you’re here for a good purpose, your life has meaning. Believe that you were created. And created for a reason is a boost to your self-esteem—you must be pretty special if you’re alive. You and only you, can contribute your unique youness to this world and its story.
This post was based on parts of a 2012 post in Tabletmag.com.