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Fetus in the womb by Leonardo Da Vinci

In part 2, we go to ground zero—the beginning of creation, before the formation of the body.

In the beginning, there was nothing. On the other hand, we can also safely say that everything was already there. Well, there was nothing material but only the thought of creation, the endless energy of creation. You need not be religious or spiritual to accept that premise; just stay on this path to explore the how and why of it (the answer to why is simple but will be answered in a later chapter).

When you think about the initial stage of the body, you probably think about a fetus in a womb. Yet, the body is actually the sum of all the processes involved in bringing the body to its current state.
It all starts with a thought.

Before a building is built, there is a desire by someone to have a building. Then the architect envisions and designs the entire building in his mind before he draws the first line. To put pencil down on paper requires thought; where to put the first dot and draw a line to another point requires thought. The architect won’t be able to draw the first line if he does not have the beginning and the end of it already in his mind. All this happens before any materials are brought in to build the building.

The thought of the original desire and the architect are joined together to set the course of the building. You can see and experience the thought as you enter the building—if it was made for leisure or work, perhaps comfortable or not. So, the thought is a significant part of the whole process, and it will remain with the matter created during its entire existence.

There would be no fetus if there was no connection between male and female. Their act begins with the thought to unite their abilities to procreate. While one brings a seed, the other supplies the vessel to hold and nourish the seed.

Their thoughts start the connection on the spiritual level and gradually—through a process, the connection generates matter (the seeds) that is implanted in the vessel (womb רחם). Then, the vessel takes care of the growth process which is a transformation of energy to what we refer to as matter. This creates a fully functioning body: one that thinks, talks, and creates more of its own kind. The key word is continuity. Please remember this term as it’s a key to the whole of existence; this will be discussed a little later in this series.

The way the body forms in the womb teaches us that this amazing process is actually a spiritual transformation. The famous “Material Girl” turned spiritual after giving birth to her first child. A mother that is fully aware of this amazing process cannot be non-spiritual. The mother does not simply assemble body parts to form a little person. She transforms the elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire into energy in mysterious ways which ultimately result in the creation of another living being. And, all it took to start this process were a desire and a thought.

For those of you wondering about unwanted pregnancies (“accidents,” rape, etc.), please note that those are outside the natural and pure process. Those types of pregnancies relate to the evolution of corrupted thoughts.

To be continued…

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This series of articles is dedicated to the elevation of the souls of my Father and Mother, Yichye ben Chaim and Yehudith bat Nechemia. After they both passed away I felt strongly to write about the body and souls and how they are working together in this existence, we call life.

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“When both parents are gone it closed a chapter of a generation. Their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not, then they\’ll have harder work. The age of the parents at the time they passed away is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the first commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.”

 What is a Generation?

The word for generation in Hebrew is “דור” and it comes from the root word “דר”, which means to dwell or dwelling. Our souls dwell in material body and in a material world to be able to act and make changes that affect the soul. To explain it simply imagine electrical power, it won’t affect any thing until it is channeled through a device. Without the electrical power this device is just a simple matter. (This is not completely true because there is no matter, only what we perceive as matter.

”דרי מעלה” and “דרי מטה”, Upper and lower “Dwellers”.

The sages refer to two kinds of “dwellers”, upper and lower. They do not refer to the tenants in the floor above or below you, they refer to the souls that dwell here with us, in the limited body and the souls in the supernal worlds (notice plural form).

When a soul passes away she receives a special clothing to match her spiritual level. It determines the level of freedom in the spiritual realm. The higher the soul, so is the ability to move between levels.

After the first seven days the soul can disconnect from the material level and start ascending. This process could take usually up to a year, when the flesh of the body dissolved in the ground.

Now when the body consciousness of the person is strong then it takes longer time for the soul to leave the body. This is very painful process. The soul must be separated form the body in order to continue with the spiritual process. This process is called “Hell”.

Righteous people, that dedicate their lives for the service of others, may keep their body intact in the ground. Their spiritual work elevated their material body to a higher consciousness where there is no negativity and therefore no decay.

They have shorter process to separate the soul from the body. They experience little or no pain. That explains why the sages said that even righteous people pass through the gates of hell.

To understand what the fire of hell is, look at fire as the element or tool, which transforms matter to “spiritual”. Fire evaporates water quicker than other “solid” materials. As the body consciousness gets “thicker”, it requires more fire for the process.

The sacrifices in the Holy Temple were such transformation. The priest transfers the “sins” to the animal and the fire consumed the material body and released the negative energy. There are different types of sacrifices and this is for another paper. Just understand that fire transform and actually separate matter to energy. Because matter does not disappear from existence, it transforms.

If the body disappeared it doesn\’t mean that its energy lost.

to be continued…
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On February 26th morning my father passed away in his sleep. He was over 85 years old and was taken to the hospital the evening before with stomach pains. He was being treated and stayed in the hospital for observation and follow up. Later he fell into a sleep and never woke up.

He was 85 years old and he had raised seven children, four boys and three girls.

Why is he happy?

He appeared to my sister in a dream and told us that he is on his way up and he is happy. He looked like a person who was just released from prison. He looked very healthy like in his best days.

My mother passed away a little over a year earlier and now that my father passed away, it closed a chapter of a generation. From now on it is up to us to continue and do our part.

When both parents are gone then their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not then they have harder work. The age of the parents when they are gone is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the second commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.

My mother had a hard life with a lot of suffering. She became an orphan and homeless at a young age. Such situation indicates building a new spiritual path or correcting a big tikkun from her parents or before. Remember that a woman shares a tikkun with her soul mate even prior to their marriage. My mother was born in Yemen and the authorities of that time used to take all orphans and convert them to Islam. To save her and to keep her faith the community arranged a quick marriage for her at age 14.

Three years later her husband became ill and in a week he passed away leaving her with two infants. Her brother whose wife had died shortly after giving birth to a son offered my mother to come and stay with him, nurse and care for his son. She had a temporary place to live with food and shelter for her two children until she married my father.

My father also lost his father at a young age and had to work for a living harder than other youngsters at his age. After my parents got married they walked many miles to the airport where they can take a plane (old WW II Dakota) from Yemen to Israel. The story of my parents life was full of challenges. My parents always took care to educate their children on generosity, sharing and being happy with what you have.

There is only one thing that I am sad about and it is the fact that my father and mother passed away before the revelation of Mashiach. I was hoping that they could pull longer to see Mashiach, who I believe is already amongst us, awaiting “the day”.

May the souls of my parents ascend to higher levels and get resurrected soon, Amen.

Next article will be on what is a generation and the process of the soul after leaving the body.

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