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#32 Holovision Provokes a New Understanding of the Self
8Collections 2:196; Glimmerings of Penitence 4:4; Patches of Clarity 6

The nature of the world

and [the nature] of each particular creature,

human history

and [the history] of each individual person and his deeds,

must be scanned in one encompassing glance1,

[seen] as one content with different chapters2;

and then the mind-flash3 that leads to Teshuva comes quickly.4

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  1. BeSkira ’achat, a phrase used for God’s perspective as He surveys humankind: the one and the all. See Rosh haShana 18a and Rashi on Ps. 33:15. Human history is also the story of oneness becoming, with chapters of all the ways human beings strive to live in oneness – with each other and with their environment, with their group/faith/race and with their ‘outer’ world. Wars and genocide generate oneness mercilessly and rapidly (1+0=1). Higher aspirations of oneness as in ‘we are one’ have only been aspired to in pseudokinetics such as the UN and the green movement, but the prophecies promise the real thing – opposites becoming each other: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard lie down with the kid; the calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together, with a little boy to herd them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together, and the lion, like the ox, shall eat straw” (Is. 11:6-7) and “Thus He will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall never again know war” (Is. 2:4). Back to text
  2. See Glimmering #4, “The Holographic Oneness of the Universe,” where Rav Kook makes clear this it is not merely seeing everything ‘as if’ it is one content, but that this is the true nature of the universe. It is all OneSong, the Song of Oneness in process, Oneness becoming. Another metaphor of understanding: It is all one song. Different verses, “oneness, oneness, oneness,” same chorus: The One. And so too, in my life. Chapters/verses of rhymes, of unities, of relationships – healthy or not. But until the chorus is The One, the verses of our life are not true, they are not a perfect union of all of me with another whole until I get up off my knees from whatever idol I am serving and give my life – the one He gave me – to God. This means fearlessly becoming my true self, and truly fulfilling myself, for that is His will, so it can’t be bad, can it? Back to text
  3. Ha’Ora shel haDe‘a, literally, ‘the mind-light.’ Back to text
  4. From the holographic vision of the world comes the shocking understanding that I, little me, am everywhere in time and space, acting and affecting, building or destroying; contributing or withholding the unique capacities for healing, harmony and peacemaking with which I have been endowed by the One to actualize in His world of emergent oneness by becoming my unique self. The enormous meaning and impact of living my true life becomes clear, followed closely by awareness that I need a new relationship with my Creator; indeed, have just begun one, a relationship of return. Back to text
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