Saturday, January 1, 2011

Making the supernatural - our nature.

The Alter Rebbe once explained the verse: “Know what is above you” to mean "Know that everything “above" in the supernal realms, all comes “from you”—it all depends on man’s efforts."

Miracles are not necessary for Mashiach to prove himself, and in fact, in the beginning of the redemption, need not occur. However, there are many miracles that are necessary for the complete redemption. Each of these miracles is somehow a direct outcome or symptom of the changes that Mashiach will bring to the world and to man.
Ultimately, however, all of the miracles of Mashiach — as fantastic as they may be — have to start with us. We need to change the way we live our lives, and the way we see the world. When we transcend our nature and live a supernatural life, we open up the realm of supernatural possibilities.
Here are some specific examples that the Rebbe suggests for transcending our natures, and making the supernatural, our nature:
1. To constantly add and grow in our Torah study and performance of Mitzvot.
2. To appreciate the essential value of action, of mitzvot, of a Jew, and of everything in life.
3. And, perhaps most of all, to fill your life with joy—for joy breaks all barriers.