Faith, Inspirational

The Tikun Process of Passover

There are parts of ourselves that we do not like. We have inherited toxic traits from our parents or bad behavioural patterns from our peers. We are anxious and sometimes we react poorly to certain situations. We don’t want to be dysfunctional. We want to advance out of our brokenness. We are always trying to understand how to be better people but how do we advance as an individual or even as a whole?

The Ego

We all have one and are all here to overcome it. Ego is the natural, animal state of the human being. It is the lowest place on the spiritual ladder to understanding God. Its attachment is completely devoted to itself and cannot see anything outside of itself. It is purely physical and completely void of the spiritual. It believes only in itself and does not identify with the other. The ego believes it is God.

Being Born Again

The only way to die to one’s ego is to replace it with faith in God. It is a choice that we are all free to decide. Choosing faith in God is scary because it means we have to trust outside of what we know — we have to now seek and find God in the other. To remove the ego, we need to understand the other — we need to understand what is spiritual and good for the whole. We no longer consider the choices that are only good for ourself. We are now considerate and compassionate of the other.

We all need to die spiritually first. When we die spiritually into the Spirit of God or Messiah we become a complete new body that is spiritually clean because it is now aware of the ego.

There are two deaths but the important death is the spiritual one because that is when one chooses life and lives on forever with the ONE on earth as it is in heaven (Revelation 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8).

Who is the other?

In each of us are the ego and God, pushing and pulling into one another. We each have an angel and a devil on our shoulders. If we love God, we are never Him but are always trying to be the image of Him.

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:5

Our bodies are made up of two things. Everything is always about two or duality on earth but The Spirit of Messiah brings all things back to balance or ONE. Our body is the earth and our breath is His Spirit.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

To be ONE with God we need to remove our ego, which is the dirt (physicality) that keeps us from seeing and hearing God. We need to go against our animal, natural, selfish ego by choosing to be as clean as possible or choosing to be holy (whole). From the earth is water and dirt that make up the body but if we choose to be cleansed from the dirt of the ego that keeps us in darkness then we choose to be pure like water and will be able to hear and see the Spirit of God.

To know God is to know that we are one another. Every action, thought, and desire affects the other whether it is negative or positive. When we learn that we are each other then we will want to affect one another in the most positive possible way. Then we will experience what we came here to experience. We came to experience God’s divine love on earth. We can only experience true love if we know the opposite.

We are all ONE; the man and the woman, the Jew and the Gentile, physical and spiritual, good and bad. We all want to be better human beings but we can only succeed to grow out of our brokenness when we first die to our ego and become reborn by learning to trust in God.

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Shannie Alvarez — A Gentile with a Jewish Heart
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