Sunday, August 31, 2014

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

What is narcissism? How can you spot the signs of a "narcissistic personality disorder," and what are the ways that Torah and emuna can help to heal people with this problem? Tune in and find out... 




May you be written and sealed into the book of Life for healthy and successful new year!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Friday, August 29, 2014

Soul-Catharsis

After many aborted attempts at releasing the anger that's been holding her back all of her life, using emuna, a woman succeeds at getting to the root of the problem. Here's my 2-minute version of what happened...




Shabbat Shalom!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meet Rabbi Reuven Levy

When a person has emuna, it is like a strong sapling growing on fertile land, which no wind can harm. Emuna is essentially the power of growth.   Rabbi Reuven Levy, is a talented teacher at yeshiva chut shel chesed. He is giving a series of lectures on the book "The Garden of Emuna" in chronological order. I hope you'll enjoy them!




May you be written and sealed into the book of life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Today's Live Broadcast: Narcissism



What is narcissism? What are the signs of a "narcissistic personality disorder," and what are the ways that Torah and emuna can help to heal people with this problem? Tune in today and find out...

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 11:00 AM in NY; 8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5 PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, August 25, 2014

Elul's Open Path



Why is it that people can skyrocket ahead in their knowledge of G-d during the month of Elul - more than it's possible to do at any other time of the year? Here's my 2-minute answer...





Have a blessed new year!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Up From Depression


"All your downheartedness and depression is just another barrier that has set itself in your path which must be broken. Above all, you must work to break depression, which is more harmful than anything else." (Rabbi Noson of Breslev)




Have a great new week!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Meaning of LIfe



There's an amazing new tourist attraction in the Old City of Jerusalem that hopefully is going to bring peace to the Middle East. 

It's called "The Meaning of Life." If your in Israel, you can go and visit them in the Old City of Jerusalem at 44 Chabod Street. 

If you like what you see, please help spread the word!





Shabbat Shalom,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Increasing Personal Motivation

How can a person who has fallen spiritually to a very low place, pick himself up and move forward with his life? Here's some "sage" advice...





Have a great Shabbos!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today's Live Broadcast: The Capacity for Self-Observation


The capacity for self-observation is essential for understanding ourselves, understanding others and understanding our connection to our Creator. Anyone can develop this skill. Tune in and find out how...

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 11:00 AM in NY; 8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5 PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taking Revenge


It's the nature of man to want to take revenge: "An eye for an eye..a tooth for a tooth etc..."What should a person do who want's to live life on a higher plane than simply following his natural instincts? Tune in and find out...




Have the best day of you life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, August 17, 2014

G-d Phobia



How can a person grow in his relationship with G-d from feeling distant to feeling truly intimate? Tune in and find out...
 


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Super-Potential


What's blocking most people from accessing the true light of their souls and achieving the happiness of living a good and meaningful life? It boils down to a few simple things...





Always try to be happy!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today's Live Broadcast: G-d Phobia


Just like people vary in how close or distant they get in their human relationships, so too do they vary in how close they let themselves get to G-d. Join me today when I'll  be speaking about how one can move from a "long-distance" relationship with G-d to a relationship of greater intimacy with our Creator.


G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 11:00 AM in NY; 8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5 PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Stop Your Thoughts

A young woman recounts her delight over being relieved from severe obsessional thoughts that had drove her "crazy" for years.




Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Who's Crazy?

How do you know if somebody is "in touch with reality" or not? Check out this short clip and find out...




Have a week of strength, meaning and hope!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, August 8, 2014

Boost Your Marriage


The main thing is to keep believing in your marriage just like Hashem believes in it...





No matter what, try to stay happy!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Infinite Joy


You can fortify yourself to succeed in any area of your life with this simple method. Apply yourself to it and you will merit to see a great light.




Always try to be happy,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Birth of Emunaroma


Let me ask you a question: why do people get sick? If you're Western-educated, you'll probably reply that people get sick because they pick up a germ, or because they ate something that was bad for them, or because they were exposed to something 'toxic' in their environment, or they got into an accident, all G-d forbid.

But if you asked a believing Breslev-educated person why people get sick, they'd tell you very simply: people get sick because G-d makes them sick.

In his book 'Hashem Rofecha' (G-d is your doctor) Rav Arush teaches us the following:  

"The health of the body depends on the health of the neshama….(so it's crucial for us to know that)… when it comes to healing, there is no such thing as 'teva' or the laws of nature. There is only Hashgacha Pratit, Hashem's Divine Providence."

Rav Arush continues that the state of a person's health is the single biggest manifestation of Hashgacha Pratit there is. Hashem uses health more than any other thing to hint to a person what he needs to fix. "Consequently, the healing of each and every Jew only depends on the teshuva that he makes; and that's the only true path for him to be healed."

While this might sound shockingly radical for Westerners, Eastern medicine has been based on these principles for millennia.
All the genuine alternative healing arts, like acupuncture, acupressure, healing via nutrition, healing via energy medicine, healing via aromatherapy, they all work according to the principle that when a person's energy, (ie, their soul), is blocked, they get spiritually and physically ill.

A person's physical symptoms are just a manifestation of the underlying spiritual issue that needs to be addressed, and they go hand in hand.

Unfortunately, this emuna-based approach to healing has been so wrapped up, covered over and adulterated by avoda zora (literally, idol worship), that it's been practically inaccessible for sincere religious Jews.

Which is where Emunaroma comes in.

Emunaroma combines many alternative healing ideas, tools and practices, (including acupressure, emuna medicine and aromatherapy techniques) in a kosher way, with G-d.

The premise is simple: G-d is making us ill, and G-d can heal us. In order for that to happen, we have to understand where the spiritual energy in our body is blocked; what's blocking it, and then to make the teshuva we need to make to get the block or illness to disappear.

Western medicine is full of pills, operations and medical 'magic bullets' - but devoid of G-d and teshuva. By contrast, emuna-based healing works to ameliorate the physical symptoms with aromatherapy and other alternative healing techniques, while at the same time helping people to start a dialogue with G-d, to find out why He made them sick in the first place.

G-d wants us to heal. He wants us to be healthy and happy. But in order for that to happen, we have to connect back to Him, and to understand that almost any 'lack' in our physical health is just coming to prod us to fix a problem in our spiritual health.

My esteemed colleague, Mrs. Rivka Levy explores these concepts, and others, in much more detail on her fantastic new blog, the Emunaroma blog. I invite you to take a look, and to join Mrs. Levy in putting G-d firmly back into the centre of  an authentic Jewish approach to sickness, health and healing.

Visit Rivka Levy's new blog at: www.emunaroma.com

Don't be Bullied


The Five Cardinal “Don’ts” with Bullys

1. Never speak to a bully. It is no more possible to reason or negotiate with evil than it is to get through to a person or a group whose brains has been fried by alcohol or narcotics.  There is no discussion that is possible with these types, because bullies perceive such conversation as a sign of weakness and are only strengthened in their resolve to do further damage. Speak to a competent Rabbi to know when it is necessary to speak up, take a counter-stand or actively protect someone’s  good name.


2. Don’t think about a bully. Some people although they don’t speak with the bully continue to ruminate about him (or them  them); they re-play the abusive messages or obsessively, re-read and pay too much attention to their threats over the news. They justify this behavior as necessary in order to understand the bully’s motives and plan a counter-attack.  This is also not helpful because it exposes one to the spiritual impurity of the bully. The moment that we try to untangle the motives of an impure mind we can, G-d forbid, become infected even without knowing it at first.  But “…you can always begin to conquer the evil and bitter thoughts which harass you, because their power over you (only) derives from sadness and downheartedness. Just ignore such negative thoughts as best you can, given the situation, and do not allow them to take hold of you at all. Do not be intimidated by them and never fear them!” (Reb Nosen of Breslev, Letter # 404)

3. Reality is Hidden. There is nothing in this lowest of worlds that is what it actually looks like to our limited vision. Everything here is “vanity of vanities, a mere puff of smoke.” If we were lent the eyes of a True Tzaddik, for even a few seconds, the cruelty and injustice that we see in this world would instantly turn to a completely changed and understandable  land scape.

4. Don’t take revenge. It’s natural to want to take revenge against a bully by plotting to avenge him. But this is a favorite trick of the Evil Inclination. First of all, this causes one to violate rule number two because it’s not possible to think of a revenge strategy without thinking about the Evil One himself.  Remember the Angel’s warning to Lot and his wife while they were leaving Sodom, “Don’t look back.”  If you follow these guidelines, you too will be escorted to freedom by your own Guardian Angels far from the filthy and perverse “world” of Sodom. Retaliation by way of the legal system is also usually a weak method, because verbal abuse is difficult to prove and bullies like just ignore court orders of protection. Unfortunately, the U.S constitution is being used to protect the ‘freedom of speech’ of emotional terrorists. When a bully gets arrested, it usually won’t deter him, it might even make him feel more important to see his name in the newspaper or on television. There is never a need to be angry and retaliate against bullies. The rewards for someone who is insulted and remains silent are very great because by remaining silent he minimizes his own honor and enhances  G-d's honor . This raises a person to the highest levels. (Likutey Moharan, Part I, Lesson #6)

5. Never Fear a Bully. In the upper Spiritual Worlds, ones fear of an emotional terrorist can actually strengthen the forces of Evil. This is because the terrorist draws his “strength” from those forces of Evil. But don’t worry, even here we can be empowered by remembering a simple Truth. In actuality, there are no bullies! They don’t even exist. Since they have forfeited their humanity they are merely physical representations and manifestations of the Evil Inclination. Having lost their Spiritual existence, they are simply being controlled and used like pawns by the Evil Inclination.

Have a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Today's Live Broadcast: Self "Confidence"


A very common question that people ask their therapist's is: "How can I be more confident in myself?" My answer to my client's might surprise you... 

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 11:00 AM in NY; 8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5 PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Children are Ready


Once again the Temple Institute has released another moving video for Tisha B’Av: The Children Are Ready III. My thanks to Avi Hyman from the Temple Institute for sending it. Get ready to be inspired!



May we hear the best news possible in the next few days!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Real Deal

Have you ever felt that you wanted to return to G-d but didn't know where to start? Watch this...




Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Message

A man goes to the great Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, and gets a powerful answer to his question even before he asks it...




Blessings for a wonderful Shabbat,
Dr. Zev Ballen