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What makes you tick?

Thursday, 24 April, 2008 - 11:32 am

What makes you ‘tick’?

The answer may appear obvious, but there may be deeper meaning below the surface.

Let's consider [fictional] ‘Jim’:

He is pounding the pavement looking for a job. The search is consuming him, so that's what drives him now.

Or is it?

After all, is ‘work’ his deepest desire? 

Actually, it's not a job he's after, but…

Jim needs a job in order to generate money. His primary need is funding, not a job per se.

So Jim needs money. But why? Does he want money for money's sake?

No. Jim actually wants comfort, security etc. And for that, Jim needs money.

And for that, Jim needs a job.

Jim might have honestly answered our original question with "the job search". But it's obviously much deeper.

His deepest need may actually be self-preservation, self-respect, familial-validation, etc.

But he’ll only find that when he pierces through his ‘layers’.

In many ways, we are Jim, as we struggle for inner freedom.

Jim’s process is actually step two of our Passover ‘freedom train’.

Step one is to identify our personal Egypts - the external distractions, pleasures, fears etc., which trap and control us. Freedom comes through transcending our Egypts, to freely live our lives according to our own deeper vision. 

But leaving Egypt isn't really possible until you know where you want to go. I can’t freely live as Myself until I’ve identified Myself.

What is my ‘Deeper Vision'?

Historically, the Jews’ ultimate disengagement from Egypt came through crossing the Sea.

G-d’s ‘splitting the sea’ symbolizes exposing our inner ‘dry land’, by pushing aside the layers of personality that obscure our deepest selves, as the waters cover the sea.

By identifying our deepest selves, through our own efforts and through the power of Pesach, we can find  - and perhaps reconfigure – our own deepest principles.

Crossing your personal sea puts you on the path to true freedom: A meaningful life.

This weekend we celebrate the Jews’ crossing of the sea.

Make it count.

Comments on: What makes you tick?

dey2 wrote...

That's really interesting---so though we already finished the seders, the actual completion of the Red Sea Crossing happens at the end of Passover---during the seders we identifid our personal mizraim, but this weekend we have the opportunity to transcend it? I think it may actually take the whole week of Passover to arrive at that point---if it all happened during the seders, we would be missing the point of what the entire holiday is about---to eat simpler, to live simpler---to limit the external distractions and really focus on our inner, spiritual side and our connection to God and to the world.

Mendy wrote...

Comment: I think that's an excellent point about the way Passover is structured.
The Seder:
1. Calls our attention to the fact that we still need liberation
2. Leads us - through the Matzah's simplicity etc. - to free ourselves from some of life's confusion (which holds us hostage).
Now we have an incubation period; a time to stabilize ourselves in a reality unecumbered by life's smoke and mirrors.
But all I know at this point is that I am not the smoke and mirrors; I still haven't answered the big question: Who am I? What makes me tick?
For that we have the seventh day of Pesach and the Splitting of the Sea.
In that sense, Pesach simply isn't long enough for me!