March 4, 2013
Divine spark: expressing the unique mission of your soul
On February 23, I spent the day looking for a good Purim costume to wear to an event that evening. My initial idea was pretty basic, which was to just wear different neon articles of clothing. When I saw that my costume at the local thrift store was going to cost me $66, I put the majority of it back onto the rack. It was time to go back to the drawing board. I decided to expand on the theme of wearing a costume that exudes something bright. I had printed a large image of an activated Tesla coil to wear on my t-shirt (See image of Tesla Coil). Although I was starting to feel excited about my costume, something was still missing. The answer hit me like a lighting bolt… I was going to identify myself as being a divine spark.
According to the ten principles of Judaism found on the website of the Ollendorff Center, “Judaism teaches us that all human beings are created in the divine image and therefore are linked to God by the Divine Spark within them.” Although my costume was a bit eccentric and nerdy, I felt proud because I knew that the idea was born from the creativity of my own divine spark. One of the kids at the celebration even told me I had the best costume that night, and kids know best…
MISSING THE MARK ON MAKING A MITZVAH
A couple of days went by and the bag was still sitting in my front seat. One evening as I was walking to my car, I began to feel bad, and wondered if I would have been more aggressive to give it away if I didn’t live such a cushioned lifestyle and didn’t take food for granted. The truth is that I had even forgotten about the bag.
COMING TOGETHER AND CREATING A SPARK
The street I live on is the second steepest street in LA County. It is where firefighters go to do their physical exercise and train. It’s no joke. Since the man now had some food to get by, he no longer needed to climb up my street going from garbage to garbage. He was radiating with gratitude as we were parting, and then excitedly ran down towards the bottom of my street and disappeared.
“Judaism teaches us how to nurture the Divine Spark within us, elevating us in moral worth and dignity and linking us to The Divine.” The moment that I had shared with the man absolutely nurtured my divine spark. Our paths crossing felt very beshert (meant to be).
THE PHYSICS OF DOING A MITZVAH
I started walking again after a couple of blocks. All of the sudden I had a hand tap my shoulder. It was a young woman who had seen me drop my keys right as I had started to run, and had been chasing me down the block trying to return them. I was wearing earphones and couldn’t hear her calling my name. She was out of breath and had left her family behind. I expressed a sense of gratitude and relief to the woman, which I imagined was similar to how the homeless man had felt towards me. I was amazed by her kindness, and wondered if it was somehow inspired by the same kindness that I had shown to the man. Is the energy you put out into the universe what you get back?
EITHER/OR TO BOTH/AND