Daniel Hochman: The Divine Spark
Our teachings tell us we are infused with a divine spark. This pinnacle of light connects us to G-d and to each other. When I celebrate the success of my friends, I share that happiness through this divine spark. When someone is grieving, I can reach out with empathy; and that is the divine spark.
We nurture our connection to the divine with our acts and our thoughts. When we are kind and considerate, when we listen and try to understand, when we think of the well-being of another, we engage our divine spark. Our right actions and thoughts are the key to our connection with this inner light. It is not because we are tested. I don’t believe that something actively tests us.
But I know that when I am acting congruently with my sense of morality, I can sense the spark’s presence. When I betray my sense of right and wrong; when I fool myself with rationalizations; when I take the easy path, I lose my connection to the inner fire.
I find it, ultimately, easier to live a life free from the distraction of my ego endlessly telling me I should have done something differently. It is much easier to do the right thing in the first place. And it takes less time!
This has been no easier during the Pandemic than in other times. I find that the human part of me makes mistakes. It does not always do the right thing, take right action, and have right thoughts. This is normal. My connection to the divine spark is the balancing salve, taming the ego and tuning into divine consciousness.
So, I have been investing in my divine spark. How? By closing the gap between my actions and my expectations. How do I this?
- Positive, spiritual, and funny Facebook groups
- Striving for understanding
- Recognizing when I am feeling ‘off.’
- And many more!!
There are endless ways. You will surely see some on my list, and you will have a list of your own. As we cultivate our spiritual presence, as we more deeply connect with our inner divine spark, something miraculous starts to happen!
We feel better. ‘It’s better to give than to receive’ has roots in this truth. Also, ’charity is good for the soul.’ We fill our language with witty ‘truisms’ encouraging us to accentuate this side of our existence. The ‘reality’ of our human existence can coincide with this vision of the inner spark. And as we pour our energy and thoughts into this divine connection, the connection grows.
It becomes easier to connect. The connection becomes stronger. The spark becomes an ember, becomes a flame, and then who knows? Can this divine presence charge us even at the cellular level? Research suggests it can! And we can take comfort in knowing that over time we truly do change.
Our cells die and regenerate such that as we age, our entire body is 100% replacement parts from original. Our bodies have changed from infant to child to adult to aged. They are not the same bodies. Our consciousness survives, as does our link to the divine.
As I experience the High Holidays, my thoughts turn to our congregation. If I have interacted with you, I have probably been in someway unkind. I may have ignored your feelings or dismissed your ideas. At times, I have been forceful. At times, I have barked when I was in pain. The value of my apology will be in my pursuit of right action as we continue our paths. I hope you forgive me as well, as I forgive you for what I may have perceived as hurtful. And in this way, may we continue to reach for the divine by growing our inner light.
Founder, A Peaceful Light
Daniel Hochman has deep roots at CBB. His favorite pastimes are loving his wife Mandy, music, and pondering the meaning of life.