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Kabbalah Concepts: Bitul

Bitul is a complex concept. In essence, it means negation, as in negation of the self, the true depth of selflessness. Rabbi Ginsburg (from Inner.Org) writes on this topic:

Selflessness is the experiential form of the sefirah of wisdom, meaning that the more a person’s wisdom is expressed, the less he experiences his ego. As the intensity of the feeling of one’s own ego diminishes it is replaced by an acute awareness of the omnipresence of the Almighty.
A person who truly attains selflessness emanates an awareness of the Almighty to all that surround him and come in contact with him. It is almost as if he or she has become a placeholder, a symbolic pointer, to the omnipresent holiness of the Almighty.

Selflessness is prone to misdirection by imagination. It is easy for a person to imagine that he is selfless, to imagine that he is aware of the omnipresence of the Almighty. In fact, false images of G-d, in this sense, actually lead to the aggrandizement of one’s ego with all the negative effects that it entails. The power of imagination is what man shares with the beasts, and indeed is initially identified as a faculty of the animal soul. Only after much refinement can the imagination correctly envision the presence of the Almighty.

Less ego, more wisdom. Less ego, more room for G-d.

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