We pointed out last time that there are two major thrusts in the universe:
"From up above, downward", and "from down below, upward".
We explained that to mean that there are times when the spiritual backdrop
behind everything physical (known as "the transcendent forces") holds sway in
the universe and affect us as well as everything else commandingly. And there
are times when we hold sway in the universe and affect everything (the
transcendent forces included!) commandingly-- when we willfully obey or defy
Ironically, then, it can be said that we have great and manifest power in the
universe when we willfully *surrender* ourselves to G-d's wishes. And that
while we still do have great and manifest power when we willfully defy G-d,
nonetheless the sort of power rooted in complying with G-d is affirmative and
constructive, while the kind thatís rooted in defying Him is negative and
Lest we forget let's re-affirm, though, that while the transcendent forces
are indeed the backdrop of everything we know of, and while we ourselves are
capable of great authority, G-d Almighty still and all rules, and utterly so.
It's just that He uses various tangible and intangible things-- ourselves
included-- to accomplish His ends in the physical world.
That having been said, it follows then that G-d has placed limits on the
degree that we can affect the transcendent forces. And that he has enabled
certain of the things we do to affect them, and others not to.
Hence, my innocuously laying a cup of coffee to the side after having sipped
from it doesn't do very much to change the machinations of the universe.
(Though everything has its consequences, no matter how minor. In this
instance, my having put the cup one place forces me to go there again when I
want it the next time rather than somewhere else, which certainly sends off
ripples, no matter how small.)
But my setting aside a Kiddush cup on the Sabbath after using it (i.e., after
having sanctified the Sabbath with the wine in it), on the other hand, has
global (albeit invisible) ramifications aside from the sort of everyday
ripples we mentioned.
One point remains. Not only do our actions have ramifications-- what we say
and think do also, to some degree. In fact, since our words and (even more
so) our thoughts are 'closer to the bone", their effects are deeper yet than
our actionsí. And they can do more harm or good.
Hence it would be wise to be on top of our thoughts, words, and deeds in
light of that. But how so? Perhaps the way a perceptive and sensitive parent
watches what he or she does, says, and indeed thinks about his or her
children, in light of the effect they have upon them, however subtle.
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