During my week in Tzfat, during Chanukkah, I met a very interesting gentleman who told me his soul was filled with too much light. He told me, he had too much wisdom in his soul, and because of this condition, he was put on medication. The medication is aimed at keeping him in a “normal”state of being, rather than feeling like he is constantly, in a “high/crazy”state of mind.
This notion of having too much light in his soul, really impacted me, and forced me to take a look at the power of light, and our responsibility as individuals, in this world, to use our light, for good.
This week’s parsha, Miketz, tells us the story of Pharaoh, summoning Joseph to help him interpret his dreams. Joseph, a man who was constantly in a euphoric state of being able to interpret dreams, might have been looked at, by some, as having too much light in his soul as well. If he had gone around telling everyone about his dreams, they might have labeled him “crazy” or given him medication. Instead, his brothers threw him into a pit, a place he might have ended up regardless of how he got there.
Pharaoh summoned Joseph because Pharaoh needed to use Joseph’s skill, to benefit him. The relationship between Pharaoh and Joseph was symbiotic. They both needed each other, to make sense of their own dreams.
This relationship made me realize, that all people have a soul filled with light. How we use our light, is our true challenge. It is our responsibility, in this world, to find the right tools, to release our light, without overpowering others. In order to keep us in this world, we must allow ourselves to take, when taking is needed. But, the light we have within is what will help us move forward into the spiritual realm of the world to come.
“As I make choices to empower myself, I must consider the community’s health. For in the balance of the give and take, a whole new reality, we will create.”
Written by Julie Auerbach