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When a person discusses devotion with a friend, it creates "direct light" and "returning light" . Sometimes the "returning light" comes before the "direct light" , as when the recipient has certain mental limits that prevent him from accepting his friend's words. Even before the recipient receives the "direct light" from his friend, the friend already receives "returning light" . Even if the intended recipient cannot accept his friend's words, the friend can be inspired by what he himself is saying. When his words come forth from his mouth and strike the other, the light is reflected back to the speaker just as when something thrown against a wall bounces back to the thrower. In the same way, when you speak to a friend, you can be inspired by the words that bounce off him even though he himself is unable to accept them. Had you told yourself exactly the same thing, it may be that you would not have been aroused in the least. But by addressing them to your friend, you yourself are inspired even if he is not, because your words are reflected back to you from your friend." Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

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When

a

person

discusses

devotion

with

a

friend



it

creates

"direct

light"

and

"returning

light"





Sometimes

the

"returning

light"

comes

before

the

"direct

light"





as

when

the

recipient

has

certain

mental

limits

that

prevent

him

from

accepting

his

friend

s

words



Even

before

the

recipient

receives

the

"direct

light"

from

his

friend



the

friend

already

receives

"returning

light"



Even

if

the

intended

recipient

cannot

accept

his

friend

s

words



the

friend

can

be

inspired

by

what

he

himself

is

saying



When

his

words

come

forth

from

his

mouth

and

strike

the

other



the

light

is

reflected

back

to

the

speaker

just

as

when

something

thrown

against

a

wall

bounces

back

to

the

thrower



In

the

same

way



when

you

speak

to

a

friend



you

can

be

inspired

by

the

words

that

bounce

off

him

even

though

he

himself

is

unable

to

accept

them



Had

you

told

yourself

exactly

the

same

thing



it

may

be

that

you

would

not

have

been

aroused

in

the

least



But

by

addressing

them

to

your

friend



you

yourself

are

inspired

even

if

he

is

not



because

your

words

are

reflected

back

to

you

from

your

friend

"

Rebbe

Nachman

of

Breslov



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