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by Tamara
Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Why Lilith ?
Replies: 64
Views: 156369

Paul, I had the same thought. The Celtic goddess often appears to a young man in the form of a hag, the more repulsive the better, and demands that he kiss her or embrace her. If he does, she transforms into a beautiful woman. Not a bad meditation on transcending attachment and aversion. Shabbat Sha...
by Tamara
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:42 am
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Trees and the Tree of Life
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Dear Sister Sarah+ and Sophia-Suzette, The power of trees as archetypes of connecting heaven and earth is extraordinary. I grew up in west Texas, where trees don't often grow very tall. Now that I'm living in Pennsylvania, where I'm surrounded by huge, powerful trees, this imagery has become much mo...
by Tamara
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:05 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Why Lilith ?
Replies: 64
Views: 156369

Greetings, I'm struck by the similarity between Lilith and the wrathful dakinis of Buddhist practice, and Kali in Hindu practice. +Tau has alluded to this in other threads in the forum, but here especially the similarity seems pertinent to me. In the Buddhist tradition the wrathful deities are centr...
by Tamara
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Sophian Gnostic Liturgy: Prayers & Invocations
Topic: Songs and music?
Replies: 8
Views: 8772

Shabat Shalom, Sisters, Many chants fromthe Orthodox tradition have very Gnotic overtones. And Marion, your suggestion about spontaneous chant reminds me ofthe Hebrew practice of niggun. Rabbi David Cooper introduces the practice in one of his audio workshops. Niggunim are wordless chants, but the i...
by Tamara
Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Sophian Gnostic Liturgy: Prayers & Invocations
Topic: Songs and music?
Replies: 8
Views: 8772

Shalom, Brooke, I've been wondering the same thing. Chant and song are powerful ways to contact deeply to a tradition and a practice. I've sometimes sung some of Lisa Thiel's songs in meditation on Kallah Messiah or Kodesh Imma Ha-Messiah. A few of her songs fit beautifully into the framework of con...
by Tamara
Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:57 am
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Trees and the Tree of Life
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Shalom, Leslie! Thank you so much for sharing this prayer. Celtic spirituality is very close to my heart (or maybe just in my genes! :) ). I finally bought my very own copy of the Carmina Gaedelica because I love so many of the prayers. Your comment about the Celtic Cross is very timely as I was tal...
by Tamara
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Trees and the Tree of Life
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

Trees and the Tree of Life

Greetings, Everyone, Last weekend I was walking in Ridley Creek State Park and came upon a beautiful grove of tall beech trees on a slope by the creek. The smooth gray bark of the trees made the space look magical and there was a palpable feeling of welcome. I've had relationships with trees that I ...
by Tamara
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Earthly Angels
Replies: 23
Views: 14797

I'm so pleased to see this aspect of the Sophian tradition explored in the forum. We have allowed ourselves to forget that the Hebrews and indeed Yeshuah himself were very connected to the natural world. While they had perhaps rejected worship of the divine through form as gods and goddesses, they w...
by Tamara
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Wisdom of the Stone People
Replies: 3
Views: 4490

I find that stones teach stillness. Place a stone in your hand and see if your mind doesn't slow down. And there's a reason so many saints and yogis go into the mountains! There's a wonderful quote in Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra: "The mountains have always been the timeless dwelling plac...
by Tamara
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Replies: 10
Views: 9956

Greetings, Cheryl, I'm jumping into your conversation a little after the fact, but I have a friend whose father was a rabbi and when she was a teenager she mentioned to another rabbi that she was interested in kabbalah. He said to her that only men could study kabbalah because the work of the kabbal...
by Tamara
Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Who is the judge of the Gnostics?
Replies: 6
Views: 4759

I like this idea very much, Leslie. Thank you for sharing it.

Shalom,
Tamara
by Tamara
Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Who is the judge of the Gnostics?
Replies: 6
Views: 4759

Re: Who is the judge of the Gnostics?

Greetings, Tau, Claudia and Michael+, The following passage from this reading leaped out at me: [quote= For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, “While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a j...
by Tamara
Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 134
Replies: 1
Views: 3729

Shalom, Phillip, I pray or chant this psalm in the evening. It communicates that wonderful night prayer feeling that I love about Vespers or Compline services. There is something a little magical about being in a church or sanctuary at night. In the Orthodox Church, the priest (or priests if more th...
by Tamara
Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: The blood and dust of Adam
Replies: 1
Views: 3997

Shalom, Marion,
It would be a good way to communicate the feminine quality of matter through symbol. So Adam blends spirit and matter in a balance of masculine and feminine.

Yours in the light of Shekinah,
Tamara
by Tamara
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: The Divine gnosis of the Lord
Replies: 6
Views: 4662

Hello, Shannon, I'm always a little hesitant to follow +Malachi's posts because sometimes it's a bit of moving from the sublime to the--hopefully not ridiculous--but maybe simple-minded! :) However, I would like to go back to your dream about the seeds that felt poisonous. Doubt in itself is not poi...
by Tamara
Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:12 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Black Madonna: Black Goddess
Replies: 22
Views: 25231

Shalom to All, Brother Michael+'s comments came very near to what I thought as I read these posts. It seems to me that the Dark Mother is the one so close to the Ayin that most of us perceive her with some fear. In the Jewish, Christian and Vajrayana traditions there seem to be 2 sorts of divine bei...
by Tamara
Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 149
Replies: 1
Views: 5641

Shalom, Phillip, It seems to me that the placement of this psalm is also interesting. It's the penultimate psalm, and yet it speaks of "a new song," which seems to point to your idea of directing the hearer to a new phase or level of awareness. The double edged sword wielded by the righteo...
by Tamara
Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:39 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Online chat room mentoring program
Replies: 12
Views: 12616

Greetings, Tau and Christopher,

This is a real gift. I know that your weekend schedule is already full. Thank you for being willing to give your time in this way.

In Peace & Light,
Tamara
by Tamara
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:08 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Online chat room mentoring program
Replies: 12
Views: 12616

Hi, Christopher,
Is there any possibility of having the chat on the weekend? For those of us ont the east cost 4:00 is still work time and we can't participate. Unfortunately, later in the evening during the week would also be too late for all of you on the west coast.

Tamara
by Tamara
Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Salome?
Replies: 8
Views: 7817

Hello, Again, Renee, On the subject of Hebrew pronunciation, I remembered that Marion posted a very helpful website, http://www.hebrew4christians.com/, that offers sound files of Hebrew pronunciation. You might want to check it out. I'll give you a caveat; there's some issue with access to their hom...
by Tamara
Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Salome?
Replies: 8
Views: 7817

Hi, Renee, I'm going to jump in here and make a suggestion. I'm not sure +Malachi will make a point of suggesting that you consider reading one of his books but I will. Living Gnosis, or if you find yourself drawn to the Jewish roots of Sophian Gnosticism, Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ, might be good ...
by Tamara
Sun Jun 04, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: The Gospel of St. Philip
Topic: Hebrews & Christians; Winter & Summer
Replies: 14
Views: 18704

Shalom, Susan, I hadn't thought about it, but you have a point. The question that came to my mind as I read your post was "What is the Father without the Mother?" In Kabbalistic thinking about the process of manifestation, the absolute is equally masculine and feminine. However, there is t...
by Tamara
Sun Jun 04, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: An Invocation of Kali Kallah, the Black Bride - Lilith
Replies: 5
Views: 9227

Shalom, Elishevah, And welcome to the forum. I understand your discomfort with the premise of this practice, but I can also tell you that every spiritual tradition with the exception of mainstream Christianity has similar practices that use "wrathful" or dark aspects of the divine or of en...
by Tamara
Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: gnostic rosary
Replies: 4
Views: 5267

Shalom, Kat,
I'm just getting around to reading your post. Your Hail Miriam is the loveliest alternate version of the Hail Mary I've read. Thank you for sharing it.

Blessings,
Tamara
by Tamara
Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Sophia: Wise Folly
Replies: 3
Views: 5674

Greetings, Tau, I had to laugh as I read your reference to finding a spiritual teacher who smokes, drinks &/or eats red meat, thinking about your recent visit to the Theosophical Society's headquarters. One of the most famous photographs of H.P. Blavatsky is one in which (in the original) she ha...
by Tamara
Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:50 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Sophia: Wise Folly
Replies: 3
Views: 5674

Dear Tau, Thank you so much for this insight into the "folly" of Sophia in Gnostic literature. This is the one single idea in Gnostic teaching that I've never been able to reconcile. I've felt that the answer had to be somewhere in the direction that you've taken it, but you've articulated...
by Tamara
Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:08 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Tamar, Red & Blue Babies & Yeshua.
Replies: 10
Views: 7380

Oh, Marion, What a wonderful teaching on this passage! I knew that Tamar's covering her face must have meaning, because why would a prostitute do such a thing? But I never thought of the possibility of temple priestesses, who've often been conflated with prostitutes. And of course, sexual union has ...
by Tamara
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:42 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Saying 133: The Meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 8904

Hi, Carmela, I just thought I'd point out that Grant calls his book a novel. He apparently used excerpts from Edgar Cayce's psychic readings (there were many that referred to Jesus and those around him), and I think he feels that he "channeled" some of the mind of Mary Magdalene. So what's in the bo...
by Tamara
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Overwhelmed
Replies: 10
Views: 8720

Hello, Brother, For what it's worth, when I discovered this forum I had the most amazing experience of being humbled. I had studied deeply in more than one tradition and thought I was fairly knowledgeable, but as I read the posts in some of the sections I found them way over my head (and often still...
by Tamara
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Tamar, Red & Blue Babies & Yeshua.
Replies: 10
Views: 7380

I'm not sure where the person who posted got the red and blue idea. They're not anywhere in the text. But this passage has always haunted me because it seems so out of place. It doesn't follow from the section before it and doesn't relate to the section after it. And it does appear to be an echo of ...
by Tamara
Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Tamar, Red & Blue Babies & Yeshua.
Replies: 10
Views: 7380

I think I'm going to try Marion's suggestion on this one and just read and meditate on i over and over and see what comes up.

Shalom,
Tamara
by Tamara
Sun Feb 26, 2006 9:54 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The Practice of Fasting
Replies: 3
Views: 4052

Thank you, Tau,

Sometimes it's hard to be sure when one is moved by the wind of the Spirit or by the spirit to be a wind bag! :lol:

Blessings,
Tamara
by Tamara
Sat Feb 25, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The Practice of Fasting
Replies: 3
Views: 4052

Hello, Tau, This is a very timely article, coming just before the season of the Great Fast, whether in the Eastern or Western church. Because we're coming to Lent, I've been thinking a bit about fasting and it seems in a sense that to "fast from this world" we almost have to choose to restrict our i...
by Tamara
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Tamar, Red & Blue Babies & Yeshua.
Replies: 10
Views: 7380

Tamar, Red & Blue Babies & Yeshua.

I saw this posted by someone in a mail group I'm on and I thought the question was interesting (and being Tamar's namesake I would), so I thought this would be just the place to get an answer. I've paraphrased the original a little: We recall the tale of Tamar having twin boys by Judah, her father-i...
by Tamara
Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Recognizing the Nature of Negative Emotions
Replies: 15
Views: 10712

Hello, Phillip, What a wonderful way to express our relationship with our emotions! One reason our problematic emotions can wreak so much havoc is that we tend to think of them as inherently part of us. This is a marvelous way to encourage people to see their emotional states with a little distance,...
by Tamara
Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:24 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Gnostic Art
Replies: 4
Views: 3551

Hello, NorthAngel27 and Hello, Marion, I've got a site with some interesting art, much of it with a Gnostic emphasis, for you to take a look at. Marion, I think you especially would like this artist's style. I never knew you were the person who did the Magdalene image on the site. She's very powerfu...
by Tamara
Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Beatitudes Meditations from Aramaic
Replies: 2
Views: 3141

Hi, Coop,
Thanks for the recommendation. I've seen his audio workshops in Sounds True's catalog but never got to trying them, although I've read his work. I think his point that to understand Yeshua you need to meet him in his own language is a good one.

Shalom,
Tamara
by Tamara
Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:44 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Eating
Replies: 7
Views: 5475

Susan, That's also a part of Orthodox understanding. When you focus on what one does eat during a fasting season, you notice that it's basically fruit, vegetables, beans & grains. This is very similar to many cleansing diets used in traditional medicine. There's a line in the liturgy about half-way ...
by Tamara
Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Eating
Replies: 7
Views: 5475

Hello, Susan and Phillip, I'll chime in here with my perennial semi-Orthodox perspective. In the Orthodox church fasting is very much a part of practice and is intended to help the person shift attention from physical to spiritual desire. This form of fasting is a safe way to begin as it doesn't imp...
by Tamara
Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Discussing God
Replies: 3
Views: 3521

Hi, Ralph, I think you can live in peace with your Catholic roots and still benefit from the Sophian understanding if you consider that the teaching on the Virgin Birth was originally intended as a mystical truth and can still be understood in that way. Personally, I don't really have a problem with...
by Tamara
Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Altars/ Personal Sanctums
Replies: 7
Views: 7150

Wow, Mark!

This sounds like a very magical space. When I need some creative advise I'll know who to ask from now on.

Shalom,
Tamara
by Tamara
Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:30 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 133
Replies: 7
Views: 10331

Dear Tau, Thank you for choosing this little psalm for reflection. It has become a regular part of my daily prayers, largely because I feel so strongly that we need the blessing of this prayer to answer the conflict and hostility in the world. It also uses such wonderfully luxurious language. The im...
by Tamara
Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 131
Replies: 4
Views: 7974

Hello Phillip and Tau,
You've gotten me to begin my meditation with this psalm. It's a wonderful way to set the mind for silence and concentration.

Shalom,
Tamara
by Tamara
Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 104
Replies: 2
Views: 4994

Hello, Phillip, This is a special psalm and I think your insights into the structure are right on. In the Orthodox Church, this is the 1st psalm that's chanted at Vespers, which of course in liturgical time marks the beginning of the day. (Tau, why is that? I know that this comes from Genesis: "ther...
by Tamara
Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:28 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Prophetic Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 6845

Shalom, Tau,

A question came to mind in reading your description of the vision of Yahweh on a throne. Is this similar to what's alluded to (consciously or unconsciously) in Christian icons depicting Christ, or Mary with Christ in her lap, seated on a throne?

Tamara
by Tamara
Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Predestination: A Gnostic View
Replies: 4
Views: 4535

Shalom, Tau, You've touched on a subject that I've been thinking about recently in a slightly different context. Would you extend your comments to the subject of prophecy and the ability to forsee certain events (or their probability), sometimes very far into the future, by some prophets and clairvo...
by Tamara
Fri Nov 11, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Holy Tzaddik: The Fifth Element
Replies: 35
Views: 39749

Dear Tau, Oh my, where to begin?? After years of hearing and reading teaching in the Tibetan tradition on the relationship between the elements in their pure and deluded states I've never gotten this teaching so clearly. Thank you. And your comment at the end about the Tzaddik being the Holy Child w...
by Tamara
Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 71
Replies: 17
Views: 12817

Shalom, I've enjoyed so much the insights everyone has brought to the meaning of this psalm. I'm going to bring the focus back for a moment, though, from the mystical and symbolic to the more literal. I'm struck by the repetition of the theme of birth to old age here, in that the psalmist says first...
by Tamara
Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Mary of Egypt
Replies: 0
Views: 3457

Mary of Egypt

Shalom, I was thinking a few days ago about one of my favorite saints, who's very much loved in the Orthodox tradition, but not well known in Western Christianity. Meditating on her story in the light of Sophian Gnosticism illuminates her life in a whole new way and I thought I'd share it. Father Zo...
by Tamara
Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:43 am
Forum: The Gospel of Truth
Topic: Jesus the Mother
Replies: 11
Views: 13556

Greetings, Brother! I'm of 2 minds about how to interpret this passage. On one hand, a great being would embody fully qualities of both mother and father, so you could certainly interpret Jesus as Mother, but my first inclination is to assume a simple omission, the word "to", making the passage "to ...

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