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by Mary T
Wed May 25, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 15
Replies: 6
Views: 8343

This passage is from the Order of St. Tzafkiel part of the Forum, "The Wisdom of Holy Awe": Now, this fear of Yahweh pronounced Elohim – the fear of Judgment-Gevurah, is an inferior grade of fear (Pachad); there is a superior grade of holy fear, one far more desirable, and one that is a fa...
by Mary T
Tue May 24, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 15
Replies: 6
Views: 8343

Another area of difficulty in this psalm seems the phrase "fear the Lord." Why, indeed, would one honor "those who fear the Lord.?" Certainly there is awe and wonder of the Lord- we are so small and the Lord is so big! The spiritual experience of Gevurah is part of the path and w...
by Mary T
Mon May 23, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 15
Replies: 6
Views: 8343

Psalm 15

Psalm 15 "Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, 4who despises a ...
by Mary T
Tue May 03, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Counselor, Comforter, Advocate
Replies: 4
Views: 7354

Your question, Brother, reminds of the adulteress brought before Yeshua. Yeshua asks where her accusers have gone. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave y...
by Mary T
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Order of St. Gabriel: Dream Union & Prophetic Meditation
Topic: The Art of Prayer & the Way of the Navim - Prophets
Replies: 14
Views: 17626

Thank you for posting this awesome practice! It feels like an inexhaustible source of light and blessing in itself. The "Bodies" portion seems to be reflected in the Sophian Union with Partzuf practice. With Hesed as the right arm and Gevurah the left, it appears that the initiate is first...
by Mary T
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Order of St. Gabriel: Dream Union & Prophetic Meditation
Topic: The Art of Prayer & the Way of the Navim - Prophets
Replies: 14
Views: 17626

Prayer of Elijah and kavvanot

This latter is well reflected by a common prayer in welcoming the Queen of Shabbat – the “Prayer of Elijah” that assumes the form of a discourse upon the mysteries of Ha-Shem and the Tree of Life; it is a traditional prayer taught in the Holy Kabbalah and well known to both Jewish and Christian Mek...
by Mary T
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: saying 60
Replies: 7
Views: 12243

I find it interesting that Yeshua says the man is "round about that lamb," implying that the man is totally involved in the idea of eating the lamb. Being careful is good advice, since carelessness could easily lead to spiritual death. There are many distractions that, like the man, seem &...
by Mary T
Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Saying 38, Integration
Replies: 3
Views: 6690

The pain you and your loved ones experienced during your latest trial, dear Brother, is not even possible to put into words. The blessings and joys that came about as a result cannot be counted. Your words remind me of the writings of Kahlil Gibran, who tells us that the cup of joy is carved by sorr...
by Mary T
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Saying 38, Integration
Replies: 3
Views: 6690

Saying 38, Integration

It came up in one of the latest discourses that we need to re-evaluate how we see something that appears negative, such as pain, so we can draw out the light in that experience. In this way we can integrate the experience and live more fully in the gift of the present moment. This discussion reminde...
by Mary T
Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Straw & Fire
Replies: 5
Views: 8607

The idea of one who has experienced depths of darkness as gifted with a different quality of compassion speaks volumes. One who has walked in great darkness, whether it is the evil inclination or in the darkness of great suffering, seems to have an incredible opportunity to connect powerfully with a...
by Mary T
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Da'at Elohim: Knowledge of God
Replies: 22
Views: 19757

…the play of the “fall” and apparent incarnation is necessary for the awakening, the actualization and realization of souls… When there is Da’at Elohim, then we are prepared to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life, having the knowledge to pass the great kerub who guards the path to the Tree of ...
by Mary T
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Da'at Elohim: Knowledge of God
Replies: 22
Views: 19757

Thank you for your thought-provoking response. I resonate with your words and find many questions arising as a result of this thread. "Relationships and unions," is this referring to all our relating in this radiant display of mind? We relate to ourselves, to each other, to a vast array of...
by Mary T
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Da'at Elohim: Knowledge of God
Replies: 22
Views: 19757

Such direct and intimate experience is implied in the root of da’at, yada, one meaning of which is an emotional, sensual, sexual knowledge – the fruition of love, or cleaving, in union. It would seem that in surrender and orgasmic bliss we experience the melting away of boundaries of “self” and “ot...
by Mary T
Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Emmanuel: God is With Us
Replies: 8
Views: 6155

Ah, the points here are related to my personal contemplations and recent conversations with orthodox faithful. It seems that these folks expect God to appear in a certain manner, so any other manifestation is not only unrecognizable but also unacceptable. In this way they completely miss the opportu...
by Mary T
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Your Faith Has Healed You
Replies: 10
Views: 7934

I resonate deeply with what has been shared here, especially in your experience, Malachi. I once lost the ability to walk and, with much movement of Spirit in those around me and with much co-labor on my part, I regained that capability. Since that time every step is a miracle to me. I have never fo...
by Mary T
Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: The Gospel of St. Philip
Topic: Virgin Births
Replies: 5
Views: 7543

Thank you for this thought-provoking post, Brother! It seems that even a simple change in our perceptions can work wonders and weave a whole new story in our lives. Forgive my simplicity here but changing our perceptions seems a daunting task. So, perhaps, starting from what is simple, we can change...
by Mary T
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Sacred Dance & Sacred Art
Replies: 8
Views: 11026

A lovely thread on sacred art, particularly dance. In ceremony every movement seems as sacred dance to my way of thinking. Personal ceremonies might consist completely of dance, depending on how Mother moves. In our small circle we dance or move as it feels appropriate in worship. I find dance movem...
by Mary T
Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: In Celebration of Vulture People
Replies: 2
Views: 4842

Thank you, dear brothers, for such profound insights into Vulture! I once met a vulture mother and babies in an abandoned house and gained great respect for this noble bird’s dignity and motherhood. She displayed no hostility toward me and did not seem to mind my presence as long as I maintained a r...
by Mary T
Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Gnosis in Repose: Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 13067

That shades and shadows dominate in this world is well known and obvious – the media reports about many negative things that happen every day, and in this world people expect and prefer bad news; it does us no good to focus on that, and when we do we simply become part of the herd consciousness, ou...
by Mary T
Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Measured Blessing
Replies: 2
Views: 3030

Giving so it is really a blessing and not a stumbling block to growth—such a timely message of wisdom! So often we want to help someone in pain but what is really needed is the empowerment of working through a difficult situation. If we are not shattered, it seems that what we consider our worst tri...
by Mary T
Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Cycle of Giving and Receiving
Replies: 9
Views: 8896

Ah, beautiful insights! What comes to mind is a circuit of God giving and receiving God-self endlessly. To me this implies a mind-blowing idea of infinite dimensionality, as the giving and receiving in infinite worlds and realms, in all times and all at once...
May all beings be blessed!
by Mary T
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Tikkune of the Soul, Death and Rebirth of Ourselves
Replies: 1
Views: 2436

May we all be blessed with grace and peace in the Great Work! Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us, Brother Phillip. It is challenging and often painful to disentangle ourselves from poisonous relationships. At times I have felt as though deeply rooted tentacles are being ripped from my hear...
by Mary T
Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Klippot: the Husks or Shells
Replies: 11
Views: 15623

Blessings to all in the Light of Messiah! The analogy of birth speaks volumes to me. Usually a human birth is preceded by joyful celebrations, congratulations and many happy wishes for an easy birth and a healthy child. How much more so should we joyfully celebrate and uplift the impending birth of ...
by Mary T
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: A Native American Prayer
Replies: 2
Views: 2504

A Native American Prayer

Ute Prayer Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light. Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory. Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning. Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young. Earth teach me courage as the tree which sta...
by Mary T
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: An Invocation of Kali Kallah, the Black Bride - Lilith
Replies: 5
Views: 10190

Ah, this is a most beautiful and intoxicating practice! In me it invokes great love and intimacy with the Divine Mother! Perhaps it is that one of the many great gifts of Lilatu is that of fearlessness. When fear is swept away love and joy are free to rush into the the practitioner on more levels th...
by Mary T
Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: There is no sin
Replies: 22
Views: 17520

Blessings and joy to to all! I am grateful to have had this wonderful discussion brought into play. The nature of sin and the true meaning of repentance are hidden in this world by the claims of orthodox religions. Public "confessions," as our brother Phillip mentions, often appear to serv...
by Mary T
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Being Gnostic
Replies: 9
Views: 5422

Ah, precious brothers and sisters, isn't it delightful when our Mother shows us a new place where we are called to let in her Light? I am so grateful for the seeming stumbles--they are just new dance steps in our sacred dance with Spirit. It is joyful to hear these messages from our Mother, and how ...
by Mary T
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Order of St. Raphael: Teachings & Practices of the Healing Way
Topic: Healing the Zelem (Self-Image)
Replies: 8
Views: 11199

This is a lovely point, Martina! It seems Our Mother speaks through these changes, giving us a chance to heal our divisions from her. Our bodies are constantly changing, transforming from one moment to the next. I feel that in every change, in every illness, in every injury to the body, Mother Spiri...
by Mary T
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 88 and the fifth Repentance
Replies: 17
Views: 11055

Thank you for that wonderful imagery, Sheryl! We're all in this together!
Blessings!
Mary
by Mary T
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 3302

Indeed, having also invested a great deal in materials on spiritual subjects--I can't even say how much this Forum means to me. The insights, the fellowship, the energies are constant blessings in my path. So glad you are here, Brian! May this circle grow and prosper in every way needed to serve Mot...
by Mary T
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 88 and the fifth Repentance
Replies: 17
Views: 11055

Yes, this is a fascinating discussion with an almost endless web of nuances. What comes to my mind is that as lovers of the Beloved we yearn for complete intimacy. The pit of despair brings us into deeper intimacy with the Mother in her dark aspects, Kali Imma, Kali Kallah. If, in this earthly life,...
by Mary T
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Order of St. Gabriel: Dream Union & Prophetic Meditation
Topic: The Perfection of Worship among the Navim
Replies: 6
Views: 6821

How wonderful and helpful to have this discussion together! But what is clear is that we MUST live and act according to what is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit... LIVING a vision is the hard part! Amen to that! Emptiness and openness seem key to working with and understanding how to properly utili...
by Mary T
Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Order of St. Gabriel: Dream Union & Prophetic Meditation
Topic: The Perfection of Worship among the Navim
Replies: 6
Views: 6821

For me it is best not to attach any meaning to visions and messages. In passing them on to the person for whom they are given I trust that Spirit will guide that individual in interpretation. These types of messages, at least in my own experience, seem more like data points that a person can use muc...
by Mary T
Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Let Your Eye Be Single
Replies: 6
Views: 7756

Wonderful contemplation, Brother! It brings to mind the teaching of Mary, "The meaning of repentance is this: If you miss the mark, adjust your aim." Turning back to our original focus is that simple and does not require grasping at our image of ourselves, thinking of whether we are good o...

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