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by Rebekah
Wed May 25, 2005 1:01 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: New to Gnosticism
Replies: 16
Views: 13266

Greetings Ralph! We host a topical chat room on StarChat on Tuesday and Friday evenings (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) for the discussion of Sophian Gnosticism. It's an opportunity to interact with others, some of whom, like yourself, are new to the teachings. There is a link on the first page of our we...
by Rebekah
Wed May 18, 2005 6:20 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The energy of prejudice
Replies: 10
Views: 6703

Shalom! A guest in the chat room last evening has this posted on her refrigerator: 'You may learn clarity in any random moment of your life, as soon as you open your inner eyes to what your judgments of others are saying about you.' We can't blame and judge others unless we blame and judge ourselves...
by Rebekah
Sun May 01, 2005 4:27 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Practice "enough"?
Replies: 14
Views: 12077

Greetings Garbleiel! Your question about will brings up the notion that we are endowed with free will. Yet, unless we exercise free will, can we really be said to have it? So I'm wondering if we must train the will or simply make a conscious choice to exercise it. Perhaps instead of practice trainin...
by Rebekah
Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Mental Silence
Replies: 4
Views: 4698

Shalom!

I had never considered 'peace of mind' in this context. Too often we seem to settle for a kind of self-satisfaction, or for the absence of conflict, and think of this as peace and contentment (another word to contemplate). There are so many messages hidden in plain sight!

Rebekah
by Rebekah
Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:44 am
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Ophanim & Vegitation
Replies: 9
Views: 10847

Shalom Malachi and Phillip, Thank you for your reply, Malachi, it is most helpful and delightful! I've been following the discussion of the Way of Work, and it is interesting to consider the elohim in terms of matrixes when we consider the Way of Work associated with Netzach and the archangel Uriel....
by Rebekah
Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:19 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Ophanim & Vegitation
Replies: 9
Views: 10847

Shalom Malachi and Phillip! I'm curious about the connection between Binah (Aralim-Thrones) and Netzach (elohim-Dominions). The connection between Thrones and Dominions seems clear enough, yet looking at the divine name for Binah, Yahweh Elohim and the order of angels of Netzach, elohim , this seems...
by Rebekah
Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:21 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: The Way
Replies: 3
Views: 5417

Shalom! This delightful contemplation speaks to me of perfect success as well. The idea that the present moment guides us into the doorway of the next moment certainly focuses our attention rightly on this moment and what we are invoking. We may plan for the future, yet this plan is shaped now by ou...
by Rebekah
Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:09 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26428

Shalom Marian! It is truly a great blessing for soul mates to meet and unite on this earth, and the energy of this is indeed much like a super nova, extending far beyond their own human relationship. Yet if we seek to find our soul mate in order to facilitate the Second Coming, I wonder if we would ...
by Rebekah
Sun Feb 13, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: The Gospel of St. Philip
Topic: The Lord Ascending
Replies: 12
Views: 14750

Shalom Malachi and Marian! We seem to go through stages of recognizing the presence of awareness, until we recognize that this presence of awareness is the same presence of awareness in all states. (Indeed, it seems it is the same presence of awareness in all beings!) In our experience, we move thro...
by Rebekah
Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: Sefer Yetzirah: Book of Formation
Topic: Permutations of Yod, Heh, Vav
Replies: 7
Views: 9860

Shalom Malachi and Phillip, I was contemplating the altar in my room this morning and thinking that each object on it is talismatic, and that in combination, together they are another talisman. These are intended to draw upon various energies. Familiarity with the partzufim, and the sefirot and olam...
by Rebekah
Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Original Sin
Replies: 10
Views: 7608

Greetings Yahisha and Phillip! I too have often found this an interesting contemplation. Without the knowledge of good and evil, how could Adam and Eve have sinned by eating the fruit? The question of the Demiurge is curious in this respect. It would seem that prior to eating the fruit, Adam and Eve...
by Rebekah
Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:01 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26428

Shalom! I've been thinking about the Beloved, and contemplating Yeshua and Mary Magdalene, Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, Shiva and Kali, and the interplay and interaction between them. These soul mates are a powerful display for us, showing us not only the interplay of two beings, but the unifica...
by Rebekah
Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26428

Shalom! It’s interesting how limited we sometimes feel in our relationships, yet at the same time, we also may feel limited by not having a relationship which draws out and allows us to fully express the love within us, even our spirit connectedness. It seems there is something powerful in these con...
by Rebekah
Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 13
Views: 10812

Shalom! It seems curious that Paul would say "Hate what is evil" since hating seems the very nature of evil itself. I can't help but think of Yeshua's teaching in the Sermon on the Mount: "You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an...
by Rebekah
Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Differentiation
Replies: 13
Views: 7702

Greetings! The difficulty with words seems to be that they are like the proverbial finger pointing at the moon; as you point out Shane, they are symbols to convey meaning and fall far short of the actual experience. Yet our words are also talismanic and energetic. In contemplating milah-circumcision...
by Rebekah
Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:18 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: What kind of God?
Replies: 18
Views: 14676

What kind of God?

Greetings Yahisha! Yahisha wrote: You express an existential fact that quite honestly angers me to no end! I mean what kind of God creates a world where one being is food for another, a world of suffering? I know that Kabbalah states that the chaos exists for our spiritual growth but I have yet to m...
by Rebekah
Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:25 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Name "Gnostic"
Replies: 10
Views: 6939

Shalom everyone! "Secret" seems to connote that which can only be known inwardly. While we "Gnostics" may be fortunate enough to hear esoteric teachings, it is the inward experience brought about by these teachings that transpires in secrecy and makes us truly Gnostic. This term "Gnostic" also seems...
by Rebekah
Fri Dec 31, 2004 10:21 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Ethics and Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 13502

Shalom Yahisha! I'm not sure that we can come to a universal acceptance of a morality that is spiritually authentic. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say I'm not sure that we can universally come to accept a morality that is spiritually authentic. Moral law rests on the nature of man being cr...
by Rebekah
Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:47 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Gospel of St. Mark (12:17)
Replies: 7
Views: 6237

Shalom Phillip! This brings up an interesting contemplation of the saying "Do not resist evil." We recognize that all spiritual forces ultimately serve the Divine, yet in how we relate to various forces we can either be feeding the demiurge and archons or uplifting them to the Divine, all depending ...
by Rebekah
Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:38 am
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Acquiring a New Soul
Replies: 9
Views: 10198

Greetings! I've been contemplating this idea of acquiring a new soul in light of the soul being a stream. As a stream, the soul is not linear in the sense that it starts here and ends there; rather, it is a flow inclusive of all aspects of the soul. If we use the metaphor of the glassblower, is the ...
by Rebekah
Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:38 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Mochin Gadlut, the Big Mind
Replies: 9
Views: 7213

Shalom Malachi! In a post on another topic (I love how they weave together) you said, "Mochin Gadlut is a mind that is inclusive, not exclusive - an Integral Consciousness; and such is the very nature of Christ consciousness." The above relates to the spark of the Divine being within all creatures, ...
by Rebekah
Thu Dec 23, 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Tov: An Invocation of Good
Replies: 13
Views: 13516

Shalom Malachi! The seal of Tov on everything in creation certainly reflects your post 'The "Common Man" & Christ Consciousness' where you speak of the Divine spark of Christos in every soul. Yet I'm curious where the Bet comes from in Tov (Tet-Vau-Bet)? While I find Hebrew quite beautiful, I also s...
by Rebekah
Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:31 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The "Common Man" & Christ Consciousness
Replies: 5
Views: 4293

It seems that this is the very essence of the "good news" of the Gospel! This divine spark, this Christ consciousness, is so close and so inherently a part of us that we tend to overlook it, seeking it outwardly as if it is something to be attained! The realization that this is within us and everyth...
by Rebekah
Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:57 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Netzach
Replies: 3
Views: 3616

Netzach

Shalom! I'm feeling a bit like a download in progress... In looking at the various levels of Mind, from ordinary mind to Meta mind, these extend through the sefirot and olamot, yet the discussion of these corresponds to a study of Netzach - Hod. This seems to literally unfold as it enters the action...
by Rebekah
Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:40 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
Replies: 11
Views: 7660

Shalom Malachi! This post is quite illuminating and thought-provoking. It seems many consider gnosticism as a kind of spiritual smorgasbord, as if one can pick and choose which delights to put on one's plate, instead of recognizing that each school and sect has and is its own method that brings abou...
by Rebekah
Tue Nov 30, 2004 3:33 pm
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Saying 105
Replies: 6
Views: 9315

Shalom!

As you mentioned, Malachi, personal gnosis of the Heavenly Father and Mother Spirit have certainly been considered heretical by the Church; I read "son of a harlot" as "heretic".

Blessings!
by Rebekah
Thu Nov 18, 2004 1:22 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: judgment
Replies: 8
Views: 6561

Shalom Coop! Unless we allow judgment to arise, without attachment or aversion, how can we ever see what judgment might reside and arise in us? It is important to be the silent witness, the objective observer standing on the sidelines, when judgment arises, or we find ourselves judging not only the ...
by Rebekah
Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:36 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Authentic Morality
Replies: 4
Views: 4186

Greetings Philip and Michele! I, too, was curious about this "morality" that inspired people to vote for George Bush. It seems that the majority of people seek a morality that is defined and imposed outwardly, as if morality is nothing more than a consensus opinion. True morality is discovered withi...
by Rebekah
Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:46 pm
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Exorcism of St. Mary of Magdal
Replies: 5
Views: 7716

Shalom Malachi! We know that Mary recognized the darkness within herself and yearned for the Beloved. We also know that Yeshua exorcised the seven demons from her, and set seven angels in their place. This brings up a question about self-purification - is it always possible to purify ourselves of th...
by Rebekah
Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:09 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Embodiment of Christ Consciousness
Replies: 5
Views: 4269

Shalom Malachi, I’m curious about experiences of the Light Transmission and how the body can sometimes be overwhelmed. This seems to relate directly to the Presence of Awareness in the body. Does infusing the body with consciousness, or waking the consciousness in the body, raise our vibrations to a...
by Rebekah
Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:57 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Power of Mind: Faith
Replies: 3
Views: 3842

Shalom Malachi! Having gnosis of the Mind, the All in All, Yeshua performed many miracles. By his demonstration of the Power of the Mind, we are learning to focus and direct this power. Yet while we are all quantum manifestations of the One, constantly creating through the Power of the Mind, certain...
by Rebekah
Wed Aug 04, 2004 6:57 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Mochin Gadlut, the Big Mind
Replies: 9
Views: 7213

Shalom! '...When speaking of "creatures," remember that there is that part of us that is created and that part which is pure emanation.' In Genesis, there is an interesting play between "God said", "God created", "God formed", and "God made". These seem to relate directly to the Olamot. "God created...
by Rebekah
Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:56 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Baptism & Initiation by Proxy
Replies: 6
Views: 5210

Greetings Tau Malachi! This brings up thoughts of the Desire to Receive for Oneself Alone and the Desire to Receive in order to Share. While we may initially begin to practice with thoughts of receiving for ourselves alone, whatever Light is manifest in the world through us benefits the Entirety. We...
by Rebekah
Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:40 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Digging Wells: The Labor of Tikkune
Replies: 5
Views: 7273

Shalom!

Love indeed!

Blessings,
by Rebekah
Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Play of Cosmic Forces in Gnosticism
Replies: 29
Views: 24056

Shalom! According to the Sefer Yetzirah, angels cannot contain both good and evil; it is only in the physical that good and evil can exist together, and it is only in the choice between good and evil that humanity can exercise free will. So it seems that 'angelic rebellion' is ultimately a play of d...
by Rebekah
Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:22 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Digging Wells: The Labor of Tikkune
Replies: 5
Views: 7273

Shalom Malachi! It seems that not only the shattering, but also the rectification by grace involve a dynamic surrender. It doesn't seem that the way of rectification that corresponds to works under the law involves the dynamic surrender that comes from within, but rather an attempt to mold oneself t...
by Rebekah
Sat Jul 03, 2004 7:29 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Elijah, Ezekiel & Prophetic Consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 4559

Shalom!

I find this dullness or cloud of unknowing particularly perplexing. It certainly doesn't seem like a state of higher consciousness! One merely abides in inner silence and trusts in the Holy Spirit?

Blessings,
by Rebekah
Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:06 am
Forum: Bahir: Book of Illumination
Topic: Tzaddik: The Foundation of the World
Replies: 4
Views: 8469

Shalom Malachi! Your post brings up thoughts of Divine Pride and Spiritual Humility (which itself is a unification of opposites) in relation to the union of heaven and earth. So often we humans feel insignificant, unworthy, or ineffectual. Experiments were performed many years ago in which plants we...
by Rebekah
Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:57 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: The Evil Inclination
Replies: 1
Views: 4559

The Evil Inclination

Shalom! In the Zohar we read "The world needs the Evil Inclination as much as it needs rain, because without the Evil Inclination there would not be the joy of study in the world." If the evil inclination is the desire to receive for oneself alone, this seems to indicate that the 'desire to receive ...
by Rebekah
Tue Jun 15, 2004 4:50 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: The Serpent & Eve
Replies: 2
Views: 4724

Shalom! This brings up many thoughts! The thought that comes up most strongly is the interconnectedness of everything, and how often we fail to notice this in our own self-centeredness. How often do we look at a tree, for instance, without considering the weave of its interaction and symbiotic relat...
by Rebekah
Tue Jun 15, 2004 4:45 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Leviathan & Behemot
Replies: 9
Views: 11230

Shalom!

Nun seems to have an association with divine pride and spiritual humility. I'm wondering if Leviathan then refers to the Divine Power, which can be constructive and creative, or destructive and chaotic, all depending on our faith?

Blessings!
by Rebekah
Sat May 29, 2004 7:20 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Seven Archangels of the Messiah
Replies: 2
Views: 4357

Shalom Malachi! Perhaps you could say more about visualizing the emanation of angels? Since these emanations are associated with interior stars and planetary aspects, each has a color associated with it, and various elemental aspects and characteristics. Yet I'm sure, like me, many have difficulty a...
by Rebekah
Thu May 27, 2004 6:10 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Straw & Fire
Replies: 5
Views: 8546

Shalom! "Resist not evil" is a simple yet profound statement. We may have the best of intentions in entertaining evil, seeking to uplift it or to offer tikkune; yet our energy serves to give power to it, regardless of our intentions. Rather, we would do well to remember that evil is inherently self-...
by Rebekah
Thu May 27, 2004 5:32 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: 12: Sacred Space
Replies: 4
Views: 6670

Shalom!

I can't help but think of Lot's wife looking back and turning to a pillar of salt. This looking back is related to the things of this world, rather than cleaving to the Light. I find no nostalgia for things of the past!

Blessings,
by Rebekah
Sat May 15, 2004 5:10 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Cosmic Christ (In Colossians)
Replies: 5
Views: 5271

Shalom!

What stands out to me in this is "it proceeds to speak of the process of emanation, the fruition of which is the tikkune". This seems to indicate that within any manifestation, the seeds of tikkune are inherent. It also brings to mind the "pattern-that-connects"!
by Rebekah
Sun May 09, 2004 6:12 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Prayer Life
Replies: 3
Views: 3297

In the Bible, prayers are often begun by asking God that the prayers be heard. This seems to indicate that our prayers can be “intercepted” en route by whatever spiritual forces we are attracting by the state of our minds and hearts. Matthew 6:14 says: “For if you forgive men when they sin against y...
by Rebekah
Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:17 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Illusion
Replies: 4
Views: 3685

Illusion

Greetings!

I've heard the statement many times that "this is all an illusion" particularly from New Agers. Perhaps a dialogue on the nature of 'illusion' and what is meant by this would be helpful. Is this of interest?

Blessings,
by Rebekah
Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:06 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Klippot: the Husks or Shells
Replies: 11
Views: 15401

Shalom!

Pistis Sophia also illustrates this shedding of klippot through levels of ascension. That this teaching is revealed in various forms for us is truly awe inspiring!
by Rebekah
Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:47 am
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Nature of Salvation in Christian Gnosticism
Replies: 12
Views: 13487

Shalom! "The Savior descends to save Sophia not so much from sin as from ignorance." This speaks of the importance of Faith in the Risen Savior; an actual, personal cleaving to what is Good and True, and the invocation of Divine assistance in our journey. This speaks not of myth and metaphor, but of...
by Rebekah
Wed Apr 14, 2004 5:41 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Saying 7
Replies: 15
Views: 16758

Shalom Malachi, It seems very difficult for most to distinguish various spiritual forces, particularly admixed forces, as they can appear to be friendly and beneficial while in fact are otherwise. I was asked this morning about Mark13 21-23: And then if any one says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ...

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