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by Phillip
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Command of the Father (John 10:17-18)
Replies: 14
Views: 1172

Re: Command of the Father (John 10:17-18)

Shalom Malachi! Thank you for these teachings. I remember much of what is written here from the Shabbat discourse on June 9th, 2019, so if people are inspired and penetrated by these teachings, they can seek to probe more deeply and listen to this discourse, which explores these mysteries as well. I...
by Phillip
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Sefer Yetzirah: Book of Formation
Topic: Fifty Gates of Understanding (Binah)
Replies: 16
Views: 8366

Re: Fifty Gates of Understanding (Binah)

Shalom! Thank you so much for this teaching! Such teachings are profound and contain much depth, and it is often challenging to find where to ‘grab hold’ of such teachings, much like Sephir Yetzirah and other source works. So, please forgive me as I struggle to find purchase on this teaching, and th...
by Phillip
Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The One Tree and 4 Worlds
Replies: 7
Views: 4107

Re: The One Tree and 4 Worlds

Shalom Tau Malachi and All! What I always find fascinating about Zohar study, and the study of many of the Kabbalistic source works is the way that they seem to be aligning a point of Torah or a psalm or some other part of scripture to some glyph in the Kabbalah, such as those you describe here or t...
by Phillip
Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Standing Before Yahweh
Replies: 4
Views: 2537

Re: Standing Before Yahweh

I am interested in this contemplation in the sense of how face also has qualities that may be what is being pointed to with the term "face." For example, we recognize people, who someone is by their face, so can it mean this is a quality of HaSahem that connotes our ability to recognize? A...
by Phillip
Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Uplifting Desire: Exodus 27:20
Replies: 3
Views: 2049

Re: Uplifting Desire: Exodus 27:20

The seven lights correspond with the Sefirot of Construction, and the single source feeding them corresponds with Binah, or the Supernals, and as such they correspond with the seven days of creation. As we know, in the process of creation holy vessels were fractured and shattered, and are in need o...
by Phillip
Fri May 15, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Devekut and Fear of the Lord
Replies: 2
Views: 2370

Devekut and Fear of the Lord

When I picked up my first plucked instrument, a mandolin, and pushed my way through a tabbed version of “Stairway to Heaven” I remember a distinct and profound sense of fear. I felt as though I was taking a power into my hands that was perhaps too great, and I held in my heart a fear and awe of the ...
by Phillip
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Narratives within a Narrative
Replies: 7
Views: 4203

Re: Narratives within a Narrative

Shalom Bevan and Elder Gideon! What a fortuitous discussion this is, since my current studies, which have largely taken me away from forum, are right in the realm of this discussion! When I contemplate these ideas of how the story of scriptures is evolving and growing, as well as how we participate ...
by Phillip
Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:42 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Mother Elohim Remembering and Visiting
Replies: 15
Views: 6886

Re: Mother Elohim Remembering and Visiting

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the bod...
by Phillip
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Lunar and Solar channels
Replies: 15
Views: 6502

Re: Lunar and Solar channels

Shalom All! I thank everyone involved for this wonderful discussion, and I have read these posts several times now, relishing in them. I am seeing a potential connection in the 32 paths of Wisdom from Sephir Yetzirah in these teachings on the lunar and solar channelways: “The Thirty-first Path is th...
by Phillip
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Sefer Yetzirah: Book of Formation
Topic: Scintillating Consciousness
Replies: 14
Views: 9101

Re: Scintillating Consciousness

"The body, and the universe and world in which it appears, are inseparable from one another, the body is the world and the world is the body, and this is the generation of the body of light corresponding with Atzilut, the Supernal Universe and Supernal Worlds." -Tau Malachi I cannot help b...
by Phillip
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Sefer Yetzirah: Book of Formation
Topic: Scintillating Consciousness
Replies: 14
Views: 9101

Re: Scintillating Consciousness

Shalom Elder Gideon! Thank you for directing my attention to this post. It is characteristic of Sephir Yetzirah itself, giving guidance to a contemplation, yet giving no direct answers. There is something I always appreciate about this quality of Kabbalistic instruction, for certainly, the mysteries...
by Phillip
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: 72 Names of God: Gevurot & Hasidim
Topic: Continuum Invoking the Names: Powers of the Twelve Messiahs
Replies: 17
Views: 15067

Re: Continuum Invoking the Names: Powers of the Twelve Messi

Shalom! It is interesting to find oneself in such a continuum, thinking one has been wandering over the years, and realizing that one has remained within the same continuum the whole time. I wonder if there is something connected within these names, the 13 repentances, the 12 permutations of YHVH, A...
by Phillip
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Rega
Replies: 12
Views: 5331

Re: Rega

Two principles of Rega stand out to me in a delightful contrast. The first is that of the quality of time, the gap between idea and manifestation, between what occurs on spiritual and astral planes and the ‘time delay’ of manifestation. The second is this principle of “suddenly” which simply as the ...
by Phillip
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Order of St. Michael: Wisdom of the Spiritual Warrior - Templar
Topic: Psalms and Fear of the Lord
Replies: 4
Views: 3692

Re: Psalms and Fear of the Lord

Thank you Elder Gideon for your insights around this psalm, further developing knowledge around this psalm which is so powerful for so many. Wrathful psalms are baffling in that they seem to be asking the Lord to curse or harm people. Certainly, the claim is to do so to evil doers, and the work of t...
by Phillip
Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Order of St. Michael: Wisdom of the Spiritual Warrior - Templar
Topic: Psalms and Fear of the Lord
Replies: 4
Views: 3692

Psalms and Fear of the Lord

An Investigation of Psalm 17 Psalm 17 is a powerful prayer of guardianship, and, I believe, powerfully linked to the order of Michael because of the last line of the psalm, which in some translations state, “I will be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness” and in others state, “I will be satisfie...
by Phillip
Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: 72 Names of God: Gevurot & Hasidim
Topic: First Names
Replies: 7
Views: 5966

Re: First Names

Shalom Malachi and thank you for your reply! This quality of the names as both particular in a sense and yet also undefined is quite fascinating. I have learned that the 72 and 144 names are manifest so that very specific prayers can be given for very specific circumstances, so in this sense they ar...
by Phillip
Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination
Replies: 8
Views: 4295

Re: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination

Shalom All! The contemplation of reality as fiction is a different way to consider the reality display as illusory. I was contemplating the play of reality as ongoing and unwritten, one that we are writing as we go, as co-creators, co-writers of what appears as Sheryl pointed out. It is interesting ...
by Phillip
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination
Replies: 8
Views: 4295

Re: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination

I had a dream, in which I was talking to you further about this topic. So this guy (you, Daryl, symbolically) was trying to get to know me because he had to write a story with me in it as a character. So I told him he was approaching it the wrong way, “Look, it really isn’t important who I am REALLY...
by Phillip
Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: 72 Names of God: Gevurot & Hasidim
Topic: First Names
Replies: 7
Views: 5966

Re: First Names

Shalom! A brother and I are exploring the Geverot together and we both had an interesting experience for this and the second name. The first observation we both noticed was that these names seem to operate in tandem, at least in our first movement through the names. If often seems as though what is ...
by Phillip
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination
Replies: 8
Views: 4295

Re: Evil and the Nature of the Imagination

Shalom Daryl! I am reminded of my work with Tau Malachi many years ago when he lived in Sacramento. We spoke of the "noise" in consciousness that just keeps going incessantly. He recommended primordial mediation, so I started it up. When we met for mentoring again, he asked how it was goin...
by Phillip
Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Let endurance have its full effect
Replies: 19
Views: 7032

Re: Let endurance have its full effect

An image in connection to teachings on Ratzon, Will, Desire comes to me in contemplating the arising of love as it enters into various layers of our being, yet having it's root in transcendence. We know that Ratzon, Will, Desire is associated with the Will of El Elyon attributed to Keter, and that C...
by Phillip
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Let endurance have its full effect
Replies: 19
Views: 7032

Re: Let endurance have its full effect

Shalom All! I have been delighted with this contemplation and with where we have landed here in the contemplation! Praise God! It strikes me here in this discussion of Love, to wonder if Love in the way we are speaking of it here is really an emotion at all? Many mystics of mystery traditions speak ...
by Phillip
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Learning Songs as a Practice in Prayer
Replies: 1
Views: 2106

Learning Songs as a Practice in Prayer

When I initially started learning to play a musical instrument two years ago, I didn’t know why. I had an inclination to put some energy that was deeply troubling me into expression, and nothing of what I knew could really give the energy that was troubling me voice. It wanted a more purely visceral...
by Phillip
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: A Mystical Contemplation on Music Theory
Replies: 0
Views: 2696

A Mystical Contemplation on Music Theory

Upon contemplating music theory in the lines of spiritual teaching, I am interested in the knowledge about emotions and our emotional being that music educates. We know that each key conveys a particular emotional tone, and each note or chord within a key or progression conveys an emotional tone, wh...
by Phillip
Fri May 30, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Saying 114: Malkut Reaching & the Complete Tzaddik
Replies: 12
Views: 6518

Re: Saying 114: Malkut Reaching & the Complete Tzaddik

Shalom Gideon! I recently heard something significant surrounding this idea for the first time in a teaching about Eve in her attribution to speech. As we know Adam is associated with Intelligence, Eve with speech. Also, Adam is associated with Ruach and Even with Nephesh. My contemplation is overla...
by Phillip
Thu May 15, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Musical Instruments as Magical Weapons
Replies: 4
Views: 3591

Re: Musical Instruments as Magical Weapons

Shalom and Thank you! I didn’t mean to exclude with my invitation specifically to musicians. I’m only a beginner on mandolin and guitar, myself. I wondered in my invitation how many accomplished musicians have had mystical experiences in the practice of their art, and don’t imagine that their experi...
by Phillip
Thu May 15, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Musical Instruments as Magical Weapons
Replies: 4
Views: 3591

Musical Instruments as Magical Weapons

1 Samuel 16:23 “Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” I am only a beginner in playing two string instruments, but learning to play them has been a wonderful experie...
by Phillip
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)
Replies: 20
Views: 10228

Re: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)

Shalom Malachi! Two passages in your response here stand out to me as I contemplate how these teachings might be drawn down and embodied in an energetic way, as well as how they participate in the play of spiritual forces, and the influx of the Divine Will and it's embodiment in us: "As perhaps...
by Phillip
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)
Replies: 20
Views: 10228

Re: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)

Shalom Malachi! Sorry that I wasn’t very clear. That wasn’t really the approach I was inquiring about, really. More, I was inquiring about the nature of the internal struggle as a “struggle not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual forces established in celestial places,” and inquiring into the e...
by Phillip
Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)
Replies: 20
Views: 10228

Re: Justification & Sweetening Judgments (Matthew 7:5)

Shalom All! I am enjoying this discussion emensely, especially since it is so practical and down to earth! As I have been reading these posts and teachings, however, a more esoteric contemplating has been playing in my mind parallel with this. In this contemplation I have been wondering: If a situat...
by Phillip
Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Whirlwind
Replies: 8
Views: 7145

Re: The Whirlwind

Shalom Malachi! Thank you for taking up this contemplation! I see how the spiral, whirwind movement seems fundamental to all creation - how delightful to consider! It is quite a way to contemplate nature and her mysteries, to see and feel these whirlwinds that surround and make up the lives of all b...
by Phillip
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Whirlwind
Replies: 8
Views: 7145

The Whirlwind

The Sephir Yetzirah begins by speaking of the manifestation of the Sephirah and their movements as a "whirlwind." “These ten Sephiroth which are ineffable, whose appearance is like scintillating flames, have no end but are infinite. The word of God is in them as they burst forth, and as th...
by Phillip
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Receiving the Spirit of Wisdom (Deut 34:9)
Replies: 6
Views: 6972

Re: Receiving the Spirit of Wisdom (Deut 34:9)

Shalom All! I am enjoying this discussion! It occurred to me that the work Bishop Yonah spoke of seems alluded to in the work of embodiment, and the urge to union. Could Joshua have been fit to recieve this inner Mochin were he not in a continuum of this nature? During a discourse recently, the impo...
by Phillip
Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Holy War: The Struggle to Overcome the Evil Inclination
Replies: 14
Views: 7899

Re: Holy War: The Struggle to Overcome the Evil Inclination

Shalom All, The image of battle itself is and can be very subtle in spiritual traditions that have such a concept, and I think I have misunderstood the concept of "battle" as it applies to the spiritual life, and probably have much purification yet to go to understand this idea in the cont...
by Phillip
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars
Replies: 19
Views: 16034

Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

Shalom All! I am thoroughly enjoying this post and the discussions presented, and re-read sections over time, contemplating them. Working with the interior stars for me seems interesting, since I’ve been working with bringing practice into my daily life and activities as a contemplation of “constant...
by Phillip
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Embodiment and the Body as Talisman
Replies: 2
Views: 3801

Embodiment and the Body as Talisman

Shalom Brothers and Sisters in the Light! Many of the very basic beginning practices have become more compelling and interesting to me of late, and I am contemplating the practice of scanning the body for tension and releasing it, top to bottom and bottom to top. This can become quite an energetic p...
by Phillip
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The Work of Liberation
Replies: 8
Views: 6383

Re: The Work of Liberation

Shalom Tau Malachi! “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” A strange and fascinating thought occurred to me while continuing in this contemplation. When contemplating these cha...
by Phillip
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The Work of Liberation
Replies: 8
Views: 6383

The Work of Liberation

In contemplating ideas such as the Gilgalim, Karma, and archonic forces and the process of liberation from these, it strikes me as important to consider these as we encounter them and are empowered to work with them, transform and liberate ourselves and others from the Gilgalim, Karma and archonic f...
by Phillip
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Logion 22
Replies: 8
Views: 7801

Re: Logion 22

In contemplating these two Ways and their attribute to the directions, I am interested in nature of the two being discussed here and their dynamics as they relate to the sacred circle, as well as the other two Ways, especially in light of the original contemplation of us as “multi-dimensional beings...
by Phillip
Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Offering all for love
Replies: 6
Views: 4747

Re: Offering all for love

"5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellows...
by Phillip
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:20 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Ceremony of the Holy Cross
Replies: 2
Views: 3683

Re: Ceremony of the Holy Cross

Thank you Brandon and Malachi for this delightful practice! Mysteries and practices of the sacred circle are especially delightful to me, though I don't know why. I am grateful others share my fascination and draw out these teachings, and that the tradition explores this idea so deeply! Praise the L...
by Phillip
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Awakening the Serpent Power
Replies: 22
Views: 15787

Re: Awakening the Serpent Power

Shalom Tau Malachi! I am interested to know how prayer plays a role as a practice in uplifting the fire snake. I can see how some might argue that it can affirm a duality between God and the person praying, thus distracting from this aim of Union with God/Enlightenment, yet I am also hearing that we...
by Phillip
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Rite of Ransom
Replies: 4
Views: 5362

Re: Rite of Ransom

Shalom All! Upon reading this, I am stricken by a semblance to last Sunday’s Shabbot Discourse, August 11th of this year, in which we examined the idea of Charity. Much was said in the discourse that perhaps illuminates these contemplations, but something was said in passing when I pursued questions...
by Phillip
Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Charisma, Glory, and the Power from on High
Replies: 15
Views: 11870

Re: Charisma, Glory, and the Power from on High

Shalom All! Thank you for this contemplation and teaching everyone, quite a bit of food for thought. A particular direction of this teaching draws my attention, that I have been contemplating and working with for some time, and quite frankly, wonder about the right balance. I hear this in this secti...
by Phillip
Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The mercy of salt
Replies: 7
Views: 5066

Re: The mercy of salt

I too find these stories of "Divine Judgement" interesting and educational. This story that is cited gives me a sense of a profound mystery that I have contemplated for some time in connection to Sister Anna's contemplation. But I'd like to draw in another story in connection to it, if pos...
by Phillip
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The One Authority
Replies: 6
Views: 5517

I too have struggled with this same contemplation of authorities of the world, for sometimes, as we all know and often have experienced, the authorities of the world behave unrighteously, and often their laws are unjust or at least draw large bold, crude lines that make little sense when looking at ...
by Phillip
Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Union of opposites
Replies: 7
Views: 6255

Story, Self and Tikkune

Shalom All! What I find most fascinating in the study of the Sage, Joseph Campbell is that his theory of the Hero’s Journey articulates what I found most interesting about literature from the beginning. I was driven to explore literature not as a story in itself, but the ways it told the story of hu...
by Phillip
Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Drug addiction from an esoteric view point
Replies: 5
Views: 6394

Addiction

Addiction Addiction is an interesting subject, esoterically, and I think the discussion of addiction is essentially the same as the discussion of faith, mysticism and realization. To really get at what I’m pointing to with this, it is important to consider that each and every person on this planet i...
by Phillip
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Handmaidens
Replies: 19
Views: 13893

Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David. 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount...
by Phillip
Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Humility
Replies: 5
Views: 5771

Humility

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” In contemplating humility, I believe it is possible to explore some traditional notions of humility, as well as probe yet deeper, and I believe perhaps find a very direct connection to this B-Attitude associated with it. Humility is often dis...

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