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by BrandonLw
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 1603

Re: Greetings

Welcome!

Pleasure to meet you and welcome to the forum community.
by BrandonLw
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Sefer Yetzirah: Book of Formation
Topic: To Return Is To Rest
Replies: 7
Views: 4671

Re: To Return Is To Rest

Shalom, Recently in the good company of community, I heard a dialogue regarding the Light Continuum, Enoch, Metatron, Elijah, and at one point near the end I particularly heard the way it is difficult to put into language the subtler aspects of these teachings, and that one must look and see these s...
by BrandonLw
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Power of Imagination: Reaching into the Spiritual (Genesis 2:7)
Replies: 4
Views: 3018

Re: Power of Imagination: Reaching into the Spiritual (Genesis 2:7)

Shalom, This teaching of imagination and its power has been very empowering toward active embodiment and full use of God-given faculties. I wish to inquire through an observation and interpretation: in Genesis 3:14 the serpent is cursed to eat dust “all the days of its life.” In the tradition, I hav...
by BrandonLw
Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Woman of Light
Replies: 16
Views: 8939

Re: The Woman of Light

Having just gathered in community for a recent ceremony of the Mother and Child, I find this thread to be valuable for its clarifications regarding the Woman of Light, her child, and the Woman of Light's movement into the wilderness. It deepens my understanding of "makom" and "exile&q...
by BrandonLw
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 12
Views: 4958

Re: Hi

Welcome to the forum!
by BrandonLw
Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Prolonging Life: Length of Days in Heaven (Proverbs 10:27)
Replies: 3
Views: 2695

Re: Prolonging Life: Length of Days in Heaven (Proverbs 10:2

Shalom, Might we speak of a connection between long life, short life and "Short-Tempered One, Zer Anpin" and "Long to Anger, Arik Anpin?" I see hints in the thread that might elude to "days" that draw in the influence of Arik Anpin. Particularly when the teaching above ...
by BrandonLw
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Roots of Creation in the Supernals and Ain
Replies: 18
Views: 7958

Re: The Roots of Creation in the Supernals and Ain

Shalom, I’m grateful to see these teachings in our forum laid out so succinctly. To ask, in regards to the virtues (which implies also vices, but here I will ask on virtues), can we trace the relationships in this exploration of the tree through the virtues according to the sefirot? That is, might t...
by BrandonLw
Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: The Voice of God in the Day (Psalm 50)
Replies: 5
Views: 2948

Re: The Voice of God in the Day (Psalm 50)

Reading these above I wonder if we might rightly say that the "walls" described in New Jerusalem are too for the benefit of those outside the walls, to sustain those in need for various gradations of cleaving (among other mysteries of the walls, no doubt). This comes from a consideration o...
by BrandonLw
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: If your Eye be Single (Matthew 6:22)
Replies: 1
Views: 1326

Re: If your Eye be Single (Matthew 6:22)

I hadn't noticed before your post in such a forward way that this verse distinctly implies: "we choose how we see." Quickly in culture of "blind leading the blind" we learn from a young age that we are passive viewers in our experience and not co-creators. I appreciate our tradit...
by BrandonLw
Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Giving to God: Exodus 25:2-3
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: Giving to God: Exodus 25:2-3

Also, I am reminded of creating a circuit, and minding a season. In our time, we have a land abundant in material resources (stuff- however we might value it) but within and behind this abundance I feel there is a "chasing." There may be plenty, but in chasing I can become like a miser in ...
by BrandonLw
Sun May 17, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: The Order of St. Haniel: The Way of the Sacred Artist
Topic: Devekut and Fear of the Lord
Replies: 2
Views: 2485

Re: Devekut and Fear of the Lord

Shabbat Shalom, I find fear of the Lord a powerful source of passion as well. As I look closer into some mental models I might keep, or to some boundaries and "comfortably low" (another song reference there) expectations, I find they are actually a strange form of hubris. Hubris because I ...
by BrandonLw
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Dunamis, agapé, sóphroneó
Replies: 5
Views: 4268

Re: Dunamis, agapé, sóphroneó

Secret Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene verse 136: Mary said, "Knowledge, understanding and wisdom are not superior to love, for these come from union and it is love that unites. One who has love will have knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, but without love, no one is wise. If there is power wit...
by BrandonLw
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Of the Feast of the Baptist, 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 3090

Re: Of the Feast of the Baptist, 2015

Praise Our God, A search in a concordance inspired from your post brings a finding: "bachar" or "choose" appears in reference to God choosing (Adonai be blessed) until a passage in Deuteronomy 30:19 states: "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you ...
by BrandonLw
Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Of the Feast of the Baptist, 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 3090

Of the Feast of the Baptist, 2015

Live gospels, not lives. This is a small portion I would share having recently come from the feast of the Baptist. First I say, praise the Lord Our God, the Wisdom of Creation and the coming of Messiah. May this year bear good fruit. Blessed are the righteous and Ruach Ha Kodesh among us. Gospels ar...
by BrandonLw
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Dunamis, agapé, sóphroneó
Replies: 5
Views: 4268

Dunamis, agapé, sóphroneó

Dunamis, agapé and sóphroneó 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Let our hearts be glad, for God's way is a way of fullness. I encountered this line in 2 Timothy while listening to the gospels the other day preparing for a trip ...
by BrandonLw
Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Live like you have nothing to lose
Replies: 5
Views: 4095

Re: Live like you have nothing to lose

A fine point! A final Heh (beyond its grammatical implications) can also (as I recall from teaching) imply the presence of the Shekinah. God's presence and power with the people, transforming into awe. Fear and trembling in the presence, joined (as mentioned above) to this aspect of "CHaZaK&quo...
by BrandonLw
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Live like you have nothing to lose
Replies: 5
Views: 4095

Re: Live like you have nothing to lose

Shalom, "Live with nothing to lose" brings to mind the aspect of "leaping." Leaping in imagery, one gets a sense of a wholeness of entering, both feet removed from their station, arms in movement, torso, head and face directing forward, a fullness of extension and crossing from t...
by BrandonLw
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Aligning With Our Mother's Intention
Replies: 9
Views: 4960

Re: Aligning With Our Mother's Intention

Moving with regal intent grants some insight into recent contemplations regarding small, timely shifts in the Triad of Action (namely Yesod) as a means of drawing in the influences of the olamim represented by the (God willing) Moral and Supernal triads. This contemplation today has been grounded in...
by BrandonLw
Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: ...and I did not know
Replies: 3
Views: 3094

...and I did not know

God was in this place, and I, I did not know… On Saturday morning in the gradual dawn I stood on Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. I left my hotel to walk: it would be a long conference ahead and I wanted some exercise, and some perspective. After some walking in the lonely hours (in LA, t...
by BrandonLw
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Threefold Rite
Replies: 3
Views: 2776

Re: Three-Fold Rite

Sounds wonderful and mysterious. I appreciate this telling of God's presence moving through the rite. Thank you for sharing the event, it is empowering to hear of.

Shalom
by BrandonLw
Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Ram in the Thicket
Replies: 5
Views: 3352

Re: The Ram in the Thicket

“This is the fate of those who trust in themselves… Like sheep, they are destined for the grave, death shall be their shepherd.” Psalm 49:13-14 “One thing Elohim has spoken, two things I have heard: that you Elohim, are strong, and that you, Adonai are merciful. Surely you will reward each person ac...
by BrandonLw
Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Nature of Suffering
Replies: 14
Views: 7182

Re: The Nature of Suffering

Shabbat Shalom! I am reminded of the teachings around how much suffering arises from subtle and overt distinctions that are not in God’s view, or the angels’ view, but nonetheless understood and perceived as “real.” I am fascinated lately with the Shabbat discourses of late that speak of YHVH as God...
by BrandonLw
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Choice and power - a story of stolen goods
Replies: 2
Views: 2191

Choice and power - a story of stolen goods

Matthew 5:40 "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” I prayed for a time to my Mother that I might better understand this verse. Perhaps looking for an empowerment of sorts, a chance to live this verse- it felt removed from me somehow, that I was somehow y...
by BrandonLw
Tue May 13, 2014 6:23 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Saying 189 - Joining the Inside and the Outside
Replies: 8
Views: 4879

Re: Saying 189 - Joining the Inside and the Outside

Shalom What’s been spoken regarding True Being and love reminds me of something curious I once heard in something like a dream: “In the Garden of the King there are many sayings (teachings), and this is one of them: Love will open the way. Without love the channel only creates action.” I wonder if t...
by BrandonLw
Sun May 11, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Eagle Shekinah: Mother Israel (Deut 32:11-12)
Replies: 7
Views: 5094

Re: Eagle Shekinah: Mother Israel (Deut 32:11-12)

It is written that the Grail and Dove practice passed through Tau Miriam and Tau Elijah (May their memories be blessed!) is a wisdom treasury. Based on what has been written, may we understand the Grail and Dove Practice also as a “Grail and Eagle” practice in that it seems to make essential much of...
by BrandonLw
Sat May 03, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Eagle Shekinah: Mother Israel (Deut 32:11-12)
Replies: 7
Views: 5094

Mentalities and Senses

Shalom, When we speak of the view of the eagle, I’m curious what might be said regarding change in mentalities and change in perception. I notice lately (through contemplation, observation and some neat science documentaries) that my five senses (as they are in themselves) seem to be finely tuned fo...
by BrandonLw
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Holy Shabbat, Below & Above
Replies: 6
Views: 5501

Joining with Mercy

Shabbat Shalom! Recently we heard of the practice of joining one’s thoughts, speech and action to the sefirot and attributes therein. On Shabbat, might we say there is a particular invitation to align oneself with aspects of Hesed, Mercy in thought, speech and action? I wonder if this could be a pra...
by BrandonLw
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Mysteries of Elijah-Yohanan, Luke 1:16-17
Replies: 9
Views: 9448

Phineas in the time of Moses

While reading Rabbi Munk’s work on the Hebrew Letters I encountered the following teaching in Vav: “The Broken Vav” See, I give him My covenant: Peace (Numbers 25:12) When Pinchas (Phineas) found two people whose sinful immortality had caused a deadly plague to strike down thousands of people, he ze...
by BrandonLw
Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Order of St. Michael: Wisdom of the Spiritual Warrior - Templar
Topic: The Holy Vow
Replies: 33
Views: 32248

Re: The Holy Vow

Do not lie, but live by the Spirit of Truth, even on the pain of death I am intrigued by this aspect of self-knowledge in regards to Truth in our experience, as you have spoken Brother Jonas. I spoke recently with Elder Sarah at lunch regarding an interesting phenomenon we discussed: How is it that...
by BrandonLw
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Gathering In
Replies: 38
Views: 20905

Re: Gathering In

“I gathered them to the river that runs to Ahava, and there we camped three days.” Ezra 8:15 Shalom. This verse stood out radically upon reading it recently while contemplating “gathering in” during this cycle. I am curious what mysteries might be within it for our current contemplations. I notice t...
by BrandonLw
Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Gathering In
Replies: 38
Views: 20905

Re: Gathering In

"Gathering In" speaks to me as an integrity in being present. I notice that the more I am able to be present in any circumstance, the more present I am throughout diverse circumstances. I've noticed an aspect of consciousness in which I've wanted to create a hierarchy of attentions: that w...
by BrandonLw
Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Face of Yahweh (Numbers 6:26)
Replies: 9
Views: 5769

Re: Face of Yahweh (Numbers 6:26)

Gratitude to you who have drawn out this mystery! A simple search into the letters that compose the word face led to some interesting connections I would share to add to the mystery thus far. It was spoken above: “May Yahweh uplift your awareness of His face.” With a concordance of spelling, perhaps...
by BrandonLw
Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: Saying 11: Undivided
Replies: 3
Views: 5860

Saying 11: Undivided

11: Mary said to her disciples, “Eve and Lilith are one woman, and she is a supernal emanation. If a woman knows herself she will know the Holy Woman, just as if a man knows himself he will know the Supernal Adam. To acquire knowledge you must be single, which is to say undivided.” Concerning this s...
by BrandonLw
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Hello & Introduction
Replies: 3
Views: 4863

Re: Hello & Introduction

Greetings Viktorija! This community is very much one for individuals like yourself seeking more insight into a Gnostic path, no matter how large or small the town or city one comes from. :) Welcome and enjoy your exploration through the forums, as a researcher, you may really enjoy the plethora of t...
by BrandonLw
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: The Gospel of Truth
Topic: Anointing the Chosen with the Father's Mercy
Replies: 3
Views: 6062

Baptism, Aeons and Mentalities

Shalom, Recent contemplations extending from Shabbat discourse in conjunction with this post have me wondering: can it be said that with baptism and anointing is a gate or opportunity for arising in a different aeon? I have been curious to watch multiple aeons and mentalities exist simultaneously in...
by BrandonLw
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Ceremony of the Holy Cross
Replies: 2
Views: 3740

Ceremony of the Holy Cross

Recently over a Shabbat lunch discussion, there was mention of a practice which invoked from the cross-quarters of the cross (SE, NW, SW, NE) in traditional sacred circle. It was said that this practice was associated with the Light of the True Cross, and particularly had focus on light levels: SE b...
by BrandonLw
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Revelations of Angels in Heaven & on Earth
Topic: Qeshetim: Angels of Rainbow Glory
Replies: 2
Views: 4176

Re: Qeshetim: Angels of Rainbow Glory

Shalom, Some months ago, I recall hearing you speak of a visitation of angels with rainbow glory that subtly occupied the space in which you took up prayer for the people. If I recall correctly, it was said that these angels took-on (absorbed) sorrow and suffering for the people while emanating a pr...
by BrandonLw
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Wisdom of the Psalms
Topic: Psalm 19
Replies: 33
Views: 24216

An Appreciation

I’m stricken with the simplicity within this deep teaching of Kabbalah. I had not before this post connected the desire for creation to full reciprocity to the unique nature of each soul that enters into a moment of light-transmission in such an essential way. I am amazed at the beauty within this: ...
by BrandonLw
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Charisma, Glory, and the Power from on High
Replies: 15
Views: 11993

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

Shalom! What has been posted here reminds me of a teaching I encountered recently that may add to our contemplation: Within Likutey Mohoran #1:2, it is written that a spiritual human being (in this case, a Jew) must seek the inner intelligences in all things. This expressed as a means of drawing clo...
by BrandonLw
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Tzavaot Within Shaddai: A Vision in Dream
Replies: 13
Views: 10638

Re: Tzavaot Within Shaddai: A Vision in Dream

Praise to Our Gracious Mother! Recently, during an evening spent exploring mysteries of the Bride, there was a story told regarding the Soul of the World. The story consisted of two young people able to put down the violence between them for a moment after a tragedy to meet as people, and perhaps so...
by BrandonLw
Sun May 19, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Tzavaot Within Shaddai: A Vision in Dream
Replies: 13
Views: 10638

Re: Tzavaot Within Shaddai: A Vision in Dream

Shabbat Shalom, Gratitude to the revealed and hidden assembly of this generation! A few questions arise based on the sharing of this dream, if Mother wills it so. First, I wonder if more might be written regarding the role and power of imagination in “Tzavaot Within Shaddai.” Not simply imagination ...
by BrandonLw
Fri May 10, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 12
Views: 12670

Re: Greetings

Greetings Aaron, It sounds as if you have a rich background in various spiritual explorations. Good of you to join the forum and post! With web access and the books, there are a few very meaningful ways to explore the tradition further. As you are inclined, read and post on the forum, listen to the ...
by BrandonLw
Sun May 05, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Revelations of Angels in Heaven & on Earth
Topic: Yehoaddahel & Yehoaddinel: "Whom Yah Adorns of El"
Replies: 2
Views: 4768

Re: Yehoaddahel & Yehoaddinel: "Whom Yah Adorns of El"

I am curious how these “twin” angels relate to the labor of this time during early period of Second Coming. I feel that many teachings around Second Coming in the last year have often spoken of unifying male and female sefirot (such as Yesod, Malkut; Hesed, Geverah) in a grounded and experiential wa...
by BrandonLw
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: New Here, Greetings!
Replies: 10
Views: 6488

Re: New Here, Greetings!

Greetings Nathan!

I can tell by your forum name (and band list) that we share similar interests! Keep us posted on how your progress with Living Gnosis moves along. As Brother Brian mentioned, this forum is a wonderful venue for questions and insights.

Brandon
by BrandonLw
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Drunk with the Beloved
Replies: 7
Views: 6941

Re: Drunk with the Beloved

Seeing this post again (and grateful for that), I wonder... who is the Beloved you speak of? What is the wine She partakes in? What is "much wine" that reveals mysteries?

May there be abundant peace and deliverance for all beings. Shalom!
by BrandonLw
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Great Tree of Soul
Replies: 24
Views: 20675

Re: Great Tree of Soul

If it is given to expound upon in this context, what might be said concerning “male and female” and linear and circular sefirot? I recently heard a teaching which hinted to the relationship between these aspects, and was reminded of this thread of conversation. I’m curious how linear and circular se...
by BrandonLw
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The One Authority
Replies: 6
Views: 5600

Hierarcy

“Yeshua said, Let a person of wealth rule, and a person of power renounce it.” Thomas 81 After reading and being with the contemplations within this post, I am beginning to see how authority and hierarchy are the matrix in with blessings flow to reach all beings. Surely, there is righteousness in or...
by BrandonLw
Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Ruach Elohim = Shin (300)
Replies: 4
Views: 5743

Ruach Elohim

Shalom! I wonder if into this conversation we can add teachings of energy and intelligence. If Ruach "breath" implies an intelligence divine, Elohim might then imply energy as a name of the Mother and all forms. At the outset of creation, Ruach Elohim "moves upon the surface of the de...
by BrandonLw
Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Adam Kadmon & the Olamot-Universes
Replies: 24
Views: 16092

Divine Names, enlightenment experience

Praise to God who opens our ears and delivers teachings. I am grateful for this post. In a new way I now seek to understand the names Yahweh and Yeshua. As I read, I wondered if I saw an intimation that these names correspond with the “One-Who-Never-Sleeps” and the “experience of awakening.” But cur...
by BrandonLw
Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Elijah & Tikkune
Replies: 16
Views: 16796

Teiku to Tikkune, sooner than later

Shabbat Shalom! Grace be to Mother Spirit for the flow of teachings in this cycle! In regards to teiku “unresolved issues” it was written above, “ Nun in tikkune corresponds with the Messiah, for true tikkune and salvation comes into being through the Messiah; under the law and old covenant there is...

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