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by Marion
Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Heaven: Peace Between Opposites
Replies: 31
Views: 18692

Threefold Shin

Shalom! I was contemplating the the word Shamayim-heavens. The shin that begins the word is a letter of fire. Fire is when a substance is transformed into a more ethereal substance (smoke). In effect, the smoke is a union of earth and air, does this allude to Aleph and Tau? Aleph being air and Tau b...
by Marion
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Simple Conscious Intention & Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 10358

Shalom! If one were to join this practice with a partzuf practice or the invocation of the revealed circle, would one engage this form of hitbodedut before or after? I was also wondering, we often say how important it is to speak prayers out loud because speaking has a great manifesting power. How d...
by Marion
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Mysteries of the Bridal Chamber and the Wedding Feast
Replies: 5
Views: 5585

Whole in the Body of Christ

Shalom Misty, A companion and I were just discussing this subject yesterday! I feel inclined to share some of the insights that were brought up. First was that when we take in the bread and wine we take in the body of Christ and so become the body of Christ. It becomes a remembrance that we ARE in t...
by Marion
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Revealed Invocation of Sacred Circle
Replies: 33
Views: 27189

Makafin and P'nimi in the Sacred Circle

Shalom! I have been contemplating what was said above: Yah-El is concealed, potential and Yahweh-Elohim is the presence and power of God, revealed, actualized, embodied. It was also said that: this circle “corresponds with the generation of the threefold body of the sacred tau (shin-tau) and the sec...
by Marion
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Bereshit and the Incarnation of Souls
Replies: 3
Views: 4843

Bereshit and the Incarnation of Souls

Shalom! A question arose in contemplation. Is the story of Genesis the story of how everything arises? Could we contemplate the arising from dreamless sleep and also death in the story of Genesis? As I was reading Genesis, this contemplation unfolded: “1 In the beginning God created the heavens and ...
by Marion
Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Order of St. Uriel: The Way of Wonderworking
Topic: Carrying Prayer Weapons: A Bundle of Power for the People
Replies: 13
Views: 11716

The Sphere of Spirit Space

Shalom Sarah! A thought came to mind in reading your question. I wonder if this shift of sphere and cup indicates a shift from yesh-mi-yesh (something from something) to yesh-mi-ain (something from nothing). I remember hearing recently that the distinction between Yesh-mi-yesh and yesh-mi ain is whe...
by Marion
Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Prophesy, Apocalypse, and Sacrifice
Replies: 29
Views: 17495

Right offering

Shabbat Shalom Brother! This is a wonderful question you bring up dear Brother! Initially what comes to mind is sacrifice as a generation of merit. I have been intrigued lately with the contemplation of how the generation of merit facilitates the generation of higher states of consciousness. It seem...
by Marion
Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Two Hearts
Replies: 0
Views: 2566

Two Hearts

When you sent me into the wilderness, my heart stayed there. When you cast me out of your Palace, I died on the road. Where does it lead? Where am I to go? All I knew was your bosom Ha-Shem. All I knew was your embrace. Cast out like a goat into the wilderness of the desert. I fell like a stone to t...
by Marion
Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: The Veil of Qeshet
Replies: 4
Views: 7019

The Veil of Qeshet

Shalom! I have been contemplating The Veil of Qeshet in the Tradition. I am very intrigued by this teaching. It is said that this Veil is composed of all false prophesies, false visions and all manner of strange doctrines. Recently it was said “The Veil of Qeshet is an active manifestation of Klippa...
by Marion
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The trans-formative power of the blood of Christ
Replies: 15
Views: 12408

Shalom! The first thing that came to mind when reading your post was the story in the Gospels of the first Miracle that Yeshua performed. This was turning water into wine during the wedding feast at Canna. It is intriguing that the wine is water transformed. We have said that this story is a story a...
by Marion
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of He
Replies: 3
Views: 7222

Heh: Abba-Imma

Shalom! It is said that Ha-Shem used the name Yah (Yod-Heh) to create the universe. With the Yod, he created the world to come, and with the Heh, he created this world. As it is said: “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6). ...
by Marion
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: The Succession of Prophets
Topic: Elijah Fed By Ravens
Replies: 1
Views: 5044

Elijah Fed By Ravens

Shalom! I was contemplating the story in 1 Kings of how the Great Prophet Elijah fed by ravens. “Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with fo...
by Marion
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Hitbodedut: Prayer in Seclusion
Replies: 15
Views: 16146

Radical Healing in Yeshua Messiah

Shalom! I was contemplating the practice of Hitbodedut. As Malachi says in a post above “it implies a very intimate and private communion with the Holy One, the source of our being.” If we understand the Holy One as the source of our being could we not be rightly called Sons and Daughters of God? Th...
by Marion
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of Dalet
Replies: 9
Views: 13281

Dalet

ד-four-Dalet-Door-Charity-Eve Da’ab (dalet-aleph-bet) Mourn or sorrow Dober (dalet-bet-resh) Pasture or manger Dag (dalet-aleph-gimel) Fish Doguaw (Dalet-vau-gimel-heh) Fish hook Dad (dalet-dalet) Breast Daveh (dalet-vau-heh) Menstruate Doach (dalet-vau-het) Cleanse, purge, cast out Dor (dalet...
by Marion
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of Gimel
Replies: 5
Views: 10417

Gimel

Greetings and Blessings in the Light of the Messiah! I was contemplating Lilith with regards to Gimel and something struck me. Lilith is the First woman. According to the outer church Eve is the first woman, but actually, Lilith was created first. As the Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene says: “Eve and L...
by Marion
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Ruach
Replies: 4
Views: 4385

Ruach-Our inner intelligence

Greetings Mark! All of the names for the parts of the soul in Hebrew are words for breath. Therefore we know that breath is intimately connected with breath. Ruach has to do with our inner and higher intelligence. If you go to the main homepage and look under Study and Practices you will find teachi...
by Marion
Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of Bet
Replies: 7
Views: 12347

Bet, the House of God

Shalom! Bet begins many words including “bereshit” -in the beginning. Some other words Bet begins are: -Beah (bet-aleph-heh) -entry to a building -Beosh (bet-aleph-shin) -to stink -Boho (bet-heh-vau) -emptiness, void -Behal (bet-heh-lamed) -to tremble inwardly, to be alarmed or agitated, amazed or d...
by Marion
Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Messiah Yeshua, our Adonai - the meaning
Replies: 5
Views: 8310

Shalom!

What a wonderful affirmation! Praise and Thanks to our Adonai for what has been shared here. May we keep this in our hearts, may we abide in the Faith and Gnosis of the Risen Messiah!

Amen and Amen.
by Marion
Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:47 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of Aleph
Replies: 12
Views: 17005

There is a great secret contained in Aleph. It is made of one vau and two yod, one upper and one lower. The tip of the upper yod inclines itself upward-Godward. Similarly, the tip of the lower yod inclines itself downward, toward the earth. The vau is symbolic of the firmament separating the upper a...
by Marion
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: The Beloved
Replies: 1
Views: 2838

The Beloved

I am alive again. Before I was dead but now I live. My life is not from the mother of this world, it is from the Holy One! My beloved has shown me life. He speaks to me in the stillness of the heart. He is I and I am he. He is my very soul and self! My beloved says to me, seek and you shall find me,...
by Marion
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Mysticism of Samekh
Replies: 3
Views: 7927

Samech the Egg

Shalom! The more I contemplate Samech, the more it seems to be about balance. I heard a teaching years ago that Samech has to do with the balanced opening of the seven interior stars in the subtle body. This teaching ties in with what Elder Gideon was speaking about in the original post with Ayin to...
by Marion
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Qeshet Nechash: Rainbow Serpent
Replies: 7
Views: 13080

Rainbow Rays

Shalom! A rainbow is the full spectrum of light. I was contemplating on how you said that Queshet points to the spectrum of light that rays out when clear light passes through a prism. I was thinking about it in terms of the tree of life. Often we have spoken of the supernal triad being the prism an...
by Marion
Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Qeshet Nechash: Rainbow Serpent
Replies: 7
Views: 13080

Qeshet and the Serpent

Shalom! I was contemplating Queshet Nechash and the first thing that came to mind was the rainbow-Queshet first appears in scripture after the flood as a sign of Gods promise to Noah. I was wondering, could we contemplate the flood as the Baptism of the world? because in teachings of the eightfold p...
by Marion
Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: The Gnostic Path: Spiritual Life & Practice
Topic: Hearing Ma's Voice
Replies: 7
Views: 7316

Our Will Gods Will

Shalom Yonah and Sarah! Ironically I was just contemplating this last night :-) I love the suggestion that in order to hear, we must get quiet. I have found that this is absolutely essential. Even is we feel crazy and literally every minute of our day is planed and we are up from dawn to midnight. W...
by Marion
Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Order of St. Uriel: The Way of Wonderworking
Topic: The Practice of Give Away & Generosity
Replies: 3
Views: 5680

giving and recieving

As I was contemplating the practice of give away, the story of Lazarus came to mind where Jesus asks a young wealthy man (whom we know to be Lazarus) to give away everything he owns and he goes away weeping. It has been said that the reason for Lazarus's weeping was this was a ritual that a person w...
by Marion
Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Liberation from Klippot: Luke 11:24-26
Replies: 2
Views: 3174

I was contemplating the meaning of “waterless regions” through which the unclean spirit wanders. My first thought is, this is a place without Mercy-Hesed. Hesed being associated with water. A place with no water cannot support life, just on a material level. The unclean spirit it seems is looking fo...
by Marion
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Poor, the Outcast and the Oppressed
Replies: 3
Views: 3034

Binah and Malkut

It seems that a discussion of the the Poor and Outcast leads to so many other things in part because it is such a huge part of our experience here in this world! I think every companion in circle that I have ever talked to speaks of feeling that way in one way or another. So this has got to be somet...
by Marion
Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Poor, the Outcast and the Oppressed
Replies: 3
Views: 3034

The Poor, the Outcast and the Oppressed

I was contemplating the meaning of outcast. A few points in scripture and the teachings struck me in this regard. One being the vow of the templars: Do not fear in the face of the Enemy; Do not lie, but live by the Spirit of Truth, even on the pain of death; Love the Holy One, with all your heart an...
by Marion
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Gnosis in Repose: Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 13035

knowing God

I was contemplating this verse some more, and I found that in Hebrew it is pronounced: Har-poo Oo-de-oo Ki Ano-khi Elo-him. spelled: Heh-resh-phe-vau Vau-dalet-ayin-vau Kaph-yod Aleph-nun-kaph-yod Aleph-lamed-heh-yod-mem. you can also see the Hebrew and hear the pronunciation here: http://www.hebrew...
by Marion
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Gnosis in Repose: Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 13035

calm abiding

Shalom! It seems that we may experience moments of Repose, or being still within clarity or confusion. As Malachi said above, the master absolutely had moments of confusion. The difference being he was aware within those moments. This is a wonderful topic and something that I have recently been thin...
by Marion
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Yeshua the Enigma
Replies: 2
Views: 3165

Jesus is a Shape-shifter.

Shalom Claudia, Yes, I think you are on to something here. Often when we look at Holy men and women there is an other worldliness about them. They are not concerned with the world or things of the world, rather their focus in on the continuum and light transmission, it is as if they are in the world...
by Marion
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Scents, Stones and Sacred Herbs?
Replies: 2
Views: 4416

Shalom Sister Sarah and Jeff! A few things have been shared regarding the use of sacred oils, incenses etc... that I think might be helpful here. With regards to oils and incenses, you can tell a lot by the smell. For example, cedar, sage and eucalyptus are all purifying incenses, and they all have ...
by Marion
Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Yard and Garden care
Replies: 6
Views: 9335

innate wisdom

Shalom Malachi and Jeff! I am so glad that you brought this up! I actually had a great teacher on this subject for a few years, a contractor that I worked for who owned a landscaping buisness, and was also Sophian! I learned many things from her, and one of the things is that if you are working in t...
by Marion
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Matthew 21:18-22
Replies: 6
Views: 4588

The leaves of the tree

Shalom! I was very intrigued by the connection between the passage in the gospels when Yeshua curses the fig tree and the fig tree in the Garden of Eden. It was also interesting that while the fruit that Adam and Eve eat isn't specified, the leaves that they sew together to make themselves clothes i...
by Marion
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: The Palace that Thomas Built
Replies: 4
Views: 5941

Drawing out the Godness

Shalom Claudia, I am so glad that you brought up this wonderful story! i have loved it ever since the first time I had heard it. I do remember one detail that might be interesting to add to the discussion... (this goes at the beginning) One day Judas Thomas and Yeshua are in the market place. With a...
by Marion
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Attributes of sacred circle.
Replies: 0
Views: 2179

Attributes of sacred circle.

Shalom! Recently, I was contemplating two forms of sacred circle that I was hearing a lot about. One is the usual pattern: Raphael-East, Michael-South, Gabriel-West and Uriel-North. And then there is another pattern that the Zohar talks about where Michael and Gabriel switch. I was contemplating thi...
by Marion
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Temptations of Jesus
Replies: 4
Views: 4455

the temptor

Shabbat Shalom! “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days; he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and when they were over he was hungry." I am contemplating this verse as; Yeshua receives the Ho...
by Marion
Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: Welcome, Introductions & General Questions
Topic: Greetings From Gloria in Texas
Replies: 3
Views: 3017

Shalom Gloria!

Welcome to our forums! I am glad that you are finding the teachings provided here useful. Please post any questions that you may have :-)

Blessings and Shalom,

Marion
by Marion
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Who was the prophet Anna?
Replies: 11
Views: 9466

Shabbat Shalom! I was thinking about how in moment of scripture, it says Simeon is “looking forward to the consolation of Israel” and Anna speaks to those “who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” And I was contemplating the interaction of Consolation and Redemption. In a recent discourse w...
by Marion
Sat May 24, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Who was the prophet Anna?
Replies: 11
Views: 9466

Shalom! I was contemplating what has been said thus far about the Prophet Anna and it struck me how Malachi pointed out that both a male and female prophet prophesied at the circumcision of the messiah. This of course brings the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah to mind. For they conceived John the B...
by Marion
Wed May 21, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Who was the prophet Anna?
Replies: 11
Views: 9466

Anna

Shalom! Anna is a character in the Gospels that I have always been facinated with, thank you so much for bringing it up! I do not know too much about her, save what is said in the Gospel of St. Luke: "And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher She was advanc...
by Marion
Sun May 18, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Aloe
Replies: 7
Views: 7968

wow! thank you so much for you wonderful insight on this plant! that is deffinitly something that we in the states don't get to experience! you know, that aloe flower really reminds me of the Kniphofia or red-hot poker. I love these plants because they're flowers always reminded me of the Bride and ...
by Marion
Sun May 04, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The body of light.
Replies: 3
Views: 3683

What this means is that one is developing a greater capacity for kavanah and devekut. This is very good, because if we can abide for longer periods of time with Kavanah and Devekut, experiences have room to happen that otherwise would not. Through Meditation, we are also building the body of light. ...
by Marion
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Intoning the Shema with traditional Kavvanot
Replies: 4
Views: 4057

Yahweh and Adonai

Shalom All! So, Am I hearing that one could intone Yahweh instead of Adonai? in the Shema? I didn't connect that before that Yahweh is the divine name there. For what intentions would one use Yahweh? because The Shema feels very different depending on what name is used. When Adonai is used it feels ...
by Marion
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Sophian Gnostic Liturgy: Prayers & Invocations
Topic: Songs and music?
Replies: 8
Views: 9657

chant and song

Shabbat Shalom Tamara and Brooke! Yes, there are songs and chants in the tradition! presently it is a little hard to show to Brothers and Sisters at a distance, however, I do believe that some of the companions are working with putting some methods of chant and such on CD. But for now, you might try...
by Marion
Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Replies: 3
Views: 3739

be ready for the Bridegroom!

Shalom All! This is serendipitous, as I was just reading and contemplating this very passage not too long ago! The placement of this passage in scripture is very interesting Because in the previous chapter, Yeshua finds the people buying and selling in the temple and he overturns the tables and rebu...
by Marion
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Earth Sophia: Stones, Plants & Animal People
Topic: Aloe
Replies: 7
Views: 7968

a force that moves two ways.

Shalom All! What wonderful contemplations! What is really unique about aloe I think is it's power. I have never met a plant with quite the healing capacity before, maybe this is the reason it is so widely used! no one could deny that it drasticaly helps with skin ailments and other things. But, as y...
by Marion
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Equinox Easter Egg
Replies: 1
Views: 2770

thank you!

Shalom Michael!

Thank you so very much for sharing this! That is so beautiful. I have been thinking about that version of the story for days now...It really makes me want to learn Greek! even if it is just to read the Gospels, this would be a wonderful thing!

Blessings and Shalom!

Marion
by Marion
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Gematria: The Play of Holy Letters & Numbers
Topic: Fear of the Lord Leads to Wisdom; Pachad and Habad
Replies: 4
Views: 4857

Fear of the Lord Leads to Wisdom; Pachad and Habad

I have been contemplating Pachad and Habad, how these two words interact with each other, and what they mean to us on the path. It seems that one of the main points in scripture, where we might start this contemplation is the saying "Fear of Yahweh leads to Wisdom." When I first started to...
by Marion
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Prayers in the Subway
Replies: 0
Views: 2328

Prayers in the Subway

Shalom All! This is a practice that I often like to do in the subway or in large crowds of people or walking down the street. That has been very powerful, so I would like to share it! Visualize everyone around you and see their hearts illuminated with divine light, blazing like the sun. Feel each pe...

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