Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!
This passage from Acts speaks quite directly to our times, and to much of modern spirituality, popular occultism and the New Age Movement, and it reveals that it is perfectly true, “there is nothing new under the sun,” for the very same klippot of self-will and selfish ambitions, and great claims of oneself, and all of the false teachings and false prophecies put forth seeking worldly recognition and gain have always been present. As we consider Simon the Magus, or rather, the sorcerer, we might recall Balaam, who sought to curse the prophet and the children of Israel for a price, or we might consider Laban, and all of his trickery with Jacob seeking his own dominion and gain.
The central klippah is revealed when it is written: “Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying he was someone great. All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, ‘This man is the power of God that is called Great.’”
Now first of all, this fellow comes clinging to pseudo-wisdoms and false teachings, and aside from the witness of the power of the Holy Spirit, which goes beyond anything he is able to conjure, he cannot discern between false teachings and true teachings, or between the false lights and the True Light. Although he believes and stays around St. Philip, it is not for the sake of the holy gospel and Christ, or the love of Christ, but rather, it is his lust for greater “magical power” and his own selfish ambition. If already he has been putting himself off as “God come down,” and encouraging the glorification of himself in place of God, and selling divinations, spiritual blessings and curses, and healings, and such, what would he do with even greater spiritual power?
Aside from his great claims of himself, and his self-glorification and selfish ambitions, as we know and understand, when a person comes to a living tzaddik or apostle, if they cleave to pseudo-wisdoms or false teachings, or they assume all teachings are the same, it is a great obstruction to Light Transmission, or to the full reception of the Word of God and Holy Spirit. If they are already a professional spiritual teacher, or diviner, or healer, or what not, then this obstruction can be even greater, for they have a vested interest, a significant investment and self-identification with those teachings and the business of teaching, or the selling of spiritual works. Yet, if we were blessed to encounter a living tzaddik or apostle, or a living tradition of Light Transmission, and we desired to receive the Light-presence (Christ) and the Light-power (Holy Spirit), there would be a need to let go of all pseudo-wisdoms and false teachings to focus upon the Word of God, the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God, seeking to do the will of God, instead of enacting our own self-will, or the will of our ego.
There is something more troubling when there is a cleaving to pseudo-wisdoms and false teachings, though, for there is truth mixed in with them, joined with falsehood, distortion, and there are spiritual forces within and behind such teachings, often spiritual forces attempting to appear as divine forces that, in fact, are not divine, but are at best admixed forces (archonic), or at times even dark forces (demonic). Thus, as in the story of Simon the Magus, there can be a certain “spiritual power,” psychic or magic power, in false teachings, but it is not the power of God, the True Light. This can make the discernment between false and true teachings, or pseudo-wisdoms and authentic wisdom, even more difficult for those unaware of the Light Continuum, or those who have not experienced the illumination and power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, if and when we experience the reception of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Blessed Name, the distinction becomes very clear, for there is a knowledge and power in Christ and the Holy Spirit that goes beyond whatever we might have experienced before, and we will, indeed, acquire discernment between false lights, or impure emanations (klippot), and God, the True Light.
The greater klippah with Simon, of course, is that he makes great claims of himself, and he seeks to glorify himself – he acts like the demiurge, which says, “I did this,” or “I made this,” or “I am God.” This goes hand-in-hand with the selling of spiritual gifts or spiritual works, for in the midst of selling oneself in this way there is the tendency to make great claims of oneself and take credit for the spiritual works that are done, bolstering oneself in the eyes of others to attract business. If a person were unfortunate enough to become very successful at this, and became too full of themselves, naturally this can go to extremes, such as with Simon the Magus, who later proclaims himself a messiah, and who, according to legend, becomes an outright adversary to St. Peter, enacting a magical assault against an apostle of Christ.
Here is the great problem with the selling of spiritual gifts, or spiritual works or empowerments. First and foremost, instead of a return of souls to God, and praise and thanksgiving to God, and the glorification of God, praise and thanks is given to the spiritual worker, and the spiritual worker is glorified, and there is a focus on the return of business. God forbid! This is the way of sorcerers, not the way of a man or woman of God.
There is also another great problem with all of this, for in selling a spiritual work, when some one pays their price, for the sake of business a spiritual worker may not be inclined to speak the whole truth given in the spirit, or may be inclined to speak what people want to hear, even speak outright falsehoods, and yet more, if the spiritual work to be done is not God’s will, having been paid, nevertheless the spiritual worker must perform. In the midst of all of this, too, given the various intentions that may be present in one who is selling and another who is buying, there is a great question regarding the nature of the spiritual forces invoked and attracted. Do the spirits of tzaddikim and maggidim, or “saints and angels,” enter into such worldly exchanges, or does the Spirit of God move in such an environment? Certainly not! If not the good company of the Shekinah and the Holy Spirit, then what’s the nature of the spiritual forces that come when spiritual gifts are sold?
This is not to say that the Holy Spirit does not move in mundane affairs, she can and does; but spiritual works are not intended to be mundane, but rather sacred and holy, in the presence of the kingdom of heaven and God, the True Light. There is no conjuring the Spirit of God, but rather, those gathered invite and welcome her, and open themselves to her, and she moves with, in and through those who are gathered in the Blessed Name, and whatever blessings, empowerments or wonders transpire, they are gifts from God, freely given, all as God wills. If a person moves in the Holy Shekinah, and the Holy Spirit is in them, that person is a messenger from God, anointed by God as a light-bearer, healer and peacemaker. If a true messenger of God has a word of God for a person, will they ask for money in exchange for the word, or if spiritual council is needed, will they demand money in return? If a true healer of God has God’s healing power in them, and knows that God intends a person’s healing, will that set a price for a healing? If a true messenger of God bears a blessing or empowerment from God for another person, will they demand a person pay a fee? Are the signs and wonders of the Spirit of God for sale? If they are, would that not turn the Holy Spirit, our Mother, into a whore, the love of God being put up for sale? These may seem strong words, but if we sell spiritual gifts, or spiritual works, what are we doing? Is this how we facilitate the return of souls to God, or is it the bondage of spiritual works to Mammon (money), and the perpetuation of the ignorance that dominates this world and holds souls in bondage?
Adonai Yeshua teaches us clearly that we cannot worship God and worship Mammon (money).
It is true, spiritual works in this world need material support, and when we receive there is a need to give in return, a need to support those who teach and initiate, and engage in spiritual works. If we take, but we do not give, it is the bread of shame, and we restrict and minimize what we receive. Yet, spiritual gifts and spiritual works are not meant to be sold, are not meant to be a business conducted in a worldly way; they are works for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, for the enlightenment and liberation of souls, and for the glorification of God – they are meant to be heavenly, holy, set apart from the mundane.
In faith, in Christ and the Holy Spirit, there is another way with this, which we are taught in the Holy Scriptures. Instead of selling spiritual gifts and spiritual works we have faith that God will provide, and we rely upon tithe and charity, gifts that are freely given in the love of Christ, just as we freely give in the love of Christ. It is in this way that spiritual works are supported and are established in righteousness, our intention being purified of selfish and worldly interests to allow a full openness and sensitivity to the Spirit of God.
The teaching of tithe, or giving ten percent of what we have in support of spiritual works, comes from the story of Melchizedek who is sent by God to Abraham and Sarah to bless them and to impart a spiritual empowerment to them. He meets them in the Valley of Kings following the victory of Abraham over the Kings of Edom (klippot) and he brings out bread and wine, and blesses them in the Name of El Elyon, God Most High, and they give to him a tenth of all that they have. Melchizedek asks for nothing in return for his spiritual work, he demands nothing from them, but rather he acts in the love of Yahweh as a messenger, guided by Ruach Ha-Kodesh, the Holy Spirit; but in the love of Yahweh Abraham and Sarah give in return, uniting the desire to receive with the desire to give. In this way the gift Melchizedek gives is an offering to God, and the gift that Abraham and Sarah give is an offering to God, and receiving these gifts from one another, it is God who provides, and it is an exchange of sparks, energy, in complete righteousness, in the presence of God.
If and when we allow a free exchange in this way it is the generation of great merit, great light-power, for all who are involved, for then what is given is given in love and in the Spirit of God, and it is an offering to God; there is no merit in a business transaction, but when we give in love and compassion, in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, merit is generated. If and when we entertain a free exchange in this way, the Holy Shekinah will rest upon us, the spirits of tzaddikim and maggidim will gather with us, and the Holy Spirit will move with, in and through us, granting blessings and boons, enacting wonders. Of this we can bear witness, for this is what happens in our own experience; giving freely, giving in love, the Spirit of God moves with us in powerful ways, and God provides.
In much the same way we may consider the prophet Elijah, and the poor widow and her son who gave Elijah a place to stay and food, and what the Holy Spirit did for them through Elijah – the entire play of giving and receiving in charity, in the fear and love of Yahweh. What transpires between them is truly amazing! Praise God!
If we look and see, whether with Melchizedek or Elijah, or any of the tzaddikim or navim, praise and thanks are given to God, and it is God who is glorified, not the tzaddik or navi, the righteous one or prophet.
In this way, whether a person is rich or poor it does not matter to the holy woman or holy man, but rather their concern is what the Spirit of God would have them do and would have them give, and they will not do more for a rich person and less for a poor person, because their concern is not money, but rather it is the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness that is their concern. Their motivation is the love of God and love of their neighbors, all their relations, and they are a messenger of God, a conscious agent of the Divine Presence and Power among the people – all that is done is done by the Spirit of God, it is all God’s mercy and grace.
If we are, indeed, given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit, and we are called to spiritual works for people, then surely, if our call is from God, and we walk with the Holy Shekinah, and the Holy Spirit is in us, then God will provide for us. If there is not enough material support generated through tithe and charity, then we will find another means of livelihood independent of our spiritual works, understanding that in this way God provides, and it is God’s will. If we are called to take up spiritual works for people, and we have faith in Christ and God, will we not have faith that God will provide for us? Likewise, will we not be willing to surrender, and do whatever we need to do to enact the intention of God? If that means earning a livelihood independent from our spiritual works, won’t we do just that, instead of selling spiritual gifts and spiritual works?
The gospels teach us how spiritual works are to be supported, for Adonai Yeshua and his disciples were supported by tithe and charity, and all of the apostles were supported by tithe and charity, with the exception of St. Paul, who labored as a tent maker independent of his teaching and spiritual works. In no case did they sell their spiritual gifts and spiritual works, and as spiritual Christians, followers of the Way, neither do we – we follow in the Way, the Messiah, and we live according to our faith.
Instead of selling our spiritual gifts and spiritual works there is a need to teach the way of tithe and charity, and in so doing to teach living faith, hope and love; there is a great need for messengers of God to denounce the spiritual materialism that is so pervasive in our times, and to teach another way, a way of faith in God and knowledge of God, or a true path to enlightenment and liberation.
In the midst of our spiritual works our aim is to draw nearer and nearer to God, and so to help others draw nearer to God – our aim is a return of souls to God, the True Light.
Just because everybody else is doing something does not make it right, and just because the unenlightened society calls something “good” does not make it good. In this world, in the ignorance that dominates this world, good and evil are often sorely confused, and evil is often called “good” and good is often called “evil.” Thus, many, even with the best of intentions, are deceived and lead astray, becoming bound up in the same old ignorance, or false lights.
In closing, I’m inclined to remind that very often speaking truth is not the most popular message, even among “truth seekers,” but nevertheless, if we are called as spiritual teachers or messengers, the truth revealed to us by the Spirit of God must be spoken, just as it was by those who have labored before us in the harvest of souls, the Great Work.
May we live in the faith and freedom we have in Christ, no longer being of this world, though being in the world. Amen.
Peace be with you!
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