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Passover

#1 Postby Mark » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:57 am

I was wondering if there is a Gnostic view of Passover. All the plagues that the Egyptians went through, finally ending with the Passover were such violent ways to resolve the problem of Jewish slavery. And, after the Last Supper commemorating Passover, the suffering of Jesus on the cross that soon followed was from an act of violence. Is there some kind of contemplation about this that is recommended that can heal us from violent tendencies?

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An Evolution of Consciousness & Revelation

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:25 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

There is, indeed, a distinct difference between the revelation of God in the Old Testament and the revelation of God in the New Testament, so much so that there have been many schools of thought in Christianity that have proposed that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are two different Gods. This idea is not isolate to some of the ancient Gnostic schools of thought, but it is proposed in modern times as well; for example, it is a teaching that appears in the Christian movement commonly known as the “Shakers.” It is very easy to see how some Christians arrive at this point of view, for it can be difficult in mental consciousness to reconcile the severity of God in the Old Testament with the mercy of God in the New Testament, or the revelation of God under the law with the revelation of God in grace. A God of strict judgment and vengeance, and a God of boundless mercy and love, on the surface, seem diametrically opposed to one another, or seem to be a complete contradiction to one another. Yet, between the revelation of God in the Old Testament and the revelation of God in the New Testament it is not God that has changed – there are not two different Gods, but One God; it is human consciousness that has changed, evolved, and therefore our knowledge and understanding of God changed, evolved, a greater revelation of God becoming possible.

The same is true from the time of the First Coming of Christ to the time of the Second Coming of Christ in Glory; yet again, human consciousness has changed, evolved, and therefore our knowledge and understanding of Christ has changed, evolved, and a greater revelation of Christ has become possible.

Essentially, there is an ongoing revelation of God, or enlightenment, corresponding with an evolution of human consciousness, or the development and evolution of souls, the revelation of God, or enlightenment, being dependent upon our capacity to receive and understand it; hence, dependent upon the gradation of consciousness and intelligence we are able to access and embody. This ongoing revelation of God, of course, nurtures and nourishes the evolution of human consciousness, progressively guiding souls to a greater spiritual realization or enlightenment, so that the ongoing revelation of God and the evolution of human consciousness are completely interwoven and inseparable from one another.

At the time of Moses and the children of Israel in Egypt, a revelation of God in mercy and love could not be received by the prophet and the people, but rather, in the common mindset of the day, it was a revelation of God in great force and in judgment that could be received. Likewise, it was not the promise of the kingdom of heaven and eternal life in the spiritual world that could be heard and received, but the promise of a holy land and abundant life in the material world. Thus, it is a revelation of God in judgment and the giving of a law that transpires, all according to the capacity of the prophet and the people to receive the revelation of the Divine, or enlightenment. Although, indeed, there are many shades and shadows moving in this revelation, or a significant corruption and distortion of ignorance in it, nevertheless it is a revelation of the Word and Wisdom of God, and there is an inspiration of the desire to seek God and draw near to God in it, and as such it opens the way for an evolution of human consciousness and a greater revelation of God.

If we consider the world, and the state of consciousness in humankind at the time of Abraham and Sarah, or at the time of Moses and the children of Israel in Egypt, and we consider the revelation of the One God, Yahweh, and the giving of the law, in truth, the revelation, and corresponding spiritual illumination, is very lofty, and has deep wisdom. More than the shades and shadows, or the taint of ignorance that might be in the Scriptures, we wish to draw out the spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom, and look and see the many layers of good teachings that are in the Scriptures, from the plain meaning on the surface, and its practical wisdom, to inner and secret meanings, and their esoteric wisdom. Likewise, we wish to see how on an inner and secret level there is a prefiguring, or prophecy, of the greater revelation and enlightenment God intends, a greater vision of salvation, or the enlightenment and liberation of souls. On one level, the entire story of the exodus may be understood to convey the journey of souls on a spiritual and metaphysical level in the Great Exodus, the Great Ascension, along with spiritual actions of the Messiah pacifying, enriching, subjugating and destroying spiritual forces that would hold souls in bondage.

If we look into the ten plagues, these correspond with the ten Sefirot of the Tree of Life, and in that each Sefirah contains all ten Sefirot within it, specifically the plagues correspond with Gevurah-Severity of each Sefirah; hence, a manifestation of each Sefirah in Judgment. The final plague, the slaying of the firstborn among the Egyptians, corresponds with Keter-Crown, the inmost Sefirah.

Pharaoh and Egypt, this is understood as the demiurge (cosmic ignorance) and the dominion of the demiurge, the archonic realm, and the entire movement of liberation from Egypt by the might of God can be understood as the diminishing and shattering of the dominion of the demiurge, the dominions of archonic forces, which opens that way for the deliverance of souls, or the ascension of souls. The true and full diminishing of the power of archonic forces, and the shattering of their dominions, however, does not transpire until the coming of the Messiah, but there is a diminishing of their power to a certain extent through the revelation in the exodus and giving of the law, and there is a symbolic, talismanic, foreshadowing of the Great Exodus, the Great Resurrection and Ascension, that will be brought about by the Messiah. In the exodus from Egypt with Moses, the spiritual movement is strongly focused upon this world, the material dimension, but with the coming of the Messiah it is focused upon the heavens, spiritual and metaphysical dimensions; hence, upon the true cause of bondage and suffering, and its cessation.

If we wish to look into the Passover, the slaying of the firstborn of Egypt and the salvation of the firstborn of Israel, this is a striking at the very core of the strength of archonic powers, while increasing the strength of divine powers, and the essential vehicle of this Divine Action is the blood of the lamb. The name “Passover” indicates death passing over the Israelites and not touching them. Wherever the blood of the lamb was places on the lintels surrounding the doors of homes, the angel of death did not enter, or had no power. Thus, on the night of the final plague the blood of the lamb was salvation, deliverance from death. This, of course, was true only on that one occasion, but it prefigures the mystery of the crucifixion and resurrection, the power of the blood of the Lamb of God that brings true and lasting salvation from ignorance, death; hence, eternal life, the realization of bornless being.

There is a saying in the Gospel of St. Philip, “Do not despise the Lamb, for by it your see the Door.” The Lamb is Messiah Yeshua on the cross, but the Door is Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah – honoring the sacrifice made my Adonai Yeshua, receiving the body and blood of the Lamb of God, we enter into the experience of the Risen Messiah, and we embody the Spirit of the Messiah; thus, our focus becomes the Risen Messiah, the Living Christ.

If we look into the revelations and events of the Old Testament, truly there is a prefiguring of a greater revelation, a greater enlightenment, and it is as though seeds, inspirations, are planted in human consciousness to prepare human consciousness for a greater revelation, a greater enlightenment of the Messiah. We may say the same of the New Testament, and various esoteric Christian Scriptures, for the revelation of Christ and God, the True Light, is ongoing, and always there is a greater revelation intended by God.

If we look into the teachings of Adonai Yeshua, he teaches us to root out the ignorance, the violence, from within us, and teaches us a path of self-offering, forgiveness, compassion, love and charity; he teaches us to live in peace, non-violence. Likewise, rather than a focus upon the world, and things of the world, he teaches us to focus on the kingdom of heaven, and on the Great Ascension, the enlightenment and liberation of souls. Thus, whatever shades and shadows might have come along with the revelations in the Old Testament he corrects and dispels, teaching and restoring the spiritual essence of the Torah and giving us the Gospel, the greater revelation and enlightenment of the Messiah, the Anointed.

I’m inclined to pause here and see where the Holy Spirit carries the discussion.

May we recognize the true Passover manifest in the Lamb of God, and seeing the Everlasting Door may we be blessed and empowered to pass through it. Amen.

Peace be with you!
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Do not feed the darkness

#3 Postby Joyce » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:22 am

Greetings in the Light of the Messiah!
This very rich discussion brings up many contemplations.
Outbreaks of violence such as that witnessed during the World Wars has always been a mystery to me. It seems to me that when the level of unexamined unconscious negativity becomes great enough, it manifests in an outbreak such as this.
One contemplation is the injunction to not feed the darkness. One step as I understand it, is to do the practices and purify oneself so that the Light flows through you as a channel of blessing. Otherwise the Light feeds the archons and Demiurge. What comes to mind here is a process similar to dredging a river. In the deepening of the channels, we become better receptors of the Light. The challenge then becomes the embodiment of the Light. I would appreciate a better understanding of the embodiment of Light and what is involved. It seems to me that if enough people embody Light Transmission, then we would eventually experience ascension.
Blessings,
Joyce

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Victory in Christ

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:13 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

Our empowerment to overcome negativity, darkness, is in the Risen Messiah, the Living Christ; when we have faith in the Risen Messiah, cleaving to the Living Christ we receive the Christ Spirit, and then we labor for the full reintegration of our soul, and our mind, heart and life, with the Christ Spirit, the Holy Light. The more passionate or faith and cleaving, the greater the influxes of Holy Light we experience, the deeper our communion with the Christ Spirit grows, and this Holy Light, this Christ Spirit, delivers from shades and shadows, and leads us in the Way.

It is all about faith and devotion, devekut!

There is an active and dynamic surrender that must be engaged, however, and we need to co-labor with the Christ Spirit in us, discerning between what is good and true, and what is evil and false, and choose what is good and true, intending and doing it. We need to understand that our thoughts and emotions are real powers, and so also our words and deeds, and as such, the thoughts and emotions we entertain, or focus upon, matter, and so also our words and deeds flowing from them. As Adonai Yeshua teaches us, if we hold a thought or desire in our heart, on a certain level it has already been done, and the psychic influence is manifest in the subtle atmosphere of the earth; likewise, we link with corresponding spiritual forces with every thought and word, and so draw in their influence into the subtle atmosphere of the earth and give them power. Thus, there is a need to master the mind and heart, thought and desire, and to learn to direct our thoughts and desires towards what is good and true, love and faith. Basically speaking, we cannot afford to give into the violent inclination and negativity. Instead we wish to set our minds upon those things that are in Christ, and focus our desire upon the kingdom of heaven and God, the True Light; if and when the mind and heart stray we need to return them to their place in Christ.

This naturally is an ongoing labor of progress in the Gospel, moment to moment, day to day, and joined with this we live within, always open to greater influxes of the Holy Light from above, yearning, longing, always for a deeper, more intimate experience of the Risen Christ and Holy Spirit.

Today we are living the time of the Second Coming, a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and if we are aware of the Second Coming, and have faith, we enter into the experience of the Second Coming, direct experience of the Risen Christ and Holy Spirit; in this we have an incredible empowerment to overcome all shades and shadows, and to enact what is good and true. We do not labor in this alone, however, but in community, in the Living Body of Christ, and joined with community, as member of the Body of Christ, the Holy Light that is in the community flows with, in and through us. The embodiment of this Holy Light is in the individual and in community, and through community, spiritual fellowship, we gain support and empowerment in this Great Work.

Naturally, though, first and foremost it is through living the spiritual life and taking up prayer and meditation daily that we progress in the Gospel and we grow in Christ, and experience a greater embodiment of the Christ Spirit; joined with this, spiritual study and contemplation directs our mind to more noble thoughts, and sacred discourse and worship in community gives support and encouragement to our effort to live the Gospel, to live in Christ.

The greater realization and embodiment of the Light-presence (Christ) and Light-power (Holy Spirit) is a lifestyle, it is a way of life, and so it is our lifelong occupation as spiritual, mystical Christians, or “Gnostics.”

Abiding in the Holy Sanctuary of the Risen Messiah, may we let our light shine in this world so that all might see it and give glory to God, the True Light. Amen.

Peace be with you!
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