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Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8)

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:22 pm

Hitbonenut: Contemplation of the Holy One in Creation

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you” (Job 12:7-8).

First, understand, there is a spirit, an intelligence, within all things. God is in all things. If you become open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of God (El, Elohim), you will be able to commune with the spirit of things, even apparently inanimate objects, and you will acquire knowledge (da’at) and be aware of the root of things and their spiritual power. This is how in ancient times human beings were able to discern what was good to eat and what was not, how to cultivate and process various kinds of foods, what plants were good for medicinal purposes, how to domesticate and breed livestock, for example, along with many other things, such as working with metals and so on. It transpired through intuitions gifted by the Holy Spirit and through communion with the spirit within things.

Understanding this, through communion with the spirits within things, it becomes possible to draw their spiritual essence - issuance of their root, into them and to draw out the light, the good, that is in them. In so doing the spirits of things are uplifted in return to God and are redeemed, and living spirits may experience radical leaps in the evolution of consciousness, soul. When we have knowledge of God within things, so we have knowledge of things as they are in God, and we may direct the intelligence and power of things in service to God, fulfilling the will of God for those things.

This corresponds with esoteric dimensions of hitbonenut, the contemplation of the glory of the Holy One in creation and creatures, gazing into deep mysteries of creation with awe and wonder, and adoration of the Holy One within and behind, and beyond, all that appears. In its essence it is simple, so much so that children can entertain this contemplation of the glory of God in creation. All that we need to do is go into the great outdoors, out into nature, and walk, or sit, contemplating the beauty and good qualities of all that we see, hear, smell, taste and feel, and contemplating the presence and glory of God in it all, aware of the very existence or life in things being in God and emanating from God. In this way we can experience an intimate communion with God, receive knowledge, understanding and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, and we may experience communion with the spirits of things, receiving knowledge and power from them, just as from the Spirit of God. In fact, if we commune in this way, we unify the spirits in things with the Spirit of God, returning them to God.

In these times, in the present ignorance, this way of communion is very important, for we need to learn that we are completely interconnected and inseparable from our environment, and we need to learn that whatever we do to other creatures and our environment we do to ourselves. Instead of the present ignorance of violent dominion in disregard of life because of greed, we need to learn the way of true stewardship - tending creatures and creation in service to the kingdom of heaven and God; hence, we need to learn to perceive God in all things, and need to learn how to live in harmony with our environment and how to commune with the spirits of all things, unifying them with the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim).

In closing it needs to be said that if we have faith in Christ and God, and if we love the Lord, then we must love all our relations, all creatures, and we must seek to live in harmony with our environment; what’s more, we need to be a voice, a messenger, of justice for all creatures and reverence for life.

O Holy One, please grant us mercy and compassion, and the will for justice; please empower us as true messengers of Your Word - peace and love! Amen.

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#2 Postby Martina » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:00 am

Greetings in the Light of the Holy One!

Praise be to Our Mother for inspiring this lovely contemplation!

“In these times, in the present ignorance, this way of communion is very important, for we need to learn that we are completely interconnected and inseparable from our environment, and we need to learn that whatever we do to other creatures and our environment we do to ourselves. Instead of the present ignorance of violent dominion in disregard of life because of greed, we need to learn the way of true stewardship - tending creatures and creation in service to the kingdom of heaven and God; hence, we need to learn to perceive God in all things, and need to learn how to live in harmony with our environment and how to commune with the spirits of all things, unifying them with the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim).”

What comes to mind in connection with this profound teaching is the story of Adam naming the animals from Genesis 2:19:
“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.”

This happened at a time when Adam had not eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, when he/she was still in unconscious union with the Holy One and undivided. It seems in this naming “tending creatures and creation in service to the kingdom of heaven and God” is implied. It seems in Adam Ha-Rishon there is a deep communion and connectedness in this process having its source in his/her wholeness and communion. This points to the capacity of communion with nature being in all of us if we consciously return to the union with God, to wholeness.

Any corrections will be received with gratitude.

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:08 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

To speak the names of creatures is to see the good that is in them, the truth of what they are in the Holy One, and likewise it implies contact with the spirit or intelligence within creatures, and a communion with them, and the ability to draw upon their knowledge and power. In this process of naming their spiritual essence is drawn into them, and the light and life in them becomes realized. Thus, in this communion human beings serve in the completion and perfection of creation, or the tikkune of creation, and this is an integral part of the harvest of souls, or the salvation of all (Kol).

“…Therefore Yahweh Elohim sent him forth from the garden to till the ground from which he was taken” (Genesis 3:23).

This verse speaks of a stewardship of the land and environment, and to till implies the cultivation of things and a labor to facilitate the evolution and realization of things as they are in the Holy One; likewise, “to till the ground from which he/she was taken” directly states the interconnection of humankind and the environment.

So yes, indeed, we may consider various passages from the story of creation and find that they contain this teaching and practice of the contemplation of the presence and glory of Yahweh Elohim in creation.

In closing we can remind that in our Kabbalah salvation is not isolate to human beings, but includes all creatures, all sentient beings, in this world, and in all realms and worlds of creation. Thus our ability to commune with the spirits of things is integral to our labor to bring salvation to all, or enlightenment and liberation to all - the “Light of the True Cross.”

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Creation is a Garment

#4 Postby Elder Gideon » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:47 pm

Full Moon Shalom!

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience (Romans 8:22-25).

I'm always edified by mysteries of hitbonenut, for they are indeed so literal and mysterious at the same time. Since encountering this lineage and the integrity of its teachings, I see with new detail what I was taught in a more mystically leaning outer church tradition: Apart from creation, there is no knowledge of God.

This brings me to ask in another way of creation as a garment that Hashem wears. Among the many words for garment is levush, לְבוּשׁ, within which is the word for lev, heart. To feel creation as a garment the Holy One wears is a very dynamic contemplation to me. The Holy Mother asked Juan Diego, Am I not here who is your mother? Are you not in the folds of my garment? Garments are matrices, endless layers of energy-intelligence making possible reality as we know it in any state of consciousness. In a word, I'm hearing Elohim.

What more may by drawn out of the mystery of creation as the knowledge of God?

The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes
(Psalm 119.64).

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:19 am

Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

There are many different spiritual and mystical experiences that may arise during the contemplation of the presence and glory of God in nature, and we will find that nature is a manifestation of the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim), and that Yahweh is the light and life that flows through all things, and that becomes manifest as all things; hence, the Holy Name, Yahweh Elohim (Lord God).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:1-4).

Literally, the Messiah and Holy One pervade creation and are in all things, and the entire creation is, indeed, as a garment of the Holy One; the Holy One is within creation, and yet ever beyond creation. What is revealed and known of the Holy One is through creation, the heavens and the earth, and in this world it is through earth and nature that all of us are able to know and commune with the Holy One. Some among us experience revelations of the Holy One and communion with the Holy One in the heavens, through luminous dreams and visions, and through mystical ascensions of the soul into the heavens, but all of us can experience knowledge and communion with the Holy One through nature, and this communion is present for us continually.

As we take up this form of hitbonenut, of course, we become aware of the Messiah and Holy One within us, as the life and light in us, as our very being and consciousness, and we become aware that we are interconnected and inseparable from our environment - from the entirety of creation and nature, and in this we experience wholeness of being, and realize that we are complete as we are, dispelling the delusion of lack, the illusion of separation.

Adonai Yeshua taught us that the kingdom of heaven is spread out upon the earth, but few have eyes to see it, but through this form of hitbonenut we can see, hear and feel the kingdom of heaven here and now - we can become aware that we live and move and have our being in the Holy One, and become aware of the Holy One within and behind the reality of our experience in every moment, in every place, wherever we are, in the wilderness or in the city.

Basically speaking this is a practice of remembering that God is with us always; and in this remembrance we “return to God.”

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#6 Postby Mark » Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:01 pm

This corresponds with esoteric dimensions of hitbonenut, the contemplation of the glory of the Holy One in creation and creatures, gazing into deep mysteries of creation with awe and wonder, and adoration of the Holy One within and behind, and beyond, all that appears. In its essence it is simple, so much so that children can entertain this contemplation of the glory of God in creation. All that we need to do is go into the great outdoors, out into nature, and walk, or sit, contemplating the beauty and good qualities of all that we see, hear, smell, taste and feel, and contemplating the presence and glory of God in it all, aware of the very existence or life in things being in God and emanating from God. In this way we can experience an intimate communion with God, receive knowledge, understanding and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, and we may experience communion with the spirits of things, receiving knowledge and power from them, just as from the Spirit of God. In fact, if we commune in this way, we unify the spirits in things with the Spirit of God, returning them to God.

Shalom Tau Malachi,

Thank you for helping to bring us into this consciousness. Giving ourselves the opportunity to be in nature to receive this communion and participate in the tikkune of creation is holy medicine for our world. It seems that we would all be motivated to care for the natural world if our senses could be open to perceive the Divine presence in nature and our connection to the earth and all of life.

May we have eyes to see and ears to hear what our Creator is teaching us through the natural world,
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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#7 Postby Martina » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:16 am

Shabbat Shalom Dear Tau and Friends!

Gratitude to Mother Spirit for setting this contemplation in our hearts and minds.

I am interested in an aspect that was drawn out in the Shabbat discourse relating to it. It was said, that contemplating God in creation we can also think of the diversity of creation as diverse forces in us. This then becomes a contemplation of macrocosm and microcosm. It seems a good way to open our heart to the interconnectedness of all and our need to find a balance, to become caretakers of our environment. Many thanks, Tau Malachi, for pointing this out!

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#8 Postby staroath » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:48 am

Shalom dear Martina,

I also have been quite taken by this contemplation alluded to in this recent discourse.
How interesting when we view the "mixed multitude within the children of Israel" with in our own selves!

I offer this teaching from Tau Malachi:

"When Yeshua saw the crowds, he went up the mountain and sat down; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying… (Matthew 5:1-2)

He said, “The surface consciousness is filled with crowds of thoughts and emotions – some are luminous and good, and accord with the Christ Presence and Holy Spirit, but others are impurities in consciousness, they are admixed, and even dark and hostile; in the midst of the crowds of thoughts and emotions on the surface, you cannot discern between what is good and true, and what is evil and false, and you cannot hear the Spirit of God (El) that speaks in your heart – in the surface consciousness there is only confusion and ignorance. Thus, if you seek clarity and the illumination of the Spirit of God, you must go within and ascend in consciousness; you must abide in the sanctuary of your heart – the love of Christ, and draw your consciousness up to the brow or the crown. When you uplift your consciousness in this way, what is luminous and good will remain with you, but what is impure, all shades and shadows in consciousness, will naturally and spontaneously pass away."

Of interest to me of late- is when I observe the various "selves" with in me, I am enjoying the cultivation of a movement from shameful recoil to a movement of adventure and curiosity as I observe the Way of Transformation as one operates with a knowledge of ease and (through the Grace of the Sanctuary) of a lighter view with the apparent crowd within!

The Lineage teaches about the Ways of Pacification, Enrichment, Subjugation and Cutting Off.

What may appear can be an ongoing adventure within as the individual begins to identify the energetic nuisance of the beings forces that are arising within with humor, insight, strength and compassion.

This can even include a vigilant relaxed cycle of confession and repentance, even when dealing with the forces of "Legion" within ones own mind and being- sometimes we say "no this is enough- you are clearly not with me- you must go."

I would love any further comments and or corrections!

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#9 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:07 pm

Shalom,

In the way of transformation, in the wisdom of compassion, there is the pacification, enrichment, subjugation and destruction of klippot - impure emanations and negativity, and "destruction" corresponds with a radical transformation, the complete dispelling of an old pattern or form and with it the release of the sparks, or energy, into a new pattern or form.

In terms of the method of hitbonenut we are discussing, just as we can contemplate the glory of God in the outer space of creation, so we can contemplate the glory of God in the inner space of creation, amidst all of the thoughts, emotions and images arising in our mind or consciousness. In all that arises in consciousness, even the most dark or negative of our thoughts and emotions, we can look to see the good, the sparks of holiness that are in them, and seek to draw that goodness out, transforming what is negative into its positive manifestation.

This is reflected in the teachings of the holy seal in practices of union with partzufim and light palaces: 1) In union with partzuf view all that appears as the emanation body and light palace of the holy partzuf, and view all beings as the great luminous assembly surrounding the partzuf; 2) Hear every sound as the voice and word of the holy partzuf, all as the emanation of sound-vibration of the partzuf; 3) Consider every thought and emotion arising in your mind or consciousness as the radiant wisdom of the holy partzuf, and arising let it self-liberate into its essence and nature, Ain.

The third part of the holy seal points to a practice of hitbonenut directed inwardly, rather than outwardly, contemplating, meditating, on all of the thoughts and emotions, or selves arising, as the glory of the Holy One, seeing the good that is in them, and being aware of the good as the emanation of the Holy One - letting all reintegrate with the Clear Light Nature and Holy One; in this, everything has its proper place, and is uplifted and reintegrated with the Light Continuum (Yahweh, Yeshua).

If there is a need for cutting off, so be it, but if possible transformation through pacification, enrichment, subjugation or destruction is better, for sparks are uplifted in this way.

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#10 Postby Mark » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:55 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi,

Whether the contemplations of the glory of God are in the outer space of creation or the inner space of creation, if the primary experience that comes is simply resting in the energy of stillness, would this be considered any gradation of reintegrating with the Light Continuum?

May our experiences of the Glory of God guide us to lovingly care,
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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#11 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:18 am

Shalom Brother,

The experience of reintegration with the Light Continuum runs very deep, and is meta-dimensional. We cannot say that it is this or that, we cannot say what it is; if we say it is conscious unification with the Holy One, still we have only pointed at the experience, but in truth said nothing about it. We can say that "resting in the energy of stillness" can facilitate an experience of reintegration with the Holy Light, or that resting the mind in its own intrinsic nature can lead to something of this enlightenment and liberation. This, though, is pointing towards a deeper experience within and behind what's spoken.

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Re: Hitbonenut: Contemplation of God in Creation (Job 12:7-8

#12 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:25 pm

Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

There is something more to be shared about the practice of hitbodedut as the contemplation of the presence and glory of God in creation. When we go into the great outdoors and contemplate the presence and glory of God in nature, as we generate awareness of the presence and glory of God, and we abide in holy awe and wonder, the Holy Shekinah will rest upon us and will be in that place with us; if we join hitbodedut, secluded prayer, with our hitbonenut, contemplation, the spirits of every blade of grass, every plant, bush and tree, and every creature, along with the spirits of the earth in that place, will join with us in prayer, and in praise and thanksgiving, rejoicing in the Holy Shekinah with us. When this happens the angels within and behind those spirits will also take up prayers with us in the heavens. When we pray in this way our prayers are powerful and swiftly ascend to the Throne of Glory and beyond.

When we contemplate and pray in this way there is a stirring of the Spirit of God in everything, and the spirits of things and creatures in that place are uplifted in return to God, the True Light; and we will find that the Spirit of God speaks in our heart, and likewise that the Spirit of God will take up the spirit of creatures and they will become messengers to us, ministering to us, at times in the most extraordinary ways. Truly we may be visited by creatures that are imbued with the spirit and angel of their kind, encountering them in special ways. In this regard we may recall the prophet Elijah who was visited by ravens and fed by ravens during a spiritual retreat; in his retreat there is no doubt that he was engaging in prolonged hitbonenut and hitbodedut, contemplation, and deep prayer and meditation, and through this everything surrounding him was elevated, the spiritual essence being brought into everything in his environment.

Thus, engaging in this practice we are uplifted by the Spirit of God, and likewise the spirits in the place where we commune are uplifted and blessed.

Today relatively few people go out into nature and visit places of power to engage in a conscious communion with the Holy One, and the angels and spirits, and even fewer are those who go out into the wilderness who know how to engage the Continuum of Light Transmission, or who bear the full anointing of the Holy Spirit. If and when, however, those who are anointed go out into the wilderness and take up contemplation, prayer and meditation, and sacred ceremony in places of power, the spirits of that place rejoice and take up the movement of the Holy Spirit with them, and spirits from the surrounding spaces rush to join the movement; hence, a great assembly of invisible spirits forms, and they are unified and joined together in one mind and heart, all gathered in the Shekinah of the Messiah.

In just the same way that living spirits are unified in the external space, so the various fragments and aspects of our own consciousness or soul are unified; when we abide in the awareness of the presence and glory of God in creation, and in holy awe and wonder, and we cleave and pray, our person and life is integrated in that moment, and our person and life is taken up by the Spirit of God. This naturally can lead to the experience of various gradations of expanded consciousness, and even to gradations of Christ Consciousness or God Consciousness; hence, something of Mochin Gadlut.

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