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Great Gesture

#1 Postby Brother Brian » Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:57 am

You were once dead because of your failures and sins. You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God's anger just like everyone else. But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.) God has brought us back to life together with Christ Yeshua and has given us a position in heaven with him. He did this through Christ Yeshua out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it. God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Yeshua to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do. Ephesians Chapter 2

This rich text brings to mind the contemplation of the powerful act of kindness Yeshua portrayed on the cross. This great act of selflessness and compassion. When one probes deeply within this great gesture one realizes this great act of kindness stirs souls to awaken out of this selfish slumber of a dream and realize it brings us much joy to give.

It stirs us to the desire of wanting to give rather than seeking to receive for ourselves all the time, from the desire of wanting all the time to the great joy of the desire to give.

Giving is the act which we desire so much from within the inward aspects of our soul. This passage brings the contemplation of being saved or delivered from selfishness by simple faith in our dear Lord and Saviour Yeshua Christ. Once we have experienced this through faith we are empowered to look deeply within and explore this vast treasure house except when we discover all the treasure within we desire so much to give it away because we find out it is a vast sea of unlimited treasure and the joy and salvation comes from giving and sharing all that God has given. I love the last sentence of the passage that states He has created us in Christ Yeshua to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.

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Re: Great Gesture

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:13 am

Grace and peace to you in Messiah Yeshua!

This is a lovely passage, and as I read it in the NRS translation three verses stand out to me this morning.

The first two are:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (El) - not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The third is:

“For what we are he has made us, created in [Messiah Yeshua] for good works, which God (Elohim) prepared beforehand to be our way of life”
(2:10).

First, truly, it is a mystery that some souls receive the gift of faith, and therefore salvation, and others do not; it is through the sparking of faith in us - this gift of the Spirit, that we turn to God, the True Light, and open to the Holy Light and Spirit, and so receive our anointing, receiving the Messiah, our salvation. Apart from this we would not desire to seek enlightenment of God, we would not think of turning to God, the True Light; and truly, faith itself is the manifestation of grace, the mercy and love of God. There is no conjuring faith, we either receive it from the Spirit of God or we do not have it, and there is nothing we have done that equals this gift, as though in anyway through our own effort and works we received it; but rather, it’s all a matter of due season and the maturation of the soul, and the time preordained for the stirring of the soul from its long slumber. The journey of souls in transmigration, the gilgulim, is something like fruits of a vineyard ripening on the vine. Through the influence of the sun and elements vines grow, bearing fruit, and the fruits ripen, and only when they are ripe and mature are the fruits gathered in for the harvest. So it is with souls and the reception of grace and their salvation, their enlightenment and liberation, through a secret operation of the Spirit of God through numerous incarnations souls grow and evolve, and ripen, mature, and when it is time, when ripe, mature, they are gathered in by the Spirit of God, receiving grace, the Messiah - the Anointing.

Then faith, hope and love dawn, and various spiritual gifts, all according to the works and mission ordained for our soul, or the ‘true will’ of our soul, which is God’s will for us; and this is woven into our soul, woven into who and what we are, we are fashioned to fulfill a certain mission and to accomplish specific spiritual works, and we receive the gifts necessary for our mission and works from the Holy Spirit.

I’m captured this morning by St. Paul’s teaching that we are “created in Messiah Yeshua for good works,” the implication being that the talents, the abilities, for these works are woven into us. There are, indeed, good works in which we all share, the works of prayer, contemplation and meditation, sacred ceremony, the worship of God in spirit and truth, and practical acts of loving-kindness that we may engage, and we all have hope and love to give, and peace; but then there are all manner of of various talents, abilities - gifts of the Spirit, which may differ among us from one to another. There are those who are singers and musicians, those who are artists and crafts people, those who are athletic, mechanical, scientific, those who are able to utter spiritual wisdom or utter spiritual knowledge in the Spirit, those who are teachers, those who are administrators, those who have the gift of healing, or prophecy, or the working of wonders, or the power of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, and so many other talents, abilities, gifts from the Spirit of God, this fiery intelligence in us. There are works given to us, preordained for us, and the talents, abilities, gifts to accomplish these works are woven into us, and we need to look and see the works given to us, the gifts given to us, and take them up in service to the kingdom of heaven and the Lord, letting our works be an offering to the Lord.

In this we are wise to consider where we shine and where there is joy in our service, and celebrate our portion, our call and works in the Spirit, not coveting the gifts and works of others, but taking up with passion, zeal, and joy, those works that God has ordained for us, those works for which we have been created, woven, in Messiah Yeshua to do. In this there is satisfaction and happiness - true fulfillment in the Messiah, certainly so!

Now this is not to say that we cannot pray for greater spiritual gifts, having the desire to give and to be of the greatest possible benefit to others, and this is not to say that when there is a need, in the power of the moment, the Spirit cannot move with us and manifest a gift with us for that moment, fulfilling the need. As an example, though perhaps a brother or sister may not have the gift of healing, that would not prevent them from praying over a person in need of healing, regardless, having faith that the Sprit of God could very well move with, in and through them bringing healing. It is just that if a brother or sister does not naturally bear the gift of healing such works would not be their principle focus, but rather those works to which they are called and for which they have the natural gifts from the Spirit.

In terms of good works that are preordained, I cannot help but think of the man who was born blind that Yeshua healed in the Gospel of St. John; according to Adonai Yeshua, “He was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him” (9:3). This points to a deeper, more subtle and sublime mystery of works prepared beforehand, and things woven into us, very much so!

In closing I’m also captured by the teaching of Adonai Yeshua that follows this statement about the blind man: “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As along as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (9:4-5). Understand, as long as Anointed Community is in the world, as long as the Continuum of Light Transmission remains in the world, so there are these works of the one who has sent us that we are to do, works that are “to be our way of life.” These are the works that establish our soul in the World-That-Is-Coming, the works of the Messiah and Holy Spirit in us. Praise God!

This seems enough for the moment.

May we take up the works ordained for us, all as God wills, and may the Spirit perfect and complete the works given to us! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Re: Great Gesture

#3 Postby Brother Brian » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:45 am

Shalom Tau Malachi

Thank you for sharing these jewels of faith and gifts which stirs us to remember more clearly the blessings of the Body of Christ and how so simple it is for each individual member to perform those gifts that are very natural to us and also to be not surprised if Spirit moves and displays something in the moment for us and as well for our brothers and sisters.

It reminds me of the teachings I have heard that some gifts we have been blessed with will remain our whole lifetime while other gifts are always their waiting to be distributed (temporarily) according to the needs of the moment. It reminds me of the excitement of living each day to witness what the Spirit will do for the people and land much like a child’s excitement to go play and explore with creativity and imagination we too can also have this excitement of patiently witnessing and waiting to see how and when the Holy Spirit will move in this magical realm of consciousness.

It brings to mind while you were speaking of faith how living and abiding in faith creates and facilitates miracles and gifts to be bestowed by Spirit to minister during a particular moment. It would seem all we need to do is abide in this faith and let God depart the waters so to speak and much like a child witness these miracles move, rejoicing the whole time giving thanks for the movement of Spirit. Paul stated that God has made it possible for the living body to share the Light with the people and land this Light that the Living Body has and still is inheriting to be a blessing in this realm of forgetfulness.

If I may quote another quite lovely passage from Paul as he wrote to the Colossians.

For this reason we have not stopped praying for you since the day we heard about you. We ask [God] to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual enlightenment and understanding. We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about God. We ask him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy. You will also thank the Father, who has made you able to share the light, which is what God's people inherit. (Chapter 1:9-12)

It brings to mind the teaching of abiding in a state of Joy while we abide in faith and how the Shekinah flows so freely when we are silent abiding in our faith and joy with much thanksgiving and hope. Praise God for the living body of Christ as a whole that empowers and sustains each individual member to move forward with Living Spirit to facilitate and be a living sanctuary for the people and land. I hope more can be shared Tau Malachi with more insights that stirs us into service. We are so blessed to be part of this unique Body of Christ! Hallelu Yah! Praise the Lord! May we become more aware of this blessing!

May we all as members of this living body be empowered to live a life of remembrance and have zeal to walk with this living,moving presence of God to be a blessing to the people and land in this most challenging period of forgetfulness on this lovely planet. Amen

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Re: Great Gesture

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:38 am

Blessings in the Holy Name of Messiah Yeshua, Adonai!

The translation of the Scriptures I tend to contemplate and work with reads differently so I”m inclined to quote the translation of the passage from which my contemplation arises, the New Revised Standard Version, joined with points of interpretive translation from the Kabbalah.

“For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will [keter, ratzon] in all spiritual wisdom [hokmah] and understanding [binah], so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord [Yahweh, Yeshua],, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God [da’at ha-Elohim]. May you be strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father [Abba], who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints [tzaddikim] in the light. He has rescued us from the darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin” (Colossians 1:9-14).

This is a lovely passage and it dovetails well with our discussion, very much so!

First it needs to be said that Tzaddikim in the Messiah always labor in prayer for their companions, those gathered with them in circle and those who are gathered to them in the Blessed Name living at a distance; the prayers and the angel of the Tzaddik is always with their companions, joined with the Messiah and Holy Spirit. First and foremost they pray for the full enlightenment of their sisters and brothers, knowledge of the will of God and Habad, the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of God.

If you consider it, St. Paul is writing of prayers for a greater spiritual realization - Supernal Realization, for the “knowledge of God’s will” corresponds with Keter-Crown, and “spiritual wisdom and understanding” is Hokmah and Binah, and the “knowledge of God” is Da’at; thus he is speaking of a prayer, invocation, of a greater influx of the Supernals, which brings greater knowledge of God, or Mochin Gadlut (Big Mind, expanded consciousness). This is a prayer for something more than “knowledge about God,” which implies a perpetual separation, but rather knowledge of God, which is to say a knowledge in unification with the Messiah in God, or God within us knowing God ever beyond us; hence, God knowing God. This is the experience of Da’at of Atzilut, direct knowledge of God in unification with God, but of course there are various gradations of the knowledge of God, Da’at, or Habad. There are also grades corresponding with Beriyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah, and as is known, every Sefirah contains all ten Sefirot, therefore there are many grades of Da’at, or Habad, reaching from Malkut to Keter, and from Asiyah to Atzilut, and as we know, among great Tzaddikim there are those who reach into Adam Kadmon.

As perhaps you might intuit, there are also corresponding grades of faith, hope and love, for the greater our knowledge, the greater our faith, the greater our understanding, the greater our hope, and the greater our wisdom, the greater our love, spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom being in separable from faith, hope and love. As you might recall, in First Corinthians chapter thirteen St. Paul proclaims faith, hope and knowledge the greatest of all spiritual gifts, and therefore the spiritual works of faith, hope and love must also be the greatest works, generating the greatest merit or light-power.

Here we may say that, in truth, knowledge and power are inseparable from one another, so that the greater our knowledge, the greater the power of the Spirit in us; certainly so, for the greater the embodiment and manifestation of the Holy Spirit in us, the greater our knowledge of God, Da’at or Habad.

Now, just as their are works preordained for us, and with them the gifts necessary to accomplish those works, so each of us is destined to have unique knowledge of the Gospel of Truth, or our own habad of the Messiah and Holy One; this corresponds with the unique and individual knowledge of God in the inmost aspects of our soul, which are unique and individual emanations of God, the True Light, and this corresponds to the gospel that the Holy Spirit reveals to is as unique individuals. As perhaps you might imagine, this knowledge of the Gospel, this knowledge of God, is intimately interconnected with our spiritual mission and the spiritual works we are to do, and if you consider it, with spiritual gifts, spiritual powers, comes the corresponding knowledge, or the corresponding higher consciousness and intelligence.

Concerning spiritual gifts and spiritual works, consider this. Da’at corresponds with the knowledge of what is to be done, Binah corresponds with the understanding of how it can be done, and Hokmah the wisdom of when, where and with whom it is to be done. Thus, truly, good works, successful works, are completely interconnected with Habad, certainly so!

We may inquire, what does it mean to “lead lives worthy of the Lord” [Yahweh, Yeshua], “fully pleasing to the Lord”? This implies being who we are in ourselves and being who we are in God, uniting who we are in ourselves with who we are in God, enacting our true will, which is God’s will for us; hence, living according to our faith and knowledge, the truth and light revealed to us, and enacting the works given to us, enacting what is good and true - faith and love. In this we need to look to the knowledge, and to the gifts and works given to us, not looking to those of others or coveting those of others, but rather rejoicing in what is given to us with praise and thanksgiving, enacting our true will, all as God wills, all as God ordains for us.

One klippah of which we need to be careful is the pursuit of gifts that are not our own, and works that are not our own, for that can distract us from our gifts and works, and can obstruct the progress of our spiritual realization, and lead to consternation and sorrow rather than to peace and joy. We need to be who and what we are in the Lord, and enacting our self-offering, serve the kingdom of heaven and the Lord, doing whatever works we are truly given to do, those works in which we shine and in which there is joy, the joy of the Spirit of the Lord (Ruach Yahweh).

I am captured by verses eleven and twelve:

“May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father [Abba], who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints [tzaddikim] in the light.”

The works we are to do are done through the power of God, not our own power, and they are accomplished by the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim), who perfects and completes our works so that, indeed, they are good and successful, and so that it may be seen that they have been done in God, the True Light. Taking up the works given to us in Anointed Community we will stand among the saints - Tzaddikim, in the World-That-Is-Coming; understand that our full realization in the Messiah comes through living as who and what we are in the Messiah, through a life of good works in self-offering to heaven and God - realization is living according to the truth and light revealed to us (Messiah), which is the embodiment of that truth and light.

We have, in truth, been “rescued from the power of darkness [ignorance] and transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin.” Indeed, and taking up the works of salvation, co-laboring with the Holy Spirit, so we are established in the heaven of heavens (Malkut of Atzilut), the World-That-Is-Coming, and it is given to us to labor for a “better resurrection,” a greater ascension, ever yearning for greater nearness and unification with the Messiah in El Elyon, God Most High.

The “kingdom of the Son” (Ben), this corresponds with Malkut of Atzilut, Shekinah of Messiah.

This is what the Spirit set into my heart to share this morning.

May all be blessed with the knowledge of God’s will, and having knowledge of the works given to them to do, may they be fully empowered to accomplish those good works and be successful in the Spirit! Amen.


Shalom Aleichem!
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Re: Great Gesture

#5 Postby sheryl » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:32 am

Shabbat Shalom Dear Friends!

I am grateful this day for the teachings that have been unfolding on our forum. Praise to Imma Gadol!

Above you spoke of the works that have been preordained, Tau Malachi, saying:

In terms of good works that are preordained, I cannot help but think of the man who was born blind that Yeshua healed in the Gospel of St. John; according to Adonai Yeshua, “He was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him” (9:3). This points to a deeper, more subtle and sublime mystery of works prepared beforehand, and things woven into us, very much so!


I am taken by the mention of the subtle and sublime mystery in these works, giving rise to a new hearing.

In the thread on the Return to Hey, it has been taught that laboring for our own enlightenment is not separate from our works for others, or laboring for the enlightenment of others -- the two being integral. (click here) It comes to mind that the mystery, mentioned above, in regards to what is woven into us is both what we might perceive as strengths and what we might perceive as weaknesses--the works for us prepared beforehand include the works of healing, purification. In God, there is no difference, both inner and outer works being integral. Also, something Yeshua taught regarding the impending death of Lazarus might be recalled: This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.

I am grateful to hear that the works prepared beforehand include the weaknesses that arise in us--that which is in need of healing and purification! And so one who says to themselves: I am unworthy, just look at all these obstacles, or weaknesses that I have. Look at what I can't do, is gravely mistaken! For these weaknesses, these obstacles to enlightenment, have been prepared beforehand for us to engage, this is en part our labor in this life, so that we might receive healing and purification, making God's works known and God's Glory, God's Divine Attributes, flow into this world.

Thus through this healing, this purification, that we are called to engage, the world will be blessed. Our needs for purification, then, are gifts from God! Even in our weaknesses, where is the lack?

This has led to a contemplation that all the stumbles and falls of our spiritual ancestors are part of the works prepared beforehand, so that through a few’s labor of purification, many might be saved.

Perhaps this is what the author of Hebrews is pointing to in Chapter 11, where he concludes:

Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised.  God had foreseen something better for us, so that without us they should not be made perfect.

May all greet their challenges with joy and gratitude, so that God's Glory might fill this good earth!

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Re: Great Gesture

#6 Postby Bevan » Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:54 pm

Shalom!

I too am inspired by this post and specifically the process of Habad. If I desire to make myself a vehicle of good works for the Holy Spirit to take up, I need clear direction in what I do. I therefore need knowledge, understanding and wisdom in each moment.

To contemplate further, I’ll draw on the meanings of the Hebrew letters that spell these words. Also I’ll use an example of a good work that is mundane. It is interesting that there is a connotation in “good works” that they must be spectacular or grand. Or should the "good work" be significant because Habad exists in the Supernals? Regardless, the example could also be used as a metaphor. So my “good work” will start with the effort to restore the dishes to cleanness when in the process I notice a problem that there is no water coming out of the faucet.

Knowledge: “What is to be done?”
דַּעַת
Dalet - a door
Ayin - to the perception
Tzadi - of righteousness

So the first question in my example is, "why is there no water"? I investigate. The “why” was missing from the questions "what", "how", "when", "where" and "with whom", so is "why" the question of curiosity that triggers us into good works? A door is a boundary that one moves from one context to another. Here, I move through the door of “washing the dishes” in the kitchen into “determining why the water is not flowing” in the basement. When I find out that there is a leak in the pipe and the water is flowing into the basement drain, I have the knowledge of what needs to be fixed. Is knowledge becoming aware of a change in context or energy within a space and receiving clear direction to the opportunity?

Understanding: “How it can be done?”
‎תָּבוּן
Tzadi - a righteous
Bet - home
Vav - to facilitate
Kaf - receiving

Once I have knowledge that a water pipe is broken, I need the understanding of how to fix it. First I see the immediate need to turn off the main water supply to stop the water from flowing and I then need to determine if I can fix it or if I should call someone who knows something more about plumbing. In this case, I need a plumber. Is understanding the receiving of a specific insight of how to transform a situation to the good?

Wisdom: “When, where and with whom it is to be done?”
‎חָכְמָה - wisdom
Het - a fence
Kaf - to allow one to receive
Mem - in order to clear space
Heh - to the window of the heart

I call the plumber who has done good work in the past and setup a timely appointment. With the conditions of what and how in place, is wisdom the details to bring about wholeness to the situation?

I look forward to any correction or insight.

May we all become aware of the good works that exist for us in Yeshua Messiah!
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#7 Postby Elder Gideon » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:22 pm

Shalom Everyone:

I appreciate very much any discussion of the mystery of skillful means of delivering what is most needed in a moment. This is a moving target. What is true in what moment is simply not true in another. What is good for one person will not be guaranteed to be good for another. This isn't to say that there isn't goodness behind all circumstances, rather, what is good is not a static adjective, but is literally what, how, and when it is good. Again, what is good, how the good is drawn out, and when-where-with whom it is good IS habad.

This same moving, morphing goodness of what, how, and when are the Supernal roots of faith, hope, and love in our Christian Kabbalah. Consider what Tau shared in a post some years ago titled Faith, Hope and Love & Habad:

According to our Christian Kabbalah, faith also corresponds with Da’at, knowledge, for the maturation of faith is the knowledge of Christ in us, and beyond us; hope corresponds with Binah, understanding, through which knowledge is applied, actualized and realized, and love corresponds with Hokmah, wisdom, for the nature of God’s wisdom is all giving, pure mercy and love all of the time.

This is a powerful comment on mysteries of the Great Gesture. To consider the Passion and Resurrecction of the Perfect Master reveals very clearly his habad in the matter of this Great Gesture. Long before, he knew what would have to be done. As he prophesied this on multiple occasions with his disciples, how it would become possible he clearly explained. When, where, and with whom he also detailed. This is Supernal habad effecting faith, hope, and no greater love for his friends.

Such is the vision of Continuum then and today, as I constantly marvel at Tau Malachi's sensitivity to the Spirit of God in what-how-when an energy must be engaged. I've seen numerous companions on numerous occasions simply follow the same Spirit in their own way and person with perfect awareness of what-how-when something needed to be done, resolved, or engaged. The truth of this is often simple and clear when the heart is undivided by additives from the head.

So I submit that in ordinary and extraordinary examples, we can and will be guided in what-how-when an energy must be fully engaged to manifest the Great Gesture, large and small, for the benefit of all beings.

Gratefully,

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Re: Great Gesture

#8 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:51 am

Blessings to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

An ordinary work or an extraordinary work, this can be very difficult to determine in this world; an apparently very simple and insignificant gesture can prove very significant, and an apparently grand and significant gesture can prove to be not as significant as it might initially seems to us. To illustrate this point we may consider the story of Joseph when he was sent out by Jacob to find his brothers tending the flocks. He went to the valley where they were thought to be, but did not find them there. It just so happened, though, there there was a man there, whose name is not given to us, who in a simple gesture of kindness and hospitality told Joseph where he would find his brothers and the flocks. This apparently ordinary, insignificant act of basic human kindness had a most extraordinary and significant effect, leading Joseph to fulfill his destiny and preserve the children of Israel, reaching into the time of Moses and the prophets, and eventually to the coming of the Messiah! If you consider it, it’s completely astonishing what was accomplished through the slight, seemingly insignificant exchange in human kindness! The will of the Most High (Ratzon Elyon) was fulfilled through it, the world was radically changed by it, and through that small gesture salvation was realized in humanity! It has been said by sages of wisdom that through that seemingly insignificant gesture that man fulfill the purpose and mission of his soul in that life, and that he was blessed by heaven and the angels accordingly, and gathered into the heaven of heavens by the Spirit of God when his soul departed the body at the end of life.

In this regard we may recall the story of the poor old widow who cast a couple coins into the treasury of Adonai Yeshua’s circle, and in so doing gave all that she had to the Lord. Yeshua praise and blessed that righteous woman, and it is said that when she died her soul was gathered into the inner chambers of the Palace of the Messiah and was able to gaze into the assembly of supernal elders and entertain communion with them. Such a little gesture, and yet it was so great!

These stories serve to teach us that even the most simple act of kindness, or most simple act of devotion, can be something more than it seems, and it teaches us that it may be folly to think in terms of “lesser” and “greater” works, but rather that it is good for us to consider all good works as equally good, equally important, and put equal attention and energy into all works that are given to us to do, engaging in all works for their own sake, serving the Lord in faith and love.

In terms of spiritual gifts and works let us remember that all spiritual gifts are the manifestation of one and the same Living Spirit and that all works are accomplished and perfected by one and the same Living Spirit, and that in any good work, with every gesture in harmony with the will of God, we are joined with the Living Presence (Shekinah), and the Living Spirit moves with, in and through us; this is true of spiritual and material works just the same, and within and behind apparently mundane, material, practical works there is always something spiritual, something of the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim). To each of us is given what is good for us, what we need to fulfill our soul’s purpose and mission in this life, everything we need for the work of salvation, the enlightenment and liberation of the soul; such is our hope in the Messiah, and knowledge of our faith in God, and as we know, with God all things are possible. Praise the Lord!

Concerning Habad, there are many gradations, there is the Habad of Atzilut, the Habad of Beriyah, the Habad of Yetzirah, the Habad of Asiyah, and understanding that every Sefirah in every Olam contains all ten Sefirot, so there are all of these gradations of Habad, all the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of the Spirit of God from the inmost Habad of Atzilut to the outermost Habad of Asiyah. Though, indeed, a soul may acquire Habad of Atzilut, the Habad of Beriyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah remain, and all the gradations of Habad have value and are needed, nevertheless, for there are all manner of works to be done, all manner of souls to be served at various grades of development and evolution, and not only the souls of human beings, but all manner of sentient beings, all manner of creatures. There are good works, for example, for animals and the environment too, and truly such works are not removed from those performed for human beings, not in the least; but rather, good works tend to be interconnected and have a larger affect than we might realize.

Consider the many practical, material works that can be done, all of them are accomplished through the Habad of Asiyah, and given the present human condition and the nature of this world, many good works needed are practical, material, and the Habad of Asiyah is very important to accomplish those works. We do, indeed, always strive for greater Habad, greater Mochin, greater spiritual realization, reaching always towards supernal realization; but every gradation of Habad is needed and useful, all wisdom, understanding and knowledge is ultimately good and true in the Spirit.

It is true, in some works “why” may very well be an integral part of accomplishing the necessary work, as has been said; first noticing a need, then inquiring why, and proceeding from there to accomplish it. It is also true that in some works “why” and “because” does not matter, and may even be a distraction and obstruction to our labor. As a simple example, to provide food for a homeless person I do not need to know why they are homeless, why they are in need, I only need to recognize the need and seek to give what is good to give, what I have to give, having compassion and love for that person. So sometimes “why” does play a role, but sometimes it does not; some works are just what they are, and there is the knowledge of what is to be done, the understanding of how it is to be done and the wisdom of when it is to be done, and where and with whom. In fact often it may be a movement in the power of the moment, and all of this is right here, right now, and that’s that.

On the most basic level, though, each of us needs to look and see the works that we can do, whatever works they may be, and take them up, serving the people and land, and serving the kingdom of heaven and God; hence, enacting our self-offering in the Lord.

These were a few thoughts I was inclined to share this morning.

May the works of God be revealed with, in and through us this day! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Re: Great Gesture

#9 Postby Bevan » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:49 pm

Shabbat Shalom!

These teachings are helping me to further consider what it means to take up my whole life in service and good works for the Great Work. Nothing is too small or to be excluded. For I understand that all exists in Elohim, the Matrix of Creation, and immanently in Her presence on earth as the Lower Shekinah. I found the following passage this week in the book St. Mary Magdalene which continues to speak on this theme.
She [Lady Magdalane] showed them how to transform every worldy activity into an action of the Spirit and Light, so that, in all that they did, they might cleave to the Lord and worship in Spirit and Truth. Even drawing water from a well or preparing food became an activity of the Kingdom of Heaven among the women disciples, all on account of the teachings of the Holy Bride. p. 56
This reveals the deep connectedness of everything we do, and how if we are to fully ground ourselves in the reality of what is, we will take up the ordinary and extraordinary with great joy. We all can embrace, in a deeper and deeper way with skillful means in the Habad of Asiyah, the people and activities that we meet on our path and through this we are moving toward the Kingdom within and around us. In this, I move out of my head and into my heart with empathy. Is this part of the process of realizing and uniting Logos and Sophia?

Thank you for making clear the the multi-dimensional nature of the Sefirot, and why the “why” sometimes can be a head-game when all that is needed is the heart to move with the will of God.

May we experience in our works the sacredness of all that is,
Bevan.

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Re: Great Gesture

#10 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:09 am

Shalom,

In terms of the unification of Logos and Sophia, or the Messiah and Shekinah, perhaps this is the union of the head with the heart, following in the way of the heart and Holy Spirit; likewise we may say this, we wish to join our intelligence with our speech and actions, merging our intelligence with the fiery intelligence of the Spirit, letting the Spirit guide us and take up our actions, completing them in God.

Blessings!
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