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Bread of Heaven: Prayer & Invocation

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:02 am

Bread of Heaven: Daily Prayer & Invocation

“And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day.”

This is what transpired with the children of Israel as they sojourned from Egypt and the Eternal One provided manna for them, each day they would collect the portion they needed for each person, until the eve of Shabbat when they would collect two portions. We may consider the mystical meaning of this collection of manna, and its preparation to be eaten, and let’s us pray that God grants us insight.

As you may recall, after his discourse with the Samaritan woman at the well when disciples approached the Master they offered him food, but he responded, saying, “I have food you do not know about.” We may assume that this ‘food’ is the issuance of heaven, and more so influxes of the Sefirot, the Names of God. In this regard it is interesting, for if we recall, in the Lord’s prayer following the blessing of God Most High and the invocation of the kingdom of heaven the first supplication is, “Give us our daily bread.” In this the Master joined food and prayer, and if we understand how the Master had secret ‘food’ or nourishment we will know that it was prayer and invocation - he ‘fed’ off of constant prayer and invocation, remembrance of God Most High in Oneness. You see, it is through prayer and invocation that souls bring forth the issuances of heaven, or influxes of the Sefirot, and the prayer or invocation itself is the manifestation of those issuances or influxes feeding, nourishing the soul, the life.

You may also recall that the Master taught the people, saying, “I am the bread of life.” Understand, if you pray or invoke with full kavvanah-concentration and devekut-cleaving in sincere faith and love the prayer or invocation itself is a blessing or empowerment - food for the soul, and if in perfect devekut, oneness, then it is the Messiah, a direct manifestation of the Holy Light of the Messiah, which is the light and life of all prophets and apostles of God. In their true essence prayer and invocation are this! Contemplate this well, and understand!

If a person truly understands what prayer is, what a precious gift from God it is, they will run to it and delight in it, and when they do they will find that prayer and invocation in itself is a great blessing, great empowerment from God. At first, indeed, the faithful person prays to God in some degree of nearness, and this is good; but know and understand that when one reaches into the lofty stations of ‘passing away’ and beyond, in oneness it becomes God praying to God - the invocation of Abundant Mercy, a ‘Great Holy Feast’ that blesses the entire world.

The religious will view prayer as an obligation, but for mystics, lovers of God, its a pure delight, and for gnostics, the knowers of God, it is the revelation of God and no other than God - It Just Is, and there is no beginning or end to it!

This is an inspiration I’m inclined to share today.

May you be well nourished today! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Re: Bread of Heaven: Prayer & Invocation

#2 Postby Anna » Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:40 am

Thank you for sharing this lovely teaching, dear Tau!
The gift of prayer is more precious and sustaining than physical food! When I experienced deep grief I could barely eat or pray. As life shifted and grief subsided, I was blessed with a desire for both food and prayer. Mother continues to reveal essential teachings of the tremendous gift of prayer through this process of integrating grief which, praise God, has shifted also into a source of new joy. It has amazed me how life giving prayer truly is, and that it is not something “I” do, but a gift given by God! When prayer is gifted, It is not only a source of spiritual nourishment, but it is also a source of joyous gratitude for this upwelling spring God grants for our refreshment and growth!

I pray for the nourishment of all beings!
Gratefully,
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Re: Bread of Heaven: Prayer & Invocation

#3 Postby Marion » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:42 pm

Shalom!

I'm taken by this teaching of bread and prayer.
Lately I've been contemplating how there are different stations of prayer, and how prayer is a process. We see this in the Psalms, where sometimes it says: Of David, a Psalm, and other times it says: A Psalm of David. It has been taught that where David's name is first, he was not in a state of oneness when beginning the psalm, but achieved a state of oneness through prayer. When "Psalm" is first, David was already in a state of oneness, and the psalm came from that state.

In this way, I was contemplating how the Children of Israel go out to gather the manna each day. In order to do this, they needed to go out from the camp. I am wondering is "camp" here can be a reference to daily life? So they have to remove themselves from the world, and the things of the world, to go and get this Manna. The double portion of manna on Shabbat is also interesting because this means a double portion of the work as well. Is this saying that on Shabbat, we must be extra mindful to do good works, and to go out from "the camp" our daily lives, and the world as much as possible.

I was also contemplating your mention of the moment of Yeshua at the well with the Samaritan woman. I am wondering if he is enacting another evolution of the gathering of manna? He says: "I have food you do not know about." It feels like he is in oneness with God, he is in a hidden place with God, versus a striving place for God, as we see in the Children of Israel gathering Manna.

I am wondering if through these teachings, we are being taught that no matter the circumstances of our lives, we are to collect our daily portion of manna. Even if we don't feel like it, even if we're not feeling it, and even if the manna is completely tasteless on our lips.

Praise God for your Enduring Faithfulness!

Blessings and Shalom,
Marion

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Re: Bread of Heaven: Prayer & Invocation

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:51 pm

Blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

First, a point of clarification. ‘Of David, A Psalm,’ indicates that he was already uplifted and unified with the Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, before uttering the prayer or song; hence, that it was a direct manifestation of divine inspiration that occurred before he prayed. Psalm 24 is a perfect example of this. Other openings such as just ‘Of David’ or ‘A Psalm of David’ indicate an uplifting and unification with the Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, through and during prayer, rather than before or at the very outset. That said, yes indeed this indicates prayer from various stations and in various states, and regardless of our state, even if bound up in a state of dullness and ignorance, nevertheless we will turn to God and pray and meditate. Understand, though, that prayer is not isolate to thoughts and words, but it extends to tears and laughter, sighing, moaning and groaning, and crying out, as well as silent abiding, just being in the Divine Presence and the remembrance of the Oneness of God.

So, yes, truly so, if ‘tasteless manna’ still we shall eat it! In truth, it is in the dark and bitter times that we need to turn to the Lord the most, even if our heart is so heavy and mind so dull that we can fetch no words and seem to have no zeal. However, such suffering can become a zeal when we turn, just as we see in many of the psalms of David which often express the most bitter feelings of grief, isolation and anguish.

If we have a time when we do not turn to God, when we do turn again to God in that very instant so it is, and we are received as though not having turned away, such is the great mercy and forgiveness of God Most High. Praise God!

Concerning the ease of turning in difficult and bitter times, completing the contemplation of the moment. There is a teaching derived from a line in a psalm of David that reads, “And I am prayer.” There are many teachings concerning this passage but the one relevant here is this: It is like a person who is very poor, hasn’t eaten in days, is in rags, and who is taken before a king or queen. Truly, such a person need say nothing, but only go into the presence of the sovereign and their needs are seen and known, and fulfilled. So it is in such times for those who turn to God and simply abide in the awareness of the Divine Presence, as they are they are the prayer, and they will receive what they need without having to ask for anything. Thanks be to God!

Now, there are various stations and states within which we pray, and naturally, the higher the station or state from which we are able to pray, the greater our kavvanah and devekut, the greater the influxes of the Sefirot we are able to receive and make manifest in this world for others as well. Thus, we do indeed strive to pray from higher stations and states, certainly so!

There is something we can say of Adonai Yeshua at the well and his comment about ‘secret food.’ When souls reach to the lofty station of having ‘passed away’ and is able to reach into those stations beyond, entering into various realizations and manifestations of the Oneness of God, they reach deep into the experience of God praying to God, and so the invocation of Abundant Mercy, Supernal Grace; hence, they receive and embody the full influx of all of the Sefirot, all of the Beautiful Names of God Most High. Concerning such prayers in Oneness as Oneness, or God praying to God, we cannot help but consider what such prayers might be, for they would necessarily be very different than what most of us might think about ‘prayer.’ Indeed, for most of us think of prayer in twoness and nearness, not oneness, but in Oneness, God praying to God, as it were, there are not two to converse! Understand, if the soul becomes the soul of God, the mind the mind of God, the heart the heart of God, the body the body of God, and so God takes the human attributes of the soul and sets into the soul the Divine Attributes, prayer becomes the direct manifestation of something of the Essence and Being of God, and the will, thought and utterance of God; in a word, it is ‘primordial contemplation,’ and it is supramental, an experience of non-dual gnostic awareness that is a ‘Perfect Thunder Intelligence.’

This, of course, is just a hint, or pointing towards, a great station and state of Supernal Mochin Gadlut, but perhaps, God willing, it might provoke a glimpsing insight, or through grace even a tasting insight.

Intriguingly enough, from the very outset of the stirring of faith and prayer, prayer is itself a manifestation of the Spirit of God, for only by way of the Spirit of God bestowing faith and the inclination to pray does a soul turn to God in prayer/meditation. Truly so!

Here again I will pause to wait upon the Holy Spirit.

May we realize the prayer of God with, in and through us, and as us! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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