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The fire blazes and is blackened

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:53 am
by Anna
Greetings in the Light of Messiah!

The saying entitled "Lost" is translated this way in the Gnostic Bible:

Those who have gone astray are those born of the spirit. And they are usually lost because of the spirit. So from one single breath of spirit the fire blazes and is blackened.


This last is an especially intriguing statement. It implies a disappearance from the world altogether. What I am hearing is that the person is seen as becoming so unlike those of the world, as a blazing fire is so unlike wood that is not on fire, that they are seen as being consumed by something not intelligible in this world. Then they disappear and are no longer recognized here. Ah, where have they gone that they cannot be seen by those still in the world? They now live in the kingdom of Light, the kingdom of Yeshua who said:

My kingdom is not of this world.


I am also hearing a hint at Clear Light union, as the fire has even disappeared, the apparent light has disappeared, and no thing can be seen anymore. Even the body of glory is no longer perceived for those who could see that. Yet that person still lives, now in the eternal realm.

May all beings be caught up into Eternal Life in the Blessed Name, Amen!
Shalom!
Anna

Spirit of Enlightenment

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:33 pm
by Tau Malachi
Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

It is the Holy Spirit that leads souls astray, and through the Holy Spirit that they become lost – in Christian jargon this is a very wild proclamation, for to be “led astray” means taken from the church, or to be drawn into heretical views, and so also a “lost soul” implies this, the idea of a soul lost to Christ and therefore destined to hell. On one hand we could say that this implies the movement of the Holy Spirit within and behind all that transpires, the power of the Holy Spirit operating even within and behind archonic and demonic forces, the klippotic forces being a “secret operation of the Holy Spirit,” as taught in our Christian Kabbalah. On the other hand, though, and no doubt the intention of the holy apostle preaching this, we may also understand this to speak of the Holy Spirit drawing souls from the exterior church, and bondage to dogmatic doctrines, rites and rituals, into the interior church and a direct communion with Christ and God, the True Light; hence, the Holy Spirit awakening the deeper spiritual, or mystical inclination within souls, and the maturation of faith into gnosis, or as we would say, Habad (wisdom, understanding and knowledge).

The same gospel also teaches that if we go down in the living waters of baptism, but rise up from them without receiving the true chrism, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and we call ourselves “Christian,” we have borrowed the name and must give it back, paying back what we have borrowed at interest; but, if we receive the Holy Spirit, the true chrism, then the name of Christian, “Christ-like,” is ours as a gift, and a gift does not need to be given back, or paid back, but it is ours to keep in this world, and in the world to come.

As we know there are three “races” in humanity, there is the bestial, material humankind, the faithful, or psychic humankind, and there is the spiritual, or elect humanity, the latter being called the “Community of Israel,” not through a physical birth, but rather through a spiritual rebirth, the actual reception of the Holy Spirit. Bestial, or material humanity, represents souls not destined to come to faith in this life, while the faithful, or psychic humanity, represents those who will come to have faith in this life, but will remain in the ignorance, the illusion of separation, and worship God in mainstream religions. Spiritual, or elect humanity, however, are those souls destined to awaken, those we would call “mystics,” who seek an inward and direct communion with the Divine, or who seek an actual self-realization or enlightenment; hence, those who seek to draw near to God, and yet more, who desire to experience conscious union with God.

These three “races,” of course, indicate three gradations in the development and evolution of souls within the human life-wave, and within each of these three gradations there are many gradations of evolution, many gradations of consciousness and intelligence. As souls evolve, and generate positive karma, or merit, the conditions necessary for greater movements of the Holy Spirit, or Divine Grace, are created, and therefore souls become able to receive direct influxes of the Holy Spirit, direct influxes of the Supernal Light, and they are able to engage a full conscious evolution, laboring for an actual self-realization, or full enlightenment and liberation.

Those who are “led astray” are the spiritual elect, touched or chosen by the Holy Spirit, souls selected by the Spirit of God because they are mature, or ripe for the harvest. It is souls that are ripe and mature who are taken up by the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in the Great Ascension, the Great Exodus; and this spiritual realization is not accomplished by the work or efforts of souls alone, but rather it is accomplished through Christ and the Holy Spirit in them, Divine Grace.

The reception of the Holy Spirit, or experience of Light Transmission, is essential in the awakening of souls in Christ, or the enlightenment and liberation of souls; and we may say that it is the reception of the Holy Spirit, the experience of Light Transmission, that is our true initiation as spiritual Christians, or as followers of the Way.

As the word initiation implies, however, the reception of the Holy Spirit is a new beginning – it is the beginning of a new cycle of the evolution of the soul beyond what we would typically call “human” into divine and supernal being, “Christed Being,” or Enlightened Being. Basically speaking, it is the beginning of our self-realization in Christ, the beginning of a process of self-transformation, the fruition of which is the dawn of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness, and the experience of conscious unification with God.

In this world, if we are touched by the Holy Spirit in this way, here we will feel “lost,” or we will feel as an “outsider,” an “alien” or a “stranger” – we will know that we are not of this world, that this world is not our home, and it becomes a feeling of wandering in a vast wilderness, quite “lost” in this world. Likewise, at the outset of our initial awakening, or our initial reception of the Holy Spirit, while there might be great joy, very swiftly there will follow a great consternation in our soul, for although we have experienced closeness to God, so also we will feel how removed from God we are, and a passionate yearning, longing, for greater nearness to God will arise, and yet more, a passionate yearning for union with God, our Beloved. You might say, we become “homesick!”

Our journey through various gradations of nearness leads us through many wonderful and blissful experiences, but so also through many dark nights of the soul; there is a constant play of ascending and descending, apparent progress and regress, though with every progress there is an experience of greater nearness, or an experience of deeper union.

This fire, on one hand, is our passionate desire for the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit kindles this in us, and if we are willing, makes it blaze until we are utterly consumed, burnt away, by the fire of Divine Passion – in the instant we are completely consumed, only the Beloved remains, union. On the other hand, it is an awakening of desire in full, and a singularity of desire, through which all desire enters into cessation – in that instant there is a full influx of Supernal Light, Supernal Grace, profound spiritual illumination.

There is also another open secret in a fire of spiritual illumination that becomes “blackened,” for however great our illumination, or our knowledge, understanding and wisdom, Christ and God are immeasurably greater, and however lofty the gradation of higher consciousness and greater intelligence we might embody, we will find that there are countless gradations of higher consciousness and greater intelligence beyond – but the infinite greatness of God, and the endless nature of our ascension in consciousness is pure joy to the awakened soul, a cause of perpetual awe and wonder in the Shekinah of El Elyon, God Most High.

Here it must also be said that the very same process of individuals coming into being in Christ must also happen with groups, or a community coming into being in Christ; as much as with individuals the same process must occur with collectives.

These are some initial thoughts that arose as I contemplated this topic you have brought up; I believe I’ll pause and wait to see where the Holy Spirit might carry our discussion.

O Adonai, we pray, set us on fire with Your Holy Spirit, and let the fire of Your Holy Spirit consume us, leaving only Your Truth and Light. Amen.

Peace be with you!

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:18 pm
by Anna
Blessings in the Light of Messiah!

but the infinite greatness of God, and the endless nature of our ascension in consciousness is pure joy to the awakened soul, a cause of perpetual awe and wonder in the Shekinah of El Elyon, God Most High.


Ah, this is our hope in Christ, this endless ascension! How lovely! Even when we are feeling like aliens in a strange world, moving among brothers and sisters who have no idea of their true nature, the Spirit gives us this hope that can elevate us and build our faith, increasing our compassion for souls lost in worldly consciousness, increasing our desire to serve Holy One in the co-labor of redemption.

In the mention of this process happening with groups of souls the angelic order of the Ashim, Souls of Fire, comes to mind. Are they involved in this ignition of fire in the individual and in the collective? Here starting a fire comes to mind, where one who has become ignited with the fiery intelligence comes close to souls who are also ready to be set ablaze. Praise God for such a conflagration!

Shalom!
Anna

Ashim: Souls of Fire

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:12 pm
by Tau Malachi
Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

The Kabbalah says that all creatures, all things that appear in this world, have a star and an angel, even a blade of grass has a star and angel, and the order of angels that watch over creatures and guide them towards the fulfillment of God’s intention is the ashim. As we know and understand, orders of angels are immeasurably vast and the angels composing an order span countless gradations of knowledge and power, and various classes, from lesser angels to greater angels, to those we call archangels, even ranging into hidden and supernal angels.

These “shining ones” or “souls of fire” are intimately involved with creatures in creation, and we may say that they have a more direct interaction with us than any other order of angels, often playing significant roles in the orchestration of situations, circumstances and events through their influence, moving with the Holy Shekinah to bring about the will of El Elyon, the Supreme. As you might imagine, greater ashim are deeply involved with the development and evolution of the human life-wave, serving as guardian angels, or guiding angels, to human beings, and their presence and influence becomes even stronger with the faithful and spiritual elect, or those souls becoming more open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. At times souls of higher grades, or holy and enlightened individuals, may have what could be called “guardian angels,” or attending angels, from other orders, but generally speaking, it is the ashim that serve in this role with the majority of humankind, though supported by angels of other orders as needed to carry out their missions.

In the same way that individuals may have a guardian angel from among the ashim, so also groups or communities also have guardian angels from among the ashim, and in terms of spiritual communities, the greater the Light-presence and Light-power embodied by the community, the greater the holy angel of that community. This principle of the angel of a community is taught in the Book of Revelation, for the messages to the seven churches of Asia are addressed to the angels of the churches.

Angels in the order of the ashim, though, have many different roles and take up many different spiritual works and missions. As an example, there are ashim that are angels of faith, hope and love, and there are ashim that are angels of inspiration, and there are ashim that are angels of prayer and worship, and there are ashim that are attendants of the Shekinah, the Queen of Shabbat, and vehicles of the Holy Spirit, along with ashim that take up many other labors in the Light Continuum.

As you might imagine, ashim are especially attracted by faith and devotion, and worship – especially in community, but then, passionate faith and devotion tends to attract all manner of angels, for those who have faith and devotion they recognize as their true siblings in the Holy Light.

The ashim are, indeed, very involved in the ascent of souls, just as in the ascent of prayers, but then we may also say that all of the holy orders of angels are involved in the ascent of souls, for this ascension is the very purpose of God’s creation; hence, the realization of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness in the Human One. In their role as guardian angels, or guiding angels, though, we do know that ashim play an essential role in the uplifting of souls in ascent.

It has been said by masters of the tradition that souls set on fire with the Holy Spirit resemble the ashim, “souls of fire,” and likewise it has been said that when a soul is set on fire by the Holy Spirit, or a gathering is set ablaze with the Holy Spirit, ashim are present in that movement as ministering angels, or “helpers” of the Holy Spirit. Thus, in any contemplation of being “set on fire” the ashim do come swiftly to mind, them, and the serafim, who are also associated with powerful movements of the Shekinah and Holy Spirit, and our experience of being set on fire with the Spirit of God.

May we abide in the remembrance of Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah, and be on fire with Ruach Ha-Kodesh. Amen.


Peace be with you!

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:30 am
by sheryl
Greetings Dear Tau,

In regards to the angels that are drawn to community, above it is taught:

In the same way that individuals may have a guardian angel from among the ashim, so also groups or communities also have guardian angels from among the ashim, and in terms of spiritual communities, the greater the Light-presence and Light-power embodied by the community, the greater the holy angel of that community. This principle of the angel of a community is taught in the Book of Revelation, for the messages to the seven churches of Asia are addressed to the angels of the churches.

As you might imagine, ashim are especially attracted by faith and devotion, and worship – especially in community, but then, passionate faith and devotion tends to attract all manner of angels, for those who have faith and devotion they recognize as their true siblings in the Holy Light.


Am I hearing the importance of including worship, praise, adoration, also of positive and encouraging teaching in our study groups?

May the ashim continue to guide and protect the awakening of souls!

Sheryl

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:54 am
by Anna
Greetings in the Light of Messiah!
This is an excellent, point, dear Sister, as prayer is an important part of contemplative Kabbalah. If we look into the Order of Tzafkiel we see that it is good to begin our studies with prayer:

When you go to study and contemplate the Scriptures it is good to pray and meditate, calling upon Ha-Shem and the Shekinah, cleaving to the Messiah, and invoking the Holy Spirit to illuminate you and reveal the mysteries to you – then cleaving inwardly, with kavvanah, focused attention, you can read and study the Scriptures, and contemplate them, seeking to penetrate their many layers of meaning, seeking their exoteric and esoteric wisdom.

Primordial Meditation can be very good at the outset of study and contemplation, and perhaps an invocation of the Divine Light through the Kabbalistic Cross; the Middle Pillar can also be good, or simply calling in the Divine Light through the Names of God and heartfelt prayer – there are many ways to invoke at the outset of study and contemplation, inviting the companionship of the Holy Shekinah, the Divine Presence and Power.

At the fruition of a session of study and contemplation it can be good to take up contemplative meditation and prayer to gain deeper insight into what you have studied, and always it is good to give praise and thanks to the Holy One and Shekinah for all insights, revelations and illuminations you have received.

In this way, invoking at the outset and offering your study and contemplation to the Holy One, and concluding with prayer and contemplative meditation, and with praise and thanksgiving, your session of study and contemplation becomes a very powerful spiritual practice.


Experience is demonstrating a lovely weave among group members in Mother Spirit and even movement of Ruach Ha Kodesh when prayer and worship become an integral part of group study and practice.

Let us "pray without ceasing," as Paul recommends to the Thessalonians. Our dear Tau has told us on many occasions that prayer is the weapon of the Messiah, so we might also pray to wield it well for the sake of all beings.!

May the wings of the Shekinah draw all in ascent!
Shalom!
Anna

Charismatic Worship

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:13 pm
by Tau Malachi
Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

The passion of faith and devotion are like a fire. First there is a sparking, then the emergence of a flame, and then there must be a kindling of the fire until it blazes and becomes all consuming, the whole of our being, our heart and soul, our mind and body, becoming on fire with the Holy Spirit. This is true of the individual, and it is true of a group or circle, or a community; we can take up true charismatic worship only with time and experience, tending the “flame of the continuum together,” growing and maturing in Christ and the Holy Spirit together, so that together we can be taken up by the Holy Spirit in worship, completely set on fire with the Holy Spirit in worship. Such worship of God in Spirit and Truth cannot be conjured or contrived, for there is no conjuring the Holy Spirit, but rather, it is all about learning, or rather remembering, how to invite and welcome the Holy Spirit, and how to co-create the conditions necessary for the Holy Spirit to move with, in and through us. Such worship, though, is indeed our aspiration as followers of the Way, and in groups and circles that form we labor towards the ignition of what we can only call “charismatic worship,” or a worship that is Spirit-filled and Spirit-lead, a complete inspiration and movement of the Spirit of God in the assembly.

This was the way of worship among the assemblies of prophets of ancient Israel, and it was the way of worship among the followers of Yohanan the Baptist, and it was the way of worship in the circle of Adonai Yeshua, and so in the assemblies, “churches,” of the holy apostles after him. In effect we may say, with the coming of the Messiah this way of worship was restored, and more than restored, was manifest at an even higher grade, a grade of fullness, completion.

This play of spiritual worship, or charismatic worship, of course, is founded upon living tzaddikim, or living navim, and the play of Light Transmission with their companions, the spiritual realization embodied in the holy tzaddik and the evolution of the interior life of their companions into realization, self-generation in the Holy Light, the Holy Spirit. It is founded upon the growth and maturation of the individuals composing the assembly, the circle, so that entering into prayer and worship each becomes self-generating in the Holy Spirit, each becoming a center of the action of Divine Grace; and yet more, while each is a center of the Divine Action, so the assembly all together becomes the center of the Divine Action, moving in harmony and unity inward and outward, the individual and group being interwoven in an integral way through the orchestration of the Holy Shekinah and Holy Spirit.

Thus, for a full charismatic worship to “light off” in an assembly, first there is a play of Light Transmission in the assembly, and there is an integration of the Truth and Light revealed – there is a development and evolution, and maturation, of the interior life, or of faith and knowledge (da’at). As in the evolution of spiritual realization in the individual, so also with the group; and naturally, the evolution of the group is founded upon the evolution of the individuals composing it. In this spiritual evolution, or revolution, there is a movement akin to conception, gestation and birth, and then growth and maturation in the Life Divine – in maturation full charismatic worship naturally and spontaneously arises as a movement of Divine Grace, the Holy Spirit, with, in and through the sacred circle.

At the outset, in conception, there is study and contemplation, and prayer and meditation, and it is good that prayer and meditation begins the study or sharing of teachings. Likewise, it is good that prayer, or the giving of a blessing, completes the study or sharing of teachings. At first, prayers and meditations are simple, but with time they can be expanded and deepened as individuals composing a group come into being and acquire a greater capacity for prayer and meditation. As prayer and meditation evolves, and with it faith and knowledge mature, and a desire for greater spiritual works and deeper communion is generated, sacred ceremony and a guided form of worship can be taken up, along with gathering specifically for prayer circles that also have guidance. As this develops, in the midst of prayer circles and sacred ceremonies, there may be portions opened up for a charismatic movement, or charismatic worship, and when more and more there are powerful movements of the Holy Spirit taking up spiritual works in prayer and sacred ceremony, then a full charismatic worship becomes possible, and through the witness of the Holy Spirit it is ordained by God, the assembly being called to it by the Spirit of God, and so established in by the Spirit of God.

These outward developments in the spiritual practice of a group, of course, are founded upon the development of the interior life of the individuals composing it.

Joined with a larger community, and the play of Light Transmission with living tzaddikim and companions composing it, this development and evolution of prayer and worship towards a charismatic manifestation may happen much more swiftly, but generally, there is something of an “organic process” and it takes some time in any given group within a larger community, all as God ordains.

We can say this, though, that when full charismatic worship happens in an assembly, those gathered may rightly be called “ashim,” “souls of fire” or “shining ones,” and no doubt, the Ashim, along with all manner of angels from other orders or choirs are with them in worship – there will be a great luminous assembly in worship with those gathered.

There is, indeed, a great need and call for a greater passionate, charismatic worship among spiritual and mystical Christians in the modern movement, and for a greater restoration of the power of the Holy Spirit among us. Very much so!

In terms of teachings shared. Yes, always it is our intention to share teachings that uplift and encourage, naturally so; yet, in the maturation of a group, as it moves towards becoming a full circle, so also we may venture into teachings that may be a bit more challenging for us, or challenging to our egos, as we speak about actually embodying the greater forgiveness and love in Christ, and enacting a greater surrender and self-offering to God, the True Light. As much as with prayer and worship, so is there an evolution of teachings as well, from the “basic elements of the oracles of God,” to things “more difficult to explain” and more difficult to hear.

O Adonai, we pray, please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the assembly, and so let Your Spirit move among the people and the land this day. Amen.


Peace be with you!