Image and Angel

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Image and Angel

#1 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:38 am


Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time, people began to invoke the name of YHVH. This is the list of the descendents of Adam. When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them “humankind” when they were created. When Adam was one hundred thirty years, he became the father of a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. (Gen 4:25-5:3)

As the creation of the Human One culminates from two vantages, chapter 1 and chapter 2 of Genesis, how intriguing that the birth of Seth is also conveyed from two vantages (Gen 4:25-26 and Gen 5:1-3). I’m sure much can be said of this alone!

When Adam and Eve were divided, the gap facilitated the entrance of temptation and death; their children Cain and Abel were born of this imperfection. After the death of Abel in Midsrah, Adam and Eve literally divorce and enter into adulterous relations with other spirits, conceiving everything unclean. Consider this context while reading a passage from the Gospel of Philip:

Among the forms of unclean spirits are male and female ones.
Males have sex with souls who inhabit a female shape, and females mingle promiscuously with souls in a male form.
No one escapes those spirits:
they seize you, unless you take on the power of male or female, of groom and bride.
This power resides in the mirrored bridal chamber.
When wanton women see a man sitting alone, the man is overcome.
They fondle him and pollute him.
When wanton men see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they overcome her, and she is violated and polluted.
But when spirits see a man and his wife sitting together, the female spirits cannot enter the male, nor the male the woman.
When the image and angel are joined, none can force themselves on the man and woman.

(from Willis Barnstone’s translation of the Gospel of Philip, p 275)

Only when they repent and cleave to each other again, says the Midrash, is Seth born, a child in the image and likeness (angel?) of Adam and Eve. How fascinating then, is the relationship between this passage from Philip in light of the generations of Adam and Eve separate and together!



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Image & Angel

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:12 pm

Greetings Brother Michael!

The phrase image and angel seem to point us inward, as though to say that this union of the Male and Female Principle is meant to occur within each individual, man and woman alike. I cannot help but consider the White Father Seed, which comes from Adam, and the Red Mother Seed, which comes from Eve, and the Holy One of Being who enters in at our conception to bring forth our soul - the original blessing in which we are all conceived. Likewise, I can't help but think of the twin forces of the Serpent Power, associated with these two seeds, the descending and ascending forces, the union of which opens the way to the Supernal or Supramental.

Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code, popularized the term Hieros Gamos, and to some extent degraded it by speaking of it only in the most superfical and literal context - sex and sexuality. Yet the true mystery of the Hieros Gamos, the sacred marriage, is so much more than this - it is the sublimation of Desire-Energy, and it is the union of the Male and Female Priniciples in ourselves, first and foremost - without which any externalization of the Hieros Gamos is profane (pre-initiatory).

Essentially, this idea of "mating with unclean spirits" indicates the misdirection of our Desire-Energy; hence a complete externalization of our Desire-Energy. Likewise, it indicates how we link with spiritual forces, whether divine, admixed or dark and hostile, through our thoughts and emotions, words and deeds - all of which is an expression of our Desire-Energy.

Now we must ask, what is this image and what is this angel? There are many different ways these symbols are interpretated in the teachings, depending upon the teaching being given. However, perhaps here we can say that the image is the fullness of the Human One in us, whether we are a woman or a man, and the angel if the Divine Illumination that naturally and spontaneously arises when we cultivate the fullness of our humanity - hence the union of the Male and Female Priniciples in us.

Another interpretation is to view the image as our pesonality and life display, and the angel as our Soul of Light manifest with, in and through it. This accords with another interpretation, in which the "angel" is our life's intentionality, our soul's purpose here.

Perhaps these thoughts will draw out this discussion a bit further, and expand the contemplation.

May the Mother reveal the Pleroma of the human One in us, amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#3 Postby Phillip » Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:40 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi & Brother Michael!

I can't help but consider the cognomen of the Malkut as the well in contemplation of this, and the two fold nature of this well as one that is deep and wide and one that is narrow and infested with scorpions and the like according to one Kabbalist. I can see how with our thoughts/emotions/actions we pollute or purify this flow of the "water" from the mouth of this well from Malkut, drawing scorpions or more divine creatures.

This also draws the contemplation to Issac, whose wife was drawn to a particular well at a particular time, though she lived amonst scorpions and such, and found this true well through which she became the wife of Issac. So with this story we may have this union of the father and mother seed.

Is this story in Genesis, then, the story of the nephesh which is sublimated, which lives in this world amongst sorcerors and 'scorpions', that finds it's way through this sublimation to this well of living water and is then carried away by the grace of the Father (Abraham) to be joined with the son, Issac?


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Baptism in a Well

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:29 pm

Greetings Brother Phillip!

There is a Western Tradition in which a baptism takes place in a well, following legends surrounding the building of Solomon's Temple. The number three (third degree) is associated with this initiation, and only after this initiation is one called a "human being."

For those well versed in certain esoteric traditions, we may remark that certain forces seek to slay the Master Builder, or the aspirant to Mastery, and that a connection is formed between this initiation at the well to legends concerning the death of the mentor who taught the Sufi poet, Rumi. The one died for the good of the many, for the sake of Transmission. (We shall leave this enigmatic statement for those inclined to ponder, and vows shall be preserved.) :lol:

It is the generation of Nefesh Elokit that constitutes the generation of a human being, and to one who cultivates Nefesh Elokit, God is their Beloved, and no other. It is this that opens the way for the generation of Ruach (specifically the Upper Ruach), and for the influence of the Holy Neshamah to enter in, perchance to take up the life.

It has been said, "What the heart most loves, most desires, the soul becomes." Likewise, it has been said, "To know something you must become that which is known." Apart from any reliance on the Law, this is a sure guide in the Way, revealing everything we must know for the mystical journey.

We know that by bringing the Spiritual Light in Nefesh Behamit is transformed into Nefesh Elokit, and we arise from the bestial evolution into the human evolution. First and foremost, this is a constant choice for positive thought, speech and action, through which we link with divine beings-forces (attendants of the Bridegroom) that help to facilitate the human evolution towards the Divine. Constantly, we join the Desire to Receive to the Desire to Give, and make a choice for the Desire to Give, and we seek to be a Cause for a Greater Good, rather than an Effect - this empowers us to drink from the Holy Well, to enter into the Divine Kingdom (Malkut).

When Lord Yeshua blesses the solitary in the Gospel of St. Thomas, is this not a blessing on the authentic individual, in whom the Male and Female Principles are united, and who is the lover of the Beloved (God)? In this we understand the very essence of the Hieros Gamos - it is the mystical embrace and union with God, the Holy One.

This requires one central and supreme desire, into which all others are integrated, the "single eye" through which "the whole body is filled with light."

If conscious unification with God and Godhead is the purpose of the Human One, then it is our communion and love-play with the Beloved that makes us a true human being.

If you wish to consider the Bridal Chamber in connection with the Well and the building of Solomon's Temple, you might wish to contemplate the saying late in the Gospel of Philip that speaks of this mystery.

You might also consider legends concerning Miriam's Well. :wink:

Ah, the playfulness of the Holy Bride!

May the Mother lead us through the Companionship of the Bride, amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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