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Thirteen Heart Songs of Pistis Sophia

#1 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:24 pm

Shabbat Greetings!

Seeing that most moving waterways are no longer potable for drinking, that we’re paying for water, and that the preciousness of water and soil, not petroleum, will be top priority in subsequent generations, the mysteries surrounding feminine partzufim singing heart songs to purify or revea wells of living waters is deep and relevant in our times.

The inspiration of this question and contemplation emerges from a recent study in our community of the legends of the Holy Bride, one of which is quoted below:

The Vision of Miriam’s Well

A woman in Judea, who was a known prophet, saw that Mother Mary, the Mother of Yeshua, would rediscover Miriam’s Well. Legend says that, when the prophet Miriam died, a great angel hid the well on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In her vision, this holy woman saw Mary find it.

This woman knew Mother Mary and she spoke her vision to her. When Mary heard it she said, “The water of the well will be my son and the well will be his bride.” It was by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Mary said this. Both women rejoiced together and gave praise and thanks in the presence of the Lord, the Holy Shekinah. It was on account of this that Mary recognized her daughter-in-law when they met, for from that day she dreamt of her.


Miriam’s well is itself a mystery of many layers, some of which are drawn out Wed Oct 19, 2011 by Tau Malachi’s post “Tzaddik: The Fifth Element”, subtitled “Tikkunim of Zer Anpin through Sacred Discourse”:

Having read the story, let us remember the prophet Miriam and the legend of Miriam’s Well. According to Midrashim, through the power of Yahweh Elohim wherever the children of Israel wandered in the desert she would make the well appear, one that gave sweet waters. When the children of Israel would arrive at a new place and set up camp, she would call out an elder woman (zaken) from each tribe to invoke the well, and together they would sing a heart-song and the well would appear. Thus, when the prophet Miriam died, the well could no longer appear for no one knew how to invoke Ruach Ha-Kodesh to inspire new heart-songs that would make the well manifest. Because of this at Meribah the children of Israel were left with bitter waters, joined to the bitterness of their grief in the loss of a holy one near and dear to them. This leads to the strife between Moses and the children of Israel at Meribah.


How women of the Old Testament ‘opened’ such wells was by heart songs. Hagar’s lament did this for her ailing son Ishmael; Hannah’s lament likewise accomplished this for her barren womb, which soon conceived the great prophet Samuel. Mother Miriam’s heart song certainly feels like the Magnificat prayer recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke.

http://www.sophian.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=309

What these might have to do with this forum is my question: How may we contemplate the repentances of Pistis Sophia as thirteen heart songs opening a well of liberation?

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Heart Songs for the People

#2 Postby sheryl » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:01 am

Shalom Elder Gideon!

There is much delight in thus.

I find adding Divine Names and replacing the I and me and myself with we and ourselves gives the first repentance greater force and power, turning it into an entreat for the people.

Thank you for this contemplation. I much look forward to what might be revealed through your query as heart songs we can engage in for the people of today.

With gratitude,

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The True Well of Miriam

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:21 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

What a delightful new teaching the Holy Spirit has gifted through you dear brother; I have no doubt new heavens and new angels are appearing! Hallelu Yah!

Indeed, the repentances of Pistis Sophia are not prayers, invocations, for ourselves alone, but rather they are prayers for the people, and for all living spirits and souls; they are prayers, invocations, for the deliverance and redemption of all, understanding a universal salvation in the Eternal Christ. If and when we are not praying these repentances for ourselves alone, but rather, understanding our salvation already accomplished in the Risen Christ, we are praying for the salvation of all, then they are as heart-songs invoking Miriam’s Well, the outpouring of Living Waters, the Living Spirit of Christ, upon all.

Look and see, and understand! The Well of Miriam is above, and is below. It is above, in the Pleroma of Light, from which issues the true Living Water, the Light-presence and Light-power of Christ, and it is below in that Light-power of Sophia, which is the Holy Light of Christ, bound up in the dominions of the archons and demons, the darkness and chaos of matter. On one hand, these repentances are heart-songs opening that Holy Well above, the invocation of Pure Emanation, Divine Incarnation, through which the salvation of souls comes into the world; but, at the same time, on the other hand, it is an opening of that Holy Well below, the drawing out and uplifting of the Light-power from below.

When the Christ-Spirit is invoked in the fullness of faith-wisdom and received from above by faith-wisdom, the Christ Spirit is awakened below and is drawn up in the Great Ascension. Thus the true Well of Miriam that gives forth Living Waters is manifest through Divine Grace, of which the well appearing in the wilderness with the children of Israel was a foreshadowing or prophecy, just as the entire story of the exodus with Moses was a foreshadowing and prophecy of the salvation to come. As we know, there was no salvation in the well that appeared in the wilderness of the desert with the prophet Miriam, and there was no true exodus from bondage under the law the prophet Moses gave to the people; only when the true Holy Well appeared, Mother Miriam, giving birth to the Messiah, and the Holy Bride, who would invoke the full outpouring of the Spirit of the Messiah, was true salvation and the Great Exodus realized and manifest.

Moses and Miriam are called prophets, not the Anointed, for a reason – theirs is a prophecy of what was to come!

Now, we may say that the thirteen repentances represent emanations of Pistis Sophia, twelve emanations, joined together in the thirteenth, which is the integral realization of the fullness of Sophia; these correspond with the twelve saviors, who are emanations of the Savior, the Christ-Spirit. The heart-songs of twelve elder women, along with Miriam, opening Miriam’s Well, have a correspondence in this way with these thirteen repentances of Pistis Sophia in our Christian Kabbalah, or the twelve emanations of Sophia and their integral union, the thirteenth.

Heart-songs are also love songs, and if we listen and hear the repentances in this way we may arrive at a very different understanding of repentance!

When we pray these repentances for the sake of all living spirits and souls in the love of Christ and Sophia, the desire for the salvation of all, truly they are heart-songs, songs of our love for all in Christ, our awareness of all in Sophia.

May we be blessed and empowered to love one another fully, as Christ loves us. Amen.

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Heart Songs

#4 Postby Joyce » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:46 pm

Greetings in the light of the Messiah,

What a blessing to read these posts! Hallelu Yah! There are so many layers, and so many questions.
It is fascinating to contemplate these heart songs and the process by which these songs are generated. When Miriam gathered the Elder women of the 12 tribes, were these tribes representative of the zodiac in the way that the disciples were talismatic of the zodiac? Then there is the process of joining what is below in ascension with what is above to invoke living waters, as Yeshua alluded to with the woman at the well.
In addition to the Pistis Sophia repentances, it seems to me that there are these invocations of living waters from our tzaddik who is the center of our circle as well as the generation in our own practices since we embody the 12 qualities of the zodiac in our beings. We have the well and we are the well.
Finally, the nature of these songs seems to be an all embracing outpouring of love signifying divine union. I wondered if there are angelic and archangelic presences involved? Are these angel songs that she heard and brought forth?

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Fullness of Spiritual Humanity, Spiritual Israel

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:05 pm

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

Yes, indeed, Miriam and twelve elder women from among the tribes can be understood to correspond with the sun and twelve zodiacal signs. The songs they sang were inspired by Ruach Ha-Kodesh, the spirit of holiness, or spirit of prophecy. According to the tradition, these were not songs with words, but they were wordless songs, or melodies, and after singing them, when the well appeared, they would speak prophecies and have words of knowledge. Together they represent the fullness of spiritual humanity in their time and place; hence, the twelve tribes of Israel, corresponding with all zodiacal signs, the spiritual element of all humanity.

In that the feminine is often associated with the moon in the Kabbalah, and there are thirteen moons in a year, thirteen women can also correspond with the thirteen lunar cycles. If Miriam and the twelve elder women are contemplated this way, other holy mysteries may be drawn out.

In the tradition, Mother Miriam is the Living Well, and her child, Yeshua, is the Living Water – she is the true Miriam’s Well (Living Well); then, of course, there are twelve holy mothers of the close disciples, the original apostles, and in their giving birth to souls of lofty grades they serve to draw out that Living Water of true salvation. Thus, the twelve elder women from among the tribes and the prophet Miriam singing heart-songs to bring sweet water were a talisman and prophecy of what was to come, holy mothers birthing a new humanity, supernal and divine.

Water below, this is the evolution of life and consciousness that must come to pass before there can be a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit and greater revelation of Christ, the Divine; water from above, these are the influxes in response to the evolution of life and consciousness, which in turn inspire and guide new progress in evolution, invoking greater influxes of the Spirit of God in revelation.

This very process of creative evolution may be understood in the story of the fall and redemption of Pistis Sophia, and her thirteen repentances corresponding with thirteen emanations of Sophia, twelve cycles of evolution, the thirteenth being the integral realization of them all – hence a progressive evolution and ascent of consciousness, or souls. At the same time, though, the twelve emanations of Sophia correspond with the wisdom of the zodiacal signs, and the thirteenth corresponds to the integral realization of them all; hence, the fullness of the Sun of God, the Human One of Light. If and when a soul becomes realized, embodying Supernal or Messianic Conscious incarnate in any zodiacal sign they are a holy tzaddik of that sign having the knowledge and power of the corresponding “savior,” or emanation of Logos and Sophia (Christ), and in their realization they transcend that sign, or the stars of their birth. It may be said that such a holy one is the heart-song of their Mother, God the Mother and the Holy Bride, the Shekinah of the Messiah; when they take up the play of Light Transmission, so Living Water pours forth from them for all to drink who are thirsty for it, and when the Living Water pours forth it is the fulfillment of the invocation in the heart-song of their Holy Mother.

The truth of cycles in the evolution of life and consciousness, and the realization of a holy tzaddik incarnate in any sign of the zodiac, or any tribe of spiritual Israel, is interconnected, for there are cycles, stages, of progress or evolution in the unfolding of self-realization in Christ, and these will transpire in any incarnation as for the first time, every time, regardless of realization of a soul in previous incarnations. Likewise, the spiritual illumination embodied will be dependent upon the place and time of the incarnation, and the degree of progress or evolution of consciousness, or souls, in the larger collective of humankind – hence, it will depend upon the age or aeon into which the holy tzaddik or apostle incarnates as a messenger, or savior.

Here it must be said, when we speak of spiritual Israel, and the zodiacal signs as the tribes of spiritual Israel, this is very significant, for we are not speaking of a physical birth as a child of Israel, or as a Jewish person, according to the order of natural generation, but rather we are speaking of a spiritual rebirth according to the Order of Regeneration in Christ, the Logos and Sophia; we are speaking of the spiritual elect who are chosen and called from within all humanity, all nations. Just as Messiah Yeshua becomes the Holy Light or Living Water in the world, so also do all who are called and chosen with him become the Holy Light or Living Water, all who experience the same spiritual rebirth, or receive the same anointing from above, being reborn from the Pleroma of Light. Thus, indeed, as a person becomes a living tzaddik, a true woman or man of God, receiving the full anointing with Supernal Light, or the Christ Spirit, and embodying something of the Fiery Intelligence of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness, the Living Water, the Light Transmission, flows from them to all who are surrounding them who have the desire and capacity to receive it, and each receives according to their desire and capacity, or their soul’s development and evolution.

The degree to which a holy tzaddik or apostle can engage and impart the Light Transmission, Living Waters, is completely dependent upon the gathering of companions surrounding them, whether auspicious or inauspicious; it is dependent upon the embodiment of the desire to receive that fulfills and perfects the desire to give embodied in the holy tzaddik. A tzaddik could very well embody a great Light-presence and Light-power, or a very lofty spiritual realization and illumination, but if there was no one to invoke and receive the greater manifestation of the Light Transmission, in effect, the Light Transmission would not be manifest in the world through them. We learn about this from what the Risen Christ says to his disciples in the Pistis Sophia, when he teaches them that he put their souls in their mother’s wombs, along with the twelve powers of the twelve saviors, and this implies the need for an auspicious retinue or assembly, or a gathering of more evolved souls able to receive the full spectrum of Light Transmission. Likewise, this is reflected in his teaching that he put the soul of Elijah, along with a great power, into the womb of Elizabeth; but more so, it is reflected by the incarnation of his soul mate, or Sophia, in the person of Mirya, the Magdalene.

Yohanan the Baptist, of course, is the holy tzaddik of Adonai Yeshua, and the opener of the way, which expresses the need for discipleship and spiritual evolution unfolding self-realization in Christ regardless of the spiritual realization of a soul in previous incarnations. Mother Miriam, the Bride Miriam, and all the male and female disciples, form the vehicle for the reception of full Light Transmission, or full Supernal Influx. In this matrix of evolved souls Bride Miriam, or Mirya the Magdalene, is most essential, for as the soul mate of Messiah Yeshua, his inmost disciple and spiritual consort, she knows how to draw out the inner and secret teachings of the Holy Gospel, and how to invoke the inmost gradations of Light Transmission, and as she draws out and invokes, and receives, so do all of the disciples and the entire world. Hallelu Yah! Hallelu Kallah Messiah!

The Magdalene, along with all of the close disciples, are as Miriam and the elder women who sing heart-songs invoking sweet waters, or in this case, the manifestation of the true Holy Well and Living Water, the Supernal Light Transmission that flows from the Eternal Christ. What is essential about women singing heart-songs is that, as we know in the Holy Kabbalah, “female” designates the desire and capacity to receive, and therefore the power to invoke and receive spiritual power, Supernal Influx. This is reflected by the Magdalene’s great capacity to invoke and receive, and, in turn, to give birth, bringing about the greater spiritual influxes and revelations; hence, her embodiment of Supernal Malkut, Shekinah, becoming the Holy Well, Holy Grail, through which the Living Waters, Light Transmission, was poured out in full.

In this regard, understanding this, we may acquire insight into the deeper meaning of the Second Coming of Christ in Glory as the revelation of God the Mother and full reception of the Holy Bride, for with a greater outpouring of the Christ Spirit, or greater manifestation of Supernal Influx, there must be a greater desire and capacity to receive and integrate, embody, the True Light, this capacity being represented by the Holy Bride, the Tower of the Flock.

Here it may be said than the inmost disciple of any holy tzaddik or apostle, or the most receptive spiritual companion, is the Tower of the Flock in their assembly, and the Tower of the Flock can be a woman or a man – it is the one who is most faithful and transparent, open and sensitive, and able to receive to the fullest possible extent. Joined with the Holy Tower, or Holy Pillar of the Community, the greater the desire and capacity to receive of all members of the community or assembly, the greater the outpouring of the Christ Spirit, or Supernal Light Transmission.

We may speak an open secret regarding the greater reception of Light Transmission. It is completely dependent upon love and faith, and most especially upon our love, our attachment to our holy tzaddik. The greater the love of our inner being for our tzaddik, or the greater the attachment of our soul to them, the greater our experience of the Light Transmission and their Mochin, the Fiery Intelligence in them; and it is through complete and total love, and surrender, that we experience the inmost gradations of Light Transmission, as Magdalene did with Messiah Yeshua; hence, an energetic transmission mind-to-mind and heart-to-heart in spiritual and psychic union.

This love of the holy tzaddik, of course, will extend to all of their companions, because the companions are the tzaddik and the tzaddik is their companions, One Living Body of Christ. Thus, for example, if we are recounting to a tzaddik the sins of their companions, or how their companions have offended us, or put us off, we might wish to consider our own sins, and how we put others off, and enact forgiveness and love, learning to be loving, learning to be kind. Indeed, because the greater our love and faith, and our self-offering, the greater the manifestation of the Light Transmission between us and our tzaddik; and conversely, the more compromised our love and faith, the most compromised our experience of Light Transmission, or our anointing with the Christ Spirit.

There is such a thing as a good heart (Lev) and a bad heart (Levv), and a good heart sings a sweet, harmonious and loving heart-song, but a bad heart sings a sour, disharmonious and unkind one. Understand this well! (Pun intended!)


Basically speaking, in community, in the assembly, we wish to co-create the most loving and faithful environment as possible, for in so doing together we co-create the conditions necessary for the movement of Divine Grace, the Holy Spirit; the more loving and faithful the gathering of spiritual companions, the more they are of one mind and one heart in Christ, the greater the outpouring of the Christ Spirit or Holy Light upon them, and the more it is embodied in them and shines from within them.

Here it must be said, the Light Transmission is not an issue of our worthiness; as we are in ourselves, as sinners, we are not worthy – but as we know and understand there is forgiveness in Christ through faith, through confession and repentance. Yet more, however, though we are not worthy as we are in ourselves, we are worthy as we are in Christ and God, the True Light; hence, we are worthy in our divine nature and divine spark, our innate perfection and virginity in Christ and God.

It is not an issue of our worthiness, but rather it is an issue of evolution, our willingness to surrender, and to grow, evolve, in the love and faith of Christ.

Perhaps in this we may have a deeper understanding of the single commandment Yeshua Messiah gives to us: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is the single commandment he gives because he knows that it is in this that the full anointing of the Christ Spirit comes to pass, and that it is through this that the Holy Light is integrated and embodied – it’s this that constitutes the Living Body of the Eternal Christ.

Here, perhaps, it is good to remember that Pistis Sophia, or the Holy Bride, corresponds with the Soul of souls of spiritual humanity, the spiritual elect; hence the inmost aspects of our soul, our divine nature. As such, she corresponds with the Living Body of Christ, the true Church of the Eternal Christ. In this, her heart-songs are our heart-songs, and they are sung when we sing them, which is to say when we are purified and sanctified by the Christ Spirit, and so live in Christ, progressively embodying the Christ Spirit.

In this play of Light Transmission, or the outpouring of Living Waters, spiritual humility, true surrender, is essential, joined with spiritual self-worth; our ability to bow down in God’s presence, and to offer ourselves completely to God in love and faith, is everything – when we humble ourselves and we bow down, God will uplift and exalt us. This is an essential lesson in the esoteric Gospel of Pistis Sophia, for what is the very foundation of the gospel? It is the tale of the fall and redemption of Pistis Sophia, the Soul of souls, and how through repentance, through bowing before the Most High, the Soul of souls is uplifted and exalted, and united with Christ in God, the True Light – it is a story of humbling ourselves before God, while being aware of the truth of our inner being in God!

Pride and arrogance, self-cherishing and self-will, and self-glorification, can receive little or nothing of the True Light; what is generated in such ignorance is a distortion or corruption of light, impure, tainted “false lights.” This state of ignorance is personified by the demiurge, Yaldabaot, and the archons, and so also the fallen Sophia (souls in the unenlightened condition); but in the story of the redemption of Sophia the way of the Great Exodus, or Great Ascension, is revealed, which is opposite the way of the demiurge, and unenlightened society.

As we see in the thirteen repentances of Pistis Sophia, this journey in Christ to full enlightenment and liberation is progressive, it is a process of growth and evolution, and a progressive purification and consecration through increasing influxes of the Spirit of Christ, or the Holy Light; and by nature, it is a re-gathering of light-power, or sparks of the soul, and the reintegration of the soul with the Pleroma of Light. If we look into the story of Pistis Sophia we know that the motivation of full surrender, or complete self-offering, is Divine Passion, passionate love of the Beloved, above and below.

Now, concerning angels, the archangels and angels from among the various orders, or choirs, are within and behind every movement of Light Transmission and every wonder that transpires, and they are active conscious agents of God’s word and wisdom and will in creation – they are principle emanations of the Holy Shekinah, the presence and power of Christ and God, the True Light. Thus, indeed, the holy angels are intimately involved in the redeeming actions of Pistis Sophia, or in the redeeming actions of the Living Body of Christ.

With regard to angels and heart-songs, we cannot help but notice that the orders of angels are also called “choirs,” implying singers and songs, and so no doubt they are, and must be, involved in the singing of heart-songs, and in the great wonder of Miriam’s Well appearing to give forth true sweet water, the Water of Eternal Life!

Here we may say, very often among living tzaddikim and those on fire with the Holy Spirit, heart-songs are sung in the tongues of angels, or in tongues of the elder races, and these songs, or invocations, have great light-power in them, for the knowledge and power of the holy angels is in them, and as the song is sung, or the invocation intoned, the holy angels move and act to fulfill what is sung, or what is spoken. There is no teaching these tongues, but they are Gifted, given by the Holy Spirit, and they are not tongues of mindless babbling, or unconscious vital sentiment, but they are intelligent, having knowledge and understanding, and conscious intention, not in thought and thinking, but in a full force of will and love, and pure radiant awareness in the Spirit.

We may also say that it is entirely possible for our soul to hear the songs of the choirs of angels, and to acquire understanding of their songs, and we may say that as much as visiting us to share their knowledge and power with us, so also they visit to share their songs. With tzaddikim, and with those on fire with the Holy Spirit, these visitations become reciprocal, for as they share their knowledge and power, and songs, with the tzaddikim and anointed ones, so the tzaddikim and anointed ones share their knowledge, power and heart-songs with the angels of God, and there is a worship in the presence of God together in Spirit and Truth.

The further we progress in the Gospel, the further our soul ascends in the Christ Spirit, the more we abide perpetually in the company of the angels, and the more we receive their visitations and ministry; in the presence of a living tzaddik, or a person on fire with the Holy Spirit, angels are continually coming and going, and abiding, hence the spiritual radiance and the many spontaneous blessings we receive in their presence – all according to our desire and capacity to receive, our openness and sensitivity, or our love and faith.

Here we may say, the more we abide in love and faith, and open to the Christ Spirit, the more the Spirit and the angels move with, in and through our prayers, and the more the holy angels pray with us; hence, the greater the spiritual power that is in our prayers. Loving one another is the key to this, though, for when we love, the love of the holy angels can shine upon us more and more, and so their greater knowledge and power, and most luminous songs and invocations, are shared with us.

Here we may also say, when there is a luminous, powerful teaching of the Gospel given through the Spirit, or a fluid and flowing inspired prayer from the Spirit is spoken, so the holy angels are involved in that teaching or that prayer – such teachings, such prayers, are a witness of the Holy Spirit and the presence of maggidim, angels!

In closing we can also share an open secret. As we know, some tzaddikim are very lofty and removed from the world, or are very otherworldly, and these tzaddikim are called maggid, “angel.” As might be guessed, there is a great ministry of holy angels in the presence of these tzaddikim, and it is said that archangels attend to them.

As we know, in every generation there is a great “Holy Lamp” in each great stream of Light Transmission, and that holy one is among those that would be called maggid; and it has been said by masters of the tradition that the Holy Lamp knows the ministrations of Archangel Metatron (or Hua), having knowledge and conversation with the archangel of the Messiah. It has also been said that all perfect tzaddikim in the Spirit of the Messiah share in this knowledge and conversation with the Prince of the Countenance, the archangelic emanation of Eheieh, the Divine I Am.

Here the Mother calls me into silence, so I must be quiet, honoring my Mother’s wishes.

May all who desire to receive the fullness of Living Waters receive them directly from the mouth of the Eternal Christ, and so may their thirst be quenched forever. Amen.


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#6 Postby Anna » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:36 am

Praise and glory to Abba and Imma for such a profound and empowering heart song given us here! Hale-lu Yah!

A love song is heard here, beckoning us to greater and greater embodiment of the Christ Spirit, as individuals and as community, spreading out upon the face of the earth! For such a well of Living and Loving Waters deeper restraint of individuals is required, thus deeper receptivity is possible for all who listen to the Supernal Heart Songs of Maggidim and Tzaddikim. Life-giving response is called for in resolving discordant tones. But in any song of evolution discords provide impetus to greater, sweeter harmonies, beautiful resolutions, a Heart Song with even more power to draw the Living Water for all who are thirsty!

What a calling we are receiving for the sake of the people and the land, for the sake of all sparks, spirits and souls! Oh, may this love draw us into deeper restraint, sensitivity, receptivity, that we may sing with the holy angels and righteous ones, joining our hearts, minds and lives in union with the Holy One of Being, Holy Love, God the True Light! Amen!

Shabbat Shalom!
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Waters of Baptism

#7 Postby Elder Sarah » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:02 am

Shabbat Shalom,

May praise and thanksgiving go forth for the revelation of these teachings!

As I contemplate what has been shared here a question arises regarding the connection with Living Waters and the Waters of Baptism. When looking into both experience of Baptism and the teachings put fourth on the forum regarding the Three Fold Initiation, I noticed a direct connection with these waters of Miriam’s Well and the Waters of Baptism. Specifically, in the writing in the Prayer section on the forum, the waters of Baptism are referred to as the “Living Waters of the Mother”.

In Baptism we are taught that the two initiates performing the rite become as the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire, the spirit of Enoch and Elijah. In abiding in this Kavvanot, the Initiate performing the role as the Spirit of Enoch prays over the Waters that they become as the Living Waters of the Mother. Can we say this prayer is something of the Heart Song sung by Miriam?

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mysteries of the well

#8 Postby Joyce » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:54 pm

Praises be to Mother Ma for the wealth of these posts!

Each time I read this, it brings me great joy! The implications and applications of this well are infinite! I wondered if one hears songs, that these are the songs of their heart?

Concerning the fascinating comment on 13 women corresponding to the 13 lunar cycles. Does this process imply that this was done at certain times of the month according to lunar cycles?

In Tau Malachi's post there is a point about " our ability to bow down in God’s presence, and to offer ourselves completely to God in love and faith, is everything – when we humble ourselves and we bow down, God will uplift and exalt us."

It reminds me about being completely open like a child and somehow, this reminds me of Yeshua's comment about children. Mark 10:14. "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." There are so many aspects to a child, but there are two characteristics of a young child that I find revealing. One is that they may be relatively unconditioned, they love unconditionally and secondly, their functions seem to be very unified. If they perceive something, they seem to do it with their entire being. This is full of mystery to me for it seems to be a key component to the state we should be in when invoking and practicing.

Gratefully,
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Heart Song of Baptism

#9 Postby Elder Gideon » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:32 am

Shalom!

Praise be the Righteous One, through whom living waters flow! What delight you've all drawn forth from within yourselves!

If Pistis Sophia is every creature groaning and laboring for more than appears, then St. Paul has heard here in this most wonderful moment in his epistle to the Romans:

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 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. (8:18-25)

The experience of living, birthing waters, which Tau attributed to light transmission, depend upon the Threefold Rite of Baptism, Chrism, and Eucharist, as Elder Sarah's drawn out. In this simple rite is the preparation for the entire journey into light transmission, whether in waking, dreaming, or the last moment of dying. That Elder Sarah incorporates the Threefold Rite into this conversation of living waters emerging from the Mother’s heart song evokes spectacular, parallel mysteries of the heart song of baptismal waters. We are each called to baptism by a heart song.

A stirring below invokes a stirring above, above drawn into below. The celebrant in the Spirit of Enoch praying over moving, baptismal waters is parallel with Ruach Elohim declaring over the face of the deep, “Yehi Or—Let their be light!” The celebrant in the Spirit of Elijah sees the moving waters coming alive, pregnant with the Righteous One for whom the celebrant is a midwife. Between these celebrants in the spirit of Enoch and Elijah is the novice who is about to go down into the waters and be raised, reborn from above as a Righteous One.

The dynamism of the spirits of Enoch and Elijah are figures of archangels Metatron and Sandalfon respectively, who have everything to do with living waters (light transmission) emitting from a heart song. These archangels are parallel in every way with the outset of the creation story: The Wind of God, Ruach Elohim, initiating from above is very much like Metatron; the deep responding from below is very much like Sandalfon, who is the material reception and embodiment of the supernal transmission from Metatron. What is birthed from between them is the fruit of their union: the novice reborn a Righteous One, destined for Light Transmission.

Our own physical conception parallels the dynamism of Metatron and Sandalfon as well when we regard Metatron as upper waters and Sandalfon as lower waters. The Zohar attributes such upper and lower waters to masculine and feminine principles of desire and mutuality. The upper waters are the White Father Seed and the lower waters are the Red Mother Seed, whose energies flanking the extremities of the spine of the fetus are the karmic gate forming the subtle body of the soul drawn into that specific fetus. Is not this microcosmic separation of these waters implied in the macrocosmic Second Day, when waters are separated, upper from lower, activating opposition and contradiction? What synthesizes every duality necessitates incarnation, foreshadowed as the dry land of the Third Day, supporting grasses, herbs, and fruit-bearing trees.

Taking this parallel movement of days of creation through the moment of baptism further, we remember that the sun, moon, planets and stars mark zodiacal time and seasons in the Fourth Day; the proliferation of beings-forces above in the skies and below in the deep are the Fifth Day; the physical evolution of life forms on land culminate in the generation and animation of the human one on the eve of the Sixth Day. In Days Four through Six, the sefirotic triad of action (Netzach, Hod, and Yesod respectively), I’m hearing the entire karmic matrix through which we’re all born and must shed at baptism. What is shucked is the shell which made us viable to consciously bear the birthing process of the Righteous One wearing us all the while.

Finding no lasting satisfaction with anything in this world, the Righteous One within sang the heart song, invoking baptismal waters to flow forth. What baptism was and still is, prepared and prepares us for our continual rebirth in the Spirit. To be reborn is to encounter the Righteous One: the light transmission, of which Adonai Yeshua said, ‘Everyone who drinks of this [literal] water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ (St. John 4:13-14)

Help us in our weakness, Mother Spirit, when we do not know how to pray as we ought. Intercede for us through our sighs too deep for words. May you who search our heart, knowing what is the mind of the Spirit, interecede for the saints according to the will of God.

Amen and amen!

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#10 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

What delightful insights all of you have shared; they are quite lovely, indeed.

The alternative teachings of thirteen women corresponding with thirteen cycles of the moon is not intended to imply a fixed or set time, or times, for the singing of the heart songs to bring forth Miriam’s Well; these songs were sung whenever there was a need for water, which could be at any time. Instead, it is another way of speaking about the gathering of thirteen women to sing songs invoking Miriam’s Well based upon teachings in the Zohar, understanding the holy well as Malkut, and singing as a bringing forth of influxes from Malkut, which is called the “moon” often in the Zohar. That would be a very different cycle of teachings, however, and so while mentioning it in passing, it would be confusing to go into it at any length in this discussion. One could, though, contemplate the play of lunar cycles through the various zodiacal signs, and perhaps acquire some essential insights – it is quite different than the movement of the sun through them.

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Re: Thirteen Heart Songs of Pistis Sophia

#11 Postby Misty » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:35 am

This thread has really overwhelmed me with tears as I read through it. I can't help but get the feeling that when one is in need of Tzaddik and thirsts for connection with our indwelling Christos, all one has to do is open up the heart center allowing the waters of spirit to flow from within. The heart space being the Well in which we gather to meet with, to hear, to see, to learn from, to know inner Tzaddik. I appreciate how deeply it has been drawn upon and thank you all for sharing.

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Re: Thirteen Heart Songs of Pistis Sophia

#12 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:03 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

On a certain level we may contemplate our soul as the well, the Holy Spirit and Holy Light as the sweet waters that are in it, and the outer tzaddik as one singing a heart-song invoking the flow of those waters, stirring and drawing out the inner tzaddik and indwelling Messiah.

In order to recognize an outer tzaddik and realize our inner tzaddik, we need a circumcised heart, or an open heart; an uncircumcised heart, or hardened heart, does not have the capacity for this recognition and realization, but rather is a klippah, obstruction, preventing it.

There is something to be said of the recognition of the outer tzaddik and our experiences of Light Transmission. Whatever we are able to recognize, whatever we see, hear and know, that is also within us, and seeing, hearing and knowing, so we are empowered to embody that Truth and Light, and live as a tzaddik, righteous one, in the Messiah, Anointing.

If we look into moments of Light Transmission, they are moments of an open heart, moments of nearness through faith and love; and it is through faith and love that we integrate and embody the Holy Light, so that, in turn, we too might share it with others.

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Re: Thirteen Heart Songs of Pistis Sophia

#13 Postby Aj100 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:38 pm

Hello!
Perusing with interest, This topic. A thought bubbled up how might the symbolism of Aquarius relate. A pitcher of water, the water carrier. And the two lines with ripples , two regions of water. Is the pitcher , of both waters joined. Drawn up from a well, or drawn down?. We are in the age of Aquarius , is this a hint of our labour or attainment?.

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Re: Thirteen Heart Songs of Pistis Sophia

#14 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:24 pm

Blessings in the Holy Light of Messiah!

What I’d be inclined to say about the Age of Aquarius in conjunction with this thread is this. First, where one Great Age ends and another begins is not do easy to determine. There is around a five hundred years overlap. Clearly the Age of Aquarius is dawning, and has begun, and yet just as clearly the Age of Pisces remains a very strong influence. Regarding the Age of Aquarius I can share a very essential development that will be central to it. Understand, prior to the dawn of the Age of Pisces, generally speaking, individuals would identify themselves by tribe, people - “we.” In this context consider the Old Testament and Israel as a ‘chosen people,’ and salvation through being among them. Through the Age of Pisces individualism emerged and grew, moving away from “we” to “I.” This is well reflected in the personal salvation of individuals taught in the New Testament, as opposed to the collective salvation of a people in the Old Testament. As we know, the great shadow of this development of individualism is the toxic narcissistic individualism that is so prevalent in unenlightened society today. The Age of Aquarius will usher in a balance between these two extremes of ‘tribalism’ and ‘individualism,’ a new mode of community with greater individuality and diversity - a new need and emphasis on community, spiritual and material, but of a very different kind than before. This will be an integral part of the ongoing advent of the Second Coming of Christ.

Perhaps those two wave-like parallel lines might be seen as a hint of this - a balanced flow of the individual and community, as well as a greater realization of the non-dual, or Sacred Unity underlying all.

Here we might also remember that Aquarius, contrary to its association with water, is an air sign. It has been said by masters of the tradition that in this Age there will be a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit; hence, the time of the Second Coming as understood among Gnostic Christians.

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