Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!
The consuming, devouring, aspect of creation does, indeed, correspond with Behemah, the Great Beast, and as you have said dear brother, this reaches into metaphysical dimensions, reaching into Yetzirah and Beriyah; hence, all of Perud. Thus, the existence of spirits and souls in all realms, worlds and universes of Perud is impermanent, and are akin to material incarnations, so that when the karma and energy generating them is exhausted they come to an end. All existence in Perud is bound up in the ignorance and gilgulim, including the lower seven heavens manifest in Perud.
The body and blood of the Lamb of God corresponds with the influx and embodiment of the Supernal Light and Spirit, and the experience of oneness with the Sefirot and Yahweh, or the realization of the I Am (Eheieh), through which souls awaken and are liberated from Perud, or the illusion of separation and the gilgulim; “eating” of this body and “drinking” of this blood – light and fire, souls are established in the true kingdom of heaven, Malkut of Atzilut.
As we know and understand, the experience of Perud is an experience of separation from self and other, subject and object, oneself and the reality that appears, and this gives rise to self-cherishing and self-will, and the play of desire and fear in self-cherishing. In this ignorance the evil inclination, or inclination to violence, arises, the desire to consume, the desire to receive for self alone, and this gives rise to the Other Side, the dominion of the klippot, and bondage to the gilgulim, the potentially endless rounds of transmigration of souls.
As we have shared above, there is one Great Force, one Great Desire-Energy, but in Perud, in the illusion of separation, it manifests as two, the evil inclination, the desire to receive, and the good inclination, the desire to give, and apparently separate from one another they are in conflict, and generally speaking, in the ignorance, the illusion of separation, the evil inclination rules and holds dominion; hence, the darkness that rule this world in the unenlightened condition and society. If we consider the present humankind and human society in the unenlightened condition, and the plague of gross materialism and consumerism in unmitigated lust and greed, and the plight of the environmental holocaust underway in this world and dwindling resources, we can see that the evil inclination, or desire to receive, corresponds with an all consuming, devouring, digestive fire. In Yeshua Messiah, and other great holy and enlightened ones, we see something opposite, the desire to share or give, which corresponds with an illuminating fire – the desire of enlightenment and liberation.
Now, desire, the driving force of creation, in and of itself is not dark, evil or violent, Ratzon, “will” or “desire,” corresponds with the very first Sefirah of the Tree of Life, Keter-Crown; but when manifest in Perud, the illusion of separation, in effect it becomes two apparently conflicting forces and becomes divided against itself, so that there is the desire to receive divorced from the desire to give, and the desire to receive manifests apart from the desire to give, coming into dominion.
There is the play of the law of cause and effect – karma, and therefore, bound up in the desire to receive for self alone, the consuming or digestive fire, and consuming, digesting, we ourselves are eventually consumed, digested, expended, and this goes on and on, happening again and again; hence, the entire play of the gilgulim – it is fueled by this, driven by this.
As we know, there is a great force of desire-energy in us, the “serpent power,” and this may be turned downward and outward, and manifest in self-cherishing, and the play of desire and fear in self-cherishing, or this may be turned inward and upward, Godward, and manifest in self-offering and self-transcendence, and the fear and love of God, and the love of all creatures, “our neighbors.” This serpent power – the Force, pervades all things and is within all things in creation, and when turned downward and outward, and manifest in self-cherishing, the desire to receive divorced from the desire to give, this Universal Force is called Leviathan and Behemah (or Behemot), but when souls awaken, and it is turned inward and upward, Godward, this Great Force is manifest as Yahweh and the Shekinah – unification of the soul with the Sefirot and Yahweh.
Downward and outward, this is klippot, and this is the soul driven by desire and fear through countless rounds of incarnation, birth, aging, illness and death; inward and upward, this is the Sefirot, and the Supernal Abode – the eternal realm and eternal life, the realization of bornless being, the I Am.
Here we may speak an open secret. Downward and outward, inward and upward, turning away from God, turning toward God, the entire appearance of this is the manifestation of Perud, the illusion of separation. In the experience of oneness, or God Consciousness, this illusion is dispelled and brought to an end, for beholding God in everything and everything in God, there is God and Only God, and there is no other but God Alone (All-One). Contemplate this well, and understand!
Here we must say that at the outset, and throughout much of the journey on the Path of Return there is the relative truth of “turning away from God” or “turning towards God,” and the direction downward and outward or inward and upward, and there is a choice that we must make, choosing the Messiah and Yahweh. As long as we remain in self-grasping, and are the doer, the law of cause and effect remains at play and we must choose between good versus evil, or between returning to God or removing ourselves from God. In this we may recognize and realize God, Christ, within us, and God, Christ, within all, and so we may realize that there is no doer, that self is no self (Ani-Ain), and that God, Christ, is all and is the doer of all – in this we transcend the law of cause and effect, and there is no sin, no karma.
There is the desire to receive and the desire to give, and in truth this is one desire, receiving and giving fulfilling one another. Thus, there is no cutting off of the desire to receive, but rather, the desire to receive must be brought into the service of the desire to give, and must be joined to the desire to give, so that there is one Holy Desire – all desire directed to God, or uplifted to God.
If we are aware of God, the source of all and Sacred Unity underlying all, and we love God and love all, and we give ourselves to God and to all, so all desire is uplifted to God – we become unified with Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Holy Shekinah rests upon us, and manifests as us. Souls are uplifted in the Great Resurrection and Ascension in this way, for as souls uplift their desire to God and love God, and so love one another, the Spirit of God uplifts them, and enlightens and liberates them, reintegrating them with Yahweh Elohim, the Light Continuum and Infinite One.
The truth is that there is a movement, an evolution, within creation towards the Highest of Life, and towards the eventual transcendence of the need for living spirits and souls to incarnate in physical, material dimension; hence, an evolution to higher, more refined and self-aware life, with greater and greater intelligence, and a progressively subtler and more sublime existence, or state of being. We are intended, and destined, to ascend and transcend our need, or compulsion, for incarnation in the material world and universe, and so also the astral and spiritual worlds and universes, and to realize our supernal and primordial root in the Infinite and Eternal.
It must be said, until we realize our supernal and primordial being – our bornless nature, there is Mercy in the appearance of Judgment, or Mercy in the manifestation of Leviathan – death and destruction, for whatever form and reality we may become bound up in does not last forever, but eventually we are set free to move on and continue our journey, our evolution, to the Highest of Life or the Infinite One. This is why in Job Ha-Shem praises Leviathan as the “greatest of all creatures,” for this force of bondage, destruction, also serves to facilitate creative evolution, and the eventual enlightenment and liberation of souls.
In this, perhaps, you may understand that things are not as they seem to us in the ignorance and illusion of separation, but reality as it appears to us, and even God as God appears to us, is itself illusory, unreal, false. We become bound up in karmic vision, or limited mentalities, of self-grasping, desire and fear, and all of the misperceptions that generate preconceptions, preconditions and expectations that prevent us from looking and seeing, and listening and hearing, Reality as It Is and God as God Is; even our most noble and lofty speculations about Reality and God – our theologies and religious self-identifications, along with most of the grand ideologies and philosophies we create, tend to be bound up in this ignorance (demiurge), and may serve to reinforce it and perpetuate it.
When we become aware of the plight of souls in bondage to the ignorance and gilgulim, and the Great Force manifest as Leviathan and Behemot, and the great conflict of spiritual forces that compose Perud, the matrix of creation, so we may understand the need for divine intervention for the salvation of souls, the need for the Savior, or Great World Teachers, the intersession of tzaddikim and maggidim, or “saints and angels,” and the ongoing incarnation of the holy and enlightened ones, or messengers of God.
The body and blood of the Lamb of God, the self-offering of Adonai Yeshua Messiah, is the full manifestation of this divine intervention – the realization and embodiment of the I Am, and the imparting of the Holy Light and Spirit (Fire) through which souls are awakened, and the serpent power is awakened, uplifted and redeemed, or brought into cessation.
When a soul awakens through the reception of the Spirit of God, and the serpent power is awakened, uplifted and redeemed, and God Consciousness dawns, understand, that holy one, that tzaddik, is able to merge their serpent power with the serpent power in other creatures and their environment, and so are able to stir, awaken and uplift, the serpent power in living spirits and souls, uplifting them in return to God; hence, they become a channel, vehicle, of the Great Force, Yahweh, Leviathan – a Master of the Name, who is also a “Master of the Dragon.”
In this, perhaps, you will understand the power of Mercy and Judgment, and Compassion, that is given to the holy apostles, or anointed tzaddikim, in the upper room when the Risen Messiah appeared and imparted the Holy Light and Spirit to them; hence, their empowerment as co-saviors, co-redeemers, initiating, uplifting and guiding others in the Way, the Path of Return.
As has been said, even the most lofty speculation about Reality and God – theologies and religious self-identifications, tend to remain bound up in the ignorance and perpetuate karmic vision, or limited mentalities, that hinder and prevent actual spiritual realization, or the enlightenment and liberation of souls. Thus, there is a need for Light Transmission – initiation and spiritual empowerments, dispelling karmic vision, the vision of ignorance, imparting the vision of experience, and opening the way for pure vision, the realization of oneness, or the Divine I Am. The acceptance of theologies, or dogmatic religious creeds and doctrines, and the generation of religious self-identities, does not enlighten and liberate souls, but rather the enlightenment and liberation of souls requires direct spiritual and mystical experience of the Truth and Light, the experience of true Christ Consciousness, God Consciousness; hence, the need for initiation and spiritual empowerments that facilitate direct spiritual and mystical experience, the “Gnostic experience of Christ.”
As we contemplate and discuss the One Great Force manifest as Yahweh and Leviathan, it must be said that this does not negate the relative reality of light and darkness, good and evil, and the need to turn away from evil and falsehood and to choose what is good and true; this awareness of One Great Forces does not mean that we would give way to evil, or God forbid, enact what is evil and false calling it “good.” As St. Paul teaches us, there is a very real conflict, or battle, between good and evil in Perud – it is a relative reality in the lower heavens and this world, and we are wise, as he teaches us, to “put on the full armor of God” and take our “stand against the Adversary,” the spirit of the Other Side. This, though, as he teaches is not a battle against flesh and blood, but rather against spiritual forces of evil established in celestial, or heavenly places, and the nature of this “battle,” or struggle, is in the mastery of our thoughts and desires, and how we choose to manifest this Great Force, this One Life-Power.
This great conflict must be resolved inwardly, within us, the evil inclination being brought into the service of the good inclination, so that receiving we give, and instead of enacting violence we seek to bring peace, looking and seeing God in everything and everything in God.
Let us consider the outer manifestation of the wedding feast, or the feast of bread and wine as the body and blood of the Lamb, understanding the Light Transmission as the inner manifestation. In it we are remembering, and celebrating, our experience of Light Transmission, the Truth and Light revealed to us, and we are remembering our transcendence, setting our minds on those things that are above, and remembering that God is always with us, that God is within us and all around us, in everything and everyone. Thus, it is our empowerment to overcome klippot, spiritual forces of evil, and to return to God, and to deliver others from klippot and uplift others in return to God – the Great Work.
Here it seems good to pause and abide, waiting upon the Holy Spirit!
May the serpent be crucified in us, and may we be uplifted with the Risen Christ! Amen.
Ecclesia Pistis Sophia