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Brilliant Moon

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:32 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

This is a delightful contemplation, and the mysteries it touches upon run very deep.

In the Zohar when we read about the “sun” and “moon,” much of the time we understand that the rabbis are speaking about Yesod and Malkut, and the mysteries of their relationship and interaction. In Atzilut, the World of the Holy Sefirot, at the outset, these two Holy Sefirot are joined in a glorious union, a union that is to be realized through the action of creative evolution – they shine with the same Holy Radiance in Atzilut, the Supernal Universe. However, in a mystery, in order for the spiritual power of this union to be actualized and realized the matrix of creation must come into being, and for this to happen, the Holy Light of Supernal Malkut had to be diminished, and a separation had to occur between these principles of the Masculine and Feminine. Thus, diminishing her Holy Light and removing herself from her Divine Consort, Yesod, in restricted emanations the Holy Light of Malkut rays out generating the Sefirot of Beriyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah. When this transpires her Holy Light becomes bound up in the great matrix of creation and, in effect, she becomes manifest as all of the realms, worlds and universes of creation within spiritual, astral and material dimensions, and becomes all of the living spirits and souls, all of the sentient beings dwelling in them.

This “diminished” state of Malkut, the Holy Shekinah, separated from her Divine Consort is Nukva, the Daughter, but through this process the potential spiritual power of the union of Yesod and Malkut becomes realized, and when she becomes realized, uplifted, restored to her union with Yesod, in union she is Kallah, the Holy Bride.

The Ari of Sefed gives a profound teachings concerning the progressive emanation and realization of the Holy Sefirot, saying that they “reach” and “not reach” until they “reach.” Essentially, a Sefirah reaches, emanating another Sefirah, but does not reach until the Sefirah it emanates is able to emanate another Sefirah from within itself; when the Sefirah it has emanated, in turn, emanates another Sefirah, then that Holy Sefirah has “reached.” This process occurs throughout the emanation of all the Holy Sefirot. However when this process of emanation comes to Malkut there is no Holy Vessel to receive her Holy Light, therefore reaching she does not reach and remains partial, incomplete, as it were, having no way to fulfill herself in reaching. Thus, “turning away” from Supernal Yesod, she “looks” for a Holy Vessel to receive her full Supernal Influx, but there is no Holy Vessel able to receive it. This “turning” and “looking” gives rise to the entire matrix of creation, all of the Sefirot of Beriyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah, as she seeks to generate a Holy Emanation from within herself to receive her full Supernal Influx – all of the Holy Vessels she generates, however, are not able to withstand her full Supernal Influx, and therefore some fracture, and some break into pieces, shattering.

Through the matrix of creation, as ordained by El Elyon, the Holy Shekinah labors to emanate and bring forth a Holy Vessel to receive and embody, and transmit, her full Supernal Influx, which is to say that she labors to bring about holy souls, realized souls, that can embody the full Divine Presence and Power, male and female. The generation of a holy, realized soul that can embody the Soul of the Messiah, Supernal or Messianic Consciousness, represents the Holy Vessel able to receive her full Supernal Influx, and so with the advent of the Messiah and the Light Transmission that flows from the Risen Messiah, Supernal Malkut reaches, becoming actualized and realized in full. Thus, speaking of the appearance of the Messiah, Yohanan the Baptist proclaims to us, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!” Truly so, for the kingdom of heaven, the influx of Supernal Malkut, is embodied in the Messiah, the One Anointed with the Supernal Light of God.

Here we may say, when the Messiah appears in a world Nukva becomes Kallah, for her Divine Consort emanates from her and she enters into union with him, the Shekinah of the Messiah raying out in that world, and raying out into all realms and heavens of that world, and in this action she “gives something new” as an offering of herself to the Holy One, and she is exalted, uplifted, restored above, the fullness of her glory and power being made manifest.

Through this process not only does Nukva become Kallah, but she becomes Imma, Mother, for she conceives and gives birth, Malkut becoming exalted and “enthroned upon Binah,” and so Malkut is uplifted, becoming the Sefirah that fulfilled the Six representing the Son, or Man.

When the Bridegroom and Bride unite, conceiving and birthing a Holy Child, the Bride becomes Mother and the Son becomes Father, both being exalted, uplifted, completely reintegrated with the Light Continuum, Yahweh.

This Holy Vessel that receives the full Supernal Influx of Malkut is Adonai Yeshua, but the fullness of the Holy Vessel, the Human One, must be male and female in complete unification, and so this Holy Vessel is not formed by Adonai Yeshua alone, but is formed by Adonai Yeshua and the Magdalene, the Holy Bride, the Messiah and Shekinah of the Messiah – fullness of the Human One of Light. It is not isolate to them, however, but it is formed of an entire matrix of souls that are able to receive the Supernal Influx of Malkut, Yohanan the Baptist, Mother Miriam, and all of the male and female disciples of their circle, as well as all who receive the Messiah, the Supernal Influx, before the culmination of the world in the end-of-days.

In other words, this Holy Vessel is all of us who believe and who receive the Holy Spirit, becoming members of the Mystical Body of the Risen Messiah – all who receive true gnosis of the Messiah.

Now, the separation of Adam and Eve on the sixth day of creation has its root in the fourth day of creation, when the light of the “moon” is diminished and the “moon” is separated from the “sun,” and what transpires between the serpent, Eve and Adam, and the fall that occurs, has its root in this separation. Essentially, the fall is the playing out of this greater cosmic event and is, in a word, predestined, part and parcel of the Divine Intention in creation, the Divine Plan. The issue is not so much the sin of Eve and Adam, but rather the cosmic ignorance, the illusion of separation, and the process of an involution necessary for creative evolution, and the tikkune-healing of creation, and the awakening and realization of souls, their generation of conscious union with the Holy One. What transpires with Eve and Adam, the playing out of this movement on the fourth day of creation, is now playing out among us, among women and men in this world.

When we incarnate as men we take up something of the labor of the “Man” for the tikkune of creation and the fulfillment of the Divine Intention, and when we incarnate as women we take up something of the labor of the “Woman” for the tikkune of creation and fulfillment of the Divine Intention. In our soul, specifically in our holy neshamah, we are male and female, and so in all of us there is something of this play of the Man and Woman, the realization of their union being accomplished in each and every one of us as we awaken in the Messiah. Yet, incarnate as a woman or a man we have a special focus in our spiritual labor, and in a life as a woman we take up the labor of the Heavenly Woman and in a life as a man we take up the labor of the Heavenly Man, and together we labor for the greater tikkune and fulfillment of all creation in the Messiah, the Human Being of Light.

On one hand, this restoration of the “moon” to her former glory and power, and her greater exaltation, has been accomplished in Adonai Yeshua and Lady Mirya, the fullness of the Human One becoming manifest and Supernal Malkut becoming fulfilled in reaching; on the other hand, the restoration of the “moon” is ongoing and it continues among us as we labor in the harvest of souls for the salvation of all. Thus we speak of the first coming and second coming of the Messiah, and the second coming is called the full “reception of the Holy Bride.”

The Messiah has come and is coming; the Holy Bride has been received and is being received – and the Holy Bride continues to incarnate among us until all is accomplished.

Here it must be said, this Great Work has been accomplished in this world, and is being accomplished, but this redemption, this enlightenment and liberation, must transpire in all realms and worlds of sentient existence in this great matrix, or throughout the entire universe. When accomplished in any world, it is accomplished in all worlds, and yet it is being accomplished, it is an ongoing process, throughout all space-time.

Now there is something more to be said about our incarnations as women and as men, female and male, for when our soul is incarnate in woman’s form, necessarily the soul becomes more involved and bound up in the material dimension, in the darkness and chaos of matter, and in so doing the soul restricts its light and takes on greater sorrow and suffering, greater pain and grief for the sake of tikkune. Thus, when our soul incarnates as a woman it assumes a deeper involvement in the material dimension for the sake of tikkune and the fulfillment of the Divine Intention, which is the generation of holy vessels able to receive the full influx of the Supernal Light-presence and Light-power. At the same time, in a co-labor, when we incarnate as men we are meant to hold a certain space and energy, supporting and empowering souls incarnate as women in this labor – men carry a certain “transcendence” that is integral to this Divine Action, so that in a co-equality and co-labor the kingdom of heaven is made manifest and the will of God, the True Light, is accomplished.

The teachings that exist in the Kabbalah about “soul mates,” removing all vital, sentimental and romantic projects upon them, speaks to this – proposing that a single neshamah incarnates as a woman and as a man the Kabbalah teaches us that all souls take up this play of the Man and Woman in their cycles of transmigration.

There is a distinct empowerment in this awareness for women in their experience and in their struggle for co-equality in the midst of the present ignorance that rules this world, for women can take up a greater play of giving and receiving, taking the suffering of all into their own suffering, or taking the suffering of all as their own suffering, and offering up their suffering they can bring about greater tikkune, uplifting and reintegrating many more sparks with the Light Continuum, Yahweh.

If we wish to contemplate it, this co-labor of the Heavenly Man and Heavenly Woman is embodied in the life stories of Yeshua and Mirya. While she becomes deeply immersed in the darkness and great suffering of the world he abides in a certain transcendence, holding a sacred space and empowerment for her as they co-labor for the salvation of the world. In turn, through the mystery of the crucifixion, he also takes up something of the greater feminine suffering in the world, while she holds a sacred space and empowerment for him. Thus, in each of them the play of the tikkunim of both the masculine and feminine is accomplished.

Following the revelation of the Risen Messiah each takes on the full role as the Heavenly Man and Heavenly Woman – our Lord ascending and our Lady continuing to incarnate with us!

Here, in our contemplation, of course, we are being given insights into the greater metaphysical dimensions of the advent of the Messiah. The more we gaze, the more we will see.

There is much more that may be said of these mysteries – they are infinite depths, but at the moment I’m inclined to pause, waiting upon the Holy Spirit and her movements with others.

May all be uplifted in the Great Ascension, and may the fullness of Kallah Messiah shine among us. Amen.


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Newly hearing the word Kallah

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:23 am

Greetings and Shalom!

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

I'm very much inspired by the totality of this contemplation; I experience something of its mysteries, but only in part. I'm very grateful for how this is focusing my ongoing contemplation of the Feminine personifying matrices. In the very word for matrix is gender: matri- is the Latin root for mater, matter itself, all mother.

With time, I'm only now able to begin hearing Kabbalah's metaphors, particularly gendered ones and how they personify experiences present and to come. Even as I am man in this life, I find still that being physical and inseparable from the world from which my appearance arises is itself participating in the diminishment of the Feminine when understanding the Feminine as all matter, all matrix. All physicality is a diminishment, a restriction, in which even men participate.

How much more so for formless essences incarnating as women! Unlike men, the waxing and waning of the moon is something women know not merely astonomically, but literally, concretely, and physically within their own menses. While men are experiencing the feminine in their physicality as men, women themselves are the matrix of all materiality of this good earth in its ebbs and flows of astral, lunar light of which their bodies are menstrual talismans.

To be diminished and then restored concerns women and men in a physical matrix of the Feminine. Tau Malachi wrote:

Thus, diminishing her Holy Light and removing herself from her Divine Consort, Yesod, in restricted emanations the Holy Light of Malkut rays out generating the Sefirot of Beriyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah. When this transpires her Holy Light becomes bound up in the great matrix of creation and, in effect, she becomes manifest as all of the realms, worlds and universes of creation within spiritual, astral and material dimensions, and becomes all of the living spirits and souls, all of the sentient beings dwelling in them.


Combined with what is also said above regarding the fall of Adam and Eve, I've heard for the first time how this ongoing, primordial shattering of the vessels, sheverot ha kalim is itself the reduction of the Divine Feminine: Nukva--Supernal Malkut. Scattered and reduced as the matrix of archangels, the matrix of angels, and the further reduced as celestial bodies, all of these came to exist in a state of reduction, perud, simultaneously conscious and unconscious of the respective light and darkness integrated by the sacred unity in which they're rooted, yehud: Nukva, who is Supernal Malkut.

What I'm also hearing in deeper subtlety now is that this same Nukva, fragmented throughout spiritual, astral, and physical matrices, becomes Kallah when she may finally reach in full and be received by any one of her material forms without that form being shattered. Any material form, including a man's, capable of stabilizing Nukva's supernal light becomes Kallah and is the end of the shattering of all vessels. How much more so in a woman's form! I'm hearing that this is how Malkut gives back more than She receives, for Her reaching and being received in full is the cessation of shattering. This illuminates mysteries of the Hebrew letter Tau, the Cross, and its title of Supernal realization by masters in our lineage, in whom the primordial shattering has come to finally cease.

I'll pause here, very surprised by how this is making me feel, asking if it's integral or not to consider Kallah in this way, as the Supernal light received and stabilized in any of Nukva's forms. Praying through Isaiah 30.2:

May the light of the moon be like the light of the sun, and
may the light of the sun be sevenfold,
like the light of seven days,
on the day when the Lord binds up the injuries of his people,
and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.


Amen and amen!

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Kallah Messiah

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:36 am

Greetings and blessings in the light of the Messiah!

Here, perhaps, we might inquire at what point Malkut reaches in the gospel, and so is manifest in her full power and glory.

As we know the Gospel of St. Mark and Gospel of St. John begin with the baptism of Adonai Yeshua by Yohanan the Baptist, and it is there, in the Sacred Jordan, that the Holy Spirit becomes embodied in the Master, and so the Gospel of St. Philip teaches us that Yeshua becomes the Messiah at the River Jordan, receiving and embodying the fullness of the kingdom of heaven, Supernal Malkut. At this point he receives the Supernal Influx of Malkut, and the Holy Shekinah rests upon him, the Holy Spirit indwelling him, but as yet, at that time he did not impart the Holy Spirit and Light Transmission to anyone, the first holy apostle had not been ordained and come into being. Thus, in the baptism Malkut reaches but does not reach, for the Holy Vessel emanated had not generated another Holy Vessel from within himself.

Throughout the earthly ministry of Yeshua Messiah Malkut is reaching but not reaching until the Risen Messiah appears to the Holy Bride, the apostle of the apostles, and he completes the transmission of the Holy Spirit and Supernal Light with her – it is in this instant of communion with his Divine Consort that Supernal Malkut reaches and is made manifest in completion, full realization. Thus, of the Master, the Gospel of St. Philip says, “He was anointed and was anointed anew,” and so also, “He who was redeemed redeemed the world.”

The first anointing is in the baptism, the second was in the resurrection, and so from the first redemption, the second redemption flows, Malkut reaching and not-reaching until she reaches.

In that very instant, as Hayyah Yeshua and the Holy Bride commune with one another, and are joined in perfect union in the Light Continuum made manifest, Malkut and Yesod are joined in Atzilut, and so there is an outpouring of a greater Supernal Influx, Supernal Mercy, Supernal Grace, and all souls, throughout all time, who will receive this Holy Light were touched in that moment, all receiving their salvation in that instant. Hallelu Yah!

This very moment is the tikkune, the healing and salvation of the world, and so it is the tikkune of the world of angels, and the tikkune of the world of archangels, and the tikkune of the World of the Holy Sefirot, the tikkune of the Great Name of God (Yahweh). In each point in space-time, in each world-system this transpires, it happens as though for the first time, and every time it has transpired, is transpiring, or will transpire, this Divine Action happens in that very moment – this is the truth every time this tikkune is accomplished and this realization of Supernal Malkut is embodied.

Thus it is the light-body of Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah, which forms the true Holy Vessel through which the Supernal Light passes into the world, Malkut reaching when the Risen Messiah appears and the Holy Bride receives him.

Now here we must speak something of an open secret, all as the Holy Spirit inspires. There is one and the same neshamah incarnate as Adonai Yeshua and Lady Mirya, the masculine aspect appearing as this holy man and the feminine aspect appearing as this holy woman, the ruach and nefesh of each being a direct expression and emanation of the will and desire of their holy neshamah, or rather, the drawing in of their hayyah and yechidah, their light-power and holy spark being realized and embodied. This, of course, is the play of a realized soul in skillful means assuming two simultaneous incarnations for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, or for the manifestation of the Continuum of Light Transmission.

Thus, there is the appearance of the Holy Master and his inmost disciple who is his Divine Consort, and she diminishes her light appearing as his faithful disciple, one able and willing to receive the outer, inner and secret gospel, and so also the fullness of the Holy Light embodied in him. As she invokes and receives teachings and empowerments, so all of the other disciples are able to receive because of her, but if it were not for her faithfulness, and her innate knowledge of how to invoke and receive inner and secret teachings, along with spiritual empowerments, at best only a partial revelation of the Holy Gospel and Risen Messiah would have occurred. Essentially, the transmission of the full spectrum of Holy Light required at least one person who is able to receive and hold it, and it was the Holy Bride who took up this role, forming the necessary circuit with Adonai Yeshua for the full Light Transmission to be manifest in this world.

In fruition, the Holy Bride shines with the same Holy Light, and embodies the same Divine Presence and Power, her light no longer being diminished, but restored to its former state, and exalted beyond its former state. Thus, as the inmost disciple of the Messiah, and as the apostle of the apostles, this Holy Light rays out into the world through her, their unification in the world being the “touching down” of this Light-presence and Light-power.

In a certain respect, however, with her vow to continue to incarnate in a woman’s form from one generation to another until all is accomplished she continues to diminish or restrict her light to fulfill the Divine Intention, all as ordained by El Elyon, the Supreme. This is the action of the Sacred Heart, the love and compassion of the Holy Bride, laboring for the salvation of all living spirits and souls, giving of herself, her life and light, to all beings, to each according to their desire and capacity to receive the Holy Light.

Here we may say that the company of the Holy Bride, the spirits of tzaddikim and maggidim, “saints and angels,” takes up this diminishing of light with her, continuing to incarnate with her for labor of the harvest of souls, laboring with her for the enlightenment and liberation of all sentient beings.

In the Magdalene, the “Tower of the Flock,” Nukva becomes Kallah, and yet the labor for the restoration and reintegration of all holy sparks with Supernal Malkut and Tiferet continues, and with many the reception of the Messiah and Shekinah of the Messiah remains a potential, not actual. This becomes clear when we look and see the present ignorance, darkness, that continues to rule this world and unenlightened humankind within it, let alone when we look and see this cosmic ignorance dominating countless realms and worlds throughout the universe. Truly, this labor for the harvest of souls, the reintegration of sparks, is a labor throughout all space-time, and is rightly called the “Great Work.”

In terms of this ongoing labor in this world, it will only be complete in the end-of-days.

Here, once again I’m inclined to pause to wait upon the Mother Spirit. I’ll be away for a couple of weeks visiting the Magdalene Circle in Austin Texas, so it will be interesting to read what transpires in this discussion when I return, God willing.

Let us pray for the full reception of the Holy Bride, Kallah Messiah. Amen.


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#4 Postby chall » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:42 am

Greetings Dear Ones,

First and foremost, I want to thank you both, Tau Malachi and Elder Gideon. I've read and re-read your thoughts and insights with much interest and introspection.

If I was to say I completely understand everything you both have to say, it would, of course, be a falsehood. It does, however, give me pause for further contemplation, which is very much appreciated!

I can remember as a child lying in bed at night and contemplating the meaning of my existence. So many thoughts about God would stir my imagination. I never really felt like I belonged in my body though, and that uncomfortable feeling continued throughout my youth and young adulthood. There were times when I left those feelings completely buried deep inside and tried to continue with "Life" as was expected of me by my peers. But that search for answers never left me. I think that is why I can relate so well to Our Lady Mary.

I have learned that what I felt was a "truth" today can evolve in such a way that that a new "truth" lies in it's wake. One thing I have struggled with is the diminishment of the feminine in many forms of spirituality, and I suppose that is why I was drawn to the teaching in the Diminished Moon by the Ari. I realize that the Ari is speaking more of "forces" and the correction of the shattering (then the actual human female) so the insight given in regard to the reaching and not reaching provided further insight into my understanding.

Again, thank you both for your delightful insights, even if I have to read them over and over to find those pearls of understanding! These understandings, as we know, are ever and ever expanding.

Peace be with you both, and Peace be with All,
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Choosing to Diminish Herself

#5 Postby Elder Gideon » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:09 am

Greetings Friends!

What Tau Malachi has drawn out below reframes something many of us have heard for years, specifically that though Mirya shares the same soul and Yeshua she continues to incarnate among us until the time of the Second Coming. While I've heard this, only now am I understanding its integrity with the Ari's tradition of Kabbalah brilliantly introduced further below by Cheryl. Magdalene diminishes her light, says Tau Malachi, from a sacred heart, wishing as many to enter into the light as are willing. For these, she diminishes herself. I see this mystery of the Feminine diminishing her light throughout other moments in scripture.

One which for years intrigued me, but can only now have a context, occurs in Genesis 27 surrounding the death of Isaac and the transmission of the lineage. Tradition says it passes always to the eldest son, here Esau, whom Isaac most favored anyway. After telling Esau he is old and will not live long, Isaac asks Esau for one last meal from the field, such as he always liked, after which he will bless Esau with the lineage of his father Abraham and Sarah.

Overhearing this, Rebekah swiftly subverts the movement set in motion by her husband, charging Jacob with the same task:

‘I heard your father say to your brother Esau, 7“Bring me game, and prepare for me savoury food to eat, that I may bless you before the Lord before I die.” 8Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you. 9Go to the flock, and get me two choice kids, so that I may prepare from them savoury food for your father, such as he likes; 10and you shall take it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.’ 11But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, ‘Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a man of smooth skin. 12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.’


Here's the point and her response:

13His mother said to him, ‘Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me.’

Matriarch Rebekah--a manifestation of Shekinah of Gevurah--saw where her consort Isaac could not and saved the lineage. If it failed, she would absorb the consequence. She was already willing to diminish herself for the salvation of others.

The very next generation of matriarchs, when Shekinah manifests above as Leah and below as Rachel, further underscores this pattern of self-diminishing, particularly with Rachel, who, in our oral tradition is the mind stream who will reincarnate as the Holy Bride. Midrashim, legends, posit something very dynamic and subtle between Rachel and Jacob, who, suspected of stealing from her father Laban, flees but is found. Laban is a sorcerer and intended to curse Jacob on suspicion. He said:

29'It is in my power to do you harm; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, “Take heed that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.” 30Even though you had to go because you longed greatly for your father’s house, why did you steal my gods?’ 31Jacob answered Laban, ‘Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force. 32But anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsfolk, point out what I have that is yours, and take it.’ Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen [Laban's] gods.

33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah’s tent, and entered Rachel’s. 34Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt all about in the tent, but did not find them. 35And she said to her father, ‘Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.’ So he searched, but did not find the household gods.


Jewish midrashim affirm that Jacob's curse fell upon Rachel, who thwarted her father in defense of her husband Jacob by hiding from her father the idols with which he intended to curse Jacob. She does so by way of the double-diminishing of nidah, or menses. Jacob's curse fell upon her, which midrashim say played out in her very hard labor with Benjamin leading to her early death. We can't say where the story would've gone if Laban had found his magical weapons. What we have, as with Rebekah, is the continuity of lineage through the courage of its matriarchs diminishing themselves that others may come into being.

Of Rachel, we recently read in Zohar 1:225b:

Rachel achieved more than all of them [the patriarchs] by standing at the crossroads whenever the world is in need. Mystery of the matter: Ark, cover, and cherubim in the share of Benjamin, who was born by the road, and Shekinah above all.

Her birthing Benjamin completed the fathers of the twelve tribes, above whom hovered Shekinah. Rachel's death in hard labor with Benjamin by the road is an image of transition, even exile. Her comfort to the Children of Israel while in exile is unique, in that she died by the road, in transition. Her image recurs in Jeremiah 31 and again in allusion in the Gospel of Matthew after Herod's slaughter of the innocents:

15 Thus says the Lord:
A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.
16 Thus says the Lord:
Keep your voice from weeping,
and your eyes from tears;
for there is a reward for your work,

says the Lord:
they shall come back from the land of the enemy;
17 there is hope for your future,

says the Lord:
your children shall come back to their own country.

Her firstborn son Joseph and his diminishing takes this conversation into Egypt itself; without Joseph diminishing himself, the tribes would have all been consumed by famine. Likewise, without the Holy Bride diminishing herself in recurring incarnations, the gnosis of the twelve apostles would have also been consumed by orthodoxy. There's a link between Rachel, Joseph, and Lady Mirya in the story of Pistis Sophia. I'll pause to see how may we draw this out.

May the greatest of all be servant of all.

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Bride & Mother

#6 Postby Sherry » Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:01 pm

Greetings BJ,

I appreciate you post, this is what came to mind. You said:

“As much as Pistis Sophia is personified by the Holy Bride, Mary Magdalene, she becomes the embodiment of the Mother manifesting on earth.”

The Bride becomes Mother through the union with Bridegroom. She changes with the conception of a child into a Mother.

Within every mother here on earth, there is a diminishing of light for her children, for the love of them and their coming into being. She is aware each creation is individual and unique.

A mother diminishing her light for her children makes space for them to become independent and have positive self-esteem in adult life to pass on to their children, which I see as expansion.

A mother receives much more in the diminishing of her light, that is the expansion of her children and their children into future generations.
We are all children of the Mother. She expands through us as we become more of who we truly are in Christ.

Shalom,
Sherry

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Re: Bride & Mother

#7 Postby Brooke » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:15 am

Sherry wrote: A mother receives much more in the diminishing of her light, that is the expansion of her children and their children into future generations. We are all children of the Mother. She expands through us as we become more of who we truly are in Christ.


Greetings, Sister Sherry.

This is the most important layer of how the diminishing of the feminine in the Mother becomes a way to uplift all of our relations and, therefore, Herself as a natural outcome of the All in the Mother, the Great Matrix.

I think there may be a tendency to view individual self-sacrifice or stepping back on an individual level as some how a diminsh-ment for this lifetime... and one that is final until the next incarnation. This seems to be true even when we know we exist in and through the Mother. Your post, and this week's contemplations and experiences, are forcing me to re-think this consideration about individual diminish-ment. Again, I am challenged to understand our individual mystery within the mystery. It's back to Pistis Sophia again :)

Shabbat Shalom.
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#8 Postby chall » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:45 am

Greetings to All,

Brooke said, “What is my own mystery? OR “What is the mystery within the mystery?”

What a very special contemplation! When I first posted this thread, I was very confused about the role of the female. Much of my confusion stemmed from my study of Kabbalah in the past where the feminine role is not in the forefront but is more of a “hidden force” of lack or receiving. In this environment women and men rarely interact nor study together. In the ancient traditions of Kabbalah men united and studied together in a group and the role of the female was always in the background and often unnoticeable to the indiscriminating eye. I am further reminded of this “condition” of the feminine when the Ari stated in The Diminished Moon:

“In the end, woman stands equal and opposite to man and they meet for the first time as spiritual, intellectual and emotional mates. Until then, woman needs man to pull down her transcendent lights, for she cannot reach them on her own.”

Of course, it’s very easy to take these spiritual concepts or forces the Ari is speaking of and misinterpret them as relating to the physical male and female. We learn that all Kabbalistic texts speak only of spiritual forces, laws, and principles. However, from a physical standpoint, as a woman, I became very confused as to my role in this great mystery.

The Ari’s view in the Diminished Moon, where it is stated:
“Until then, woman needs man to pull down her transcendent lights, for she cannot reach them on her own.” seems to be reiterated in The Gospel of Thomas:

“114. “Simon Peter said to them, “Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life”.

Jesus said, “Look I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

As a result of my contemplations I was drawn to Tal Malachi’s, St. Mary Magdalene: The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride, especially Cycle 6: The Secret Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene. Again I was confronted with a passage that seems to speak again to these same mysteries:

103. Mary said, “In heaven men and women who have love and knowledge of God are fully received in the light, but below only men of God are fully received, for there is an abode of falsehood and darkness, and the archons favor the male. Yet, the image of the Human One in the bridal chamber is male and female joined together in one body of light, like unto the holy angels. When the image below is as the image above, then the Gospel will be fulfilled.”

So what does all this mean? This was my dilemma. This feeling I was experiencing is clearly revealed to me by Brook’s post, especially the passage:

“I am reminded – by her cries of distress born out of a feeling of separation from God Most High – of Yeshua, who prayed that he be delivered from the hands of the archonic forces about to crucify him: “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible, remove this cup from me…” (Mark 14:36). Yet, in that same verse, he goes on to say, “Yet, not what I want; but what you want.”

Much insight was gained by this simple revelation. For as Brooke also brought to light:

“Pistis Sophia does the same when she says, “… it is I who descended.” It was her choice.”

As I continue to ponder “What is my own mystery? OR “What is the mystery within the mystery?” I am left with a feeling of surrender and acceptance. I will leave this now with another passage from The Secret Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene:

241. Mary said, “What appears divided has never been separated, yet division appears for the sake of love and the perfection of will, so that in unification a greater joy should come to pass. If there is sorrow it shall pass away like the shadows of night on the Day of Be-With-Us.”

Blessings and Shalom,
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#9 Postby Anna » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:08 am

This continuing contemplation of the complimentary roles of male and female energies in Light Transmission seems all about giving and receiving. We learn in the tradition that reception is not complete until what is received has been completely given away.
This idea is intriguing in the physical realm, too. A woman cannot conceive without the contribution of genetic material from the male. Then conception occurs. A pregnant mother has to consider the developing child in her womb when eating and performing her daily activities, curtailing many of these activities in one way or another due to the enlargement of her body. I was reminded of this experience this morning as I watched a young mother carefully moving about in a hotel dining room. Sitting down and standing up are challenges for a pregnant mother! Yet she shone with the radiance of knowing her child was developing in secret. She sat quietly and smiled, hand lovingly placed over the child in her belly. This lovely woman did not mind the diminishment in her physical capabilities. And the loving exchanges between her and her husband spoke volumes about their relationship during her time of greater vulnerability. She trusted him, and he watched over her and their other children with care.
Mothers give birth, nurture and raise their children in an environment that hopefully includes the father or a fathering presence. The family becomes a matrix where all members are nourished and given opportunties for growth. Some matrices are more nurturing than others but each family does provide growth, in one way or another, for apparent good or ill. We can see this family matrix in Christian communities, whether orthodox or mystical. How much of human potential can be manifested in each person depends so much on nurturance in the matrix of the people around us. Our spiritual growth seems to depend on the movement of Spirit within us and within those around us, hence the need for a strong spiritual community.
But what strikes me most is the point made above that we really don't fully receive our children until we have fully given them to the world. They, hopefully, grow into mature adults capable of creating and nurturing their own families. So the transmission of life continues in the physical sense. In the spiritual sense we don't fully receive the Light until it is fully transmitted to another. So our role is really one of emptying ourselves or diminishing in order to receive, ie being feminine, then transmitting to another in male action mode.
The physical realm demonstrates these roles in the actual division of male and female. But on the spiritual level we are meant to cocreate with Spirit to unite the male and the female, to become fully actualized, Christed individuals. In a community matrix the union of these individuals becomes a powerful force for nurturing this potential in others.
Here is where I feel a need to contemplate for a time and see where Mother Spirit leads this thread.
Shalom!
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Diminishing of the Nukva

#10 Postby sheryl » Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:45 pm

Shabbat Shalom!

What a delightful conversation! If I might offer my gratitude to Ma and all participants for the insightful offerings that each have made.

Sister Anna, I thank you for the integration, the weaving you have provided us, of the personal and impersonal as we consider the diminishing of Nukva in the worlds of Creation. As I was reading, it came to mind that we each are playing a part of this unfolding, and if we look at our own life history with the eyes of the Nefesh Elokit, we will see how our story, our mystery, fits into the Greater Mystery.

As above so below, as below so above comes to mind and might fit into this contemplation.

On the physical plane, we see this Mystery unfolding - it being necessary for the mother to diminish herself so that physical children can come into being. And is this level of play not critical? For without physical children coming into being, how can spiritual children come into being on this plane? As Yeshua offered, we must be born twice. At one level I feel he is speaking of physically coming from the womb of our physical mother as well as being Born Spiritually from the Womb of our Holy Mother - both births actually occurring within her Womb!

I am now realizing that this play of diminish-ment across the sacred and the mundane cannot be separated. As we see in the story of Rebekah - Rachel - Lady Mirya, which brings to mind a promise found in Hebrews 11:

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.


This points directly to the unity behind all things! No matter what part of the Great Work we find being played out in our present life, all is done so that each soul might receive the promise - a better resurrection.

I recall an answer received years ago, once when I was seeking help for some friends. The answer received was The Child and in asking if this was the answer or solution to my question, the reply was The Child is the answer to all questions, the solution to all things.

So no matter what our present labor is, no matter what role we are playing in the unfolding of this Mystery - whether appearing purely mundane, or fully sacred - or a weave between the two, we are participating in the Great Work - the ongoing labor of bringing forth the Spiritual Son, who has been born, is being born and continues to be born.

May the blessings of this Mystery be received by all.

Sheryl

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#11 Postby Brooke » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:28 am

Greetings,

Sister Sheryl wrote that the child is the answer to all things. I was contemplating this in relation to our individual mysteries within the mystery.

Our own souls of Light are a part of the greater Human One of Light coming into Being here on earth and in the Pleroma. This is something we have already discussed on this post, but I've been thinking that it takes a true Presence of Awareness to *gnow this within the context of the Greater Mystery where we're living in the womb of the Mother and at the same time we're constantly being born in the womb of the Mother.

As co-creators we're also co-laborers giving birth constantly to our own Awareness and, by extension, that of our Relations. So, sometimes it may be difficult to see the forest for the trees. That's where Divine Grace steps in and for that I am truly thankful this beautiful Shabbat morning.

May We All Find Peace and Understanding, Calmly Abiding in Who We Most Truly Are in the Mystery This Shabbat Day.

B.


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