El Shaddai: Mother God

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El Shaddai: Mother God

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:24 am

El Shaddai: Mother God

El Shaddai has traditionally come to be translated as “God Almighty,” and literally implies “God of the mountain.” Yet, in Hebrew “shad” means “breast” and “ai” is a feminine ending; thus, El Shaddai may also be translated as “God the Breasted One,” and implies God the Mother.

The place of El Shaddai on the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah is Yesod (Foundation), which receives the spiritual influx of all the Sefirot of the Tree of Life and transmits it to Malkut (Kingdom, or more truly Kin’dom), as though the breast of Mother God from which all that lives sucks and is nourished. It is an image of the Mother nursing her Daughter, nursing herself in all beings; the Great Mother transcendent of the Matrix of Creation, yet immanent in creation, the Matrix of Creation being her body which she imbues with herself, the Holy Spirit.

This invokes contemplation, awareness in meditation, for if God conceives and gives birth to Christ among us, the manifestation of Malkut, then she is the Great Goddess, and the Body and Blood of Christ are hers; Christ is as her breast which she gives to nourish Christ in us. The Holy Eucharist becomes an image of the Holy Mother and her Divine Child who she raises into the fullness of being, the fullness of herself – the resurrection to eternal life.

Shaddai El Hai, the Breasted Living God, the Great Mother – Mother Sophia; Ave Sophia!

Mother, we are hungry and thirsty; please feed us and nourish us to full strength – all in you; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby DMt. » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:15 am

Having read this, I was startled recently, after mentioning to my mother my love of Psalm 91, the invocation of divine protection, to hear her read out 'El Shaddai' where in the King James version I know best, the phrase 'the Almighty' is used, ie;

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

Alas, the grandeur of the language in the King James does not compensate for its many errors or omissions, such as this.

May Her protection be accepted by all.

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The Shadow of Shaddai

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:24 am

Salutations in the Light of the Messiah!

“He that dwells in the secret place of Elyon shall abide in the shadow of Shaddai.”

We may contemplate this verse from the perspective of the Holy Sefirot and contemplate is esoteric meaning, for there are deep secrets contained in it.

Elyon is a Name of God corresponding to Keter (Crown), as is El Elyon and Eheieh – Elyon, the Most High, the Supreme; Shaddai, the Almighty or the Breasted One, is a Name of God corresponding to Yesod (Foundation), as is El Shaddai and Shaddai El Hai. In truth, Keter does not appear in the Olamot (Universes), but rather what appears is Da’at (Knowledge), and Da’at in the Great Tree of Life flows out of Yesod of the Olam (Universe) beyond – thus this secret place is *Da’at of Beriyah*, which flows out of Yesod of Atzilut, and represents the highest grade of prophetic consciousness under the old covenant.

As Da’at of Beriyah was the highest grade of prophecy it was called Elyon, the “Most High,” El Elyon, God Most High, being attributed to Keter, as well as Eheieh, I Am or I Shall Be.

Now the “shadow of Shaddai,” the Almighty or the Breasted One, is interesting, for there are three Names of God corresponding to Yesod – Shaddai, El Shaddai and Shaddai El Hai; these correspond to the manifestation of Yesod in Judgment, Mercy and Compassion, respectively, or to Yesod manifest under the dominion of Gevurah, Hesed or Tiferet. The shadow of Shaddai, then, indicates Yesod under the dominion of Gevurah, and implies a sanctuary or state of divine protection.

There is an intriguing teaching regarding the study and contemplation of the Holy Torah in the Zohar. According to the Mekubalim quoted in the Zohar, if a righteous person were to study the Torah with full kavvanah (concentration), and if the time of their death came and the angel of death (Azrael) drew near to them, so long as they remained in a state of kavvanah the angel of death could not take their soul from their body; similarly with such kavvanah, a righteous person would not be subject to temptation or the powers of the klippotic forces, unclean and evil spirits – they would be under divine protection.

The study and contemplation of the Holy Torah and Gospel in this way causes the soul to ascend rung by rung until it cleaves to that rung or grade called Da’at, Divine Knowledge; in a similar way through kavvanah and devekut (cleaving) the soul of the navi (prophet) arises from grade to grade until reaching the grade of Da’at, this “secret place of Elyon,” the Most High.

Under the new covenant, through the grace of Adonai Yeshua Messiah, it is possible to rise even higher than Da’at of Beriyah, passing into Yesod of Atzilut, the sphere of prophecy associated with true apostolic succession and Supernal or Messianic Consciousness; hence, direct knowing (gnosis) in non-dual realization.

Now, at the level of Da’at of Beriyah there is a significant restriction of Or Ain Sof, the Light of the Infinite, and of the Supernal Light flowing from Atzilut – the light that shines in that speculum is spiritual light, not Supernal Illumination; hence, the Name of Shaddai. The Name of El Shaddai corresponds to prophecy of Yesod in Atzilut – Pure Supernal Mercy, Pure Supernal Grace; and at the level of Yesod of Atzilut there are no shades or shadows, there is no darkness or ignorance in it.

At the level of Beriyah, the illusion of separation comes into play – dualism in consciousness, and thus with the illusion of separation and restriction of the Divine Light, the dominion of the demiurge and archons, and the demons, come into being; the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil comes into being, for now there is the dominion of the klippot along side the kingdom of God. At this level, prophetic states of consciousness can only be more or less hazy, having some gradation of dualism, some taint of the ignorance, the demiurge; there is a need for divine protection during prophecy in the grades of Beriyah – and that divine protection depends upon the purification of the consciousness of the navi and their kavvanah and devekut.

Ironically, while the phrase “the shadow of Shaddai” implies a state of divine protection, it may also imply the opposite – that great shadow may imply the demiurge, and this may be taken as a warning to navim under the old covenant that even at the highest level of prophecy before the advent of the Messiah, always it remains under the dominion of the demiurge and archons, and so spiritual discernment is required.

Also, along with the implication of divine protection, the shadow of Shaddai implies divine judgment and it may warn that a soul that rises to look and see comes under a stricter judgment than that of souls that have never seen or heard in the Spirit of God; in other words, such divine knowledge is a great blessing, but also a great responsibility. We see this in teachings of the apostles who tell us that before we were reborn of the Holy Spirit and received the revelation of the Risen Messiah when we sinned or missed the mark it was one thing, but to knowingly do so having such knowledge is another – you might say that the karmic stakes go up once we have direct knowledge of the Truth and Light, for then to turn away from the Divine Light is no longer in a state of ignorance or innocence, but rather it become intentional, a conscious revolt or rebellion.

The shadow of Shaddai also has another meaning – it is the Holy Shekinah, specifically the Lower Shekinah, Nukva-Kallah (Daughter-Bride), for Yesod-Shaddai, is the Sefirah above Malkut (Kingdom or Shekinah), Malkut being sustained by Yesod, which is called the Holy Tzaddik.

If we translate Shaddai as the Breasted One, this points to the Upper or Supernal Shekinah, Imma (Mother) and Binah (Understanding), from which the seven Sefirot of Construction emerge – the Lower Shekinah is as a shadow in comparison to the Upper Shekinah, until such time as the Lower Shekinah is unified with the Upper Shekinah, as in the advent of the Risen Messiah.

Given the pointing to Da’at, and the implication of Binah – one who abides in the Knowledge of the Most High will come to Understanding; when there is Understanding, naturally Wisdom will dawn – Habad (Hokmah-Binah-Da’at).

Habad in the old covenant was of Beriyah, but in the new covenant, through the grace of Adonai Yeshua Messiah, it is of Atzilut, the Supernal Abode or Pleroma of Light.

The Holy Mother is everything of the Divine in our experience – she is everything, divine undivine and antidivine; Shaddai, El Shaddai and Shaddai El Hai is an aspect of the Divine within our immediate experience, representing the energy dimension within and behind all things, as well as the realms of dream-time and vision in which the Spirit of God speaks to us. Thus this aspect has a direct correspondence to the Divine Mother – the immanent presence and power of God.

These three Names of God hold a very basic teaching – that we are to receive all situations, circumstances and events, whether apparently good or bad, as the will of God for us and as the Spirit of God speaking to us; and on a more subtle level, it points to the non-dual realization in which we recognize the reality of our experience as the radiant display of our own mind or soul, and recognize our mind or soul completely inseparable from the Divine Mind, the Holy One.

In closing we can say that the “secret place of Elyon” in the new covenant is the Supernal Habad of the Risen Messiah, and rather than abide under the shadow of Shaddai we abide in the radiant glory of El Shaddai, the Mystical Body of the Risen Messiah. Hallelu Yah!

May all be received into that secret place where they are hidden with the Messiah in El Elyon; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#4 Postby DMt. » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:14 pm

This Psalm, which so often has helped calm my fears of damnation, in the interpretation you give only increases them, Tau Malachi. I can claim no initiation into the Christ, I can only hope that my sin and error are understood, and that I will find Mercy at the last.

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Forgiveness & Grace

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:32 pm

Salutations in the Light of Hayyah Yeshua!

If we have come to faith in Adonai Yeshua as the Messiah, and in the fullness of faith we cleave to Yeshua Messiah and the Shekinah of Messiah, then we have received the first initiation into the Messiah or Christ; for no one comes to faith save through the Holy Spirit, the Mother Spirit, and the dawn of faith is the first cycle of the Eightfold Initiation of the Christian Path – see the basic teachings on the Eightfold Initiation given on our main website.

Once faith dawns – the good gift of the Holy Spirit, we have every reason to aspire and hope for the confirmation of our faith through a revelation of the Risen Messiah, as I’ve shared elsewhere; taking up the spiritual life and practice, we go within and live within, and we open to the Divine Light from above – we invite and make welcome the Christ Presence and Holy Spirit, we live in Christ and are guided by Christ, all according to our present capacity to be received in Christ and to receive Christ into out lives.

If you are a person of faith, then truly you have been initiated into Christ by the Holy Spirit – it is just that this initiate can continue to unfold throughout our journey in this life, and as it does we may reap fruits of gnosis in affirmation of our faith.

As for the concern regarding damnation – if you are willing to die in Christ and live in Christ, to live in an active and dynamic surrender to the Christ Presence and Holy Spirit, then you abide in the Sanctuary of Grace, the forgiveness of sin or mercy of Christ – the basic foundation of Christian faith. This faith in the forgiveness of sin or dispelling of negative karma is an integral part of our faith, it is only that as Gnostic Christians we believe this opens the way to direct revelation of the Risen Messiah – an actual experience of Light Transmission that illuminations, for the forgiveness of sin is not the end of the story, but rather is the beginning; the fruition to us is gnosis of the Risen Messiah, the enlightenment and liberation of the soul from the gilgulim (transmigration).

If there is no tzaddik or gnostic apostle near you, you can always speak a prayer of invitation and self-dedication, and then celebrate the Threefold Rite of baptism, chrism and wedding feast yourself; then, if ever you cross paths with a tzaddik or apostle you may ask them to take you into the Threefold Rite as a confirmation of your reception in Christ and of Christ.

It is not that what you would do with yourself alone is invalid by any means, but merely that at every opportunity we seek to live by our faith and enact our faith, inwardly and outwardly; that, and, perchance, we might also receive the inner form of the Threefold Rite from them – the mystic word, radiant holy breath and laying on of hands.

Here we must say, though, that Light Transmission is not isolate to the physical presence of the holy tzaddik or apostle, but when there is a strong heart connection it can and does transpire apart from their physical presence – likewise, it may come apart from any connection with a holy tzaddik or apostle in this life, directly through the Holy Spirit in a revelation of Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah.

If we abide in faith and hope, and we make ourselves open and sensitive the Holy Spirit, the Mother Spirit, can and will work wonders, and she may bless us with many direct spiritual and mystical experiences of Christ, and with many spiritual gifts, confirming our faith.

We must be careful of the delusion of lack that would propose that we might not be good enough or worthy enough for the direct revelation of the Risen Messiah, for such thoughts and feelings are a compromise of our faith – in Christ we have every reason to believe in and expect wonders, for such is God’s mercy (Hesed) in Christ.

Receiving our initiation into Christ in faith, may we be blessed to receive our empowerment in Christ in gnosis – the full grace of Hayyah Yeshua; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#6 Postby DMt. » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:26 pm

I read once in the I Ching; 'to bless is to help.'

Truly I believe you are helping me with these words, Tau Malachi.


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