As I'm exploring the teachings on the seven heavens throughout these forums, I'm recently struck by a correspondence: As the Beatitudes of Lord Yeshua correlate with the Seven Sephirot of Construction in an ascending pattern (Malkut to Binah) and the same sefirot correlate with the seven heavens, it occurs to me that the Beatitudes may also speak to something of the experience of the seven heavens as well.
I hope to offer how this is speaking to me by fully quoting your descriptions of the heavens as found in a post from the Order of St. Uriel called the "The Holy Star: The Sacred Hexagram."
The First Heaven: Vilon-Tibel: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven'.
Tibel is in the center of this Good Earth, and the Garden of Eden is in the center of Tibel – Tibel is the goodness in this Good Earth, and it is the fruition of the labor of the Holy Spirit manifest as Nature and this Good Earth, our Earth Mother. Tibel is the heavenly earth in the uppermost regions of the astral dimensions, and so it is subtle and sublime, glorious, and everything is self-radiant in it;
The Second Heaven: Rakiya: ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.'
...there is perpetual day, there is no sleep and no death in it, and though the sun shines continually, so also does the starry night sky, which is Rakiya, “the Firmament,” the second astral heaven, the universe with all of its countless star-systems and world-systems in the uppermost regions of the astral, many of which are even more splendid and delightful, more glorious and self-radiant, than Tibel.
If a soul in Tibel had the capacity to sojourn in Body of Light, or to form a bridge of light-rays, as it were, they could pass from Tibel into the celestial abodes of Rakiya.
The Third Heaven: Shehakim: ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.'
In the center of Rakiya is a Great Light, and if a soul was able to pass through that fiery light of the Great Spiritual Sun, the Holy Star in the center of Rakiya, without attachment or aversion, desire or fear, they would enter into the third heaven, Shehakim, “clouds of grace”, or “sky-like space,” the heavenly abodes of the mental dimensions, far more brilliant and glorious than those of the astral dimensions.
The Fourth Heaven: Zebul: ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.'
In the center of Shehakim is the celestial or heavenly Jerusalem, and in the center of the heavenly City of God is the celestial or heavenly Temple of God, this being the fourth heaven, Zebul, the “Dwelling,” the heavenly abodes of the higher vital dimensions. In the celestial Holy Temple the angelic high priest presides at the altar of burnt offerings, Archangel Michael;
The Fifth Heaven: Ma'on: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.'
...souls offering themselves as a “burnt offering” pass into the fifth heaven, Ma’on, “Dwelling Place,” the first heaven in the spiritual dimensions – there is no comparison of this heaven to those preceding it, for it is unimaginably more glorious and self-radiant, immeasurably brilliant.
The Sixth Heaven: Makom: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.'
At some point in the experience of Ma’on there is a place of Great Vision, the Vision of the Apocalypse, the destruction of the heavens and earths at the conclusion of the Great Aeon, the great cosmic cycle; and that very Divine Vision is the sixth heaven, Makom, “Place of Meeting.”
The Seventh Heaven: Arabot: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'
If a soul can abide in this Great Vision without attachment of aversion it enters into the seventh heaven, Arabot, “clouds,” “plains” or “holy place,” abiding as a formless being of light in an ocean of formless light – unimaginable bliss;
The Eighth 'Heaven': Supernal Malkut: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'
...if the very essence of the Divine Light is recognized, and the inseparability of the soul from the Divine Light is recognize, the soul passes into the Eighth Heaven, the Supernal Abode – the experience of conscious Union with the Divine, God and Godhead.
I'm feeling many ways this could go, but am more interested to hear how masters of our Tradition have ever connected the Beatitudes with the Heavens.
May we run and return our heart to its place, remembering ourselves.