In contemplation of the Six Essentials:
1. Cleaving to the Risen Messiah
2. Cleaving to the Holy Tzaddik
3. Cleaving to the Living Body
4. Gifted Worship
6. Good Works
I seem to notice a correspondence of these Essentials to the Interior Stars, with number 6 corresponding to Malkut and the Root Star, 5 to Yesod and the Navel Star and so on up to number 1 correlating to the Brow. Good Works seems to be how we ground our faith, hope and love. Hitbodedut, secluded prayer, seems to stand as the foundation of our walk on the path, nurturing and sustaining us in the Way Of Transformation.
Gifted Worship brings up some intriguing contemplations, particularly for one with very little access to this type of worship in a group setting, one at a distance from Circle where this worship is a regular part of the Life Divine. Gifted Worship by oneself seems part of Hitbodedut, but the elevation to Gifted Worship in Group settings requires something more.
This Essential brings up the possibility of a broader view of what characterizes Gifted Worship, when the Holy Spirit takes up the community for the glorification of God. Looking into group dynamics of such worship in Circle there is a sense of great surrender. It does not seem that self-consciousness is present but instead a bowing down so that worshipers are taken up in concert with each other's energies in deep surrender. This energetic quality in groups is coming out for me, and seems to point to a way of greater sensitivity in moving successfully as a group.
It seems that when one is able to surrender deeply to enjoy Gifted Worship in a group, then this elevates the energies of all members, bringing up the Essential of Cleaving to Living Body, drawing us into Sacred Heart together.
Cleaving to Holy Tzaddik, one who embodies the Christ Spirit, brings to mind preaching the Gospel, which is not only in spoken word but in living the Gospel. Yeshua as the Holy Name of the Throat Star, powerfully brings up this embodiment of the Christ Spirit, our person and life taken up by the Holy Spirit.
At the Brow I am seeing Cleaving to the Risen Messiah, for this seems the ultimate restraint of self, requiring cleaving to attributes including courage, and discernment, in passionate desire for embodiment for the sake of uplifting all beings. In the teachings we hear of "cessation in the Brow," so that it is not we who live but Christ who lives in us, to paraphrase Paul.
The six water jars filled at the Wedding of Cana also come up in this contemplation. The passage states that these jars were used for Jewish rites of purification, just as the six Interior Stars must be purified with the Father's force, White Father Seed from above, before the arising of the Serpent Power, Red Mother Seed from below. In living these Six Essentials we are invited to walk the path of purification, in preparation for Thunderbolt Illumination, as has been mentioned in another thread on this Forum
So these ideas are coming together in this contemplation of the Six Essentials. I pray for deeper wisdom, understanding and knowledge to be shared of these Six Essentials in our tradition, that God may be glorified through our lives.