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Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:39 am

Offering Lights: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and say to him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” Aaron did so; he set up its lamps to give light in front of the lampstand, as Yahweh had commanded Moses (Numbers 8:1-3).

This is the first commandment given for the consecration of the Levitical priesthood, the lighting of the great lamp in the tabernacle, which was composed of seven lamps fueled from the same reservoir of pure olive oil. The seven lamps correspond with the seven cosmic days of creation, and therefore the seven Sefirot of Construction, and the common reservoir of oil corresponds with the Supernals, through which the Sefirot of Construction receive their light and spiritual power. On one level we may understand Aaron as the Holy Tzaddik and the sacred priests as Anointed Community, understanding that all initiates of Anointed Community are anointed in sacred priesthood. Thus, when a living tzaddik is called by the Holy Spirit to consecrate their assembly, or to invoke blessings and spiritual empowerments, they will uplift their soul, or consciousness, from grade to grade, cleaving to the Sefirot of Construction and unifying their soul with the Upper Shekinah through the Sefirot of Construction. In this way the Upper and Lower Shekinah are united in them and they become a vehicle or channel (chariot) of the light and spiritual power of the Sefirot, and they can give blessings and empowerments to their assembly, consecrating their assembly in The Name (Ha-Shem).

As we know, these seven lamps were on top of the lampstand, and shone from above, but here we are told that these lamps, “give light in front of the lampstand.” This wording is peculiar, and yet it reveals how a living tzaddik is able to cleave and unify with the Holy Sefirot. There are seven interior stars within the subtle body, which correspond with the seven Sefirot of Construction. When there is an influx of Holy Light and the Spirit of the Infinite One from above, and it is brought down to the root and embodied, and the serpent power is uplifted to the brow and crown, these seven stars, or “lamps,” shine within the subtle body, and that spiritual body is transformed into a body of light. Through these interior stars, which are the manifestation of the light and power of the Sefirot of Construction in us, we are able to cleave and unify our soul, and our mind, heart and life, with the Holy Sefirot beyond, and in this way we become a conscious center of the Shekinah of Yahweh, the Shekinah of the Messiah, having the capacity to bless and empower, or consecrate, as inspired by Ruach Yahweh, Ruach Elohim, all as ordained by El Elyon (the Supreme).

This is how living tzaddikim pray and meditate for their companions and their entire assembly, they uplift their soul in return to the Infinite One, and they unify their soul with the Holy Sefirot and Shekinah, generating an emanation of the Mystical Body of the Risen Messiah; as the Messiah, the Anointing, they merge themselves with their companions, or assembly, on an energetic level, in the body of Light (or glory), and in this way they engage the Light Transmission, imparting blessings and empowerments, or “consecration.”

If we read this passage, though, the sacred priests undergoing consecration must first purify themselves, and they must come with humble hearts and open minds, cleaving to the tzaddik enacting the consecration, and cleaving to the Infinite One, Yahweh, through whom their anointing and consecration is ordained and manifest. Thus, they must labor to uplift their heart and soul, abide in faith and love, in order to be uplifted, blessed and empowered, or consecrated. Unless a person cleaves in faith and love to a holy tzaddik and to the Lord their God (Yahweh Elohenu), they cannot be uplifted, blessed and empowered, or consecrated.

In this we may understand that a holy tzaddik cannot accomplish this Great Work alone, but rather that their assembly, and each companion, must take up the spiritual labor of the holy tzaddik, and must act as a co-creator and co-redeemer with them, seeking to live as tzaddikim. In this, as much as seeking to receive blessings and empowerments, so each and every initiate will seek to invoke blessings for others, seeking to enact this very same mystery, seeking to be a vehicle or channel (chariot) of the Living Presence and Power of the Yahweh, Yeshua.

We abide in a Sanctuary of Grace in the Messiah, and receiving our anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit, we are ordained in sacred priesthood, and through Divine Grace we are all empowered to this spiritual labor of the blessing way, more or less, and therefore we walk with the Lord as light-bearers, healers and peacemakers. Thus, the first three of the Six Essentials are cleaving to the Messiah, Tzaddik and Community, for each true and faithful member of the Anointed Community is a vehicle of this Living Presence and Power, the Sefirot of Construction and Shekinah of Messiah.

In this you may understand that we are all to light these seven lamps in us to “give light to the front of the lampstand,” and we are all to cleave to the Sefirot of Construction through our interior stars, unifying each interior star with its corresponding Sefirah, and cultivating the corresponding positive personality traits, or Divine Attributes. It is in this way that, on an energetic level, we progress in the Holy Gospel and our embodiment of the Spirit of the Messiah (Ruach Yahweh, Ruach Elohim).

As you might imagine, there are two ways of cleaving to the Sefirot of Construction through the interior stars, all depending upon the spiritual work we are taking up for others. If we are inspired in the Holy Spirit to bless others, invoking an influx of light, ruhaniyot and shefa from above, then we may begin our cleaving and unification in the crown, joining our crown star with Hesed, and follow the kavvanot, or points of inward focus, in descent, “drawing down” blessings as we do. If we are inspired in the Holy Spirit to uplift and empower others, conversely, we may begin our cleaving and unification in the root, joining our root star with Malkut, and follow the kavvanot in ascent, drawing the soul of the one we seek to uplift and empower “upward” in a return to God. Either way, though, whether blessing or empowering another we will merge with them on an energetic level, through our heart and soul, and our body of light, and in this way we will communicate the blessing or empowerment. This merging or energetic communion, though, requires a reciprocity of faith and love that allows such intimacy on psychic (mental-emotional) and spiritual level; if there is a lack of faith and love in the one who is receiving there will be no receptivity to blessings and empowerments, no Light Transmission.

If and when we encounter individuals who are unable, or unwilling, to receive blessings and empowerments, or Light Transmission, nevertheless we can pray for them, and likewise we can fast on their behalf and give charity on their behalf, seeking to generate merit and to bring about a shift in the karmic continuum of their soul. In so doing, through Divine Grace, very often the way will be opened for them to return to God, and a flow of blessings and empowerments will manifest. This, though, assumes some modicum of faith and a desire to return to God (teshuvah, repentance), for when souls are unwilling to return to God, and have a hardened heart, according to free will they have chosen, and love the darkness in place of the light, and there is little we can do if and when that is the case. If and when we see this, however, still in love and compassion we will pray, aware that at any time, through Divine Grace, a true spiritual conversion is possible if a person chooses to open the heart and mind to the Holy One.

In this, perhaps, we may acquire an esoteric understanding of a teaching of the Master: “You are the light of the world.” When we receive our anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One, and we take up this spiritual labor of “offering lights,” this is true.

Perhaps as we take up this contemplation we may discuss kavvanot of the interior stars cleaving to the Sefirot, but this seems enough today, a good beginning of our contemplation.

O Adonai, please bless and empower us, and consecrate us, that Your Holy Light might shine from within us, and all around us, illuminating and uplifting the world. Amen.


Yahweh Shalom!
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#2 Postby staroath » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:58 am

Shalom Tau Malachi,

I am wondering if in preliminary preparation for the theurgic practice (blessing and empowering others)you are desrcibing.........if one could fruitfully engage in:

Running and returning hitbodedut morning and evening adding the corresponding interior star to the sefirot/Divine Names/archangel/order of angels etc?

Also what comes to mind as we enter into the Blessing the Head of the Year "season" something similar could be drawn out each day?

Thankfully I do not have words to describe the implications of what you are drawing out in written form.

Hopefully,
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:42 pm

Greetings Sister!

Yes, the kavvanot of the interior stars can be joined with the practice of hitbodedut through the Sefirot that I've taught elsewhere, and likewise can be joined with the practice of Blessing the Head of the Year. Of course, it all depends upon the theurgic intention and capacity of the practitioner, sometimes a simple focus is better, sometimes a more elaborate one.

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:49 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

When we study and contemplate the interior stars in the final cycle of foundation studies in our lineage it is an introduction to them, not an in depth exploration. In much the same way as with the Tree of Life, the Sefirot, Netivot and Olamot, it becomes an ongoing contemplation, our initial study and contemplation being just the beginning of our awareness and knowledge of the interior stars. That basic introduction, however, does provide us with essential kavvanot with the interior stars in prayer, meditation and ceremony, teaching us corresponding manifestations of these various levels of our consciousness or soul in this life.

Here we may consider some essential and practical kavvanot.

The root star corresponds with physical or material consciousness, the body, clothing, home, food, and the various material resources that we have in this life. As we know, the shefa, or influxes, of the Sefirot manifest as spiritual and material bounty, and the root has everything to do with the manifestation of material bounty, and how we can uplift material bounty in service to the kingdom of heaven and the Infinite One.

First and foremost, we cleave with the root star to Malkut, or Shekinah, through awareness of the indwelling Messiah and Holy Spirit; hence, awareness of being a member of the Living Body, and being a living temple or chariot of the presence and power of the Infinite One, Yahweh. This, then, extends to our home, where we live, which is a sanctuary or dwelling place of the Shekinah of Yahweh, Yeshua; hence, awareness of our home as a beacon of Holy Light in our community, from which blessings extend to our neighborhood. We also cleave with the root star to Malkut through good deeds or acts of loving-kindness, and through eating in holiness, blessing and uplifting all that we eat and drink. In prayer and meditation, though, the principle point of focus is awareness of the Living Presence of the Infinite One within and all around us, the Spirit of the Messiah being embodied in us; hence, the awareness that, quite literally, we walk with God in this world.

The navel star, or belly star, corresponds with our vital, emotional consciousness – the outer vital, and it corresponds with desires of all kinds in life. Thus, we cleave with our navel star to Yesod through desire for nearness to the Holy One and unification with the Holy One, or the passionate desire for a return to God, and likewise, through uplifting our desires in service to the kingdom of heaven and God.

The solar plexus star corresponds with the ordinary mind – outer mental consciousness, and is the center of our force of will in life. We cleave with our solar plexus to Hod through setting our minds on those things that are above, and likewise, through the submission of our will to the Messiah, or Ratzon Elyon, the Will of the Most High.

The heart star corresponds with our higher, inner vital, and with ruach, our true intelligence. We cleave with our heart to Netzach through opening our heart, through love of the LORD our God and love of our neighbor, and through living according to the faith, hope and love that is in our heart, and according to the intuitive intelligence that is in our heart; hence, following our inner being, or inner tzaddik, and the indwelling Christ.

The throat star corresponds with our speaking and creative power, and therefore we cleave with the throat star to Tiferet through right speech, our speech aligned with the Living Word, and through right use of the creative power that is in us – speaking and creating in harmony with the Truth and Light revealed to us.

The brow star corresponds with our inner and higher mind, and our greater intelligence, and likewise our power to envision. We cleave with our brow to Gevurah through willingness to an ascent of consciousness, reaching into our higher mind through study and contemplation, prayer and meditation, and through aligning our envisioning with the Body of Vision revealed in the Risen Christ.

The crown star corresponds with the Divine I Am, our innate unity with the Infinite One, and through remembering this, or through awareness of this, we cleave with our crown star to Hesed.

These are the essential practical kavvanot of the interior stars, and joined with these we may share essential spiritual kavvanot founded upon knowledge of the corresponding Sefirot.

First, there is the simple kavvanot of the indwelling Christ seated in our heart, and Christ enthroned upon our head, in the crown star; abiding in the Sanctuary of Grace, cleaving to the Messiah, Tzaddik and Community, with this focus there is a cleaving of the interior stars to the Sefirot of Construction through Divine Grace in Christ.

Then there are the seven kavvanot from crown to root:

Through the crown we embody the Mercy of God; through the Brow we embody the Judgment of God; through the throat we embody the Compassion of God; through the heart we embody the Victory of Christ; through the solar plexus we embody the Glory of Christ; through the navel we embody the Righteousness of Christ; and through the root we embody the Kingdom of Heaven, or Kingdom of God.

These, of course, are all kavvanot of the embodiment of the Divine Attributes corresponding with the interior stars.

The greater the influx of Holy Light and the greater the awakening and uplifting of the serpent power, the greater this cleaving and unification of the interior stars and Sefirot; hence, the greater the movement of the Holy Spirit with us, the greater the embodiment of the Shekinah of Messiah.

Naturally, there are many different kavvanot that may be taken up, depending upon knowledge of the correspondences of the interior stars and Sefirot, but these are essential kavvanot accessible to any initiate, the novice and adept alike. Take the time to contemplate them and seek insight through prayer, and the Holy Spirit will gift you more knowledge and understanding of them.

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#5 Postby staroath » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:18 am

Shalom Tau Malachi,

I am very grateful for these teachings on the interior stars in this forum and in other places on the forum in the last few days.

What is coming to mind are some teachings from July of this year that speak of how the interior stars will manifest through the various Olamot as we proceed on the journey.

For it has been said as we continue to grow new mentalities appear and so old mentalities are shattered. With this unfolding process as Divine power grows and increases we undergo a radical evolution from one cycle to another until completely transformed, various gradations of mental-vital intelligences and corresponding mentalities must be experienced, intergrated and replaced by greater states of consciousness and expanded mentalities.

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First there is the manifestation of the interior stars corresponding to the seven Sefirot of Construction of Asiyah, and then there is the manifestation of the interior stars corresponding to the seven Sefirot of Construction of Yetzirah, and then there is the manifestation of the interior stars corresponding to the seven Sefirot of Construction of Beriyah; in fruition, through Supernal Grace, the power of the seven Sefirot of Construction of Atzilut comes into them - hence, they become expressions of the Supernal Consciousness-Force, or true Christ Consciousness.

If we wish to understand the manifestation of the interior stars corresponding with Asiyah, Yetzirah, Beriyah and Atzilut; at the level of Asiyah, the power in them is akin to that of the celestial intelligences; at the level of Yetzirah it is akin to that of the orders of angels; at the level of Beriyah it is akin to that of the archangels; and at the level of Atzilut it is akin to that of the Name of God. In this, perhaps, we may gain some sense of the evolution, or generation, of greater Divine Power in the interior stars and body of light, each cycle of generation representing a radical leap in the evolution of consciousness beyond that ordinary or unenlightened humanity."

Holding the above teachings in mind the question that is a rising for me is as we labor in a preliminary manner to cleave with the interior stars to the Sefirot, might it perhaps be fruitful to also include in the contemplation the corresponding Celestial Intelligence, Order of Angels, Archangels, and Divine Names in the practice?

Perhaps there are other teachings at this point that may be drawn out in regards to the progression and evolution of the interior stars through the Olamot?

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#6 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:35 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

In this teaching from July I’m pointing out cycles of growth or evolution of the serpent power in us, and the truth that, rather than a single awakening and uplifting of the serpent power, there are, in effect, multiple cycles of awakening and uplifting. Quite distinctly, once awakened, the serpent power grows and increases in us, and as it does there are greater and greater influxes of the Holy Light and Spirit from above. This naturally coincides with a greater and greater generation of the interior stars and body of light, and the manifestation of an increasing Light-presence and Light-power; hence, a reaching into the Sefirot within the various Olamot, eventually reaching into Atzilut, the World of the Sefirot.

Now there is something of an open secret that we encounter in more intense moments of Light Transmission with living tzaddikim, which reflects the truth of our own soul as we are in the Light Continuum, Yahweh. The Sefirot, Netivot and Olamot, or the spiritual forces represented by them, and not only external, but they are also internal, and as such, in the revelation of the Body of Glory of a holy tzaddik when spiritual beings-forces are invoked, such as angels and archangels, as much as coming from apparently external space they also emanate from within the light body of the tzaddik, or apparently internal space, and it is as though the entire metaphysical universe of multiple dimensions is within them, as much as it is around them.

Perhaps you may recall what Adonai Yeshua said to Nathaniel:

“Very truly, I tell you, you will see the heavens open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of the Human One” (John 1:51).

In this prophecy, of course, Adonai Yeshua is speaking of the Messiah as Jacob’s ladder, and by extension anyone who receives and embodies the Spirit of the Messiah. If we contemplate this image, in moments of the revelation of the Body of Glory we behold this ascending and descending of the angels of God within the Anointed Tzaddik or Apostle, angelic beings ascending and descending through the interior stars, and emanating from them. The power of Names of God, archangels and angels, and celestial intelligences and elemental forces, move through the channel-ways and interior stars of the body of light; naturally so, for the interior stars are the manifestation of the spiritual powers of the Sefirot in us.

In truth we are not all that concerned with the celestial intelligences and elemental forces as we cleave and unify our soul or consciousness with the Sefirot; but if you want to contemplate these, then contemplate the stars of your birth, and look and see the configuration of the celestial powers you carry in this incarnation. As you do this, though, also contemplate the reality of your True Star, the “secret star” above your head, which corresponds with the Supernals and transcendence of the stars of your birth or your appearance in this world. When we invoke, and when we cleave to the Sefirot and we unify our soul with the Sefirot, our focus is upon the Names of God, and upon the archangels and angels. Often we will focus upon the Name of God and corresponding Divine Attribute alone, but at times we will also invoke archangels, and at times the orders of angels as well. The degree to which the spiritual powers of the Sefirot or Divine Attributes moves through our interior stars will depend upon the alignment of our interior stars with them and the degree to which the serpent power is awakened and uplifted in us.

Here we are discussing the interior stars as the manifestation of the seven Sefirot of Construction in us from Hesed to Malkut, but we may recall that there is another manifestation of the interior stars and body of light with the sacred circle, the five yesodot or elements of consciousness, and in this there are different Names of God, archangels and angels associated with the interior stars. There are, in fact, a number of different configurations of the body of light and interior stars, and a number of different ways we can cleave to the Sefirot and unify with the Sefirot, and so unify with the Infinite One, Yahweh. Unlike the physical or material body, the subtle body is mutable and can shape-shift, and as it does it becomes the vehicle and emanation of different manifestations of the Holy Shekinah, or the Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One.

The corresponding Names of God joined with the essential kavvanot are a good beginning in the practice of cleaving through the interior stars to the Sefirot. At the outset, until acquainted with the practice, I would not suggest anything more, or any complication. With some time and experience, though, then invocations of archangels and angels can be added.

May we be blessed to coming into being as a Ladder of Lights reaching from earth to heaven, a conscious vehicle of the spiritual powers of the One. Amen.

Yahweh Shalom!
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#7 Postby sheryl » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:38 pm

Shalom Dear Tau and Brothers and Sisters!

Much gratitude and praise to Mother Spirit for these teachings on the interior stars, and for the contemplations and sharings that are arising!

I am hearing in these teachings that there are gradations of cleaving to the Sefirot, and the interior stars or the manifestation of the Sefirot within us. And it seems that these gradations arise with the awakening, purification and uplifting of the serpent fire. Thus the teachings with which we have been blessed are the vehicles through which this occurs - through which we open up to the Holy Light from above.

It also comes to mind that gradations can also be called the development of the Presence of Awareness, the awareness of GodSelf within all creation, or the Radiant Holy Breath within, behind, and flowing through all. Which can also be called the ruhaniyut, or the manifestation of the Sefirot in creation.

The greatest commandment comes to mind:

Love the Yahweh Elohim with all your heart (lebab), with all your soul (nefesh), and with all your might (me'ode).


Master Yeshua repeats the commandment with one alteration:

Love Yahweh Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.


Can we say that mind is a clarification of might or strength? Can we also say that we can speak of cleaving as love? Thus we are to cleave to Yahweh Elohim with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind?

Something else has come to mind. If ruhaniyut or the flow from the Holy One into creation, is within and behind all things, can we say that our early experiences of God are of the ruhaniyut, the Holy Radiant Breath of God? So that of God which we love, which we seek, which we hunger after, is ruhaniyut, the Radiant Holy Breath, the everflow, manifesting as the Sefirot in each Olamot? And with purification both an increasing flow and accompanying awareness of ruhaniyut arises?

In Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ, in the writings on Binah, we are taught:

Thus, this ruhaniyot or Radiant Holy Breath of God is within every human being. Through this ruhaniyut in us, we are linked to the Sefirot - Names - Patzufim, and we are able to bind our soul to the Sefirot and to bind the Sefirot to our soul--thus embodying something of the holy Shekinah.


There, it is also taught:

Just as through the divine names we are able to join the ruhaniyut in us to the ruhaniyut of the Sefirot, so through the names we are able to draw upon the shefa everflow. To intone the names is to invoke/evoke the corresponding manifestation of the everflow or divine power.


This feels to correspond with the teachings elsewhere on blessings and empowerments and also brings to mind the second part of the greatest commandment, to love others as our self.

This is all intertwining in thoughts that the teachings with which we have been blessed are intended to develop our kavannah and devekut, invoking the Light from above, for the awakening, purification and uplifting of the serpent fire, which opens us to an increasing awareness and realization of the ruhaniyut or Radiant Holy Breath, the manifestation of the Sefirot, within all things, moving through all things. In this process, our heart, soul and mind become aligned. But flowing through all this is our expanding passion and love for the revelation of the Holy One in creation, and in ourselves, and beyond.

And so what is most awesome in this contemplation is that loving Yahweh Elohim, the passionate desire to cleave to and to unite with the Holy One, arises not only through the awakening and uplifting of the Serpent fire, but also through the corresponding increasing realization and awareness of GodSelf - the Radiant Holy Breath of God, flowing through creation, and ultimately beyond.

Much gratitude for any corrections, adjustments or clarifications, as Mother deems appropriate.

Gratefully,

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#8 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:06 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah!

If we look into this commandment, which is the essence of all the commandments, while the Name of Yahweh Elohim may be used in it, so also the Name of Yahweh Elohenu appears with it, the “LORD your God.” This is significant, for this implies Yahweh, the Infinite One, as revealed and known to you, and implies the awareness of Yahweh within and behind all that appears and all that transpires. In order to have awe of Yahweh and love of Yahweh there must be the awareness of Yahweh, or knowledge of Yahweh, for without awareness, or knowledge, there cannot be awe and love. It is through holy awe and love that our prayers ascend, and our soul ascends, cleaving to the Infinite One through the Holy Sefirot.

The use of Yahweh Elohim is also significant joined with this commandment, for it implies the awareness, or knowledge of Yahweh in creation as well, but more so, it implies the unification of Mercy and Judgment, and likewise, the full generation of the Human One as the image and likeness of the Infinite One, for the Holy Torah teaches that the First Adam (Male and Female) is the image and likeness of Yahweh Elohim. According to Genesis, Yahweh Elohim breathes into Adam, and Adam receives hayyah nefesh, a living soul.

Through awe (or “fear”) of Yahweh and love of Yahweh we cleave to Yahweh, and the perfection of cleaving is love, the single thought and desire, or conscious intention, for nearness to Yahweh and unification with Yahweh; and in this return to Yahweh it is all a question of how we use this Breath of God, or Spirit of God, that is in us, the life that is in us – hence, whether or not we serve God and return to God with our life.

The Breath of God and the Spirit of God, these are one and the same, and the ruhaniyot of the Sefirot, or “breaths” of the Sefirot, are the manifestation of the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) as the corresponding Sefirah, or Divine Attribute. Thus, to say souls seek the Radiant Holy Breath of God is to say that they seek the Spirit of God, and it is through the Spirit of God, Ruach Elohim, that we become aware of the Holy One and are empowered to sojourn the Path of Return.

As we know, the fullness of Ruach Elohim, Ruach Yahweh, comes through Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah, who breathes this Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One upon, and into, the disciples, and consecrates them as apostles bearing the power of Yahweh Elohim, Mercy, Judgment and Compassion. If we look into this threefold power, this corresponds with the serpent power uplifted into the three upper interior stars, but more so, with the serpent power uplifted through all three main channel-ways, for the three channel-ways correspond with the three Holy Pillars of the Tree of Life. At first the serpent power rises up the central channel alone, and then with the growth and evolution of the serpent power it is uplifted through all three channel-ways. The first cycle of uplifting the serpent power corresponds with higher gradations of mental consciousness, the peak of which is cosmic consciousness and the overmind, and the second cycle of uplifting the serpent power corresponds with gradations of Supernal or Supramental Consciousness – true Christ Consciousness.

Here we can speak an open secret concerning the awakening of the serpent power, and its growth and evolution, and the radiant holy breath, or ruhaniyot. Essentially, the radiant holy breath feeds the fire snake, or serpent power, and therefore from one cycle of the awakening and uplifting of the serpent power to another there is a greater manifestation of the radiant holy breath, or the Holy Light and Spirit of the One. In our experience of the Messiah, the Anointing, we do not experience a single influx of the Holy Light and Spirit, or of the ruhaniyot and shefa of the Sefirot, but rather we experience multiple and increasing influxes, and while their intensity and volume increases, so also their frequency. In fruition, as we see in the Risen Messiah, the Supernal Influx becomes like a constant outpouring, like a greater River of Light and Spirit flowing with, in and through a soul, and manifesting as that soul in unification with the Infinite One.

In a manner of speaking, hinting at a secret mystery, the serpent becomes the force of the dragon, and the dragon is redeemed, reintegrated with Ruach Elohim, Ruach Yahweh, in this way; hence the teaching that the Baal Shem, “Master of the Name,” is also the Baal Theli, “Master of the Dragon.”

Here we may say that when there is mastery of The Name, and therefore the spiritual powers of the Holy Sefirot, so also there is mastery of the forces of the klippot; hence, the mastery of Adonai Yeshua over unclean and evil spirits, and the signs of the reception of the Holy Spirit given at the conclusion of the Gospel of Mark. This corresponds with the full realization of the unity of Mercy and Judgment, or the Wisdom of Ain that generates boundless Compassion.

At times this commandment is read: “Love Yahweh Elohim with all of your heart and soul, and all of your mind and strength,” mind and strength both being spoken in the commandment. If and when mind replaces strength, however, there is a significant implication. Mind implies an inward action and inward cleaving, or our deeper will or intention, as corresponds with justification through faith, while strength implies an outward action and outward cleaving, as in justification through keeping the law. Thus, if Adonai Yeshua supplants “strength” with “mind” he indicates the spiritual essence of the law, rather than its outward form, or letter, and indicates the need for inner works more than an outward, external, appearances of spirituality and righteousness. When both mind and strength appears together, this indicates the ideal of the unification of the inside and outside, or inner work and good deeds, charity.

This is how we read and recite the essential commandment in Anointed Community, with four points of cleaving, joined with “Love your neighbor as yourself,” this being how we love Yahweh Elohenu in our life.

Now in this commandment “heart,” lev, or levav (soft pronunciation of Bet), is the first instrument of cleaving, and this speaks an essential mystery of cleaving. As we know, the heart is the seat of ruach, our intelligence, and the indwelling Messiah, and the nature of ruach is faith, hope and love, and through the opening of the heart we access the three upper interior stars, and the spiritual power of Mercy, Judgment and Compassion. There is something more however, for the 32 Paths of Wisdom (Lev Netivot Ha-Hokmah) are “Secret Paths of the Heart.” Thus through the intelligence of our heart we have the knowledge to cleave to the Sefirot and Netivot, and in this way to draw near and unify with Yahweh, the Infinite One; hence, “heart” corresponds with the knowledge of the Kabbalah, or the Path of Return.

Through the heart, lev, or levav, our soul, our mind and our strength are aligned and reintegrated with the Sefirot, or Divine Attributes, and so we are able to cleave to them and unify with them, embodying them. The essential key to this, of course, is our reception of the Spirit of the Messiah, or the Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One; hence, the indwelling Messiah seated in our heart.

This essential key, as you may notice, corresponds with a focus upon the Victory of Christ: Netzach ha-Messiah.

As for cleaving, indeed, we cleave through faith and love, and not just a vital sentiment or conceptual love, but a passionate love of the Infinite One and all creatures in heaven and on earth. We must remember that mystics are lovers, and the serpent power is desire-energy, which is stirred and uplifted through passionate love, passionate desire for the Beloved, the One.

This is why in his message to the angel of the church in Laodicea, which most often is associated with the crown star in teachings, the Risen Christ proclaims that it is better to be “hot” or “cold,” rather than “lukewarm”; and naturally the desire of Christ is for us to be hot, on fire with passionate love and the Holy Spirit, for it is in this that the serpent power is uplifted and redeemed, and the soul is enlightened and liberated in the experience of Christ Consciousness.

This becomes obvious in gatherings for prayer, meditation and ceremony, for when there is passionate faith and love in gifted worship, and we cleave with our heart, the Holy Spirit moves in powerful ways, and there is Light Transmission with, in and through the entire Living Body, Anointed Community; hence, great influxes of ruhaniyot and shefa that stream out into the world, blessing all who desire to receive.

When there is passionate faith and devotion the serpent power naturally awakens and arises, and these interior stars shine within us, all through Divine Grace. Praise God!

It needs to be said, though, in terms of the sublimation of the serpent power, desire-energy, passion, needs to be purified and refined, and the evil inclination needs to be joined to the good inclination, or brought into submission. This, too, is taught by the mention of loving, cleaving, with our heart first in the principle commandment, for the heart is also the seat of the two inclinations, and as we know there is a need for the circumcision of the heart – these two inclinations becoming one Holy Desire for the Beloved, for Christ and God, the True Light.

May we be blessed to stand among the living ones in the presence of the LORD God, the Almighty, as authentic individuals, and be empowered to remember our innate unity with the Holy One. Amen.


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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#9 Postby sheryl » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:56 pm

Shabbat Shalom, Dear Tau and Friends!

May this find all delighting in the dance of the Shekinah.

My gratitude and praise for these teachings and clarifications. They are a gift to us as both student and teacher.

When reading intelligence of the heart, am I correctly hearing the expansion of the heart that arises in purification and circumcision - the heart then knowing the Way through the Tree of Life?

In another thread, it has been said:

If we look into the Six Essentials, they are all about opening the heart, the generation of the Sacred Heart, and living within; thus, three are passionate cleaving in faith and love, and then there is worship and prayer – communion with God, and acts of loving-kindness, or charity, these representing actions of faith and love, embodying faith and love. If we look into it, it is really very simple: In each moment let us live in full faith and devotion, and be loving, compassionate, with others and ourselves...

...If you look into the first three of the Six Essentials, cleaving to the Risen Messiah, Holy Tzaddik and Community, these three are all about remembering, recognizing and realizing, the inner person or tzaddik in us and the indwelling Christ in us, and the final three are living as the tzaddik (righteous person) and Christ.

Here we may say, if at any time you are pushing for a progress in the Gospel, open your heart and set your mind on those things that are above, those things that are in Christ and God, the True Light; the Christ-Spirit will then bring about the progress and accomplish the spiritual work that is to be done in you and through you. The Spirit will uplift you and redeem you, and lead you in the Way.


And then above Tau states:

There is something more however, for the 32 Paths of Wisdom (Lev Netivot Ha-Hokmah) are “Secret Paths of the Heart.” Thus through the intelligence of our heart we have the knowledge to cleave to the Sefirot and Netivot, and in this way to draw near and unify with Yahweh, the Infinite One; hence, “heart” corresponds with the knowledge of the Kabbalah, or the Path of Return.


It comes to mind that without mention of the interior stars, abundant teachings have come forth regarding them, for in our labor in the Six Essentials, in our labor in the circumcision and expansion of the heart, knowledge of the interior starts, of greater and greater cleaving, will be found. And so can we say that the kavvanot recently given on the interior stars can work in multiple ways: to develop our focus and devekut, to align our mind with Christ, and also with the potential influx of ruhaniyot, as a labor for the purification of our heart?

A question about neshamot comes to mind, dear Tau. The neshamah is called the Breath of Life, and as such is it both ruyaniyot and vehicle for ruyaniyot? And so in receiving the outpouring of ruhaniyot, the neshamah increasingly manifests in and through the nefesh/ruach, so that it in addition to embodying the divine attributes through properly aligned mentalities and personality traits, it becomes a vehicle in this world for the Breath of Life,? And with this the personality display becomes self-generating, no longer simply receiving the everflow, but now a vehicle for the everflow in this world - perhaps we can say now a direct link? Becoming a unique everflow of divine attributes, letters or Word of God now manifesting in the realms of creation? Perhaps this is Ma'aseh Merkavah?

Any corrections or clarifications, as Mother wishes to give, will be gratefully received.

May all know the Beauty of God, Yahweh Elohenu!

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#10 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Grace and peace to you from Adonai Messiah!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God [El]” (Matthew 5:8).

This is the Beatitude that corresponds with Gevurah, and as we know neshamah is centered in the head and the brow star corresponds with Gevurah. The three upper interior stars correspond with neshamah, and through the heart and ruach, which is centered in the heart, we reach into the upper three interior stars and neshamah. Through the brow star and neshamah we are able to “see God,” or perceive the Infinite One within and behind all that appears and all that transpires, whether apparent Mercy or apparent Judgment; when the heart is purified, circumcised, all is beheld as the Mercy of God, and one is established in Abundant Mercy.

A pure heart is also called a “humble heart” in the Holy Scriptures, the heart of one who is bowed down before the Infinite One, or one who is surrendered to the Infinite One. Likewise a pure heart is called a “broken heart,” though in truth it is not the heart that breaks, but rather the klippot that encrusts the heart is what is shattered or broken. When the klippot of pride or self-cherishing, and desire and fear in self-cherishing, are removed, “broken,” then the heart is open, we access our intelligence (ruach) and our divine nature (neshamah), and the Spiritual Sun, the Messiah, shines within us; we become a true human being, a righteous one, tzaddik. Thus, in the teachings it is said, “If your heart breaks leave it broken,” which is to say “leave it open and sensitive, and humble.”

As we know, pride is the head of all of the klippot, and first and foremost it is pride that hardens the heart, or that is the principle klippah of the heart. Therefore, pride, or self-cherishing, needs to be shed, and when it is shed the klippot no longer have dominion over us, but rather, through the Spirit of God and the intelligence of our soul we are empowered to subjugate them and overcome them.

The inmost essence of the soul is light, yechidah, our divine spark, and our soul is woven of light, and of the ruhaniyot and shefa of the Sefirot. Thus, the words for all other aspects of our soul, hayyah, neshamah, ruach and nefesh indicate “air,” “wind” or “breath.” The soul is radiant holy breath, the Breath of God, the Spirit of God, and while formed of light, and the ruhaniyot and shefa of the Sefirot, so it is a vessel or vehicle of this light, breath and power, a channel, as it were, of the Spirit of God, Ruach Elohim. It is fashioned just like the Sefirot are fashioned, and it is woven of their light, essences and spiritual powers, and it does what the Sefirot do, acting as an emanation and channel of the One Life-Power, Yahweh Elohim.

Thus, our natural state is that of the prophetic witness, or prayer and meditation, and worship – faith and love.

Faith, hope and love, these correspond with the intelligence of the heart, ruach, and knowledge, understanding and wisdom correspond with our divine nature, neshamah; the embodiment of these, the vehicle of this Living Presence and Power in the world, is nefesh elokit, the godly soul, the redemption of nefesh behamit, the bestial soul.

Neshamah is centered in our head, or brain, and encompasses the three upper stars, and ruach is centered in our heart, and encompasses the throat and solar plexus stars, and nefesh is centered in our belly (or liver), and encompasses the three lower stars. Thus, the heart and ruach join neshamah and nefesh, and it is through the heart and ruach that our divine nature, neshamah, is realized and embodied.

Yechidah and hayyah, our divine spark and life-force, are centered in the transcendent star above the head. When the serpent power is uplifted to the brow and crown, and the influence of our neshamah is embodied, yechidah reaches into the interior stars and body of light through hayyah, and we may draw upon our greater life-force or light-power. This coincides with the full Supernal Influx of light, ruhaniyot and shefa of the Sefirot of Atzilut, or The Name.

Look and see! If you envision the Great Name of Yahweh in a vertical pattern there is the image and likeness of a human being formed by the Holy Name, and it encompasses the seven interior stars from crown to root. If you consider the Shin in the Blessed Name of Yeshua, it is the power of the Supernal Influx embodied, the reaching of yechidah through hayyah into incarnation, as we witness with Yeshua Messiah.

Here we can speak a secret mystery of permutations of the Blessed Name and kavvanot gathering in the Supernal Influx.

ShYHVH, this is the influx received in the crown star.

YShHVH, this is the influx brought into the brow star.

YHShVH, this is the influx received in the heart star.

YHVShH, this is the influx brought into the navel star.

YHVHSh, this is the influx received in the root, and the extension of the Holy Light in the world.


The traditional intonements of these permutations of the Blessed Name are as follows:

Sha-Ya-Ha-Va-Ha

Vi-Shi-Hi-Vi-Hi

Yo-Ho-Sho-Vo-Ho

Yu-Hu-Vu-Shu-Hu

Ya-Hi-Vo-Hu-Sha


These are essential kavvanot for the permutations of the Blessed Name invoking influxes of the Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One; hence, the generation of the interior stars in Supernal Glory through cleaving to the Blessed Name. As we know and understand, the Threefold Body of the Risen Messiah is composed of the Sefirot, and therefore the spiritual power of all of the Names of God is in the Blessed Name; cleaving to the Risen Messiah and unifying the soul with the Blessed Name the influx of the Sefirot of Atzilut is invoked.

There is another essential set of kavvanot for the interior stars that I’m inclined to share in closing, for those initiate to whom it might be useful. At times in the Holy Kabbalah there are teachings of the “houses of the patriarchs,” and of Moses, Aaron and David. Each “house” corresponds with esoteric teachings about the embodiment of the spiritual power of the corresponding Sefirot, and in this essential set of kavvanot the interior stars are contemplated as these houses, or manifestations as these houses.

The root star corresponds with the House of David.

The navel star corresponds with the House of Joseph.

The solar plexus star corresponds with the House of Aaron.

The heart star corresponds with the House of Moses.

The throat star corresponds with the House of Israel.

The brow star corresponds with the House of Isaac.

The crown star corresponds with the House of Abraham.

The transcendent star corresponds with the House of Melekh Messiah.


All of these houses receive salvation through the House of Melekh Messiah. If you have knowledge of these houses, contemplate this well, and understand!

To engage this contemplation, and these kavvanot, though, one needs to have knowledge of the lives of these holy ones and the secret mysteries of the Sefirot revealed by events and actions in their lives. Then profound insights into the interior stars and their unification with the Holy Sefirot will arise through Ruach Ha-Kodesh.

Here I will give and example of what I mean. As we know, at the end of his life Isaac was blind; he did not see in this world with outer, external sight of the flesh, but rather he gazed into the heavens and the World-That-Is-Coming through inner, interior sight of the soul. The House of Isaac corresponds with the brow star, and this “blindness of Isaac” corresponds with a great mystery, and power, of the brow star and neshamah, which is able to gaze upon the Throne of Glory and able to perceive the World-To-Come. With this example perhaps you may understand how these kavvanot are vehicles for deeper knowledge of the interior stars and Sefirot in our Christian Kabbalah, and as you might imagine, they are endless depths, the contemplation of a lifetime.

I believe this is enough for one day.

May Nechash Tov, the Good Serpent, be realized in us. Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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Millenia through the Interior Stars

#11 Postby Elder Gideon » Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:47 pm

Shalom and Blessed Head of the Year to you, Tau Malachi!

These correspondences are marvelous. Thank you so much for offering these to contemplate. They triggered a memory of another post from a few years ago from a topic called Primordial Torah: Gazing into a Mystery viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2117&p=9301.

Fascinated by your relating Torah de-Atzilut with the seventh shemittah, I'm sent to a classical work of Judaism, the MeAm Lo'ez, also known as the Torah Anthology, translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. In it's treatment of Genesis 2:1, pages 201-3, I've summarized its parallel contemplations between the Seven Days of Creation and seven shemittot following a direct quote:

"One might then ask why the Torah was divided into six days. Furthermore, why was the world created in six days, nor more and no less? The reason is that the world was destined to last for six thousand years. Each of these six days alludes to what would happen in a particular millenium."

First Day: First Millenium: The Light which was Adam until sinning and being expelled from Eden into darkness; Cain's murderous pollution; Enosh's idolatry.

Second Day: Second Millenium: The Great Flood and the separation of idolatrous humankind from human ones figured by Abraham, who first believed in the One True God.

Third Day: Third Millenium: The Exodus from Egypt and the fruition of Jewish people receiving the Torah.

Fourth Day: Fourth Millenium: The reign of kings; scholarship of the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash; the two lesser lights of the first and second temples.

Fifth Day: Fifth Millenium: The fall of the temple to growing world superpower 'birds' and 'sea creatures'.

Sixth Day: Sixth Millenium: Creation of Adam manifest as the hope of the coming of Messiah.

Seventh Day: Seventh Millenium: Shabbat and the World to Come.

What's remarkable about the Seventh Millenium is how I recently stumbled upon a teaching from Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz' Generations of Adam, where he explains

the great secret of 'the world exists for six thousand years and is destroyed for one.' This corresponds with the six days of creation and the Sabbath. So the cycle will repeat itself, according to the secret of the shemitot--ages and the Jubilees, until fifty thousand generations, when the Holy One, blessed be He, has ordered the spirit to return above [...] (354).

What intrigues me about these correspondences between interior stars and millenia-shemitot is a question I'm hoping you can answer. While these are arrayed like an involution, descending, the Shabbat as the World-to-Come confounds this array, as I've always heard the World to Come as a transcendental, evolving reality. If these millenia may be contemplated with each day of creation, and therefore their corresponding interior star, is it clear to array these millenia in a descending or ascending pattern?

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#12 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:10 pm

Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

The correspondence of the shemittot or ages is in an ascending pattern, for these ages, in fact, represent an evolution and ascent of consciousness, or stages in the Path of Return. What is said about the shemittot, on an esoteric level, points to klippot that need to be overcome as well as developments in consciousness corresponding with the interior stars and the Sefirot of Construction. As and example, the fall into darkness, the sins of Cain and Enosh, these point to klippot of the root and Malkut, but the mention of the Holy Light of Adam Ha-Rishon indicates a mystery that is realized in the experience of Supernal Consciousness; hence, that the Holy Light that is above is everywhere below, it is the secret center of every particle of matter, the true “substance” of matter, if you will.

In this, perhaps, you might understand that what is said of these shemittot or ages are read in a similar way as the messages to the angels of the seven churches in Revelation. Most often, in our Christian Kabbalah these are also are attributed to the interior stars and Sefirot in an ascending pattern, and they are also understood to indicate klippot to be overcome and developments in consciousness corresponding with the interior stars; and likewise, at the same time, they are also said to be messages corresponding with the shemittot.

Just as contemplation of the “houses of the holy ones” draws out deeper mysteries concerning the interior stars and Sefirot of Construction, so also does contemplation of the shemittot and the messages to the angels of the churches. Joined with this, of course, we may also contemplate the seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls of Revelation in correspondence with the interior stars and Sefirot in an ascending pattern.

Here we may remind that in our Christian Kabbalah the Gospel of St. John in its entirety, along with Revelation, is understood as an esoteric teaching on the awakening of the serpent power, the opening of the interior stars and generation of the body of light, the “Solar Body of the Resurrection.” The essential practice of for the awakening and uplifting of the serpent power is given in coded language that is understood by initiates in the story of the first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana, where the Holy Mother initiates the movement of the Messiah transforming water into wine.

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#13 Postby Phillip » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:24 pm

Shalom All!

I am thoroughly enjoying this post and the discussions presented, and re-read sections over time, contemplating them.

Working with the interior stars for me seems interesting, since I’ve been working with bringing practice into my daily life and activities as a contemplation of “constant prayer.” I’ve done a lot of work with standing meditations and various meditations with body and these types of meditations are appealing in this regard, since maintaining awareness of body in various ways seems a very useful and readily accessible way to bring meditation into my daily life, and practice this way of "constant prayer," since even in ‘mundane’ activities, one is in a body, and so bringing awareness to body, releasing tensions and bringing awareness of energy within and through body becomes a quick and direct way to stay in a meditative mindset while in any activity, even the most ‘mundane’.

So the interior stars are quite fascinating in that, though on a certain level I understand that their location in the body is metaphorical, since levels of consciousness have no ‘location’ in body in this sense, on another level, energetically, they may be perceived and experienced at these locations in body.

So I am interested in ways in which an awareness of how to draw from various interior stars and moving energy of these interior stars can be cultivated, both in daily formal meditation practices, as well as in one’s most ‘mundane’ activities. Work with them seems a natural extension to practices I've already been working with in this regard. Is it as simple as drawing one’s awareness to the location of the interior star and moving conscious intention? How might one cultivate this so that one can more effectively utilize such a practice in one’s daily activities beyond the practices spoken of here?

May we embody the power of the Lord our Savior, bringing Salvation. Amen.
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Attributes of Sefirot

#14 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:03 pm

Shabbat Shalom!

Your insights of finding these centers of consciousness integrated in daily life is one I'm appreciating, particularly as I'm hearing more clearly how the Seven Sefirot of Construction may be contemplated as Divine attributes within any of us. To the degree I'm aware of these attributes rooted in Divine Being, and I'm able to 'bring them through' myself for others, is for me a whole new way of hearing what these interior stars actually are in experience.

Engaging the heart star, for example, when I can feel anger, deep confusion, or some other off-centering push, I'm choosing Beauty and Compassion with what's happening, which dissolves the illusion of negativity much more swiftly than directly fighting with it. Guiding the navel star when I'm pulled by any kind of craving or desire or emotion that's contradicting who I am or chose to be, calls upon the Foundation of who I am as I am in God (rather than myself).

The list of attributes in Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ for a sefirah such as Yesod goes on: "Emotional stability; visionary ability; independence; strong imagination; mutability; good memory; receptivity; reciprocity; sensitivity; awareness of cycles; intuition; feminine strength; good rhythm." A list such as this for every sefirah applied to each corresponding interior star gives me a wealth of new material to practice, drawing Divine attributes of a sefirah through its interior star.

If this rationale is on the mark, then I hear three events happening at once. By being aware of all attributes rooted in Divine Being, we're drawing the Divine through us in our imitation of such attributes. When we link the Seven Sefirot of Construction with these interior stars, we have inside of us a wealth of insight to discover in each of these stars. As we practice applying these insights corresponding interior stars with their sefirotic attributes, we have opportunities throughout any day to ground and express these as our person and self as we are in God. I'm rather excited by the depth and simplicity of this. Praise be She!

Whatever more there is to hear in response to your question will be most appreciated!

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#15 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:45 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

The first key is to go within and live within, open to the Holy Light from above, cultivating the presence of awareness, and walking with an uplifted energy and vibration. When we do, we will be aware of the Living Presence within and around us in what’s happening, and we will find that we can draw upon the full spectrum of our consciousness-force or energy-intelligence in a natural and spontaneous way, or with conscious intention, without need for much thought and thinking.

We do, indeed, engage in an ongoing study and contemplation of the interior stars and the corresponding Sefirot or Divine Attributes to acquire deeper knowledge and understanding of these various gradations of consciousness-force in us, seeking to establish an innate knowledge, one not so bound to thought and thinking, but one established more in the intuitive intelligence of our heart and the inner aspects of our soul, for in action, as we integrate spiritual practice into daily living, too much thought and thinking blocks the flow of our energy-intelligence, diminishing our consciousness-force. As and example, we see this in physical activities, such as martial arts. If there is too much need to think before engaging the various sets of movements the flow and power of them is reduced and we are not able to execute the moves very well. Something similar is true of the flow and movements of various psychic and spiritual powers as well, so there is a need for an ongoing study and contemplation beforehand, and a need for a continuum of prayer and meditation; through this we will gain skill at directing our consciousness-force or energy-intelligence in the midst of whatever is happening, in various activities of our daily lives.

In terms of moving the Holy Light and serpent power through various centers with conscious intention there is much that we must learn through ongoing practice and experience, and revelations of the Holy Spirit; no one can tell us how or teach us how, but rather through the presence of awareness and our intuitive intelligence we need to “see,” “hear,” “feel” and know how, recognizing and realizing how to do this for ourselves. There are some hints that can be giving, some beginning kavvanot, perhaps, but beyond this, anything that can be shared and understood will be founded upon one’s growing experience. In this we might recall what’s said of the Works of the Chariot, “The rider of the chariot speaks the mysteries in secret, and that to one who knows them already.”

Thus, joined with study and contemplation, we wish to pray to God for wisdom, as St. James teaches us, and pray that the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) teaches us and illuminates us concerning the Living Presence and Power within us, and how to move the full spectrum of our consciousness-force or energy-intelligence in harmony with the indwelling Christ and will of God. Remember, the inner aspects of your soul and the indwelling Christ in you holds this knowledge and understanding, and the Holy Spirit can, and will, reveal it to you; but you must yearn for the greater movement and revelation of the Spirit of God, and must pray, invoking it from God. When such prayers are joined with study and contemplation, if you pray in faith and love, cleaving to the Risen Christ, the Christ-Spirit will answer your prayers.

That said, it is possible to focus awareness and energy through any of the interior stars with simple conscious intention, and one needs to practice this in order to discern how it is done. With practice one will feel, and know, what this means and how it is done through experience, as again and again one seeks to do so, and here and there one begins to be successful. The key, though, is not so much in thought and thinking, but rather is intending and feeling – seek to “feel and know,” rather than think.

It is possible to focus awareness and energy through each of the interior stars with consciousness intention, but there are three interior stars that are the principle points of focus when we are integrating flows of consciousness-force or energy-intelligence in action, or various daily activities; hence, the brow, heart and navel stars, corresponding with mind, speech and body, respectively. Thus, in initial spiritual works integrating practice with various activities, these three interior stars are the first and foremost points of focus, depending on one’s conscious or theurgic intention.

If we wish to consider three simple kavvanot corresponding with these three centers as an example, with the brow star, hold the conscious intention of being present in what’s happening with expanded mind, and open mind, with the heart star hold the conscious intention of being present in what’s happening with a spacious, open heart, and with the navel star hold the conscious intention of being present in what’s happening with a soft, open belly. Consciousness-force, or energy-intelligence, naturally flows through these three interior stars in this way, with little effort on our part. Basically speaking, we are just being present in the Living Presence of the moment, aware of ourselves and all that appears as the manifestation of the Living Presence, deeply connected to all who are present, and to the source from which all arises, the One.

Here we may also give a simple kavvanah for a free flow of the One Life-Power through all seven of the interior stars, one good in the midst of any activity. In whatever you are doing, open to the Holy Light from above, and with conscious intention bring that Holy Light down through all of the interior stars, through the stellar channel-way into the root star, and be aware of the kingdom of heaven (Malkut) within and all around you as you engage in the action.

Alternatively, if you wish to bless someone with material bounty, with conscious intention bring the Holy Light into the navel star, or if you wish to bless someone with peace and love, or the Comforter, bring the Holy Light into the heart star, or if you wish to bless someone with spiritual bounty, or the Spirit of Truth, bring the Holy Light into the brow star.

If your desire for God’s will to be done, or for the good, then with simple conscious intention you can bring down the Holy Light into, and through, any interior star, with a wish, a prayer, for a corresponding blessing for those who are in need.

Remember, we abide in a Sanctuary of Grace, a Union of Grace, and with conscious intention, with faith and devotion, everything is accomplished by the Christ-Spirit, influxes of the Holy Light from above, the uplifting of the serpent power, and the generation of the body of light, or a field of light around us; we need only have a single mind and heart, a single intention and desire, with full faith and devotion, unwavering, and the Holy Light and Spirit of the Infinite One will move with, in and through us, answering prayers.

When we hold a clear conscious intention, and focus our thought and force of will, and we cleave to Christ in faith and love, the Christ-Spirit fulfills our intention and desire; when our will becomes God’s will, when our desire is uplifted, the force of God’s will becomes our own, and what we desire, or wish, comes to pass. Praise God!

When we speak of conscious intention, though, this is not a matter of self-will in the illusion of separation, but rather, we are speaking of the force of will, or desire, of our heavenly and supernal soul (neshamah) in nearness and oneness, joined with the Christ and the Holy Spirit; hence, the intention to fulfill Ratzon Elyon, the Will of the Supreme. In this spiritual labor, we are not seeking our own good apart from that of others, but rather, we are seeking the good of all, the fulfillment of all, in the kingdom of heaven and the Holy One; hence, we are conscious agents of the kingdom and the Holy One – messengers of Yahweh Elohim, Shaddai.

As you have said Gideon, the more acquainted we are with the correspondences of the interior stars and Sefirot, the more we will understand the various reasons we might focus awareness and energy through a given interior star; this knowledge, though, is a matter of study and contemplation – entire volumes could be filled citing all of the different possible movements through the interior stars, and the various possible configurations of the body of light. The truth is that it is an endless creative affair, just like putting letters together in different ways to speak and write our thoughts – new formations and movements are always happening.

May be blessed to know our True Star and to follow it! Amen.

Yahweh Shalom!
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#16 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:48 pm

The way of communicating a true blessing or empowerment is always through a merging of our energy, or our mind, heart and soul, with that of others, and the deeper the merging, or or the awareness of oneness, the greater the communication or transmission of the Holy Light and Spirit; this cannot transpire in separation, but only through nearness and oneness, a psychic and spiritual intimacy.

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Six Essentials in Sefirot

#17 Postby Elder Gideon » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:55 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi:

It arose in community just last week to imagine the Moral Triad (Hesed, Gevurah, Tiferet) and Action Triad (Netzach, Hod, Yesod) as two halves of the Six Essentials. I've been quite taken by this ever since. When I consider the first three Essentials--attachment to Messiah, Tzaddik, and Community--I hear Messiah in the place of Hesed, Tzaddik in place of Gevurah, and Community in place of Tiferet. When I consider the final three Essentials--gifted worship, hitbodedut (secluded prayer), and charity--I hear gifted worship in place of Netzach, hitbodedut in place of Hod, and charity in place of Yesod. Perhaps Malkut is an individual in this world through whom this observation of the Six Essentials is flowing and blessing others.

When I further recall how these six sefirot from Hesed to Yesod are, in a singular Tree, attributed to the part of soul that is ruach, then the very number of six essentials takes this contemplation to places I'd not caught before. Also, there's a subtle implication of a Partzuf--Little Face, Zer Anpin--by the enumeration of Six. If either of these angles have been discussed elsewhere, I'd be most grateful to be pointed there. If not, what more may we draw upon the obvious teaching of the cultivation of our ruach through the observation of Six Essentials? In addition, what are they teaching of the personification, and our embodying, something of Zer Anpin?

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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#18 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:54 am

Grace and peace in Hayyah Yeshua!

Yes, indeed, the Six Essentials correspond with Hesed through Yesod, just as you have shared, and as such, they also correspond with Zer Anpin, the “Little Face.” There is something of an open secret in this, for Zer Anpin is the root of the world and angels, and in the practice of the Six Essential, joining our person and life with the Sanctuary of Grace and Holy Shekinah in this way, we entertain the company of the angels – the spiritual forces of God, the True Light.

We may recall a prayer, invocation, of the Master recounted in the Gospel of St. Philip: “You who have joined the Perfect Light and Holy Spirit, join with us now the images of the angels too so that the image and likeness of you in us may be complete” (an interpretive paraphrase).

Here we may say, through the Six Essentials we unify with, and embody, the Perfect Light and Holy Spirit, and as we do the images, and the knowledge and power, of the angels is joined with us, and in this the kingdom of heaven is manifestation upon the earth.

Look and see! This is true of the entire Anointed Community altogether, and it is true of each and every member of Anointed Community – all who cleave to the Messiah and El Elyon, the Supreme; with Anointed Community, and with each initiate, the kingdom of heaven, something of Malkut of Atzilut, is embodied and manifest, and shines in this world.

In the practice of the Six Essentials there is a unification of Tiferet and Malkut, or Zer Anpin and Nukva – the Groom and Bride. Contemplate this well, and understand!

Quite distinctly, the Six Essentials are a way through which we attach ourselves to the corresponding Sefirot, unify our soul and life with them, and become a vehicle of their spiritual powers in the world. Thus, through cleaving to the Messiah, and to ascended masters and inner or heart tzaddikim, we attach our soul to Hesed and unify with Hesed, and when we cleave to the Holy Tzaddik, our living root tzaddik, we attach our soul to Gevurah and unify with Gevurah, and when we cleave to Community we attach our soul to Tiferet and unify with Tiferet, the balance of these two; if we cleave in this way to the embodiment of the Living Presence of God (or God Consciousness), then we will put this faith and love into action, and we will worship God, and we will pray and meditate, and we will engage in acts of loving-kindness, active love and compassion. In this we abide in Malkut-Kingdom (or Shekinah), and we manifest Malkut-Kingdom in full glory and power.

If we wish to consider the practice that encompasses all of this, which we may call the “Single Essential,” it is the practice of remembering that God is always with you, and living that awareness, that mindfulness, in everything that you do; this encompasses the Six Essentials, for the Six Essentials are all about generating the awareness of God with us, the experience of God with us – God Consciousness.

If we are aware that God is with us, if we are aware of God in everything and everything in God, and we walk with God in this way, so we will realize Malkut of Atzilut in this life, in this world, and in the hereafter, in the World-To-Come.

May we behold Yahweh, the Infinite One, ever before us, and realize the Spirit of Yahweh moving within and all around us. Amen.

Yahweh Shalom!
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#19 Postby Meg » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:22 am

Shalom!
This discussion of cleaving with Interior Stars has really opened up the feeling vibrations of the subtle body, in a very active way. So now I understand we can also expand our subtle body through the kavvanah of the Six Essentials, linking to the kavvanah of the Sefiriot and the Olamot, or universes, this is very beneficial . The interior stars are the totality of our being receiving and abiding in the influxes of the Sefirot and the Olamot. Appears through this practice we build this awareness of receiving the Light Presence from above. And when the Serpent power is awakened, received, purified, sublimated, embodied.... there by transcendent and immanent embodiment of God. And as you Tau Malachi have said this takes practice to feel this experience of revelations into our lives...

What really is also exciting for myself is simple Conscious Intention, ( going back to previous comments) one can use kavvanah, with knowing in a Sefirah (one example), flowing and open from the divine light from above combined with a Conscious Intention, a force of the heart, desire and will integrates this light with the power of the Shekinah, to manifest.
This feels like opening up to the Light Continuum, Yahweh. Aligning through the stellar pillar this ascension with the Radient Holy Breath, the Holy Spirit, is all we need to align this Christ Presence and Christ Power. I like that we don't want over think this, to much thought stops the flow. A single, simple mindfulness, a directed flow of consciousness, here by really experiencing through devekut cleaving the kavvanot of our more lofty desires in union with Divine Will to manifest.

Our Interior Stars, our subtle body, is directly linked to the Sefirot and Olamot and any Kavvanah we assign it through our innate knowledge and study, meditation and prayer can bring a union and manifestion of the Living Presence and Power of Yahweh Elohim.

The Kavvanah of Sefirot of the Interior Stars is delightful and I thank the Holy Shekinah, Christ Spirit, Tzaddik and Community to receive this!

Very Grateful,
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Re: Offering Light: Cleaving with the Interior Stars

#20 Postby sheryl » Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:36 pm

Shalom Sister Meg!

Praise to She who gives us understanding!

I much enjoyed reading your post, Sister Meg, especially this:

This feels like opening up to the Light Continuum, Yahweh. Aligning through the stellar pillar this ascension with the Radient Holy Breath, the Holy Spirit, is all we need to align this Christ Presence and Christ Power. I like that we don't want over think this, to much thought stops the flow. A single, simple mindfulness, a directed flow of consciousness, here by really experiencing through devekut cleaving the kavvanot of our more lofty desires in union with Divine Will to manifest.


In last week's Shabbat Discourse, Tau Malachi talks about the simple essentials of our practicing. To paraphrase he talks about true spiritual practicing as Justification and Sweetening Judgments. There is also a post on this on the forum, found at this link.

These teachings came to mind as I was reading your post. Thank you for sharing.

May all our judgments be sweetened!

Sheryl


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