Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

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Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:05 pm

Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

Adonai Yeshua taught us not to concern ourselves with what we will wear, or what we will eat, and so on, but rather to have faith and trust that the Holy One will provide for all our material needs. When we clothe ourselves and when we eat, however, we need to clothe ourselves and eat in holiness, and so it is in everything we do in our daily living, it is all to be done in holiness, in remembrance of the Holy One, and with praise and thanksgiving to the Holy One, uplifting sparks, the energy, of all things to the Supreme.

Elsewhere I’ve written about eating in holiness, but here I wish to write about clothing yourself in holiness. It’s a spiritual practice you can take up each and every day, and in it there is wisdom.

First, inwardly clothe yourself in beauty and holiness - in the Messiah and Divine Attributes (Sefirot), for in so doing you will generate a body of light and clothing of light for your soul in the inner dimensions and the heavens; clothing yourself in this way, set your mind on those things that are above, and walk with uplifted energy, and the light of your soul will shine from within you blessing every place you go and all whom you encounter. You will serve to uplift others in this way.

As you inwardly clothe yourself in beauty and holiness, so also outwardly clothe yourself in beauty and holiness, and let how you dress outwardly be a talisman of how you are dressed inwardly; choose your clothing with conscious intention, and pay attention to what you wear, seeing that it is in good style for you and good condition, expressing something of the good and the light that is in you, and serving to support your inward cleaving and uplifted energy. In so doing the intention is not to impress others, nor what others might think of you, but rather it’s about your energy and paying attention to your energy, and paying attention to whether your energy is uplifting to others or a disturbance to others, bringing them down.

Understand that your clothing and how you dress are an expression of your energy, and as such, dressing with conscious intention, you can generate light-power and uplift your energy if you desire to do so.

At times, if we are in the environment of a living tzaddik and we are sensitive, as they robe for a sacred ceremony we may discover how very literal this practice can be, for as they put on their robes for sacred ceremony we will find that it is as though they are clothing themselves in the Living Presence, the Holy Shekinah, and that the light-power or energy of the entire environment changes. This change is very distinct and actually can be felt, and so also the influence and affect upon others can be felt. As tzaddikim robe in this way they have no concern about what others think of them, but rather their concern is uplifting others and the return of others to the Holy One.

Something of this can transpire anytime we hold the conscious intention of dressing ourselves in beauty and holiness inwardly and outwardly. Consider this, and more so practice this, and you will understand.

In closing, perhaps you may recall the woman who merely touched the hem of Yeshua’s robe and was healed of a prolonged illness; such is the power of dressing in beauty and holiness - there is blessing and healing power in it.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Clothed in a New Self

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:07 am

Shalom Tau Malachi:

But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful
(Colossians 3:8-15).

I very much appreciate how our awareness of eating in holiness must necessarily apply to dressing in the same holiness. Apparel, like food, requires purification before receiving, for both are often produced by contemporary slaves.

Garments, robing, clothing, are metaphorical principles throughout the Bible for a subtler body of energy, of the inside revealed outside. When I contemplate how characters are dressed (or not), be it for Adam and Eve or Joseph, I understand a more nuanced teaching of energy and the multiplicity of 'bodies' of experience one may radiate.

Given this beautiful teaching of St. Paul to the Colossians, I'm very fascinated by the relationship of behaviors with clothing and how they move or obstruct energy and light. Consider the most meticulously-dressed models and the misery behind their eyes, or the most plainly-dressed ordinary person and the great hope in their eyes.

As we're transmigrating as a community between the Feast of St. Lazarus towards the Feast of the Mother and Child, the discussion of garments and dressing has much to bear upon every in-between. My capacity in a dream to fly (or not), or move force (or not) is intimately connected with the garments of consciousness I'm wearing, the energy I'm indwelling.

As Tau Elijah taught, "We don't have karma. We ARE karma," I'm hearing karma and 'clothing' in a new way. Being clothed is a principle of merit; being naked is demerit. What more does the lineage have to say regarding energetic 'clothing', merit, and energy?

Gratefully,

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Re: Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

#3 Postby Martina » Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:15 am

Greetings in the Light of the Messiah, Dear Tau and Elder Gideon!

I give praise and thanks to Imma, who inspired these beautiful teachings!

Tau shared: “First, inwardly clothe yourself in beauty and holiness - in the Messiah and Divine Attributes (Sefirot), for in so doing you will generate a body of light and clothing of light for your soul in the inner dimensions and the heavens; clothing yourself in this way, set your mind on those things that are above, and walk with uplifted energy, and the light of your soul will shine from within you blessing every place you go and all whom you encounter. You will serve to uplift others in this way.”

And Elder Gideon said: “Given this beautiful teaching of St. Paul to the Colossians, I'm very fascinated by the relationship of behaviors with clothing and how they move or obstruct energy and light. Consider the most meticulously-dressed models and the misery behind their eyes, or the most plainly-dressed ordinary person and the great hope in their eyes.“

In the beauty and holiness of our inward clothing and the relationship of behaviors with clothing St. Paul's teachings on the whole armor of God deeply resonate with the three roots:

Remember your transcendence
Set your mind on those things that are above
Remember that God is always with you

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." (Ephesians 6:10-13) Profound and detailed teachings on the armor of God are given in the Order of St. Michael

It seems in our clothing in this world there are also aspects of armor or a shell that helps us to stand firm and that protects us in our spiritual work.

Any corrections will be received with gratitude.

Shabbat Shalom,
Martina
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Re: Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

#4 Postby sheryl » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:58 am

Shabbat Shalom, Dear Friends!

What a delightful Shabbat contemplation! Praise to Imma Gadol, and gratitude for her vessels of understanding.

Several new thoughts have arisen and several old thoughts are being seen anew.

We speak of tzaddikim and the Sanctuary of Grace which surrounds them, and it comes to mind in reading these teachings, that a Sanctuary of Grace is what a Holy One is clothed in, and so when we clothe ourselves with the Divine Attributes, with the Sefirot, we too are creating a Sanctuary of Grace, one that will bring blessings to living spirits and souls, including our own soul and body

The Perfect Tzaddik taught: The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. We have heard that Yeshua here is speaking of a Sanctuary of Grace, which brings rest and peace to living beings. The Master also taught that the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains, and so it comes to mind that clothing of oneself in the Divine Attributes is a movement of faith.

Often Adonai Yeshua, following a healing, would say, 'your faith has healed you' or 'go and sin no more', and it arose in thought that the act of healing is an act of clothing - the one healed being clothed in the Sanctuary of Grace, and given essential instructions regarding its care.

May all beings be clothed in righteousness - be healed and enlightened, bringing healing and enlightenment to all.

With gratitude,

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Re: Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

#5 Postby elizabethduval » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:48 am

Shalom Tau Malachi and brothers and sisters,

Tau Malachi wrote:

First, inwardly clothe yourself in beauty and holiness - in the Messiah and Divine Attributes (Sefirot), for in so doing you will generate a body of light and clothing of light for your soul in the inner dimensions and the heavens; clothing yourself in this way, set your mind on those things that are above, and walk with uplifted energy, and the light of your soul will shine from within you blessing every place you go and all whom you encounter. You will serve to uplift others in this way.
What you have spoken reminds of this passage of verses in Romans:


Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand; therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
What stands out to me is the use of day and night and armor of light. Night is being referred to as something to cast off. If night has been far spent that seems to hint that we have lingered to long in the night. Night seems to be suggesting darkness of the mind. Casting off this darkness of mind is a conscious choice we make.
Romans 13:13-14 Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in carousings and drinking; not in co-habitation and lustful acts; not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not take thought beforehand for the lusts of the flesh.
By setting our minds on those things above, as you have spoken Tau , it seems we consciously cast off this darkness (clothing of darkness if you will) and we “put on” this clothing of light. I am hearing “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Yeshua Messiah) in a new way . In other places in scripture, we are called “Children of the Light” and” Children of the Day”.

I am also hearing the saying in Gospel of Thomas in a new way:

(37) His disciples said: On what day will you be revealed to us, and on what day shall we see you? Jesus said: When you unclothe yourselves and are not ashamed, and take your garments and lay them beneath your feet like the little children (and) trample on them, then [you will see] the Son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid.

Can we say that taking the garments off would be like “casting off the works of darkness”? From what I have been taught it seems that darkness is also forgetfulness of who we are in Messiah. And it is taught that it can also refer to Nefesh unlightened. And in taking off of this forgetfulness by” setting our minds on things above “ and remembering who we are in Messiah, we can lay this Nefesh beneath our feet ( victory) and we become like little children. It feels that by becoming like children with totally open minds and hearts we are then ready to receive and put on this garment of light and walk in beauty and holiness, seeing or acknowledging the Son of the Living One ( Messiah within).

May all souls be clothed in light,
Elizabeth

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Re: Garments of Holiness: Dressing in Holiness

#6 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:44 am

Grace and peace to you in Adonai Yeshua!

If we consider the Holy Torah and the commandments, when we enact a commandment, or good deed, we draw to ourselves the spiritual power of the corresponding Divine Attribute (Sefirah) and embody it, and our thoughts, words and actions express and manifest that spiritual power. When we do this the spiritual power moves with, in and through us, and therefore it is in us and surrounding us, “clothing” us. If the commandments and good works become our habit in life, then their spiritual power or energy will also be with us in dream and the afterlife.

We are wise to pay attention to our behavior, to our thoughts, words and actions, seeking to align our mind, heart and body with the true will of our soul, the will of the Most High (Ratzon Elyon); as we know, the will of the Most High corresponds with Keter, and therefore any movement of the mind, heart and body aligned with it draws upon something of Keter and all of the Divine Attributes (Sefirot). In such a movement, however, there will be a special concentration of the Sefirah or Sefirot with which the thought, word and action correspond, so that with conscious intention (kavvanah) we can invoke and become clothed in the spiritual power of specific Sefirot.

Moses instructs the children of Israel that the Holy Torah - the word of Yahweh, is near to them, that it is “in their mouths and in their hearts.” As you consider and invoke the Divine Attributes, understand that they are not separate and apart from you, but that they are within you, within your soul and heart. Thus, you are drawing out what is within you and clothing or enshrouding yourself in it.

This, indeed, is the generation of merit or the body of light, and it is through this that souls are raised to eternal life and ascend to the Supernal Abode.

If, indeed, we clothe ourselves in light at the same time we cast away darkness, for in this action we turn away from the darkness towards the light, and where the True Light is darkness cannot abide.

Dressing outwardly in beauty and holiness is, of course, founded upon dressing in beauty and holiness inwardly, and therefore our focus is upon “clothing” ourselves inwardly, and this is then extended to our outward clothing.

In this teaching though I do not wish to lose sight of the simplicity of dressing in holiness, just as in eating in holiness. In this light, in the same way that we pray and bless our food, when we dress it is good to inwardly pray and invoke the blessing of the Holy One upon us for our daily activities, or the activity for which we are dressing, and then be mindful as we clothe ourselves, aware of our conscious intention, and holding it in our heart and mind.

Shalom Aleichem!
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