Grieving & Weeping in Prayer: Engaging the Vision of Sorrow

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Grieving & Weeping in Prayer: Engaging the Vision of Sorrow

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon May 16, 2016 3:29 pm

Grieving & Weeping in Prayer: Engaging the Vision of Sorrow

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

On and esoteric level this may be understood as teaching of entertaining the vision of sorrow in prayer, allowing the immeasurable sorrow and suffering pervading the world and creation to pierce our heart, generating mourning and weeping for all who are bound up in it, holding the deep desire and conscious intention for the salvation of all, the enlightenment and liberation of all.

In Judaic Tradition there is a common practice in prayer of lamenting the destruction of the second temple, the shattering of the matrix of faith associated with it, and the great sorrow and suffering that followed with the dispersion and long exile of the Jewish people. As we know, what remains of the west wall of the temple is called the “wailing wall,” and it has become a place of grieving the loss of the temple and the exile of the Shekinah with the Jewish people, and this lamentation goes deeper still, it is the expression of grief for the ongoing sorrow and suffering of peoples, joined with longing for the rebuilding of the temple in a Messianic era yet to come from the view of Judaic Tradition.

Now from the perspective of Christian Tradition, and the Messianic Kabbalah within it, there is a very different view of the destruction of the temple, for according to our faith the Messiah has come and the promise has been fulfilled of a true temple, one not build with human hands according to mortal knowledge and understanding, but one fashioned by the Living Word of the Lord (Yahweh, Yeshua); hence, anointed humanity, those who have received the Holy Light and Spirit from above, and who embody the indwelling Messiah and Holy Spirit - Anointed Community, or Spiritual Israel. Thus, rather than mourn the destruction of the second temple and its religious cult - the klippah of the true temple, we rejoice, and we give praise and thanks for the Risen Messiah, and the enduring living temple that is manifest as the Body of the Messiah, Anointed Community.

That said, however, there is a vision of sorrow, the awareness of the immeasurable sorrow and suffering that pervades all sentient existence in the unenlightened condition, and there is the awareness of ongoing persecution and oppression of the faithful and spiritual elect in this world, and there is the reality of the ongoing destruction of the matrix of faith in our times, in our generation; hence, the spiritual truths within and behind the lamenting of the destruction of the second temple in Judaic Tradition, which are also relevant to Christian Tradition, as well as any authentic wisdom tradition in the world. At times, in prayer, it is given that we should also mourn and weep over the shattering of the matrix of faith, and the growing sorrow and suffering with the increase of darkness or evil in this world; hence, there are times we need to entertain the vision of sorrow, and let the sorrow and suffering penetrate us deeply, being moved with empathy and compassion for all living spirits and souls bound up in the ignorance, the darkness, and the evil it manifests.

When we see the matrix of faith languishing, and we see great darkness arising among peoples and lands, and we see the generation of Strong Judgment looming, as much as pray for the diminishing of the power of archons and the binding of demons, so also we are wise to grieve deeply in prayer, and weep and wail, and cry out in empathy for all our relations, having love and compassion for all who are bound up in great sorrow and suffering, for all who are, as yet, not established in the Sanctuary of Grace and the World-That-Is-Coming. Understand, the Messiah, the heavens, and the “saints and angels” in them, mourn and lament deeply with the vision of sorrow when it is due, and the faithful and spiritual elect mourn and lament with them, and pray for the deliverance of all who are in bondage. Prayers with deep feelings, deep emotions, are very powerful, and they are heard, they are felt, in the heavens, and the heavens and angels are moved by them, and when such prayers are offered, the way is opened for a greater intersession of the angels, a greater action of angels in the world, and likewise, souls of holy and enlightened ones are stirred to incarnate to preserve and heal the world, and to lead many living spirits and soul in return to God. When we are moved, angels are moved; understand this, believe this, and do not doubt it!

It is not good to entertain such prayers all of the time, and to entertain such prayers in self-cherishing and vital sentiment is not good, but there is a time to entertain the vision of sorrow in prayer, and to mourn deeply, and when we do we will “be comforted,” which is to say that our prayers will be answered and there will be many spirits and souls that are delivered, that are touched by the Spirit of God and uplifted in the Great Ascension. Of this you can rest assured! Praise God!

This seems a good time to share this teaching of the active engagement of the vision of sorrow in prayer and meditation, and to encourage initiates to take it up, so I was inclined to share it this afternoon.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may all who desire Holy Sanctuary receive it this day! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Gate of Tears

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:10 pm

Shabbat Shalom, Tau Malachi:

Prayers with deep feelings, deep emotions, are very powerful, and they are heard, they are felt, in the heavens, and the heavens and angels are moved by them, and when such prayers are offered, the way is opened for a greater intersession of the angels, a greater action of angels in the world, and likewise, souls of holy and enlightened ones are stirred to incarnate to preserve and heal the world, and to lead many living spirits and soul in return to God. When we are moved, angels are moved; understand this, believe this, and do not doubt it!

The Shabbat discourse today of current events of injustice reminded me of this post Vision of Sorrow through which prayers have a particular power when people are deeply aware of their dependence upon the Eternal in a terrible time. The power of this context for prayers is a topic I remember Rabbi Gikatilla treating in Sha'are Orah (Gates of Light). He cites the tradition of the Gate of Tears within the sefirah Yesod, specifically by way of the Divine Name El Chai.

He teaches that God opens this gate three times a day to hear the prayers of the penitent. It is a gate that is never locked shut, according to proof texts such as, put my tears into Your flask, into Your record (Psalm 56:9) and Hezekiah wept profusely. Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: "Go and tell Hezekiah: Thus said the Lord, the God of your father David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears" (Isaiah 38:3-4). I was surprised, Tau Malachi, by your mentioning the lamentation at the Wailing Wall to this day, for Rabbi Gikatilla says, "For even though the Gate of Tears were more accessible when the Temple stood, nevertheless they still remain forever open, as the Prophet has already stated: Return, my witnesses, with all your hearts, with fasting, with crying, and with mourning (Joel 2:12)."

Prayers seldom rise before YHVH, according to Rabbi Gikatilla, for they lack kavannah and devekut and are intercepted by "sentries." When there are tears from a breaking heart, however, this teaching on the Gate of Tears promises that prayers are heard. They might not be answered as one wishes in their agony, but they are heard.

What more way be said of the Gate of Tears in light of the Gospel of Messiah?

Gratefully,

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Re: Grieving & Weeping in Prayer: Engaging the Vision of Sor

#3 Postby sheryl » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:28 am

Shalom Brothers and Sisters!

Thank you Elder Gideon for starting this conversation after a most powerful Shabbat discourse. Praise to the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth!

If I might add to this discussion something we spoke about at our table.

In Matthew, as Yeshua comes to tomb of Lazarus, we are told:

When Yeshua therefore saw her [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Yeshua wept...So Yeshua, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Yeshua said, “Remove the stone.”

Following this we are told of Yeshua raising Lazarus from the dead.

In light of Elder Gideon's post and question, another question arises: Was the raising of Lazarus empowered, was Yeshua's kavvanah empowered to bring such a miracle about, from this place of deep mourning? And here we seem to also hear that the Perfect Master's mourning was fueled, enlivened, by the mourning of Lady Mary, so can we say that such miraculous arisings in the physical come about because of what is accessed, drawn in, through deep mourning for the people and the land?

I look forward to what can be shared of this.

With gratitude,

Sheryl

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Re: Grieving & Weeping in Prayer: Engaging the Vision of Sor

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:16 am

Blessings to you in the Holy Name of our Lord and Redeemer, Messiah Yeshua!

There are two great forces that open the way for prayers to ascend to the Throne of Glory and that move the powers of heaven, great joy and deep sorrow, and therefore laughter and tears are great powers in prayer and invocation, and even without words laughter and tears are prayers themselves when we abide with conscious intention, for the Holy One knows what is in our hearts and minds, and understands the silent intention within and behind such movements.

Concerning the vision of sorrow, though, understand that this sorrow does not come from the vital soul (nefesh), or the sphere of self-cherishing and self-pity that tends to arise from it, but rather it comes from our heavenly soul (neshamah) and the perceptions of our intelligence (ruach), and this sorrow is the expression of love and compassion, deep empathy with those in bondage to the ignorance, and the immeasurable sorrow and suffering that is created by the ignorance.

“Yeshua wept,” this is the shortest verse in the New Testament, and in some way it feels among the most powerful. When Adonai Yeshua prayed for the raising of St. Lazarus he literally said that he did not need to form words, for the Father already knew what was in his heart. Perhaps we may say that his tears were his prayer, feeling with the people, moved by the sorrow, having compassion for the people in bondage to the ignorance, in bondage to sin and death, and this moved the Living Father and the angels in heaven, and so St. Lazarus was restored to life by the Spirit of God. Praise the Lord!

The vision of sorrow is a manifestation of compassion, sorrow over the immeasurable suffering of spirits and souls bound up in the gilgulim, potentially endless rounds of transmigration, and sorrow over the shattering of the matrix of faith and degradation of divine revelation, and likewise, sorrow over the crucifixion of the Messiah, sharing in the sorrow of those who stood by him in that darkest hour when the world sought to drive out the Anointed of God, and in fact continues to attempt to do so, heaven forbid!

It must be said, though, before anyone goes too far with entertaining the vision of sorrow, first they must learn to cultivate joy, and become joyful in the Lord, for sadness apart from this, generally speaking, is not the vision of sorrow, but comes from the vital soul falling into itself, and that is not good and does not generate prayers that ascend and are heard. Remember, the Holy Shekinah cannot rest on a sad and depressed person, though, indeed, the Comforter can be with those who mourn, or have sorrow in empathy and compassion; understand, in compassion there is a subtle and sublime peace and joy within and behind sorrow, so that joy is inseparable from spiritual sorrow.

In this regard we might consider the sorrow swiftly turning into joy when Lazarus exited the tomb, and when Yeshua Messiah appeared in the resurrection. Praise God!

Whenever we entertain the vision of sorrow, and we offer prayers and invocations with weeping, the culmination of our prayers needs to be in the vision of hope, rejoicing in salvation, enlightenment and liberation, in the Messiah, for though, indeed, ignorance, darkness, dominates this world, and sorrow and suffering pervades the matrix of creation, every moment of every day, in all realms and worlds of creation, living spirits and souls are receiving their salvation, are becoming enlightened and liberated, and are set free! Thus, taking up prayers of the vision of sorrow we conclude with prayers of the vision of hope, and we put on the Body of Vision - the glory of the Messiah, giving praise and thanks to the Holy One for our salvation, and for the salvation of all as they open to the Holy Light and Spirit of the Eternal One (Yahweh).

In closing, let us also remember that there are tears of joy, tears of awe and wonder, and so forth, so that tears are not always associated with sorrow, but also with joy.

May we weep in compassion from a broken heart and a humble spirit, and as we weep with sorrow so also let us weep with joy! Amen.


Shabbat Shalom!
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