Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen and Ascended Messiah! Amen.
The passage you’ve quoted from Ecclesiastes is very beautiful and mysterious, quite ‘magical’ really. That through daily mundane resistances we can see, hear and feel the Messiah, and merit the ruach and da’at of the Messiah is a lovely insight, and is perfectly true; even on a mundane, material level, and in the most ordinary things, life and this world is designed for the awakening and realization of spirits and souls. Very truly, the world is sacred as it is; but then to understand this one must look and see Reality as It Is, and God as God Is, and therefore see the world as it is.
There is something more to be said of the secret mysteries within and behind this passage you’ve quoted, and likewise the presence of the very same mysteries within the saying of the Gospel of St. Thomas that Anna quoted. If you consider the passage from Ecclesiastes, on an esoteric level it is speaking of the awakening of the serpent power, and specifically, the dangers involved and the consequences of a premature awakening of this fiery energy.
As we know, awakening and uplifting this divine power in us can become an experience of mercy or judgment, and can lead to heavenly and blissful experiences, and true illumination, or it can lead to hellish and dreadful experiences, and various states of self-delusions. Indeed, if this force is awakened prematurely, without a mastery of thought and desire, and the force of will, along with the release of self-grasping, attachment and aversion, then it may draw a soul to the Other Side, and a person may become too full of him or herself, or may give way to the evil impulse thinking it good and righteous. If and when this happens, typically a person cannot receive help from a true tzaddik; hence, “If the snake bites before it is charmed (mastered), there is no advantage in a charmer (spiritual master, or tzaddik).”
There is a very distinct story of the dangers of awakening the serpent power in the Torah, in the Book of Numbers, chapter twenty-one. According to the tale when the children of Israel encamp in a certain place, suddenly there are many fiery serpents (seraphim) that are biting and killing the people. Moses turns to the Holy One and is instructed to have a image of these serpents formed in bronze and put up upon a pole in the center of the camp, and is instructed to tell the people that whoever is bitten by a fire snake can go look up at this image of one and that they will be healed and not die. As we know, Adonai Yeshua takes up this image to teach about the Son of the Human One, the Messiah, in the third chapter of the Gospel of St. John. There he teaches a Pharisee, Nicodemus, that just as Moses in the wilderness uplifted the serpent, so the Son of the Human One had to be uplifted for the enlightenment and liberation of people. First, clearly both passages indicate the need to uplift and redeem the serpent power, returning it to God. Perhaps more startling, however, is that Yeshua teaches that this fiery power is connected with the Messiah, the Anointed of God, and that it is a manifestation of the Messiah, the Son of the Human One. If and when uplifted and brought into repose, or cessation, in the heart, brow and crown, this is the manifestation of the Messiah, divine or enlightened being; when not uplifted and redeemed, it is the opposite, the force that binds, and the cause of sorrow and suffering, and death.
Look and see! This fiery power in you and me is in everyone and everything, and when awakened in us we can interweave this fiery power in us with the fiery power in things around us and, in effect, awaken and release that power, directing it as we wish. As you might imagine, this force can be used for good or evil, it can serve our ego, and the desires and fears of our ego, or it can be uplifted to serve the kingdom of heaven and God. As perhaps you also might imagine, great harm can come to a soul in which this fiery power is awakened but not uplifted, and more so if such a soul begins to awaken it in things around them and misdirects, or misuses, this great force. Understand, this is a great manifesting power, the force of creation and destruction, life and death, and as such there is a need for a conscious direction of this force for the illumination and ascension of our soul, as well as the uplifting of other spirits and souls in return to God. You may recall what is said of the realization of an initiate “crossing the Abyss,” that they realize that “things manifest according to their expectations,” whether conscious or unconsciousness expectations. If the serpent power is awakened and we are not consciousness, or are not mindful and alert, this force can manifest great ill fortunate and illness; hence, it is dangerous, as Solomon indicates in Ecclesiastes.
This is not to say that in any way we should fear the awakening of the serpent power; there is, indeed, danger involved, but then life is composed of great beauty and great danger, and there is a perpetual play of creation and destruction, life and death, and through it souls evolve and become realized. This is true of the serpent power, it is the force needed for the realization of our soul, the enlightenment and liberation of our soul, and the uplifting of other living spirits and souls with us as we return to God.
In wood, in stone, you will find this fiery power. It’s literally in everything, and the human being of called to uplift their fiery power and return it to God, or to reintegrate it with the Infinite and Eternal (Ain Sof).
I pray this does not distract from the essential point of Anna’s initial insight and post, but understand, when we uplift our mind and heart, and our energy, to the Infinite One in any activity, sacred or mundane, and we cleave to the Infinite One, and we serve the Infinite One, this fiery power is being stirred and uplifted in return, more or less. Naturally, as we know, there is such a thing as a great awakening of this Intelligent Force in us, and the experience Gadlut Mochin, the Perfect Thunder Intelligence, that it brings; but something of this force is moving in all that we do, and is manifest in all things, and therefore in the most mundane and ordinary activities something of this may be uplifted, or be offered to the Holy One.
Given the passage quoted from Ecclesiastes I could not help but share these thoughts.
May we be blessed with the ruach and da’at of the Risen and Ascended Messiah! Amen.
Ecclesia Pistis Sophia