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Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 2:00 pm
Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion that the human being will devour so that the lion becomes human. And cursed is the human being that the lion devours; and the lion will become human."
The outer interpretation of this saying speaks of the lion as the bestial nature; thus this saying indicates the distinction between the regenerated and unregenerated bestial nature (Nefesh Elokit versus Nefesh Behamit, respectively). Yet there is a more esoteric interpretation of this saying which reflects this gospel's deeper Gnostic content. According to the Pistis Sophia, Yaldabaot (the demiurgos) is called the Lion-faced power; thus we may also interpret the "lion" here as Yaldabaot.
These two interpretations are in perfect harmony, for Yaldabaot is the "god of unregenerated nature" or "god of the natural order," and the bestial soul is as the seed of Yaldabaot in humanity. Yet, in speaking of the lion as Yaldabaot more subtle dimensions appear in this saying.
Essentially, gnostic initiates are aware of a play of cosmic or spiritual forces within and behind what transpires in the world; specifically, a play of spiritual forces within and through human beings. Created in the image and likeness of God, there is a great power and light in the human soul which admixed and dark spiritual forces seek to manipulate and capture. Likewise, created in the image and likeness of God human souls are created to embody God, or to act as vehicles or channels of the presence and power of God. Thus, when human beings are unconscious of the power and light that is in them, and do not consciously seek to embody the Divine presence and power, other spiritual forces enter into them and, through them, enter into the world.
When human beings cleave to the Light-presence (Christos) and join themselves to the Light-continuum (God), something of God's presence and power is embodied and brought into the world. Likewise, spiritual forces are purified and uplifted in human beings. However, when this is not the case, human beings become channels of admixed and dark forces, their humanity being "devoured" by the Lion-faced power, Yaldabaot.
The name Yaldabaot is revealing, for it is a perversion of the divine name Tzavaot, which literally means "Hosts." This name is associated with Neztach and Hod on the Tree of Life, Dominion and Submission. The perversion of the name implies an impure, corrupt or perverse manifestation of "hosts" or cosmic forces. Such is the nature of Yaldabaot, for the demiurgos is cosmic ignorance, and the archons are spiritual forces bound to cosmic ignorance; hence impure, corrupt or perverse spiritual forces. Thus, the name perfectly describes the dominion of the demiurge.
According to the Pistis Sophia, the Self-will triple power emanates the Lion-faced one; hence the nature of Yaldabaot is self-will, self-cherishing or the ego-illusion. He is said to be composed of fire and darkness, and to dwell amidst the abodes of chaos and void; hence the Demon of the Great Abyss, who is called the Unmaker. According to the Gnostic Gospel, Satan (the Adversary) is the darkest manifestation of Yaldabaot, as though the shadow of the shadow, as some gnostic masters have said. Thus, Satan is also implied by the lion in this verse, which is to say the self-destructive tendency of the violent or evil inclination that arises from the unregenerated bestial nature.
In the Gnostic Gospel it is the Lion-faced power that leads to the fall of Sophia, specifically the descent of Pistis Sophia into her bondage. As the story of Sophia goes, it is this that invokes the incarnation of the Living Logos for the sake of the redemption of Sophia. When Logos and Sophia are restored to unity, the Light of Christos shines forth to enlightened and liberate beings.
On a subtle level this Lion-faced one is the ascending force of the Serpent Power, which apart from the descending force, the Light from above, is be fierce and hostile and tends to bind the soul. Yet, when this ascending force is join to the descending force, and its ascent is guided by the Light-presence, it is the power of salvation (enlightement and liberation); hence the Gift of a Fiery Intelligence or Holy Spirit Power.
These ideas are at play within this saying. Quite distinctly what the Lord says is that everything appearing in human form is not necessarily human, but that one must labor to develop and cultivate one's humanity - in this way one will discover one's divinity and evolve beyond the present "humanity."
Perhaps these ideas will invoke some deeper thoughts and contemplation on this saying and lead to more discussion...
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:42 pm
I can't help but think of the trite phrase "Well, he's (she's, I'm) only human." If only this were true!
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:27 pm
Blessings in the name of the Anointed.
Yes, indeed, many will say we are "only being human." It reminds me of a comment I recently heard about bad behavior on the internet and hackers and such, that it was "human nature." Yet, in truth, negativity and violence is not "human nature" but a bestial nature - the animal man or woman acting apart from their humanity and soul. Unfortunately much "ordinary" human behavior isn't really human at all, but rather is subhuman from a Gnostic perspective. In other words, gnostics hold our humanity in a much higher regard than the unenlightened society does.
The play of spiritual forces becomes obvious in human behavior, for we must ask what compels individuals towards negativity and why it can be so difficult for many to refrain from negativity, or how negativity is so often justified rather than confessed for what it is. Even among people who speak of themselves as "spiritual" or as "truth-seekers" all too frequently words and deeds to not match the ideals spoken. While we can speak of karmic conditioning, there are also spiritual forces that influence and bind souls, according to Gnostic teachings.
As Gnostic practioners our aim is to cultivate our humanity and to become an authentic human individual. Becoming human, we seek to become more than human, hence to become fully Christed, which is a state beyond angelic beings. In order to accomplish this it would seem that we must cultivate human qualities and Christ-like qualities and hold ourselves to a higher standard of eithics and integrity as part of the spiritual life.
In terms of the play of spiritual forces what seems most important is that we understand that our every thought, feeling-emoiton, word and deed links us to a corresponding spiritual being-force, whether divine, admixed or demonic. Thus, it is through a mastery of the mind, heart and life that we are able to gain a mastery of spiritual forces. According to gnostic teachings this is the true task of human beings and one who is human will take up this task consciously.
Perhaps the best motivator is the realization that we continue to return here until we actively and consciously labor for a transcendence. At least I personally find that motivating!
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 5:41 am
It seems very difficult for most to distinguish various spiritual forces, particularly admixed forces, as they can appear to be friendly and beneficial while in fact are otherwise. I was asked this morning about Mark13 21-23:
And then if any one says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But take heed; I have told you all things beforehand.
This seems to relate directly to the outer and unspiritual church, and to the so-called prophets and teachers of the New Age movement, yet while I see this in our culture and the negativity rampant in the world today, it would appear that this has always been true.
Plainly, the only way to distinguish the nature of various spiritual forces, particularly admixed forces, is "through a mastery of the mind, heart and life" - to know the Truth and Light in ourselves.
Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:50 am
hmm... the tricky part of that seems to be in how these admixed forces would sometimes have us believe that we have this 'mastery of the mind, heart and life' long before it is truly so. it seems that if our inmost desire is to know the Light, that it provides us with the means for constant re-evaluation of ourselves and things like motivation behind action. without this desire, or if it were perverted into an ego trip, one might sit on their butt on the path thinking they are at the 'end' or something.
this seems to point at the value of a Living Tradition... the tzaddik can come up and poke the student and say 'hey, get up! what are you doing?'
Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:57 am
Greeting Rebekah & Charlie!
It seems that we must cultivate discerning awareness, which does come from the awareness of the Truth and Light within us; yet these very words of the Truth and Light in us become the rally cry of the new age seeker and teacher - and justification for a spiritual materialism. It seems in order to gain gnosis of the Truth and Light in us and discerment, we must go to school and receive a proper spiritual education, and we need to rely on an experienced teacher and guide. Without this, how are all the subjective projections cut through, and how is the Truth and Light drawn out of us? The very meaning of the word education from its Latin root means "a drawing out of what is within oneself."
Knowledge of the Truth in us, implies openness and honesty, and divine pride coupled with spiritual humility. Many have learned about divine pride, but are unwilling to spiritual humility.
The Truth and Lght is in us, but an education and self-purification are necessary to draw it out. This is reflected in the Pistis Sophia by the thirteen cycles of the repentance of Pistis Sophia, as she seeks purification and deliverance from the Lion-faced power. Ironically, many enter into spirituality but do not engage in self-purification. Thus, they follow false lights and contact only the lesser luminaries of the Lion-faced power, mistaking admixed and even demonic forces for divine powers. This is well reflected in the trend of new age channeling and psychism - for never having purified oneself one will naturally attract impure spiritual beings-forces, not the pure and divine powers.
The great problem is, without an experienced guide, a proper education and the balance involvement with spiritual community provides, and a rigorous openness and honesty willing to expose all of oneself to the Light, how could one ever learn to discern between spiritual forces? The truth is, without these, it is virtually impossible to discern spiritual forces.
Savior and salvation are important words - they invoke humility along with divine pride, and they reflect the truth of the unenlightened condition: that, indeed, we are in need of divine assistance, for we are sorely deceived and bound by unwholesome spiritual forces. If I recognize the need for salvation and the Savior, then I will recognize my need for repentance, which is to say my need for self-purification so that the Truth and Light might shine from within me.
Pistis Sophia is a wonderful teaching in this regard, for at the heart of the story is the "Fall" and redemption of Pistis Sophia. She adores the Light above, and yearns for the True Light, but becomes deceived by the Self-willed triple power who emanates the false light of the Lion-faced one below. Seeing the false light she mistakes it for the true light, and thus descends to it and becomes bound by the archons. In much the same way many truth-seekers also become deceived by false lights and bound up with admixed and dark forces, and all manner of false teachings that having nothing to do with Christ or enlightenment. Likewise, many are deceived into believing that they are realized prematurely. Truly, this world and the astral planes are very deceptive and dangerous realms, largely dominated by the Lion-faced power and archons, and dark forces. This is a basic teaching of all authentic schools of Gnosticism.
In the midst of the play of cosmic forces discerning awareness is key - without it no one can acquire his or her freedom.
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Wed May 05, 2004 6:25 am
It seems like the admixed forces can grab you because they promise enlightenment and good but in a quick way without any struggle. It looks like the easy way even though it turns into a dead end.
I think the admixed also play on the eog to want to do things itsself and to appear like it is in control.
The Strong Man
Posted: Thu May 06, 2004 6:11 pm
You hit the nail on the head, as the saying goes - many "truth-seekers" are seeking an easy way, or what one might call a "fast-food enlightement" without any real desire for an actual spiritual education, self-discipline or commitment. Likewise, the ambitions of the egoistic self lay behind much spiritual seeking - hence the spiritual materialism common to modern spirituality and the new age. Thus, many folks leave themselves wide open to deceiving spirits - the inner link being a state of self-deception.
I can't help but be reminded of a phrase from elsewhere in the Gospel of Thomas, the "strong man" who must be bound. The idea of a strong man alludes to the attempt to take by force, the violence that underlies the Desire to Receive for oneself alone. It seems that many fall into the error of seeking to take enlightement by force - to prematurely claim something which has, in fact, not been given to them and for which they have not labored.
In every way vital demands are dangerous - for it is these that get us into trouble.
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 1:16 am
The statement, " discerning awareness is key - without it no one can acquire his or her freedom" is beautifully excellent, and refreshing to hear. It seems mainstream church spirituality and new age are going for this idea of there is no evil in the universe except that cultivated by humans. This I question heavily, because there must be the potential for evil in the universe before humans can cultivate it.
The Lion-faced power, archons, admixed and dark forces are very real. Through experience in a close relationship I have with a person very sensitive to and bothered by what is definitely dark forces, I have come to know this. To survive in this relationship, and in the world at large, I have been forced into knowing to try to learn as much as possible about discernment awareness between spiritual forces. I need to keep learning, hence, recently joining your discussion group.Receiving enthusiastic feedback and balanced teaching from a well-grounded group avoids unbalanced isolation. Yes. Deep thanks.
One thing I do know is that surrender of willfulness is necessary and quietly abiding and listening rather than pushing/controlling situations is a good beginning. I still sense deeply that there is a great amount to learn.
In much respect,
Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 11:37 am
Yes, indeed, some forms of mainstream liberal Christianity teach that there is no “evil” other than what humankind creates, and likewise some forms of modern spirituality teach that all spiritual beings-forces are “good” and “luminous.” However, awareness of the play of cosmic and spiritual forces of a divine, admixed, as well as a dark and hostile nature, is an integral part of Gnostic teachings and the Gnostic view, for basically the same reasons you observe – the ignorance pervades the world and all world-systems of the Entirety. The ignorance (demiurge) existed before humankind on earth and will continue to exist in the universe long after humankind passes away from the earth. The play of cosmic and spiritual forces is an innate part of the Great Matrix, and we may say that it is even necessary to the process of Creative Evolution. After all, our souls come into being and awaken through this interplay of spiritual forces, as though emerging from a cosmic womb and, likewise, our free will is based upon the fact that we have choices. When we are ready and willing, we can choose the path of conscious evolution and can become a conscious participant in the play of spiritual forces. We see this in the ministry of Master Yeshua, as well as other great adepts and masters who have walked among us.
This points us directly to the distinction we find between the “orthodox” and Gnostic view of the Divine Incarnation. According to orthodoxy, evil entered into the world on account of the sin of humankind, each of us inheriting the “original sin” of Adam and Eve. Thus, in the orthodox view, the Savior comes to make atonement for our sins, and if we believe in the Savior we experience something akin to a collective and vicarious salvation. In the Gnostic view, however, admixed and dark forces were part of creation (the Entirety) from the very outset, long before the generation of humankind on earth, and they are part of the creative process of the cosmos and play a role in the generation of humankind. Thus, the issue is not “original sin” but rather it is cosmic ignorance. The Savior is a Gnostic Revealer (Enlightened Being) who dispels our ignorance, revealing the play of cosmic and spiritual forces, and the Pleroma of Light that transcends it – revealing our true nature and inmost essence as Divine Light. On account of ignorance (agnosis) the admixed and demonic forces hold power over us, because in ignorance we are unconsciously compelled by them; however, through gnosis the ignorance is dispelled and our soul-stream is delivered from its bondage. Therefore the Gnostic Revealer teaches us the Path of Enlightenment and Liberation; though Divine Grace ultimately accomplishes the Great Work in us, nevertheless we must co-labor with the Divine Spirit to workout our salvation. This salvation is not collective, but is individual – each person having to unfold her or his self-realization in Christ; although faith may play a significant role, it is gnosis of Christ that leads to salvation – enlightenment and liberation.
St. Paul gives a distinctly Gnostic teaching in Ephesians, 6:10-17, when he tells us that our battle is not with “blood and flesh,” but rather with cosmic and spiritual forces, and even uses the classical Gnostic term of “archons” (rulers), associating them with the planets or celestial spheres, as in Christian Gnosticism. There is deep wisdom in what St. Paul says, for in the midst of the great darkness at play in the world we will not fall into negativity about the world or humankind, but we will understand what is transpiring within and behind appearances. We will continue to love people and have compassion for sentient beings, understanding the power of cosmic ignorance and the plights of souls bound to the demiurge and archons (the Great Matrix).
As I wrote in our discussion entitled “An Imperfect World,” there is a great danger of falling into negativity when we see the negativity in the world, or of reacting in a violent way when we see the violence in the world – we could easily begin to despise humankind, and therefore ourselves. After all, we are one of “them” when we speak ill of humanity, and here we all struggle against the ignorance, each and every one of us. It is a subtle, or not so subtle, trap of the ignorance, the negativity, the violence – it is contagious, and self-righteousness is a lowered immune system, spiritually speaking. We simply cannot afford to give in to negativity and violence, but rather recognizing darkness and evil for what it is, we must choose to enact what is good and true – we must seek to embody the True Light.
Of shades and shadows, we may say this: In the Divine Light they cease to exist, and in fact there is no struggle or conflict; thus, to the extent that we embody the Light-presence (Christ) and Light-power (Holy Spirit) we may act as conscious agents in the Great Work, as Light-bearers, Healers and Peacemakers. On the surface there is a struggle and conflict, but going within and living within we may find a secret center of peace and joy that transcends the dualism of subject and object, joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, wellness and illness, light and darkness, clarity and confusion, birth and death; in this we are empowered to the Great Work, the harvest of souls.
Indeed, here in this body, this world, there is a struggle, and within and behind there is a great conflict of cosmic and spiritual forces; yet, living within, with the presence of awareness and gnosis of the Risen Christ, we are empowered to live in a proactive way, consciously responding rather than living in reaction and bondage. As the terms bridal chamber implies, we are empowered to the fullness of life and restore ourselves to the Original Blessing, our original conception in the Pleroma of Light.
In closing we can remind of the Gnostic understanding or “repentance,” for it does not mean to Gnostics what it does to orthodoxy – its esoteric meaning is reintegration, specifically, reintegration into the True Light (Divine or Enlightened Being). Remembering ourselves in the Divine Light we restore ourselves to the Pleroma of Light and embody the Light; hence, the remembrance of the Divine I Am (Eheieh) in the wedding feast (Eucharist) among Gnostic Christians. According to masters of the tradition in this we are “sealed against admixed and dark forces,” for “putting on our Light-vestures” admixed or dark forces cannot link with us or bind us. Hallelu Yah!
Putting on our Light-vestures in perfect remembrance, may we be conscious agents of the Great Work; amen.
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Sat May 13, 2006 11:06 pm
Greetings Tau Malachi,
Yes, a very brilliantly useful Teaching!
It is like what christian mystic Jacob Boehme said many centuries ago, "Christ will storm the Hell in you and break your beasts" ---revealing the clear Light. All the "beasts" must eventually be broken in order to see accurately the discernment of spiritual forces.This is the "co-labour" I must work on. A path with no end. Infinity.
Are there more good Teachings on this subject for further Guidance?
Posted: Sun May 14, 2006 10:27 am
This world is deceptive in that reality is not as it appears – oriented to the surface consciousness, to name and form, and the physical senses, it appears as though we exists completely separate and apart from one another, from our environment, the world and the source of our being (the True Light). Of course, the individual and universal are inseparable from one another, entirely interdependent and interconnected with one another – there is an underlying Sacred Unity within and behind all that appears, from the physical or material level, to the spiritual and supernal level. This Sacred Unity may be spoken of in many ways, it is at once emptiness and fullness, it is Clear Light, it is the Divine Spirit – it is Pure Being, or “Beingness.”
In a post on another topic, in another forum, you were sharing an insight into meditation, suggesting that the purpose of meditation is meditation itself, simply being, and that in being we are naturally and spontaneously attuned to the cosmos and the source of our being; moreover, that the intention of such meditation is service – the facilitation of harmony and peace, healing and illumination. Here, it seems, is the most essential key, for in being, without attachment or aversion, all contradiction and conflict is resolved, and we discover the flow of Divine Grace within and behind all that transpires, the beauty and horror alike.
When Master Yeshua teaches, saying, “Do not resist evil,” or when he says, “If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to them the other cheek,” he is pointing to the truth of being in which self-grasping, greed-lust and fear-hatred are brought into cessation – negativity and violence brought to an end, all within oneself.
Of course, this state of being is not fixed or static, but is fluid and flowing, and it is not idle or passive, but is active and dynamic – with it comes the presence of awareness from which right thought, right speech and right action naturally and spontaneously flow; hence a true “righteousness,” conscious response.
Generally speaking, we are seeking answers from the surface consciousness, and we live mostly in unconscious reaction to appearances of things on the surface; but we can learn to go within and live within, and be guided from within, from our center of being and the presence of awareness innate to our true being – Christos, Buddha, or by whatever name we shall call it. This is the purpose of the spiritual life and practice in the Gnostic Path, not that we are going to acquire enlightenment or gnosis, per se, but that we are going to allow our innate Gnostic Being to shine from within us – we want the Light-presence (Christ) and Light-power (Holy Spirit) to take up our life, we want to be of service. As the saying goes, “There is no Goal but the Path,” and we “take the Goal as the Path,” for it is the truth of our inmost being, and enacting that truth we embody it – the Divine I Am (Eheieh).
The experience of being in meditation is astounding, for as we experience pure being, we experience consciousness beyond the body; at the same time, we experience the body infused with consciousness, and our consciousness opens to new dimensions. As we learn to live within and abide in this state of being, more and more we find a continuity of awareness arising throughout all states of consciousness, whether waking consciousness, sleep and dream, or death and the afterlife – in a word, we awaken, we remember, we reintegrate.
Quite naturally, as we abide in this state of Gnostic Being there is no “doer” and we are not “doing” anything – in simplicity of being there is an innate harmony and peace, and a deep joy, and healing and illumination naturally and spontaneously occur.
The entire struggle of “saint” and “sinner” is irrelevant, for apart from the doer where is the saint or sinner, and where is the karma that binds? Likewise, we may say that this Bornless Being (Christ Melchizedek) transcends the light and darkness, and the entire play of cosmic and spiritual forces. To recognize and realize this Transcendence Being, and embody it, is to be fully empowered as a conscious agent in the play of spiritual forces, understanding Ain-Nature (emptiness) of all that appears – that all is the radiant display of the mind, consciousness or soul.
Isn’t this the truth of the Risen Christ?
It has been said that Yeshua Messiah was “without sin.” Perhaps in this we may gain some insight into what this might mean – in Pure Being, Divine or Enlightened Being, sin has never existence, and neither has death. If we realize this Divine or Enlightened Nature, this Bornless Nature, then we, too, are “born of the Virgin” – Mother Sophia, Mother Wisdom, and we are without sin.
It is not that we will “acquire” anything, but that we will activate our divine potential (divine spark) through the spiritual life and practice – we actualize and realize our true being, the Christos, Sophia-Logos.
Of course, this self-realization does not require us to withdraw from life and the world, but rather it transforms this life and world, and empowers us to the fullness of life in the Risen Christ and Holy Bride – life in freedom!
Thus, rather than creed and doctrine, what Gnosticism offers are spiritual teachings and practices through which we might recognize and realize the truth of our being – all in Christ, all in the Light.
In closing we can say: In the Spiritual Sun (Christ) there is no shade or shadow, and there is no struggle against the darkness, for in the True Light there is no darkness.
May the Light of the Spiritual Sun shine within and all around us, as we see with the Woman of Light, and may we know Divine Rapture while in this world; amen.
Easier said than done
Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 10:51 am
Yes, indeed, there are circumstances in which the ideal of the “non-resistance of evil” is difficult for us – the ideal realm of one thing, the actual world another. We live in the actual world and in the actual world nothing is ever exactly the “ideal” – hence the Gnostic assertion that this world in the material dimension shall never be the ideal in any fixed or static sense, as it cannot be. As Gnostic Christians we hold the aim of the ideal, while consciously living in the actual world, aware of ourselves in the world, though not of this world – we cultivate the awareness of the Human One of Light in us, the awareness our of our true being in the Pleroma of Light, seeking to the best of our ability to bring forth the good that is in us. It is a constant ongoing spiritual practice from moment to moment and day to day, and under some conditions it can be far from easy, to say the least. In this world the spiritual life is definitely not easy – it’s often rather like swimming upstream against the current.
As Gnostics we speak of the active and dynamic surrender to the Light-power (Holy Spirit or Mother Spirit), which is our cooperation through the spiritual life and practice; yet, ultimately we must rely upon Divine Grace, for in our experience it is Grace that accomplishes the Great Work with, in and through us.
If we are in a situation and environment in which there is a distinct play of dark and hostile forces, whether because we choose to remain in it or because we have no choice, then we can use the anguish in our experience as a source of empowerment – using it to cultivate the Sacred Heart of love and compassion. Essentially, whatever grief or pain exists in our experience we are not alone, but many others experience similar grief and pain in this life, and we can use our own experience of the grief and pain to connect with them, opening our mind and heart to them in Christ, praying for the liberation of all from this sorrow and suffering. On the website we outline the practice of Giving and Receiving Meditation, which can be very helpful in such situations – it is a method of working with negativity, which can also be healing. Coupled with this a partzuf practice, such as with Lord Yeshua, can also prove helpful, helping to empower our work with Giving and Receiving. (A partzuf meditation with the Living Yeshua is also given on our website, as well as in our books.)
The idea is not necessarily that the situation will go away, but that we might be able to gain some strength from it and draw out a blessing from within it through a proactive relationship with what’s happening. Often in this life there are situations, circumstances and events in which we encounter much sorrow and suffering that there is no avoiding, so through Giving and Receiving we have a way to embrace what’s happening and perhaps, to some extent, use it as a vehicle of realization.
At times we may even adopt the attitude of “suffering with the Christ-bearer” to bring forth the Christ, or of suffering with the Divine Mother in her pains of giving birth to Christ Consciousness. Such attitudes we call a “view,” and the view becomes an integral part of our daily spiritual practice, one that may help us transform something that binds us into something that might set us free. The view is reinforced by prayer and meditation, and sometimes sacred ceremony.
Of course it is entirely possible that a situation could exceed our capacity as a practitioner, in which case, were it possible to bring about a change of circumstances, then that would be our best option. If a change in circumstance is not possible, however, then our only option is to use our spiritual life and practice to help us manage in the situation to the best of our ability, cleaving to the Risen Christ and Holy Bride, and maintaining our faith, hope and love in Christ.
Always we seek to be creative and seek to do our best, with the aim of the ideal, but understanding the reality of the actual world. We do what we can do and we trust Divine Grace to see us through, surrendering to her.
May we abide in the Grace of the Risen Christ, the Shekinah of Messiah resting upon us; amen.
Blessings & shalom!
Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:44 am
I cannot help but think of Rev 5:5
And one of the Elders said to me, “Do not weep; behold, The Lion from the tribe of Judah, The Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and its seals.”
So Christ redeems the Lion-Faced power, the seal opening within ones self, starting the way for salvation. I see a truth here but cannot discern all of it.
Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:12 pm
I cannot help but correlate Christ as the lion in revelations 5:5 and The Risen One as an expression of Givurah, as the Lamb is the expression of Hesed. The seven seals the chakrahs and the opening as the process of transforming the vice of Givurah: Cruelty, Destruction as Yabaldabaot.
Serpent and the Lion
Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:02 am
‘Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons shall bow down before you.
Judah is a lion’s whelp;
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He crouches down, he stretches out like a lion,
like a lioness—who dares rouse him up?
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him;
and the obedience of the peoples is his.' (Genesis 49:8-10)
I'm grateful for your drawing out these relationships of the redemption of the Lion-Faced Power by the Lion of Judah. Both are great powers. One is unaware of the source of its power and is therefore adversarial to the light of the other who is aware, a therefore a greater power. That the Lion is attributed to the tribe of Judah shows that this voracious enemy will be redeemed by a power greater: Messiah. The line of Judah generated King David, who is but a shadow of the Priest King: Adonai Yeshua.
This image of the lion, figuring as Yaldabaot in Gnostic literature feels very parallel with everything said of the Serpent in Jewish literature. The sum of the letter-numbers spelling serpent in Hebrew is the equivalent value spelling Messiah: 358. This tells Jewish mystics that the power that binds people to sin and death is the same which will liberate to life everlasting. As the serpent is redeemed in the full reception of Messiah in Adonai Yeshua, so also the Lion-faced power.
"Who is like unto El?" is the meaning of the name of Archangel Michael, whose face in visions of Ezekiel and St. John is that of a lion, the direction south, the height of life and strength and vigor in service of the Divine Will. "Who is like unto El?" is the Lion-faced power conscious of the image-likeness of YHVH Elohim and therefore Divine-willed; Yaldabaot is the Lion-faced power apart from this awareness, unconscious and self-willed.
Fire is the element of the South, as Water is West, and Earth is North; these same elements respectively are the solarplexus, navel, and root star, which are manifest unconsciously as the triple-powers of the Self-Willed. The breakthrough to the awareness that is Divine begins in the element of the East as Air, the heart star of Love and Compassion: What we do to others, we're doing to ourselves. This holy awareness is the redemption of the Lion-faced power, from Yaldabaoth, a deformity of the reflection of Pistis Sophia hovering over the Deep, to Michael, Who-is-Like-El, Commander of the Hosts of Heaven in defense of King Messiah.
One can extend this contemplation of Thomas 7 by regarding Daniel, who mastered this same pride within himself, so as to master a pride of lions in their very den!
Hail! Hail! Lion of Judah!