Grace and peace to you from Yahweh Elohim, and from Adonai Messiah!
There is no need for an apology, dear sister, none whatsoever, and likewise regarding your questions, there is no need to concern yourself with taking anything away from other members of our online community. There is something to be said of good questions, those asked in faith and love that are from the heart, for as much as any response that might come, so they are inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and they act as invocations of the Holy Spirit, and Christ and the angels. When any sister or brother asks a question of the heart, asking in faith and love, so they serve to draw out teachings of the Living Word, or mysteries of the Torah and Gospel, and as they receive, so others also receive. The truth is, each individual member in community has unique insights and inspirations, and unique questions, and so they may serve to draw out teachings and mysteries that others might not; but when an individual draws them out, all receive on account of them, and so even in asking a question our unique essence (yechidah) shines. This is revealed in the Gnostic Gospel, Pistis Sophia, in which the Magdalene asks the most questions, and gives the most interpretations of teachings, more than all of the other disciples combined. Because of this, deep mysteries are revealed, inner and secret teachings of the Risen Christ and Gospel, that otherwise would not have been revealed. There is much to be said of the art of asking a question from the heart, from our inner being, for inspired by the Holy Spirit – the Fiery Intelligence in us, so the question contains the answer, like a seed contains the tree. My beloved tzaddik, Tau Elijah, always liked to remind of this – questions themselves are a creative art in spiritual discourse, and spiritual discourse itself is prayer. Thus, questions in faith and love are invocations, invoking influxes of the Holy Spirit and Divine Attributes. These influxes are the light-power within and behind the words of teachings given.
First, it must be said that the principle vehicle of the Light Transmission, or true Christ-Spirit, is the Human One; hence, the Divine Incarnation in the person of our Elder Brother, Yeshua Messiah, and the generation of Gnostic Apostolic Succession bearing the Holy Light, the Living Spirit. Thus, it is the tzaddik, or apostle, and the community – the Living Body, which is the vehicle of Light Transmission, the vehicle through which the Christ-Spirit, Supernal Light, is transmitted. In the same way, and on account of this, so it is through the generations of the Human One, the evolution of the Human One – the spiritual elect humanity (Community of Israel), that the Holy Torah and Gospel are revealed, the Torah and Gospel being placed into the heart of the Human One.
Our angelic siblings in the Light Continuum (Yahweh) co-labor with us in this Light Transmission, co-laboring for the fulfillment of God’s will in creation, and the salvation of spirits and souls; it is given to us to bear the Holy Light and embody the Holy Light, and so engage the Light Transmission in this world and in the inner dimensions, and with their knowledge and power the angels labor with us to help co-create the necessary conditions for action of Divine Grace, or Light Transmission. Thus, the angels are not invoked to impart the Light Transmission, but rather to help facilitate the conditions, or energetic environment, in which it is imparted, received and integrated, and brought to fruition. In a word, they are invoked to minister to those receiving and integrating the Light Transmission, and to extend the various divine blessings they bear, and to use their knowledge and power to help bring about the situations, circumstances and events through which the Christ-Spirit is communicated, the Gospel being heard with understanding.
Here it must be said, the Light Transmission is not just seen, but is heard, and seeing and hearing must go together for wisdom, understanding and knowledge to dawn; and the angels of God are integral to souls seeing and hearing, and so receiving and integrating the Holy Light.
Your intuition concerning Seraphiel, dear sister, is perfectly correct. Serafiel is invoked to help facilitate the conditions necessary for Light Transmission with an aspirant at a distance, as well as to help guard that Seed of Light, and to give guardianship and guidance to souls through the Ordeal of Initiation, and through Dark Nights of the Soul. When initiation and empowerments are gifted to an aspirant who lives at a distance from actual community, they do not have the same support and sanctuary as a companion in actual circle, and they are more susceptible to the influence and assaults of dark and hostile forces, and likewise to falling back into old ways; this is especially true during more vulnerable times, like the ordeals following initiation or empowerment, and the dark nights of the soul. Thus, when initiating and empowering aspirants at a distance tzaddikim will engage in special prayers and invocations, and they will invoke a greater intercession of the angels, the maggidim, to guard and guide their spiritual friends, and to generate an energetic sanctuary for them. Serafiel, along the Kamael, are significant in this, Serafiel to open the way, and to help facilitate reintegration with the Holy Light, and Kamael for divine guardianship; joined with these, as you might intuit, so also there are special invocations of the six archangels of the sacred circle, Metatron, Sandalfon, Rafael, Michael, Gavriel and Oriel (or Uriel). Then, along with these, other archangels and angels may also be invoked as the Holy Spirit inspires, or according to the knowledge a tzaddik or apostle holds of the tikkunim-healings of souls; hence, according to the spiritual needs of each individual aspirant.
The extent to which the angels of God can render spiritual assistance, of course, is dependent upon the faith and love of the aspirant, and the cleaving of the aspirant to the Risen Christ and the Living Body (tzaddik and community) in their heart and soul; the greater our faith and love, the greater our cleaving, the greater the spiritual assistance the angels of Christ and God can give.
Here we may say, where there is faith and love the angels are very eager to minister to souls; but then, in truth, it is their desire to minister to all, for they know the love God has for all creatures, the desire of God for the enlightenment and liberation of all living spirits and souls.
Among the angels of God, however, there is a distinct play of Mercy, Judgment and Compassion, and they have peaceful, wrathful and blissful emanations, and the vision and intention of the angels is not that of mortals or this world, but rather it is of the kingdom of heaven, and its righteousness, God’s righteousness and holiness. As such, the angels, our siblings in the Light Continuum, can be very jealous, or very zealous, and as they engage in their spiritual assistance at times they can be fiery and fierce; angels are not the “warm fluffy” creatures so often depicted in New Age teachings – far from it!
This is well reflected by Serafiel, and what Serafiel does with the golden censor in the Apocalypse, and it is reflected throughout the Holy Scriptures in what is taught of the angels of God and their divine actions, peaceful and wrathful, in Mercy and in Judgment.
In this regard, if we wish to receive the Holy Light, and reintegrate with the Holy Light, and if we wish to draw near to the Holy Shekinah and united with the Holy Shekinah, and we wish to entertain the good company of angels, so as with the tzaddikim, the saints, we wish to cleave to the Risen Christ and we wish to resemble the Risen Christ; hence we wish to “put on the Blessed Name,” or wear the “Body of Vision.” In this way the holy angels will minister to us in peace and joy, and they will receive the charge, as it were, to utilize their knowledge and power to render full spiritual assistance.
As much as we may speak of the Sanctuary of Grace in Yeshua Messiah, and our Union of Grace, so we must understand that we need to cooperate with Divine Grace, and co-labor with Divine Grace to create the conditions for her full Divine Action; her manifestation with us as the Holy Spirit and the angels of God.
In this we may understand that the reason we invoke the presence of angelic hosts is to pray with them, and to act in harmony with them in the Shekinah of the Messiah; and while they give spiritual strength to us, so also our prayers strengthen their influence and power on earth and in heaven. There is something of a reciprocal relationship between our siblings, the angels, and us; and if we are willing to this reciprocal relationship, so they will be very faithful and generous with their spiritual assistance.
There is something to be said, however, regarding our need for the fierce manifestation of the archangels and angels in the Mercy of Christ and God. First, at times, for the sake of our correction, or restoration to truth and righteousness, we need their fierceness. At times, the manifestation of Judgment is Mercy restoring our soul to the Holy Light, and by way of what seems a severe action they may serve to bring this about. More than this, though, the angels are often called the “armies of God” (Elohim) or “armies of the Lord” (Yahweh); hence, “warriors of heaven.” As we know, there is a great conflict of spiritual forces in the entirety, a conflict between divine, archonic and demonic spiritual forces, and if and when a soul receives the Holy Light in this world very swiftly there are spiritual forces that will rush in to steal the light-power, as well as dark and hostile forces that will engage in assaults. In this regard we may recall the temptation of Adonai Yeshua in the wilderness after he received the Spirit of the Messiah. Understanding this, we will understand the need for the fierce manifestation of the angels of God in divine guardianship, helping to fend off the attacks of archonic and demonic forces – klippotic forces.
If we abide in the Sanctuary of Grace, in faith and love, the angels are very zealous in defense of us, and will move with full force against spiritual forces of the Other Side that attempt to assault us, or attempt to steal the light-power of our soul.
As we see in the story of the temptation, though, we ourselves must not give into the temptations that arise, but rather choose what is good and true, abiding in faith and love; for if we give in to temptation, or give in to shades and shadows (klippot), then because of the gift of free will we have, under the law the action of the angels in defense of us becomes restricted, or limited.
The same is true of the spiritual assistance of tzaddikim as well, for they must also honor free will and the choices we make.
Here we can speak a simple truth. In the Christ-Spirit each and every one of us is called to live as saints and the angels of God, or tzaddikim and maggidim, and so we are all called to take up the spiritual works of saints and angels. Here perhaps we should remember that originally, all of the faithful and spiritual elect were called “saints,” all who received the Holy Light, Holy Spirit, were anointed as saints by Christ and God; it was not isolate to just a few in the Church, and there was no industry of selling sainthood. In truth, all who are in Christ are saints in Christ if they co-operate with Divine Grace and labor for progress in the Gospel. Thus, we seek to live as saints, or tzaddikim, and we labor for the full embodiment of the Christ-Spirit as we witness in our Elder Brother (Yeshua) and Elder Sister (Mirya), and in so doing the holy angels are not only our siblings, but they are our spiritual friends; just as Christ has called us friends, so will the angels of Christ and God!
In this light, there is something more to be said of the invocation of archangels and angels. We invoke archangels and angels corresponding with our intention in prayer and the inspirations of the Holy Spirit in prayer, and so our prayers, in effect, become the prayers of the archangels and angels invoked. The prayers of angels join with ours, and ours join with theirs. When this happens the angels “lend us their power,” in a manner of speaking, so that in the Holy Spirit their power moves with, in and through us, and therefore blessings flow and wonders transpire in this world, all as ordained by the Most High.
It is really more than a “lending,” though, for if and when we pray in full faith and love, and with full kavvanah-concentration and devekut-cleaving, on an energetic level we merge with the angels, merging with the Holy Shekinah, and their knowledge and power is gifted to us. Afterwards, very often something of that knowledge and power will remain with us. As we have said, our relationship with angels is reciprocal, and in these exchanges they also are gifted with the knowledge and power from our soul, the knowledge of the Torah and Gospel that is given to the generations of the Human One, and this also remains with them. There is, in truth, a very dynamic exchange of sparks between the angels and us, and through this exchange all creation is uplifted, is evolving, towards its fruition in Christ and God, the True Light.
Here we can share an open secret, one hinted at in the Zohar again and again. In the Zohar we are taught that the study and contemplation of the Torah and Gospel is greater than prayer. This is naturally very curious, for we might think that prayer is the greatest activity of all, given that in this world the Human One, the Speaking One, is the only creature that can engage full prayer on behalf of all, and there is such a great need for prayer. However, angels, along with faithful and spiritual human beings, tend the continuum of prayer, but the Torah and Gospel were not given to the angels, they were given to humanity, and as such, the study and contemplation of the Torah and Gospel, and the embodiment of the Christ-Spirit, the Living Word, is given to human beings. Thus, it is humanity through which the mysteries of the Torah and Gospel are drawn out and revealed, and so the study and contemplation of the Torah and Gospel is called “greater” than prayer. We can say something more regarding this, however, for when new teachings and revelations of the Torah and Gospel are spoken, angels rush to listen and hear, and so they draw near, and they bring their knowledge and power with them in exchange; as new teachings and revelations occur, so when we pray the angels are swift to pray with us, and therefore there is greater power in our prayers. This is a significant part of how prayers are empowered to ascend before the Throne of Glory through study and contemplation of the Holy Torah and Gospel, or contemplation of the Living Word and Wisdom of God.
It is truly a great mystery, and an awesome blessing, that we have something to give to our angelic siblings in return, and that such a dynamic exchange of light-power has been ordained between us in the Living Body of Christ; it leaves one filled with holy awe and wonder, and praise and thanksgiving, and generates great zeal for the Word of God.
In this light, perhaps you might understand that the angels are also blessed by our questions, for they too receive answers from the Spirit of God with us – the entire enlightened family is blessed in this way! Praise God!
You might say that it is given to the Human One to invoke, and to ask questions, unfolding the ongoing revelation of God on earth and in heaven.
May the Living Word, the Holy Gospel, continue to be spoken on earth and in heaven, and may the greater Glory of Christ and God be revealed. Amen.
God bless you, and God keep you!
Ecclesia Pistis Sophia