Archangel Serafiel - A Great Fiery One of God

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Archangel Serafiel - A Great Fiery One of God

#1 Postby TREESE » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:26 am

Question, please - May I ask the Name of the Archangel in your Tradition that would correspond to the Archangel Sealtiel of the Catholic Faith? And, perhaps the Sefira where I might find him on the Tree of Life, as well?

This is what I was able to find on-line about him:

    He has other names, as well: Zerachiel and Seraphiel, to name two.

    St. Sealtiel continually stands before God, with incenser in hand, as symbol of the prayers & offering of the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass, in unceasing adoration of the Most Holy Trinity.

    One of the 7 Archangels of ENOCH

    Archangel of Prayer, Worship, and Contemplation

    Said to have Healing Gifts

    Guardian of THURSDAY.

    He is also the Angel of the Seventh Seal, spoken about in Rev. 8:3-4.
    And, in the verses following 3-4, his offering of the Prayers of God’s people were heard by God, and so he was commanded to hurl the golden censer to the earth in judgment against the evils perpetrated against God’s people.

    Another of his Titles is “God’s Command”.

    "And another angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel." (Apoc 8:3-4)
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    Serafiel, the "Seraph of God"

    #2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:04 pm

    Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah!

    In our Christian Kabbalah, in speaking of the angel bearing the golden censor the name Seraphiel (or Serafiel) is used, which literally means “Seraph of God,” or “Fiery Serpent of God.” As the name of this a archangel implies, Serafiel comes from the order of seraphim (or serafim), and in that this is the order of angels corresponding with Gevurah-Severity (or Din-Judgment), so there is a correspondence of Serafiel with Gevurah. This correspondence clearly plays out in the Book of Revelation and what the archangel is commanded to do with the golden censor.

    If we look into mysteries of the orders of angels, the serafim worship in the interior Shekinah (Presence), while the kerubim worship in the exterior Shekinah, and likewise they are called “guardians of the interior Shekinah of Yahweh,” while the kerubim are “guardians of the exterior Shekinah"; as such they are guardians of the holiness of God, and nearness to God, or intimacy with God – true communion. These qualities are attributed to Serafiel in our oral tradition, and it is said that Serafiel can impart to the faithful and spiritual elect the knowledge of how to enter into the most intimate communion with the Messiah and El Elyon.

    In the tradition Serafiel is associated with charismatic worship, “gifted worship,” or the worship of God with great passion and cleaving – devekut; and at times Serafiel is called the “angelic prince of devekut-cleaving.”

    This is in complete harmony with something else that is taught in our oral tradition, that Serafiel holds the knowledge and power of the awakening of the serpent power (or fire snake) in the Human One, and so labors for this awakening, and joined with this holds knowledge of secret mysteries of the Messiah, or the dawn of Messianic Consciousness. On account of this, if and when an elder or tau of the lineage wishes to engage the Light Transmission, or wishes to spark a spontaneous awakening of the serpent power in an aspirant, at times they will invoke Serafiel.

    Interestingly enough, at times in our Christian Kabbalah Serafiel is associated with the True Chrism, or influxes of the Supernal Light. Joined with this association, Serafiel has been called a “Prince of the Anointing,” and also, a “preacher of the Gospel in the world of angels.”

    In that this archangel is said to bear the golden censor filled with the prayers of the faithful and spiritual elect, and Archangel Sandalfon is said to uplift the prayers of the faithful and elect into the interior Shekinah, so there is a deep connection and relationship between Serafiel and Sandalfon, the archangel of Malkut. If Serafiel also uplifts and offers the prayers of the faithful and spiritual elect before the Throne of Glory, and we understand that Malkut is called the “Gate of Prayers,” then there is also a correspondence of Serafiel with Malkut. In the Holy Kabbalah it is said that Malkut is “ruled by Gevurah,” and therefore the dual correspondence applies very well.

    There is also another teaching that is given concerning Serafiel, one that leads to another correspondence among the Sefirot. In the fourth heaven, Zebul, corresponding with Netzach-Victory, there is celestial Jerusalem with the celestial temple, or cathedral, in the center, and there it is said that St. Michael presides as an archangelic high priest, offering soul of the righteous on the altar of burnt offering, translating them into “smoke,” pure spirit, and in this way souls ascend from the fourth heaven to the fifth heaven, Ma’on. According to one teaching Serafiel escorts and uplifts souls during this transition into the interior, or spiritual heaven beyond Zebul. In this teaching Serafiel is associated with a radical spiritual conversion or transformation of souls in the Spirit of the Messiah, and in another teaching connected with this is said to be an archangel holding the knowledge and power of the divine rapture, and special knowledge and understanding of the Great Ascension. This latter, of course, is how Serafiel might come to be associated with one of the seven archangels in Enoch 1 (Zerachiel, or Araqael), and perhaps associated with one of the seven archangels mentioned in Christian Gnostic Scriptures (Sealtiel).

    In our lineage, and in our experience of our angelic siblings in the Light Continuum and Living Body, we do not necessarily view the angelic presences bearing these various names as one and the same archangel; likewise we do understand that multiple angels can bear the same name, indicating their knowledge and power, and mission or divine action, not dissimilar to many human beings that may share the same name, though be very different individuals.

    There is one more teaching, or legend, in our oral tradition that might be of interest to you dear sister. In it Serafiel has a deep connection with the Holy Bride, and with the outpouring of the tongues of fire on Pentecost.

    God bless you and keep you in the Way!
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    INITIATION AND ARCHANGEL SERAPHIEL

    #3 Postby TREESE » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:24 am

    Blessings, and infinite gratitude for your Reply - All you have said reached my very heart, where each word, as if by osmosis, was "understood".

    If I may now ask: The Gevurah-JUDGEMENT aspect that you spoke of; might that Judgement of Humanity (the hurling of the Censer to Earth) in response to human pleas and cries for it, be enacted more Mercifully, or even averted, if people with the Calling to Prayer and Contemplation pleaded for Forgiveness for humankind and for an uplifting of the Consciousness of all beings?

    Could this be included in the message carried by AA Seraphiel to one chosen to be a part of this particular aspect of The Great Work? To be an Intercessor on the "inside", that God's Judgment might come by way of Mercy, Love and Light? (knowing that such a one may have to also bare some of the Karmic burden by personal self-sacrifice and suffering)

    It seems to me that the Christ spoke this message when He balanced the Karma of the sins of the world through His Mercy, Love and Sacrifice, in Obedience to God's Will for His Incarnation, rather than through Judgment and harsh sentence.

    A Brief but significant Second Question, if you please - If your Reply IS in the affirmative, does one still pray for the binding of the forces of Klippot (such as in the PSALMS) as part of this Great Work?

    As I understand it, both Mercy and Judgment stem from Love, and both are necessary, as long as they do stem from Love. Purified Love!

    If time permits you, do Reply.
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    Mercy & Judgment, True Compassion

    #4 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:00 pm

    Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

    Yes, indeed, we are meant to pray for the mitigation of Judgment, for forgiveness and for Mercy; and so we pray for the deliverance of souls, the healing of souls, and the illumination of souls in the Messiah, and we pray for the evolution and ascension of consciousness for all beings, the ongoing revelation of Christ and the Holy Gospel. At the same time, though, there are also prayers of Judgment, understanding that Judgment is a manifestation of the Mercy of God (El). As St. Paul teaches us, our battle is not against blood and flesh, nor strife between souls, but it is against spiritual forces of darkness, ignorance, established in celestial places; hence, the klippot. As we pray for Mercy, so also we pray for Judgment, the diminishing of archonic forces, and the binding and banishing of dark and hostile forces, demonic forces.

    True Compassion is the union of Mercy and Judgment in the wisdom of skillful means, and as such, the prayer warrior has prayers of Mercy and Judgment. We may recall that receiving the Holy Spirit, we receive the power of Mercy and Judgment – boundless Compassion; hence, the power to release and retain sin, or negativity. In general, in this divine action, we release sin, negative karma, and we bind, or retain, and shatter, klippotic forces. In Compassion, though, there is an even greater spectrum of skillful means, for as we engage klippotic forces we entertain a play of pacification, enrichment and subjugation, and only when none of these are possible, destruction; in other words, our desire and hope is for the deliverance or salvation of all living spirits and souls.

    In this play you are correct, we are willing to the rite of ransom as co-redeemers with our Elder Brother, Yeshua Messiah, and so we are willing to take on the suffering of the sin or negative karma of the world; this is well expressed in our practice of Giving and Receiving, which is an energetic practice generating the Sacred Heart and “taking up our cross and following our Lord.” This is exactly what Adonai Yeshua calls us to do when he says, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

    Here we may say that this expresses the wisdom of Serafiel, if we consider it, for as we have said there is something of self-offering in Serafiel, and it is through self-offering that we draw near and unite with Christ and God, the True Light; hence, it is through self-offering that we experience a deeper and more intimate communion with the Living Word.

    This truth of the play of Mercy and Judgment, and the unification of Mercy and Judgment in Compassion, we see among our siblings in the kingdom of heaven, the angels; and as we know, the saints, tzaddikim in the Messiah, are like unto the angels in the Living Body – we co-labor with them, all as God wills it, all as God ordains.

    Shabbat Shalom!
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    Connecting with Serafiel

    #5 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:06 pm

    Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah!

    I wrote this post in response to a post that appears to have been deleted, but in that the time was spent to write this response, nevertheless I'm inclined to post it and to share the thoughts that arose.

    With any Sefirah there are literally countless corresponding angels, so rather than a linear attribute of color based upon the colors associated with the Sefirot we look into the knowledge and power of angels, and the spiritual works or missions for which they are sent to develop visualizations; yet more, though, through prayer, meditation and sacred ceremony we invoke them, seeking revelations of their forms or images. These revelations may come through dream or vision, or through a more direct visitation. In general, we find that angels can assume a number of appearances, depending on their message and mission, their revealed images conveying something of this to us; and we find that archangels have many different emanations, corresponding with their great knowledge, and their diverse dominions and powers, so with archangels we usually become acquainted with a number of forms, and based upon how they appear to us we gain insight into why they have come, or the divine action for which they have been sent.

    We can, indeed, share images that can be envisioned for the sake of kavvanah-concentration in prayer and meditation, and for use in union with partzuf meditations – union with “divine personifications.” These images, however, are provisional, even if completely accurate to revelations and visions in the experience of spiritual adepts and masters, or tzaddikim, for until we enter into direct experience of an angel, or maggid, and experience a revelation of their light body, or their presence and power, it is conceptual. Such envisioned images, though, may be taken up by the corresponding divine being and force at times, and so in this way are also useful to us. Nevertheless, whenever we seek a deeper acquaintance and communion with angels, maggidim, and seek true knowledge and conversation, or co-actions in prayer, we will pray for a visitation or revelation of that holy angel of God, asking God to gifts us knowledge and communion with the angel. Through the Holy Spirit and the inner aspects of our soul this is entirely possible for us, for we have a deep interconnection with the angels, our siblings in the Light Continuum (Yahweh), and our neshamah, our heavenly and supernal soul, is very similar to the presence and power of archangels. Thus, we pray, asking for the knowledge we seek in the fullness of faith, never doubting our prayers will be answered, just as St. James teaches us to do concerning wisdom (Hokmah).

    The angels may very well assume an appearance just like those taught by tzaddikim, but they may also reveal themselves in other forms to us, all as they are inclined, all as ordained by the Lord God (Yahweh Elohim). Either way, when they do it is a spiritual empowerment for contact and communion with them, the sparking of something of a spiritual friendship, you might say, and it is a great blessing. As angels reveal themselves to us, so they communicate their spiritual knowledge and power, and in much the same way as with tzaddikim, or true “saints,” there is an exchange of sparks between us, and so our soul and the angels with which we commune share a special connection, one that can continue to play out in the heavens and in future incarnations. Usually, souls have already formed connections with angels in previous lives and their respites in the heavens in between, in much the same way that connections have been formed with many other souls in previous lives, and yet with the development and evolution of the soul, as its realization in the Messiah increases, these connections grow and increase; naturally so! Thus, we have every reason to pray, invoking a revelation, and it may be that the revelation is more of a “reminder” of a spiritual relationship that preexisted this life.

    If we have a very strong attraction to an angel or archangel, or a deep “feeling” for an angel in our soul, this may very well reflect a previous connection, and perhaps may reflect corresponding spiritual works we have come to enact; that’s assuming, though, the attraction comes from our inner being and heart, and not from the surface consciousness and ego. In much the same way that we learn to go within and live within to receive the Holy Light from above, the same is true in our communion with the spirits of tzaddikim and maggidim, or “saints and angels,” and in this there is true spiritual discernment.

    In this regard your draw to Serafiel is quite intriguing, as this isn’t an angel many aspirants are led to inquire about, and as you have said, few talk about or seem very acquainted with Serafiel. The association of Serafiel with Light Transmission of True Chrism, however, does make him/her a common angelic presence in our lineage and tradition, just as does his/her association with the Magdalene, the Tower of the Flock.

    Now we may share a couple of appearances of Serafiel that can be envisioned. First, there is the obvious appearance as the angel with the golden censor; in this appearance Serafiel appears male, robed in gold and white, in what appears to be angelic priestly garb studded with jewels, and he has an aura of “flaming light.” Second, at times Serafiel may assume the form of a Great Seraf, with six wings, the four faces, bearing a holy staff, with an awesome presence and power that is something like a radiant solar fire, and a voice that is something like thunder, though very noble and gentle when heard inwardly in the heart and soul. Often in this form, three faces will be concealed and only the face that is like unto the human one will appear, and the appearance of that face will be androgynous. There are other emanations of Serafiel, but these are the two most common that are shared for initial visualization during prayer and meditation.

    As you contemplate Serafiel, you might contemplate the angel that appeared to Gideon when he was called as a judge of Israel; an angel that bore a staff, which the angel used to cause the offering of Gideon to be instantly consumed by fire emerging from a stone altar. According to masters of the tradition, that angel of God was from the order of Serafim.

    As for incense or oil associated with this archangel, it’s the traditional frankincense and myrrh, though in our lineage and tradition we often add rose to this in remembrance of the Holy Bride.

    There is something more that we can share concerning Serafiel, which might be good to record for the community. As I’ve shared above, Serafiel is associated with Light Transmission, and is often invoked by elders and tau engaging Light Transmission; this is very common if and when an apostle intends the communication of Light Transmission with a sister or brother at a distance, one who is not in their physical presence. In this there is a unification of Judgment and Mercy, for if and when an aspirant cannot visit and meet a living tzaddik or apostle in person, this corresponds with Judgment, or Severity (restriction), but if and when a tzaddik engages Light Transmission at a distance it is the mitigation of Judgment, and is Mercy, if the aspirant is able to receive and integrate the energetic transmission, remains faithful, and lives in the love of the Messiah. In this we may understand how Serafiel is a very significant archangel in our lineage and tradition, especially in these times when we work with so many sisters and brothers living at great distances from us. Our angelic siblings in the Light Continuum are continually offering spiritual assistance in the extension of blessings and spiritual empowerments to individuals near and far, in this world, and in other worlds of the entirety. Praise God!

    In terms of the revealed appearances of angels there is also something more we can share. There are revelations, appearances, in the astral, spiritual and supernal dimensions, and corresponding with the gradation of their appearance is the blessing, or influx of spiritual power, we will experience; the astral being the most measured in Simple Mercy, the supernal, a manifestation of Abundant Mercy, unmeasured, boundless. At times, as the Holy Scriptures relate, there is also the possibility of what may seem like a material appearance in visitation, akin to the three angelic visitors that Sarah and Abraham entertained. All of these different gradations of visitation have occurred with initiates of our lineage, and so we can bear witness of the ongoing angelic intercession and communion to this very day; hence, that such manifestations of the Mercy of God are not just events of the past, and more so, are not completely “mythical,” or a matter of “folklore.” It is, in fact, from an ongoing communion with angels, maggidim, that the large body of teachings about them in our tradition has been generated, and continues to grow and evolve. I share this because I believe in these dark and tumultuous times witnessing about the ongoing revelation of God, and the Living Presence and Power of God, is very important, bolstering faith and encouraging individuals to return to God; hence, to encourage a spirituality of direct experience, opening minds and hearts to the greater possibilities of spiritual and mystical experience in Christ and God, the True Light. An actual communion with angels, maggidim, and the invocation of angels, is integral to this, for the angels remain the primary intermediation between the Most High and the human collective in a play of Simple Mercy – the manifestation of the Mercy of God that the majority of souls can receive.

    The truth is that relatively few souls in the present human collective can receive the direct and full Supernal Influx, or an unmeasured influx of the Christ-Spirit, but many can receive measured influxes of the Christ-Spirit, and the intercession of the angels of God in Christ. Thus, the intercession of tzaddikim and maggidim, or “saints and angels,” is very important to the Great Work in this world, or the harvest of souls in this world. If we will take up the continuum of prayer or intercession for souls with the tzaddikim and maggidim, so we will find ourselves in their good company, and they will be present with us in prayer.

    In closing we can say this. If and when we think of the holy angels of God, or we speak of the holy angels of God, if done in faith and love we attract them to us and form a connection with them, and in that very instant they are with us. The same is true when we think and speak about any spiritual mystery, if in faith and love, and with kavvanah-concentration and devekut-cleaving, so something of that spiritual power, that light-power, is invoked and present with us – any time we turn to God, the Living Presence and Power of God is with us (Emmanuel).

    I will hold you in my heart and prayers sister.

    Peace be with you!
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    HUMBLE APOLOGY TO YOU AND ALL MEMBERS, SIR

    #6 Postby TREESE » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:17 am

    Dear Tau Malachi and Forum Members - I offer you All my most sincere and humble apology for deleting the Post to which, through his merciful heart, Tau Malachi responded anyway.

    I was embarassed to ask a third question, after so much time had already been given to my first two Questions. I felt I was taking time away from the time he could be spending with all of you.

    Please pardon me. I meant no disrespect.

    Having said that, I will now proceed to read the Reply Post to my Deleted Question, by Tau Malachi... Thank You for your patience with me.

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    #7 Postby Anna » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:04 am

    Dear Sister,
    Greetings and blessings to you in the Light of Maggidim and Tzaddikim!

    This conversation is quite delightful and essential points about our dear siblings in the Light, the Maggidim, angels, are being brought out! There is no need for embarrassment for we are a community growing together in the Christ Spirit and each member plays an essential and unique role! Praise God for our individual portions that weave together in this Greater Body, the Living Body of our Lord!

    It does seem, Dear Tau, as you say, that in these dark times moving with the angels in deeper communion is very important. Many empowerments and transmissions are being given through their agency for members and potential members of the body spread out over the face of this good Earth. The thought that we have made many connections to our angelic siblings in past lives in many realms had not occurred to me, but now I am reeling in joy at what seems a very obvious revelation! :)

    There have been many teachings given of how to co-labor with Spirit for the conditions for grace to move in Light Transmission. So in opening up to this grand potential, this astounding gift, we may also see that there is an entire assembly of tzaddikim and maggidim, moving with Tzaddik. My view of our cooperation is opening up into deeper realms, deeper places in heart, mind and life, where we may expand our invitation to the Light with this understanding that our angelic siblings, some of whom we have moved with in the past, are helping empower our illumination. What an expanse of contemplation has opened through this thread!

    So, also it seems that in expanding our "network" of spiritual friends more deeply into angelic realms we are in a co-labor for greater success in Light Transmission for Tzaddik, for the benefit of all who are open and desirous to receive this Light. What is also coming up is movements in prayer and ritual with a deepening involvement with Holy Angels, not just an awareness of their presence but an actual invitation to move and pray and worship with them. This is a welcome shift in view! Perhaps more might be said of inviting these friendships and strengthening these relationships for the Great Work.

    May we walk in the Presence of the Living Body, growing in grace as members of this Body!
    Messiah Shalom!
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    THUNDER AS THE SUBTLE VOICE

    #8 Postby TREESE » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:55 am

    Thank You, Sister, for your very warm re-assurance, and for your contribution to this discussion. And, thank you, especially, Tau Malachi, for what was a truly inspirational and enlightening Reply to my Post.

    I believe that clinging to the Lord through a quiet Life of Prayer is a great part of the draw for me, personally, to Serafiel, but...

    With regard to the Healing and Judgment aspect of Serafiel - Might he also come to assist one in navigating through the ordeal following having received a Direct Light transmission, as I believe it is called, when one's Karma is thrust upon one's self, as an eventuality of such an initiation? Provided of course that one was grateful for the opportunity of the ordeal, though at times struggling terribly nonetheless with the revelation of one's past ignorance in the face of such Light that was imparted by the Gift?

    Again, my humble gratitude,
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    Angels & Light Transmission

    #9 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:46 pm

    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!
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    ANGELS, TORAH, AND PRAYER

    #10 Postby TREESE » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:52 pm

    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.


    I don't question or doubt what you have said about Prayer above, but I DO have a different perspective on it, if I may share. I believe that even before the formulated thought to pray for the desire to study Torah can come into our conscious awareness, there must already be within us, even if only in our subconscious, the "groaning" of the Spirit uttering this desire for us. Then, with time and spiritual practice, we ourselves, with the help of Grace, learn to become more conscious even of our own sub-conscious desires and the slightest of interior contrary movements, especially negative ones that may block, sabotage or contradict our conscious prayer intentions. As the Spirit reveals more within us, in response to our now more enlightened prayers, we are then able to realize and understand more of the Scriptures, and to share what we have understood for the Praise and Glory of God and the good of all beings.

    Would you consider that a feasible insight?

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    #11 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:19 pm

    Greetings and blessings in the Light of the Messiah!

    Absolutely, dear sister, I would agree with your insight. Our entire experience, study and contemplation, prayer and meditation, and so on, is all interconnected; and all evolves as our interior life evolves, for it is all the expression of our interior life, and is the inspiration of the deeper aspects of our soul and the Spirit.

    There is an actual process of self-realization or enlightenment in Christ, and as that grows, so everything else grows and increases.

    With regards to insight into internal obstructions, as my tzaddik used to say, "The entire journey is self-purification." After many years in the journey I've found this to be a simple, but profound truth - transparency before the Holy Light, or the Spirit of Christ, is everything!

    I'm inclined to share that no teaching stands alone, but is meant to be integral with all teachings, and is interwoven with all teachings; but from one to another, different angles of view and different mysteries are drawn out.

    Study and contemplation, prayer and meditation, sacred ceremony, and such, in my experience it is difficult to say where one ends and another begins - it is all a continuum of "prayer without ceasing."

    Shalom!
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    SERAFIEL, THE SONG OF SOLOMON, AND THE TREE OF LIFE

    #12 Postby TREESE » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:43 am

    Each evening, since this Thread on Seraphiel began, I have spent hours in silence and contemplation with regard to all you have said, Tau Malachi. This morning, the thread which began as one single strand became a woven garment within my heart. A fruition of sorts, which I'm sure was, in no small part, due to the Wisdom of your words.

    Reviewing and summarizing all that has been said, I feel that the Archangel Seraphiel MUST be connected to the Deep Wisdom and Empassioned Love we find in the Song of Solomon and the journey of the soul depicted in the Tale of the Bride's encounters with her Beloved.

    Might we discuss a bit how Searphiel speaks to this story of the Empassioned Love between the Bride and her Beloved?

    According to the Christian Kabbalah, would such empassioned Love correspond to Tipharet as wel as to Netzach and or Gevurah? Am I catching on?

    Then, might Seraphiel possibly be one of the Archangels of the transmission of Light most needful for the healing of the soul passing through the Dark Night the Bride might suffer, when she feels she has lost her Beloved and must bare the excruciating psychic pain of the feared loss?

    I use the term, "bride" not as a male/female term but as the part of us that is receptive, whether we are male or female.

    I shall rest this thread upon this final querry and I can't thank you all enough for your kindness and patience with my questions and discussion.

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    Serpent Power, Dark Nights & Serafiel

    #13 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:50 am

    Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

    In the Holy Kabbalah it is said that often God implants a desire in our soul and then creates barriers to its fulfillment. God creates the barriers in order to kindle a passionate desire, or passionate love, and as we long for the fulfillment of the desire, and as the passionate desire is kindled, and blazes, so we are empowered to overcome the barriers and fulfill our desire, our love. Serafiel is among the angels of God that may participate in this divine action, but specifically, Serafiel labors for the uplifting of souls through the purification of desire-energy; hence, the sublimation and uplifting of the serpent power (seraf).

    In Hebrew the word for the serpent in the Garden of Eden is Nechash, and the word for the anointed is Messiah, and these two words equal 358, which implies that they are manifestations of one and the same spiritual power. With this in mind perhaps you may recall what Adonai Yeshua says to Nicodemus in the third chapter of the Gospel of St. John concerning the Messiah, or Son of the Human One, that the Son of the Human One would be uplifted like the serpent was uplifted by Moses in the wilderness. This is a reference to a story told in Numbers, chapter 21, where Moses was told to fashion an image of a “fiery snake” (seraf) in bronze and to put it on a pole uplifted in the center of the camp of the twelve tribes, so that whoever was bitten by one of these snakes would not die, but would be healed. Thus, Yeshua joins the idea of the Messiah with the “serpent uplifted,” and specifically a “fiery serpent” (seraf).

    When we receive the Holy Light from above, or truly receive the Holy Spirit, that Holy Light, or Holy Spirit, awakens this serpent power, or “fire snake,” in us, and the serpent power must be sublimated, or purified, and uplifted through the interior stars to our brow. When it is uplifted to the brow, and brought into repose, states of cosmic consciousness are possible, and yet more, the experience of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness – true Christ Consciousness. The awakening and uplifting of the serpent power itself is not enlightenment, but it opens the way to enlightenment and is the force through which the enlightenment experience dawns. Essentially, the serpent power is desire-energy, and the full spectrum of our desire-energy must be awakened, and directed inward and upward, Godward; if and when we have a single thought, a single desire, and that desire is for unification with Christ in God, so we may experience conscious union, Messianic Consciousness. This corresponds with perfect kavvanah and perfect devekut – unification.

    Here we may recall what Adonai Yeshua teaches us, “Let your eye be single and your whole body will be filled with light.”

    There are two forces of the serpent power, the descending and ascending force, and these correspond with the Groom and Bride, respectively. The descending force is “cool and calming,” and tempers the ascending force, which is “fiery and volatile.” Serafiel is associated with the purification uplifting of the ascending force, which is the “serpent power” proper; hence, associated with the Holy Bride.

    The Song of Solomon may be understood on many different levels. In the Kabbalah it is understood as a courtship between Tiferet and Malkut, or Yahweh and the Community of Israel, and likewise, it is understood as the courtship between the “Groom and Bride” in us, or the Holy Light from above and the Serpent Power.

    In the development and evolution to Supernal or Messianic Consciousness there are three principle Dark Nights. The first comes after the dawn of faith and desire for nearness to God, if and when a soul recognizes that after their initial zeal in their new faith that, in truth, they are not nearer to God, and as yet have not received the Spirit of God; hence, that they are not on fire with the Holy Spirit, and have no true passion of the Spirit. In this they will yearn for the true reception of the Holy Spirit, and seek the Holy Spirit, and as they passionately yearn, so they may receive the Holy Spirit, if God wills it. Through the reception of the Holy Spirit the serpent power will be awakened, and so must be sublimated and uplifted, first to the heart and then to the brow, and each of these movements corresponds with a Dark Night.

    It is one thing to enter into states of cosmic consciousness, and it is another to enter into Supernal or Messianic Consciousness. The second Dark Night transpires before a soul enters into the realization of cosmic consciousness, and the third Dark Night transpires before a soul enters into Supernal Consciousness.

    These Dark Night are great barriers, klippot, and from one to another they are more difficult to overcome, and therefore, from one to another fewer souls in a given generation are able to overcome them. Serafiel is among those angels of God that help souls overcome these barriers, if and when they abide in faith and love, passionately cleave, and attend a continuum of deep hitbodedut, secluded prayer and meditation. If we live within, and we learn to pray without ceasing, through Divine Grace, and through the help of tzaddikim and maggidim, or saints and angels, so we may pass through these Dark Nights, and experience the full realization or enlightenment of our soul in Christ – a conscious union with Christ in God (Messiah in El Elyon).

    There is nearness and there is union, and there are various gradations of nearness and union; our experience of nearness or union is all dependent on an ascension or expansion of consciousness in self-offering, or passionate love.

    As we mentioned above, Serafiel is connected with self-offering in the fourth heaven, Zebul, which is called the “heaven of martyrs,” or those who engage in a full self-offering throughout their life. This also corresponds with the Holy Bride who makes a complete self-offering to the Lord, and so is drawn into the most intimate union with him, becoming inseparable from him in God, the True Light.

    As you might imagine, if and when a soul receives the Holy Spirit and the serpent power is uplifted, that soul will have the “ear of heaven” and their prayers will be very powerful, the prayers of a healer and wonderworker in union with the Shekinah of the Messiah, the Living Presence. The witness of the Holy Spirit will be with them, and they will have a capacity for conscious Light Transmission, or the communication of the Spirit.

    This Light Transmission, or communication of the Spirit, is at the very heart of the Gnostic Apostolic Succession, and an active unification with Christ in God (True Gnosis) is its foundation; the reception of Light Transmission happens through a passionate desire to receive it – it is all about passionate faith and devotion, the love of Christ.

    If in a generation relatively few embody the Christ-Spirit in full it is because it requires the most passionate desire, or most passionate love, for enlightenment and unification; and few have such passion – most are, at best, lukewarm, or significantly distracted.

    In general, as I’ve shared above, Gevurah, Netzach and Malkut are the three Sefirot mentioned in connection with Serafiel; I haven’t seen or heard a correspondence with Tiferet.

    Yahweh Shalom!
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    PURIFICATION AND SUBLIMATION

    #14 Postby TREESE » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:38 pm

    Thank You - much has been imparted during these discussions. For me, personally, I know now with certainty that Serafiel shall be especially significant on my journey, henceforth.

    I will carry your Teachings forward with me. Perhaps I will even be given the opportunity to share them at some point with others.

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    Chant

    #15 Postby Anna » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:34 pm

    Dear Tau,
    Is there a chant inviting communion with Seraphiel that Mother would incline you to share with us?
    Thank you!
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    #16 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:30 am

    Greetings and blessings in the Light of Yeshua Messiah!

    The most common chant for Serafiel is: Sa-Ra-Yah Serafiel, and the intention of this chant is purification and dispelling klippot.

    Another chant that is often used is: Sha-Ma-Sho Serafiel, and the intention of this chant is the extension of energetic blessings, and expresses a mystery concerning this archangel and the Holy Bride, or Holy Shekinah.

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    Re: Archangel Serafiel - A Great Fiery One of God

    #17 Postby Bevan » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:44 pm

    Shalom to you all on this Feast of Mother and Child,

    Since reading this post last weekend in Homosassa Springs, Florida, I have been contemplating a metaphor of our relationship to the angels inspired by a vacation experience I had with the Mannatees.
    If and when we think of the holy angels of God, or we speak of the holy angels of God, if done in faith and love we attract them to us and form a connection with them, and in that very instant they are with us.

    Mannatees are "large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals". There is a mythical component to these Sea People with their mermaid tails and the curious and affectionate contact they have with humans. These imaginings were with me throughout the week as I anticipated my experience with them.

    When the day arrived, I joined a six person group. The Captain prepared us for our time and told us that we should not approach the Mannatees but let them come to us. It was important to observe, respectfully show our intention to contact, but not overwhelm them with attention.

    As we trolled the river toward our destination, our anticipation was building as we sighted forms swimming by us under the water. They were moving from the warm springs that fed the river upstream for the colder Gulf Coast waters where they could find food.

    Upon arriving at the wildlife sanctuary, we descended into into the murky unknown waters with our wet suits and snorkel masks anticipating contact. Below the surface, I could see sunlight enter the water and ray out into the space, searching for the dark bottom. Light from Keter striking the prism of Da'at, dispersing the light into the world wisdom traditions.

    Visibility was limited to four feet in front of me, so the possibility of being surprised created some discomfort. Even the fear that we could not trust these wild beings. Suddenly, a huge murky form emerged below us. The first sight I caught clearly was its tail: perfectly formed into a large two-thirds circle connecting to his body. It had a wonderful texture like elephant skin. We pursued it but it slowly trawled away into the void.

    My curiosity was piqued, but I became anxious. Where were the pool of Mannatees I imaged to be waiting for us? Why couldn't I see better? Why did it take so long for one to appear? I started working from a deficit. My expectations were creating a struggle with what I was experiencing.

    I stuck my head out of the water looking toward the shark-like pool of snorkelers circling. Quickly I moved toward them and submerged myself. There was another beast! I needed to get a good look but there were too many people in front of me. I became competitive losing perspective and separating myself from my experience. I tried to let go of my self-grasping, but the negative energy in me was strong.

    I stopped for a moment and looked at the stream of light from above filling the water. It calmed and focused me. In a more controlled way I reengaged my search. Our guide on the boat became a watchperson for our team. She could spot the beings from above. With one call from her, a couple of us moved to the spot and waited. The creature approached us with big eyes and an intense focus. It was what we were waiting for! She moved closer and closer. One of my group members touched her and she responded like a dog, taking in the attention. I reached out and touched her. She was appreciative. We had contact. Time stopped. There was a unity. It was beautiful. After a few moments she rolled over and stayed in this up-side-down position waiting to be stroked on her belly. We attended to her, or was it her to us. :)

    Thank you Tau Malachi for being our guide, helping us become aware and draw close to the divine through the angels. You nurture anticipation, help us gain perspective and show us there is nothing fear when it is difficult to see and know.


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    I have a few questions about this thread.

    Sister Anna: Is there a chant inviting communion with Seraphiel that Mother would incline you to share with us?

    Tau Malachi: The most common chant for Serafiel is: Sa-Ra-Yah Serafiel, and the intention of this chant is purification and dispelling klippot.

    Are "inviting communion", invoking and contemplating the same thing?

    There are so many angels with different purposes, how do you choose which one to draw close to? Is it a matter of your need or intuition?

    May we become aware of the angels as they serve us in our ascension.

    Blessings,
    Bevan.

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    Re: Archangel Serafiel - A Great Fiery One of God

    #18 Postby Elder Sarah » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:59 am

    Shalom Bevan!

    Great story, thanks for sharing it! very inspiring and captivating.

    I enjoy that you join this experience with the desire to draw close to the Maggidim. Our interaction with these Holy Beings is so very magical. What captivates me in your story is a duel perception regarding our interactions, from one side, perhaps we are experiencing communion more than we know, and from the other side, perhaps our expectations for communion prevent it. This reminds me of something Tau Malachi has shared regarding communion with the Holy Bride, "If you cling to her she will go the other way and if you walk away from her she will pursue you". Your experience with the Mannatees speaks of this exchange in a profound way. How often do our expectations block actual experience? How is it we can have one idea when the outcome will be completely different? This speaks to being and becoming and the exchange of the two, that we have to have a certain concept entering into an experience, and while in the experience, somehow the concept needs to shatter, though, in the shattering a new concept will need to be created. This seems to speak of the interaction between our mental being and our spiritual being.

    Our work with the Maggidim must have a certain flexibility. By flexibility I mean putting fourth the effort and desire to draw close yet from a place that doesn't have vital demand, a place that remains open as to what the result may be. In seeking communion we must learn a certain endurance. We must co-create for the experience, put forth and express the desire for communion. We must learn to entertain and dance this desire, see the awe and beauty and remain humble at the same time. I think we are communing with these Holy Beings more than we know, only somehow we have a different idea of what this communion is. Also, do we know it is the state of our thoughts, our heart, our action that attract such Holy Beings. Reminds of a statement heard often in the tradition, "if we seek to draw close we must resemble that which we are seeking".

    As far as which Holy Being we are drawn to, I have heard it spoken it is good to familiarize yourself with many, perhaps even spending a bit of time with any who speak to you. In this way, when a certain situation arises that has a need for a certain Maggid, perhaps the remembrance of this One will arise in thought and mind. In other words, getting familiar with many expands the tool box of who may be called upon, who may be communed with. In this practice you will find you have a certain connection and resonance with certain beings, perhaps you will find a few who really speak to you, those who you are called to spend much time with. In this practice it seems important to have fun and be adventurous. Allow time for intimacy to develop, just as meeting a new friend!

    These were a few ideas that arose as I read your post, thanks again for sharing such a powerful experience!

    May we remain open yet desire filled in our cleaving to you and your hosts, O Holy One of Being!

    Shalom,
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    Re: Archangel Serafiel - A Great Fiery One of God

    #19 Postby Bevan » Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:27 pm

    Shalom Elder Sarah!

    Thank your for drawing out practical contemplations from my story.

    I appreciate the sacred tension you mention in regards to 'clinging to' versus 'walking away from' communion with holy beings. How I need a new way of thinking to transcend, even shatter, as you say, old expectations so that new ones can uplift my desire for union with the Holy One through the Maggidim (and Tzaddikim).

    Meditation and prayer along with study and contemplation create a wonderful space nurturing the openness and endurance you speak about. I am finding patience and relationship here. I love that you mention adventure and fun too because my curiosity and child-like faith seem to swim hand-in-hand :)

    I have always been intrigued by the story of the boy Samuel "lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was" trying to sleep in 1 Samuel 3.
    Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”

    Thank your Elder Sarah for helping me be ready for the voices of God.

    Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

    May all be uplifted as they listen for the Word and Wisdom!

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