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Acquiring a New Soul

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed May 19, 2004 5:17 pm

I have contemplating writing something about an inmost secret teaching in the tradition for some time, concerning the potential of acquiring a new soul and a most sublime practice of the transference of consciousness. It could well be written in the Gnosis and Gnosticism forum, or the Pistis Sophia forum, but I have chosen to base it on a passage from the Zohar and thus to put it in the Zohar forum. The extent to which it can be communicated in this medium I do not know, but it seems worthwhile at least planting a seed thought for the sake of contamplation and perhaps an opening of the mind, heart and life to the possibility.

From Bereshit A, 283. At that time, Israel (the elect) shall each merit to receive their soulmate. Thus, it is written: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you..." (Ezekiel 36:26), and "your sons and daughters shall prophesy..." (Joel 3:1). These are the new souls that shall appear among Israel (the elect) in the future, as is stated: Messiah son of David shall not come until all souls of the body are exhausted, referring to the old souls. Only then shall New Souls come. (The Unabridged English Translation of the Zohar)

Something very subtle and esoteric is being alluded to here - it might be good to read this small passage several times and let it soak in, as it were, before continuing to read this teaching. Perchance you might gain a sense, or even a glimpse, of the deeper mystery it contains before anything is said about it. (So read it a couple more times and let the Spirit speak to you through it.)

Now, in the Pistis Sophia we read that most souls here, as yet, are generated by the demiurge and archons, but that through the Risen Savior souls of Light from the Light-kingdom have been brought into incarnation among humankind. According to the Pistis Sophia, the Soul of the Savior and souls of the disciples, who are also called "saviors," are not from the dominions and aeons of the archons, but are drawn from the Treasury of Light, the Pleroma of Light; hence from Atzilut or the World of Supernal Light. This is the Eternal Realm in which all is ever young; hence ever "new." This points to something of the meaning of "new souls."

Yet, the meaning of new souls is even more esoteric than this - what if one could actually acquire a new soul, and a new and divine being could take up one's life? What if the soul of an enlightened being could merge completely with your soul, absorbing your soul, and take up your present incarnation? According to the masters of the tradition this is quite possible, and, in fact, is the basic meaning of the pefect ones - those who have opened themselves and offered themselves up to allow a soul of Light to enter; the true Person of Light. Consequently, there are actual teachings and practices associated with this in the tradition which are called the "Shrine of the Melchizedek Teachings."

These teachings represent a very esoteric interpretation of the mystical death represented by the baptism, and the rebirth represented by the chrism, and the act of joining represented by the Wedding Feast. However, it is also said that few, as yet, are able to enact this mystery of "thunderbolt enlightenment," for it requires and extreme view of Crazy Wisdom.

At the heart of this practice, the grasping at name and form must be brought to cessation, and the desire for this life must be brought to cessation, so that without reservation, one might invoke a soul of Light to enter in and take up one's present incarnation. Then, one engages in a secret form of invocation and a secret form of the transference of consciousness practice, and one exits completely one's former life, including putting on a new name in the Anointed. This practice is implied in the gospels by the stories of the disciples, who when called, departed from their old lives completely to follow the Savior without turning to look back. In this we have a very esoteric interpretation of "take up your cross and follow me," as well as the leaving behind of father and mother, sister and brother, to enter into the Divine Life of which Master Yeshua teaches.

This practice may be understood as the union of the Nefesh and Ruach with one's Neshamah, and the radical transformation that occurs from the influx of Hayyah (Life-force) and the Light of Yechidah. Yet it may also be understood as allowing a Divine or Enlightened Being to enter and take up one's incarnation. If one understands the true nature of the Neshamah (Supernal Soul) these are not mutually exclusive views - for truly, the Neshamah is an alien presence in contrast to the way of life before it is brought "down" and "forward." It is, indeed, in our experience, the embodiment of a completely New Soul - a Person of Light.

This, in effect, is what the experience of supernal or Messianic consciousness is like.

As I mentioned above, here it is not my intention to perfectly explain this teaching, but merely to plant a seed thought and see where dialogue might lead. Thus, for an opening to conversation this, no doubt, is enough. I'm interested in hearing the thoughts and sense of the mystery these ideas might invoke in you...

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby Elder Sarah » Wed May 19, 2004 7:36 pm

Greetings Malachi,

What sticks out to me here is how it is said that the "Messiah of David shall not come until ALL the souls of the body are exhausted, referring to the old souls. Only then shall the New Souls come." You wrote about how the "New Souls" pertain to the Eternal Realm. Does this mean then that the old souls pertain to the dominions and aeons of the archons? This verse from Zohar seems to be speaking of a body which is made up of old souls. Could one say a body made up of the demiergos? In bringing in New Souls is the body uplifted or transformed? Is this what is meant by the Soul of the Messiah? This also reminds of how it has been said that in the instant One becomes Awakened, All those who have been, and are yet to be will be Awakened. It seems that to completely give of oneself, to completely offer of oneself and one's life to the Holy One of Being is to abide in the Eternal Realm, to join all duality or maybe to flicker real fast. Like a florescent light bulb. The saying come to mind, "One who is in the world but not of the world."


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#3 Postby charlie » Thu May 20, 2004 11:53 am

hi malachi and sunny!

the thing that continues to stand out to me is 'soulmate'. the idea of spiritual names, such as malachi and rebekah, seems to be quite connected. such names are certainly much more than a simple noun or designation... words can't really explain what I'm seeing so far.. kinda like such a name is a verb, an invocation, and a recognition of a connection with a soul of Light. coming from atzilut, the soul of Light would be pure, and 'archetypical'... so it would seem that malachi in california is very much the same malachi in scriptures.

if I'm at all on track with this about spiritual names and soulmates, then I wonder to what degree one can recognize such a connection to a soulmate before it's fully embodied.

this passage brings to mind things like the deeper esoteric stuff in the story of adam and eve, several logia about male and female, and the dynamic nature of giving and recieving.

shalom!

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The Golem & Adam

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu May 20, 2004 11:57 am

Greetings Sunny!

In the Sefer Yetzirah, Mishna 2:5, one finds a discussion in the commentaries on the formation of a golem - an image of a human being made of clay or other natural substance, which is then brought to life, but not having a human soul. There are three principle levels of interpretation of this Mishna, one of which concerns the distinction of the bestial versus the spiritual human being.

Many Gnostic mythologies have played upon the idea of the golem in the creation of Adam, for according to several Gnostic Schools Adam is formed by the demiurgos - the archons - but without a living soul. Accordingly, unknown to the demiurgos the Most High entered in and breathed the living soul into Adam, and the "golem" became a human being. In other words, the potential human life-form was generated by the natural order, but the Gift of a Fiery Intelligence and Living Soul comes from the Divine Order. In general, from a Gnostic perspective, the present humanity on the collective level stands in a twilight zone between the completely bestial state and the completely spiritual state - the state of a golem and the state of an authentic human being.

Essentially, the soul as it manifests in the ordinary and unenlightened person is almost completely a product of karmic conditioning, just as is the body and life that appears in the material dimension. Thus, the Nefesh and lower Ruach, apart from the actual influence of the holy Neshamah, does not actually reflect or bear the Light-power of the Supernal Soul - while perhaps the potential of the soul of Light exists within all peoples, it is not actualized and realized and, in effect, does not exist. In this sense, the soul as it manifests in the vast majority of humankind is a "product of the dominion of the demiurge and archons." Only through the influence of the Neshamah, which generates the upper Ruach - the true human spirit or intelligence, is the soul of Light activated and realized, thus entering in. In effect, it is the reception of a New Soul, and it leads to a radical transformation in consciousness, and the personality and life-display.

Thus, frequently in the teachings we hear of the sons and daughters of Darkness and the sons and daughters of Light; by children of Darkness is meant those who have not yet brought the soul of Light into themselves. This is clearly the case in the midst of humanity bound to herd consciousness as yet - the true individuation and enlightenment of many has yet to begin.

Correctly we can say that the Supernal Soul, which consists of Neshamah, Hayyah and Yechidah, is an expression of the Soul of the Messiah - that the inmost part of our soul, the soul of Light, is Messiah. The Messiah is not so much a single person separate and apart from ourselves, but is who and what we most truly are in our inmost being. Thus, quite naturally, only when a greater part of humanity embodies their Supernal Soul - their soul of Light, will the Second Coming transpire. For the true Second Coming is the dawn of supernal or Messianic consciousness in a larger segment of humanity on earth.

Now in this passage the term "soulmate" may be understood in a number of ways. Obviously, it may be understood as ones ideal male or female counterpart - one's soulmate in the typical sense. Yet, it may also imply a great soul from among the elder races - the soul of a great tzaddik or maggid, with which one's soul of Light has an affinity, and with which one might be able to merge and thus bring into incarnation. Essentially, this can be one way in which Holy or Enlightened Ones can help facilitate the enlightenment and liberation of other soul-streams. Likewise, it can be a way of bringing in a greater influx of Light during dark and perverse times to help establish some balance in the play of forces. Thus, in effect, the soul "mates" itself with a great soul, and embodies something of the holy sparks of that great soul. This is directly implied in the Pistis Sophia when the Risen Savior speaks of the power of the twleve Saviors he has brought into the bodies and souls of the disciples.

To understand this teaching one must consider the nature of a theurgical action, and the power of the focused mind, heart and life on a single view by which radical changes are brought about in the apparent flow of "reality." One must consider one's own experiences of the Light-continuum and Light-presence, and the affects/effects on space-time-consciousness when the Light-continuum is engaged. There might be something quite literal in these teachings from an experiential perspective - though not literal as a concept apart from the actual experience of the Continuum. Given many of the experiences in the Continuum, would it be fanciful to propose one could enter into the Continuum and exist it with a New Soul?

Perhaps this might speak of a gradual process of self-transformation, but it may also speak of a more radical and swift self-transformation, like a thunderbolt enlightement, as it is called. Something of this very principle is operating in the Tibetan Tulku phenomenon: Is the reincarnation of the old Lama always actually found, or often times is a soul having an affinity found with which such an enlightened soul might merge? This same basic idea and practice exists in some lineages of Gnosticism - Sophian Gnosticism being among them.

Indeed, these teachings do relate to the idea of the Living Presence and Power of all realized individuals of the past, present and future embodied in each individual who becomes fully self-realized, and all becoming enlightened in the one, as the one in all. It is this basic truth upon which this method of acquiring a New Soul is founded - it is an expression of this truth. Though we must say, there are specific conditions necessary for this particular lightening flash method, without which it is less effective. The foundation of these conditions, as you say, is a complete self-offering to the Holy One of Being - to the Anointed and Holy Spirit, and all other aspects of the necessary conditions support this.

Sudden enlightenment is quite possible, only the necessary conditions are more radical expression of Crazy Wisdom to which few are ready and willing. Yet, for those relative few, the quantum leaps in the evolution of consciousness can prove absolutely amazing - astonishing, as the Gospel of St. Thomas says. The Zohar is frequently speaking of these conditions in which Divine Grace can fully act, as are many Gnostic Gospels.

Blessings & shalom! 8)
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Divine Grace & Recognition

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu May 20, 2004 12:22 pm

Greetings Charlie!

It seems that Divine Grace or the power of the Holy Spirit is the secret key of recognition - essentially, we cocreate the conditions necessary for Divine Grace to act, and surrender completely to the movement of Divine Grace.

New spiritual names are commonly used as talismans in this practice, but they are also a reflection of our tzaddik's insight throught the Holy Spirit into our soul's mission in this life. But it is the Holy Spirit that gives such names, as though guidance in the work to be accomplished - the tzaddik is simply a vehicle communicating the new name.

All of this implies the need to go within and live within, for on the surface, in truth, we can recognize nothing - it is the deeper part of ourselves, when joined to the Holy Spirit, that has the ability of recognition of all forms.

Were we to engage in this practice of which I'm speaking there would be a process of preparation to enter into it - the basis of which are practices of self-purification and opening to the Light from above.

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Purifcation and opening to the light

#6 Postby Seeker » Sun Dec 26, 2004 6:48 am

Greetings Tau Malachi!
Can you explain more about the "practices of self-purification and opening to the Light from above." Thanks. :D

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Self-purification and conscious opening

#7 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Dec 26, 2004 9:25 am

Greetings Seeker!

The foundation of self-purification is the dissolution of self-grasping, the dissolution of our grasping at name and form, which allows us to generate a new self-identification with fully evolved and enlightened being. It also implies the purification of our thoughts and desire-energy, a conscious direction of thought, speech rather than our tendency to allow an unconscious direction of our energy.

In terms of a spiritual practice for self-purification primordial meditation and the silent witness, coupled with giving and receiving, is a good place to begin. (See practice section on our website)

This can be integrated to our daily living in a proactive way by cultivating the Desire to Share in place of the Desire to Receive for Oneself Alone, and by constantly striving to be a cause for a greater good rather than being and effect. The very essence of both of these is cultivating positive thought, speech and action in our lives, and seek to have a greater concern for the interests and well-being of others than for our own self-interests and welfare. (This subject is discussed in the Kabbalah section of the forum)

In this process we consciously open our selves to the Light from above, actively inviting the Anointed and Holy Spirit into ourselves and our lives, and actively offering ourselves and our lives to Divine Being. Supporting this, for example, we can use a practice such as the partzuf meditation with the Risen Savior - which in itself is self-purification of our grasping at name and form and generating a new self-identity with fully evolved and enlightened being; hence purification and opening to the Light from above.

What you may notice about what is said here is that it is simple, in the sense that anyone can do it. In fact it is so simple some folks might not realize how effective the spiritual life and practice outlined above can be. Granted, a teacher can help an aspirant customize their spiritual life and practice further and can introduce further specific methods and practices as necessary, but what we are talking about here is the basic foundation of the spiritual life and practice.

Perhaps this gives an idea of a good beginning.

Blessings & shalom!
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A Reaction

#8 Postby Seeker » Sun Dec 26, 2004 9:50 am

Greetings Tau Malachi,
As I read and contemplate your response, I am aware of a reaction within my being. I would describe it as a warmth within my heart. I have experienced this before (on occasion), and it is one of the most joyous feelings I have experienced. Can this be described as a connection with one's soul? I am going to practice the meditations you have suggested. Thanks. :D

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The Spiritual Sun

#9 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:04 am

Greetings Seeker,

Blessings in the Light of the Anointed!

We speak often of the Light-presence (Christ-presence) within and behind the heart, which is often termed the Spiritual Sun in our teachings. If you look at many of our spiritual practices you will see that most of our basic practices play off of the Spiritual Sun in the Heart Center and have a focus of an opening of the heart and generation of spiritual love and compassion; hence the Sacred Heart. We find that we may experience the Light-presence or indwelling Christ in many ways, warmth in the heart, along with a certain peace or joy, being one of most common to many aspirants.

To the extent that the Light-presence is the nature of our holy soul what your mention definitely seems to reflect the experience of a connection to one's soul; likewise, to the extend that a connection to one's soul is necessary for the experience of the Light-presence, it would seem to reflect the soul-connection. How delightful!

You might wish to look into our "archives" section, the link to which is in our practice section of the website - there you will find teachings related to entering into the Sanctuary of the Heart that you might find useful.

In terms of the practices I mention, primordial meditation can begin and end one's sessions of prayer and meditation, being joined to other practices. It is best to learn one practice at a time, and become familiar with it, then to learn another and build one's continuum of spiritual practices from there. At the outset it is best to practice for shorter periods and then let them naturally grow. Ideally, a session in the morning and evening is what we want to develop over time. (Session can begin with ten minutes or so and grow from there.)

One can develop one's daily continuum in a number of ways. For example, using the methods I mentioned, if one practices twice a day, the partzuf meditation can be used in the morning and giving and receiving in the evening. If one practices once a day, then one could alternate the practices - partzuf one day, giving and receiving the next. Joined to this cultivating the interior life of prayer, one will have a powerful continuum of spiritual practice through which one's experience of the Light-presence might unfold, as well as the experience in inner/higher aspects of the soul.

The key is to start gentle and grow your continuum of spiritual practice gradually - step by step, as it were, and to be consistent with one's spiritual practice each day to the best of one's ability.

Along with this, regular spiritual study and contemplation can work wonders - it helps us keep our thoughts, speech and actions positive and facilitates our spiritual education.

The Christ-presence is very near, as near as the beat of your heart and very breath...so it is for all creatures.

Blessings and shalom!
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#10 Postby Rebekah » Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:38 am

Greetings!

I've been contemplating this idea of acquiring a new soul in light of the soul being a stream. As a stream, the soul is not linear in the sense that it starts here and ends there; rather, it is a flow inclusive of all aspects of the soul. If we use the metaphor of the glassblower, is the breath in the lungs of the glassblower separate and distinct from the breath that flows into the glass vessel?

Rather than the thought that the enlightenment experience, or Christ consciousness, or "new soul" is something distinct from us, it seems that this "new soul" is actually the recognition and realization of the essence and nature of who and what we most truly are.

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