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The Mount of Olives

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Apr 22, 2004 10:59 am

According to the Pistis Sophia the revelation of the Risen Savior takes place on the Mount of Olives. Likewise, we find the Mount of Olives a place of divine revelation in other sacred Gnostics texts, and it occurs in this context within the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism as well.

In the Kabbalah the Sefirah Malkut-Kingdom is frequently called Mount Zion, and is also known as the hill of the Lord. Likwise, it is called the Community of Israel (the Community of the Elect). In the Christian Kabbalah it is also called the Mount of Olives and the Sacred Circle (parallel to the term Community of the Elect). Thus, the place of the revelation of the Risen Savior is connected to Malkut.

The naming of Malkut as the Sacred Circle or Community of the Elect indicates that Malkut manifests wherever the faithful and elect gather for study, contemplation and discourse, prayer and meditation, or sacred ritual. In such a sacred space, the heavens and earth are said to be united, and the Holy Shekinah is said to manifest, and along with the visible assembly of the faithful and elect, luminous spirits of the righteous and holy angels also gather; hence a Luminous Assembly.

The term Mount of Olives alludes to the chrism or anointing, for the holy oil of chrism is made from olives. Thus, Mount of Olives means Mount of Anointing. While, indeed, there are external ceremonies of chrism, the true chrism in Christian Gnosticism is an anointing with the Light from above - the Supernal Light of God. It is the fruition of the Gnostic transmission in the Light-transmission; the actual mystical experience of the Light-presence and Light-continuum. Therefore, the Mount of Olives is anywhere the Gnostic transmission and Light-transmission occurs.

In the initial experiences of the Light-transmission we receive the Light from above, and we experience the Light within us and all around us. As we enter into this experience deeper, we witness a Great Matrix of Light and the opening of doors or gates to other dimensions, and thus experience visions of realms and worlds and universes of other dimensions, and the countless luminous beings that inhabit them. Thus, the Mount of Olives is any place where doorways to other dimensions open, specfically doorways to the upper regions of Light.

Mount of Olives, therefore, has layers of meaning in Gnostic jargon, and ultimately is something experiential among gnostic initiates - it is the sacred space of the Gnostic transmission and Light-transmission in all of its forms and levels. Any time we cocreate such sacred space and entertain the Spirit-transmission we enter into the Mount of Olives to commune with the Risen Savior and the luminous assembly of tzaddikim and maggidim.

To enter into the sacred space of a discourse or other event of a Gnostic circle with this awareness can prove to be a very powerful experience - many wonders have transpired for those who have done so. Quite naturally, such an awareness uplifts our vibration, and make us more open and sensitive to the Divine presence and power. In fact, this is a spiritual practice of how to enter sacred space to which Pistis Sophia points us, understanding that we cocreate sacred space by joining together in this holy awareness.

Blessings & shalom! 8)
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associations with scripture

#2 Postby Phillip » Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:05 pm

This has such a rich context, such as Noah's relationship with the dove who brings the olive branch, which then flies away, and then Jeshua who recieves the dove into himself, as if to imply that Noah planted something that was brought to fruition in Jeshua. In addition, the notion that olive oil was the oil with which the lamps burned on Shabbat, which brought the light and acted as a kind of agent for illumination. But all of this alludes to something deeper, doesn't it? I wonder if you could help us weave these myths into this and help us draw them into a sense of how it all fits together?

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Let there be light...

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jul 25, 2004 9:54 am

Greetings Phillip!

As you may recall, the Kabbalah says that the Light emanated on the first day of creation allowed Adam Ha-Rishon (the Supernal Human Being) to "see" from the beginning to the end of creation. Likewise, the Kabbalah says that this Light is Supernal and is "stored up for the righteous in the world that is coming." According to the Masters of Faith, we draw upon something of this Light when we remember and keep the Shabbat, and the Holy Apostles teach us that it is this Light which Lord Yeshua embodied and transmitted into the human life-wave. This Light is the Holy Chrism.

The story of Noah and the dove and the olive branch, which occurs early in Genesis, suggests that all along the Holy One of Being intended humanity to receive this Light of the Messiah. It is reflected again and again in the Scriptures, as for example the anointing of the kings of Israel by the prophets.

What can we say of this Light? Well, as we know, the first day of creation corresponds to Hesed-Mercy on the Tree of Life and Hesed is the emanation of Pure Supernal Grace (Keter) below the Abyss. Thus, this Holy Light is called Grace and through this Divine Grace bondage to the law and demiurgos is negated.

In order for this Grace to flow there must be a Vessel of Reception, hence the spiritual or elect individual and community - whenever a Holy Vessel is present Grace pours out with, in and through it and the Light extends in the world. This is the basic meaning of teachings on the Mount of Olives in Gnostic Christianity.

What is the nature of this Grace? It is the remembrance of oneself as a person of Light who has come from the Light-continuum, and who, in fact, has never really departed from the Light-Continuum. It seems Noah's search for "dry land" and the dove with the olive branch alludes to this.

You may recall that Noah first sends out a raven and then a dove. The raven does not return but the dove does. The raven represents the evil inclination or Desire to Receive for Self Alone and the dove represents the good inclination or the Desire to Share. The Desire to Share creates the conditions necessary for an unrestricted flow of this Light or Grace and is the direct expression of this Light or Grace.

Where do these thoughts carry your contemplation?

Blessings and shalom! :)
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#4 Postby Phillip » Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:17 pm

Into Genesis more deeply. I am consistently stricken by Jeshua's words, "have you looked into your beginning that you might know your end?" And and driven back to Genesis again and again. While I know that he refers to more than the literal pages out of the book and story, but the beginnings of conciousness and being within ourselves, however the story is also a myth that speaks to the qualities of this consicousness within us, a vehicle, it seems, that is a mythology of the coming into being of self-awarenesss itself, and being in a physical state.

But the remembrance and first light is quite interesting. At one level I see what you mean by this being the light of awareness, and yet at another level, there is this state of being in this awareness that is quite transcendent in the first day. While awareness is accesible to me, and indeed to everyone, are you saying that this light of awareness in it's essence transcends the supernal day and night? On one level I hear an answer to this question as 'yes' in that the essential nature of awarness cannot be different no matter what level it manifests. Yet there is also a 'no' in there because if this is so, why isn't everyone walking around at this supernal level of being?

So, it seems as though we can see all of these characters such as Noah coming to an awareness of this essential quality of awareness, and yet a distinction occuring with Jeshua who comes to an awareness of this quality in it's most pure state. I suppose the key seems to come in the idea that the process of coming to this inmost remembrance is merely a process of shedding klippot, or as you mention often, "the path is a constant process of purification".

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Grades of Awareness

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jul 27, 2004 3:23 pm

Greetings Phillip!

Yes, indeed, awareness is awareness, just as light is light, and yet there are countless gradations of awareness, from the pure primordial awareness to ordinary levels of awareness. Just as on the Great Tree of Life there are 50 grades of the Light-emanation, and by extension 500 grades, so also are there equal numbers of grades of the presence of awareness - in ascent they are progressively less restricted. Awareness is awareness, and light is light, yet there certainly are restricted forms of awareness or light. As you mention, it is all a matter of shedding restrictive or conditioned elements.

Now here is a secret regarding looking into the beginnig to discern the end: This speaks of one's experience of the Gnostic and Light-transmission, for therein is our beginning in Christ and therein is our end in Christ, in the resurrection and ascension. In those instances of recognition we are experiencing something of the Light of the beginning, something of the Supernal Light.

Yes, indeed, this light, this awareness, is present all of the time, but most folks do not have eyes to see it, as Yeshua puts it. That is to say, most folks do not know how to look and see, and most folks are bound to karmic vision, seeing only what their preconceptions, preconditions and expectations allow them to see. The Transparent Light of Supernal Consciousness is within and behind all modes of consciousness, only it typically goes unnoticed. In order to truly be able to notice it we must become learn to flicker between Binah and Hokmah consciousness, for as you will recall, Hokmah is the point beyond which there is nothing knowable, and therefore is called "the starting point of all" and the "Depth of the Beginning."

What one discovers with regards to Hokmah consciousness is that it is always "there/here," but it is consciously experienced only under certain conditions.

Perhaps this will extend the contemplation a bit, especially remembering Yahweh as the olive tree giving its oil - shefa, ruhaniyut and mochin (the Shin of the Blessed Name).

Blessings and shalom! 8)
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