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The King's Cup

#1 Postby Elder Gideon » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:12 pm

Shalom!

While all comes from the LORD, not all consciously returns to the One. The Zohar has introduced an impressive principle of sustainance from the LORD, figured in three 'rulers,' or organs of the human body— the brain, heart, and liver—"through whom the blessed Holy One is known, and they are his precious mystery (2:153a). The young boy speaking this mystery to the rabbis describes a process of influx from the brain to the heart and finally received by the liver, which then "gives a portion to all those sources below every single one fittingly." He also speaks of the reverse, implying how sustainance returns to God who gave it, even stimulating the brain. "On a human fast day, one stimulates above in that very same manner, while on a day of satiation, not so. On a fast day a person offers food and drink to the supernal liver. What does he offer? His fat, his blood, and his will"—his liver, his heart, and his brain.

By these metaphors, we have an essential understanding of the interaction of the soul with creation being sustained or shattered by the One. The liver represents our nefesh—our vitality and physical health: the heart our ruach—intellect, personality, and mental health: the brain our neshamah—our divine essence and spiritual health. As the physical organs they represent, so are these aspects of soul inseparable and dynamic. The life of our body is not external, but internal to us, our own soul, as "one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD" (Deuteronomy 8:3). Awareness of the One from whom comes all things is what sustains life in and beyond our body. Forgetting this, the source of sustainance becomes confused, even perverted by egotism believing itself to be god, as in our time of automation. Forgetting from where life comes and to where life returns dooms our present condition of insustainability, which is another way of speaking of idolatry.

King Hezekiah of Judah personified this mistake after the Lord graciously brought him back from the brink of terminal illness and granted him fifteen more years of life. He swiftly forgot the One who sustains all and made a fatal mistake with the influx of health he received:

At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure-house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armoury, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said to him, ‘What did these men say? From where did they come to you?’ Hezekiah answered, ‘They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.’ He said, ‘What have they seen in your house?’ Hezekiah answered, ‘They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.'

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the LORD
(Isaiah 39:1-6).

For the lack he clearly felt in needing to impress foreign powers, King Hezekiah's hubris sealed the doom of the Kingdom of Judah. In showing envoys from Babylon all that he believed he possessed, he exposed a breach in himself and the kingdom to the Other Side. Rabbis in mystical literature mark this moment as the certainty of the coming of the destruction of the first temple and captivity in Babylon. What began as a private, internal event in the soul of the king became manifest as the dominion of the Other Side.

From the LORD known to our holy neshamah-brain, received in ruach-heart, and distributed to all other parts by nefesh-liver, move influxes of sustainance. Ignorance and forgetfulness from where sustainance comes prevents the holding of these divine influxes. Rather than generating awareness and remembrance—a conscious return and communion with the One—the influxes leak, spill, and even break out of the human soul and empower beings-forces of archonic and even demonic mentalities of the Other Side. Unmanaged and unabated, the breakout of influxes within human mentalities manifests as external events and shifts of power in the political world. While the events from Isaiah have long passed, the pattern of revelation continues. One—not two—influxes are powering our present condition. All depends upon the turning of hearts to the One again and again. Forgetting, even denying the One as the source of sustainance, raises the Other Side into greater power, dominion, and destruction.

The mystical details here in the Zohar by which the rabbis teach of the LORD's sustaining power become a helpful acroynm for the word melech—'king': מלך:

מ is moha—brain
ל is libba—heart
ך is kavda—liver

This pattern is how they describe the movement of divine influx into the human soul and creation. For the righteous who pray and pray and pray and invoke often, who enact commandments, hold, embody, and even return these influxes to the One from whom they come. By this, the righteous become kelim—'vessels' כְלֵים the letters of the acronym for melech reversed. I've heard this principle for many years. Never before has it aligned in this most beautiful way by acronyms. From the Holy King—melech—come influxes. To hold and embody these influxes, which is to give back more than one first received, we must become fit and stable vessels—k'lim.

There is much more to share in this mystery, particularly as we approach the Feast of the Apocalypse. Perhaps now is a helpful place to pause.

We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us (2 Corinthians 4:7).

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Re: The King's Cup

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:25 pm

Grace and peace to you from El Elyon and the Messiah!

‘Brain,’ ‘heart’ and ‘liver’ do, indeed indicate three levels of the soul, neshamah, ruach and nefesh, respectively; but in this portion of the Zohar they also indicate Sefirot in the array of the Tree of Life, the Supernals, Tiferet or the Six, and Malkut, respectively. This is significant, for when discussing the Sefirot, Divine Attributes, and the soul on the single, simple Tree of Life glyph, these aspects of the soul are able to cleave and unify with the corresponding Sefirot, nefesh with Malkut, ruach with the Six and neshamah with the Supernals. Thus, in the awakening and realization of the soul is the realization and embodiment of all of these Divine Attributes or Names of God, and this corresponds with the generation of the image and likeness of Yahweh Elohim in the Human One (Adam).

Now first this very special young rebbe and hasid speaks of the influxes descending through brain, heart and liver - Supernals, the Six and Malkut, and then, as it were, a returning of these influxes through their integration, realization and embodiment. Understand, when a soul is initially awakened through an influx of the Holy Light and Spirit of God, and they come to true faith, being born from among the faithful humankind to spiritual humanity - the mystics who having the love of God seek knowledge of God in nearness and oneness, this stirring of their soul, awakening of their soul, corresponds with something of the influence of their neshamah and ruach entering them, and the stirring of of a remembrance of their true and inmost heart’s desire for a full return to God and true knowledge of God. In this way they are called to seek and find God, to turn to God, and so they are set upon the Path of Return - the Gnostic Path. This first influx, ‘awakening of the soul,’ of course, is merely an initiation, a beginning, for then they must walk with the Lord, and they must seek God and they must find God, with God’s help, through God’s grace and mercy. If, indeed, a person seeks and finds, and completely returns to God, passing away in God, so God will take their human attributes from them and place the Divine Attributes in them; hence, cleaving in perfection to the Holy One and The Name, so they will be unified with The Name, the Sefirot - Divine Attributes. Thus, the influx received is returned in full and God is glorified above and below as the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, is embodied, more or less, all according to the grade or station of that soul, all as ordained by the Supernal One.

At the outset, with the influx of the Holy Light and Spirit, there is an influx, influence, of something of neshamah and ruach that enters, but there is a natural progression of cycles in the development and evolution of the soul, or the realization of the soul, first the realization of nefesh, then ruach and finally neshamah, until they are all joined as one holy soul, and that integral soul is unified with the One Soul, the Soul of Adam Elyon, or the Soul of the Messiah - in this a soul realizes its innate oneness with the ‘Soul of God.’ Thus, although at the outset some hint, glimpse or taste is given of inner aspects of the soul, and their knowledge and power, each of these aspects, or levels, must be actualized and realized from the outermost to the inmost.

As we know, after the initial influx of the Holy Light and Spirit, or influxes of the Sefirot, if indeed a soul strives with God, laboring to rise from grade to grade, station to station, and through God’s grace and mercy they succeed, so they will experience ongoing influxes of the Holy Light and Spirit, and each influx they must seek to integrate and embody, living according to the Truth and Light revealed to them in the ongoing revelation of God to them. This is an ongoing process as we sojourn in the Way, and truly there is no end in sight to the influxes that may be received nor to the various levels, stations, of Self-realization possible in the Supernal One, the Infinite and Eternal.

Understand, as souls receive influxes of the Holy Light and Truth - or revelations of the Truth and Light, and they integrate them, passing to a higher grade, station, so they have corresponding authority and power, or corresponding states, and this is indicated by melekh, ‘sovereign.’ Likewise, in so doing they create the conditions necessary for the reception of greater influxes of the Holy Light and Spirit, or greater revelations of God in their heart, and this is indicated by kelim, ‘vessel.’ Thus, melekh and kelim.

Of course, all of this assumes that one turns away from the world and turns to God, that they labor continually for progress in the Gospel, the Way, and do not turn aside or let themselves be lead astray, for if and when that happens, heaven forfend, whatever they have seemingly attained may be taken from them and their light power will go to the Other Side.

Now, concerning the story from the Holy Scriptures that you have shared my friend. One teaching that is drawn from it is as follows. Those who are elevated through the grace and mercy of God, those who achieve very high and lofty stations, generally speaking, they will veil their authority and power, or stations and states, and are not inclined to reveal the extent of their Self-realization in the Messiah and God, or the full array of the Divine Presence embodied in them. They are very cautious before whom they unveil themselves, and often may go out of their way to conceal their intimacy with the Supernal One, even outwardly acting in seemingly peculiar and contradictory ways as to put people off and not attract a large following. Unless there is divine inspiration, and it is God’s will, they won’t reveal who and what they truly are. You see, having passed away in the Supernal One, there is no self to glorify, as such, and no motive to “show and tell,” and if and when they do engage in an unveiling, it isn’t they who are unveiling, but it is the Divine Presence and it is God that is glorified.

Look and see what this foolish king did, flaunting his wealth, his stations and states, or authority and power, before these unbelieving people! He did not kindle faith in the hearts of those present with him, nor lead them to turn to the One God, but rather he kindled jealousy and envy, and lust and greed, and stirred the desire in them to take by force all that they had seen and desired. Something very similar may also happen if spiritual gifts, spiritual powers, are too openly displayed, or are used in too overt a fashion; it can stir things that are quite the opposite of a return to God, and it could drive souls into further bondage to the ignorance, God forbid and God have mercy upon us!

This is not to say that holy tzaddikim do not use the authority and power given to them by God to be of spiritual assistance to others and benefit them; they can and they are most often swift to do so as the inspiration arises and it is in the power of the moment. Most often, though, they will do so in secret, rendering concealed, invisible spiritual assistance whenever, wherever and with whomever it is good and is in God. As with unveiling, though, in truth these holy and enlightened ones do not conceive of themselves as the doer of such spiritual works or divine interventions, but rather it is all from God to God, it is all the manifestation of the Divine Presence.

There is no doubt more to be considered regarding these secret mysteries, but this seems enough for today, so I’ll pause, waiting upon the Spirit of the Lord, Yahweh.

May we be blessed with the wisdom of skillful means and so be empowered to truly good works! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Shattering of Vessels

#3 Postby Elder Gideon » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:51 am

Shalom Tau Malachi:

Understand, as souls receive influxes of the Holy Light and Truth - or revelations of the Truth and Light, and they integrate them, passing to a higher grade, station, so they have corresponding authority and power, or corresponding states, and this is indicated by melekh, ‘sovereign.’ Likewise, in so doing they create the conditions necessary for the reception of greater influxes of the Holy Light and Spirit, or greater revelations of God in their heart, and this is indicated by kelim, ‘vessel.’ Thus, melekh and kelim.

Of course, all of this assumes that one turns away from the world and turns to God, that they labor continually for progress in the Gospel, the Way, and do not turn aside or let themselves be lead astray, for if and when that happens, heaven forfend, whatever they have seemingly attained may be taken from them and their light power will go to the Other Side.

Your relating how one comes to greater authority and power with and in the One makes whole new sense. As one draws nearer to the King-melech, the capacity of cups-kelim expands.

This relationship of spiritual authority that grows with the alignment of 'brain,' 'heart,' and 'liver' is stimulating to contemplate. Equally, when any one of these circuits are compromised, the ceaseless influxes from brain to heart to liver of the King expose disease, even shattering the cups. This is how I'm hearing the shattering of vessels in a whole new light.

Characters in revelation who vie with the One and break demonstrate this challenge for all of us, conscious or unconscious of our existence in the One. Take Pharoah, whose heart YHVH hardens. Not only him, but all of the children of Israel who rebelled against Moses and fell in the wilderness:

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief (Hebrew 3:15-19).

This hardening of heart is spectacular in Hebrew. The very same letters כָּבֵד that spell liver—kaved form the word for kavod—glory כָּבוֹד. What is glorified depends upon the state of the liver—the nefesh—if it's heavy, hard—kaved: כָּבַד There's a literal word play wherever we we read of the hardness of heart as

when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened [k'ved] his heart [libo], and would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said (Exodus 8:15).

The state of the liver compromised and complicated by qlippah takes the heart down with it, hardening the heart with selfishness for its own glory. This ends in shattering. Nefesh elokit, a purified soul, moves with the heart and brain as they receive influxes, becoming a cup. It almost seems like the liver-nefesh decides whether the circuit from the King continues back up as a cup or is shattered.

I never knew there was such an intimate relationship between these words for liver, hardness, and glory. What causes shattering of souls like Pharoah or any other archonic force moving flesh and blood speaks whole new detail to me for which I'm very grateful to learn. Praise the One for such wisdom rooted within our very body and life.

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Re: The King's Cup

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:34 pm

Blessings in the Holy Light of the Messiah, the light stored up for the Tzaddikim!

The story of Pharaoh is an excellent example, because the letters that spell ‘liver’ also spelling ‘glory’ indicate an essential spiritual question: Who is glorified? To whom does the glory belong? Understand, Pharaoh glorified himself, believing himself to be a god, and in his mind and heart, and with his mouth, he world say, “There is no ruler, no god, greater than me! I bow to no one, all bow to me!” He glorified himself and he claimed lordship for himself, and so his heart was hardened against Yahweh and the Prophet, and he would not yield, bow down and enter into submission to Yahweh. This is the state of the ego, nefesh behamit, in the unenlightened condition. Look at how many people live in this way, in self-will, self-cherishing, self-glorification, seeking and claiming lordship for themselves, as though they are a “god” or “goddess,” or some associate divinity with El Elyon, God Most High. God forbid!

In Gnostic Scriptures this is reflected in the archonic realm being called ‘false lights,’ ‘false glories,’ and in tales of the demiurge claiming to be the creator of all, setting itself in the place of God Most High.

Now truly, apart from the neshamah and ruach nefesh is nothing, it has no true life and light of its own, it is totally poor, it is void of purpose and meaning, it has no independent and substantial existence, it is unreal, it is a nonexistent thing. The same may be said for the entirety of the soul, it has no life and light, no true existence or being, apart from Yahweh Elohim, the Eternal God; thus, truly, there is life and light in nefesh only when it is in surrender, submission, to ruach and neshamah, and the soul has true existence, reality, only from and through Yahweh Elohim, and its realization is in surrender, submission, to Yahweh Elohim and the recognition of its innate oneness with Yahweh Elohim. Such a soul does not seek self-glorification, nor claim lordship, but rather glorifies God and God alone, and proclaims the Lordship of God Most High. In this such souls are called godly, holy and righteous, for they are nothing and God is everything to them; there is no god but Yahweh.

Understand, as souls enter into submission to God and follow in the Way of God - the Messiah, and they ascend from grade to grade, station to station, through the mercy and grace of God - with God’s help, so God exalts and glorifies them, and God confers upon them authority and power corresponding with their grade or station; thus, uplifting and glorifying souls something of the Lordship of God is given to them, all as God wills, all as God ordains. Now, understand, these godly men and women have no claim to make for themselves, but rather they give praise and thanks to God, and they glorify God Most High, proclaiming what God has done and what God is doing, proclaiming the unfathomable mercy and grace of God, and the deep forgiveness and love of God. This entire movement in the Spirit of God is from God to God, and something of God’s Glory and Lordship is made manifest and realized in this way, God being revealed and known through God’s image, the spiritual human being. Cultivating the Attributes of God, and so the image of God, so something of God is embodied. If and when there is full passing away in God, and reaching into those stations beyond, the soul is one with the Soul of God, the mind is one with the Mind of God, the heart is one with the Heart of God and the body is as the Body of God; God is the seeing and hearing of that holy person, their tasting smelling and touching, their speaking and doing - the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, is manifest in them and as them.

This we witness in the greatest of the Messenger Prophets, Yeshua Messiah, who is called Adon or Adonai because to him God Most High conferred complete Lordship, for he was a Perfect Human Being who embodied the Living Word and Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit in full, and enacted a complete self-offering in the Eternal One, Yahweh.

Look and see! Nefesh, ‘liver,’ corresponds with this body, and this person and life, which is the vehicle in this world for the realization of ruach and neshamah, and for the embodiment of the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit. Thus, indeed, ‘glory,’ for through this God is revealed and made known, and God is glorified, the immeasurable Divine Glory and all the various other Divine Attributes, being actualized and realized in the perfect human being - true humanity glorifying God Most High.

These are a few words I may share with you. In the moment I can say no more.

Praise and glory to the Lord of lords and King of kings, El Elyon, God Most High! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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