Did anyone catch that I skipped the Angel of the Evening on Day Four and rushed into Day Five? Ooops!
It was easy for me to see the correlation between the morning (physical or natural) and evening (spiritual) angels up to day four: Sun and Power, Water and Love and Air and Wisdom. I’ve been a bit challenged with the pairing of Day Five: Earth and Eternal Life. I’ll leave you to contemplate the connection; I have some thoughts, but will post those later (if I remember!)
So, the Angel of Eternal Life…. Here are excerpts from the shorter writing:
“… The Angel of Eternal Life,
Who brings the message of eternity
…. Do not wait for death
To reveal the great mystery:
If you know not your Heavenly Father
While your feet tread the dusty soil,
There shall be naught but shadows for thee
In the life to come.
Here and now
Is the mystery revealed.
Here and now
Is the curtain lifted…. “
If I get any readers for this blog, I’ll ask what understanding they come to about this. What I take from it is that we have the potential to know God (and it does say “know God” – which means have an actual experience of God, as you understand Him/Her/It.) This will unfold over time, so for those practicing this method of spiritual growth, “Truth” shifts with your insights. Yet this is how a personal relationship with your God develops – not one of listening to others read from scriptures, but one that occurs over time as you spend time in attempts to contact this higher power.
The journey to come to know your Heavenly Father is unique to each of us. Mine tends to feel like it’s taking an inordinately long time (not helped by this passage, which makes me think that “the mystery” should be “revealed here and now.” Then recently I re-read in the book, The Thirteen-Petalled Rose , by Adin Steinsaltz (yes, my other spiritual intrigue is Kabbalah – to the very limited extent this shiksa has read of this tradition): “The feeling of ‘behold, I’ve arrived’ could well undermine the capacity to continue, suggesting as it does that the Infinite can be reached in a finite number of steps…. At every rung of his ascent, like any person who follows the way of God, they perceive mainly the remoteness.” (pg. 131, with my taking out use of the word “penitent.”)
What an awesome concept of a finite number of steps to take to reach the Infinite. How does one come to understand the Infinite? Man, as made in the “image and likeness of God,” may consider putting effort into understanding himself. At least, it’s a start…
OK, methinks time for a break from the Earth, as much of a maniac as I am about respecting her.
Angel of the Fifth Morning is the Angel of Life.
Interestingly, in the shorter version of the communion with the Angel of Life, one is encouraged to be a tree-hugger! You may be surprised to read this:
….” Go, then, towards the high-growing trees,
And before one of them which is beautiful,
High-growing and mighty,
Say these words:
‘Hail be unto thee! O, good, living tree,
Made by the Creator!’
Then shall the River of Life
Flow between you and your Brother,
And health of the body…
And eyesight of the eagle be yours. …”
A few weeks ago on a moist morning as I walked in a wooded area, a pine tree caught my eye. I went up to it and leaned my face into its trunk, not particularly expecting much. (And if you’re wondering about insect inhabitants, this was towards the end of winter and probably cold enough that they were not yet out and about.)
The aroma from the bark was almost intoxicating! And despite my skepticism, I did feel energized by the connection with the tree. I stayed by it for a few minutes, soaking up the vibrant sensation --even at a time the tree “should” have still been “sleeping.”
Since that time I have stopped to visit it again, and I suspect I will several more times. I’m curious to see if the bark smells different in the other seasons – or when the climate is drier instead of the lovely wet-earth situation that welcomed me that day.
That said, the longer version of the Angel of Life has something else to say. I’ll leave that for another time when the Angel of Life is the Essence to be greeted on the day of my post.
Below is a SoulCollage® card I created with a big, beautiful tree (though I guess the butterfly is more prominent). I encourage you to find a tree in your neighborhood to befriend. :-)
You may wonder why I blog about the importance of honoring Nature and the balance that exists between our environment (on all levels) and humanity. Believe me, it is not because I am smarter than the average bear on this topic.
This has been emphasized in the Essene Gospels which were written 2,000 years ago! And indigenous peoples around the world have known that if we are to continue our life, we must not deplete that which provides that life for us.
I could have just gone on with signing email petitions for various environmental causes, then this paragraph on page 28 of The Essene Gospels, Book Four, jumped out at me:
“And when once we see with the eyes of wisdom and hear with the ears of understanding the ageless truths of the Holy Scrolls, then must we go among the Sons of Men and teach them, for if we jealously hide the holy knowledge, pretending that it belongs only to us, then we are as one who finds a spring high in the mountains, and rather than let it flow into the valley to quench the thirst of man and beast, buries it under rocks and dirt, thereby robbing himself of water, as well….”
So here I am – a voice in the wilderness – trying to call out to my fellow humans, please find the ancient knowledge and start to practice it as regularly as you can! We only have one Earth. If we destroy it, we cannot live.
Written on this Earth Day, 2018, with love to the planet that gives us our physical life and honoring the concept of balance portrayed in this peaceful image.
If it were a bit more personal to each of us, perhaps we would understand better....
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The Angel of the Morning on Day Four is the Angel of Earth.
The Essene Gospels views man (humans) as one with the Earth. It is stated in many different places, yet here is a pretty complete rendition:
“Blessed is the Child of Light
Who knoweth his Earthly Mother,
For she is the giver of life.
Know that thy Mother is in thee,
And thou art in her.
She bore thee
And she giveth thee life.
She it was who gaveth thee thy body,
And to her shalt thou one day
Give it back again.
Know that the blood which runs in thee
Is born of the blood
Of thy Earthly Mother
Her blood falls from the clouds….
…Know that the air which thou dost breathe
Is born of the breath
Of thy Earthly Mother.
Her breath is azure
In the heights of the heavens….
…. Know that the hardness of thy bones
Is born of the bones
Of thy Earthly Mother,
Of the rocks and stones….
….The light of thy eyes,
The hearing of thy ears,
These are born
Of the colors and the sounds
Of thy Earthly Mother,
Which doth enclose thee about….” (pages 65-67 in the edition I have)
One thought that came to me when I read this was the light of our eyes being born of the Earthly Mother. Eyes tend to be brown, blue, sometimes green or gray/hazel. These are nature's colors! Brown of the earth, blue of the waters, green of the grasses and leaves, gray of stones. We don't have red or purple eyes (though yes, I know colored contacts exist). Isn't that interesting?
Many years ago I had a Holotropic Breathwork journey in which I was birthing the Earth. I had not read the Essene Gospels at the time to see the connection, but now I am amazed! Here's the mandala I drew afterwards -- I am lying on the Earth (by the roots of a tree) with a baby coming out from my heart and an umbilical cord connecting the baby with the Earth. Pretty amazing for someone who wasn't conscious of this teaching at the time -- but who certainly was aware "unconsciously!"
And what do you think of the large red umbilical cord running from the Earth adjoining the baby, then touching the full length of the tree and returning to my heart? Everything is connected: my prone body, the baby, the Earth and the Tree. And that was on Earth Day. What a profound experience.
I had the most awesome walk this morning! This is Saturday, the day I consider the Sabbath. That is the day in the Essene Gospels for honoring the Earthly Mother in the morning and the Heavenly Father in the evening.
Now that I am practicing the message of the Essene Gospels, I am mindful of the angel of the Earthly Mother in my morning walks. And noticing the interplay between some of them – for instance, how often there is rain and wind together (Angels of Water and Air). When that happens my thoughts turn to the cleansing powers of both – emotional cleaning by water, and mental clearing by air. It’s as if the community or area where I live is washed to allow for a clean start, and since this is Spring I thought today as I was out that maybe the cleansing today is for the fullness of Summer to come in. (Yes, that’s still a ways off, but who knows how, or if, the elements perceive time?)
It was a gentle rain when I started out, and the air was still at first. About halfway into my planned route, the rain picked up a bit and a breeze kicked in. As I continued the mindful breathing I practice as I walk, the sun started to peek out from the clouds! Its light did not last very long – but in that time I was aware of the unique blessing this was for the start of my day. I was greeted by all the Angels of the Earthly Mother: the Angels of Sun, Water, Air, Earth (who was happily soaking up the moisture from the skies above), Life (I could almost feel how happy the trees and plants were for the life-giving water) and Joy (as the Life ignites again in the plant kingdom, Joy flows through them as they come into the fullness of expressing their beauty.)
That’s only six angels, you say? Yes – because the seventh (the Sabbath) is the time to honor all of them as the aspects of our Earthly Mother. And the morning today provided me the rare opportunity to be in the presence of all of them within the space of 30 minutes. What a blessing!
Wishing you blessings for your day -- the openness and awareness to notice them, and the wonder of receiving them.
And the connection between thought and wisdom? Currently I think of Wisdom as a mingling of intellect and something higher. Wisdom often comes through due to inspiration or intuition rather than just our mere mental logic -- a higher level of thought. It opens more possibilities and solutions than just making a choice between one thing and its opposite.
Consider, for instance, Jesus’s response to those who were about to stone a woman who had committed adultery: “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7) If we were to respond from a strictly mental place, the reply would be either to simply agree or disagree with stoning the woman – with the obvious risk being that either side has its supporters and its naysayers. No matter which decision you make, one side will feel wronged. Jesus’s response begs personal reflection by each person there: Have I ever done something wrong – and, in my case, would I think severe punishment is the appropriate solution for me to have to endure?
Another example from the Bible would be the story of the two women who approached Solomon claiming that a baby was their child. Rather than fall into taking a position of one woman over the other, Solomon realizes that bringing in a higher perspective would put the problem in a new light. He calls for a sword to be brought to him, then orders, “Cut the baby in half. That way each of you can have part of him.” This causes the distraught baby’s mother to plead, “Please don’t kill my son! I love him very much, but just give him to her. Don’t kill him!” The other woman says, go ahead, split the baby. Solomon awards the baby to the first woman who begged for the child’s life, knowing that no true mother would desire the death of her child. The end of the passage notes, “Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.” (1 Kings 3:16-28)
Here are excerpts from the Essene Gospels for the Angel of Wisdom – who is greeted on the evening of the Third Day:
“The Angel of Wisdom
Who maketh man free from fear,
Wide of heart,
And easy of conscience.
The Understanding that unfolds
As a holy scroll,
Yet does not come through learning.
All wisdom cometh
From the Heavenly Father,
And is with him for ever….
… But the crown of wisdom
Makes peace and perfect health
Both of which are the gifts of God.
O Thou Heavenly Order!
And thou, Angel of Wisdom!
I will worship thee and
The Heavenly Father,
Because of whom
The river of thought within us
Is flowing towards the
Holy Sea of Eternity.”
“…The understanding that unfolds…. Yet does not come through learning.” This would support Wisdom as coming from somewhere above simple deduction – like the concept of the whole being more than a sum of its parts. It is not simply a question of seeing each part, or side. It draws on something above all of them.
This quality, apparently, draws us closer to God, as noted in the last sentence here that directly connects wisdom and thought: "...The Heavenly Father and the Angel of Wisdom – because of whom the river of thought within us is flowing towards the Holy Sea." Using wisdom provides us with freedom from fear and being of clear mind (“easy of conscience.”) When we approach the duality of any problem from a higher perspective, knowing that neither side will feel wronged, we are free from internal debate and potential guilt about the solution we may present. This, to me, is the way of wisdom.
Emotions occur in response to our thoughts. With the thought-realm being a higher level than that of the emotions, it is fitting that following the Angel of Water is the Angel of Air. Air is typically recognized as the element of the mental realm – where our thoughts “live.”
Here’s some text from the short version of the Earthly Mother’s Angel of Air:
“…. We worship the Holy Breath
Which is placed higher
Than all the other things created.
For, lo, the eternal and sovereign
Where rule the unnumbered stars,
Is the air we breathe in
And the air we breathe out.
And in the moment betwixt the breathing in
And the breathing out
Is hidden all the mysteries
Of the Infinite Garden.
Angel of Air,
Holy Messenger of the Earthly Mother,
Enter deep within me,
As the swallow plummets from the sky,
That I may know the secrets of the wind
And the music of the stars.”
Personally, I am still mystified by exactly what is meant by “in the moment betwixt the breathing in and the breathing out is hidden all the mysteries…” I have read similar things in Kabbalah readings – and also hear a similar message in the Meditation on Twin Hearts visualization CD I use that was done by Master Choa Kok Sui. He pauses for a bit in the visualization to have us tone several “Oms,” and tells us, “Focus your attention on the silence between the two Oms.”
So… Do any of my readers have experience in the spiritual mystery of the silence between sounds and/or the moment between the inhale and the exhale? Much further down the line I can post something from the fourth book of the Essene Gospels that addresses the sound/silence aspect a little, but I’m open to thoughts/experiences here.
Thanks and Blessings
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.