BECAUSE, one day, I will decide to do what it takes to be free. And on that day, I will require spiritual guidance to face the fear, and understand WHY I am ambivalent about becoming emPowered.
“I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are mere details.”
Life ITSELF is the Mystery, as life is not the opposite of death; birth is! My challenge – and the source of my complaints – is my inability to transcend the judgments binding me to the material world. I thus keep on coming back to “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (ibid), and yes, it is pure insanity!
To understand what I term “God” and/or any mysteries, I must first understand myself. Thus the aphorism “Know Thyself,” as one the 147 Delphic maxims at Delphi. Here is the good news and the bad news: I am IT! Perennial truths are not out there. They are felt within, as I come into the Truth of my own heart.
Throughout history, Mystery Schools have hidden in plain sight, in order to protect, preserve and perpetuate the secrets of ancient knowledge. This secret knowledge is now made available, due to the massive shifts the Earth is now undergoing. Each school aimed at transmitting the shamanic and Gnostic ways of a specific lineage; e.g.; an Eastern Mystery school would teach how to embody the Wisdom of Hindu or Buddhist traditions.
While each School has its own entrance into the Mystery, they all prophesied the coming of an extraordinary time, when a unified Teaching would create a paradigm shift, akin to a mass return to a mythical kingdom, a “Garden of Eden” or a “Shambhala.” The environment may just be ripe for such miraculous space-time…
BECAUSE it is here and not here, just as an awakened being who is at once enlightened and enlightened not. Moreover, I already possess all the answers, and all the knowledge of the universe. I’m only doubting that I do, as I keep on choosing to resist the light!
All ancient traditions allude to a great Power that lives in everyone and everything, a Power by which to transcend any challenge. However, it is as if a global event wiped out humanity’s memory, and left a gap in our knowledge of Power. Scientists have endeavored for millennia to find the lost symbol by which to interface with the cosmic forces, heal the mind, and abort the greatest tragedies that humankind is facing. Yet, whereas they’ve mastered the number code, other dimensions of consciousness, such as “the Word that was God,” keep on escaping them.
There is a book, however, whose subject matter is cosmogony, and as such, a Theory Of Everything. This book is very short (a mere SIX chapters), and written in Hebrew. It is so ancient that its origin is unknown. Potentially, it was received by Abraham, which would make it a precursor, and possibly a map to to the Five Books of Moses. The name of the book is Sepher Yetzirah.
Here is an interesting clue: its title –Sepher Yetzirah – is often translated as the “Book of Creation.” And yet, Yetzirah never addressed the creative realm of mind. Meaning “formation,” it speaks of what occurs in the realm of emotions, where all gets in form and informed. This Order of Creation (think – feel – act) was outlined in Isaiah (740 BCE – c. 686 BCE):
“All that is called by My Name, and whom I have created for My glory,
I have informed it, yea, I have made it.” Isaiah 43:7
Whereas I have been trained to put a smile on my face, and to not feel my feelings, it is likely that a prophet and a visionary of Isaiah’s scope transcended such indoctrination. He must have known that Sepher Yetzirah was a universal key to access heartfelt knowledge. Yet the time – humorously “the Information Age” – had not come, and the words of the writing remained sealed.
Sepher Yetzirah is easy to download on any electronic device: it is all over the internet! As for downloading it in my psychic iPad, that is another story: the writing is so esoteric that I can’t quite recognize in it “the found symbol.” Here is why: the full-out reopening of sentience – the capacity of feeling and sensing – asks that I would stop existing as an ego. It is a non-negotiable: I must feel, in my cells, that form is emptiness, and that emptiness is form.
This is the accidental death on which, as a student of the PaRaDiSe Mystery School, I must “plan” (to use that word as a joke). The requirements are to be sincere in my search, and to persevere to THE END. It is the hunger to know the original behind the reflection – the emptiness behind the form – that will make me worthy of the ultimate accident. All the studying, the meditating, the chanting; all my disciplines are simply means to remove the blocks to my receiving. They are just an invitation for the mystical guest to come.
When everything is empty, when there is nobody out there, not even me, I feel and vibrate with Sepher Yetzirah as the light of my Soul.
WHY the “PaRaDiSe” Mystery School?
BECAUSE the strange word “PaRaDiSe” is code for a fourfold intelligence, by which to free the Sacred Feminine from exile. This banished treasure and how to bring it back is hinted to in Song of Songs, 4:12-13: “my sister, my bride; a lost garden, a spring dried up; a fountain sealed. Your plants are a PaRaDiSe of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard,”
When the female part of me is unable to wait for the path to be clear, the male part of me speaks and acts compulsively. This is PaRaDiSe lost. For the sealed waters of the Sacred Feminine to break, I must die to the thought that I am the body (a man or a woman). I am now reborn to a consciousness that is created male and female (regardless of my gender), and, as such, heavenly. Yet where is the door?
An ancient legend speaks of FOUR rabbis of the Mishnaic period (1st century CE) who knocked at the door of the Pardes, that is, of the “orchard.” Pardes is a FOUR-lettered word (Hebrew has no vowels), and also an acronym that invokes FOUR levels of understanding of the “PaRaDoX,” for me to be fluent in “God’s” language:
- P is for Pshat as a “Practical and Plain” context: this is the understanding of street-smart instinct, transmitted by the voice of my body.
- R is for Remez, as a “Reflective wink:” this is the understanding of emotional intelligence, via the messages sent by my feelings, for good or bad.
- D is for Derush, as the”inquiry” that knows the Difference: this is the understanding of cognitive intelligence, sent as the silences in-between.
- S sounds as and is Sohd, as the “Secret:” this is the understanding of spiritual intelligence; the intuition transmitted by the voice of my heart.
That sounds lovely. For now, however, I am convinced that there is me over here, and the scriptures over there: what I see or don’t see in the text is not about me; it is the text that is unclear! My wires are so crossed and my polarities, so inverted, that I can’t see the “orchard” for the tree, and thus can’t be fruitful nor multiply! What am I missing?
WHY a Limb to the “Meta?”
BECAUSE, to access the Sohd – the “Secret” dimension of the Pardes (the realm of the understanding of what understanding is), I must go on a metaphysical limb, “beyond” the physical realm…
I will then pass the initiation of the flaming sword, by answering the three-pronged riddle asked by a sphinx-like cherub:
The WHY of the PaRaDiSe Mystery School is:
To END all mental suffering by clearing the confusion induced by the “God” label, whose abstraction keeps me lonely as I run from the Mystery, and angry as I won’t own the Truth that I am creating IT all!
The HOW of the PaRaDiSe Mystery School is:
To own my projections by using Golden XPR as a scrying mirror, at once shocking and humbling, and see that the places in the decoding where I go into limbo Reflect exactly where my shame-based Secrets are at work.
The WHAT of the PaRaDiSe Mystery School is:
To Receive the Wisdom to appreciate the change given without notice, to will with a Power that cannot be corrupted, to keep silence via the Practicality to do no harm, to dare solving problems by wielding energy, and to Know the Difference between what’s good and/or bad for me.