Again, turning to the Egyptians our cultural progenitors, another designaton they have for Zion is “Seket Hetepu,” or Field of Peace. The Egyptians defined an experience of Seket Hetepu as the returning of our spirit to its original unconditioned state. Our elders in makng heavenly Zion to correspond with what the Egyptian priests had already been teaching for hudreds of years, have been trying to articulate that our Spirit is essentially battling to remove all conditionings placed upon it by the flesh. That our Spirit is seeking to return to it’s original unconditioned and unformed state of rest, hence the “Seket Hetepu,” or Field of Peace.
My dear Sisters and Brothers, what we seek as happiness is an inner state of peace that can only be attained through spiritual growth. It has nothing to do with the things of this world.
If you don’t mind I’d like to shift gears for a moment. If you can recall in Part 1 of ths blog I talked about how some Moorish Hebrews use the term “Zion” in reference to the 7 Heavens collectively. Well, among the countless material written about Hebraic Science, the 7 Heavens are vaguely spoken of in length. Here I will name all 7 Heavens and give a brief synopsis of their purpose:
1. Vilon = the Veil
2. Raqia = the Firmament
3. Shachaqim = the Clouds
4. Zevul = the Habitation
5. Maon = the Dwelling Place
6. Makon = the Foundation
7. Aravot = the Desert
As levels of consciousness, the “Shamayim Shavuot,” or 7 Heavens, are also deemed transitional culture worlds. These are training spheres for all ascending Beings seeking reunification with the Hidden Source, Yahweh. As developmental realms, they are what Rav Yeshua (Jesus Christ) talked about when he said: ‘In my Father’s house there are many mansions’ (John 14:2).
Our elders teach that through one’s heavenly ascent, we will be spiritually aware of the presence of other glorified/transcendant Beings of Paradise attainment. Those of us who have embarked upon a path of ascension are what mekubalim (mystics) and kohanim (priests) call “tamim,” or undefiled, complete, or perfect. So a tamim is a personality that has begun their long and eventful pilgramage to Mt. Zion.
‘Do not model your behavior on the contemporary world, but let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern for yourselves what is the will of God ~ what is good and acceptable and mature’ (Romans 12:1).
I find interesting how Christianity has adopted the concept of “Zion” under the names of New Jerusalem and Kingdom of Heaven. A change of terminology does not mean a change of ideology!
However, the terms “New Jerusalem” and “Kingdom of Heaven” does mark a point where our experience in spiritual practice shifts. Where the Egyptian higher levels of spiritual attainment by an individual is metaphorised by “Annu” and among the Moorish Hebrew Ummah as tamimim inhabiting Mt. Zion, whenever Kingdom of Heaven is used it is done so implying an effort of collective salvation. In this context we must come to understand that there is no such thing as personal salvation.
According to the elders of our Ummah (Community), we are not only suppposed to uplift and enlighten ourselves, we are obligated to uplift and enlighten humanity. ‘For none of us lives for himself and none of us dies for himself’ (Romans 14:7).
Before I go I would like to share with you a portion of what Rav Yeshua taught o a Brahmic priest named, Ajainin. As recorded in Hidot Shel-Hamashiach (the Secret Teachings of the Messiah), our Master said:
‘ “The kingdom is not far away, but man wth mortal eyes can see it not; it is written in the heart. You need not seek the King in the earth, or sea, or sky. He is not there, yet He is everywhere. He is Christ; He is universal love.
“The gate of this dominion is not high and he who enters it must fall down on his knees….The lower self must be transmuted into spirit-self; the body must be washed in living streams of purity.”
‘Ajainin then asked, “Can I become a subject of this King?”
‘And Yeshua answered, “You are yourself a king and you may enter through the gate and be subject of the King of kings. But you must lay aside your priestly robes, must cease to serve the Holy One for gold, and must give your life and all you have in willing service to the sons of men.” ‘
My reason for sharing a snippet of the dialogue between Rav Yeshua and Ajainin, was to give further proof that we cannot cease in “tiqqun,” or correction, on a personal level. We are all interconnected! Complete tiqqun (correction or restoration) invovles the healing of all life within creation! ‘Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?’ (Malachi 2:10).
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