Bits and Pieces and The Origin of Our Spirits

Sunnadi/Sunday

7 Moura/Feb. 26

theiagoddess

O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues, flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Amen.

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Note: Our pages have been edited so many times that often, I can not see the glaring errors that are right before my eyes. Many thanks to Sorella Sophia who brought to my attention that the Creed was in the Rite of Sacrifice, twice and that the information on the Janite calendar for Moura was incorrect. These issues have been rectified.  I have also restored to the Janite Rite of Sacrifice, this passage: But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to Her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil. (Jer. 44:17. Douay-Rheims). 

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In reference to our past article on travel altars, I would like to share some travel altar and Janati mandala photos sent in by ArchMadria Kathi:

Travel Altar, closed: img_20170201_164953

Travel Altar, open: img_20170201_165706

Janati Mandala:

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Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi! Truly lovely and inspiring!

saheartenergy

Moura is a time of the remembrance of the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. It is the most profound and holiest time of year because as not only our own religion teaches about the Sacrifice of Holy Daughter, but through the teachings of Gnostic Christianity and Kabbalistic Judaism concerning Sophia/Shekinah, we read how Our Divine Queen descends down through the Realms into high density and low vibration and we learn  of Her Divine Shattering. She volunteers to undergo these sufferings in order to be with us, to sustain us and to intimately share in our lives. The Holy Daughter shares with us, Her very Soul, and rescues the Divine Sparks within us by illuminating our way. She remains with us until we are assumed back to the Holy Mother.

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Moura is the time of the Spirit as Spirit is the Element of this fifth Sacred Season. It is the Fifth Element. In some Traditions, this fifth element is aether.

A question was recently asked about the origins of our spirit and whether or not our spirits might be in Heaven/Pleroma, while our souls are on Earth as is stated in our scriptures: And, She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the spirits of Earth’s children were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on Earth. Chapter 7, vs 16, The Mythos of the Divine Maid.

The querent further asked if our spirits were eternally created in or out of time and the Pleroma. I answered, in a conversational style, by stating my own personal opinion which does not, in any way, represent the ideas or beliefs of others in the Greater Deanic Faith.

The first thing to remember is that no-one… absolutely no-one on this planet knows, with certainty, how our spirits or souls were created. No-one knows this, not even the greatest spiritual/religious leaders. These are areas that have never been revealed to us by G-d. And so, theologians and philosophers of the past have taught what makes sense to them or perhaps what they intuitively perceived and these teachings have been carried forth down through the ages.

Additionally, from an inter-faith vantage point, no-one can seem to quite agree on what constitutes the difference is between soul and spirit. Different religious and spiritual teachers/Traditions approach this from varying viewpoints.

There are many things that we simply don’t know and any religious leader who is worth their salt, will admit this fact. The Catholic and Russian priests for whom I had the highest respect, were the ones who would tell me that there are things we simply are not able to know because they have not been revealed to us. I think there are reasons why we have this so-called amnesia when we come to Earth. But, that is for a future article.
We don’t even know if our spirits are actually created, or are part of G-d, or are emanations of G-d. There are inter-Faith scriptural supports for each of these possibilities. The Deanic Faith teaches that our spirits were created at the beginning of time and that makes sense to us because we also believe in reincarnation. Christians teach that our spirits were created when we are to be born on this planet because they don’t believe in reincarnation (although there is evidence that Jesus taught it). Both religions teach that our spirits have not always been eternal, because we were created at the beginning. If we were, whether in or out of time, actually created, then we are not eternal, like G-d. But, both Deanism and Christianity teach that our spirits will exist eternally from the moment of creation.
As far as the above quote, And She entered the great temple of heaven, where the spirits of earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on the earth… it was once explained to me that this is an Hindu teaching. The exact scriptural quote was found in the original Madrian liturgy. Janites changed it to: the Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Earth were gathered upon the Earth, as we have a different viewpoint. We don’t see our spirits remaining in Heaven while our souls are journeying upon the Earth. We believe that our spirits are here, too. However, there are different ways to understand the teaching.
The only other time I had ever heard of the idea of part of our spirit remaining in Heaven during an incarnation on Earth is when I’ve read books about life between lives (past life regression) where some have said that a portion of our higher selves, i. e., a portion of our spirit remains in the Pleroma while our lower selves incarnate on Earth. While certainly anything is possible and this is one of those areas that has not been divinely revealed to us, this concept is too difficult for a lot of people to grasp; it wrestles too heavily with our perceived reality on a most intimate core level.
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I found this picture on an interesting article regarding reincarnation though this is not a spiritual website: http://www.hangthebankers.com/reincarnation-the-interlife-universal-consciousness-the-holographic-soul/
 I have stated many times that I personally believe in the holographic universe theory. And, more and more, physicists are discovering that this theory has merit and that is why the ancients always taught that this place is an illusion. There have been many articles on this, the most recent being: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/our-universe-is-a-hologram
Some physicists are teaching that our perceived reality is similar to a virtual reality video game. Soon, the technology behind virtual reality is going to seem so real that those playing the game will forget their real life, just as we forget our real life in Heaven/Pleroma (think Hymn of the Pearl). To those in the video game, the game world seems real, even though it is an illusion, just as this earth seems real to our senses, even though it is an illusion. Though the ancients taught that our world is an illusion, they did not have the modern technology framework within which to explain it.
And so, if we think of it this way, we incarnate into our avatars in the holographic/virtual reality Game of Life in order to learn our soul lessons and so we are both ‘here’ in the illusion, but we are also in Heaven/the Pleroma, our True Home, but we forget that our Higher Selves are still in our True Home, just as someone who is plugged into a virtual reality game forgets that their body is still in their own living room. Imagine how it will be when this technology is improved!
Decades ago, I read a book long before the personal computer was ever conceived, let alone the internet and virtual reality. The prophetic authoress wrote of a time in the future when there would be those who would become so caught up in the virtual world, that they would forget their real life, they would forget to eat and take care of themselves, they would lose all sense of their true selves and completely identify with their virtual avatar, just as we identify with our earthly bodies. These people would need to be saved from the virtual reality world or they would die. I think this is a great metaphor for our lives, here. We become so consumed with this world; we identify so strongly with our bodies here on Earth, that we forget our way home. That is why we need the Holy Daughter. She shares Her soul with us so that we may have a vehicle with which to enter this world. When we become lost in the illusion, She gathers the Sparks of our Spirits illuminates the Way back Home.
If we agree that the virtual reality motif is a relevant metaphor for our soul-journey, then, we may understand the verse, where the spirits of earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on the earth as is stated in our scriptures. However, we would maintain that we are not just body and soul, we are body, soul and spirit. While we are on Earth, we are a Trinity of Being. It is my belief and that of others, that our souls are the vehicles or the conduit which unites our spirits to our physical bodies here on Earth. I would maintain that our souls are the temples of our spirits as the body is the temple of the soul.
Whereas the origin of our spirits and the exact nature of our souls has never been divinely revealed to us , we should believe whatever makes sense to us or what we are intuitively given to understand.
The idea of including doctrines in a tradition is much misaligned in our era. This is because many denominations made it a serious sin to disbelieve their doctrines. This draconian church law takes away a person’s right to think for themselves. Doctrines are supposed to be a guide.  They are meant to be a guide without taking away our God-give right to think for ourselves. While Janites have a doctrine regarding our spirits as found in our Creed, in that our spirits were created at the beginning of time, this is only a guide. Devotees must believe according to their heart intelligence.
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May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

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FAQ: Spirit/Soul Part I

Columbadi/Fri.

12 Astrea/Dec. 9

Lady Tethys

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and it all the worlds to come.

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Jacqueline asks: One thing I have long been curious about I think is alluded to here- that the Celestial Mother manifested our individual spirits, and that the Daughter “covers our spirits with souls so that we are able to enter manifest existence.” What is the distinction here between souls and spirits? If we originally emanated from Dea, then what is the purpose of the Daughter’s sacrifice and our resulting souls? I hope this makes sense.

And, further,

I guess the quote itself states that the purpose of the Daughter giving us souls is so that we can “enter manifest existence,” but I think that is the piece that I am unclear on; I don’t really know what that means.

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Dear Jacqueline,

Thank you for these important, fundamental questions.

I think it might help if I first explain why our teaching concerning the sacrifice of the Daughter is a bit different than that found in our scriptures. The Mythos of the Daughter bases the Passion and Death of the Holy Daughter on the myth of the goddess Inanna. In fact, in the Madrian edition of the scriptures, you will find that the Holy Daughter is actually named Inanna. It was later shortened to Anna.

When I first entered the Faith, I was troubled by the fact that the goddess Inanna was a married and promiscuous goddess of sex and war, and did not die for altruistic reasons. I was also bothered by the fact that the goddess Inanna is not a Living Stream goddess. So, for these reasons, it was hard for me to accept her as an appropriate Form or Image for the Most Pure Daughter.

My other area of concern was that I truly struggled with the idea that Daughter God could die if She had not incarnated into material manifestation.

While the myth of Inanna, in part, might be an illustration of the suffering the Holy Daughter endures as She descends down through the Seven Realms, the literal death of the Daughter did not make sense for me. If the Holy Daughter did not incarnate as an human being with a flesh and blood body, and where She is God, how could She actually die?

God cannot die, the soul cannot die and the spirit cannot die. God is eternal. Once God dies, God is no longer eternal and is therefore, not God. And so it follows that if the Holy Daughter had truly died, then She was not eternal. If She was not eternal, then, it stands to reason, that She was not God. I couldn’t find any way around this conundrum.

One explanation that was presented to me was that the Holy Daughter gave Her Essence to Her Mother before descending through the realms. Ok, well, again, the more I thought about it, the more it did not make sense to me. If the Daughter emptied Herself of Her Essence, which is Her God-Nature, Her God-Spirit, Her Spirit Energy, then, what was left of Her? Was it empty Form? Without Her Essence, was the Form still the Holy Daughter? This and many more questions arose in my mind.

Another area of confusion for me was exactly why the Daughter had to actually die in order to sustain Creation. Exactly how did the Daughter’s Death lead to the sustaining of all Creation? The explanations offered to me did not satisfy me on a thealogical level.

I’m not implying that the scriptures are wrong. The Mythos is not meant to be taken literally. The Mythos is a story that is meant to point us to an unknowable Reality. But I felt that it made more sense to me, that rather than modeling the Holy Daughter on the Goddess Inanna and her descent and death,  the Holy Daughter should be modeled on the True Divine Feminine of our Age and Her Descent as the Holy Soul.

In our Age, the ending of the Age of Pisces and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, the Divine Feminine God would be the Hindu and Buddhist goddesses, the Shekinah, the Divine Sophia and many would include Isis. These are Living Stream Images/Forms of Dea. The Hindu Goddesses, The Shekinah and the Divine Sophia are considered to be God or having the Nature of God. There are valid reasons for the Deanic mandate that Images/Faces/Forms of Dea should be Living Stream Images. Living Stream Images are those Whose worship has never been broken.

So, for the Janite Order, the Holy Daughter, in keeping with the Living Stream mandate, is modeled on Shekinah (as in the True Sabbath Queen, She is not just the Presence of the Father) and Sophia. In other words, for the Janite Order, the Divine Sophia and the Holy Shekinah are the Images/Forms which we use for the Holy Daughter.  The Divine Sophia is not limited to Christianity. She is worshiped across a wide-range of spiritualities, Traditions and religious denominations.

Both the Holy Shekinah and the Divine Sophia are known as the World Soul or the Holy Soul. {The Title, Divine Sophia, is here used to differentiate the non-Fallen Sophia, the Primordial Sophia from the Gnostic fallen Sophia who was in need of a saviour. (Typical demotion of a goddess.)}

Before we get into the Holy Shekinah and Sophia as the World Soul/Holy Soul and what that means, first we need to answer the question as to what is the distinction between souls and spirits:

We can say that we emanated from Dea, yes, but it is probably more accurate to say that She created our spirits from the Breathe of Her own Spirit. And, there is a difference between soul and spirit.

   The spirit is our essence, our essential selves. It is our light energy selves. I like this definition: The spirit is that part of you which is the direct creation of God. Your spirit is the highest aspect of who and what you are. It is a direct fragment of the Divine Life of God.

In studies of life between lives undertaken by certain psychologists  and as reported by those who have had NDE’s, after we die, we often appear as pure light energy, almost like brilliant balls of light energy. If true, this is what I think of when I think of our spirits, our energy selves. We can also take soul-form.

But, what about the soul? For human beings on this planet, in this realm, our souls are that part of us which has human character and which links with the human experience. And so, because it links with the human experience, it is necessary to have a soul in order to enter manifest creation. And so our spirit and our rarefied soul forms are our True Selves or Higher Selves.

The soul is a rarefied or ethereal or energy body. Many believe that the soul is where our personality and our emotions reside.

I like the following Kabbalistic definition of soul: People are really made in the image of God, which means that each of us are essentially divine beings. Each soul is a miniature version of God, like a fragmented holographic image. (Remember, Sophia’s Soul was ‘shattered’ so to speak, into myriad ‘fragments’.)

    We are not victims of original sin, but rather are covered up with ‘shells’ that need to be removed so that the original spark may be uncovered. Salvation comes when we are enlightened, when we remember the truth of what and who we really are. (Gnosis.) The Fall of Man is really a metaphor of our pre-existent soul wanting to descend in order to re-ascend. (Which is what the long version of our Creed essentially teaches.) (1)

We live in a state of ignorance and limitation. When we clear out the obstructions which cloud and obscure the Divine Spark within us, when we continuously choose to move towards Dea rather than away from Her (as our scriptures teach), then our souls evolve, the obscurity melts away and the Divine Spark within shines, again. It’s like our souls, which are the temple of spirit, are diamonds in the rough that must be refined and polished in order for the True Light to shine from within.

Plato taught that our souls pre-existed in the ideal Realm of Forms before we entered manifest creation and forgot from whence we truly originate. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is echoed in our scriptures as the story of the of the race of maids who lived in the cave as told in, The Light, (Madrian edition title), along with  the Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl, aka, the Robe of Glory, illustrate that we must attain Gnosis, we must awaken to our True Selves, in order to return Home.

Our Lady guides us to this awakening. Some Gnostics teach that the Divine Sophia is the Divine Spark who resides within a secret chamber of our hearts (similar to the scriptural teaching of Dea residing in the Temple of our Hearts). She continuously strives to uncover the Divine Spark hidden within us.

A final note: The Deanic Faith is based, in part, on Platonic and Gnostic concepts, especially in the areas of Divine Forms, Primordial Ideas and the Pleroma. There are many forms of Gnosticism. Some older than others. We must remember when we are researching or referring to Gnostic Christianity, a latter form of Gnosticism, that Sophia was by then, demoted and in need of a male savior. Again, I refer you to the articles by Max Dashu which are found in our links section.

Tomorrow, we will continue with Our Lady as the Holy Soul and Her connection with our souls.

For now, I leave you with this lovely painting and prayer to Our Lady of the Divine Spark: http://www.shilohsophiashop.com/f/Our_Lady_of_the_Divine_Spark_E-Book_8_112.pdf

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/kabbalah/The_Soul/the_soul.html (Please note, this is a Jewish site and this article explains the Jewish perspective of salvation.)