Monday, October 10, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (VIII)
“My Beloved has answered me and said to me, 'Arise up to yourself My love, My beautiful, and go to yourself'.” (2:10)
Israel realizes that God answers when she calls out to Him, and be as attached to Him as much as we want to be. He speaks to us through His ways, attributes and commandments, to elevate our consciousness to higher, lofty paths.
Hence He asks us to rise up to Him by arising (and go) to our true essence and identity which are the common bond with Him. “Rise up to yourself, My beloved, my fair, and go to yourself”, for in our going back to our true self we indeed return to Him.
This call to Israel is God's call for her redemption from the false self image out of ego's materialistic fantasies and illusions, and their negative traits and trends in consciousness. God has decreed Israel's redemption since the giving of His Torah. Then it's up to us to choose back and respond to His call.
“For lo, the winter has passed by, the rain has passed away, and is gone.” (2:11)
God reaffirms His redemption to Israel by telling her that the temporal nature of ego's fantasies and illusions along with their negative predicament are not permanently bound to our thoughts and actions. We can choose to end their permanence by breaking away from our additions, obsessions and attachments to them, and return to love's ways and attributes.
Opposite to what we may believe, there is nothingness (emptiness) in ego's fantasies and illusions, meaning that emptiness does not and can not transcend, for there is nothing to prevail from them. Thus we can see nothingness as darkness or as negative situations, or a state of mind that are factually temporary.
Ego's fantasies and illusions come from beliefs or feelings of lack. Thus we realize that lack is a state of not having, like nothingness. As long as we feed our materialistic fantasies and illusions, we are feeding the belief or feeling of lack.
“The righteous eats to satisfy his soul, but the stomach of the wicked always lack.” (Proverbs 13:25)
Once we assimilate this matter of fact, we begin to approach goodness as what is truly transcendent, and is opposite to lack and nothingness. Goodness as what truly is and has that transcends the material world, for it comes from the eternal goodness of the Creator.
Thus we assimilate that goodness is our fundamental essence and true identity, beyond the limitations of time and space.
We have to continuously love, cherish, embrace and protect goodness to permanently live and delight in its ways, attributes and blessings. As the primordial expression of love, goodness is our essence and the substance of what truly is and has.
“(So that) I give to those who love Me substance [lit. there is, it has] and fill their storehouses [with it].” (Ibid. 8:21)
Loving God means to love His goodness bestowed upon us to fulfill all our needs, in order to give meaning, purpose and direction to our intellect, mind, thoughts, feelings, emotions, passion and instinct (our storehouses), and their expressions in the material world.
“Be grateful to God, for He is good, for His loving kindness is for the world. (…) God's loving kindness fills the earth.” (Psalms 136:1, 33:5)
Thus we understand that God created darkness, evil and negativity not as choices but only as references for us to choose light, goodness, and what is positive for our lives.
God reminds us again His redemption since the moment He gave us the Torah. He does it many more times through His prophets, and again it's up to us to answer and begin the journey back to our true identity as our common bond with His ways and attributes.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.