Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (XIII)
“I will rise now and roam around the city, through the streets and through the squares, I will seek the One my soul loves. I sought Him, but I found Him not.” (Song of Songs 3:2)
In the darkness as Israel's choice to live in ego's fantasies and their negative trends, she tries to seek God, assuming that His ways and attributes share the same realm of her choice, and she doesn't find Him. Even if she tries to elevate her consciousness in the darkness of materialistic desires and illusions, represented by cities, streets and market places, she realizes that God's ways and attributes don't dwell with negative traits.
“The watchmen who circle the city found me. Have you seen Him whom my soul loves?” (3:3)
The watchmen who circle the city represent evil beliefs and ideologies from which negative traits and trends derive. In the same way there are high ethical and moral principles that watch over their positive qualities, there are lower negative tendencies that dominate and encircle their evil outcome.
Israel says that these patrolmen found her in their domains, and she inquires from them about her Beloved and protector she is not able to find in their midst. Israel reaffirms her longing and desire to go as far as even asking those traits and trends where her Beloved is not found.
“Scarcely had I passed them when I found Him whom my soul loves. I seized Him, and I would not let Him leave until I brought Him to my mother's house, and to the chamber of her who conceived me.” (3:4)
Here Israel became aware that she can find her Beloved only by passing over ego's fantasies and illusions, and their negative trends. Only in this complete awareness we can come to be one with our Creator and His love. Then we are able to “seize” Him and “not let Him leave”.
This oneness is fully realized in the permanent bond and connection with God's love, which are represented by the Temple of Jerusalem as “the house of my mother”. The mother is from whom one is born and acquires his/her existence and identity, including the traits, qualities and attributes that define them both.
This mother in particular is Jerusalem as the connecting and bonding time and space between Israel and God. Jerusalem literally means “I will see peace”, and implies where God shall appear or shall be seen.
Peace and seeing our Creator are one single occurrence. We as God's people are born for this purpose and destiny. This awareness is indeed our mother, for we are conceived to be and live in His peace under His love.
We have to reiterate and emphasized that peace encompasses attributes and qualities, including completion, wholesomeness, unity, harmony, balance and totality.
Peace implies the stillness of a perfect balance in order to function as a harmonic unity for the transcendental divine purpose of knowing the unrevealed God’s presence in His creation. This kind of peace is the foundation of the Messianic consciousness destined to reign eternally.
Bringing God to our mother also means to make His ways and attributes lead and every aspect, level and dimension of life. We bring Him to dwell permanently in our highest level of consciousness where He is enthroned and crowned not only as the sole ruler of Israel's identity but as the One and only ruler of His creation. This highest level is the place of the soul that constantly yearns for her Creator.
The soul's purpose is to give direction and meaning to life. Thus we understand the principle that the soul is pure intellect, as a divine quality in human consciousness that discerns and establishes the moral imperative to make prevail goodness as God's will for the world, for the soul gives us the awareness of His presence in us.
This pure intellect has full knowledge and experience of the goodness of love as an encompassing and integrating principle, destined to unify the complexities of diversity in all levels and dimensions of consciousness and their expressions in all facets of life.
Hence we are born to live and experience such principle, by adequately using free will as the means to execute the discernment of intellect also as the guiding trait of the soul to make goodness lead and direct all aspects of life.
“The lamp of God is the soul of man, searching all the rooms of the innards.” (Proverbs 20:27)
We can understand this verse as a two-fold statement. On one side, the soul as the means for God to reveal His presence in the material world, for the light of goodness comes from Him.
“(…) And God saw the light, that is good.” (Genesis 1:4)
Hence the soul is the lamp of God to enlighten life in the material world with goodness. On the other side, the soul searches all the rooms of the innards as goodness looking forward to occupy all aspects and dimensions of human consciousness.
The purpose of the soul as absolute goodness is to express itself while directing our mind, thoughts, emotions, feelings, passion and instinct. Thus the soul fulfills God’s will to be His lamp. This invites us to reflect on the soul as our essence and true identity, with its qualities, ways, means and attributes; and its expressions in human life.
Thus we will understand the ways body and soul relate to each other, in order to complement each other with the purpose to make goodness conduct all aspects and dimensions of life.
We are born with the potential to achieve this principle, for it is the reason and the purpose of our existence in the material world. Yet, our free will must make that choice. Thus we realize that humankind not just has the potential to subjugate and redirect negative traits and trends, but also the potential to manifest only goodness in all expressions of life.
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.