“The essence of divinity is found in every single thing – nothing but it exists. Since it causes every thing to be, no thing can live by anything else. It enlivens them, its existence exists in each existent.

Do not attribute duality to God. Let God be solely God. If you suppose that Ain Sof emanates until a certain point, and that from that point on is outside of it, you have dualized. God forbid! Do not say, ‘This is a stone and not God.’ God forbid! Rather, all existence is God, and the stone is a thing pervaded by divinity.”

– Moses Cordovero (Shiur Komah)

 

 

 

Ritualists cannot envision doing with out ritual, that was my point…at least that is the trap many fall into

A ritual magician for example, cannot imagine not doing the LBRP before they enter into sacred communication

Agreed ritual is entering into the divine presence, but again this is separationYou are already in the divine presence. By placing a special place, time, way of doing things you are separating what is divine and what isnt.You see yourself as separate…that is your choice

 

Is a cup half empty?

Is a cup half full?

Is there a cup there at all?

Do we see a cup that is half empty or half full?

 

Are we confined to duality or do we seek to understand unity? A cup exists, it is half full and it is half empty. Yet a cup does not exist, all that exists is God. Whether a cup is half full or half empty is unimportant as it is dualism, dialetic. As Thomas 22 tells us we must unite opposites. Philip too of course tells us good is not good, bad is not bad, that we must move beyond duality.Where does our God conciousness end and where does it begin?

 

If we seek that it only begins and end when we perform a ritual, we enter into an allotted special time, are we not still stuck in duality?

 

”There was a big pond, and in it there were three fishes. The fist fish was One-Thought, the second fish was Hundred-Thoughts, and the third fish was Thousand-Thoughts. At some time a fisherman came and cast his net. He caught those two fishes of many thoughts; but he did not catch the fish One-Thought.”

–Manichaean Parable (Turtan fragment M127)

 

 

The fish One-Thought was spared, not Hundred or Thousand thought. Separation is separation.

The cup, the water, the emptyness or the fullness are great…but do we not seek to move beyond such restraints?

 

 

” On the other hand, God’s Will permeated the entire system of creation. The continued existence of creation, in fact, depends entirely on God’s willing it. Since only God exists in an absolute sense, everything else exists because God wills its existence continually. A human architect can design and construct a building and then forget about it. But God’s creation is more than that. Nothing can exist without God constantly willing it to exist. Without this, it would utterly cease to exist”

–A Kaplan http://magdelene.net/ain.htm

 

 

That was my point, practioners of ritual, too often see separation.

As Thomas Merton said:“The real function of discipline is not to provide us with maps but tosharpen our own sense of direction so that when we really get going we can travel without maps.”

 

 

Thus the purpose of ritual is to not have ritual, to BE the rosary…to embody it.

Ritualists are often either not taught this or just plain disagree.

It is very easy to fall into the trap that one needs to wear a pink rubber nose on your face before you can tell a joke…

 

 

What is ritual? what is mantra?

A way of centering..of getting back to that source.

Mantra and ritual become like giving a lover flowers, chocolate a nice evening out…gift giving with an agenda of reward at the end.

It is far better to be free of agenda and just to interact with your lover…without agenda of reward…

 

 

The word kabbalah means to receive

It doesnt mean grab

it doesnt mean take

it doesnt mean gimme gimme

it doesnt mean summon pink goblins from venus to help me have better toe nails

it means receive.

 

 

Vessels and light, give and receive…that is Kabbalah, that is all there is……

 

 

When my Beloved appears,With what eye do I see Him?

With His eye, not with mine,

For none sees Him except Himself.

–Ibn Arabi

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