From The Essene “Holy Streams”

SOPHIA

And when darkness gently closes the eyes of the angels of the Earthly Mother, then shall you also sleep, that your spirit may join the unknown angels of the Heavenly Father. And in the moments before you sleep, then shall you think of the bright and glorious stars, the white, shining, far-seen and far-piercing stars. For your thoughts before sleep are as the bow of the skillful archer, that sends the arrow where he wills. Let your thoughts before sleep be with the stars; for the stars are Light, and the Heavenly Father is Light, even that Light which is a thousand times brighter than the brightness of a thousand suns. Enter the Holy Stream of Light, that the shackles of death may loose their hold forever, and breaking free from the bonds of earth, ascend the Holy Stream of Light through the blazing radiance of the stars, into the endless kingdom of the Heavenly Father.

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The Dark Night of the Soul

Dark Night of the Soul is a term used to describe a specific phase in a person’s spiritual life. It is used as a metaphor to describe the experience of loneliness and desolation that can occur during psychic or spiritual growth.

 The term and metaphysicality of the phrase “dark night of the soul” is taken from the writings of the Spanish poet and Roman Catholic mystic, Saint John of the Cross, a Carmelite priest of the 16th century.

 Dark Night of the Soul is the name of both a poem, and a commentary on that poem, and are among the Carmelite priest’s most famous writings. They tell of his mystic development and the stages he went through on his quest for holiness.

 Spiritual purification is a process in which the soul is opened to receive the light of God. As it does so, it lets go of the darkness, that of all worldly attachments.

 This emptying of the spirit, known in later centuries as kenosis, literally meaning self-emptying and can be very painful and entail profound suffering for those to attached to the material world.

 Everything that links us to the realm of human perception and its way of being, needs to be expurgated. Saint John of the Cross elucidated to this process in that all who embark upon the spiritual path shall endure, and likens it to a dark night of the soul, in which the human spirit slowly transforms into a vessel for the divine.

 The “dark night” can generally be described as a letting go of our ego’s hold on the psyche, making room for change that can bring about a complete transformation of a person’s Way of defining his/her self and their relationship to God.

 In the Christian tradition, during the “dark night,” one who has developed a strong prayer life and consistent devotion to God suddenly finds traditional prayer extremely difficult or unrewarding for an extended period of time.

 The seeker may begin to feel as though God has suddenly either abandoned them, that their prayer life has collapsed, or they may begin to feel that perhaps God doesn’t even exist.

 But rather than being a negative event, the dark night is believed by mystics and others to be a blessing in disguise. The individual is trained to grow from a vocal or mental prayer, to a more contemplative prayer from deep within the soul.

The Dark Night comes in two phases: a first the “Night of the Senses,” and the second “Night of the Spirit.” Both are seen as the ultimate test of one’s faith and spiritual understanding.

 The Dark Night of the Soul is the ultimate expression for the adept seeker. It details the often difficult journey of estranged spiritual despair to a blissful reunion with the Holy and the Divine. –
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 Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For SATURDAY

The Earthly Mother / Angel of Eternal Life
Sabbath and Fasting Ends
Evening and morning and at noonday I will pray; and He shall hear my voice.  ~ Psalms 55:15
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SEASONAL FOCUS:   Flowers announce the promise of fruition.
The Earthly Mother – Saturday Morning
The purpose of this Communion is to establish unity between man’s physical organism and the nutritive forces of the earth.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   Saturday, which begins Friday at sunset, is the beginning of the Essene week and is generally reserved for fasting. Take in only water, or perhaps juice or herbal tea (caffeine free). Become conscious of the important cleansing effects of fasting. Become aware of the quality of today’s foods.
THE DEEPENING:   Fasting is the first principle. Fast from negative thoughts, words and deeds. Fast from ego, pride and desire. Fast from all physical ills and Ye shall behold the strength and the wisdom of the spirit.
MORNING COMMUNION:   The EARTHLY MOTHER and I are one. Blessed is the child who knoweth the Earthy Mother, for she is the provider and the sustainer of life. Her harvest becomes thy body, her waters become thy blood, her winds will carry thy spirit, and as each morning comes, I shall embrace her.

MEDITATION:   The richness of the Mother’s garden surrounds us. The forces of nature toil unendingly for the benefit of all. For this we are blessed. The kingdom which guides and nurtures the plants and the forests is yet another manifestation of the Mother’s love for us, and we within this kingdom must return her blessings with respect, with caring, and with love.
NOON CONTEMPLATION:   Peace with the HEAVENLY FATHER — Ye that love thy Heavenly Father do Ye then his bidding; Walk Ye with his Holy Angels and you shall find peace within his Holy Law.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of ETERNAL LIFE I invoke thee; descend upon my soul and bless my spirit with the splendor and the knowledge of eternal life. And as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.   (Sabbath ends)
THE BLESSING:   The food upon my table shares its life with me. And as this life nourishes my body, one day my body shall nourish this earth. And until that time shall pass, I shall return her blessings with kindness, with respect, and with my love.
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“Verily I say unto you, if in the daytime the Earthly Mother holds you in her arms, and in the night the Heavenly Father breathes his kiss upon you, then will the Sons of Men become the Sons of God.”  ~ Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ
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Peace be with you

The Essene Holy Communion For FRIDAY

Angel of Air / The Heavenly Father
Sabbath and Fasting begins 18 minutes prior to sunset
Evening and morning and at noonday I will pray; and He shall hear my voice.  ~ Psalms 55:15
SEASONAL FOCUS:   Flowers announce the promise of fruition.
The Angel of Air – Friday Morning.
The purpose of this Communion was to make man conscious of the dynamic unity between air and life and that breath is the link between the organism and the cosmos.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   The inbreath and outbreath of the cosmos is contemplated this day.  Continually bring your awareness to your breath, taking long, deep inhalations frequently.  Contemplate the “stillpoint,” the moment between exhalation and inhalation. The point where we “die” with each outbreath, and are “reborn” with each inbreath.
THE DEEPENING:   In the gentle breeze of the forests and in the winds of the fields, thou shalt find the Angel of Air. Breath long and deeply, for the rhythm of thy breath is the key of knowledge which will unlock the secrets of the Holy Law.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of AIR, I invoke thee; for no man may come before the face of God whom the Angel of Air hath not passed. Thy body must breath the air of the Earthly Mother before thy spirit may breath the Holy Law of thy Heavenly Father. And as each morning comes, I shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   This morning brings a different breeze. The winds of inner change and reflection. These winds blow strong as I unfurl my sails and set a course for yet another journey. May the wind be my guide, and the calmness of the truth lead my way.
NOON CONTEMPLATION:  
Peace with the EARTHLY MOTHER — Blessed is the Child of Light who knoweth the Earthly Mother and brings peace unto her. Know that thy Mother is in thee and Thou art in her, for she is the sustainer and the provider of all life.   The Heavenly Father – Friday Evening. This Communion with the Heavenly Father, was the Essenes’ central communion, dedicated to the totality of cosmic laws and to the realization that the universe is a process of continuous creation in which man must take his part.
EVENING COMMUNION:   The HEAVENLY FATHER and I are One; Thou hast made known unto me the deepest of mysteries. By thy fourteen fruits of the Tree of Life thou hast directed my heart, and guided my steps, that I may walk in your presence and dwell eternally in the essence of the divine.   (Sabbath Begins)
THE BLESSING:   What is man, that thou art be so mindful of he? Thou hast made a covenant with the Children of Light, and thou hast given unto all the Holy Law. To some it has been lost, and to some it is forgotten. But to some it is lived, and those whom walk with thy Holy Angels shall dwell forever in the kingdoms of God.
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Hear me, Sons of Light, for I will impart to you the gift of tongues, that by speaking to your Earthly Mother in the morning, and to your Heavenly Father in the evening, you may go closer and closer to oneness with the kingdoms of earth and heaven, that oneness for which the Son of Man is destined from the beginning of the times.  ~ Essene Gospel of Peace
With the coming of day I embrace my Mother. With the coming of night I join my Father. With the outgoing of the evening and morning I will breathe their Law. And I will not interrupt these Communions until the end of time.  ~ Manual of Discipline – Dead Sea Scrolls
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 Peace be with you.