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.

Nazirutha ~ Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila

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St. Teresa of Avila, by François Gérard

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you….

May you be content knowing you are a child of God….

Let this presence settle into our bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for you.

Nazirutha ~ The Song of The Soul, by Shankaracharya

shoreline birds

I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught.

In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have moulded me, no bodily sheath is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.

I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food nor eating, nor yet the eater am I –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no misgivings of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend –
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.

Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my
form, I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found.

 

Nazirutha ~ Matthaei Authenticum ~ The True Gospel of Matthew

St. Matthew
St. Matthew

The Gospel of the Ebionites is one of the early Jewish-Christian Gospels, sharing an affinity with the Gospel of the Hebrews and the Gospel of the Nazoraeans.

Jerome names it as being the same as the Gospel of the Hebrews and states that most ancient Biblical scholars called it “Matthaei Authenticum” or the“True Gospel of Matthew”.

It survives today only as fragments in quotations, and so it is difficult to tell if it is an independent text, or a slight variation on the others. It was used by the Ebionite community during the time of the early church.

The Ebionite Community

At the beginning of the Christian era, Jewish Christian communities flourished throughout the Holy Land. The Ebionites were thought to be an offshoot of theNazarenes. Their center was located east of the Jordan river near where John the Baptist had preached.

The origin of the name Ebionite (or Ebionaean) is debated. Tertullian, Irenaeus, Hippolytus of Rome, Epiphanius, and Jerome ascribed the movement to a heretic named Ebion or Hebion. Others claim the name Ebionite means “poor one”, not derived from a person, but rather from the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3.

While some note they rejected material wealth, Eusebius and Origen both claimed the Ebionites’ appellation was a term of derision indicating a poverty in intellect, rather than material possessions.

Conflict grew between them and other Christians when the Ebionites failed to embrace the Church doctrines of chastity or celibacy as well as the concept of the Virgin birth. They believed Jesus was begotten of God at the time of his baptism.

Conflict also grew over the issue of the Mosaic law which the Ebionites believed remained in full force. They believed that by fulfilling the law, all are able to become Christs.

They are said to have rejected Paul’s teachings and used only one Gospel, the Gospel of the Ebionites.

They also believed John the Baptist and Jesus as being vegetarians, and rendering him in the adoptionist form. Many of these differences are found in subtle variants of Greek words, such as a meal of egkris (cake), rather than akris (locusts) as used in the later Synoptic Gospels

Epiphanius, whose writing is the main source for finding fragments of the Gospel of the Ebionites, emphasises that the Nazoraeans were considered part of the Christian orthodoxy, whereas the Ebionites were considered heretics, and so there may have been theological and doctrinal differences between the two gospels, possibly over the Virgin Birth which the Ebionites rejected.

Epiphanius considered the Ebionite text to have been mutilated due to textual differences, the lack of a genealogy and nativity story in the Gospel of Matthew – which may indicate that the Ebionites rejected it, or may also be a testimony to an earlier, nativity free, version of Matthew, on which the Ebionite Gospel is based.

 

Matthaei Authenticum
The Ebionites are said to have used the Gospel of the Hebrews written by the Apostle Matthew.

Epiphanius stated that the Ebionites accepted only Matthew’s Gospel and they used it alone. They called it the Gospel of the Hebrews, for only Matthew expounded and declared the gospel in Hebrew using Hebrew letters.

Irenaeus and Eusebius also confirmed that the Ebionites used only the Gospel of the Hebrews written by Matthew.

Because of differences in Jesus’ baptism account, some modern Biblical scholars have argued that the Gospel of the Hebrews and the Gospel of the Ebionites were two different gospels. However, since only the Gospel of the Hebrews appears in Early Christian catalogues and because Jerome links the Ebionites with the Nazarenes in their use of the Gospel of the Hebrews, this contention is rendered doubtful.

 

The Gospel of the Ebionites

The Gospel of the Ebionites is a lost text. A few fragments survive in the form of quotations from the Church Father Epiphanius. Below is the assembled textual fragments of the Gospel used by the Ebionites, the Matthaei Authenticum, the True Gospel of Matthew.

First Fragment
It came to pass in the days of Herod, King of Judaea under the high priest Caiaphas, that John came and baptized with the baptism of repentance in the river Jordan; he is said to be from the tribe of Aaron and a son of Zacharias the priest and of Elizabeth and all went out to him.

Second Fragment
And it came to pass when John baptized, that the Pharisees came to him and were baptized, and all Jerusalem also. He had a garment of camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins. And his food was wild honey, which tasted like manna, formed like cakes of oil.

Third Fragment
The people having been baptized, Jesus came also, and was baptized by John. And as he came out of the water the heavens opened, and he saw the Holy Spirit descending under the form of a dove, and entering into him. And a voice was heard from heaven: “Thou art my beloved Son, and in thee am I well pleased. And again: “This day have I begotten thee.” And suddenly shone a great light in that place. And John seeing him, said, “Who art thou, Lord?” Then a voice was heard from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Thereat John fell at his feet and said: “I pray thee, Lord, baptize me.” But he would not, saying “Suffer it, for so it behoveth that all should be accomplished.”

Fourth Fragment
[Matthew said] “And there was a man named Jesus, and he was about thirty years old; he has chosen us. And He came into Capernaum and entered into the house of Simon, surnamed Peter, and He opened His mouth and said, ‘As I walked by the sea of Tiberias, I chose John and James, the sons of Zebedee, and Simon and Andrew and Thaddaeus and Simon Zelotes, and Judas Isariot; thee also, Matthew, when thou wast sitting at the receipt of custom, did I call and thou didst follow me. According to my intention ye shall be twelve apostles for a testimony unto Israel.’

Fifth Fragment
[Jesus was told] “Behold thy mother and thy brethren stand without.”

[He said] “Who is my mother and who are my brethren?” And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples and said: “These are my brethren and my mother and sisters, which do the will of my Father.”

Sixth Fragment
[Jesus said] “I am come to abolish the sacrifices: if ye cease not from sacrificing, the wrath (of God) will not cease from weighing upon you.”

Seventh Fragment
[The disiples said,] “Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?” To which He replied: “I have no desire to eat the flesh of this Paschal Lamb with you.”

 

All translations are from Bernhard Pick, Paralipomena: Remains of Gospels and Sayings of Christ(Chicago, 1908), pp. 16-18. The sequence of fragments here follows Wilhelm Schneemelcher, New Testament Apocrypha, revised edition (Westminster, 1991) volume 1, pp. 169-170. Pick’s arrangement is virtually identical.

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  ~ Peace be with you

 

EXCERPTS from The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book Three: Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood

sunbeamFor the earth shall be filled

with the Peace of the Heavenly Father,

as the waters cover the sea.

I will invoke the Angel of Peace,

Whose breath is friendly,

Whose hand is clothed in power.

In the reign of Peace, there is neither hunger nor thirst,

Neither cold wind nor hot wind,

Neither old age nor death.

In the reign of Peace,

Both animals and men shall be undying,

Waters and plants shall be undrying,

And the food of life shall be never-failing.

It is said that the mountains

Shall bring peace to the people,

And the little hills, righteousness.

There shall be peace

As long as the sun and moon endure,

Throughout all generations.

Peace shall come down like rain upon mown grass,

As showers that water the earth.

In the reign of Peace shall the Law grow strong,

And the Children of Light shall have dominion

From sea to sea, unto the ends of the earth.

T’he reign of Peace hath its source

In the Heavenly Father;

By his strength he setteth fast the mountains,

He maketh the outgoings of morning and evening

To rejoice in the Light,

He bringeth to earth the river of the Law,

To water and enrich it,

He maketh soft the earth with showers;

They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness,

And the little hills rejoice on every side.

The pastures are clothed with flocks;

The valleys also are covered over with corn;

They shout for joy, they also sing.

O Heavenly Father!

Bring unto thy earth the reign of Peace!

Then shall we remember the words

Of him who taught of old the Children of Light:

I give the peace of thy Earthly Mother

To thy body,

And the peace of thy Heavenly Father To thy spirit.

And let the peace of both

Reign among the sons of men.

Come to me all that are weary,

And that suffer in strife and affliction!

For my peace will strengthen thee and comfort thee.

For my peace is exceeding full of joy.

Wherefore do I always greet thee after this manner:

Peace be with thee!

Do thou always, therefore, so greet one another,

That upon thy body may descend The Peace of thy Earthly Mother,

And upon thy spirit

The Peace of thy Heavenly Father.

And then wilt thou find peace also among thyselves,

For the Kingdom of the Law is within thee.

And return to thy Brothers

And give thy peace to them also,

For happy are they that strive for peace,

For they will find the peace of the Heavenly Father.

And give to every one thy peace,

Even as I have given my peace unto thee.

For my peace is of God.

Peace be with thee!

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.

In These Times of Crisis, Anxiety and Uncertainty

ImageIn these times of crisis, anxiety and uncertainty, there are certain things which we would do well to remember, and certain things which we should endeavor to do.

First we must remember that the Hierarchy stands. Behind all that is going on today, the same group of spiritual Forces and the same Elder Brothers, Prophets and Masters are to be found as before, guiding humanity along the path of life and bringing us safely and satisfactorily to our present point of understanding and development.

The teachings of the Christ, Who expressed to us the unchanging love of God, is still with us, and the Hierarchy stands as a bulwark of strength between us and possible disaster; this center of spiritual life is “like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”

 The second thing we must remember is that mankind has marched steadily forward from a state of blind ignorance and unawareness to one of an intelligent preoccupation with life and a growing sense of responsibility. This sense of responsibility, which is awakening in all of us is – on its present large scale – relatively new and is one of the factors definitely increasing the distress and pain we are all feeling.

 We ask ourselves, where, as a race, have we failed and what can we do to rectify our mistakes? In spite of everything, however, men have gone from stage to stage of intelligent and spiritual unfoldment and no matter what the outer happenings have been or may be, the race has made progress.

 There has been no turning back, and there will be none. Mankind has weathered many storms and survived many difficulties; men have emerged from periods of crisis better and stronger, purified “so as by fire” and definitely nearer the ultimate goal.

 We must be reminded also of the integrity and solidarity of the human family. We are one people – one in our relationships, and capacities and desires, our origin and our goal. It is this essential and recognizable integrity which is emerging at this time powerfully in the human consciousness.

 We are apt to think that this may not be so, that our position in believing is somewhat unique and that we stand alone. But this is in error and is not true to the facts of the case.

 In every land and among widely differing peoples, the same desire exists for understanding, for the establishing of right and peaceful relations, and for the expression of that basic goodwill which is one of the deepest human characteristics and our divine inheritance.

 These are the things which are important at this time, and which all of us would do well to remember. No matter what may take place in the world – whether war or peace, strife and aggression or understanding conciliation and conference – we face a difficult period of adjustment, and for this we must be prepared.

 Much will depend upon what all peoples of goodwill and disciples of the Way think and what they do. The power wielded by those who are seeking to live as souls and in touch with the soul and the world of spiritual realities is out of all proportion to their registered sense of power and usefulness.

 You, as you endeavor to wield spiritual force constructively and selflessly, are far more potent than you realize. If you add to this realization the recognition that you are not alone in this, but that people with a vision similar to yours and with the same ideals and spiritual aspiration are to be found in every country without exception of any kind, in every religion, group and organization, then indeed you can go forward with courage and with hopeful faith.

 All must go forward in unison with our brothers and sisters everywhere, conscious of opportunity, of strength, of responsibility and of the joy of service.

 Refuse to allow yourself to be swept away by any fear psychosis or to be stampeded into any attitude through which the anxiety and unrest and distress in the world can overwhelm you. Strive to stand in spiritual being.

 Each morning, in your communions and meditations, seek to take spiritual attitude with a new and fresh definiteness and to hold it fast during the hours of service which lie ahead each day. This is not an easy thing to do, but it can be done.

 Focus, just a few minutes each morning – be completely and internally quiet – and fill your days with vital occupation and true service, guarding with care all thought, speech and deed.

 Let each of us gain control of our speech which has often been our goal but seldom our achievement, and remember that the most powerful factor in the control of speech is a loving heart.

 Wild and fearful talk, hateful gossip, cruel innuendo, suspicion, the ascribing of wrong and wicked motives to persons and peoples, and the divergences of attitude which have separated the many different nations in the world are rampant today and have brought the world to its present distressing situation.

 It is so easy to drift into the same habits of speech and thought which we find around us, in the news and on TV and to discover ourselves participating in opinion, in attack and in the spirit of hate.

 Guard yourselves strenuously against these things and say nothing which could inflame suspicion in connection with any race, any person, any group or any leaders of groups, religions or nations.

 You will have to guard yourself with care, so that even in defense of that which you may personally or nationally approve you do not find yourselves full of hate and breaking the law of love – the only law which can truly save the world. The key to success is the silence of the tongue and love of the heart.

 It is good also to cultivate the joy that brings strength. This is not the time for gloom, despair or depression. If we give way to these, we become entangled in negative and destructive focal points in our environment.

 If we truly believe that the spiritual life is fundamental in the world today, if we believe that divinity guides the world, if we truly grasp the fact that all men are our brothers and that we are all the children of the One Father, and if we are convinced that the heart of humanity is sound – then these adequately potent ideas will hold us joyously steady in the midst of a changing world.

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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.

The Essene Holy Communion For THURSDAY

Angel of Water / Angel of Wisdom
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 WATER – Thursday Morning
In this Communion all forms of water were contemplated establishing as a living reality the unity between the waters of the body and the waters of the planet.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This is the day of purification, of cleansing. Carry the spirit of purification with you into your meditations.  Arrange to bathe in cool water and in a leisurely and contemplative atmosphere. Consider the connections between water, the rivers of the earth, the sap of the trees and the blood in your veins.
THE DEEPENING:   Hold a bowl of water as you commune with the Angel this day. When finished, drink the water in deep reverence and feel it, like the rushing current of a river, fill your body and soul.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of WATER I invoke thee; whether lake or stream or water of the well, enter my body and become my blood. Give unto me thy gift that sustains all life. Your blessings hath cleansed my spirit and quenched the thirst of my soul and as each morning comes, I shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   As the wave of natures glory reaches its crest and then flows on, I have gained perspective. The waters that rage in the rivers and the rains that fall from the sky are the same as the blood that flows in the veins of my body. The Earth and I are one.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with CULTURE. Though thy brothers be of different origin, we all do toil in the vineyard of the EarthlyMother. We all lift our voices in praise of the Heavenly Father, and together, we all break the bread of wisdom and share in the Holyfeast.
The Angel of WISDOM – Thursday Evening
Thought was held by the Essenes to be both a cosmic and a physical function. They considered the cosmic ocean of thought pervading all space, containing all thoughts, as the highest and most powerful of all energies. It never diminishes and is never lost.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of WISDOM I invoke thee; for only through the wisdom of thy Holy Law doth the Angels guide the children of light. Descend upon my thinking body and enlighten my thoughts, my mind, my intentions and my deeds. To follow the Holy Law is the root of all blessings, and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:   When at first a fledgling bird tries to fly, his wings cannot support him, and he falls again and again to the earth. But one day he soars aloft, leaving the earth and his nest far behind. And so is it with the thoughts and intentions of the sons and the daughters of men; The longer one walks with the Angels, and keeps their Law, the stronger ones thoughts shall become in Holy Wisdom.The day will come, when the thoughts of men will overcome even the kingdom of death and then shall he soar to the heights of ever lastinglife in the kingdoms of the Heavenly Father.
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There is no greater power in heaven and earth than in the thoughts of the Son of Man. ~The Isaiah Effect
Each of us has deep within the knowledge of all things, and when we are ready to remember, the knowledge is there to be known.  ~The Essene Book of Days
Only when we surrender to our inner nature can we begin to hear the wisdom that comes from deep within.
~ The Essene Book of Days
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Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For WEDNESDAY

Angel of Sun / Angel of Love
“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 the Sun – Wednesday Morning.
The purpose of this Communion was to become receptive to the solar energies and establish a perfect unity between the self and the sun and distribute its power throughout the body.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This day’s focus is on the Sun. Allow its power and light to enter your body. Rise early and go to a place where you can observe the Sun rise. Begin your morning meditation with the first rays of light. With arms outstretched and palms facing the light, let the Sun nourish your body and soul.
Note:  Exposure to Sunlight is an important source of Vitamin D. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from Sunlight trigger Vitamin D synthesis in the skin. 10 minutes of exposure to the Sun three times a week is enough to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels in the body. (Most people have Vitamin D deficiencies.)
THE DEEPENING:   Let thy love be as the Angel of Sun which shines upon ALL the creatures of the earth, and does not favor even one blade of grass for another.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of SUN I invoke thee. Thou art the fountain of light that warms our days and lights our path. It is by your glory that man is destined to live within the Holy Law, and as each morning comes, I shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   This day brings to the world the divine blessings of the glorious Sun and its radiant gifts of warmth and of light. How mindlessly we go about our days shielded from your nourishment and unable the receive your blessed gifts. Without fail, I shall find time this day to take the gift of your light into my soul, so that my own light may shine unto others with the same power and glory that you have given unto me.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:  Peace with HUMANITY, Social Peace.  Let thy love be as the Sun which shines on ALL creatures of the earth, and does not favor even one blade of grass for another.
The Angel of Love – Wednesday Evening.
Love was considered by the Essenes to be the highest creative feeling and they held that a cosmic ocean of love exists everywhere uniting all forms of life and, that life itself is an expression of love.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of LOVE I invoke thee; for love is the first blessing of the Heavenly Father. Yea, it was said in the days of old, thou shalt love thy brother as thyself; and to every one who loveth another is born of the Heavenly Order, and shall drink from the well of eternity; and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:   The warmth of this day has filled me. How natural it is to feel this blessing and to radiate it back into the world. I look into the eyes of another and see only shared divinity. The boundaries have disappeared. Thou are no longer a stranger to my heart.
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“They (Essenes) greeted the Sun each morning with great reverence”~ Josephus, Jewish historian, 1st century CE
Truly, all must be born again of Sun and of truth, for your body basks in the sunlight of the Earthly Mother, and your spirit basks in the sunlight of truth of the Heavenly Father. ~ Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ
I will praise Thy works with songs of Thanksgiving continually, from period to period, in the circuits of the day, and in its fixed order; with the coming of light from its source and at the turn of evening and the outgoing of light, at the outgoing of darkness and the coming in of day, continually, in all the generations of time. ~The Thanksgiving Psalms: The Dead Sea Scrolls
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another and all creatures of God. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Love IS God and God IS love. Whoso loveth not, knoweth not God.  ~ Jesus, Gospel of the Holy Twelve
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Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For TUESDAY

Angel of Joy / Angel of Power  
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 PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This day contemplate the joys of life and the fullness of your many blessings. Quietly walk in a natural setting. Avoid distractions. Focus on the state of nature at this point in the seasonal cycle. Listen to the wind blowing in the trees and the songs of the birds. Become one with your surroundings.
THE DEEPENING:  The heavens smile and the earth celebrates as the children of light sing the song of life; and the bodily world of thy Earthly Mother, and the celestial worlds of thy Heavenly Father, give praise to the joyous voices.
The Angel of Joy – Tuesday Morning
All forms of beauty are joyously contemplated in this Communion in order to make man conscious of the beauties of nature and the joy within himself.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of JOY I invoke thee. I come before you with the voice of the wind for thy Holy Law is within me. Descend upon this Earth and spread your blessings to ALL living beings. Touch those who walk in darkness so they may see the light, and partake in the Holy Communions, and eat of the fruits of your blessings; And as each morning comes, shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   Meditate from the perspective and the innocence of a child. See the world and its blessings through newborn eyes. Behold the splendor of the peace-able kingdom.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with the FAMILY. He who hath found peace with his brother hath entered the kingdom of love and shall experience the Oneness of God. The Heavenly Father knoweth the hearts and the minds of his Children, and their inheritance shall forever be Peace.
The Angel of Power – Tuesday Evening
The Essenes conceived of the whole universe as a cosmic ocean of life in which currents of cosmic power are continually uniting all forms of life and connecting man with all other organisms.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of POWER I invoke thee; descend upon my body and give me thy strength. Help me to direct my thoughts, my actions, my words and my deeds in accordance with that of thy Holy Law; and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:  Within me lives the meditating Monk. The builder of the temple. In this season of transformation I shall discover the center, for I am guided by the light from within.
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The Holy Temple can be built only with the ancient Communions. Those which are spoken, those which are thought, and those which are lived.  ~ Gospel of the Essenes
To make the human heart a temple, the soul an alter, and the mind a priest. These were the missions of Jesus the Nazarene.  ~ Kahlil Gibran
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Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For MONDAY

Angel of Life / Angel of Peace   

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 Angel Of Life – Monday Morning.  This Communion was dedicated to the life, health and vitality of the human organism and that of the planet and brought about a dynamic unity between them.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:  A day of practicing silence. Change nothing in your daily routine with the exception of talking. “See” the world around you. Contemplate how the medium of speech dilutes the meaning of actions and intentions. Always abstain from false speech, idle gossip and making promises that cannot be kept.
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THE DEEPENING:   God so made life and ALL living things that they, by the living word, would teach the laws of the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother, to the sons and the daughters of men.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of LIFE I invoke thee; for in everything that has life is the Holy Law written. In the grass, in the flowers, in the forest and in the trees. In the animals, and the birds and the fishes in the seas. All life speaks to us and if we listen, we can understand the tongue and the will of the living God.
MEDITATION:  The life-force within me cries out. That which I am longs for experience, and to know, and to understand. May I gain the wisdom of the connectedness with all that there is, for I am the one, and I am the many.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with the MIND. Evil thoughts cannot abide in a mind filled with the Light of the Holy Law. He who hath found Peace with the Mind, hath learned to soar beyond the realm of the Angels; For I tell you truly, the lightning that cleaves the mighty oak, or the quaking that opens great cracks in the earth, are as the play of children, compared to the powers of the thoughts of men.
The Angel of Peace – Monday Evening.
The Communion with the Angel of Peace was dedicated to man’s deep inner intuition of peace within himself, with the earth, and with the cosmos.
EVENING COMMUNION:  Angel of PEACE I invoke thee. Cast your blessings to the peoples of the world and to all that are weary or do suffer. And as long as the sun and moon endure, and throughout all the generations to come, may peace prevail over the earth as the waters cover the sea. And in remembrance of thee, I shall ever greet my brother by your name, and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.   ~ Peace be with you.
THE BLESSING:  The whispering of a flame invokes peace within me. Reminding me of my task and of my journey. I have been given a peaceful heart and my path is before me. I joyfully take up the task, to reach the center, and to realize that I am a channel for peace.
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Thou hast purified my body to join the angels of the earth, and my spirit to reach the congregation of the heavenly angels. Thou gavest man eternity to praise at dawn and dusk Thy works and wonders in joyful song.  ~ from the Thanksgiving Psalms; The Dead Sea Scrolls
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The Communions are a bridge between man and the angels. And like a bridge, can only be built with patience. Yea, even as a bridge over a river that is fashioned with the stones that are found along the water’s edge. ~Gospel of the Essenes
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 Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For SUNDAY

Angel of Earth / Angel of Creative Work

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 Angel of Earth – Sunday Morning. 
The purpose of this Communion was to transform the generative powers in life into the regeneration of the human body.

THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This day is devoted to tending the Earth. In the spirit of regeneration, healing and abundance, focus on creative work out-of-doors or in the garden. As stewards of the Earth, understand how things grow and how we are nourished by the life force of plants. Tend to gardens, plants, flowers and trees. Don’t create “waste” or garbage. Recycle everything.

THE DEEPENING:  Spend time out-doors. Hold in your hands a stone, or a piece of wood. Explore it intently. Know that this Earth and all that dwells therein is but a divine reflection of Holy Law.
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MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of EARTH I invoke thee; for the Lord hath created this world to be a garden, where the magic of herbs and the secrets of plants – nourish and heal the bodies of men. As I regenerate my body, I regenerate my soul, and as each morning comes, I shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:  I feel my body become one with the earth. From the richness of the soil springs the fruits that you share and thy stones have become my bones. Yea, I too am the rock. My spirit belongs to that which was kindled in the beginning of times. Bring that consciousness back to me now.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with the BODY:   As thou movest the air with thy breath, movest thy body with thy soul. Eat only from the garden of thy Earthly Mother, and walk always in the light of the Holy Law; for he who hath found peace with the body, hath built a Holy temple, wherein may forever dwell the spirit of God.
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The Angel of Creative Work – Sunday Evening
The purpose of this Communion was to teach the importance of creative work and its paramount role in the individual’s spiritual evolution.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of CREATIVE WORK I invoke thee; for he who walks with the Angel of work has within him a field always fertile, where healing herbs and beautiful flowers blossom and grow. The mind that is idle is full of the weeds of discontentment, but he who has found his task shall not be in want of other blessings. And as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:  The table of my house is abundantly full, and I have much to share. I joyfully gather the fruits of my labors, and I work with the talents I have. In the labor of right livelihood, I find the greatest joys of life, and my cupboard overflows with its blessings.
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 To lift your eyes to heaven when all men’s eyes are on the ground, is not easy. To worship at the feet of the angels when all men worship only fame and riches, is not easy. But the most difficult of all is to think the thoughts of the angels, to speak the words of the angels, and to do as the angels do.  ~ Gospel of the Essenes
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Peace be with you.