SARAH THE FREEWOMAN

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The importance of Sarah today is in what she symbolizes.  The transition of power that took place two thousand years ago was the type-and-shadow of the transition that is to take place today, illustrated by the beheading of John the Baptist, the beheading symbolizing the decrease of power and authority associated with mind-body disciplines, and the increase of power and authority associated with a heart-discipline.  It is important that we move with this transition by desiring to be spiritually free.

Sarah symbolizes the Heart.  Spiritual freedom can only come through the Heart.  We cannot think, practice, or pray our way to it.  As John prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, quieting the mind prepares the way for the coming of the spiritual Jesus— the word that forms a spiritual creation, the instructions for which are encoded in the symbolism of the creation story, and in the symbolism of Jesus’ parables. 

The East is associated with the Spirit, and the Mind.  The West is associated with the Word, and the Heart.  If the Spirit (of Elijah/John) were enough, why send the Word (Jesus)?  The Spirit of God is Love, which alone cannot transform us.  It cannot form us into a new creation.  That will require the Word of God, Truth, which when sowed in the heart, makes us spiritually free.  “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

There is a lot of talk these days of love and consciousness.  Consciousness is the state of being conscious: mentally perceptive or alert.   But attempting to reach deeper levels of consciousness through the power of the mind is futile, because the deeper levels are of the sub-conscious, of the heart, which can only be reached through the power of the heart.  That power is called christ, through which we reach what is being called, “Christ consciousness,”  and what the Bible calls, perfect love.

If these deeper works were being done by those of us who claim to be God’s people, or claim to be spiritual, the world would not be heading away from what Sarah symbolizes, which is  freedom.  And into what Hagar symbolizes, which is bondage.  This is happening because the power of the mind (mental energy) does not  have the power to retrieve us out of spiritual bondage.  

Abraham had sons by Hagar, Sarah, and Keturah.  Hagar and Keturah were concubines, bondwomen, symbolizing bondage.  Some scholars suggest that Hagar and Keturah were one and the same, and symbolically, this is true.  Hagar represents those of religion, who claim to have the gifts mentioned in scripture.  Keturah represents those who claim to have spiritual gifts, such as psychics, mediums, and empaths, having the ability to predict the future, tap into the spiritual realm, or into the emotional realm of someone else.  None of which can release us from our spiritual bondage.  

“And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son…”  Genesis 25:5,6

It was Sarah’s son that received all that the Father had.  Sarah symbolizes the Heart, the son symbolizing truth, which makes us free of  our spiritual bondage.   It is through the power of the heart that we claim all of the Father’s inheritance.  Love and truth.   It is within the heart that we do the spiritual works that are synonymous with the word of God, the spiritual Jesus.  David and Jesus spoke of the unholy condition of man’s heart, and its need for purification.   While many talk about the positive emotion of the Heart.  Few talk about the negative emotion of the Heart; the anger that lies buried deep in our heart, keeping us in spiritual bondage.  We want to talk about the good, which feels good.  But not about the evil, which is uncomfortable.  We do not want to see it or admit to it, resisting the holy spirit that brings it to the surface, into the light of truth, so that we may be made free of it.   In fearing to confront the evil within, we are rejecting the Word of God, which says, “resist not evil,” giving power to the evil without!

Hagar and Sarah.  Bondage and Free.  These are the Two Covenants.  

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2014

THE TEN VIRGINS

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“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”  Matthew 25:1

The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind.  It is likened unto ten virgins because the number ten is associated with the mind, which enters a virgin state through its purification.  The quieting of the mind is an eastern practice that aids in the purification of the mind, which is encoded in both the Old and New Testament.  Moses instructs the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, to stand still, the word still meaning be silent, quiet self.   The book of Revelation teaches us that the seventh seal is opened through silence in heaven, which symbolizes the mind.  Through silence in the mind, the seventh chakra is opened, connecting us to the divine power of the heart.   When we quiet our mind, we give power to what Moses symbolizes, which is the holy Spirit.  As the Spirit of God moved upon the waters in the Creation, and upon the waters of the Red Sea, the holy spirit, if not resisted, will move upon the spiritual waters, symbolizing the thoughts of the mind, influencing our thoughts, causing us to think differently, the meaning of repentance.  John baptized unto repentance; a baptism that illustrated the purification of the mind, which the ten virgins symbolize.  Jesus gives the instruction through his cleaning of the cup and platter parable, the cup symbolizing the mind.

The platter symbolizes the heart.  To purify the heart we must move beyond repentance and into perfection.

Israel, like heaven, symbolizes the Mind, which consisted of ten tribes, descending from ten of Jacob’s sons, those born of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage.  When we silence our mind, it enters a virgin state, prepared for the truth that makes us free of our spiritual flesh and bondage, as the virgins prepared themselves for the bridegroom, and as Esther prepared herself for the king.

“…for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours…” Esther 2:12

The oil symbolizes the anointing; the spiritual anointing, through which the mind and heart are made pure.  The word myrrh means distillation, the purification of water, which like the sea, symbolizes the thoughts of the mind.

 “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”   Matthew 25:1 

The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind.   The lamps symbolize the hearts of those that have purified their minds, and those that think they have purified their minds.

“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:”   Matthew 25:2,3

This is where we see what separates the wise virgins from the foolish virgins.  The five wise had oil in their lamps, symbolizing the anointing in their hearts.  The five foolish virgins represent those that think they have been made pure, but having no oil, being without the anointing, have been deceived.

“But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:4

The five wise are those that have not been deceived by a false doctrine, one that teaches purification of the mind through any other way than what Jesus taught, which is through the heart.   The mind alone does not have the power to bring us into the pure spiritual state symbolized by the virgin.  We are not made pure by thinking positive thoughts, or by repeating some prayer or mantra.  We can only be made pure through the spiritual anointing or christ power of the heart, the oil the five wise have, but the five foolish lack.

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept… (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day…” Matthew 25:5

The bridegroom, symbolizing spiritual truth, has been delayed for over fifteen hundred years due to religious iniquity; the spiritual veil that has rendered the spiritual mind unconscious, possessed by the spirit of slumber.

“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt… And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”   Daniel 12:2,3 

The dust of the earth symbolizes the spiritual inactivity of the heart; the spiritual power of the heart still lying dormant.  But some will awaken out of this dormant state, and begin their heart-purification process.  They are the wise, having oil in their lamps.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.”  Matthew 25:6-9.  

Midnight. The twelfth hour, the number twelve representing judgment.  Those purifying themselves through God’s spiritual or internal judgment, have entered the bedchamber, where the spiritual seed of truth is being sown.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”   Matthew 25:10

Marriage is intercourse; a spiritual intercourse through which the holy seed or word of truth is sowed in our heart.  The door of the bedchamber is open to those that are believing, obeying, putting action (knowingly or unknowingly) to the works outlined in the churches in the book of Revelation, and closed to those that are not.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door…”  Revelation 3:7,8  

The door is open to those purifying themselves through the spiritual (internal) works encoded in the symbolism of God’s Word.

“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”  Matthew 25:11  

These, believing the religious iniquity, think  they have purified themselves, but they have climbed up some other way.  The word “know,” or “knew,” is intercourseAdam knew Eve and she conceived.  God’s holy seed cannot and will not pass through the veil of religious iniquity.

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ” Matthew 7:23

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2008

EAST & WEST

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The Holy Bible contains all the spiritual knowledge we need for the salvation or healing of our soul, combining ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…”  Exodus 14:13

The word still means quiet self, be silent, keep (put to) silence.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1

Silence in heaven is the key to opening the seventh seal.  Heaven symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal is the seventh chakra.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

If this were about the physical eyes, it would be plural, not singular. This is about “the third eye,” the spiritual eye, through which we gain insight pertaining to the things we cannot see. The verse is clearly about Jesus, symbolizing truth, which “cometh with clouds;” coming with or through the thoughts of that spiritual heaven called the mind. Truth comes to us through our mind by way of the Spirit.  East and west, Spirit and word.  The Spirit is the power that delivers the word of truth, first to our mind, and then to our heart if we don’t resist it.

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27

The “lightning” and the “Son of man” share the same symbolic meaning, which is “truth.”  Jesus was called the Son of man, the son symbolizing the seed or word of truth through which man is spiritually healed.

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God.  But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the holy spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast, is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose deepest purpose is to bring us into the truth regarding the source of this anxiety and depression.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51

In the eastern practice of yoga, one is often led to put his hands to the third or inner eye, which is associated with higher consciousness or spiritual sight— the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki, performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental disease.

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  When meditation is done according to the ancient instruction of the Holy Bible, the 7th chakra is opened, through which the deepest level of the soul is healed.  The Spirit, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul.  To heal the heart requires us to follow the ancient instruction of the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  Matthew 19:28

The word regeneration means the act or process of re-forming.  As Spirit and word formed the physical heaven and earth, spirit and word are needed to form our new spiritual heaven and earth.  The word is the works of creation.  Those that are in the process of the regeneration are metaphorically sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which are the works that brings their new creation into existence, “a new heaven and a new earth” symbolizing a new mind and a new heart.  Revelation 21:1

Judgment is symbolized in scripture by fire.

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  Revelation 3:18

Perhaps you have heard new age teachers talking about the “violet flame,” their understanding of which will be limited to the source through which they received it, through the Spirit, which makes it an incomplete truth.  To receive complete truth on these spiritual matters will require us to incorporate the Word.  The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the purity that comes through the judgment.  A “flame” is part of the fire.  The seven colors associated with the twelve tribes of Israel or twelve sons of Jacob are the seven colors of the rainbow.  And what do we find at the end of the rainbow; upon the conclusion of our spiritual judgment?  Gold. Purity.  The color “violet” is associated with Naphtali, a son by Rachel’s bondmaid, symbolizing bondage.  This is the point in the trans-formation process where we go from seeing the bondage of our mind to seeing the bondage of our heart.  This is where we make the transition from the kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart; the throne of that healing power called christ.

Krishna or Christ, east or west, the meaning is the same: the source of all existence.

It is time to incorporate the Word, which provides us with the ancient instruction through which we are made holy.  It is time to bring a deeper meaning to the many religious ceremonies and celebrations through the Word.  Let’s look at the eastern festival called Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” the “Festival of Colors,” or the “Festival of Spring.”  It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Krishna, and signifies the triumph of good over the evil.  The east is associated with the Spirit of God, which is Love.  The west is associated with the Word of God, the Holy Bible containing the the spiritual works through which we reach Love, which is why Jesus said, “believe the works,”  the word believe meaning “to obey or put action to.”   And why Jesus, the truth personified, said, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,”  which is to say, we cannot come to Love except through truth, which being the word of God, is the spiritual works or instruction through which we are made holy, triumphing over evil.

East and West.  Spirit and Word.  Love and Truth, through which we are healed on a soul-level.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001