jacob wrestle

This weeks Old Testament (Torah) portion reading from the book of Genesis is called “and he sent.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom” (Genesis 32:3). Jacob prepares to meet Esau as he returns, but first he has a mysterious encounter with an angel in the darkness, who changes Jacobs name to Israel. And so it is, Jacob experienced a strange mystical encounter with the Force that moves through ALL things. He had sent his family, his servants and his possessions across the river ahead of him. But he struggled with the Force of Creation before he could cross the river. This is symbolic of the necessity of each of us to struggle with our existence and the Force of Creation. It is through this struggle that we become conscious of our connection and oneness with the Force of Creation. It is only through the struggle that we can cross the river and find our Promised Land (Inner Peace). The struggle , while it makes us aware of our connection and oneness with Creator, it also makes us grateful for our separateness and each individual little thing that life brings us. And so it is the paradox and beauty of human existence. Jacob wrestled with the angel through the night. He would not let the angel go. Jacob said to the angel, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26) The struggle with the angel blessed Jacob by changing his consciousness and symbolically his name to Israel. This signifies his changed consciousness through the struggle and his finding his Promised Land (Inner Peace) (Genesis 35:10). As the portion explains, in its symbolism, the Promised Land is not a place but it is a state of consciousness of our Oneness with Creator as well as gratefulness for our brief separateness through our human existence. This consciousness brings us peace. Amen

Elijah messenger

Then Elijah, the prophet (messenger of the ONE FORCE), said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the ALTAR (connection) to the Divine Force of Creation, which had been torn down. 1 Kings 18:30 ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED

isaac jacob and esau

This weeks Old Testament (Torah) portion reading is from the book of Genesis. It is named “generations.” It is so named because it begins with the words “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac” (Genesis 25:19). It tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac’s trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The portion concludes with Jacob’s deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing. Genesis 25:19-28:16 And so it is our friends, in every generation their are struggles in the outer world. There are struggles and conflicts within families, groups, religions and nations. There are also struggles and conflicts between them. Struggle and conflict is part of Creation. All things change in the outer world and change brings conflict and struggle. As a human being you can physically touch things that are within three feet of you in the outer world. However you can affect and change your inner world. Through the consciousness of Abraham (the father of Christians, Muslims and Jews) we realize that ALL of Creation and ALL generations are connected and one through the Divine Force. Our consciousness of the connection and ONENESS with CREATION brings an inner peace in a world of change. Amen. ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED

abraham

“I will make you Abraham into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 How is Abraham a blessing? The consciousness of the experience of Abraham, father of Muslims, Christians and Jews, of connection and ONENESS with the FORCE that CONNECTS all of EXISTENCE is a pathway to INNER PEACE, It is because Abraham brought us this consciousness that we know we are not alone. For it was in his acceptance and openness to a consciousness greater than himself that he makes us realize that we are connected. He opens his heart and mind to the possibility far beyond the physical realm. Far beyond worship of objects. That a consciousness of global and universal reach is not only possible it is definite for those willing to be as he was in the wilderness accepting the ONENESS of CREATION. Abraham provides the consciousness of great transcendence. He is not exclusive to one path or one religion because in his shift of consciousness to the FORCE that CONNECTS ALL he transcended any one definition. In his willingness to travel a new path he gives all of us a glimpse of what is possible if we are willing to establish a new consciousness. Where we are conscious of our ONENESS and CONNECTION, then religions see their commonalities instead of their differences. Where the color of skin , the sound of language or country in which we reside only serves as a different view point to learn about and appreciate our true common SPIRIT within each of us and the SPIRIT that connects and is ONE with ALL of Existence. Then we truly will see each other as blessings. On this day of rest, may we consciously connect with the Spirit of the Divine and be grateful for our Blessings- AMEN

may words

May the words of my mouth, my prayers and meditations be in harmony with the Divine Unity of Creation and Creator, my rock and my redemption. Psalms 19:14 We are grateful and thankful for the ONENESS of Creation and Creator on this day of rest. AMEN

cat ice

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!! We are thankful for the COMMON FLAME OF LIFE!!!!

east of eden

When we live our lives in judgment of others, we will always find ourselves outside the Garden of Eden and trying to look in. Heaven on earth is found within and our consciousness of our connection with each other through the Divine. Judgment divides us and leaves us ALONE. Prophesies No. 8 East of Eden (2014) ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED

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No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. John Donne, Meditation XVII English clergyman & poet (1572 – 1631) WE ARE ALL CONNECTED THROUGH THE FORCE OF THE DIVINE ON THIS SABBATH AND ALL DAYS. AMEN

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A beautiful painting by Degas. When we see great beauty we can feel like we want to cry. We believe that this is feeling the presence of the Divine. AMEN

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We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. ~Thich Nhat Hanh~