Transcendent Experiences – Consummate Prayer
Consummate means complete or perfect in every manner; it is the highest level of perfection. In the course of putting together my notes for this chapter, I come to the realization that no one on this planet, with the sole exception of Dan, has any genuine understanding of who I am. So many of the most important parts and occurrences in my life have gone unspoken about or unspoken about with anyone else. This is because they are such unusual experiences that it has not been feasible to share them with anybody other than close family members or close friends.
If just one of you has had an experience, especially if it is difficult to compare (“Oh, that was just like…”), there isn’t much to say.
The term “ineffable” refers to something that is (1) too overpowering to be articulated or described in words; (2) too majestic or sacred to be stated.
And, yes, it is the original version of the song.
- That is, after all, the purpose of a Rosary and other religious objects; not so that the object might be venerated, but so that the faithful can concentrate on their meditation without having to bother about matters like counting.
- The “large bead” indicates that you have completed one cycle, which is typically 100 cycles.
- And then I got to work on the experiment.
- In the second month (June 1977), I increased the amount by 100 every morning and night.
- Towards the end of the third month, I began to feel more comfortable with the process.
- But I found myself looking forward to the time set aside for meditation.
- Also beginning to become perfect in SO many ways, the meticulous repeating of the Sacred Name was becoming perfect in SO many ways:
- The word consume means “to be completely or perfectly excellent in every sense.” My realization, when I was putting together my notes for this chapter, was that, with the exception of Dan, absolutely no one on this planet has any notion who I am. As a result, I have never spoken to anybody about many of the most important aspects and incidents of my life. It’s because these are such unusual experiences that it’s been impossible to share them even with my closest pals. Ultimately, as I’ve stated previously, language is built on a foundation of shared experiences. If just one of you has had an experience, especially if it is difficult to compare (“Oh, that was just like…”), there isn’t much to talk about. The ineffable is a place that practically all mystics throughout history have at some point entered, as I would later discover. The term “ineffable” refers to something that is either (1) too overpowering to explain or describe in words, or (2) too majestic or sacred to be talked about. As soon as Dan finished his brief speech, I went to a hobby shop and purchased some beads, which I then put into the necklace you see above. And, yes, it is the original version of the video. Beads in the exact number of 100 For you see, the purpose of a Rosary and other devotional items is not to worship the object, but rather to allow the faithful to concentrate on their meditation without having to bother about matters like counting. Your thumb just takes the next bead after every recitation. It is known that you have completed one cycle (typically 100) when you reach the “large beads.” This custom (or variants on it) may be found in a broad variety of civilizations all across the world, which is rather fascinating to me. As a result, I began working on the experiment immediately. 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening are sufficient. Nothing.Zero. And I was embarrassed by my own ignorance. When I reached the end of the second month (June 1977), I increased my daily addition by 100 points. Nothing. Zero. And I was embarrassed by my own ignorance. Around the third month, I began to feel more comfortable with the process. I wasn’t seeing angels dancing on the stars or anything like that, to be clear. The time for meditation, on the other hand, became something I was looking forward to. Just to clear my head and remove all traces of the earthy and mortal from my awareness. Also beginning to become just perfect in SO many ways, was the systematic recitation of the Sacred Name:
Consummate means complete or perfect in every manner; it is the highest possible state. When I was putting together my notes for this chapter, I realized that, with the exception of Dan, no one on this planet has any idea who I am. So many of the most important parts and situations in my life have gone unspoken about or never even brought up in conversation. Because these are such out-of-the-way experiences, it hasn’t been able to share them even with my closest friends. As I’ve stated previously, language is ultimately based on a matrix of shared experiences.
- I would subsequently discover that practically all mystics throughout history had at some point entered the realm of the ineffable.
- After Dan’s brief speech, the first thing I did was go to a hobby shop and purchase some beads, which I then arranged into the necklace you see above.
- There are exactly 100 beads in all.
- Your thumb just grabs the next bead after each recitation.
- And, strangely, this custom (or variants on it) can be found in a variety of civilizations all across the world.
- Once in the morning and once in the evening.
- And I felt really ridiculous.
- And I felt really ridiculous.
- I wasn’t seeing angels dancing on the stars or anything like that, to be sure.
However, I began to look forward to the time set aside for meditation. Simply to clear my head and remove all traces of the worldly and mortal from my consciousness. And the meticulous repeating of the Sacred Name was beginning to seem just right in a variety of ways, including:
- Sometimes it moves to its own beat, sometimes it moves in time with my heartbeat, and sometimes it moves in time with my breathing
- In addition, I completed the required Bible studies. looking into the Scriptures to find what this Name was, whether Dan’s knowledge is correct, part of the history of the Tetragrammaton, and what this Name represented. And what exactly did the phrase “I Am That I Am” mean? (It was not until the mid-1990s that I discovered the linguistic details of “I Will Be.”) The outcomes of these thoughts may be found in the earliest writing on this site, God is Not God’s Name
- Nevertheless, it is not the first writing on this site. I spent a lot of time with my eyes closed, and a little bit of time with them open, studying a copy of The Name inscribed on a parchment Dan had given me
- Moreover, once I had fully internalized the four letters that represented my head as well as my arms, torso, and legs, I would occasionally visualize each of those portions of my body shining as I pronounced each of the letters
As time went on, it became clear to me that I was becoming more sensitive to the “vibration” of YHWH’s Name. This is really a pretty frequent activity among the human race; it is only when individuals do it with holy things that we find it strange and unusual. A football fan, for example, will monitor the draft and pre-season training games, learn everything there is to know about the teams, and engage in a variety of basic or complicated rituals before to each game, for example. He’s getting hyped up and psyched up for the game ahead of him.
How strange it is that this is deemed cool, yet sacrilizing (making sacred) the process is regarded as strange.
More information about this occurrence, as well as chanting as a whole, may be found here.
Many things were said, but what I was most interested in was how it presented prayer’s five phases or facets as a dynamic dialogue with God, which I found very compelling.
- When we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness and cleansing, YHWH pronounces and provides that pardon, bathing us in His grace. In our communication with YHWH, we express our desires and prayers to Him, and He responds to us with a word of encouragement or reassurance. The petitioner and God become one in their statement of their rekindled love for one another.
It has continually astounded me how strong this framework of five stages has proven to be over time. This unstated backbone underpins everything we do, from worship services to personal prayer to how people connect to one another (a kid who has done something wrong, for example, will go through each of these 5 steps in order to reconcile with his or her parent). So, starting in the fifth month, I began dedicating each of the cycles (each consisting of 100 repetitions) to one of these stages of prayer.
- It has continually astounded me how strong this framework of five stages has proven to be over the years. This unstated backbone underpins all we do, from worship services to personal prayer to how people connect to one another (a kid who has done something wrong, for example, goes through each of these 5 steps in order to reconcile with his or her parent). So, starting in the fifth month, I began dedicating each of the cycles (each consisting of 100 repetitions) to one of the phases of prayer.
In love, there is a lover and a beloved one. He-who-prays and He-who-answers one’s prayer are two different people. Ineffable. It seemed as though “I” had become submerged in an ocean of love. God was the one and only reality that existed. Positive poles of the battery were labeled Yhwh and me, respectively. Negative poles of the battery were labeled m and me, respectively. The stream, on the other hand, was the sole genuine, genuine essence. The event was so overpowering that I was unable to operate properly for a significant period of time following it.
And, to be honest, I don’t believe I made it through even half of month 5 before I had to give up.
“Dropping the veils” became the name I gave it.
- “Ani Yod-He-Vav-He,” he says. Pure soul is represented by the letters Y, desire (H), life (V), and body (B) (H). The repentance prayer is a type of prayer. “Repentance is the process through which we seek pardon and purification.” “Ani Yod-He-Vav,” or “Ani Yod-He-Vav.” Dropping the physical body into the domain of the New Life is a significant step. It is the act of receiving YHWH’s pardon. “YHWH declares and provides that pardon, soaking us in His mercy,” says the prophet. “Ani Yod-He,” or “Ani Yod-He.” In the sphere of pure desire, when we just seek Him, we are at our happiest. The supplication prayer is a type of prayer. “We communicate with YHWH, bringing our pleas and petitions to His attention.” “Ani Yod,” as in “Ani Yod.” His voice can be heard announcing “I Am” in the realm of our minds. The prayer in response to Yhwh’s announcement “He communicates to us, whether it’s with a word of encouragement or comfort.
- s”Ani.” The pronoun “I.” The Eternal One, to be precise. The Self-Existent one, to be precise. God. It’s all about love. Because God is love, “the petitioner and God become united in a manifestation of their renewed love.”
Unique Meditation Tool
‘This recording is a fusion of two very different, yet similar sound or energy forms-the tones of tuning forks cut to frequencies known as the ‘Healing Codes,’ and a specific prayer or chant believed to relay energy intimately linked to personal and global healing through the Christian Messiah Yeshua.’ -Jonathan Goldman, Sound Healer, on his website Jonathan Goldman is a writer, healer, musician, and teacher who lives in New York City.
- He is a recognized expert in the field of sound therapy, as well as a pioneer in the field of harmonics.
- He has also studied with masters of sound from both the scientific and spiritual traditions, including the Dalai Lama’s Chanting Gyuto and Gyume Monks.
- In Hebrew, the letters YHVH are referred to as the Tetragrammeton, which means four letters.
- Jehovah is the name given to the Latin translation of the name.
It’s explained in the liner notes that “this single-letter name modification depicts the way to be employed by an individual for personal transformation from human into super-human, from earthly to heavenly, from body into spirit, by ‘crucifixion’ on the ‘cross of time and space.'” The disciples are supposed to have driven out demons in the name of Jesus, according to the accounts in the New Testament.
- The sacred chant of YHSVH, which is based on the tremendous vibration of the name of Christ, has the ability to perform miracles.
- I know it seems like hearing “Yod Hey Shin Vav Hey” over and again would become monotonous, but I promise you that that is not the case.
- As I listen to the hallowed tones of the tuning forks, as well as the intense vibratory energy of the YHSVH choral chanting, I am filled with wonder and reverence for what I am hearing.
- Jonathan Goldman has stated the following: “On several occasions, I led groups in chanting YHSVH in specialized seminars.
- It also seems to directly stimulate the thymus gland’s associated energy center and anchor-what I call the ‘Christ Energy’-into the body, in addition to its potential to create Divine frequencies and so cleanse unbalanced and negative energies.
The CD Holy Harmony is a lovely, holy tool for your personal journey. Whether you want to boost your vibrational energy, enjoy deep relaxation, improve sleep, or get healing, the CD Holy Harmony is a wonderful tool. Janet Boyer, author of the novel
WoC :: Practices 1 – Hebrew Root Mantra and the Name YHVH
‘This recording is a synthesis of two very different, yet similar sound or energy forms-the tones of tuning forks cut to frequencies known as the ‘Healing Codes,’ and a specific prayer or chant thought to relay energy intimately linked to personal and global healing through the Christian Messiah Yeshua.’ Jonathan Goldman is a sound healer who practices in Los Angeles. He is a writer, healer, musician, and teacher who lives in New York City. He is a recognized expert in the field of sound therapy, as well as a pioneer in the subject of harmonics, among other things.
- He has also studied with masters of sound from both scientific and spiritual traditions, including the Dalai Lama’s Chanting Gyuto and Gyume Monks.
- Yah way is how most Christians pronounce it (Yaweh).
- It is possible to create a new word by combining the letter S (shin) with this ancient name of God.
- YHSVH’s sacred chant is able to perform miracles due to the tremendous vibrational frequency of the name of Christ.
- According to my own experience, I have never heard anything like this CD.
- As a matter of fact, whenever I listen to this CD, I look forward to the “Vav” note since it usually gives me the chills.
- The powerful energy that this CD creates reminds me of my own experiences as a Pentecostal/Charismatic preacher, when being “slain in the spirit” was followed by a profound spiritual force that brought serenity, clarity, and healing.
- Amazing things happened as a result of this.
- With the help of this energy, our cellular structure and DNA may be re-calibrated in terms of vibration.” It’s true, I believe it, after being deeply moved by this CD.
The CD Holy Harmony is a beautiful, holy tool for your personal journey. Whether you want to boost your vibrational energy, enjoy deep relaxation, improve sleep, or get healing, this is the CD for you. Janet Boyer is the author of the novel.
Practical Kabbalah and Self Creation
Regarding the four expansions of the Ineffable Name, it would be extremely beneficial to study all of the associations and associated meanings, but there is just not enough room to do such a thorough examination in this article. The important number 72 addressed in this chapter of “The Book of Sacred Names” must be accepted, and we must thus confine ourselves to AV (the “Expanded Name of 72”), and to the closely associated notion of the “cantillation notes” (Te’amim). As previously stated, this corresponds to the highest “World,”Atzilut, and, inasmuch as it applies to the actual chanting of the words and Names produced from theOtiot, it signifies the elevation and exaltation of all existence through the means of musical and lyric composition.
As a result, it should come as no surprise that music and song are the most expressive forms of AV, the highest extension of the Ineffable Name in the most elevated “World.” Consequently, we have the benefit not only of connecting ourselves with the highest “Realms of Being,” the “World” of the “Expanded Name of 72,” through the medium of song, but we also have the benefit of attaining this alignment through the chanting of the “Name of Seventy-two Names.” Another way in which the number 72 is associated with the Tetragrammaton is as follows: The Ineffable Name is frequently shown as a triangle with 10 letters, which represents the shape of the universe.
Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh is commonly used as the starting point, followed by the letter Y at the apex, followed byYod-Heh-Vav, and eventually finished with the entireYod Heh-Vav-Hehconstruct, as seen below: It was common practice to have this picture etched on silver triangles and wear them around the body as protective amulets.
Aside from being supposed to correlate to the tenSefiroton the kabbalistic Tree of Life, the ten letters that make up the triangle also have a combined numerical value of 72:1, as seen in the accompanying table.
The 72 triplets of the “Shem Vayisa Vayet” have been split into an array of portions for a variety of reasons, as is to be anticipated from the name of the poem.
There are nine “rectifications” (Tikunim) that originate in Chochmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Binah).
I do not wish to burden readers with explanations of complex Kabbalistic doctrines, but it is worth noting that these nine so-called “rectifications” are based on the concept of the “beard” (Digna) of the Blessed One, which, according to tradition, is concentrated in Binah, the Sefirah of Understanding on the Sefirotic Tree.
Beginning inKeter (the Crown), the “Creative Force” flows outward into the world throughChochmah(Wisdom), the “masculine” principle that contains pure, undifferentiated “creative force,” andBinah(Understanding), the “feminine” principle that allows the “creative force” to become differentiated, or “channelled,” into shapes or patterns.
To illustrate this point, we are told that the “beard” of the Holy One has been dragged lower as a result of the divine marriage between Chocma and Binah.
Transliteration: Min ha-metzar karati karati karati karati Yah anani va-merchav Yah anani va-merchav Translation:When I was in desperate need, I turned to the Lord, and He responded by providing me with a tremendous expansion.
It is primarily two principles that are being addressed in this chapter, namely (Yod—Abba) and (Heh—Imma), which are associated with Chochma and Binah, respectively, as well as their sacred union, from which proceed nine “restorations” (Tikunim) of the “divine channels” through which Shefa, the “Divine Abundance,” is drawn into our domain of existence.
Curiosity begets curiosity, and the “Name of Seventy-two Names” was divided into two equal portions, each of which included thirty-six of the seventy-two Names in total.
The names of the groups are as follows: In addition, these two groupings are associated with Chochma and Binah, or with the “masculine” and “feminine” elements within Divinity, respectively.
These are referred to as its “sides” or “edges,” and there are six on the male section and six on the female portion.
In its most direct and concise translation, this exclamation may be rendered as “I and He save now!” Some readers may recall that this term was used as part of the aHakafah, an unique circumambulating technique that I discussed in the first book of this series, and that it is still used today.
The Mishnah explains these practices in detail in Sukkah 4:5 (Sukkah 4:5).
As far as we can tell, this has something to do with the “saving from the sea,” which refers to the Israelites being saved from the Egyptian onslaught when Moses divided the waters and the Israelites were able to walk through on dry land, as it were (Exodus 14).
Of course, this corresponds exactly to the plain meaning of the three verses from which the ” Shem Vayisa Vayet ” was drawn, as well as the plain meaning of the verses themselves. (More information to come.)
The Name of God
Please keep in mind that the name of God appears on this website. You should handle the document with the required respect if you print it.
The Significance of Names
When it comes to Jewish philosophy, a name is more than just a haphazard designation or a random mix of sounds. The nature and substance of the object called are conveyed through the name. It is a representation of the person’s past and present reputation and status. Despite what it may appear to be at first look, this is not a new or uncommon notion. It is common in the English language to refer to a person’s reputation as his “good name.” In the sale of a company, one of the items that may be sold is the firm’s “good will,” which is the right to use the company’s name in the future.
An illustration of this use may be found in Ex.
In fact, Moses isn’t asking “what should I call you,” he’s asking “who are you; what are you like; and what have you done.” God’s reaction makes this quite obvious.
Another example of this type of usage is the idea of chillul Ha-Shem and kiddush Ha-Shem, both of which are related to the word “Shem.” A deed that brings God or Judaism into disrepute, or a commandment that is disregarded, is referred to as “chillul Ha-Shem,” or profanation of The Name, in Jewish tradition.
Similarly, any act that raises the level of reverence for God or Judaism is referred to as ” kiddush Ha-Shem,” which means “sanctification of the Name.” The fact that a name conveys the reputation of the object called warrants that the name be regarded with the same reverence as the reputation of the thing named.
The Names of God
An individual’s name is not just a designation, nor is it simply an accidental collection of sounds, according to Jewish philosophy and tradition. The nature and substance of the item called are conveyed through the name itself. It serves as a representation of the person’s past and current reputation. Although it may appear to be a bizarre or foreign notion at first look, it is not so. We commonly refer to a person’s reputation as his or her “good name” in British English. When a company is sold, one of the items that may be sold is the firm’s “good will,” which is the right to use the company’s name in any way the purchaser desires.
- “What is your name?” Moses inquires of God.
- Upon hearing our plea, God responds that He is everlasting, that He is the God of our forefathers, that He has witnessed our sorrow and that He would free us from our bonds.
- Chillul Ha-Shem is a term used to describe an act that brings God or Judaism into disrepute or the disobedience of a commandment.
- Similar to this, any act that elevates God or Judaism above others is referred to as ” kiddush Ha-Shem,” or the sanctification of God’s name, in Hebrew.
The fact that a name conveys the reputation of the object mentioned implies that the name should be regarded with the same reverence as the reputation of the thing named. Therefore, in Judaism, all of God’s names, in all of their manifestations, are honored with great care and respect.
Writing the Name of God
When it comes to Jewish philosophy, a name is more than just a random designation, or a random mix of sounds. The nature and substance of the item called are conveyed through its name. It is a representation of the person’s past and reputation. This is not an idea that is as weird or unusual as it may appear at first look. We commonly refer to a person’s reputation as his or her “good name” in English. When a company is sold, one of the items that may be sold is the firm’s “good will,” which is the right to use the company’s name in the future.
- God responds by stating that He is everlasting, that He is the God of our forefathers, that He has observed our misery, and that He would free us from our bonds.
- The damage done to a term is clearly not the issue; rather, the issue is the damage done to a reputation.
- Because a name conveys the reputation of the object mentioned, a name should be treated with the same reverence as the thing’s reputation.
Pronouncing the Name of God
There is nothing in the Torah that prevents a person from speaking the Name of the Almighty. Indeed, it is clear from the Scriptures that God’s Name was uttered on a consistent basis. There are several common Hebrew names that contain ” Yah” or ” Yahu,” both of which are letters from God’s four-letter Name. The Name was uttered as part of the daily rituals held in the Temple of Jerusalem. It is confirmed by the Mishnah that there was no ban against speaking The Name in ancient times. In fact, the Mishnah advises invoking God’s Name as a standard welcome to a fellow Jew on a regular basis.
- However, by the time of the Talmud, it had become customary to refer to God by other names.
- As an alternative to pronouncing the four-letter Name, we commonly use the name ” Adonai,” or simply say ” Ha-Shem ” (lit.
- Despite the fact that the restriction on pronunciation relates solely to the four-letter Name, Jews typically refrain from pronouncing any of God’s numerous Names unless during prayer or study.
- This is the standard procedure, and Adonai becomes Adoshemor Ha-Shem, Elohaynu and Elohim become Elokaynu and Elokim, etc.
- The right pronunciation of YHVH was passed down through generations of scholars, but finally the correct pronunciation was forgotten and we no longer know what it is with any confidence.
- For further information on the difficulty of pronouncing the Hebrew alphabet, please seeHebrew Alphabet.
- Some Christian academics pronounce the four-letter Name as “Jehovah,” however this is a highly implausible pronunciation given the nature of the Name.
- The name “Jehovah” is derived from this practice.
- Judaism 101 is a good place to start.
Travelling The Sacred Sound Current
A person is not prohibited from speaking the Name of God in accordance with the Torah. As evidenced by the Scriptures, it is clear that God’s Name was frequently used. Yah or ” Yahu” is a letter from God’s four-letter Name that appears in many common Hebrew names. The Name was recited in the Temple as part of the regular services. It is confirmed by the Mishnah that there was no ban against speaking the Name in ancient times. Using God’s Name as a standard welcome to another Jew is even recommended in the Mishnah.
Although it wasn’t common practice until the time of the Talmud, it had become the norm.
As an alternative to pronouncing the four-letter Name, we commonly use the name ” Adonai,” or simply say ” Ha-Shem” (lit.
Jews do not utter any of God’s numerous names except in prayer or study, despite the fact that the restriction on pronunciation pertains solely to the four-letter name.
This is the standard procedure, and Adonai becomes Adoshemor Ha-Shem, Elohaynu and Elohim become Elokaynu and Elokim.
Scholars handed down knowledge of the right pronunciation of YHVH for many years, but finally the correct pronunciation was forgotten, and we no longer know what it should be spoken with any degree of confidence.
For additional information on the difficulty of pronouncing the Hebrew alphabet, please seeHebrew Alphabet.
Despite the fact that some Christian academics pronounce the four-letter Name as “Jehovah,” this is a very improbable pronunciation.
This gave rise to the name “Jehovah.” It is said that a sixteenth century German Christian scribe, when transliterating the Bible into Latin for the Pope, spelled out the Name as it appeared in his books, using the consonants of YHVH and vowels of Adonai, and came up with the name JeHoVaH, which has been in use ever since.