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The History of Energy
the beginning is the end
Under this section is a paper written for an Honours Psychology course, the History of Psychology. The task was to trace a topic from contemperary Psychology back through various historical stages to see how that topic has grown over the course of time. The topic I chose was energy, or Energy Psychology. Enjoy research from Feinstein (most recent) all the way back to Pythagoras.
The Future of Energy
the end is the beginning. This section includes all the previous homepage fails ;) enjoy!
This is the major veiwpoint taken on this site in regard to these topics, but since the completion of my Masters degree in Gender Studies, I've been trying to go back and make it more inclusive. This link includes a proposed field theory for Psychology because the two major branches of Psychology (quantitative and qualitative) find it hard to see eye to eye. This (and the next) section is for members only.
This section proposes a Grand Unified Field theory or "theory of everything" for Physics, backed up by a mathematical equation.
This section unites all sections together to unite the branches of Science and Religion. Many different perspectives are taken and these two seemingly opposing forces are united through many different angles.
This section looks at the conflicts or cycles between New Age free thought and Orthodox dogmaticism. The feud between these two opposing forces revealed the truth regarding the story of Jesus, what he really taught and to whom he truly gave the rites to teach his faith. This section explores why the movie The Last Temptation of Christ was banned in other countries, looks at the Da Vinci Code and presents a controversial paper/theory showing the hidden meaning of world religious symbols.
This section begins with a confusing paper about taking back the spirit. If the point can be penetrated, it tells an interesting story about Modernity and the Age of Reason, with a twist by providing evidence that emotion could be considered superior to reason. It also complicates Carteasian mind/body distinctions by adding spirit back into the equation. Have fun following that one lol. I can't even follow it ;) There are other papers about explaining Mystical experiences and others comparing Western and Eastern styles of consciousness. My favourite is the book review of Kabbalah. I like how this site allows me to go back and fix/reword old papers/ideas. This section really details what it is like to have a theory in the making and shows how ideas develop over time. One day my ideas/theory will be comprehensive to others outside my wacky brain :)
This section includes research done on the importance of emotional charge on ESP communication. It proposes that it is emotion communication that makes telepathy successful. The second paper in this section addresses dreams and dream interpretation. Two Dream interpretation methods (Freud's and Jung's) were analyzed to determine which method produced the most accurate results. The third paper presents research on Understanding Altered States of Conciousness and the last paper in this section is about Western Consciousness and how we are very individualized and perhaps out of balance due to us being lost in the Grand Illusion (Maya). The next paper looks at The Implication of Eastern Concepts on Western Ideals, to propose a potential balance between the two world views.
This section includes a paper about the subject-object dichotomy in Philosophy
This section begins with a work that is a detailed analysis of the screenplay/poem found in the Art section of this site. This paper looks at the research behind the play that inspired its manifestation (or why I wrote the play). It is hard to avoid the Book of Revelations when the topic of the Apocalypse comes up, so the next paper in this section is a comparison of the similarities and differences of the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelations. Many similarities were found and the research leads one to beleive that we are in the dawning of the Age when we will see great changes in the world as we know it today.
This section includes papers on 3 pathways to happiness (physical, mental, emotional), followed by a paper on how to end prejudice, a paper on the polarization of the sexes is next (as it is hypothesized by this site that the true or pure unification of All That is in the Universe is solved by the reunification of the energy of the sexes ;). Finally, this section ends with an empirical thesis exploring the equal validation or rational and emotional styles.
This section contains a play or screenplay called the Grand Drama that is written entirely out of prose (the owner and creator of this website has personally written everything that appears on it). This work of art reveals a hidden message, one that may unlock the key to the mysteries of the universe! This page also includes a shortened poem of the Grand Drama and provides a link to a song that is about Plato's Analogy of the Cave (members only).
this is a collection of my poetry - enjoy!
This is a collection of my songs - enjoy! =)
This is my photo collection
Key to the Legend
Red = Philosophy
Blue = Physics
Yellow = mathematics
green = hard sciences
grey = psychology
the parts under construction are labeled as such or blanketed by <<< ____ >>> indicating personal notes to self to improve the site, or the layout of the information presented.
The Science of the Tree of Life: A Comparison of Catholic and Jewish Mysticism (Scroll down to the last paper below). Powerpoint slides follow the paper.
Why The Last Temptation of Christ was Banned
?The Last Temptation of Christ? and ?The DaVinci Code? vs. Censorship
Why The Last Temptation of Christ was Banned
The purpose of this section and of the papers presented here are to create a seguey from strict scientific thinking to strict dogmatic thinking which reside on opposite sides of the continuum, yet both share the realm of the seen. It was found that dogma concealed an underlying secret. One that points to the unseen and they may intend to keep it that way. The first paper in this section reveals the truth about the life and times of Jesus (or Yashewa/Joshua). The second paper reveals why these truths may have been concealed.
Why The Last Temptation of Christ was Banned
The Last Temptation of Christ was an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel made into a movie by Martin Scorsese in 1988 that was subsequently banned in many countries including the
The movie did, however also present Jesus as divine because he refrained from sex, killing, stealing and turned the other cheek because God told him to, he talks to animals, he made snakes appear, was an advocate for the freedom of the soul, and performed many miracles. Jesus was thus portrayed as both man and divine in the movie, but perhaps the divine aspects were overshadowed by the human representation in an overall perspective (see Figure 1 for a chart comparing how many times the movie portrayed him as a man or as divine).
There are many controversial interpretations of what Jesus was like in this film. For example, the movie not only portrays him as a mere human who experienced human tendencies, but also showed him as a political revolutionary that tried to take down the
This paper will investigate the claim of complete fabrication of the representation of Jesus in this film. Issues explored in this paper investigate whether Jesus was a man or a divine being, postulate a reason why it is controversial to portray Jesus as human, explore if Jesus was indeed a political revolutionary, and if he succeeded in his mission. (The issues of who is Mary Magdalene, was Jesus married to her and continued a bloodline, and why this marriage may be covered up will be addressed in the final paper when the Last Temptation of Christ is compared to the film the DaVinci Code).
Jesus: Man or Divine?
Figure 1 suggests Jesus was portrayed more as a human over a divine being in the movie. Why would this be controversial? Both the Jews and the Muslims revere Jesus as an important prophet who was human and not God. Jesus is seen by them as another prophet among many included in the Bible and Qur’an. It is only Catholicism and Christianity that tend to represent Jesus as more than human.
The beginning of this superhuman representation can be traced back to Saul in the New Testament, who became Paul after his vision of Jesus. Due to his unusual vision, his subsequent preaching led to the interpretation of Jesus as a superhuman (Burstein, 2006). Thus, all factions of Christianity inspired by Paul including what would become Catholicism and Christianity adopted this interpretation (Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996; Knight & Lomas, 1997). Thus, it may have been historically accurate for the character of Saul/Paul to say “I created the truth” in this movie.
Most of the “miracles” Jesus performed were said to be metaphor by many historians and scholars (Baigent, 2006; Knight & Lomas, 1997; Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996). For example making the blind see could be a metaphor for helping people understand the divine ways of God (Baigent, 2006; Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996). Turning water to wine was also another metaphor for a normal person becoming enlightened (Baigent, 2006; Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996; Knight & Lomas, 1998; Knight & Lomas, 1997).
Jesus was also said by these sources to be a part of a secret society called the Essenes who performed rituals that are still performed to this day by Freemasons (Knight & Lomas, 1998; Knight & Lomas, 1997). Such rituals include wrapping an initiate in a shroud and pretending to raise them from the dead (Knight & Lomas, 1997; Morgan, 1986). This ritual was a metaphor for ending the old way of life and beginning a new one as an Essene or Freemason (Knight & Lomas, 1998; Knight & Lomas, 1997; Morgan, 1986). Lazarus, historically Mary Magdalene’s brother was said to be initiated into this secret society and put through the ritual of being “raised from the dead” (Knight & Lomas, 1998; Knight & Lomas, 1997).
Explanations such as these provide evidence for the idea of Jesus as a man who was a prophet of God, rather than God. There are other examples however that cannot be explained fully by metaphor such as the healing of the sick. This could point to potential healing powers in Jesus. But research shows there are people who can heal with their hands and devices that utilize what is called subtle energy (Feinstein, 2008; Personal communication, M. Becker, November 10, 2008; DeMeo, 2004; DeMeo, 1998) or orgone energy (Reich, 1961; Reich, 1960).
Why Discourage the Idea that Jesus was a Man People can Relate to?
The major reason why a church would discourage the idea that Jesus was a person like the rest of us would be because it would loosen the church’s power over people and would leave it without purpose. This idea speaks to the difference between religion and spirituality. The distinction between these terms is that spirituality is a personal journey or interpretation of the path to enlightenment and religion is following other’s journey, interpretation or path (Personal communication, S. Sadava, December, 2008). This distinction has also been referred to by researchers in Psychology as religion as a means and/or quest and religion as a means to an end respectively (Ryff & Singer, 1998; Batson & Stocks, 2005; Ryan, Rigby & King, 1993; Watson, Morris, Hood, Milliron & Stutz, 1998; MacLean, Walker & Matsuba, 2004).
It has been postulated that when Jesus said “Come follow me” he meant, come be like me, follow my path toward enlightenment because it is the True way to heaven, rather than placing him on a pedestal to be worshipped as an idol (Baigent, 2006; Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996; Knight & Lomas, 1998; Knight & Lomas, 1997). But if one chooses the path of Jesus and follows a personal path to enlightenment, it could be conceived that person may no longer need the church. If people followed an inner path they would develop their own relationship with God thus rendering the church irrelevant. If one realizes they do not need the church because they can develop their own relationship with God, then the church would lose money, power and control over the masses (no pun intended). This could be one reason why it is dangerous to think we can relate to Jesus as a human. A potential reason why people prefer to follow the church’s path could be because following Jesus’ death the disciples and all those who did not believe in the Roman interpretation of Jesus and his message were brutally killed (Bucaille, 1995). The fear of these events and straying from the church’s interpretation could still exist in people today.
Was Jesus a Political Revolutionary?
The movie also portrays Jesus as a political revolutionary. For example, in the movie Jesus said he wanted freedom from
The term Messiah usually translates to “the Anointed One” from Greek word Christos (Knight & Lomas, 1997). But Michael Biagent (2006) interprets the translation of Messiah from Aramaic as “The Anointed king” (pg.16). Messiah also translates to “a person that will become rightful king of the Jews” (Knight & Lomas, 1997, p. 59), because historically Jewish kings were referred to as messiahs. This translation suggests the purpose of the Messiah was to become king of the Jews by taking down the kingship of their oppressors, who at that time were the Romans. It was, after all the Romans who took Jesus away and killed him for starting a revolt against the
Did Jesus succeed in H/his
If the definition of Messiah is king of the Jews and if Jesus never became king of the Jews, then perhaps he may not have succeeded in this mission. Because Jesus’ movement was unable to free the Jews from Roman rule is one reason why they do not consider Jesus the Messiah. It is the Greek translation that suggests superhuman traits and this type of person is not known to the Hebrew Bible which believes the Messiah to be a “great military leader” (Knight & Lomas, 1997). If Jesus’ mission was to free the Jews from the Roman rule and become king, as the Messiah was prophesized to do, then he may not have succeeded in this particular mission.
Another interpretation of Jesus’ mission could be that he was to free souls and die for our sins. As a fellow colleague mentioned in seminar, Jesus denied the mission of freeing the Jews from
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Figure 1: Jesus as portrayed by The Last Temptation of Christ
he says he has made many mistakes, he wants to rebel against everything, he says he is a liar, hypocrite and is afraid of everything, he blushes and looks away when he sees a woman, admits he wants a regular life and admitted liking it because it made him happy, he says he doesn’t know the answer and needs a sign from God, he had contradicting messages like this one (because scripture says do not put to the test the Lord your God), another contradicting message was going from love to the axe, his thoughts and feelings contradicted his words and actions (felt angry and wanted to kill, but out of his mouth came the message of love), he did become violent and angry, he suggests that he is possessed because he hears voices, doesn’t like hearing the voice of God and that hearing it is like the scratching of talons on his scalp and writhes in pain. He sins, feels pain walked on sand and stone. At the end he is called a coward, is seen witling wood, having a family, married to more than one person (but Mary of Magdalene was the sister of Lazarus), succumbed to Lucifer’s temptation and was called selfish. “He is real like us,” “I’m a man like everybody else…”
Refrained from sex, killing, stealing because tells him to, he talks to animals, people who have just died lead him to places, he made snakes appear, turned the cheek, even when Judas was sent to kill him, he had visions, power and could perform “magic’, he sees God in everything, even in ants, not afraid of dying, knows personal information about people he doesn’t know, was an advocate for the freedom of the soul, wanted to get rid of materialism in the temple, he tossed seeds from the apple and they grew instantly, There was telepathy between him and John as he was killed and he left the dessert, he took out his heart, cast out demons, healed the blind, raised the dead, turned water to wine, and conquered death.
Perhaps there was a bias toward the idea that Jesus was a man/prophet. In my book the columns looked equal, but after typing them out, it does appear that Jesus was portrayed more like a man than a Divine being.
besides women, the Catholic Church has made sex evil (probably because it acknowledges the purpose of women). When one suppresses sex, an imbalance occurs which could explain why there are so many pedophiles and gay tendencies in the church. If women are demonized and sex is avoided, men become the alternate object of desire or desires burst out in inappropriate ways.
“The Last Temptation of Christ” and “The DaVinci Code” vs. Censorship
Forbidden Knowledge and the Dangerous Arts
“The Last Temptation of Christ” and “The DaVinci Code” vs. Censorship
The movies The Last Temptation of Christ and The DaVinci Code were banned mostly because they presented Jesus as more of a man than a divine figure. Countries such as
In order to answer the question of why the portrayal of Jesus as a man is offensive, one must ask, what makes something offensive? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is too subjective and open to interpretation that perhaps a more objective approach is necessary. This paper must then discover when something is not offensive, or find out under what conditions it could be wrong take offence. To answer these questions it may be necessary to investigate whether the claims are true or merely “pure fiction” (Writegrrl, 2007).
If the claims that Jesus was a man who married and continued a bloodline are true, then under these conditions, it would not make sense to say these films are offensive. It would not make sense because Jesus was “a man of integrity [who taught] the way of God in accordance with the truth” (Mathew ; Mark ; Luke ; & John 14:6 from Biblegateway, New International Version). Therefore, this paper will search for evidence of the truth behind these claims to see if the idea of Jesus as a man who married and continued a bloodline has merit. If this interpretation of Jesus shows to be apt, then potential reasons why these films were banned regardless will be discussed.
Was Jesus Married?
There are many clues hidden in both the Bible and in the Gnostic Gospels found at Nag Hammadi in 1945 that Jesus and Mary may have been married or had a relationship. The non-canonical or Gnostic Gospels have many clues regarding the relationship between Jesus and Mary because the Gospel of Philip states, “The companion of the [saviour] is Mary of Magdala. The [saviour loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and he] kissed her often on her m[outh]… The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him ‘why do you love her more than all of us?’ The Saviour answered and said to them ‘Why do I not love you like her?’” (Meyer, 2005, p. 63; Burstein, 2006).
An interpretation of this passage may lead one to believe that Jesus and Mary had an intimate relationship. However, the parchment was damaged in the critical place that stated where he kissed her and the end of this passage is not truly known (see Figure 1). The consensus among scholars is that he kissed her often on her “mouth” (because the Coptic letter “m” for mouth was undamaged) which is why it reads as such in the Gnostic Gospels (Meyer, 2005). Scholars disagree however, that the kiss signifies an intimate relationship between Jesus and Mary (Burstein, 2006) and say rather that it is symbolic of what is commonly called the “Kiss of Peace,” which is when one shakes hands at church with others (Burstein, 2006). The “Kiss of Peace” ritual is too new however, to be considered a symbolic reference to the kiss between Mary and Jesus. Scholars also say a kiss is symbolic in the early church a metaphor for giving birth (Burstein, 2006). This is odd because the symbolism of this metaphor may confirm rather than disprove an intimate relationship between them and supports the theory of a continued bloodline. None-the-less, this passage does not confirm nor deny a marriage between Jesus and Mary in the end.
Another clue in this passage is the word companion, translated from the Greek word koininos, which is more correctly translated as partner or consort (Burstein, 2006). According to Traditional Greek language a partner or consort was more commonly referred to as a woman a man has sex with (Burstein, 2006) and could thus imply marriage. This is widely debated because companion is also mentioned in reference to Jesus’ male disciples, but whether or not the companion was translated from the Greek word koininos is not known. Meanings get lost in translation quite a bit, especially going from Hebrew, to Greek then to English (Baigent, 2006). As in English, there are different words that mean similar things. Therefore, a different word for companion may have been used when referring to Jesus’ male disciples. Nonetheless this clue cannot confirm or deny a marriage between Jesus and Mary.
A clue regarding the relationship between Jesus and Mary can also be found in the Gnostic Book The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple, which states that Mary was in Jesus’ lap during the Last Supper (Meyer, 2005; Burstein, 2006). The Eucharist, which was the ritual performed at the last supper of the breaking of bread and drinking of wine may have been a reference to an ancient Pagan ritual, “based on the ancient rites of the mystical marriage” (Burstein, 2006, p. 101). The idea of the Eucharist as a marriage could be a physical representation or a metaphorical one in that the Goddess Demeter, from the Mysteries of Eleusius in ancient Greek Mythology is symbolised by bread and wine is a symbol of the Godman Dionysus (Burstein, 2006). Whether the performance of the Eucharist is taken literally or symbolically, it still points to a male-female relationship. Since the Eucharist is also mentioned in the canon, we may not need to turn to the non-canonical Gospels to find clues of their potential marriage.
Clues of the potential marriage or relationship between Jesus and Mary can be found right in the Bible; in the Gospel of Luke, as symbolism to a marriage. For example, Mary anoints Jesus with oil called spikenard (also referred to as nard); and then wipes his feet with her hair (; Burstein, 2006). The reference to the oil or perfume is important because it can also be found in John 12:3 “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet…And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” A clue to the significance of this oil can be found in the Old Testament’s Song of Solomon which is a Book depicting a deep love between a man and a woman (hence more than a friendship). Examples include “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out” (1:3) and “While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance” ().
Research into nard revealed it to be an Eastern perfume known to “waft around the bridegroom at the banquet table” (Burstein, 2006, p.77). The references to the perfume may therefore suggest that Jesus and Mary were more than friends.
Another clue of the potential marriage of Jesus and Mary can be found in John 11:2 “This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.” She not only anoints him with oil or perfume, but also wipes Jesus’ feet with her hair; as mentioned before (also found in Luke and John 12:3). The ritual of anointing the man and wiping his feet with hair has been known in older Greek traditions as a sacred ritual of marriage called “Hieros Gamos” (Burstein, 2006, p. 77; Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, 1996). Therefore, it seems as though the ritual of anointing with oil and wiping the feet denotes marriage, as well as the symbolism of the Eucharist: Both being a direct symbol of a potential marriage between Jesus and Mary.
While it is tempting to use only these references, these Books and Gospels were written long after the events they describe take place, making these references less than reliable. Thus, evidence that is more tangible may be necessary to draw any conclusions regarding the authenticity of the claim that Jesus was married. Thus, perhaps a deeper look into ancient Hebrew customs may be necessary.
The customs of the ancient Hebrew tradition at the time of Jesus state that only a husband can see a woman’s hair down (Burstein, 2006; Baigent, et al., 1996). If a woman lets her hair down to a man other than her husband, it was considered grounds for divorce (Burstein, 2006). In the Gospel of Philip, under the heading Pure Marriage it states “No one can know when a husband and wife have sex except those two, for marriage in this world is a mystery for those married (p. 82)…If marriage is exposed, it has become prostitution, and the bride plays the harlot” (Meyer, 2005, p. 83). Could this be an explanation for why Mary was perceived as a harlot or prostitute?
In regard to the ointment, this passage goes on to say “Let her show herself only to her father and her mother, the friend of the bridegroom, and the attendants of the bridegroom. They are allowed to enter the bridal chamber every day. But let the others yearn just to hear her voice and enjoy the fragrance of her ointment…” (Meyer, 2005, p. 83). The ointment is mentioned again here in association with marriage and perhaps this is where the idea that the bride must not be seen before the wedding comes from.
Another ancient Hebrew custom at the time of Jesus states that in order to be referred to or considered a rabbi, he had to be married (Baigent, et al., 1996). Jesus was referred to as rabbon (the word for rabbi) on many occasions throughout the New Testament (Burstein, 2006). In other words, Jesus would not be allowed to be referred to as a rabbi or represent God if he were not married! This (in the author’s opinion) is the most convincing argument for the marriage between Jesus and Mary.
In addition, according to the culture, the only person asked to have anything to do with food and wine preparation at a wedding is the bridegroom himself (Baigent, et al., 1996). A dig further into John 2:1 revealed that his mother was present at this wedding, and according to the Hebrew Tradition at that time, the only time a son was permitted to be accompanied to a wedding with his mother, was at his own wedding (Burstein, 2006; Baigent, et al., 1996). Speaking of wedding symbolism, according to the Pagan myth of the wedding between the Godman Dionysus and Ariadne (from the Eucharist symbolism mentioned earlier), he too turns water into wine as a symbol of marriage (Burstein, 2006). This suggests that the wedding at
There may be symbolic, metaphoric and even factual custom evidence for the idea that Jesus and Mary were married, but if they were married, where is the record or the marriage certificate? The DaVinci Code claims that the treasure found by a man named Saunier was indeed that of a marriage certificate certifying the marriage between Jesus and Mary.
Further investigation into the details regarding the discovery of Saunier revealed that Saunier was a priest who while modifying his chapel in Rennes-le-Chateau in
The inscription above the entranceway to the tower translates to “This place is terrible.” (Baigent, et al., 1982). The church also happened to be on the site belonging to the fourth Grand Master of the Knights Templar and there were also skeletal remains said to have been found at the site (Baigent, et al., 1996/82).
The DaVinci Code portrayed this secret treasure or codex found by Saunier as the documental evidence of the marriage between Jesus and Mary. Yet, what was actually found in that pillar is still speculation. One could however, postulate that it may have been documentation of a marriage between Jesus and Mary, especially if Saunier ended up rich after his meeting in
Did Jesus Continue a Bloodline?
Both The DaVinci Code and The Last Temptation of Christ suggest that Jesus and Mary were married (which we can now conclude with some certainty is an apt interpretation) but also suggest he had children or continued a bloodline. If the early church recognized a kiss as a metaphor for giving birth, this claim fits right in. The stories of the Holy Grail are stories of the lost Goddess, or the lost Sacred Feminine (Burstein, 2006; Baigent, et al., 1996/82; Brown, 2003), or Sangraal, which has also been translated to “holy blood” (Burstein, 2006; Baigent, et al., 1996/82). Thus, many of Brown’s (2003) ideas do fit nicely into the story because he proposes that Mary was pregnant at the time of the crucifixion.
Further research into this matter reveals that shortly after the crucifixion Mary fled to France (some sources say with Lazarus her brother) and claim she arrived in a town called Aix where there happens to be a ceremony and feast every year, still celebrated in her honour (Burstein, 2006). It was there that it was said Mary gave birth to a female child named Sarah (Baigent, et al., 1996/95).
The ceremony and feast may be the only tangible evidence of a potential bloodline, but Baigent et al. (1996) attempt to follow the bloodline to the present day only to be stuck half way. It is only when one accepts the Merovingian link that the Sangraal or holy blood can be traced to a family now residing in Milton Ontario. Therefore, there may not be enough evidence to conclude fully that Jesus indeed continued a bloodline. But whether these claims are true or not, the interpretations of Jesus’ life that differs from the Catholic interpretation, continues to be censored or banned.
Why Cover Up this Marriage and Potential Bloodline?
The biggest question from a censorship perspective is “Why is it so controversial to suggest Jesus was married?” One potential reason would be that the Roman Catholic Church would lose its influence over the masses. It would undermine and make people question the idea that Catholicism is the only “true religion, or true interpretation of Christianity” (author’s interpretation). If Jesus was married, he may have passed the true rites of Christianity to his wife or down through his bloodline if he were married and had children.
There does seem to be evidence for this idea because Mary was the first to see Jesus after the crucifixion (Mark 16:9). It was then that she was given the title “Apostle to the Apostles” (Burstein, 2006) and was told to relay the message that Jesus was resurrected the other disciples and Peter, (Mark 16:7). If there is anything that scholars and the Gospels Mathew, Mark, Luke and John agree on it is (1) that Mary was one of the female disciples that followed Jesus. (2) She was present at the foot of the cross with Jesus’ family during the crucifixion (3) Mary was the first person Jesus appeared to after the resurrection (Burstein, 2006) and (4) Mary was given the title “Apostle to the Apostles” by the Catholic Church to remedy the prostitute title against her.
What is interesting about this title is that it implies she may have been given a status higher than that of the other disciples. Thus, it does imply that she received something the other disciples did not. There may be evidence for this because the Gospel of Mary from the collection of Gnostic Gospels tells a story of how Peter got very angry with Mary because Jesus appeared to her first, and he actually made her cry (see Meyer, 2005, pp 37-41). Peter did not want to take orders from her and did not want to admit that Jesus picked her over him to receive the rites to Christianity. Peter was depicted throughout the Gnostic Gospels as a woman hater.
This interpretation of the event may be the most dangerous to the Catholic Church because they get their rite or interpretation of Christianity from Peter (and Paul). If it was realized what was really meant by Jesus giving Mary this title, then it would reveal that the Catholic interpretation might not be the true interpretation sanctioned by Jesus (not to mention poke holes in the Papal Infallibility). This could be one motivation to suppress and ban the idea of a marriage between Jesus and Mary; because if he were married, the rites to teach Christianity would be given to Mary, not Peter. Peter was always angry towards Mary and they were rivals.
Another potential reason for the banning of interpretations portrayed in The Last Temptations of Christ and The DaVinci Code, contrary to that of the interpretations upheld by the Catholic Church may have something to do with the point Brown (2003) is trying to get across in his movie The DaVinci Code. Brown (2003) points out that the role of women in the church is unsatisfactory and questions why women do not play a bigger role today when (according to the codices found at Nag Hammadi), women played a greater role in the past. There are curious questions about what happened in early Christianity that ended with women playing a marginal role today and it could be due to the idea that Christianity was passed down to a woman, rather than a man.
In the Gnostic Gospels, Jesus teaches a lot about egalitarianism and how women should be seen as equal to men (Meyer, 2005). This could be what caused most of the controversy with Jesus’ movement from the Jewish Orthodox and Roman Empires’ viewpoint. Egalitarian views were in direct violation of the Orthodox Jewish Tradition women were not to preach. The Orthodox sect also happened to be in cahoots with the Roman Empire (who also agreed women had no place in the church) and banded together as allies to do away with the Jewish Zealots who were attempting to revolt against the
Following Jesus’ crucifixion, a feud began over who was to continue the legacy and the teachings of Christ. Especially because there were many who did not want to believe the rites to teach Christianity were given to a woman. Thirty Gospels about the life and teachings of Jesus have been discovered over the years, and only four were made a part of the New Testament we read today (Burstein, 2006). This speaks to censorship and begs the question of why most of these Gospels are not a part of the canon.
The most common reason for censoring or banning these other Books is because they portray Jesus as a mere human. This included any Book or interpretation that did not see Jesus as more than human. Any writing inconsistent with the view of Peter or Paul were omitted from the canon because the Roman Catholic Church gets their interpretation of Christianity from Peter and Paul. Could alternate interpretations be banned to consolidate Roman control over the masses?
Another reason for the exclusion of some Books over others in the canon is that they did not conform to the Orthodox and Roman interpretation of church proceedings (as discussed earlier. The Orthodox Jews believe that women have no place in the synagogue. All popes and religious leaders in
Research regarding this issue is interesting because there does seem to be merit to the claim of a hidden agenda to keep men in power. If Jesus did pass the true rite to teach Christianity to a woman, then this event and the egalitarian message would be an enemy to the Romans because it leads to the notion that woman are sanctioned to teach the word of God and implies that woman can be teachers of doctrine. If this notion was truly an enemy of the Roman Empire, then the first step in preventing this movement would be to persecute and kill all women who showed signs of religious propensity or prophesy, especially Mary which is why she fled.
This inevitably led to the Witch Hunts and the killing of millions of women (Read, 1990). Therefore, any fruit of the woman or of feminine power was a threat to the structure of the
Other examples of the demonization of women and what they represent are: the menstrual cycle is referred to as “the curse” and women were exiled while menstruating. Women are represented as the dark side of the Yin Yang and the concept of dark and darkness has also been demonized. For example, villains were always depicted as wearing black. The English language is very biased towards men. The Earth is referred to as “Mother Earth” and is therefore seen as a thing to be conquered. It is also below heaven, which is a male characteristic according to Kabbalah (Matt, 1997), and hell is associated with below heaven and thus also with women. Emotional expression was considered to be more of a feminine quality; thus emotions were suppressed and considered to be a sign of weakness. As a consequence, rational capacities are considered superior and our culture has followed this lead. The struggle to keep men in power has been going on since the Fall itself (as it was woman who bit the apple and caused the fall and are thus evil). Therefore the patriarchal movement may have been at stake due to Jesus’ teachings and relationship with Mary. Unfortunately interpretations contradicting the Catholic interpretation are still being banned and it is not clear if we do still live in a patriarchal society.
If Jesus’ egalitarian teachings are true and women are indeed equal to men, then nature will find a way to balance the scales. Women are climbing to many high places where only men used to be. There may be a “glass ceiling” effect still in place, but there does seem to be a shift toward equality. Especially because the number of women in university compared to men is significant. This means that in the future women may be more educated than men and thus be more qualified to get the higher paying jobs. Also, emotional or intuitive capacities are now considered to be equally valuable as rational capacities in Psychology (Personal communication J. Mitterer, 2009), and men are diagnosed as being ill if they cannot get in touch with their emotions (
Both Jesus and Buddha taught the importance of the Middle way or balance, and this pattern can be seen throughout history. When one force rises up, the other rises back in response and the Earth maintains its balance. The biggest evidence for the need for equality or balance between male and female energies can be found in the balance created by the Earth after the Witch Hunts. The pope at the time (Pope Gregory IX) was also burning the cats because apparently they too were evil: This led to an imbalance in the food chain causing an unusual number of rats and plague was the result (Copley, 2008). Ironically, the plague killed an overwhelming amount of men compared to women, thus restoring the balance of the sexes to the Earth (Read, 1990).
The search for a reason why these two films were banned may have uncovered an ancient battle of the sexes or the struggle for men to retain power. This speaks to a problematic bias in our culture that may perpetuate opposition rather than complimentary tendencies. If The Last Temptation of Christ and The DaVinci Code were to sit down and dialogue with one another, they would probably end up agreeing with everything said. This would eventually lead to going out for a beer and the new found friendship would then make the Catholic Church very nervous.
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Figure 1: The damaged parchment showing the passage on her m[outh] (Burstein, 2006, p. 126).
The spot referred to is not part of the damage on the outside of the parchment, but the only whole in the middle.
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Taoism / Buddhism
The yin yang represents the male and female attributes fused into a unifying symbol
Lots of male/female union symbolism ;) if you know what I mean nudge nudge wink wink (see Kama Sutra). One way enlightenment is reached is through sexuality and orgasm, according to the Hindu tradition. Also, the male God = Shiva and the Female God or feminine energy of the universe = Shakti.
Triangle = male
Inverted triangle = female
Together = the star of David
"On the day that God created Adam, in the likeness of God He created him, male and female He created them. He blessed them and called their name Adam...Genesis 5:1-2
Talmud "Any man who does not have a wife is without joy, without blessing, without goodness.
From the Zohar - Blessings are found only where male and female are found. A human being is only called Adam when male and female are as one."
In all Kabbalistic writings God" makes up both T'firet (male) and Shekkhinah (female) entities.
(chapter XLII) Mathers
"And when He wisheth to separate them He causedth an ecstasy (or trance) to fall upon Microprosopus, and separateth the Woman from His back. And He conformeth all Her conformations, and hideth Her even unto Her day, on which She is ready to be brought before the Male.(1028-1029) And when they are associated together , then are They mutually mitigated in that day on which all things are mitigated. And therefore are the judgements mitigated mutually and restored to order... (v1039).
Talks about two souls within a crystal skull that are waiting to be released at the end of times to reveal the secrets of their culture (who were said to be survivors of Atlantis). Why couldn't these two characters be male and female counterparts?
Jesus = male
Mary = female
Their story and symbolism = the story of Sophia Wisdom and Consciousness, Hercules and Helen, Aphrodite and her journey through moral values back to her father, Dionysus and Demeter, Hermes and Persephone, story of Phado, Herodotus, Elohim and Eden, Adam and Eve (who also has another side like these other famous characters - Lilith) ...(Sources include Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein and some from Gnostic Gospels of Jesus - Meyer)
= the keys to the kingdom of heaven
Gospel of Thomas
"and when you make male and female one, so that the male is no longer male and the female no longer female, then you shall reach the kingdom of heaven."
Gospel of Philip
"If the female had not separated from the male, the female and the male would not have died. The separation of male and female was the beginning of death. Christ came to heal the separation that was from the beginning and reunite the two, in order to give life to those who died through separation and unite them.
When Eve was in Adam, there was no death. When she was separated form him, death came. If she enters into him again and he embraces her, death will cease to be.
?The father of all united with the virgin who came down, and fire shone on him. On that day that one revealed the great bridal chamber, and in this way his body came into being. On that day he came forth from the bridal chamber as one born of a bridegroom and a bride. So, Jesus established all within it, and it is fitting for each of the disciples to enter into his rest.?
Rest is our inheritance, the treasure of heaven
Check this out!!!!! Here are the English translations of the Hebrew names from Adam (following Seth's line cuz Abel was killed by Cain who was banished)
Genealogy of Genesis (Missler, 1998 ? yfiles.com)
Hebrew Name English Translation
MAHALALEL THE BLESSED GOD
JARED SHALL COME DOWN
METHUSELAH HIS DEATH SHALL BRING
Is it a coincidence that the meanings of the names make a sentence? ?Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring (the) despairing,... rest.?
The Science of the Tree of Life: A Comparison between Catholic and Jewish Mysticism
By Sandra Kroeker MA, September 2017
In an obscure night
Fevered with love's anxiety
(O hapless, happy plight!)
I went, none seeing me
Forth from my house, where all things quiet be
The poem the Dark Night or the Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross is a story of a mystical journey.
The dictionary definition of mysticism is up on the board. Mysticism takes many forms and it could be said that to any orthodox religion, there is a mystical sect. Judaism has Kabbalah, Islam has Sufism, monks meditating in Hindu and Buddhist temples practice the mystical aspect. Roughly, the difference between religious dogma and spiritual mysticism would be that religion is a group learning of how prophets or other notable figures have achieved oneness with the Creator, whereas mysticism is a personal, individual path or connection. The lines between them can be blurry, but basically one is more external whereas the other is more internal.The poem by St. John of the Cross is used as a guide by many Carmelite mystics such as Edith Stein, whom is the topic of the conference with weekend, St. Teresa of Avila (a contemporary of St. John of the Cross), Simone Weil (whom was the focus of last year’s conference), Mother Therese (whose dark night crisis void lasted almost all her life due to her “doubt of the existence of eternity” (Wikipedia). Stein’s commentary is very similar to St. John of the Cross, I will be referring to them both in my analysis of Catholic mysticism. My major reference for Kabbalah, or Jewish Mysticism is the Zohar, mysticism is about liberation from material desires and to unite with the Creator, rather than the material world. (Of course, I’m not going to pretend I know everything about either of these mystical traditions).
Basically, there are two major aspects to Catholic mysticism, that of the purification of the senses and the purification of the spirit. There are 3 stages to each purgation, journey, illumination and union. There are 10 stages along the journey, one for each stanza of the poem referred to as the 10 steps on the secret ladder which was originally derived partially from Aristotle and mostly from Saint Thomas Aquinas’s 10 steps on the ladder of mystical love. And this is where we can see David’s interest in the topic. I will not have time to go through each rung or stage, but will instead cover some of the major aspects such as the denial of the senses (stage 1), taking up the cross (stage 2) and uniting the upper and lower aspects of the soul or psyche (stage 4).
KabbalahRelating this to Kabbalah, the first thing learned in Kabbalah 1 is to beware of our senses and to teach that this whole visible universe is only 1% of the actual universe. The senses are set up to generate the illusion of this world, or the lower world, referred to as Malchut.
On the diagram of the tree of life, which is Kabbalah’s symbol, you can see Malchut at the bottom. This diagram says Shekinah, which is the female aspect of God, Tiferet being the male. When we rely only on our senses, then we are ignorant of the rest of the Tree of Life.
Like the ladder idea, one can move up or down the ladder depending on the 2 types of receiving. If one receives for the self alone, then that person would proceed down the ladder and away from union with God and if one receives for the sake a sharing, that person would climb up the ladder; getting closer to God. In this tree there are three columns, the right column of Abraham representing the Guiding light on the path towards God, the left column of Isaac, representing the earthbound focus and potential for evil and the central column of Jacob representing unity or union and balance. Here we could see the journey through the material world and into the spiritual world to arrive at a union, much like Catholic mysticism. However, in Kabbalah, the union with God in is more of a union of the left and right columns in balance which represents the central column that then leads to unity with God (there is also an upper lower balance, but will talk about that later on).
In Kabbalah, God is likened the sun (not worshipped as), always burning and visible in space. But, humans are trapped in Malchut, or the world, which turns and obscures the light by its rotation. This analogy is used to describe the path of enlightenment because our negative or selfish attitudes create distance from the Creator by creating around us shell-like veils called Klipot. Each new seed of doubt or negativity creates a new shell around us, further obscuring our view of the light that is in fact, always there shining. Therefore, God never abandons a soul; the soul just can’t see the Light (and this is how it relates to the Dark Night). So, although both types of mysticism agree to beware of our senses and agree that we can move up or down on the ladder, there are some differences.Similar to the Dark night of the soul, Kabbalah also discusses a journey through darkness or danger that requires introspection. This is what the Zohar says:
It goes against the grain of [hu]man’s nature to look inward and reflect upon one’s own
amoral attributes. Our five senses are steadfastly tuned towards the external environment
around us. The introspection and self-scrutiny performed by the sages, serves as a
timeless repository of energy available to us through the Hebrew letters [in the portion
Lech Lecha when Abraham went down to Egypt where] where we can acquire the inner strength to go deep into one’s self and expel the hardhearted qualities from our character. (Zohar, vol 3, p.62)
In this portion of the Zohar Abraham goes to Egypt which is symbolic of his journey to be completed by the right column, as this is the column he represents as discussed earlier. This is part of his correction or tikkun. Therefore, the Jewish mystical path is about one’s personal and individual correction and everyone is on their own path or journey. If one can miraculously correct their own individual tikkun, then that person moves on to help correct the collective tikkun or to ‘heal the Fall that was from the beginning’To correct his personal tikkun, Abraham “descended into negative regions to retrieve and elevate the sparks trapped in the dark recesses of our being” (p/62). Here we can see a clear similarity between Catholic and Jewish Mysticism. First, we must divest ourselves from the external focus of our senses, then after a certain point travelling upward on the ladder, one goes through a period of darkness to correct our faults in order to elevate the soul to God. This is an introspective journey that requires expulsion of negative, hardhearted and selfish qualities from our character. To provide a bit more detail regarding his personal journey, here are some quotes from the Zohar.
Denial of the Senses and DesiresAccording to Edith Stein, the first point of departure is the detachment of the appetites of the material world [and] the desire for the things of this world, which the soul must renounce. But the renunciation transplants her into darkness and as thought into nothingness” (p. 45). The denial of the senses is called the ‘Passive Night’ and is consistent with the Bible as Luke 14:33 states “Whoever does not renounce all that the will possesses cannot be my disciple” (p. 47).
Taking up the CrossIn the second stage, Stein says to take up the cross or “Sustain always the desire to imitate Christ in all things and to bring your life into conformity with his” (p. 48). Therefore, in order to do this one must “study his life in order to imitate it and behave always as he would. <<WWJD>>. Stein says to take up the cross which is to imitate Christ and to study his life, but says on the same page that this means to search out difficulty, unpleasantness, trouble and displeasure. She says to calm and order the natural passions of joy, hope, fear and sorrow. But, I am wondering where joy and hope come into a life of unpleasant difficult, troublesome displeasure, which strangely enough, doesn’t line up with what Christ would do or said to do. If one thoroughly studied and understood his life, there would be a different course of action involved.
This is where an interesting split occurs between Catholic and other mystical traditions. Catholic mysticism like Stein’s seem to focus more on the negative or the nothingness experience, sometimes to the point of producing guilt or even self mortification. I do not recall ever reading that Jesus did or said anything of the sort. He may have been a little doomsday apocalyptic, but in saying to deny desires does not necessarily mean to seek out the opposite. Don’t get me started on binaristic thinking! In the Gospel of Q, which is recognized by scholars as being a written collection of Jesus’ teachings, Jesus states “How fortunate are the poor; they have God’s kingdom. How fortunate the hungry; they will be fed. How fortunate are those who are crying; they will laugh” it doesn’t say, seek out poverty, hunger and sadness. Gospel Q also says “love your enemies, do good and lend without expecting anything in return. (Mack, p.83). This is consistent with the Kabbalistic idea of receiving for the sake of sharing. Stein says to seek out what’s unrestful, but the Bible is full of promises of rest. The world is already so full of disappointments and unpleasantness that Christ came to give us rest from it, he does not say to seek it. So, this is a major difference between Catholic and other mystical understandings.
On his journey from place to place he challenged the status quo making him an activist. in the Gospel of Thomas 39 he says: “The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered, nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so” (Meyer, 2005, p.14). In the Gospel Q he says “Shame on you Pharisees! For you are scrupulous about giving a tithe of mint and dill and cumin to the priests, but you neglect justice and the love of God” (Mack p. 92). Gospel Q: “Shame on you Pharisees for you clean the outside of the cup…but inside you are full of greed” (p.92). <<I apologize for the one picture, let’s just chalk that up to the ‘Grand Mystery of personal freedom 😉>>.To act like Jesus and to be like him would mean to challenge the status quo and be a political revolutionary; perhaps even start a revolution.
There are many examples of
vegetarianism in the Bible. <<Just point and move on>>. Genesis
1:30 “to everything that creepeth on the earth…I have given every green herb
for meat” Genesis 9:4 “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood
thereof, ye shall not eat” He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man”
(Isaiah 66:3). “Do not mix with …gluttonous eaters of meat, his drowsiness will
clothe the man in rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21). There are other passages against
animal sacrifice. “I delight not in the blood of bullocks, lambs, or of
he-goats. When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: Yea,
when ye make any prayers, I will not hear, for your hands are full of blood”
(Isaiah 1:5). “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could
take away sins” (Hebrew 10:4).
Kabbalah would not say we had to act like Jesus, or imitate the actions of any prophet, making it different from Catholic mysticism. Kabbalists follow the formula for extracting light from any given situation. Therefore, taking up the cross would mean something different to each person because, depending on the person and their circumstances each person has their own tikkun or correction. The correction of Moses was different from the correction of David. Kabbalah discusses that we bring with us the correction from the last life and even from every incarnation if that person has not done work in their life to correct their mistakes or negative thoughts. The Kabbalistic equivalent to taking up the cross would be to set course on one’s personal correction or tikkun. The only time persons may have the same correction would be if they have reached the stage of correcting the collective tikkun of the Fall (like Jesus). Therefore, Catholic and Jewish mysticism differ in regard to taking up the cross and other forms of mysticism disagree with the Catholic interpretation of what it means to take up the cross. Next, I will discuss the union of the upper and lower parts of the soul or psyche which is another stage in the journey.
Uniting the upper and lower Fourth Stanza: Night of the Spirit (Midnight)
In this stage Stein says one enters another night, one that is darker because it doesn’t blind the senses, but blinds the spirit. St. John of the Cross says, “For then the spirit, which is the higher part, is moved to pleasure and delight in God; and the sensual nature, which is the lower part, is moved to pleasure and delight of the senses” (p.21). So, here we have the idea of a split soul, with two parts. According to St. John of the Cross, success in this stage would mean that “Both the higher and the lower ‘portions of the soul’ are now tranquillized and prepared for the desired union with the Spouse” (p.21). Therefore, we must unite the two parts (like we must unite the two columns of left and right).
Here we see the binaristic idea of having two sides that need uniting. This concept is consistent with many other allegories that discuss the fall and redemption of the soul or psyche. The most famous pagan version being that of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter represents the pure psyche and Persephone represents the fallen psyche (Burstein, 2006, p. 96). “The original Christians adapted this into their myth of Sophia- the Christian Goddess whose name means ‘wisdom’” (Burstein, 2006, p. 90-91). Sophia had two aspects, that of mother and girl, pure and fallen or virgin vs whore. Linking this to Kabbalah, “Sophia was already being venerated by Jewish and pagan mystics before the rise of Christianity” (Burstein, 2006, p. 91). According to Burstein (2006), a pagan philosopher named Porphyry explains that the Egyptian Goddess Isis is “equivalent to both Demeter and Persephone…In Egyptian mythology, the higher and lower aspects of the Goddess are represented by Isis and her sister Nephthys, the wife of the evil god Set, who, like Hades, represents the material world” (p. 97). As we might know, Set killed Isis’ husband Osiris. Here we have the idea of uniting the upper world with the lower world.
Eventually this myth was extracted by Catholicism, but survived through the fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, where the fallen psyche is the one sleeping in a fog of forgetfulness. Linking this back to the Story of Sophia and the mythical mission of Jesus to rescue her lost or fallen psyche. This of course is consistent with the Kabbalistic and Gnostic idea that Christ’s mission is to heal the union between the male and female aspects of God as discussed in the Gospel of Phillip earlier. Adam and Eve also represent this story of the “fall of the soul into incarnation.” The symbol of the virgin Mary as the mother and Mary Magdalene as the redeemed whore. She became redeemed because it was actually Mary of Bethel who was the prostitute.
Joining the pure and fallen theme is the redemption aspect. There are many others including Plato’s Phaedo which suggests a fall and redemption of the psyche, the myth of Aphrodite, who has a pure and fallen nature, Plotinus “explains that in essence she is ‘Aphrodite of the Heavens’, but ‘here she has turned whore’” (as cited by Burstein, 2006, p. 95). Plotinus links the myth of Kronos and Zeus to God and Jesus, God as the higher psyche and Jesus the lower who is stuck in a mid position. “he stands between a greater father and an inferior son” (Plotinus, 1917-1930, p. 433). Edith Stein refers to Jesus as a door: Stein (2005) says “From this, truly spiritual souls may come to understand the mystery of Christ as the door and the way to union with God…” (p. 63). Therefore, he is a mediator between heaven and earth or the upper and the lower. Then there is the myth of Helen, which compares the story of Sophia with that of Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey regarding abduction and rescue. “According to the Pythagoreans, Helen is a symbol of the psyche and her abduction represents the fall of the psyche into incarnation” (Burstein, 2006, p. 94). Therefore, it might be safe to say that the idea of the union of the upper and lower parts of the soul is not unique to Catholic mysticism.
Bringing it back to Kabbalah, the idea of uniting the upper and the lower is also about being a mediator. In last weeks lesson on Kabbalah University, Rav Michael Berg explains that we should desire to fight for a balance between the upper and lower worlds. If we are too spiritual and neglect our part in the physical world, we are out of balance. If we are too focused on the lower world and material things we are also out of balance. Our goal is to be the mediator in creating a balance between the two worlds. He says that if we see flooding, or drought etc. this is caused by us, for not having a proper balance between the two. This may be where Kabbalah differs from the monastic forms of mysticism which are very internally focused.
SymbolismIn Kabbalah, after one unites the left and right columns and/or becoming androgynous, the collective correction is to ‘heal the Fall,’ which entails uniting the upper and lower worlds. On the Tree of Life, this also means to unite the male and female aspects of God. On the diagram, we see the female (Malchut- representing the lower world) and the six emanations or Sephirot above representing the male aspect called Zeir Anpin. Tiferet, being the ‘Holy Blessed One’ in the centre. (The three most upper Sephirot are Arch Anpin, but that was covered elsewhere in my “Gnostic Gospels and the Sacred Feminine” presentation).
In its ancient usage, the upright triangle was used to represent the male and the inverted triangle, the female. Therefore, the Star of David is also a symbol representing a male and female union. Linking this concept to quantum physics, the big bang is fission, perhaps the end of the world is a fusion of the upper and lower worlds.Another point in which they differ, besides those already discussed is that Catholic mysticism focuses more on nothingness than eternity. Ein Sof, or Ayn Sof (/eɪn sɒf/, Hebrew: אין סוף), in Kabbalah, is understood as God prior to his self-manifestation in the production of any spiritual realm. Ein Sof may be translated as "unending", "(there is) no end", or infinity. Ayn in itself is the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is represented by an eye that is ever watching. It also represents humility, which as said by Stein to be key to the 3rd stanza or stage in the mystical journey. What is very interesting is that Ayn is also the 16th letter of the Phaeacian alphabet and look what I found when searching for images of the Tree of Life.