Here are some references that may help get you in the right direction.
That is seeking beyond the normal constrictions we place on ourselves so that we can actually see that forest though all the trees.
Again, whether or not you see the relevance to the post is up to you.
Everything is a choice and everything we see is a perspective... that can change.
In Judaism there are 4 methods of understanding Torah/Bible.
1) Pshat - simple
2) Remez - hints
3) Drash - allegory
4) Sod - secret
I wont go into detail at this point, but I will say that Jesus use of parables is indeed a vary Jewish tradition. But does this surprise anyone? I
suppose the 'literalist' it may, but then again they are not busy observing the life of Christ but the 'letter of the law'.
Which is to say that they contradict themselves through their unwillingness to see the picture...full picture in context.
"I can show you the door Neo but you have to walk through" - Morpheus.
And for his/her mind who is not open, they will not listen to any reason or argument.
But a seed is planted, non-the-less. If they act upon it is soley up to them.
"The first act of awakening is an act of grace, after that its up to you" - paraphrase Eckhart Tolle (E.T.) from audio book "A New Earth"
various 'thought' lines
"All the prophets proceed in the path (of our teacher Moshe) to straighten the path of the people, to enlighten their eyes with the wisdom and
secrets of the Torah, this by the power of the Holy spirit cloaked within them." - sh. kedusha pt. 3 gt. 3
"Many have the misunderstanding that the prophetic experience is something physical, happening outside themselves. This is not true" - Rab A.
Tzadok - Yikrah B'Shmi pg. 38
"This is the secret of the sons of the prophets, that musical instruments were used (see 1 Sam. 10:5), for by the beat of the music and the melodious
voice, they were able to..." Sha'arei Kedusha - Pt 4. gate 2 - R. Haim Vital
"And I will pour my spirit upon all flesh, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams and your young men will see visions.
Even on the servants and the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit...It shall be that whoever calls in the name of HaShem shall be
delivered." - Joel 3: 1-4
"Be it man or woman, Jew or Gentile...all can receive Ruah HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit, i.e. Divine Inspiration), all in accordance with one's
Tana D'vei Eliyahu (The teachings of the prophet Elijah, Eliya Raba, Chap. 9 / Yikrah B'Shmi)
The above is a great starter point in learning to launch past the comfort zone of ones thinking. It is NOT
meant to be taken as a belief system
or something to get lost in endless debate with.
It is meant to help see past words and to concepts...ideas...those things which slip through our fingers as we cling so vehemently to words which
loose their meaning as soon as it goes through anothers grid system.
Perhaps you would like a specific reference to a school of prophets.
Well I would highly recommend to read and re-read and keep reading the O.T. until you get past the words and see the actions, which speak louder than
This, also, would help to unite the body of Christ, as the denominational split is because of everyone taking and filtering one sentence from the
Bible through their own view point.
An easy example is the life of Jesus.
People get lost in the semantic of words and justify all kinds of evils in his name when his life clearly did not demonstrate any of the actions they
show which they say is "in his name."
also the actions help put perspective and clarification on whats happening.
What is it?
What is prophesy? Is it magic? What is magic? What is kabbalah?
Is the words starting to fall apart? Good...once the words fall apart the ego breaks down and then "God can speak to you"...or in other words you
can start to see what is in the front of your nose.
If there was prophesy, how did it work?
Did God possess them? What info do we have on this?
What habits and patterns do the stories in the O.T. show.
Is there indeed a specific reference? Is there an indirect reference?
(seek and find whats hiding in the Bible.)
We learn, and again this point has been brought up time and again, through a sincere search.
Jesus promised that the one who searched with all their heart and not within the confines of ones own religion or in the confines of how one
interprets one text...the one who seeks with "all" their heart will find.
But to do this you have to get rid of fear....But this is not something to struggle with, per say...its more about learning love. Love for oneself.
Acceptance, and this goes towards others and then things work themselves out.
But if one is not open, even telling them they are not open doesnt work.
At the same time, who am I to judge who is open? I dont know what or where that person is at...and again we are not really communicating. We have
words going back and forth trying to relay a concept and idea in hopes that it will be understood.
p.s. - and observation of Jewish tradition would seem to make one believe that indeed prophesy was not God just jumping in a few people and
I have a book on it before me now from a Orthodox Sephardic Rabbi on prophesy.
(how to book/practical) - Yikrah B'Shmi - Call Upon My Name by Rabbi Ariel Tzadok at koshertorah.com
(Bunch of free pdf files in the online library for those who can find the link on the site)
In not asking anyone to believe what Im saying...Im just asking them to open their minds and ask questions. But we dont like feeling like we dont know
Truth is look at the universe...there is so much we dont know...time to get used to it and relax and stop pretending (to ourselves) that we know it
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