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Shabbat Message: Re-Creating Unity

The essence of Shabbat is to recreate or re-enact part of the process of creation and to plug into the energy of the original seven day cycle so as to remember our original template, which is unity, completeness and Love.

Shabbat begins and ends with the ritual of lighting candles and takes us into a space of conscious living, where we are in a space of perpetual unity, aware of Alaha, our Creator, aware that we are created, and aware that this day is elevated through our actions. We are reminded of the importance to be in presence throughout the Shabbat day as Creation is happening now, in this moment.

Peace, Shalom, is the theme of the day. Shalom, although translated as peace, means completeness, wholeness, unification. As we step into Shabbat, all the teachings and experiences that we receive are taken into the week ahead, applying a wisdom, a revelation given to us by communing with the Shekhinah, the Holy Spirit, the Divine Feminine Presence.

As we are in the month of Adar 2, we prepare ourselves to receive the festivity of Purim. Many people just see this as a Jewish Holiday, yet these are powerful portals that existed before religion, these are portals that Yeshua, Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, the Christ lineage, honored and aligned with.

On this Shabbat day, the following quote came to me in my morning practice as I was contemplating on the teachings of Purim, and I felt this a beautiful teaching for today and the week ahead:

They gathered themselves together [as one]. The Book of Esther.

These words ask us to reflect on our unity. How often do we find our thoughts scattered, our intentions misaligned with our actions, or our words not reflecting our true feelings? This dissonance can lead to a sense of internal exile, where parts of ourselves feel fragmented or disconnected.

The act of gathering ourselves together is a recognition of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. It is an acknowledgment of the divine orchestration at play in our lives, inviting us to live in harmony with all that exists.

This unity lifts and propels us forward, encouraging us to carry this oneness into our interactions with the world. As we gather—whether in solitude or in the company of loved ones—we embody the essence of unity, weaving together the scattered pieces of our being into a coherent whole.

Let us explore how the story of Isis and Osiris can deepen our understanding of these themes, especially in the context of Shabbat.

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Isis and Osiris embody the ultimate story of loss, love, unity, and resurrection. Osiris, the first Pharaoh of Egypt and a deity of fertility and rebirth, was treacherously killed and dismembered by his brother Set, the god of chaos and destruction. Set scattered Osiris's body parts across Egypt to ensure he could never be resurrected. Isis, Osiris’s devoted wife and goddess of magic and healing, embarked on a profound journey to recover and reunite the pieces of her husband's body. With the help of her sister Nephthys, and the gods Thoth and Anubis, Isis reassembled Osiris's body and, through her powerful magic, resurrected him long enough to conceive their son, Horus. Although Osiris could not remain in the world of the living and became the lord of the underworld, his resurrection by Isis marked the triumph of love and order over chaos and despair.

This story, much like the practice of gathering ourselves together on Shabbat, symbolizes the reunification of fragmented parts into a harmonious whole. It speaks to the power of love, devotion, and determination to restore balance and wholeness, even in the face of overwhelming darkness and disarray. Isis’s journey reflects our own spiritual endeavors to collect the scattered pieces of our soul, to heal and reintegrate aspects of ourselves that have been lost or suppressed.

Through the lens of this ancient narrative, we can appreciate the significance of rituals like Shabbat that remind us of our inherent oneness. Just as Isis used her divine gifts to resurrect Osiris, we are called upon to use our own abilities to promote unity within ourselves and our communities, to align our actions, words, and intentions, and to manifest our spiritual essence in the world.

In Yeshua´s Lords Prayer in Aramaic, he uses the word "Lachma" or Lachme, which, although translated as bread, is a plea for unity in a spiritual meaning of the word — the reintegration of our fragmented selves into a cohesive whole. In the context of the prayer, it is a recognition of our often scattered existence, with parts of our being dispersed across various concerns, desires, and states of consciousness. Through this lens, asking for our "daily bread" becomes a profound request for the divine to gather and unify these disparate parts of ourselves, to nourish them into harmony.

We can also read these lines from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene:

"All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone."

Today, as we light the Shabbat candles, let us remember the power of unity and rebirth. Let us reflect on the ways we can gather the disparate parts of our being, heal our divisions, and step into a more integrated, holistic expression of our true selves. In doing so, we honor the timeless teachings of love, resurrection, and the endless cycle of renewal that unifies our existence.

I would like to thank all of you who were part of the Kabbalistic Astrology workshop on March 14th. The energy of our sacred circle was incredibly powerful.

Sending love to all of you.

Shabbat Shalom.


Ana Otero

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