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Deep Sleep of Man and the Spiritual Awakening

“For God saw that Adam could not then generate magically, having entered with his lust into vanity. Now therefore Moses saith, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, and he slept; that is, seeing man would not continue in the Obedience of the Divine harmony in the Properties, submitting himself to stand still as an instrument of the Spirit of God; therefore God suffered him to fall from the Divine harmony into a harmony of his own, viz., into the awakened properties of Evil and god; the spirit of his Soul went into these.
“And there in this sleep he died from the Angelic World, and fell under the power of the outward Fiat, and thus bade farewell to his Eternal Image which was of God’s begetting.” ~Jacob Boehme

Magical Generation

In the paragraphs preceded the above quote, Boehme tells us that at one time man was capable of procreation without sex. He could simply think offspring into existence and they would magically appear. Man could do this for almost anything. To some degree, we still do, though we are not consciously aware of it.

So magical generation was more than the ability to have offspring. It was the ability to create the world around us. But, Boehme adds, this could be allowed only so long as man used this creative power in accordance with “Divine Harmony” or the Will of God. When man stopped doing that, he was kicked out of Heaven much as a human parent will send a child who is misbehaving to his room. This is not punishment. God is not a sadist looking for opportunities to harm us. It is a teaching tool He uses to teach us lessons. Misbehave in heaven, you get kicked out for a time. Continue reading “Deep Sleep of Man and the Spiritual Awakening”

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Awaken from the Sleep of Sin and Deception

The Sleep of Sin

“Joyous today were the Watchers, that the Wakeful came to wake us! Who would pass this night in slumber, in which all the world was watching? Since Adam brought into the world the sleep of death by sins, the Wakeful came down that that He might awake us from the deep sleep of sin. Watch not we as usurers, who thinking on money put to interest, watch at night so oft, to reckon up their capitol, and interest. Wakeful and cautious is the thief, who in the earth hath buried and concealed his sleep. His wakefulness all comes to this, that he may cause much wakefulness to those that sleep. …
“For whoever is like this clear One, wakeful and powerful in darkness, him in this darkness visible a light unseen surrounds! The bad man that in daylight stands, yet as a son of darkness deals; though with light clad outwardly, inside is with darkness girt. Be we not deceived, beloved, by the fact that we are watching!” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

The convoluted and archaic language makes this quite difficult to understand, especially if you have limited experience with the spiritual. Let’s see if we can break it down into something understandable.

The “watchers” mentioned in the early part of the quote could also be called “the seekers”, namely those of us who seek spiritual enlightenment. The Wakeful (note the capitalization) clearly represents a holy being, a Light Being or Angel. St. Ephraim is calling this being “Wakeful” meaning that he is one who awakens us from our spiritual sleep, from the sleep of illusion, the sleep of sin. This sleep is the sleep in which we accept the physical, material world at face value. We don’t question it’s reality, we don’t question it’s permanence, we don’t ask,”is there something more?”. This is the sleep of the spirit and soul. The spirit and soul are in a dormant state, a kind of coma, when we come into the material world, and the Wakeful one try to awaken us from that sleep. St. Ephraim goes on to warn that those of us who spend too much time collecting and counting our money, in other words, those who become too attached to the material, make it harder for us to awaken, or be awakened by the efforts of the Wakeful. Continue reading “Awaken from the Sleep of Sin and Deception”