Monday, November 01, 2010
The jeweled cloud sways overhead,
Meanwhile, our cells are turning to air,
finer and finer
arrangements of light.
from Marrow of Flame
The Merkabah Riders
In earlier centuries, certain cabalists (Hebrew mystics) sought to construct an inner vehicle that could in a flash carry them to God. This vehicle was perceived as a chariot, and these aspirants were known as the “Merkabah riders.”
Today the vocabulary has changed, but the impulse remains. The lightworkers of our modern world also seek to rise, to transcend ordinary reality and enter a plane of higher awareness through inner alchemy.
We call it “alchemy” because it is based on the principle of transformation, the turning of base metal into gold, refining and tuning the inner being until its essential nature is achieved.
Many cultures express this longing for ascent toward a higher reality. The shaman in his flight to the sun, the yogi’s search for enlightenment through the cultivation of the inner energies, the religious mystic’s striving toward union with the Beloved--all seek to attain the “higher frequency” which is a final ecstasy, surrender of self to boundless reality, where one may drown in the ocean of endless love. This is what Chris Griscom was speaking of when she wrote "Ecstasy is a new frequency."
Certainly, Kundalini is one of the paths toward such ascent. By its very nature it transforms not only the nervous system but (I believe) the very cells themselves. Through its operation we indeed become "finer and finer arrangements of light."
Thus all of us who aspire to such union, such swimming in the sea of bliss, are “Merkabah riders” and our chariots are our own subtle bodies, our own inner vehicles of light and joy.
Here are some additional commentaries on the meaning of "Merkabah":
Merkabah (Hebrew: מֶרְכַּבְ ,מרכבה, and מִרְכֶּבֶת "chariot", derived from the consonantal root r-k-b with general meaning "to ride") is the throne-chariot of God, the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four "chayot" (Hebrew: "living creatures"), each of which has four wings and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle.......
Jewish biblical commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world.[4
(Both of above from Wikipedia)
Merkaba, also spelled Merkabah, is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. "Mer" means Light. "Ka" means Spirit. "Ba" means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy as in DNA, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another.
Merkabah is commonly known as a “Lightbody”: a chariot or vehicle that is used for inter-dimensional travel by Masters and Spiritual seekers.
http://humanityhealing.net/2010/07/intentional-merkabah (includes link to youtube video)
In an interesting synchronicity, Ivan Granger of the Poetry Chaikhana chose this poem for his site today and followed it with a commentary which also described various means of ascent:
In these few brief lines, she seems to be exploring how spiritual transformation is also a physical transformation down to the cellular level. Our bodies become "finer and finer arrangements of light..." What a great line! I imagine the body as a shimmering web of filaments and cells, somehow elevated, made lighter, subtler, and vivified by the infusion of new awareness so the body's network reorganizes itself into ever more artistic patterns of itself. You'll find intimations of this idea in various sacred traditions. The . The body of bliss. Having a new body in Christ. The Kabbalist's Merkava. The perfected body in alchemy. The shaman's body. The adamantine body in Buddhism. The Taoist's immortal body. Often these epithets are taken quite literally, even by advanced practitioners. But this 'perfected,' 'immortal' body is not necessarily free from difficulties and deathless in the physical sense. What most mystics speak of with these terms is that the body has been recollected into the full awareness: It is whole, complete. The body knows itself and knows it is alive. It is immortal in the sense that it knows itself to be alive. This is a way of explaining that the identity, while expressing itself through the body, no longer imagines itself to be contained in the body, so when the dies, the body of awareness continues to live. Most importantly, the body becomes a vehicle capable of participating in the greater wholeness of divine union. Meanwhile, our cells are turning to air, finer and finer arrangements of light.
(I seem to be having considerable difficulties with font size today--please forgive.--Dorothy)