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What is prayer? Why do we pray? What do we say when we pray? What

What is prayer? Why do we pray? What do we say when we pray? What happens when we pray? This study is about answering these questions, through examples in Scripture and ancient texts as well as my personal interpretation and experience.

I always thought that it is not important to pray because YHVH knows everything, my needs and my future, I serve Him and He looks after me so why bother asking Him things that He already knows. Then I read in the Gospels that Y’shua spend a lot of time in prayer and surely He is more connected to the Father than I am and He felt the need to pray, sometimes throughout the whole night. This put the emphasis on relationship; you cannot have a relationship with someone unless you communicate regularly. That made sense and I saw the importance of prayer from a relationship’s point of view.

The next battle I struggled with was what to say when I pray. YHVH has everything and knows everything and I felt the need to tap into His resources asking Him to provide wisdom to handle situations, favour so that people will interact with me successfully, provision so that I can live and provide for my family and last of all, praising YHVH for being Who He is and giving me all I need.

This was a bit of a selfish prayer and I remembered the Scripture that said; “…seek first the Kingdom of YHVH and all these things will be added to you…” Then I stopped asking things from YHVH and sought His Kingdom, as a matter of fact I only sought His Kingdom and stopped praying all together. That skewed the balance and I felt guilty for not praying any more. I studied the Word and had interaction with YHVH through that as well as short prayers relating to Bible study, asking Him to reveal His Word to me. All went well except the fact that my personal relationship with Him turned into a theoretical study of Who He was and what He meant in Scripture. This was again a one sided approach and I lost balance.

I felt guilty for not having a deep prayer relationship with the Father, the same relationship Y’shua had with the Father when He walked the earth. I knew there was a gap but I did not know how to fill it. Then I watched a teaching on the Amidah, the standing prayer, from Rico Cortez and it fascinated me. This opened up a new dimension in my life and I started to study and pray the Amidah. We will later look at the detail of the Amidah and why we would consider praying the Amidah, but we will first look at a why we pray in general and why it is important to YHVH that we pray.

Prayer & Relationship

In order to understand prayer better, we will now look at what a relationship is and specifically, your relationship with YHVH. What is the definition of a relationship? According to Webster’s dictionary:

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A relationship can be either through blood relations or by contract as in marriage or

A relationship can be either through blood relations or by contract as in marriage or legal agreement. What is the basis of our relationship with YHVH? Is it through blood relations, being born into His Kingdom, or is it because of a contract or covenant?

It is both; you first come into relationship with YHVH through a Contract agreement that YHVH made with Abraham and then you become “born again” by receiving YHVH’s Spirit. Thereafter you become part of the Bride of Messiah and will go through the Marriage ceremony to establish yet another contractual relationship with YHVH by becoming His Bride and to get married to Him.

Covenant Relationship: Looking at these three types of Relationships with YHVH shows us three levels of relations we have with Him. The first is based on a Contract between two parties which is without the emotional side. It is based on conditions and rules that both parties must obey to establish the Relationship.

Family Relationship: The next type of relationship is more emotional based and is the relationship as we find between a mother and father and their child. There is a huge focus on caring for the child and teaching him/her the ways of life from the parents perspective. The child grows up in the house and learn to walk in the ways of the Father, obeying the rules and wisdom laid down by the Father of the house. These rules are the same rules that existed in the initial Contract that established the first level of the Relationship.

Marriage Relationship: Growing up in the House leads to a mature state where the young woman/man is ready to go to the next level of relationship with the Creator. This is where we as “children” of YHVH becomes the Bride of the Messiah and we are prepared to enter into a Marriage type relationship with Him. Since the child has become mature, the rules, guidelines and wisdom has became part of the nature of the more mature person and he/she is ready to bring children into the world and teach them the way of their Father.

At which stage of the Relationship with YHVH are you?

Are you still at the “Contract” stage, checking out the “terms and conditions” of the Contract without a personal emotional contact with YHVH? Some people goes overboard with this relationship and want to measure everybody else on their “terms and conditions” with YHVH. People perceive believers like this as legalistic and judgemental.

Are you in an “infant” or “child” relationship with YHVH where you have made emotional contact with YHVH and learn to grow up in the House making sense of the house rules to understand its intent? Some people stay in this stage and do not want to “grow up” living out a selfish kind of faith that only revolves around them.

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Or are you at the stage where you have matured living in your Father’s house, where you have mastered the godly nature and express His character which enable you to have children of your own, teaching them the ways of the Father? This is the place where we want to be with our relationship with YHVH, where we are true Disciples of Y’shua, bringing in new infants into the Kingdom.

Now that we know what a Relationship is and the different stages of your relationship with YHVH, we need understand why Prayer is important so that you can grow to a “Mature Relationship” with YHVH.

Prayer is generally known as communicating with YHVH, making all your wants and needs known to Him. That is only one aspect of prayer; it is also about connecting with YHVH.

Tefillah Prayer

We get two types of prayer, Tefilla prayer and Meditative prayer. Tefilla means to judge and that is to judge yourself, not others. Tefillah (man’s prayer rising up from the depths of the human condition) is expressed in the following ten different words in lashon hakodesh:

1. shavah (crying out in pain),

2. tzeakah/zeakah (crying to express inner pain),

3. naakah (crying out from a feeling of being abandoned),

4. rinah (crying from pain; also joyous singing),

5. pegia (strong plea or entreaty arising out of a deep emotional need),

6. b’tzar (crying out from a constricted state; crying out from fear of impending danger),

7. kriah (calling out from the heart; calling out to others to acknowledge Hashem),

8. nefillah (literally falling on one’s face and prostrating oneself in order to express complete submission),

9. pillul (self-evaluation; articulating inner feelings in words),

10. tachanunim (pleading with Hashem for Him to be merciful; not based on one’s own merits but rather on Hashem’s magnanimity).”

Tefillah is the most important word we have for prayer because it includes all the rest.

In addition it shares the same root as the word pallel, meaning to think and judge. It

therefore connotes an inner type of consciousness that is primarily contemplative,

self reflective, and self-evaluating. Tefillah itself is deep and inner. It arises out of the pain of being human, of feeling alone and abandoned. On the transpersonal level, it involves a deep sense that something is wrong, that the reality we live in is lacking in some profound way. This is the beginning of consciousness; it is also the beginning

of prayer, a desire to rectify the lack that is inherent in creation.

Connecting with YHVH

How do we “connect with YHVH” and why is it important? Two thirds of the TaNaK is written by Prophets who had

a special connection with YHVH either through divine

revelation, visions and dreams. This can only be attained

if you access the spiritual by not focussing on the physical.

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revelation, visions and dreams. This can only be attained if you access the spiritual by not

How do I do that? Think of it as when you want to talk with someone you need to be in the same place as they are, especially if you want to hear what they have to say. You can talk and talk until you are blue in the face if you are in a different location and you will never get a response from the one you are talking to. In the same way you need to be “in the same place” as YHVH to hear His voice and to receive revelations and answers from Him. Is this Scriptural, can I expect to hear directly from YHVH? Isn’t the Scripture all we need and isn’t that the way YHVH communicates back to us? Yes, in a way He communicates to us through the Scripture, but He also communicate to us through His Spirit.

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All of us who follow Y’shua the Messiah are Bondmen and Bondwoman of YHVH. Some of us experienced dreams before that came from YHVH but not all of us experiences visions. The problem we have to day is that we live in a very busy world with a lot of “noise” that distracts us from focusing on YHVH and hearing His voice. How can we go into a “place of quiet” so that we can experience YHVH in such a way that we can receive directly from Him? We live in a world that consists of two planes; one Spiritual and one physical.

Prayer is the Hebrew word “Tefillah” and is an inner type of consciousness that is deep on the inside of the one who is praying. Prayer thus has nothing to do with parroting words in a book. Real prayer connects me to my core. It is the most natural place to be. In tefillah I enter within the holy of holies of my being as opposed to experiencing myself from the outside looking in. In this sense, the phrase “meditative prayer” is a tautology. True prayer can be none other than meditative. Through tefillah we peel away the extraneous layers of ourself that come between us and ourself, between us and YHVH. All of us are well familiar with the physical plane, the one we live in every day, but there is a world “above us” that is unseen but that is more real than the physical we live in. the physical world is only a reflection and a shadow of the reality that exist in the Spiritual.

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YHVH exists in the spiritual world because He is Spirit and if we want to worship Him then we must do so in “spirit and in truth”. (John 4:23). We know to worship Him in Truth is to abide by His Word that is the Truth, but how do we worship Him in “spirit”. I always thought that it was to have the spirit and to pray in the Spirit which is one of the Gifts of the Spirit of YHVH. But now understanding the concept of a physical world and a spiritual world means that we need to worship Him in both.

A Stroke of Insight – Revelation of the Right Brain

In December 1996, the Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor experienced a brain hemorrhage that triggered a stroke. After more than ten years, in February 2008 Dr. Taylor publicly recounted the details of her stroke and the amazing insights she gained from it. In her speech at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design Conference in Monterey, California,

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she starts at the beginning, when she woke up with searing pain behind her left eye. As the left side of her brain shut down, she began to feel disconnected from her body and entered an almost euphoric-like state. It took her a while to make sense of the experience, but as her right arm became paralyzed, it dawned on her that she was having a stroke.

“How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?” she asked. “In the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process information. On the morning of the hemorrhage, I could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of my life.”

Her account of the experience of stroke is vivid, and at one point, she recalled, she felt as if someone had taken a remote control and hit the mute button. “I was shocked to find myself inside a silent mind.”

What is so surprising about Dr. Taylor’s story is that she experienced a sort of euphoria as she was left with only right-brain functions. She lost her sense of self, but she also shed the stress of her life and, as she puts it, “37 years of emotional baggage.” “Imagine what it would be like to be totally disconnected from your brain chatter,” she said. “I felt a sense of peacefulness.”

chatter,” she said. “I felt a sense of peacefulness.” In an 18-minute video of her talk,

In an 18-minute video of her talk, Dr. Taylor explained that the two hemispheres of our brains are completely separate from one another. A transcript of this talk follows:

For those of you who understand computers, our right hemisphere functions like a parallel processor, while our left hemisphere functions like a serial processor. The two hemispheres communicate with one another through the corpus collosum, which is made up of some 300 million axonal fibers. But other than that, the two hemispheres are completely separate.

Because they process information differently, the hemispheres think about different things, care about different things, and, dare I say, they have very different personalities. Our right hemisphere is all about this present moment. It’s all about right here, right now. Our right hemisphere, it thinks in pictures and it learns kinesthetically through the movement of our bodies. Information in the form of energy streams in simultaneously through all our sensory systems. And then it explodes into this enormous collage of what this present moment looks like, what this present moment smells like and tastes like, what it feels like, and what it sounds like. I am an energy being connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right hemisphere.

We are energy beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are all brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect. We are whole. And we are beautiful.

Our left hemisphere is a very different place. Our left hemisphere thinks linearly and methodically. Our left hemisphere is all about the past, and it’s all about the future. Our left hemisphere is designed to take that enormous collage of the present moment, and start picking out details and more details and more details about those details. It then categorizes and organizes all that information, associates it with everything in the past we’ve ever learned, and projects into the future all our possibilities.

And our left hemisphere thinks in language. It’s that ongoing brain chatter that connects me and my internal world to my external world. It’s that little voice that says to me, “Hey, you gotta remember to pick up bananas on your way home, and eat ‘em in the morning.” It’s that calculating intelligence that reminds me when I have to do my laundry. But perhaps most important, it’s that little voice that says to me, “I am. I am.” And as soon as my left hemisphere says to me, “I am,” I become separate. I become a single solid individual separate from the energy flow around me and separate from you.

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And this was the portion of my brain that I lost on the morning of my stroke. On the morning of the stroke, I woke up to a pounding pain behind my left eye. It was the kind of caustic pain that you get when you bite into ice cream. And it just gripped me and then it released me. Then it just gripped me and then released me. And it was very unusual for me to experience any kind of pain, so I thought, “Okay, I’ll just start my normal routine.” So I got up and I jumped onto my cardio glider, which is a full-body exercise machine. And I’m jamming away on this thing, and I’m realizing that my hands looked like primitive claws grasping onto the bar. I thought, “that’s very peculiar,” and I looked down at my body and I thought, “Whoa, I’m a weird-looking thing.” And it was as though my consciousness had shifted away from my normal perception of reality, where I’m the person on the machine having the experience, to some esoteric space where I’m witnessing myself having this experience.

And it was all every peculiar and my headache was just getting worse, so I get off the machine, and I’m walking across my living room floor when I realize that everything inside my body has slowed way down. Every step is very rigid and very deliberate. There’s no fluidity to my pace, and there’s this constriction in my area of perception, so I’m just focused on internal systems. And I’m standing in my bathroom getting ready to step into the shower and I could actually hear the dialog inside my body. I heard a little voice saying, “Okay you muscles, you gotta contract. You muscles, you relax.”

Then I lost my balance, and I’m propped up against the wall. And I look down at my arm

and I realize that I can no longer define the boundaries of my body. I can’t define where

I begin and where I end. Because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended

with the atoms and molecules of the wall. And all I could detect was this energy. Energy. And I’m asking myself, “What is wrong with me? What is going on?” And in that

moment, my brain chatter, my left hemisphere brain chatter went totally silent. Just as

if someone took a remote control and pushed the mute button and

And at first I was shocked to find myself inside a silent mind. But then I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it was beautiful there.

total silence.

Then all of a sudden my left hemisphere comes back online and it says to me, “Hey, we’ve got a problem. We gotta get some help.” So it’s like, I got a problem, but then I immediately drift right back out into the consciousness that I affectionately refer to as Lalaland. But it was beautiful there. Imagine what it would be like to be totally disconnected from the brain chatter that connects you to the external world.

So here I am in this space, and any stress related to my life, to my job, it was gone. And

I felt lighter in my body. And imagine all the relationships in the external world and the many stressors related to any of those—they were gone. I felt a sense of peacefulness. And imagine what it would feel like to lose 37 years of emotional baggage! I felt euphoria. Euphoria was beautiful.

And then my left hemisphere comes online and it says, “Hey, you’ve got to pay attention. We’ve got to get help.” So I’m thinking, “I’ve got to get help. I’ve got to focus.” So I get out of the shower, I mechanically dress, I’m walking around my apartment, and I’m thinking, “I’ve got to get to work. Can I drive?”

And in that moment my right arm went totally paralyzed by my side. And I realized, “Oh my gosh, I’m having a stroke!” And the next thing my brain says to me is “Wow, this is so cool; this is so cool. How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?”

And then it crosses my mind, “But I’m a very busy woman. I don’t have time for a

stroke!” Then it dawned on me, “I can’t stop the stroke from happening

help, I have to call work.” I couldn’t remember the number at work, but I remembered

that I had a business card in my office with my number on it. So I go into my office and

I pull out a 3-inch stack of business cards. And I’m looking at the card on top, and even though I could see clearly in my mind’s eye what my business card looked like, I couldn’t tell if this was my card or not, because all I could see were pixels.

I have to call

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And the pixels of the words blended with the pixels of the background and the pixels of the symbols, and I just couldn’t tell. And I would wait for what I call a wave of clarity. And in that moment, I would be able to reattach to normal reality and I could tell, “That’s not the card; that’s not the card; that’s not the card.” It took me 45 minutes to get one inch down that stack of cards.

In the meantime, the hemorrhage is getting bigger in my left hemisphere. I do not understand numbers, I do not understand the telephone, but it’s the only plan I have. So I take the phone pad and I put it right here; I take the business card and I put it right here, and I’m matching the shape of the squiggles on the card to the shape of the squiggles on the phone pad. But then I would drift back out into Lalaland, and not remember when I come back if I’d already dialed those numbers. So I had to wield my paralyzed arm like a stump, and cover the numbers as I went along and push them, so that as I would come back to normal reality I’d be able to tell, “Yes, I’ve already dialed that number.”

Eventually the whole number gets dialed, and I’m listening to the phone, and my colleague picks up the phone and he says to me, “Whoo woo woo woo woo.” And I think to myself, “Oh my gosh, he sounds like a golden retriever!” And so I say to him, clear in my mind, I say to him, “This is Jill. I need help!” And what comes out of my voice is “Whoo woo woo woo woo.” I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh, I sound like a golden retriever.” So I didn’t know that I couldn’t speak or understand language until I tried. But he recognizes that I need help, and he gets me help.”

Eventually Dr. Taylor is picked up in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

When I awoke later that afternoon, I was shocked to discover that I was still alive. When

I felt my spirit surrender, I said goodbye to my life

sensory systems felt like pure pain. Light burned my brain like wildfire and sounds were so loud and chaotic that I could not pick out a voice from the background noise. I just wanted to escape. Because I could not identify the position of my body in space, I felt enormous and expansive, like a genie just liberated from her bottle. And my spirit soared free like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria. Harmonic. I remember thinking there’s no way I would ever be able to squeeze the enormousness of myself back inside this tiny little body.

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But I realized, “I’m still alive! I’m still alive and I have found nirvana. And if I have found Nirvana and I’m still alive, then everyone who is alive can find nirvana.” I pictured a world filled with beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew that they could come to this space at any time. And that they could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres and find this peace. And then I realized what a tremendous gift this experience could be, what a stroke of insight this could be to how we live our lives. And it motivated me to recovery.

Two and a half weeks after the hemorrhage, the surgeons went in and they removed a

blood clot the size of a golf ball that was pushing on my language centers eight years to completely recover.

It took me

Dr. Taylor concludes:

So who are we? We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and

how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness

of my right hemisphere where we are one with the life force power of the universe

one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere. where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you. I am Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the

we inside of me.

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Which would you choose? Which do you choose? And when? I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner-peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peaceful our planet will be. And I thought that was an idea worth spreading.”

Connecting to the Spiritual

How do I connect to the Spiritual world where YHVH is? The other way to ask this question is how do I “disconnect” from the physical world in order to experience the spiritual world? That is already taken care of in the beginning when YHVH made man in His Image.

care of in the beginning when YHVH made man in His Image. YHVH designed us in

YHVH designed us in such a way that we have the ability to “connect” to Him and that is a function of our brains. Before I begin to explain, I would like to remind those who know of the concept of left vs. right; in Hebrew thought Right means spiritual and left means physical. If we look at our brains we see that we have a right and left brain hemisphere that is unique in its design and function.

The left brain takes care of all your logical functions, of the past and the future as well as decision making. This part of the brain defines you as an individual defining the boundaries where you exist, what you are like and basically defines your personality. This part of the brain has the “voice” that is responsible for all the “mind chatter” that you hear every moment of your awaken state. The brain functions in the conscious state in the “high frequency range” which is defined as Beta state.

The right brain on the other hand has a total different function where it operates in a lower frequency called the Alpha and Delta states which allows your “creative” side to come alive. This part of the brain connects all your senses and gather all the information of your environment. It does not care about the past or predict what will happen in the future, it is only concerned about the NOW.

Within normal brain function your right brain collects information about the present and pass it on to the left brain which sorts it selectively to allow the decision making process. It uses the information, compares it with the past and make forecasts into the future which allows you to react on the information based upon your past experience and memory.

make forecasts into the future which allows you to react on the information based upon your

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The right brain does not “define you” and sees you as connected to everything. There is no time and space is irrelevant which makes you float in a timeless infinitely large space which is the “spiritual”. In right-brain mode we don’t learn about the world, but rather live it and sense it directly. We use the traditional five senses to feel, hear, see, smell, and taste the world, plus an additional sixth sense of intuition to pick up currents of feeling around us.

Pure right brain has no concept of time. Whatever happens is always now. It is also always forever, at least until the next thing happens. Unable to step back and observe and abstract, we are totally immersed in a sea of experiences in which all things are connected, and everything is possible. The boundaries of inner and outer, mind and body, self and other, or past, present, and future fade into oblivion. There is only experience.

Time and space does not exist in the spiritual world and that is where everything is above or outside of time within an open endless limitless space. That is where YHVH exists, a place that is not defined that could limit Him and a place outside of time that would not bind Him. Our right brains are the “connecting antenna” to experience the spiritual world and by which we can connect with YHVH without the “noises” of the left brain and the physical world entrapped by time and space.

Getting into the “Mode of Prayer”

Now that we know that we can “connect with YHVH through our right brain functions we need to create the right circumstances to be able to receive form Him. The way most Churches do this is through music where they get quiet in the atmosphere of relaxing worship music. The music “isolates” you from the outside noises and helps you to focus on YHVH and His things listening to the words. It is similar to Baroque Music that places your mind in the right Alpha state where your right brain becomes more active and you left brain “chatter” stops. This is when you can quiet down and focus on YHVH and imagine His presence and connecting to Him.

Your imagination lets you through the initial stages of focusing your mind on YHVH and if you allow His Spirit He will start to give you visions and pictures in your mind that will enhance your experience. The main thing is to get quiet and start to listen without your left brain’s interference. Since your right brain is the creative side which works with pictures, visualization and imagination, you will find it easy to “tune in” on YHVH and His presence in this focused quiet receptive state.

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It is not YHVH not speaking to us or not giving us visions, it is us who do not understand the fundamentals of Prayer and mediation in His presence. What is meditation? Is meditation wrong? According to Webster’s dictionary we see:

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Meditation is to think on something in the mind and to think upon, to let a thought revolve in your mind over and over again. Meditation is to focus your thoughts on a thought or picture in your mind and to allow your mind to explore that thought.

Visualization in Prayer

your mind to explore that thought. Visualization in Prayer Some may say that visualization is New

Some may say that visualization is New Age and you should not use that to enhance your prayer experience. The issues is not with the method, it is in the application and what you use it for that makes it right or wrong. Just like sex is wrong outside of marriage, so is visualization wrong focusing on other gods.

YHVH created us in His Wisdom to think in pictures. We think in pictures, our memory work in pictures and we connect thoughts and emotions to pictures to make up our mental processes. Why should we then not use pictures when we pray? If you have the right picture in your mind which is about YHVH, then you will be more focused on Him and less likely be distracted by external or internal “noise”. Noise can be in the form of sounds, thoughts, internal mental “chatter”, memories and fears. We need to quiet our minds from that so that we can fill our minds with thoughts of YHVH while we pray.

The next question you may ask is; what pictures can I use to focus and connect with YHVH. The answer is easy, YHVH already gave us physical pictures of spiritual things in His Word. He gave us the “Leaving Egypt” picture, the Tabernacle picture, the picture of the three patriarchs, the picture of the Lamb, the picture of the Sacrificial System etc. We will now look at some of these pictures that will help you to focus while you connect and pray to YHVH.

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Approaching YHVH using Visual Patterns

YHVH gave us certain patterns to help us to understand the Spiritual and how to approach Him. One of these patterns is found in the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and another is the Tabernacle pattern. These are powerful patterns and pictures you can use to help you to approach YHVH in your prayers.

you can use to help you to approach YHVH in your prayers. Encountering the Abraham, Isaac

Encountering the Abraham, Isaac & Jacob Experiences

In our prayer experience we will look at the three patriarchs whom YHVH used to reveal Himself through. These three characters have value in knowing the stages of approaching YHVH and the stages we will go though in our relationship and connection with Him.

will go though in our relationship and connection with Him. Abraham represents us being far off,

Abraham represents us being far off, drawing near, coming from the nations into His Kingdom. Before we enter into prayer we are far off and needs to “leave” our everyday world in order to “enter” into His Presence. This initial picture of Abraham is the first step into entering into a relationship and connecting to YHVH.

Entering through Abraham’s picture can be compared with entering into the Tabernacle though the Gate in the Outer Court, where we find the Altar, Laver and Holy Place.

The purpose of Abraham-Gate picture is to use this as a reminder to be thankful and grateful towards YHVH for all that He has done for you. We can express our thankfulness towards YHVH of using Abraham as that stepping stone that helped humanity to enter into a Covenant relationship with YHVH. Thanking YHVH is one of the initial steps in approaching Him in prayer and should always be part of opening our prayer conversation with YHVH.

always be part of opening our prayer conversation with YHVH. Isaac represents the second stage we

Isaac represents the second stage we go though in approaching YHVH in our prayers. This stage is connected with the first object we see as we enter the Tabernacle; the Brazen Altar. This is where you present yourself as a living sacrifice before YHVH where you deal with your past and He deals with your sin.

The Isaac-Altar picture is where you reflect back on the previous day, the previous week and even your life. You reflect back and think about the things you can be proud off but especially the things you messed up and could have done better.

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Think back and see yourself re-doing that thing which was “bad” in a way that is according to YHVH’s Word. Think of things you said that was wrong and how you will say it next time to avoid sinning against that person and YHVH. You may spend a couple of minutes on the Altar or even hours, depending on what YHVH wants you to sort out in your life.

The Altar experience is not the nicest experience but the end will result in happiness and laughter, just like the meaning of Isaac’s name. This experience will prepare you to move on to the next stage which is the Laver.

The Laver is also part of the Altar experience but this is where you reflect on the word of YHVH, to line His Word up with your experiences to reaffirm what He expects of us and what you should do next time. This is where you will be washed and cleansed by the water of the Word. As with the Priesthood who had to wash themselves before entering the Holy Place, so will you be cleansed and be ready to enter into the Presence of YHVH which we will link to the Jacob experience.

Presence of YHVH which we will link to the Jacob experience. Jacob/Yaacov had two experiences with

Jacob/Yaacov had two experiences with YHVH, both were on a higher level than Abraham’s and Isaac’s experiences. His first experience was where He had a dream of a ladder extending to heaven where Angels moved up and down upon.

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Yaacov referred to this place as the “Gate of Heaven” where he had a very realistic awesome experience with YHVH. In his sleep Yaacov saw a great ladder. At the top of the ladder he saw a vision of YHVH on His throne of glory. This was Yaacov’s first prophetic, vertical experience.

Yaacov thus miraculously hit upon the site of the Holy of Holies of the future Temple and had his first prophetic experience. Yes, he had received the keys to prophecy. But now it was actually happening.

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The heavens—the higher channels of his own consciousness—were being opened wide. He was receiving his personal vertical transmission directly from YHVH. This Yaacov experience is parallel to the picture of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place is the first step into the Presence of YHVH, but from afar, just like the vision of the Ladder with YHVH in the distance on His throne.

The next experience that Yaacov had was a closer encounter where he met YHVH face-to-face wrestling with Him. This was where he crossed the Jordan prior to meeting up again with his brother Esau after 22 years. This experience was where YHVH changed his name (destiny) from Yaacov to Israel, from a schemer to the father of the Righteous people of Elohim. This character changing experience can be compared with the Holy of Holies where you meet YHVH face-to-face.

Yaacov’s Ladder

Holies where you meet YHVH face-to-face. Yaacov’s Ladder The ladder represents how close or how far

The ladder represents how close or how far we are away from YHVH. The closer we are to YHVH the more Life we experience and further we are away from death and separation. The Hebrew word for death actually means separation. People who tend to live in the past tend to experience fear, grief, apathy, guilt and shame. People who live in the “now” tends to experience love, peace, joy and enlighten (revelation).

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Here is a table that describes these “levels” and what causes them in more detail:

these “levels” and what causes them in more detail: The level where you are at determines

The level where you are at determines your “God view”, your brain dominance, your outlook in life as well as your life experience. The levels in “Red” are those to grow out of and to avoid as most as possible and the ideal is to levitate towards the top levels where you will be more sensitive and open to experience YHVH on a realistic level.

People who live in their “basements” in the lower levels tend to be further away form YHVH and we normally label them as unbelievers or people who do not have their lives in order. The whole idea of Jacob’s Ladder is to ascend through prayer and to connect with YHVH on a higher level so that you can bring down the life that YHVH imparted to you so that you may be elevated and changed in the physical as well.

The Five levels of our Soul

In order to connect to YHVH you must “change” to a “better” or “higher” self and just as we saw in Jacob’s Ladder, you must ascend to a higher level of being in order to make this connection possible. It is not your “small” “lower” self that makes contact with YHVH, it is you ascending through the 5 stages of your soul that makes this possible. Your soul consists of 5 different levels excluding the body which is known as “guf”. Six is the number of man and there levels make up the totality of a human’s being that is designed for the purpose of interacting and connecting with YHVH. The 5 levels of the soul are as follows, from the lowest to the highest level:

soul are as follows, from the lowest to the highest level: 1. Nephesh - personality 2.

1. Nephesh - personality

2. Ruach – my spirit connecting with YHVH’s Spirit

3. Neshamah – elevated spiritual soul

4. Chayah – interconnection with others (collective soul)

5. Yechidah – interconnection with YHVH (Oneness with Him – Echad)

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These five levels literally constitute a continuum or ladder of consciousness from the nephesh (physical soul) to the Ruach (YHVH's Spirit & presence) to the nashamah (spiritual awareness or spiritual soul). These lead to the next two levels which are the chayah and the yechidah (the highest connection between YHVH with your soul).

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These five levels can be described by circles with the nephesh on the outside and the yechidah on the inside. When we discover our soul and our connection with the higher levels of our soul, it will be like peeling an onion, going from one layer to the other, experiencing a deeper and deeper connection with our inner self as well as with YHVH.

We are born in this world with our nephesh, our fleshly soul which represents our personality and who we are as a physical person. When we discover YHVH we receive His Ruach which connects us to YHVH through our nashamah or spiritual soul. Without YHVH's Ruach we will be similar to animals following our fleshly instinct (nephesh) but YHVH raised us up from this state of death (lower form of life or fallen state) with His Ruach, to the Nashamah soul level. On the Nashamah level we will become aware of Him and our "higher" self which is connected to the Spiritual realm and we become aware of our new "spiritual life" which is similar to what Adam and Eve experienced in Eden before the fall of man.

In terms of the levels of the soul, we could describe this as transcending the individual levels of soul (neshamah, ruach, and nefesh) and connecting with the transpersonal level of chayah (the collective soul – connection to others) and yechidah (oneness in YHVH).

These 5 Levels of the Soul is parallel to Yaccov’s Ladder as well as entering the Tabernacle Pattern towards unity with YHVH. You cannot connect with YHVH on a Nephesh (fleshly) level and you cannot connect to YHVH on a Holy of Holies Level in the Nashamah. You have to ascend to the next two levels of the soul in order to reach the higher connection levels with YHVH. This goes hand in hand with Jacob’s Ladder where you will be pulled down to a lover Soul level if you dwell in the “red Negative” Levels of Life. Your spiritual elevation and ability to connect on a intimate deep level with YHVH is related to how you live your live and how you pursue Holy living. Holiness is not a prerequisite for Salvation, it is the key to live on a higher soul level and the ability to enter and experience YHVH in the Holy of Holies where you become One with Him.

These five levels of the soul can be said to parallel the five elements like movement, breath, sound (singing), visualization and concentration / consciousness focus. Movement corresponds to nefesh, breath to ruach, sound to neshamah, visualization to chayah, and concentration of consciousness to yechidah. These are the processes we will discuss later on in prayer exercises on how to apply and develop each in order to have a exciting, active fruitful prayer life.

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In a sense, concentration (Yechidah) permeates and thereby elevates all the levels below it. By consciously using the power of mind to direct and align our movement, breath and sound, we elevate these from being mere external actions to highly energized, internal movements of consciousness. Yechidah, the inner movement of heart, however, is the ultimate goal of connecting to YHVH where only YHVH exists and nothing else.

Connecting to your Holy of Holies through your higher Soul

The Holy of Holies of the Mikdash (Temple) can thus be seen as the King’s Throne Room and as Center of the Circle of your Being. In order to get to the King’s Throne Room, you must enter into the “higher” self that connects to YHVH. Once there, you begin to ascend to the top of the Ladder of your Soul. (Jacob ’s ladder). In one sense, the Holy of Holies is the top of the Ladder of your Soul. This is true, however, only in relation to your present level. Your “level of life” in which you operate will determine the level of your Soul you connect to and ultimately your connection with YHVH.

The connection between entering deeply within in order to ascend on high to the top is hinted at in the root Ayin-Lamed (pronounced “ALL”) in Hebrew and in Aramaic. In Hebrew, the root ayin-lamed refers to any upward movement. For instance, laalot means “to rise up,” “to ascend.” le’haalot is a causative verb, meaning “to cause to become elevated,” “to lift or raise up.”

cause to become elevated,” “to lift or raise up.” The image of an elevator is a

The image of an elevator is a perfect combination of these two meanings. In order to get to the top story of a tall building, you enter into the elevator (which occupies a shaft in the building), and ascend. Similarly, in order to get to the Holy of Holies of your being, you must enter within the concentric circles of your soul, to the center and core of your being. Once there, you can then ascend to the uppermost stories of your being, transcend your small self and merge with the Greater Self. The center of your being is where you exit from this small world and merge/emerge into another dimension where you are more aware of YHVH’s existence.

For our purposes, the image of the Ladder is the same as that of a great Tree, a Mountain, or a many-storied Building. In all of these, you want to ascend to the top. There you want to open yourself up to the transcendent level of reality that is above and beyond anything you have experienced in your natural life. The expansiveness that you want to access there is the expansiveness of the Spiritual Dimension. Then, you want to stay there, in the state-of-being. This is a state where your physical self is smaller and your spiritual higher self is bigger. It is not a nullification of your existence as much as a shedding of the outer levels of your personality that prevent you from knowing your True Higher Self, and its connection with the Infinite.

This is not a negative experience. On the contrary, it is so joyous that you won’t want to leave. Nevertheless, when the time comes, you must, for when you return from the Higher Level, you return with more of your Godly Essence, a much stronger sense of True Existence (as opposed to ego-existence) than ever before. The purpose of ascending to the top of the Ladder, the Tree, the Mountain, or the Building is to access the higher levels of your own soul, the upper stratospheres of your own consciousness. It is at those higher levels that you are connected to YHVH.

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That is where you interface with the Infinite. You are not infinite, but YHVH is, so that you partake of His Infiniteness by becoming [no-thing] in His Infiniteness where there is “no-thing” between you and Him, you become Echad (One) with Him. This is only possible through leaving your lower self and elevate the ladder to your higher self.

You now have a mission. After having transcended, you return back down into your world, and your mission is to be a conduit for the Godly Light. After that, you will want to go up and come back down, again and again. You will want to go up to get more light, more preciousness, more revelation of YHVH, to connect to Heaven to the greatest degree possible, and you will want to bring more and more of that down into your life and into this dark world.

Many prophets of Israel were compelled from within to leave society, to go out to the desert, to climb to the top of the mountain, and there to die to his small self, to be transformed in YHVH’s own light. This is what happened to Avraham, Isaac, Yaacov, Moshe, David, Eliyahu, Yirmiyahu, and others. This was their Core Experience.

The Core Experience is like becoming immersed in a Sea of Infiniteness in the middle of your own being touching YHVH. It is here that you not only meet YHVH, but melt into His Oneness as well. So, it’s not up, up, up (yet), but rather, in in in. And you want to go as far “in” as you can (as often as you can; even every other breath) in order to bring “out” something awesomely precious.

Chokhmah vs. Bina - Right Brain Wisdom vs Left Brain Knowledge

vs. Bina - Right Brain Wisdom vs Left Brain Knowledge The explanation of knowledge, in Hebrew

The explanation of knowledge, in Hebrew called “binah” that is the “understanding of one thing from something dissimilar.” It is related to the word “bein” meaning “between.” Thus (relative to wisdom or “chokhmah”) “binah” implies distance and separation. When you look at something logically, you have placed yourself at a distance from it.

Chokhmah, on the other hand, is made up of

the same letters as “koach mah” (the power of

essence). Chokhmah thus refers to

what

something really is, its essence. Chokhmah is associated with the non-verbal right hemisphere of the brain, while binah is associated with the verbal hemisphere. Chokhmah is normally only experienced when it is clothed in binah. One may be able

to experience the workings of the nonverbal areas of the mind, but only when they are clothed in verbal, descriptive thoughts.

Even deeper: Right brain chokhmah consciousness is the context within which the left-brain operates. It is the background to all left-brain binah operations. It is not something that comes and goes. It is the oceanic or cosmic background behind the isolated level of left brain binah consciousness. Thus, when seen as opposites, chokhmah is unified and all embracing, while binah is separate, analytical and detail- oriented. However, when seen as complementary, right-brain chokhmah and left- brain binah never operate in exclusion from one another. On the contrary, they are inter-inclusive. Each contains an aspect of the other.

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On the deepest level, the Torah is all about accessing right-brain chokhmah consciousness via left-brain binah consciousness, in a world of left-brain binah consciousness. Certainly it is important to be able to disengage from the left-brain in order to have a pure right-brain experience, but this is always in order to return to a left-brain world with more right-brain divine light and wholeness.

The Torah is Chokhmah and so is Prophecy as well as all spiritual things and concepts. To fully understand YHVH you have to have chokhmah which is a right brain holistic understanding of His Person and His Purpose. Left brain thinkers who do not have the Ruach awakening will find it hard to understand and heeds to undergo the Re-birth process where their Higher Soul is born that can connect and understand the One Who created all things.

Right Brain Exercise – Quiet mind chatter

Try for a moment to stop thinking. You remain completely conscious, but there are no verbal thoughts in your mind. If you are an average person, you may be able to maintain such a state for a few seconds, but immediately your mind begins to verbalize the experience. You might say to yourself, “I am not thinking of anything.” But as soon as you do this, of course, you actually are thinking of something.

do this, of course, you actually are thinking of something. For those few seconds, however, you

For those few seconds, however, you have experienced nonverbal chokhmah consciousness. If you work at this exercise, you can gradually learn how to extend the time in which you are in this state. It is like a heavy pendulum; the longer you push it back and forth, the further it will swing.

It is in such a state of unified consciousness that we literally enter another dimension that transcends our limited left-brain conceptions. This is the entry into the inner landscape where prophetic vision and relationship with the soul become so real that we are amazed at how blind we’ve been. This is where the little world we live in is seen from the perspective and placed in the greater context of eternity.

The Tabernacle and the Name of YHVH

live in is seen from the perspective and placed in the greater context of eternity. The

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Prayer is a means of drawing near and closer to YHVH, how we experience Him in a way that is life changing so that we can experience Him even more. The first step is to start the process and allow yourself to enter into the process of drawing near to Him. If you look at the Tabernacle pattern you will learn that YHVH is in the Holy of Holies. To get into the Holy of Holies you have to enter three gates; the first gate is leading into the Outer Court. To enter in you must believe that you are good enough to enter into YHVH’s presence and that He is willing to speak to you face-to-face. Scripture teaches us that we can enter BOLDLY into the presence of YHVH but that does not mean that you can push the door open and run into His presence. YOU are your worst enemy and it is YOU who will keep you out of the presence of YHVH. You must follow the Tabernacle Pattern of approaching YHVH in order to be prepared and ready to fully experience Him in a real and awesome way.

YOD: We have already discussed the Brazen Altar that is associated with Isaac where YHVH deals with you as a Doctor on an operation table. This is where you will encounter the purging Fire of YHVH were sin is dealt with and the sin offering was completed by Y’shua, the hand of YHVH Who came into this world to shed His Blood for us. This hand is also known as the “Yod”, the first letter of the Name of YHVH; Yod – Hey – Vav – Hey. You do not need to do anything here, YHVH is doing the work for us, all you have to do is to accept His offer, get on the Altar and let Him deal with your sin, as discussed in the previous section.

HEY: After you have gone through the “YOD” experience dealing with the flesh you may enter in through the Second Gate, the “Hey”. This “Hey” is the second letter of the Name of YHVH and leads to the Holy Place. The “Hey” is the letter that represents “light” or “revelation”. This is your first step into entering the place of revelation, revelation of Who YHVH is so that you may draw near to Him. The “Hey” means that you actively entering in through that Gate using prayer as the vehicle. This is the place associated with Jacob where you have a “distant” revelation of YHVH the same as Jacob had seeing YHVH at the end of the Ladder that reached to Heaven. We have not yet discussed what happens inside the Holy Place and will find out as we discover all the objects inside of the Holy Place.

VAV: The Holy Place represents the “Vav”, the next letter in the Name of YHVH. The “Vav” is the letter that represents man. This is where the “man” or humanity gets confronted with the spiritual. The Vav is not “passive” and this is where you have to make effort and spend time with YHVH in prayer. This is the place where you need to get smaller so that you may not influence the reality of YHVH through your understanding and pre-set-up-ideas.

of YHVH through your understanding and pre-set-up-ideas. Inside the Holy Place you will find the Menorah

Inside the Holy Place you will find the Menorah and the Showbread. Just like the different area in the Tabernacle has got symbolism and meaning, the same is for the Objects inside the Holy Place, connecting each object to a prayer experience.

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The Showbread consists of two stacks of 12 cakes of bread that represents the 12 tribes of Israel. Remember that Jacob is the associated Patriarch with the Holy Place and he became Israel that had 12 sons/tribes. The Showbread is placed in two stacks that represent the Two Houses of Israel as it is revealed in prophecy. These two Houses consists of a division of the 12 Tribes and represents the current division of Israel as it is in the Last Days that forms part of the Restoration process bringing the whole House of Israel together again under the Rule of One Shepherd, Y’shua the Messiah.

again under the Rule of One Shepherd, Y’shua the Messiah. You may ask now what does

You may ask now what does it mean for connecting to the 12 Tribes or 2 Houses in my Jacob prayer experience? The Two Houses consists of two collective groups named Judah and Israel; Judah represents the Jews and Israel/Ephraim represents the “lost tries” that were scattered into the nations that are being gathered back under the leadership of Y’shua. If you are a Gentile who came to faith in Y’shua you will belong to the stack of Showbread that represents Israel/Ephraim. If you are a Jew then you will be grouped under the collective group Judah. You may ask, what does this mean for me and how do I apply it in my prayers inside the Holy Place connected to the Vav of YHVH’s Name? The Vav represents man and the Holy Place is the area that link your prayers to man, praying for your brothers and sisters in the faith including Judah, which are predominately made up of Jews today. This is the place where you pray for family members, for fellow believers, for believers who persecute you, for our Jewish brothers, for our brothers in faith from other denominations etc. This is what the Vav and the Showbread represent and what should remind you to pray for other people.

The Menorah represents YHVH Spirit Who is the source of light in the Holy Place as well as in our lives. The Menorah represents our spiritual light that sines in this dark world and is fuelled by oil. Oil represents the anointing of YHVH that He gives His people to enable and empower them to be the Body of Messiah. There are seven branches on the Menorah and that represents the seven main Gifts of the Spirit:

Apostles/Evangelists

Shepherds/Teachers

Workers of miracles & healings

Prophecy, words of knowledge & wisdom

Encouragement / helpers / administration

Giving / mercy

Tongues and interpretation

• Giving / mercy • Tongues and interpretation All these Gifts are there to serve and

All these Gifts are there to serve and uphold the Body of Messiah within a Fellowship Group / Church / Assembly of Believers. YHVH’s Spirit will work through His Gifts to reveal His Word and His Character and Will to us through the Anointing placed upon members of a particular Body or Assembly.

The Menorah is the symbol that prompts you to pray for the Gifts of YHVH’s Spirit to operate in the Group and to uplift the members in your fellowship through prayer wherever you see a need or gap. We are to support and love one another and prayer is a powerful means to do just that.

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This is the time where you also pray YHVH’s Will regarding expanding His Kingdom and were you get guidance and help from His Spirit in the next steps forward.

Golden Altar of Incense is the next object in the Holy Place. This together with the Vav links us to the Messiah. Why is that? This Altar is a smaller replica of the brazen Altar and it is fuelled by coals collected from outside. This Altar gives of a lovely fragrance of the sweetness of YHVH’s Salvation. The Vav also represents a “nail” that is the symbol that link us to Y’shua’s Crucifixion. The Hebrew word for sign is the word “oth” that is made up of three letters; “Aleph – Vav – Tav” The Aleph – Tav is a short form that represents the Aleph-Bet, the complete Word of YHVH as well as the Messiah as translated in Revelation as the Alpha and Omega (Greek). Y’shua is the Aleph – Tav, the Beginning and the End, the Complete Word of YHVH as well as the One Who was impaled for us (with the Vav) which is the SIGHN of our salvation. The Vav also represents humanity or man and this shows that Y’shua, the Aleph – Tav, Who is God, became man and dwelled among us. The Golden Altar is the Object that connects us to Worshipping the Messiah, praising Him for the work He has done, praising Him as the Groom and expressing our love towards Him.

Him as the Groom and expressing our love towards Him. The Golden Altar is placed right

The Golden Altar is placed right in front of the entrance that leads to the Holy of Holies and you cannot enter the Holy of Holies unless you go through Y’shua. Scripture teaches us that no one can come to the Father except through Y’shua that Messiah and that holds true for our Connection to YHVH through prayer as well. This is where you offer yourself, your personality, your ideas, your ambitions and everything you are before YHVH in the form of prayer and mediation.

HEY: This leads you to the next and last letter in the name of YHVH, the “Hey” which is the final Gate into the presence of YHVH. This last letter “Hey” represents the true revelation of YHVH in His Person. This is where you encounter Him on a personal level and where you learn to experience Him face to face. It is like where you first learn about Him, read about Him, see pictures about Him but these are only images of YHVH, it is not the same as to meet Him in Person. The last “Hey” is where we all of us want to enter in, to meet YHVH face to face in person and to experience His awesome greatness first hand in the higher reality where He exists. This is the Holy of Holies experience where you will be enlightened by the true essence of YHVH’s Greatness in Person.

Entering the Holy of Holies - Yechidah

Greatness in Person. Entering the Holy of Holies - Yechidah We have already discussed the stages

We have already discussed the stages of approaching YHVH, connecting the letters of His Name to certain places within the Tabernacle. We have progressed from the outside and entered through the Hey into the Holy Place. As you enter through the last Hey of YHVH’s Name, you enter into the Holy of Holies where you will find the Ark of the Covenant with two Cherubs sitting on each side. They have six wings each, two pointing upwards, two pointing horizontal towards each other and two pointing forward. Their wings together with the Ark of the Covenant create the structure of a chair or a throne on which YHVH sits.

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You have finally reach the King’s throne room, the most important thing to do is to stop and allow the awareness of the King’s presence to penetrate our subjective consciousness. Stop and just BE. There is nowhere to go, nothing more to do. This is where we came from. We have arrived at our true home. As you experience YHVH’s presence you can pray and repeat these words, the same words the Seraphs say day in and day out – forever and ever.

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Holy, Holy, Holy is of hosts, the whole earth is filled with His Glory.

Meditating on these words, repeating it in your mind while you focus on YHVH will help you to experience the Yechidah, inside the Holy of Holies, in His Presence. You will be filled with new life, wisdom (chochmah) and energy to go back and shine that which you have received into the dark world.

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The Keys to Meditative Prayer

The Keys to Meditative Prayer We turn now to speak about the relationship between prophecy and

We turn now to speak about the relationship between prophecy and meditation. In order to attain prophecy, the ancients meditated. In order to transcend the small “i” and merge into the divine oneness, they had to enter deeply within the core of their own being and connect to the yechidah soul level. How did they do this, and can we do it too?

Although we speak of attaining higher levels of consciousness, it must be clear from the start that Holiness and Purity are the primary requisites. You cannot live a life of sin and bad relationships with people and expect to increase your sensitivity to listen and hear

YHVH’s voice. You must sort out your life first and climb “Jacob’s Ladder” in order to become more “tuned into” YHVH and the spiritual realm where He exists. Once this

is understood, any and all techniques we practice in meditative prayer will be in line

and lead to fulfilling YHVH’s Will.

Those who want to connect with YHVH on a prophetic level must do so by mastering

a number of specific disciplines. Nullifying or neutralizing physical hindrances will lead to the drawing down revelation of YHVH’s light and achieve a high degree of attachment in order to amplify spiritual awareness.

I just want to make something clear, this is not the means to become a prophet, to

become a prophet you will need the prophetic Gift of the Spirit. What we discuss here

is only a way to enrich your prayer life and receive personal “prophecy” or “direction”

from YHVH. It is “personal prophecy” not public prophecy.

There are many necessary and proper preparations that the meditator must make in order to attain his desired goal to strip away physicality from his consciousness. He must minimize physical desires. For example food; he must train himself to minimizing his food intake or desire for food. It is all about balance; do you eat to live or do you live to eat?

When Y’shua went into the Wilderness for 40 days to connect to His Father He did not take in any food. This leads us to think that abstaining from food or fasting will enhance your spiritual awareness in the act of depriving your fleshly desires. We will discuss this in depth in a later section.

STEPS FOR MEDITATIVE PRAYER

1. Designate a quiet place. In a world full of distractions, we need a quiet place where we can allow YHVH to speak to us. The most effective place to pray is where you are least likely to be disturbed. Put on meditative of worship music to isolate you from external noises.

2. Give yourself 20-30 minutes. Many people only spend a few minutes each day in prayer. Very few people actually spend time in meditative prayer. It takes time to drown out the cares of the world, sit, prayerfully meditate on YHVH's word, and then allow him to speak to you.

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Choose Scripture to prayerfully meditate on. Prayerfully select a passage of Scripture that means something to you. Let it either focus on the goodness of YHVH, the promises of YHVH or worshipping YHVH for Who He is.

4. Use Visualization techniques to enhance and focus your prayer experience.

5. Go through the steps approaching YHVH as outlined in the Tabernacle pattern. Prepare yourself before approaching YHVH.

6. Allow YHVH to speak to you. This is the hardest part. Many people never hear YHVH speak to them simply because they don't allow Him. We need to sit and spend quality time listen and hear the voice of YHVH. Samuel was open to hearing from YHVH (1 Samuel 3). He said, "Speak, for your servant hears." Are you open to listen? Do you create time to listen?

What I want vs What YHVH wants.

you create time to listen? What I want vs What YHVH wants. Prayer is driven by

Prayer is driven by motives, needs and where you are at in your life and this will dictate what your prayers will be like as well. Prayer is an expression of your internal struggles and needs that you want to voice to the Almighty in order to get some resolution on your issues. We as humans ultimately strive towards self fulfilment and peace and prayer is one of the vehicles to get us to that place.

Looking at prayer or analysing people’s prayers will tell you much about that person and where they are at in their lives. Think about this from YHVH’s point of view; He hears all our prayers and through Him listening to us all the time would give Him a pretty good understanding of where each one of us are physically and spiritually. YHVH is more interested in your spiritual needs than your physical and will sometimes not give you what you want because you are only physically minded. Seek first the Kingdom and then your physical needs will be looked after, these are the priorities.

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What do you really want?

You can easily find out where you are at regarding your needs by simply asking yourself; “what do you want?” It is better if you can get your friend or you partner to ask you the question, what do you want? Your initial answer may be, I want to provide for my family or I want a house. Ask again; what do you want? You may now answer; I want to be a good person and influence people on a positive way. Keep on asking; what do you want and you will see that you will go deeper and higher until you answer; I want what YHVH wants or I want YHVH, to be with Him. That is the higher want and will of YHVH, away from our physical focus, reaching higher and deeper into our spiritual needs that are based on the Will of YHVH. You will end up wanting what YHVH wants.

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Torah is a revelation of YHVH’s will from above. Prayer is our wanting what YHVH wants from below. Moses first channeled Torah from above. He then turned to YHVH and prayed for the fulfillment of the very things that YHVH was revealing through him. In prayer he aligned his will below with YHVH’s will above and YHVH’s Will/Word shall not return void.

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YHVH’s Word is guaranteed to accomplish what He pleases and to prosper in the
thing for which YHVH sent it. It may not accomplish what we please or the purpose
for which we use it. In other words, YHVH’s Word accomplishes YHVH’s purpose.
Let us take a little closer look at this verse in its context. The passage sharply
distinguishes YHVH’s thoughts from man’s thoughts and YHVH’s purposes (which
He accomplishes) from man’s purposes (which may remain unaccomplished).
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How do I make YHVH’s Will/Word my will and want what He wants? How can we possibly force ourselves to want what someone else wants? Aren’t we all different? This might be a good question if we were dealing with anything or anyone besides YHVH, the unified source of all existence. Because YHVH created us, and because deep down we are much more connected to Him than we are consciously aware, the truth is that we really do want what He wants, but only on a deeper level, the Yechidah level of your soul. More than anything in the whole world, our deepest desire is YHVH’s deepest desire. On that level we are one. On that level, the deepest level of our souls, we were never severed from Him.

Praying the Word - Laver

we were never severed from Him. Praying the Word - Laver The Word of YHVH is

The Word of YHVH is associated with water and in the Tabernacle pattern; the Laver. This is where we spend time praying the word or meditate on Scripture as we enter into the Holy Place and presence of YHVH.

From the time of Adam, all the above- mentioned righteous men and women prayed. And what was the content of their prayer? They took YHVH’s Torah, in which He revealed His will, and they turned it into prayer. They prayed to Him saying, “We want what You want.” That is the fundamental basis of praying YHVH’s Word; to seek and ask His Will to be realized in your life.

First they internalized Torah, allowing its light to shine into their hearts and awaken their souls, thereby transforming mundane existence into divine mission.

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They prayed to become conduits of its light; to align themselves with the Godly will. They not only prayed YHVH’s Torah back to Him but they became “prayer”. Praying YHVH’s Word is also the same as meditating on His Word. There are numerous Biblical references to prayerful meditation, praying the Word:

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How to pray the Word

Any of the following ways of praying the Word can be done individually or corporately:

Read the Word: The easiest way to pray the Word of YHVH, is to simply read it out loud (proclaiming, confessing, declaring the Word), beginning at Genesis and ending at Revelation.

Psalms: The early Church placed a huge emphasis on praying the Psalms. The Psalms contain all the different types of prayer, such as adoration, worship, praise, humbling before YHVH, supplication, intercession, spiritual warfare and prophecy. It is through the praying of the Psalms (they prayed it out loud and on their knees) that the early Church gained faith to reach out to the pagan societies with the gospel of redemption.

YHVH’s promises: The Word of YHVH contains numerous promises about many situations, circumstances and issues. The reading, meditating and proclaiming of these Scriptures increases faith, and help us to understand how YHVH wants us to act in diverse circumstances. It helps us to pray and intercede with wisdom and knowledge rather than from a perspective of fear and anxiety.

YHVH 's will and commands: By reading the Word, we discover YHVH 's will, commands and mandates for His people in the World. Build your prayers around these commands and mandates from Scripture.

Prophecies: The Word of YHVH is full of prophecies that still need to be fulfilled; prophecies concerning ourselves, our families, our nations and the purposes of YHVH in the end-times. We need to pray these prophesies for their fulfillment.

Verse by verse: When reading the Word, turn every verse that enters your heart, into a personal prayer for spiritual growth, physical or emotional healing and allow your thoughts to think about these life-giving words, rather than dwelling on problems or worldly issues. Rephrase the Word of YHVH into prayers and pray His Word back to Him.

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Contemplation: Read the Word silently or out loud with the aim of encountering YHVH (Meditative prayer). The moment when, by faith, your spirit senses His presence, allow the Holy Spirit to take you into a deeper reflection or contemplation on the Person of YHVH. Just linger there in His presence. Sometimes this prayer without words can have a more profound effect on us and our world than many prayers we pray from our minds.

Set Prayer or Prayer Seder: You can pray set prayers as found in the Seder or Prayer Books which contains prayers that are compiled through combining verses in Scripture under certain topics. The Amidah is a great example of such a set of prayer that we will discuss in detail later on.

Giluy HaYichud – YHVH’s Oneness

in detail later on. Giluy HaYichud – YHVH’s Oneness Your perception of YHVH is critical when

Your perception of YHVH is critical when you pray, not having the right mindset can draw you away from a “successful” prayer experience. What am I supposed to think about when I pray? There are as many answers to this question. As some of the greatest teachers have taught, tefillah (prayer) is new every day. Still, the question persists, what are we supposed to think about when we pray?

We normally think about ourselves when we pray, putting our needs and wants on the forefront of our thoughts. This is connecting at the Nephesh level. We pray to get something from YHVH and miss the point in not making Him the primary focus point in order to connect to Him.

On the highest level all intentions (yechidah level) all thoughts, and all emotions during prayer are actually rooted in one intention, directed toward one thing. Without it, the essence is lost. Without this focus or purpose, your prayers will be scattered just like your daily thoughts are. You have to discipline yourself to keep your focus and intent in the forefront of your mind in order to pray effectively and purposefully.

What is this one intention? In order to fully grasp it, we must detect the single thread that strings all our prayers together. We can answer the question based on what emerges from the common thread of all our prayers: this intention is called; “the revelation of YHVH’s blessed oneness”. This is what we are supposed to think about when we pray. This is what you will spontaneously think about when you pray in the Yechidah level (mature level of your soul).

What is the revelation of YHVH’s blessed oneness? First and foremost, it goes back to the basic Scriptural belief that there is only one Elohim. The Torah says, “Shma Yisrael YHVH Elohenu YHVH echad—hear O Israel, YHVH—the Infinite Eternal Being—is our Elohim; YHVH is One” (Deut 6:4).

YHVH Elohenu YHVH echad—hear O Israel, YHVH—the Infinite Eternal Being—is our Elohim; YHVH is One” (Deut

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Shma Yisrael [hear O Israel – Righteous people of Elohim], YHVH [the infinite, eternal, all-encompassing One in Whom there is no separation or differentiation] Elokenu [is our Elohim, the Creator and Director of all Who grants us individual existence because He wants us to know Him in and through the events of our lives]; YHVH [the infinite eternal Being] echad [is ONE, i.e., He is the essence unity and oneness behind all existence who beckons us to return and re-merge into His oneness in full conscious relationship].

We understand and believe that He is one and the One behind all of creation. You must know Who He is in order to effectively communicate with Him through prayer. That is how we connect to Him and His oneness. Echad means more than “there is no other God”, it really means that there is nothing but YHVH, nothing exist without Him and everything exists within Him. With that knowing can I can connect with Him and become one with Him through prayer. It is the realization that there is nothing else but YHVH. You may ask, where does Y’shua and His Spirit fit in? YHVH’s Oneness includes His Salvation (Y’shua) and His Spirit (Ruach) and He cannot be Who He is without the fullness of Him as expressed through Y’shua and His Spirit. The idea that anything has a separate existence apart from YHVH is an illusion that exists only from man’s point of view. Our point of view is certainly real to us but is

aligned with the real bigger reality? Our aim is to receive YHVH’s light and revelation of Who He really is and to line our perception of reality up with the true reality that He

is One and there is nothing but Him.

YHVH is not just a Being that exists “out there” somewhere in His infinite oneness. No, YHVH is the One and only Source of all existence. How do I connect to His Oneness? Just like you connect with normal people, you talk to them and they talk back. You share with them you life and they share theirs with you. We connect in a similar way to YHVH through prayer but the key is to connect with Him on your highest level of your soul, knowing Who He is and how He fits into everything and to make Him the primary focus of your prayer.

YHVH’s Oneness places the onus on us. We ourselves have to realize and declare

YHVH’s oneness. As implied in the Shema, our single intention must be to establish

a conscious relationship with the Infinite One who made us and gives us life. As we

feel ourselves drawn toward His exalted essence, we are to love Him and feel embraced by His love to the point that we become merged in His oneness. It is to give yourself totally to the point where you no longer exist as an entity, where you exist only in Him. We are then to draw the revelation of His oneness, His light, His providence into every phase and facet of our lives. This is what Paul meant when he said “ BC & ">"D EB BC F ?>.

Appointed Times - Appointments with YHVH & Prayer

Are there certain times when you will have a better connection or be more sensitive hearing form YHVH? The festivals we celebrate, is not a mere historical commemoration of events that occurred long ago in the distant past. Rather, the miraculous events with awesome spiritual light and energy that guided those appointed times are renewed when the festival commemorating them comes around each year.

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and energy that guided those appointed times are renewed when the festival commemorating them comes around

Regarding the entire series of festivals that occur throughout the Hebrew calendar year, Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto, 1707-1746) thus wrote:

“The level of each festival depends on the quality of the divine influx and the

On each of these

power of the light that shone on it (when it first occurred)

special days, something happened whereby at this time a great tikun (rectification) was accomplished and a great [spiritual] illumination shone. The Highest Wisdom decreed that, on every anniversary of these days, a complement of their original illumination should shine forth, and the results of its rectification renewed to those who celebrate it. Thus, we are commanded to observe Pesach with all its rituals to recall the Exodus. At the time of the Exodus, we experienced an extremely powerful rectification. It is for this reason that, on the anniversary of this event”

During these appointed times it is “easier” to connect to YHVH than on other normal days. The reason for this is because YHVH has set aside certain times to specifically deal with man on a special level and these times are the Sabbaths and the Feast days. These Appointed Times are “Appointments” He made with His people where all His attention is focused on that event on the topic concerning that Festival. The revelation “light” shines like rays of light timed to hit the earth on these special days.

If you are not sensitive and aware of these light revealing times, then you will miss

out on the revelation that YHVH wants to share with His people on that day, progressively revealing details of Himself and His Restoration Plan to those who care

to make time and listen.

This is beautifully explained through the symbolism of the Sabbath which is an Appointed Time where YHVH meets with His people every week. The timing and start of the Sabbath is signalled by sunset and you have to have all your preparations done before the sun goes down. If you are ready and prepared, the you will enter into

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peaceful blessed Sabbath and enjoy the blessings thereof.

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you are not prepared and are late, then you will have an unprepared rushed

Sabbath without the blessing of peace. Similarly we read about the parable of the ten Virgins, 5 were prepared and ready for the Groom and 5 were foolish without oil in their lamps. The ones that were labelled foolish were the ones that thought they were ok but who were not sensitive to the timing of the Groom’s “appointed time” and missed out. The same goes for not being sensitive of the Appointed Times, including the Sabbath, you will miss out that special connection that YHVH wants to have with you, sharing that day with you through a celebration with Himself.

The festivals are not burdensome or legalistic as some may label it, they are celebrations and appointments with the King regarding a certain theme in which He wants to reveal Himself to you in a very special way. All you have to do is to give your time up and spend

it in time with Him during these Appointed Times.

and spend it in time with Him during these Appointed Times. The major holidays are not

The major holidays are not only ceremonies of past events. We do not merely stand still and let time pass over us, never to return again. Rather, time is like a spiral, and we travel through it. As we travel, we return to [or, more precisely, realign ourselves with] the very same illumination that shone long ago. Thus, each year, at Pesach,

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Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot, Purim, or Chanukah time, we arrive at the exact point-in-time that corresponds to the original festival and receive that same illumination.

The fact that the light of “Redemption form Egypt” continues to shine every year can be understood in two complementary ways. It depends on how deep we want to go in understanding what this light was/is. The first level is basically what Rabbi Moshe Chayim said above:

“The light that shines every year comes from the original Pesach. The question is: Where did the light come from that shone on the original Pesach? Rabbi Nachman of Breslov asks this question. He answers that it was “borrowed” from the Future 3 – Past, present & Future:

What is the essence of the redemption from Egypt? From what “place” and “time” were all the miracles and supernatural wonders that occurred then taken [“borrowed”] when Hashem completely changed and overturned the natural order of the world, nullifying the laws and constants of nature, and thereby revealing His unmitigated providence over the world? It was all borrowed from the level called ha’ketz ha’acharon (the final end-time), that is, from the light that will be revealed at that time. [For He will then show us that there was never any such thing as “nature.”] The so-called laws of nature will be nullified [and all will see that they were merely a camouflage for God’s direct and uninterrupted providence]. This ultimate end is none other than the Great Shabbat [that will culminate the 6,000 years of this-world]. It is Alma d’Atei (the ultimate World-of-the-Future), the complete Sabbath [that will follow the “weekdays” of this world]. It is from that ultimate future that Hashem drew the light of providence, from sof ha’olam (i.e., from beyond the boundaries of the world as we know it), from ketz ha’acharon (the ultimate end) [in order to overturn the natural order and redeem us from Mitzrayim].”

This is a fascinating concept that holds true for us who believe in the End Times and the Second Coming of Messiah Y’shua. Looking at the spiral clock with the long time arm representing the “Light” or revelation shining over all time periods, from the initial appointed time right through to the final Appointed Time, shining a progressive revelation over all time periods in lined up synchronisation with each other. This gives you the ability to find the initial revelation and even the final revelation of the essence of that Festival during that particular Appointed Time period. It is as if all these times are happening in one moment in time, rotating through the year, becoming available on each Feast or Sabbath day. This will allow you to gain the Prophetic revelation from the “future” on what will happen, as well as the initial foundational revelation on why YHVH created this appointed time. Looking over time within this time window reveals the full picture and intent of YHVH’s wisdom and Restoration Plan.

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Looking over time within this time window reveals the full picture and intent of YHVH’s wisdom

Ruach – Breath & Holy Spirit Awareness

Dr. Dan

author of several books, including Mindsight:

practicing child psychiatrist and

including Mindsight: practicing child psychiatrist and This section will discuss how a physical part of your

This section will discuss how a physical part of your brain is responsible for “spiritual qualities” and how the development of this part of the brain is related to breath (ruach).

The brain consists of different parts and each of these parts has a different function. The spinal cord is connected to Brain Stem where you find the reptilian brain with fight-flight-freeze mechanisms. Heart lung and body function controls all sit here.

The Limbic area is the next part of the brain that is connected to the brain stem with 5 functions:

1. Motivate behaviour

2. Emotions

3. Evaluation or appraisal (important or not)

4. Distinguish different kinds of memory (factual & autobiography)

5. Attachments to relationships

Outer layer of the brain is the cortex or neo-cortex that make up the majority of your brain that consists of your left and right brain hemispheres.

The Frontal Lobe (pre-frontal – cortex) that is where you think, it consists of sides that helps you focusing your attention). The middle zone of the frontal lobe is where you find the “moral policies” with 9 functions:

1. Body regulation (heartbeat, breathing etc.

2. Relationships and communication

3. Emotional balance

4. Response flexibility (buffer between information coming in and impulse response – resisting temptations )

5. Fear modulation – ability to manage fear

6. Insight – who am I, where do I want to go personally

7. Empathy

8. Morality – moral reasoning – who are we? Involving other people.

9. Intuition – heart vs. gut feelings to help you make decisions.

The location where this part of the brain connects is right in the location where all the parts of the brain connect physically – it is the center area where all information flow and this part of the brain coordinates all the brain and mind’s information.

When all these functions are present, that will cause that person to become kind towards others. Studies has been done exercising this part of the brain and that caused the people to become more sensitive in treating other people, showed kindness towards others, had better self control and showed empathy in their relationships with other human beings.

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Ruach is also known as Breath or Spirit. YHVH’s Holy Spirit or Ruach HaKodesh is the link to the connection to the Yechidah, Chayah and Neshamah from the Nephesh soul level. The Lungs that contain the air that we breathe are represented by the Menorah as we have seen in the previous section. The Menorah is the symbol of YHVH’s Holy Spirit – see the connection? YHVH created us with such detail and meaning that will allow us to learn and understand the Spiritual levels of life that exist above our normal conscious awareness.

To taste the fruit of higher conscious relationship with YHVH, we need to slow down. This involves breath-awareness and sound-awareness. It is in such a state of unified consciousness that we literally enter another dimension that transcends our limited left-brain conceptions. This is the entry into the inner landscape where prophetic vision and relationship with the soul become so real that we are amazed at how blind we’ve been.

Brain Exercise - Breathing

There is a mind exercise that you can do to help develop all 9 these pre-mental functions and will physically develop that part of your brain that will only take 10min of your time every day. By now you can guess what the exercise involves, breathing. Isn’t it fascinating to see that breath or Ruach has a connection in the physical development of your brain to enhance your moral, emotional, intuitive and relationship capabilities?

moral, emotional, intuitive and relationship capabilities? Close your eyes, and dilate your throat a bit so

Close your eyes, and dilate your throat a bit so that you can hear when you breathe in or out. Focus on the sound and all the aspects of your breathing, the cool air coming in, the hot air going out of your nostrils, the movement of your chest and diaphragma. Count to 5 (in your mind) while breathing in, hold it for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds. Focus on the sound of your breath and eliminate all other thoughts that might distract you. Stop counting but keep on breathing to the rhythm of the counting. Listen to your breath and gently remove all thoughts, mind chatter and things that might distract you. Try to sense the things around you while you breathe and become quiet on the inside. Do this for 10 minutes every day and you will see a difference in those 9 aspects mentioned before.

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Upside Down Tree

Upside Down Tree In truth, man [each human being, and all mankind] can be likened to

In truth, man [each human being, and all mankind] can be likened to a tree, as it is written, “Ki ha’adam etz ha’sadeh—for man is a tree of the field” (Deut. 20:19). The difference is that man is a right-side- up tree. The roots of a physical tree are in the ground, whereas man’s root is above. For the neshamah is man’s shoresh/root, and it is in heaven [i.e., in his head which corresponds to the spiritual dimension]; his hands are thus like his main branches, and his feet are the smaller branches that branch off from these. His torso is the trunk of his tree. Why is this important to understand? The root of a physical tree is below; it receives its sustenance from the ground below. Man’s soul, on the other hand, draws its life-force from heaven.

Thus as opposed to a physical tree which grows from the bottom up, man, who is rooted above, grows from the top down, from his heavenly root down into his body in this world… Precisely because man is rooted above, he can ground himself in that upper root, thereby transferring his main point of reference from this world to the world above. This grounding above is so important for it strengthens a person in faith to such an extent that nothing can move him away from knowing that YHVH is in charge of everything.

We have seen how the entire reality of this world is organized around the principle of physical matter and spiritual form (mass and energy), body and soul, vessel and light, external and internal. The soul/light level always governs the existence of the body/vessel level. While the essence of the soul level remains above, it beams a projection of itself down below into the body. This projection enters into the body level, and serves there as its [indwelling] soul. It is then, via that beam of its own light that it projects, that the body draws its life-force and its existence from above, for as long as this is decreed.

Now from its position above [but via its projection within the body], the soul—which is the essential spiritual form of all that exists below—constantly works on the body. Not for a single moment does the soul leave the body without activity [but rather it pushes and compels it to grow and develop to its full potential]. For the soul’s job is to rectify its junior physical counterpart below, so that it may eventually return it to itself above, and bond with it for all eternity.

We are lights like candles which flames reach towards the sky. These flames can be moved by wind (ruach) which can either be from YHVH or from the dark side. When we connect the Nephesh with the Neshamah through Ruach, these “flames” become lights that contains the “Ruach” that act as a light beam which cannot be moved or blown out by external winds (ruach / spirits). Our aim is to help others to connect to the light source from above so that we can shine YHVH’s light down into this world without the vulnerability of being a candle light subject to winds of destruction.

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YHVH’s light down into this world without the vulnerability of being a candle light subject to

YHVH wants to hear our Prayers – The Power of Prayer

YHVH wants to hear our Prayers – The Power of Prayer All the tribulations we undergo

All the tribulations we undergo are meant to help us break through the superficial view of reality in which we see YHVH as far away from us and experience ourselves as eternally separate from Him. The whole point of praying is to know ourselves as part of YHVH, and to know Him as part of us.

We see this in the lives of the matriarchs. In the Torah we read, “Yitzchak pleaded to YHVH on behalf of his wife [Rivkah], for she was barren. YHVH granted his plea, and Rivkah became pregnant” (Genesis 25:21).

It would have been proper for the verse to start out by saying that Rivkah was barren, and then inform us that Yitzchak therefore prayed on her behalf. However, the fact that we are first informed that Yitzchak prayed comes to teach us what is primary and what is secondary. That is, the whole reason why YHVH made Rivkah sterile was to force Yitzchak and her to pray. This is why the verse informs us first about Yitzchak’s prayer— the main reason for Rivkah’s sterility was to force Yitzchak to pray! This is what the sages meant when they asked, “Why were the matriarchs barren? Because the Holy One desires the prayers of the tzadikim.” From this we learn the great power of prayer— even to the extent that it can change the natural course of history.

Now we can better understand why YHVH constantly places us in difficult situations. It is so that we will constantly turn to Him—so that prayer will be the essence of our lives. This principle applies to the children of Israel when they arrived at (the Red Sea and found themselves closed in on all sides. Here, too, YHVH put them in this impossible situation precisely in order to force them to pray, to connect with Him in a deeper way than could have been possible without their being in danger.

To show how this works, lets begin by quoting the following verse from the Song of Songs, “O My dove, [when you are caught] in the clefts of the rock, [terrified] in the cliff’s terrace, let Me behold your countenance, let Me hear your voice. For your voice is sweet and your appearance is pleasant” (Song of Songs 2:14):

When Israel saw that they were surrounded on three sides—the sea on one side, the Egyptians on one side, and wild beasts on one side—they raised their eyes heavenward and cried out to their Father in heaven. This is the meaning of the verse, “As Pharaoh drew close, the children of Israel looked up. They saw the Egyptians marching at their rear, and the people became very frightened. The children of Israel began to cry out to YHVH” (Exodus 14:10). Again, why did the Holy One place them in this situation? Because He desired to hear their prayers.

He wanted to hear their voice again. When He saw that they weren’t interested

in crying out to Him, He sent Pharaoh to pursue them. It is thus written, “As Pharaoh

drew close

moment, the Holy One said to them, “I desired to hear your voice.” This is the meaning of, “O My dove, [when you are caught] in the clefts of the rock, [terrified] in the cliff’s terrace, let Me behold your countenance, let Me hear your voice,” i.e., let Me hear that same voice with which you cried out to Me in Mitzrayim.

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children of Israel began to cry out to YHVH” (ibid. 14:10). At that

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YHVH doesn’t want us to turn to Him sincerely only when dire circumstances arise. Whether we praise Him out of gratitude for a new day, for renewed health after an illness or an injury, for food on our table, for our ability to learn Torah and work and care for others, or whether we ask for assistance in the routine non-critical areas of our lives—this is what it’s all about. Living within a real relationship with our Creator, we won’t need extreme wake-up calls.

The Blessing of Bowing

won’t need extreme wake-up calls. The Blessing of Bowing Have you ever wondered why some people

Have you ever wondered why some people bow down before YHVH when they pray? Surely it is about what is happening on the inside, your thoughts and communication with YHVH that counts more than a physical action.

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Bowing down to YHVH has three aspects: First, when we bow, we place ourselves in a position of self-humiliation or nullification in relation to the One above. To humble yourself is on of the most important aspects in approaching YHVH through prayer. Why do we pray? It is because we want to receive something from YHVH. It is like having to have an empty glass in order to receive some more water to drink. If the glass is already full—if a person is filled with his own sense of importance—there is no room left to receive. If you are incapable of recognizing your own lacks, there is no reason for you to approach YHVH to ask Him to “fix” you in order for you to grow.

We therefore bow down in complete and joyous surrender to YHVH Who is higher than us. In this way we show that we are aware that our very life depends upon our connection with Him Who is the source of all existence.

Secondly, by bowing before YHVH, we show that we wish to become like Him, givers who receive only in order to give. We humble ourselves and lay our own personalities down before Him so that we can imitate His Person, expressing His Life and actions through us.

Thirdly, it is a physical action that will help you to focus on what you are busy with. In the same way you visualize yourself before the King of kings, your bowing action enrich your prayer experience and ensure that your are present while talking to the King.

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The Human body and Heavenly connection

Man is created to govern all the worlds above and below him. Every universe is like a body that is governed by the universe above it which is its soul. The lowest extremity of the higher universe enters into the lower universe as its soul. The one dimension is linked to the next higher dimension through the soul of those who govern it. We as humans are appointed over the earth to govern it and our souls are connected to the spiritual realm above us from where we receive the authority and ability that enables us to do so. This applies to all the universes, up to the highest. YHVH Himself is the soul of all and there are angels that probably link the upper realms to higher realms to where YHVH is (above all).

Why is it important to have this knowledge of how our physical world is linked to the spiritual and how the spiritual is governed? It gives us the insight where we fit in and how structured and powerful and organized YHVH is in governing everything He created and all that above it. It also give is the knowing of how important it is to pray so that our souls can connect with the spiritual dimension where YHVH is in order to receive insight, knowledge and ability to govern the area you are responsible for on this earth. Without prayer and connection with YHVH, you will be like nephesh, empty animal like souls that only live inside this world but has now governing power over it.

How are these dimensions connected? We read in Scripture “and behold, a ladder was set to the earth.” It is not written “standing on the earth,” but “set to the earth.” We learn from this that its main point of origin was in heaven, like a rope ladder which is lowered down from above. From there it unfolded and descended until it reached the earth.

This “ladder” is none other than man’s neshamah (divine soul) which emanates, as it were, from YHVH’s very mouth. From there it devolves like a rope or chain- ladder and connects with the Ruach (Spirit), then the nefesh (fleshly or indwelling soul), until its lowest extremity descends into this world in man’s physical body.

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We have already discussed Jacob’s Ladder and your “state of life” that influences your ability

We have already discussed Jacob’s Ladder and your “state of life” that influences your ability to connect with YHVH. On the lower levels, you get the things that pull you down into the flesh and carnal living with no sensitivity to receive anything from YHVH and then you get the higher levels where you are neutral and live a fairly good life. Ultimately we want to live a Holy life that allows our souls to connect to the highest level (yechidah) where love, peace, joy and revelation/enlightenment is.

YHVH takes us through the process of connecting to the higher level with the help of His Spirit and His Anointing. It will not be possible to reach the highest levels where YHVH is without the help of His Spirit inside of us.

Putting everything together; you are a soul which starts of on a Nephesh (fleshly – animal like) level and can be elevated to the Neshamah, Chayah and Yechidah which is overlaying your approach towards YHVH going from the Outer Court Gate, Brazen Altar/Laver, Holy Place up to the Holy of Holies. In support of this you need to live a holy life that elevates your soul from Sin, Shame, Guilt, Apathy, Grief, Fear Desire (Lust), Anger, Pride, Courage, Neutrality, Willingness, Acceptance, Reason (Knowledge/Wisdom), Love, Joy, Peach, Revelation (Enlightenment, Echad – One with YHVH). We move through the stages starting at the “separated state”, right through to a unified state with YHVH, which is our ultimate goal and Will of YHVH.

To be Ecahad or One with YHVH is described in Scripture as the marriage between man and YHVH. Have you ever thought of the Marriage between Y’shua and the Bride in relation of the Shema, becoming One with YHVH? That is exactly what the Restoration Plan of YHVH is right from the point in time where man was separated from YHVH in the Garden of Eden. Everything He has done since then, everything He has Commanded and Written is part of the plan to restore man back to Himself as was His Plan at Creation.

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We need the Torah, we need Messiah Y’shua, we need His Holy Spirit, we need to live Holy, and we need Prayer and an Intimate relationship with Him in order to become Ecahd (one) with Him, ultimately through Marriage with the Messiah.

All believers in Messiah just thought that they have to believe that He will marry His Bride and we have to wait for Him to come. We are also told that we have to have a relationship with Him but no one told us exactly what to do while we wait and how to have an intimate relationship with Him until e comes again. The key is Prayer and Holy living as defined by the Torah as well as the indwelling Spirit of YHVH. This study, as you noticed, goes to great lengths to detail the depths and dynamics of Prayer and Connecting with YHVH of a real spiritual level which enrich your relationship with Him through a clear line of communication. This is what the Prophets of old had and what is prophesied for those living in the Last Days.

The meaning of “And behold, YHVH’s angels were ascending and descending upon it” means that man’s soul determines the ascent or descent of all forces (positive or negative) form the spiritual to the physical realm. This means that is you are a bad person that evil forces will descend through your soul into the world and realize within your life. In the same way, if you are a believer, then YHVH’s goodness, love, peace, joy etc. will descent down through your soul into this world and realize in your life, touching others.

into this world and realize in your life, touching others. The Battle between Desire and Will

The Battle between Desire and Will

life, touching others. The Battle between Desire and Will What you desire will ultimately become your

What you desire will ultimately become your will. You have different desires which are connected to the different soul levels. For example, you will have fleshly desires when you operate in your Nephesh soul level and you will desire YHVH’s things when you operate in your Yechidah soul level. New Agers connect with the spiritual through their Nephesh level and can connect with the spiritual and “draw down” those things they desire. There are many meditation methods to day that people use to make things manifest in their lives, believing and focussing on that what they desire. These things work but there is a danger lurking because of the fact that people operate in their nephesh Level. Why is it dangerous? We read in the Book of Numbers that the people craved the meat they ate in Egypt and YHVH answered their desires by giving them qual that caused their death at the end of the day.

You should never operate out of a fleshly level connecting to the Spiritual “pulling down” your desires into the physical, you should elevate and operate in the “higher soul level” where YHVH’s Will and desires exist so that whatever you desire will be 100% in line with the Will of your Father in Heaven.

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We must not be ignorant of the Spiritual World and how the Spiritual things work because YHVH’s people are destroyed because of a lack on knowledge. People in the Church to day use these methods or meditative prayer coveting their fleshly desires in the name of Prosperity. These spiritual laws exist and anyone can use it and activate it through proclamation and visualisation faith techniques. You have probably heard of the “claim it and frame it” and “visualize it to realize it” techniques – they really work but from which level of the soul are they activated? Christians, Buddhists, New Agers, Hindus and various Eastern faiths have success in faith healings and prosperity manifestations that “sell their faith” because “it works” but they have only activated the mechanisms of the spiritual world and know the formula without knowing YHVH.

You are in a constant battle between your desires and YHVH’s desires that parallel the battle between your will and YHVH’s Will. Seek YHVH and He will open up the floodgates of heaven with blessings that He can trust you with. Be on the safe side and seek YHVH’s Will first and all the physical things you need and desire will be added to you. Matt 6:33. Do not be overcome by fleshly desires but overcome your flesh by elevating your soul with the help of YHVH’s Spirit.

Collective Souls

You have a spiritual life just like you have a physical life, full of dynamics, things to do, responsibilities, relationships to maintain etc. The spiritual life however is the “Real Life” we live and the physical life is a shadow formed by the light that radiates from your spiritual life. John said in 5 9 .>" “… …” That means that your physical life will be in order when your spiritual life is in order.

life will be in order when your spiritual life is in order. How do I manage

How do I manage to get my spiritual life in order? Just like you would your physical life; you have to identify the weaknesses and gaps in your spiritual life and close them in order to bring out the fullness thereof. You need to have healthy relationships in the spiritual life and that means your relationship with YHVH and with man. Why man, I thought you only have physical relationships with other people. It is more complex than that; people are spiritual beings and therefore you need to have healthy spiritual relationships with your fellow man.

You have colleagues at work, neighbours, friends, family and very close friends. In the same way will you have relationships with people on nepheshh level up to yechidah level. The yechidah people are the people closest to you and share your spiritual views and who operate at the same spiritual level as you do.

When you compare your interaction and relationships with people to Jacob’s Ladder then you will notice the different relationships ranging from nephesh to yechidah on the same ladder ascending from the basic to the highest. As your relationships with people prosper so will your soul level and intimate relationships with spiritual connected people prosper. Connecting with yechidah people will elevate your relationship with YHVH on the yechidah level. The fact of the matter is that you are not you, but you are “us”. People will influence how your soul prospers because you are connected to them on a spiritual level.

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Just like you avoid people in your life that will pull you down, so must you avoid spiritual people who will drain you through empty arguments due to spiritual misalignment.

You form a “Collective Soul” which the Scripture describes as a “Body” and can be in the form of husband and wife, your family, your Fellowship or Church etc. Each one of these are seen as a single Body from YHVH’s point of view as He did with Israel, seeing them as one Body known as His Wife. All the people in that group or Body have a “collective soul” which operates on a certain spiritual or soul level. Looking at Jacob’s ladder the group can have a collective “life expression” that sits at Grief or Shame or Fear. This will pull the “stronger” members down when they are together and cause that “Group” or Body not to function or connect at a higher level. Their prayers will be one-dimensional without real depth or prophetic substance. It also hold true for a famil unit, the average level they live at will be determined by all the members of that falily and individuals can pull down everybody to operate at a lover level, not experiencing YHVH on the level they should.

This is why YHVH told Israel to “cut off” members who continue in their sin because they compromise the whole Body. YHVH even punished all the members of Israel when one or a few sinned. That is further conformation that we are seen and treated as Collective Souls and as single Body units that is made up out of different members.

Brain Exercise - Feet and Toes

The human foot is one of the body's most complex engineering marvels. The eight arches in your feet do a remarkable job of evenly distributing the weight of your body, while 200 ligaments coordinate 40 different muscles that control the 56 bones in your feet – one fourth of all the bones in your body!

in your feet – one fourth of all the bones in your body! An intricate system

An intricate system of blood vessels and nerves connect the feet with the rest of the body. Your feet are good barometers of the aging process; inflexible toes, cold feet, and poor circulation are signposts of time.

In the morning, while you're still in bed, slowly begin to move your toes – any way that feels good. Wriggle, scrunch, and stretch. Move all your toes up and down several times, or work just your big toes. Wiggling your toes activates nerves that stimulate your brain and internal organs. Do this while you listen to your breathing, this will stimulate brain activity that will set you up for success for each day.

Do this exercise first thing each morning or after sitting for an extended period of time. It will help you to wake-up and become alert more quickly. Your whole body may feel pleasantly energized. Most important, your first steps – and those throughout the day – will be safer ones.

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