September 2005


Part 37

Continuing with Jacob, the incidents that have been added into the stories of Jacob are there to make us aware that the things that happened in those days still happen to us today. We need to just move through these experiences and move on, learning from them. Jacob meets with Esau and makes his peace with him. They discovered that there was a love between them. Therefore we have the love between the intellect, which is Jacob, and the body, which is Esau. It is love that overcomes all separations. We put the body over here and the mind over there and say that they are two separate things. The body doesn’t mean anything, and the mind is important because we can change our thoughts and that will change our world. Everything is the same substance; the body is made out of the same spiritual substance as the mind. They are all one. We can not accentuate one more than another. This is what was happening in the stories about Esau and Ishmael and their association with Egypt, down into the body, down into the physical, and the psychic.

Chapter 33:

Verse 18.    “And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is the land of Caanan, when he came from Padanaram, and pitched his tent before the city.”

Verse 19.    “And he bought a parcel of field, where he had spent his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father for a hundred pieces of money.”

Verse 20.     “And he erected there an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.”

Shechem means a Burden-bearing attitude of mind,
Canaan means lowland (lower body consciousness),
Padanaram is where Laban lived; it means a tableland, a plateau, lifted to a broad level in the intellect.
Hamor is stubborn and ignorant.
El-Elohe-Israel means ‘unto the God of Israel'

So verse 16 is saying that Jacob came down to a lower level of consciousness. He came down from the high level where he had lived with Laban to a place within himself of a burden-bearing mind.

He pitched a tent, which means that he is not going to stay very long. We do this, we get despondent and we feel burdened, and we go down into a lower state, which is depression or we get sick. Jacob pays an hundred pieces of money and an hundred is the close of a major phrase.

He must start a new phrase of life himself now that he has left Laban. This time he has come down and bought this land, he has really gone into the material. He has gone unto Hamor, (stubborn, dark, ignorant, foolishness, and an unreasonable state of mind, very depressed). But then he erects an altar. The altar symbolizes giving up something. He says he is going to give up the ‘mind of the flesh' in the individual consciousness to become more spiritual. God alone recognizes this that is why he built an altar, he is trying to turn to God.

Israel means true spiritual thoughts, throughout every phase of the consciousness, from the highest to the lowest. This is why Jacob's name was changed. He was trying to make that spiritual consciousness throughout all the levels. This is what we tend to do, from down here we try to become more spiritual, to express more spirituality. For we still try to first look at things on the physical level (healing, laying on of hands etc.), then the intellectual level (changing your thinking change your life), and finally the spiritual level (you see only the perfection, only God within everything), This is what Jacob was all about. He was able to get to look at things at the intellectual level, but he keeps going down into the physical and material and having to solve his problems there. This is what we do, we have a hard time staying up in the spiritual aspect. So we find ourselves trying to reason our way through a problem. This is what Emma teaches in Scientific Christian Practice, reasoning ourselves through a challenge. Though she takes you on through the higher levels in Judgment Series in Practical Science, Studies in High Mysticism and then Esoteric Philosophy.

The Story of Dinah illustrates this moving through different levels.

Dinah means justified, avenged, the soul side, or feminine quality of the Judgment facility in man, intuition. This is the intuitive judgment.

Chapter 34

Verse 1.   “And Dinah the daughter of Leah (weariness), which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.”

The daughters of the land were the daughters of Hivite, descendants of Canaan the son of Ham. Ham was the dark one, the physical and carnal qualities. Canaan is lowland, low-level. So here she is, taking the intuition down into the physical and the carnal.

Verse 2.    “And when Shechem (burden-bearing attitude of mind) the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, he saw her, and lay with her, and defiled her.”

Verse 3.    “And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly unto the damsel.”  

What normally happens when the main character in these stories falls in love and wants to marry a woman? Why? This is to unite with her spiritual quality, usually indicated by her name if given. Shechem, burden-bearing attitude of mind wants to marry intuition. Which is a higher state of mind than he is at, she is working from the judgment facility, which is a higher state of consciousness. The physical is trying to marry a higher state of consciousness, which is why it says he defiled her. You cannot acquire a state of consciousness this way until you have moved yourself into that level. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not marry (name of wives are given) into a higher state of consciousness until they had already reached it. (Just look at Jacob and his endeavors). The name of the wife is proof that they have moved into that state.

The demonstrations of that consciousness come out in the sons and daughters. Shechem has not moved there he is trying to jump there. It is like trying to do a treatment by making grand statements without being in that state of consciousness first.

Verse 4.    “And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.”

Verse 5.  Verse 5. “And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.”

Verse 6. “And Homor the father of Schechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.”

Verse 7. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.”

The two sons were Simeon and Levi. Simeon means receptivity and Levi mean clinging love. They said, ‘which thing ought not to be done', they were into judgment on the physical level where it produces vengeance,

Shechem wants to give a dowry but Jacob and his sons say no, they will not give their sister to someone who is uncircumcised. This is the symbol of the covenant with God to be continent, refrain from physical desires, or pace the physical, in those days for reproduction. They were not to let the sexual side of their nature have ascendance for sex sake alone. This nature was not to be abused but balanced.

Then follows on the unbelievable story of the brother's vengeance.

But when you look at the symbolism we have been studying than it does make sense. So the solution next time.


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