Who is she who shines like the Morning Star
Beautiful as the moon,
Radiant as the sun,
Awe-inspiring as a cascade of starlight.
Song of Songs 6:10
The Bible as we know it today is actually a mishmash of translations, from ancient Hebrew into Greek and Latin and, from there, into English and a host of other languages. What began as oral lore became written verse, which in turn became holy text.
Much has been lost over the course of these translations—sometimes unintentionally, sometimes deliberately by religious authorities pursuing their own agendas. The earliest earth-based spiritual teachings found in the Bible were actually driven underground, their messages hidden and virtually inaccessible.
In When Eve Was a Goddess, shamanic practitioner and author Janet Rudolph applies spiritual forensics to scripture and Hebrew hieroglyphics, working backward to their original intent. Join her on a quest to explore long-obscured wisdom and mysteries buried for millennia.
From the mystery that is the story of Adam and Eve, to the breathtaking journey that is Exodus, Rudolph reminds us of the Bible’s multi-layered nature, one that allows for a variety of interpretations —and offers a treasure map to passages between heaven and earth.
Spiritual seekers, shamanic journeyers, and those with an interest in cross-cultural mythology will find Rudolph’s work invaluable as readers look back in order to look forward.
Rachel Pollack wrote the following about ONE GODS
A fascinating book. Janet Rudolph has done some strong research, much deeper than the usual deconstruction of patriarchal myths and Bible passages. I really like the respect and awareness she brings to the Hebrew scriptures, along with a strong cross-cultural approach.
Rachel Pollock is a maven-extraordinaire of the Tarot, creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot and author of many books including The Child Eater and Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.
- The world is what you think it is
- There are no limits
- Energy flows where attention goes
- Now is the moment of power
- To love is to be happy with
- All power comes from within
- Effectiveness is the measure of truth
Many, many years ago I taught students preparing to take the high school equivalency exams. It was so long ago it feels like a different lifetime. There was one incident which really stood out in my mind. It was a rainy day and one student walked all peppy and happy saying, “Great, good day to stay indoors and study since it’s raining outside.” And not five minutes later another student walked in looking rather droopy, “Oh I can’t concentrate today, it’s raining.” The contrast could not have been more stark. Same circumstances yet totally different thinking, energy levels, responses. Basically it was a good example of the old glass half full or half empty paradigm.
I learned a lot from witnessing these contrasting attitudes of the same situation. Years later, I was delighted to find that this same lesson I learned so long ago is pretty much the first principle of Huna: The World is What You Think It Is. Short-hand for this principle is “be aware.”
I have learned (and still work on) the attitude that when I am feeling glum or something is bothering me, I can change the way I think about it and with that change, I can alter my whole perspective, my mood, even my enjoyment of the moment.
The premise underlying this first principle is that everything is a dream; whether we dream during the day or at night, our body, our soul, our spirit reacts the same in the present moment. For the first student, her day/dreamtime was sunny even though the weather was dreary. The second student was more sensitive to that specific weather, allowing the rain to enter into his day/dreamtime and strongly influence it.
When I find myself affected strongly by aspects that are outside of myself, especially ones which bring pain or moodiness I will ask myself what I can do to change my dream. What can I be aware of that will make a difference in my feeling? For me, I find that it is mostly in interactions that I can change my dream. Here are some things that work for me.
- I might talk to a flower. I know this may sound silly to some but it can make a difference, especially if I don’t have much time. “Hello flower you look so perky and sunny today. Would you share that energy with me?”
- I might talk to a receptive person, even or especially the grocery store check-out person. We can make each other’s day more energetic by sharing a moment of “aloha” (open-hearted compassion) together.
- Blessing something or blessing myself. I keep rocks and shells on my desk for this very purpose.
- The vibrational aspect of chanting can have a strong effect on me. While I always prefer to do it out loud, I find it works even if I do it in my head, especially if it’s a chant that I am well familiar with.
“If this life is a dream, and if we can wake up fully within it, then we can change the dream by changing our dreaming.” (from Serge Kahili King’s seminal book Urban Shaman, pg 56)
PS: So when I told my story of my two students, did you judge them for good or bad? Both of them passed the exam and earned their diplomas.
The 1st Huna principle in the Bible:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 (New International Version)
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Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 37:4 King James Version
The Hebrew word for delight is aw-nag which uses the letters ayin, nun, gam. Here is its glyph in Ancient Semitic: Aw-nag means soft, delicate or pleasurable. But also take a look at the rebus created by by it’s glyphs. The ayin is an eye which means knowledge (the eye is the window of knowledge), the nun is a seed and the gam which is a foot referring to a walk, is also used to represent a gathering. The rebus becomes knowledge of the gathering of the seed.
The next word is al – ayin lam which is simply a preposition meaning “in” but the rebus of this word is interesting as well. It is the eye and the staff of authority or divinity. (see post The Letter Lam for more information about the letter). As a rebus it can be read as knowledge or experience of the staff or of divinity – or perhaps of divinity itself.
Next comes the Tetragrammaton (yud-hey-vav-hey) which is translated as The Lord. What is important about these syllables for divinity however is that they are all breath syllables. (see post Breath for more information). Breath sounds or syllables are the vibrational essences of creation.
Putting these rebuses together, the first part of the psalm can be translated as :
Experience within yourself (through your eye or ayin) the potentiality (seed) of all creation’s vibrations.
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“and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
The word used for “give” means to give a gift. But who or what is giving, who is receiving and what is the gift? The word translated as “desires” is mishalah. The gift being given is mishalah. Jeff A. Benner defines mishalah in his Lexicon of Ancient Hebrew as “a seeking for what is not known.” By this accounting, mishalah can mean a quest with a specific goal which in this case is to find what is not known. But there is more, it is specifically a quest of the heart – leb (the desires of ones heart). We have uncovered a clue as to the kind of gift. It involves knowing one’s own heart and how one quests for one’s own heart knowledge.
Here is my translation:
Experience within yourself the potentiality of all creation’s vibrations
The gifting of thy questing heart.
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The first principle of Huna is “the world is what you think it is.” The principle can also be stated with other phrases:
“the world is what you believe it is,”
“the world is what you sense it is,”
“the world is what you feel it is,”
“the world is what your heart feels it is.”
I used this photo with this material because of the importance of breath. As the quote from Job that I’ve been using states: “Ask now the beasts . . .” This lion (also used in my header) is exhibiting excellent breath.
I had material leading up to this Biblical Chant which I will have to rebuild. I had discussed the importance of breath and how sacred syllables form the basis of the names of divinity and offer us an opportunity to connect within our bodies to these same energies. In the meantime, though, for those following this blog I will redo this chant.
The sacred syllables of power I discussed were ah, ha, el, al, la, hu and ya. To review: The western term Hallelujah in its original form is AL-LA-HU-YA which literally means “praise Ya.” Ya is a shorthand of YVHV. Different Bibles translate this differently. It is often seen as “Praise the LORD” or “praise God.” Here Hallelujah as praise is used in Psalm 150:1, the King James Bible:Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Ha-lu-ya, Ha-lu-el, Ha-lu-hu
This creates a wonderful and very powerful chant, which I might add, comes directly from the Bible. When doing this chant be sure to sit or stand in a comfortable position with a straight spine. Take deep breaths.
- Breath in
- Breath out: Ha-lu-ya
- Breath in
- Breath out: Ha-lu-el
- Breath in
- Breath out: Ha-lu-hu
Repeat at least 5-10 times. ENJOY!