What experiences led Abraham and Sarah to become the matriarch patriarch of a new religion? Led them to beginning a cultural thread which culminates in a whole new vision of religion? There were many experiences but the focus today is looking at their possible initiation into the Mysteries. In spiritual systems throughout time and throughout the world, when an initiate has experienced the Great Mysteries, they are initiated in ceremony. One mark of this experience is to earn a new name. In this thread, I am are going to look at two definitive cases of new Biblical names, and one speculative one. The first is Abram (Avram) and Sarai from Ur.
Look at where they travel to in the course of their lives: EgyptThere was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there. Genesis 12:10
As discussed in my previous blog, Egypt had the most ancient and most prominent of all mystery schools. Even through there is no record of it, it would make sense that Abram and Sarai had some contact with the ancient Egyptian mystery schools during their time there. further evidence that they had an experience of the Great Mystery is that soon after this sojourn, Abram has a personal conversation with divinity or Biblically speaking, forms a covenant with God:No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:5
Changing a name changes the course of one’s life.And God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, Sarai, you shall not call her Sarai, but her name shall be Sarah.” Genesis 17:15
What is the significance of adding the “ha” sound to Abram’s name and its variation, “ah” to Sarai’s? The Kabbalah speaks about Abram’s name change; “From under the Throne of Glory, God took the letter ה [pronounced “hey” or “ha”], with which the world was created, and crowned Abram by implanting it in his name, which became Abraham.”[i]
This is the same breath of life, already discussed as the “wind of divinity.” Here is the thread: http://themysticpagan.com/breath-vibration-song-and-creation/
It is surely conceivable that Abram and Sarai went through an initiation process and ceremony. When Abram became Abraham, and Sarai became Sarah, it was the breath of life “with which the world was created” that was incorporated into their core being. The addition of the power syllable made palpable their connection to all of creation through the agency of breath.
After receiving her new name, Sarah learns she will give birth:she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her Genesis 17:16
Abraham and Sarah with their awakened, renewed interconnection to the power of breath, are about to create new life or in a Biblical context, become the matriarch and patriarch of “nations.” As above so below; creation as it occurred in the heavens when god’s breath blew over the waters. This is reflected in human life. Ha, the seed of creation, is an outward manifestation of their inward spiritual journey.
Next post: Another Biblical name change.
[i] Munk, Rabbi Michael L, The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Mesorah Publications, ltd, 2009; 87. From Yalkut Reuveni, a Kabbalistic work written in 1660.
Breath and its vibrations contain power – deep, mysterious, sacred power. The animal world has its own vibratory essence as do we. In our human bodies, we can tap into this vibration of sacred mystery because of our ability to use sounds and words. Certain sounds hold uniquely powerful energy. These sounds are commonly found in the names that humanity has used throughout time to signify divinity or godhood. Because the process of breathing involves a physical interchange of energies it is our tangible connection to the heavens. It also has a symbolic and a spiritual connection. There is no life without breath.
What are these sounds? Ah and ha are two of them which I will be discussing in the next arc where I discuss mystery school teachings. Another important, but little known one is HU. HU is a deep breath sound, an original vibration of divinity in many pagan and ancient cultures.
Hu was one of the names of the Sphinx in Egypt. The Egyptian God Tehuti, who used his voice to create the cosmos, was known in Greece as Thoth. The Mayans had Hunab Ku, a god connected with the heart and a deity of movement and measurement. Huehuetcotl was an Aztec god of fire, one of their oldest divine images.
Asuku Nyorai (pronounced ashuku) one of the immovable Buddhas was connected with all-wisdom. Ahura Mazda is the Persian name of the Supreme Being in Zoroastrianism. Ahura means light and mazda means wisdom.
In Tibet, the sound of HU HU flowed out of the creator in the process of creation.
In Celtic old Europe, the god Hu was married to the great goddess Ceridwen Europe best known for her cauldron of life and magic potions. Druid acolytes would invoke both these gods in the process of their initiation into the great spiritual mysteries.
Hu was associated with music. Eleanor Merry in her opus on “Celtic Folk-Soul,” The Flaming Door, writes, “The God Hu . . . who represented the whole spiritual world, was attended by his oxen who ‘roared in thunder and blazed in lightning’ – a thrilling allusion to the music of the spheres.”
In the west, the Hu syllable is found in AL-LA-HU-YA, which is the original form of Alleluya or more commonly Hallelujah. AL-LA-HU-YA literally means “praise Ya,” which is shorthand for “praise YHWH.”
Jesus’ original Hebrew name, Yeshua, contains the hu syllable thereby recognizing and honoring his connection to divinity. Lest one think that Jesus had a unique connection to hu, remember that we ourselves carry the appellation of this divine syllable. We are, after all, human. The foundational etymology of the word recognizes that we human beings each carry the divine essence within ourselves. And that is made known to us by hu – by our breath.
As pointed out by David Tame who has written extensively about music; “Life and matter was created through a sacred word or words spoken by the first god or gods in the myths of the Hebrews, the Celts, the Chinese, the Egyptians, the American Indians and the Quechua Maya.”[i]
In Genesis:the LORD God formed man from the dust of the earth.
He blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7-8
In the Rig Veda:“The One [tad ekam] breathed windlessly and self-sustaining. There was one then, and there was no other.”[ii]
In Egypt:“Ra emerged from the Watery Abyss and then all things came into being out of the words of his mouth.”[iii]
In Norse mythology, Ymir is a primordial giant, born when Mist World and Fire World come together. Ymir is known as the “roarer.” In other words, he is one who breathes (and so speaks) really loudly.
In Hawaiian mythos, the world is “chanted into being.” Breath, as the essence of life, is so important to Hawaiian culture that power sounds are incorporated into everyday speech; most prominently in their word of greeting, Aloha. “Alo” means “in the presence of” and “Ha” is the breath of life, that sacred breath we all share.
[i] Tame, David, The Secret Power of Music, Destiny Books, 1984; 206.
[ii] Eliade, Primitives; 110. The translation is by A.L. Basham. Tad ekam is noted as ‘That One’ who ‘breathes without air.
[iii] Bierlein, JF, Parallel Myths, NY: Ballantine Books, 1994; 51.
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!