April 21, 2015
Dear Brian and Analisa –
Hello. I wrote this article as briefly as I could to explain why I changed from the Catholic, “Hail Mary” to my new “Prayer to the Marys.” It is not my expectation to have this go down through the centuries, but perhaps it could offer comfort to the people who have been disenfranchised by the Catholic doctrine, which has broken the hearts of countless people.
Lastly, I am hoping you can publish this as soon as possible..Brian, it sounded like the May newsletter was a possibility. If not May, then perhaps June? June is my birthday month and it would mean a lot to me to have it published by then. Thank you.
Barbara Selwa used to ask me to write for ADL and aside from my the input into our ADL Handbook, it has taken me a while.
Namaste’ and Best Regards to All,
Rev. Linda Bennett
PRAYER TO THE MARYS
Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdala, wife of Jesus
Dear Marys, filled with Love and Light,
God and the Angels are with you.
Blessed are you among all people
And blessed are the joys of your wombs,
Jesus and the children.
Loving Marys, mothers of us all,
Please guide and pray for us now and forever.
Metaphysically Speaking ™
April 21, 2015
What About The Marys?
How many times have we, as ministers of ADL, while lecturing or doing consultations been asked “What about the Mary’s?” – I’ve stopped counting. Let’s look at some of the questions.
Was Mother Mary a virgin? No. The correct translation from Aramaic and ancient Hebrew is not virgin. It is maiden. In ancient times, life was divided into 3 parts; childhood, adulthood and elder. In women the child was referred to as a maiden to indicate her eligibility to become betrothed. This was usually from twelve to fourteen or at the time of her first period. Her blood flow from the womb ensured her ability to bare children. It was also common to become pregnant by your betrothed (but not showing) to prove this beyond doubt. Then the wedding would take place, and the baby would arrive early. More children would come along and we would all live happily ever after.
When you are in a physical or astral realm, which has laws or procedures, you must follow them. Children come from the old fashioned way of the woman’s egg and the man’s sperm uniting and growing inside the woman’s womb or “chalice”. In ancient times, in many cultures, there were happy couples in arranged marriages that considered childbirth a great joy. This was not only for themselves but also for their families, family business – farms or crafts, communities and religions. Creating children is the duplication of the Heavenly Father and Divine Mother creating life of all kinds. It is a manifestation of the Trinity. The Father is represented by the sperm/idea/wand and Mother is represented by the egg/ability to manifest/the womb/chalice and the result is the creation. In appropriate relationships, it was an honor to “Do on earth as it was in Heaven.” Sex was not dirty or tacky. It was a privilege. This was especially true of people in the religious castes, like Mary and Joseph who were training in the Temple of Jerusalem. Remember, the Bible gives a hint of this by stating that Jesus’ travels had the support of women (priestesses) of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Let’s examine the “Immaculate Conception”. This was not about Jesus, but about his Mother, Mary. Catholic priests say this means she was born without original sin. Oh? What it really means is that Mary had no karma to take care of. Either Mary had finished her journey and agreed to come back one last time or she was split out from the God Source just for this mission as a special emissary.
So what’s with the story of Mary Mother being visited by an Angel in the night, impregnated, and having to go with great shame to Joseph who married her anyway? Let’s look at the other leaders of religions in that area. A perfect example is Krishna whose mother was the goddess Devaki. An Angel also announced her pregnancy. His birth was honored by important people and was called the Redeemer and liberator and “bringer of truth”. Check out Moses – his mother was really the Pharaohs’ sister. His father was her brother and therefore also his uncle. Have I lost you? Remember many Egyptian dynasties thought incest kept the line pure. (By the way, have you seen the animal shows featuring The Nile? Between the crocodiles, hippos, lions, and cobras nothing could survive in a basket in the reeds at the water’s edge.) Also check the stories of Nimrod, Cronos and Mordred.
Why is it men, who have dominated this earth since Atlantis went down, think the most worthy saviors of society, thus religions, must come only from the “chalice” and Angel? Why do they think the poor and uneducated masses will revere a man (of course) born from extraordinary and extra-earthly origins? Do they imagine a mother must be unsullied by an earthly man to bring a savior or leader to the planet. We must ask the question. Why do men feel that they are not worthy enough to be the father of a savior? Frankly this never worked for me. At age 6, I argued with the nuns and priests about Angels making babies and at their insistence that you had to be Catholic to go to Heaven. I also informed them that we had to live many lifetimes before we finally learned enough to go home to the Heavens to stay. Imagine the calls to my parents after the priest finally stopped screaming at me.
Talk about Heaven, perhaps the Angels (and there are billions of them) were reminding Mary Mother that this was part of the Grand Plan put into place prior to her birth. It was agreed to by all participants, both good and bad, so they could be born, grow up and be in their positions so this Grand Plan could take place at the right time and right location. Mary probably needed an aspirin. All the participating souls in this Grand Plan agreed to their parts. All roles were meaningful both happy and tragic. For instance, let’s quickly look at Judas, “betrayer” of Jesus. If Jesus is so God-like, how could a little detail like that betrayal escape him? It didn’t. Judas and Jesus both knew the role Judas had to play. The human aspect of each was sad, but the souls were joyful with the mission well underway.
Remember hearing about Zoroaster? He was King and prophet of ancient Persia (present day Iran). This man hated women but predicted the arrival of a savior who would elevate all people including women. He even drew up the predictive astrological chart for Jesus. Remember the Magi? They were followers of Zoroaster and astrologers themselves. They knew exactly the “who, what, when, where and why of Jesus”. We can go into this further in a future article. (Please be assured that Mother Mary and her husband, Joseph were no poor itinerants wandering the desert. They were wealthy, prepared and protected travelling in caravans for the Grand Plan and the parts they were playing.)
Now let’s look at Joseph, Father of Jesus. We know he was in the linage of the House of David as was his wife Mary. We also know that even today, many cultures prefer that their daughters marry older, successful men who have proven they can support their families. Mary and Joseph both trained at the Temple of Jerusalem and were almost certainly Essenes. Can’t you imagine that with this lineage, religious training and proper age difference they were betrothed to be married? Don’t you imagine also that their families were very involved in God’s Grand Plan? Remember places in time please! Joseph was a known merchant who, like many others travelled by caravan to make his trades in many locations. Remember when Jesus was missing, and his parents found him at Joseph’s place of business at the caravan discussing various business issues with his father’s partners? His parents were shocked – but realized this was no ordinary 12-year-old boy.
Mary and her Uncle or older brother Joseph of Aramathea (we don’t know) was also a successful businessman. He was a trader of tin, among other items, with the Celts. Yes, he did business with England, Ireland, Scotland, and Whales. We tend to forget that trade went on throughout the ancient world even without planes and giant cargo ships. Joseph therefore was not a poor carpenter scratching out a living. His family was wealthy and well travelled.
Please be assured that Nazareth, a town Jesus’ family lived in was full of “carpenters” according to the New Testament. Remember we cannot always apply current interpretations with that of the past. In those days carpenters were not only builders of furniture, houses etc. but also builders of ideas, businesses and new situations. Joseph was perfectly suited as a “carpenter” with this interpretation. I have often wondered what Joseph did after the birth in the “manger”. We don’t hear much about him after that in the Bible. As a High Priest getting on in years, is it not possible that Joseph chose to spend more time in prayer in the Temple of Jerusalem with his fellow priests? Or did he play a bigger part and he was simply ignored in the 4 edited gospels and his role will become clearer with further investigation. Time will tell.
Now, let’s look at Jesus’ wife, Mary of Magdala. She was a priestess preaching in the town of Magdala, having already studied at the Temple of Jerusalem and most assuredly knew both of Jesus’ parents. In the Jewish religion at that time, you had to study and become initiated in the Temple of Jerusalem before you could become a High Priest or Priestess. You could choose to become sequestered in the temple or go among the people and preach. She was well known and respected in her community and was thought of as a charismatic and captivating teacher. Keep in mind that a High Priest had to marry a high Priestess by the age of 30. Jesus and Mary of Magdala were a perfect pairing. Because part of Jesus’ special mission was to elevate women, it was natural for them to travel and preach together. Also important to remember is that even today in Orthodox Judaism a High Priest could only be touched by his mother, a young girl who had not started menstruating, or of course, his wife. So was Mary Magdalene a prostitute as stated in the Bible? The answer is NO. This was a reflection of how threatened Constantine along with the now many Christian priests were when they were editing down the over 400 gospels to 4, while trying to diminish women. The 7 demons, which Jesus supposedly cast out of Mary, were her 7 main body chakras, which were completely open thus giving her inner and outer priestess hood. The story of Mary Magdalene’s washing Jesus feet was a demonstration to his disciples of humility. The anointing of Jesus with oils was part of a priestly marriage ritual. And if you are wondering, yes, Jesus and Mary had children together which was a requirement for a priest and priestess to remain married. The Rabboni, which is what Jesus was called, had to keep the lineage going.
Be sure to find the books, The Case for Reincarnation by Joe Fisher published by Citidel Press and Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten, published by Element Books Ltd. (In Europe and Asia the book is called Jesus Died in India). Kersten’s books are out of print but are available as used editions on Amazon.com. In Jesus Lived in India there are actual photographs of the final resting places (physical tombs) of Jesus and Mother Mary. Islamic extremists are now killing the ancient sects of Muslims who have been tending these sites even prior to Islam. This situation exists even though both Jesus and Mary are both revered in the Koran.
Do any of these realities dim my enthusiasm and love for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and Mary of Magdala? No, absolutely not. Their selfless sacrifices make them even more special and dear. We have just scratched the surface here. There is so much more to know and more to come. (Also read the Gnostic Gospels and the scrolls recently purchased through secret dealers, available to view on the web.) The sacrifices these special beings and others made to bring equality to all people, including women are almost unimaginable. The love they had for all souls is enthralling. It is possible for us to reach this level of love by forgiving, respecting and actively accepting all forms of life. God Bless Us.
Reverend Linda Bennett
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