“I have thrown fire on the world. Look! I watch it until it blazes.”
—Jesus, from the Gospel of Thomas
Transmutation is by fire—the fire of love. Continuing in this series “Crucibles for Transmutation and Ascension,” and sharing excerpts from my book SACRED ANATOMY—where spirit and flesh dance in the fire of creation. This post delves deeper into the chemistry and alchemy of transmutation, which begins deep within the soil of the earth and continues on up into and through our body temples where ceremonial vessels render gifts of Nature up to pay homage to their Creator.
This sacred process continues in our body temples. All of the body’s anatomy is used in the Ceremony of Ascension and is therefore sacred. The ceremony is life itself, an eternal, sacred dance of atomic particles winding their way back Home, to ascend with their gifts through the body’s digestive system and to be renewed and sanctified in the shadow of their Creator.
Sacred vessels are used in this Ceremony of Ascension. They are the glands and organs by which chemicals are produced to break down and purify substance and to move it upward toward the altar for sacrifice. From our hands, with which we prepare the food for this service and lift it up to our mouths; to the tongue which conveys the food into the mouth to be ground and mixed with enzymes from the salivary glands; to the stomach, intestines and colon, which serve to prepare the substance for assimilation and absorption, with the help of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and spleen—all are sacred vessels used to lift substance from one level to the next in an eternal process of ascension. The heart, bloodstream and lymphatic system participate by circulating essential nutrients and oxygen from the lungs and phytochemicals in foods for the “burning” and consumption of the sacrificial offerings. To “sacrifice” means to sanctify or make holy. Thus is the substance from out of the vegetable and mineral kingdoms taken into the temple to give its essences into the building, maintenance and operation of our house of being. In the process it is sacrificed.
What ascends upward on a continual basis is the refined atomic substance of the natural world of creation carried into the temple as gifts offered up from out of the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. What goes forth is rightly the blessing of life itself to all living forms. That blessing is initially a barrage of digestive juices and enzymes which break up structures of food particles so that their essences may ascend more easily with the integrative cycle to become part of the body temple. What cannot thus ascend is carefully but thoroughly eliminated from the temple through kidneys, bowels, lungs and skin to participate in the disintegrative cycle as fuel and fodder for the ongoing creative processes of life. All of this is going on beyond our conscious awareness every moment of every day and night.
There are also the sacred vessels of mind, thoughts, words, heart, feelings and voice, as well as our tactile, visual and auditory senses. All are rightly used by us as priests and priestesses in worship and blessing, communion and communication.
The word sacred derives from the Latin word for priest, sacerdos. A priest, or priestess, is one who brings the radiance of the Christ into the world. Anointed with the oil of love, he/she provides ritual space filled with love and reverence for God and all that is sacred, in which may be enacted the ceremony of communion with God in the cathedral of the Natural World.
All this, of course, relates to the true function of the angel in the temple restored to its beauty, glory and sacred purpose. That restoration awaits the return of the body temple to this sacred service in the ceremony of life. That service and restoration is the initial work of each angel incarnate and can only be done by the angel him or herself. For the temple itself is an extension of the incarnate angel. Without the angel, not only would the temple be without meaning or purpose, but without existence as well. So the initial requirement is to awaken to one’s own true identity and presence as an angel in this place of worship. Then the ceremony is conducted by a conscious angel on earth.
There is another ceremony, sometimes called “the temple service,” a term that refers to sacred sex. As we shall explore later in depth, this service is specific to the final stage of ascension and transmutation of atomic substance into the realms of light, as incense rising, where it conveys essences of worshipful praise and thanksgiving upward and the outpouring of radiant love into the world. In this ceremony atomic substance is charged with the creative command of love. All things work together for the perfect outworking of the Creative Process of life; all are therefore sacred and holy.
In these ceremonies, as in a religious worship service at a cathedral or temple, something is offered upward of praise and thanksgiving to God, and something is offered outward in the form of blessing and sanctification. The ultimate benediction received in a ceremony of worship is a deeply felt connection with God in a personal way—a longing in the heart and soul of every man and woman on earth, whether consciously or unconsciously—consummated and celebrated in the “communion service.” It is this longing that compels us along our paths to find happiness, joy and fulfillment in life—to discover God and Self as one.
As the vessels of the temple are so used in lifting praise and worship upward to God and conveying blessing outward into the world, they are sanctified in the radiant outpouring of love and consecrated as sacred vessels of the temple—made sacred in the sense that they are used by the priest or priestess in this Ceremony of Ascension to generate the spiritual substance of connection between the Spirit of God and the Body of God on Earth. In this is the full meaning and purpose of life for human beings in the lower planes of Being. In this lies the secret to health and longevity, to the radiant living of life, to majesty and excellence, to glory and beauty. In this is the whole life purpose of the angel incarnate on Earth. Our natural state is one of praise to our Creator as individual cells in His body, that in the state of praise, shared by all the cells in the body, the Body of God may rise up in the Earth to give Deity a means of being and acting in this realm of Creation. ♦
We have only something to give back to the Creator what has been his from the beginning. We can’t give God anything he doesn’t already have and own, except perhaps praise and thanksgiving. But even the angels offer up praise and thanksgiving to the Creator continually (as do the crickets). We don’t own anything of and on the Earth, real estate notwithstanding. As Chief Seattle stated his truth and wise counsel:
“Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the children of the earth. If we spit upon the ground we spit upon ourselves. This we know. The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. One thing we know which the white man may one day discover: our God is the same god. You may think now that you own him as you wish to own our land; but you cannot. He is the God of all people. And compassion is equal for all. This earth is precious to God, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on the Creator. So love it as we have loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it. And with all your mind, with all your heart, preserve it for our children and love it as God loves us all.” ―
Back in the days of my own spiritual awakening and coming forth, I was gifted with a powerful experience of oneness with the One whose Earth this is. This song emerged from out of that ecstatic experience of oneness, sung in the first person “I.” It is profoundly meaningful and sacred to me in a very personal way. I trust that you can hear it and identify with it in the light of your own emergence as a lord in your world. May it quicken in you a sense of oneness with the Lord of lords as a steward and co-owner of “the Earth and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.”
The Earth is the Lord’s.
As Chief Seattle said, the earth does not belong to us. Rather we belong to the Earth, which belongs to the Lord. People say they belong to this organization or that organization; to this church or that church; to this political party or that one. In truth, we belong solely to God, to the Lord and Archangelic Sovereign of this planet and solar system. This I know. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.
(If you would like a copy of Songs of the Earth, a CD I recently had made of this song and my Christmas song“This Angel’s Tree,” which I shared in the previous post, send me your request by email.)