Every time I revisit The Gospel of Mary I am brought into a New Light. By that I mean that something new is awakened in me. This is not just my perspective but that of others too. Recently I took part in an online study group on the Gospel and this was a standard format for reading and discussing the words of Mary and her teachings. I don’t doubt there is a little of Mary’s Magic in here too.
Yesterday I read the Gospel from the beginning and the opening paragraphs brought me into the new light of the message from the Gospel of Thomas, “when you make the inside like the outside, and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below”. It also resembled to me the toroidal field heart flow, the flow of energy not just around the heart but all things living, including the smallest of our living cells.
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We have a healing ritual from the ancient medicine women in our own homes. The ancient Miriams, the Maryam, or the Marys are believed to be plant medicine women who worked with the energy of plant and water. Here I am calling upon the woman with the alabaster jar, with spikenard at the house in Mark 14:3, Mary Magdalene and Mother Mother, the women who prepared spices and perfumed oils (in Luke 23:55), the Myrrh bearers, Mary Salome and Mary Jacob. And Miriam, keeper of the waters, as far back as Numbers 20.
The sacred frequency of water from a spring or well was part of the vibration that accompanied the healing elements of the plant. Plant energies and water when consciously placed together, like alchemy, create medicine. We know this from remedies like Bach and Meldings.
Next time you choose a bunch of flowers, intuitively, from the heart, from your source, take them home and place them in the vase, picture the healing you desire. As for the water, if you don’t have a fresh spring to collect water, try filtered water from a few refills. Place the water out in sunlight for energizing, motivation and positivity. Place the water in moonlight for soft soothing, cleansing and letting go. When the flowers are place with your careful intentions, sit with them, bring your attention to this as a practice. You can meditate with your gaze softly on the plant medicine you have created for your unique frequency, the plant, the water and You.
Next time you buy yourself a bunch of flowers, remember the ancient women healers also created medicine with plant, water and intention. Honour them, and remember them too. When you buy flowers for someone else, remember the intention for their healing, their frequency. And for a bit of fun, look up the meaning of the flowers you have chosen, the ones you pick out the most….you won’t be disappointed!
These are the books on the translations of the Gospel of Mary. I use a wide view of the translations to find a feeling, a fit, that sits right with me. The sense I get is that the Gospel speaks to us on many levels of our own emotional landscape. The experience I have, and other readers, is that the Gospel can give a new meaning, a quote, a new message each time it is read. This is what is meant by a New Light. How do I know? I have just completed a Gospel of Mary reading course. All the participants in the group experienced New Lights from the text each week! Each time it is read, over and over, it speaks to us “at the level of the heart”.
The 7 Powers challenge the soul, this is the journey inwards in the words of the gospel of Mary. The overarching theme is to connect to the inner truth through the ascent of the soul. To call out deceptions and dominations to free or awaken to the remembrance of true nature, to Source and as the gospel states, to turn towards the Good. The 7th Power to me is where Mary is saying that the false view is to think of being cut off from source.
The wrathfulness is felt so deeply in the wording; Where do you come from slayer, murderer Where are you going conqueror, vagabond To me the slayer is the capacity to cut us off from our true self and the vagabond is how we rob ourselves from within. This to me is all an internal journey inward and an ascent to our wisdom within that has been sleeping inside us all along.
Translations by Jean Yves Leloup, Cynthia Bourgeault, Karen King.
This is a brow chakra meditation, I invite you in the way of the Magdalene energies to anoint your brow with plant essence in a safe blended oil and to use an indigo crystal if you have one to hand. The brow centre to me is the master centre of the endocrine system, the pituitary gland activation point, as well as the 6th chakra point, the Ajna of perception and knowing. It is the master messenger to the body of emotional health, responsive to all our thoughts and feelings as well as our beliefs and how we are seen, by ourselves and others.
This centre is super sensory, it connects to our healing capacity and belief in wellness as well as freedom, wisdom, knowledge, choices and transformation. It connects to our higher spiritual self and consciousness and the imaginal realms and soul vision. The brow is also in connection to our eyes, the inner vision, our ears and inner hearing and all self belief and thought processes of life and instinct from the outer world and the inner world. It is where we affirm our true worth and trust in our selves.
The crystals I mention are;
Lapis Lazuli, the crystal of self empowerment, the Goddess Isis, balances the masculine and feminine energies, clears the way for intuition and inner realms of inner knowing and higher perspective.
Dumortierite, focusing on a task to be fulfilled to completion. Reduces stress and an over active mind and mental exhaustion. Good for getting organised, for healthy motivation and seeking order and gaining clarity.
Kyanite, brings balance from the mind to influence the endocrine system, brings alignment to all systems, bringing you into your own natural pace and balance. Can be used on all energy centres. Helps with nervousness and helps clear thinking in uncomfortable situations, assists in all cognitive processes. Good for dream recall, intuitive recall and slows us down to process problem solving and messages from the brow centre.
Blue Sodalite, for calming and focusing a chaotic mind, builds creativity, brings a peaceful perspective to overwhelm and creates order and structure. Good for meditation and presence and cultivating stillness.
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The 6th Power of Wrath is called foolish vision of the flesh or in Leloup’s translation intoxicated wisdom. This speaks to me in how we view ourselves as impermanent, and a distortion of the human aspect of the whole Self, and Eternity. A view of life that is cut off from the Creator, from Source. Here in the Gospel I feel it is referring to how the mind can distort or lead us away from our inner realm, instead the mind, the climate is a place trapped in thoughts. A climate of spiraling past events or focus on worries of the future.
Psychologist Carl Jung became a gnostic enthusiast he even came into having some of the scripts from the Nag Hammadi findings, and one of the scripts is now named the Jung Codex. It is mentioned that Jung had his own visionary experiences and could have influenced the work.
This centre brings me to the balancing of the left and right hemispheres, our analytical mind with knowledge and rationality as well as the imaginal realms speaking with clarity of truth and inner self wisdom. The awareness of these two elements of the mind as fully activated balance, I think the Gospel is talking about discernment of the inner vision as truth. She is presenting the intelligent knowledge and wise higher perceptiveness of inner knowing.
If we consider a balancing of the 6th climate and the brow chakra, this brings me to think of complementary challenges like the turning of the wheel. When I think of my negative aspects of self and then turn the wheel of this climate, I can see a higher perspective. Such as I am too shy and this makes me appear weak, if I complement this with the softness and gentleness of my nature, my shyness and appearance seems to dissolve into the gentle nature of my true self. I no longer believe so much in the negative but can consider a viewpoint of my shy, gentle, quiet characters within my world from Source and I accept myself integrating these characteristics for the soft, listening, calm centredness of my nature that I present to the world. My world view of self then comes from my inner self and not from the outside view of comparisons.
If we consider the location of the 6th climate and the chakras we are looking at the brow chakra, the Ajna, in Sanskrit. This is the centre of perception and of knowing, and again leads us to centre of discernment.
This takes us to balance right left hemispheres of the brain, masculine feminine and a foot hold into the next realm of unity, the bridal chamber, the two becoming one, the Nous, the realm of this world and the next, the realm of interconnectedness that She can now meet her beloved Teacher from realm to realm.
This is a short description and meditation on the Heart Centring Prayer Practice. I invite you to sit with me in meditation and anoint of yourself with a plant essence you have to enter into your heart with the energy of the Magdalenes.
In the next video we ascend to the 5th Power, the Realm of the flesh, the enslavement to the body.
In this session on the 4th Power of the Heart from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, I talk about the essential nature within the Heart. The words within the Gospel call for a return to Silence. I also bring in the Heart Centring Prayer Practice as taught by Cynthia Bourgeault.