Moses Maimonides, the Jewish theologian and historian states:
“Every time you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit.”
“As far as the Exodus is concerned, although archaeology has provided evidence for much more ancient occupations of the Sinai, it has provided none for the period in question. Believing in the Bible as history is perhaps not wise as it is difficult to confirm any material within the Pentateuch (Torah/Old Testament).
Imagine an elite group arriving back from exile and full of Mesopotamian myths and given the right of government by the dominant group, the Persians, perhaps up against the internal competition to rule. Perhaps, their own history goes no further back than the 8th century, but that is filled with discrepancies. That history mainly concerns the area around Jerusalem, and the more valid history of northern regions believing in El or Yahweh is dismissed by the reigning kings of Judah and their priestly allies. Anyway, this group has to rule through priestly control, and if necessary, a force of arms. But, prompted by the Mesopotamian myths, they construct one based upon their West Semitic background, rife with memories of exile. Probably like many ancient tribal groups coalescing into states due to outside pressures, they construct a myth of conquest. They are not an abundant people, perhaps as few as 200,000. Nevertheless, they have a core of priests and scribes ready and anxious to create an alternative history to the one of political and military failure they are accustomed to. In order to create a new state, they employ narratives like all other states of the time. They do not have the concept of truth and fiction as we do but enjoy a concept of how fiction, the creation of a man or a group, can become reality. The act of creating literature is equal to greater acts of creation and becomes as real as the memories of their own more limited existences. The past they create from myths and legends of Mesopotamia and Egypt fills the yawning gaps of their early centuries evolving into a tribal identity.”
Okay, now that we’ve dispensed with the idea that this ever actually happened, we can dive into what the name “Israel” means from a spiritual perspective and where it came from. And to do that, we need to go to Egypt and its vast mythology for answers.
The Hebrews were in Egypt around 300 BCE so we know they were exposed to the worship of Egyptian deities like Atum, Amun/Amen, Horus, Osiris, Isis, and Ra just to name a few. Interestingly enough, the word “Amen” comes from this source as well. I did an article here if you want to dive a little deeper on this now regularly used Christian ending to prayers. People really need to research this stuff.
As was to be expected, this exposure to Egyptian deities and the worship thereof shaped their future religious practices. But, sadly, the masses chose a literal interpretation over a spiritual one. That is still where we are today. Worshiping some imaginary “man” in the sky because we are too afraid to look within ourselves for the answers to life’s difficult questions. That’s the difference between exoteric (outside) and esoteric (inside or within).
Remember, the Bible is a book of consciousness and solar allegory, not a history book. Once you understand that, you can glean the intended meaning originally taught by mystery schools and finally begin to understand the symbolism and allegory. The reason this confuses so many people is that real historical people are mentioned in the Bible, but they are only being used to convey the allegory or spiritual drama. I mean, Pontius Pilate was real and in the Bible but his writings mention nothing about Jesus.….nothing. The section of his writings that would have contained any mention of Jesus was removed by religionists of the Middle-Ages. The Church had possession of these texts so why remove this portion of them? The mind has to go to a place of corruption by the Church. They more than likely removed them because they said nothing about Jesus at all and they knew it. They needed to keep promoting the myth as actual history and keep it alive. Pilate never mentioning Jesus would have been hard to explain, wouldn’t it?
Okay, since we are talking about consciousness stemming from Egyptian Mythology in this article, let’s break it down into three parts.
Part one is “Is”, which correlates to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the feminine aspect of consciousness. It doesn’t matter if you are male, we all have a feminine aspect to ourselves. Female, in mysticism, if referencing the higher aspect, is a reflection of Spirit. The negative aspect is the lower emotional nature: lust, hate, greed, etc.
Part two is “Ra”, which correlates to the Egyptian Sun God Ra, which is the masculine aspect of consciousness. Again, it doesn’t matter if you are female, we all have a masculine aspect to ourselves. Male, in mysticism, if referencing the higher aspect, is a reflection of the Higher Mind. The negative aspect is the Carnal Mind, lower self or lower emotional nature.
Part three is “El”, which correlates to our divine aspect or God nature within. “El” in Egyptian mythology is linked to the worship of the Bull God “Ptah”.
The Egyptian god Ptah is given the title ḏū gitti ‘Lord of Gath‘ in a prism from Tel Lachish which has on its opposite face the name of Amenhotep II (c. 1435–1420 BCE). The title ḏū gitti is also found in Serābitṭ text 353. Cross (1973, p. 19) points out that Ptah is often called the Lord (or one) of eternity and thinks it may be this identification of ʼĒl with Ptah that lead to the epithet ’olam ‘eternal’ being applied to ʼĒl so early and so consistently.
So now you must be wondering what the meaning of an Israelite is in the Bible, right? When you bring into balance the feminine aspect and masculine aspect within yourself, you can then manifest your inherent God Nature. It’s all about not being out of balance, existing in the middle, not being overly emotional, aware of your Higher Self and its purpose here, aware of being joyfully confused and being okay with that in this journey.
Life will happen and it will be hard but it doesn’t mean that it needs to cripple you when things don’t go your way. Emotions are a part of life but they don’t need to be out of control because that’s when Medusa rears her head. She is symbolic of the out-of-control lower mind where too many of us exist today. You symbolically need to be Perseus and swipe that head right off!
You are an Israelite when you bring into balance the feminine and masculine aspects of your being, and then realize the power of the divine within yourself. That is what it means. An Israelite is an enlightened individual, a Buddha if you will. Once again, it’s referring to going within yourself. And how do we do that? Meditation.
I know that all sounds very “woo” but that is what it means esoterically.
I often make the comment “as above so below”. Why do I say that? I say it because the human body is just a miniature version of the universe. How do I know that?
We have come to define significance as “I’m special and everything else isn’t”. Religions thinking they are special, cultures thinking they are special, etc.
The top four ingredients/atoms pertaining to life in the human body in order are: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen. The top four ingredients/atoms of the known universe in order are: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
So, in essence, you could say “I Am the Universe”.
Upon learning that you’re not special because you do not contain special ingredients is the same fact that includes the idea that while we live in this universe, the universe lives within us. We are special because we are the same.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
I’m an “Israelite”. Wouldn’t you like to be an “Israelite”, too? All you have to do is put these practices into motion in your own life.
Esoteric is so much more interesting than exoteric, wouldn’t you agree?