Have you heard of the phrase ‘activating your Merkabah’?
Do you think the Merkabah is a Chariot of Light that will
help you ascend to the realm of the divine if you learn
enough Yoga and activate all your Chakra’s?
Perhaps you’ve bought Merkabah Jewelry? Or do you have a special Merkabah candle to burn while you surf the astral?
Fake news is not just a problem for the popular press. Popular knowledge of the Merkabah is swamped by a plastic rainbow hippy amalgam of Indian Kundalini Yoga, Greek Euclidian Geometry and the insight of someone that was very high on acid to fuse the two things together with just a splash of etymology into an interdimensional vehicle consisting of two equally sized, interlocked tetrahedrals of light.
This might make a great backstory for a movie but this just isn’t what the Merkabah is. This alternate Merkabah didn’t exist until 1972 when Drunvalo Melchizedek met Lucy in California one summer. She brought a strange man with her that told him there were three missing atoms in the universe and he wanted him to find them. That was the beginning of the Drunvalo scam.
The Jews in the ancient near east didn’t know anything about Chakra’s. If you were able to go back in time and visit an ancient student of the Merkabah, and if you were to sit in asana before him, he might express some concern for your comfort. He would have no clue what you were up to. He might display admiration for your Merkabah jewelry – but only if it was high enough quality. And if you asked him about riding the chariot of ascension to see YHVH he might think you were quite mad.
For a start, the chariot wasn’t a vehicle commanded by men; instead it was the way that God made everything – the heavens and the earth and everything in between. God was inaccessible – in a place that the ancients thought was the farthest away place there was – the pole star. Here he was guaranteed complete privacy to dwell in a formless state of bliss; utterly unknowable in his full glory by any mortal man. Even to touch his earthly tabernacle was to be struck dead. However man was free to wander the rest of God’s realm in his sleep, and all of the earth when awake.
The role of man and woman was as it had always been when they had lived in God’s private pleasure garden in the heavens; it was to tend to all of God’s creations. And after they died they traveled to the palace in the west which had a door into the afterlife; and they would be tested and returned to life on earth. This was how living beings traveled the Merkabah; in daydreams and night dreams, and through reincarnation. Each being – both living and dead had their own different relative position on the Chariot which meant that the chariot was different for everyone – but this didn’t mean there was a separate Chariot for every living being.
The idea of multiplicity is derived from Ezekiel’s description of ‘a wheel within a wheel’; however this actually refers to the letters Teth. The Paleohebrew sign also resembled a wheel and Teth was the letter attributed to the face of the ‘the fiery waters of heaven’ – hashamayim.
The Sun, Moon, planets and stars were thought of as living beings that swam in the vast waters that we know today as space.
“Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also […] for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.” – Ezekiel 1:20.
By contrast, while we mortals may travel the heavens and the earth in life and death – we do so within the divine wheel of the vehicle of God - and its motion causes life, death and the passing of the seasons.
“Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. “
When a planet turns retrograde then it appears from the earth to stop in the sky for a few days. This is the planets stationary period before it appears to travel backwards. This is an optical illusion however.
“And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.”
Don’t all planets appear to rise from the earth during the night? Don’t they look a lot to you like little wheels? Don’t the rays of light remind you of spokes? This is why the face of the heavens on the Seven Palaces is attributed to the letter Teth.
So next time someone asks you what the Merkabah is:- please please DON’T tell them that Merkabah means Light Spirit Body? Or that a Merkabah is counter-rotating fields of light and spirals of energy which transport the spirit-body from one dimension to another? That stuff is cobbled together snake-oil horseshit by a Californian guru trying to make a buck. It’s not Merkabah.