Isilúrimë: The Moon of Heat
Presently, the moon crests, and we prepare to celebrate Isilúrimë. During this moon cycle, let us turn our attention toward the Ainur, primarily, and, secondarily, toward the Valar, as we ponder who we truly are as Eru's Children.
Who are the Ainur?
The Holy Ones, the Firstborn of Eru's thought; (although the term "Firstborn" generally applies to the Elven Children of Ilúvatar). Each Ainur is a spirit, (whom many liken to Archangels) consecrated to the Divine, and generally in service to, and for Love. There are millions, if not more. Each was impregnated with an idiom of the first theme of the Great Music that created the known universe. As they each sang their respective piece of the theme, they first become self-aware, then communally aware. Finally, they became universally aware, as Eru revealed to them the true Nature, and effect of their Music. The fundamental creative Force of the universe, their Song, not only manifested the dark energy, and dark matter which form most of the universe, it also manifested all of the visible portions thereof; particularly peaking with the creation of Arda, our home world.
To be aware of one's place in the world, one must first be self-aware. To be self-aware, to shift beyond all of the social conditioning we've received to "normalize" us, we must get back to the fundamentals of who we truly are, and regard our lives from that perspective, forward.
Who Are We?
As Children of Ilúvatar, we are also spirits, born purely of Divine Thought, just like the Ainur! In fact, as the Legendarium indicates, the Ainur are like our kindred, for both the Quendi, and the Avari. Remove our selfish motivations, our self-preservationist concerns, our illusion of separation from Eru, from the Flame Imperishable, and from Love Herself, and we find that we are incredibly magical spirits who have been given the gifts of bodies that, as a consequence of being generated from the fabric of Arda, embody the very Powers of the Valar, the Holy Ones who chose to become the life force underlying, and progressing Earth itself. As spirits, we are essentially like the Ainur; as spirits, we have each the Flame Imperishable seeded within us, just like the Ainur; and, as incarnate Children of Ilúvatar, here on Arda, our bodies are the collective, substantive vibration of Manwë, Varda, Aulë, Yavanna, Nienna, Ulmo, Irmo, Estë, Oromë, Vana, Tulkas, Ness, Namo, and Vairë. Your body, being an extension of Arda, ergo a dynamic, aggregate expression of the Powers themselves--effectively, a corporeal, "Ainurian vessel"--ponder on that, for a few moments!
(Regrettably, since the Nameless One is also part of the fabric of Arda, the fear, and inner darkness imposed on this world by him ends up being some heavy mental, emotional, and physical baggage we may sometimes, [if not frequently], carry too.)
Back to Basics
The basics, the fundamentals of our conscious experience of being Eldalië are embodied in the Silmarillion's "Ainulindalë", and "Valaquenta". During Úrimë, we return to those beginnings, and read, and reread, and read those sections some more. We may opt to run them through a text-to-speech program to hear them, rather than read them. Or, we may already have Martin Shaw's most excellent audiobook to listen to them.
Engage them, and, as you do, highlight every sentence illuminating who the Ainur are, as Spirit makes the words "pop" for you, i.e. those parts that resonate deeply within you, as though the Flame* within you is whispering them to you. Deeply ponder them too. Ask for guidance from Eru, and/or from the Valar, to help you to perceive the Wisdom and Truth that Spirit may be outpouring to you via those sacred words. Get back to basics; learn more about our Holy Kindred, and thusly, learn more about who you truly are. To help you to do so, we are providing you a...
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Draw Deeply From Your Roots
Heat makes moisture rise. During many of the previous moon cycles, we have been pondering our relationships with the Valar in the context of personal development, akin to the harvest cycle. Having blended the Divine Masculine, and Feminine qualities within you, you were prepared to expand your consciousness into the Elven Dreamtime, drawing Transformation to, and into you like branches, and leaves draw energy from the sun, and the air. Now, we focus on our roots, and on allowing the heat to enable us to draw Power from our origins, up through our roots, to merge with the Life Force that has imbued us from the Beyond, from the Unknown; from the Unmanifest. As you do, you may enable the Unmanifest to become the Manifest for you, in manifold ways.
Trust Love. Trust Eru, (Ilúvatar, and Ilúvamil). Trust the Valar; and trust yourS'elf. Allow the Powers not only to teach you, but to work with you, and throughout you, to fully mature that incredible heart-fruit Yavanna will deliver for you in the weeks ahead. Go back to the roots of your spiritual origins within Eru, and, from there, enjoy the Powers elevating you into the fullness of who you are to be during this sacred Time; for the present, and every moment of Now that you henceforth experience.
Written by Alquonfëa.
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved,
Image credit: Enanoakd (@ Deviant Art)
* For members of T-e who have come to this Path from Christianity, (or "churchianity" as Lisa so aptly noted), the Flame Imperishable may be likened to the latent Divine Spirit with us. If you have experienced [what in the latter tradition is called] "the Baptism of the Holy Spirit", you have experienced a most dynamic activation, and outpouring of the Flame into, and throughout your consciousness; indeed throughout your entire being. That outpouring you may regard as "the Anointing"; remembering that "Christ" [Hristo, in Quenya] literally means "Anointed One"--i.e. without that particular activation, and outpouring, which is exclusively facilitated by Love Herself, Yésus would not be the Anointed One, nor could you be One either. [That is a gift that neither the Ainur, nor the Elves have been given; Eru delivers that only to the Atani; one of those unusual gifts to which the Legendarium refers that, like Death, sets the Atani apart from the Elves. Having the Eldalië within you awakened as well, you may experience something very intimate, and special in your relationship with the Ainur during this Time, a much deeper spiritual communication facilitated by, and between the Flame within you, and the Flame within them.]
Consequently, Spirit speaks to you, and you know Her Voice. Just as She makes the Holy Bible, and other sacred works come alive for you, revealing the Wisdom behind, and between the letters, and words, so you may directly listen to, and learn from Her, (as that expressed Flame), in this context.