"The Body of Light Mantra" by Mitchell Gibson

“The Earthly Mother’s themes are are nature and Earth awareness. Her symbols are trees.  This Essene Goddess embodies nature and teaches us how to live in harmony with the earth. The Essenes portray her with the elements personified as four angels (earth, air, fire, water) plus two companions named Joy and Life, all helping the Earthly Mother in her work. What a magical blend to bless and energize this first month!

In the spirit of making every day Earth Day, why not launch the new year by giving something back to the earth in the tradition of the Israelites? Today (the fifteenth day of Shebat on the Hebrew calendar), plant a tree to rejuvenate the land. If you wish, name the tree after a deceased loved one, as the Israelites do. According to lore, doing so brings that person peace in the afterlife.

If your locations or finances do not allow for tree plantings, just water a tree. By so doing you symbolically fees the whole earth. Sit down for a moment or two afterward and meditate. Feel the rich soil beneath you and feel how it nourishes and enriches all living things, including you.

Finally, as you are walking around, pick up any stone that catches your eye. Put is in your pocket to carry a piece of the Earthly Mother with you as a gentle reminder that the earth is a sacred, living thing that blesses us daily.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

The Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect of which Jesus was reportedly a member, viewed life as a garden from which we harvest the knowledge and understanding that we need to reach the Eternal Garden.

See the eternal garden of wonders, and at its center the Tree of Life, mystery of mysteries, growing everlasting branches for eternal planting, to sink their roots into the stream of life from an eternal source.” Essene Gospel of Peace, Book Four.

Likewise YOU, if you would grow in knowledge and understanding…must go into your garden, where you will be close to all the forces of nature and of the universe – to the sum total of things.” Essene Gospel of Peace, Book Two. [1]

The Essenes illustrated their relationship with the spiritual and natural forces with the symbol called the Tree of Life. Each root and branch of the Tree represents a different force or power. The roots represent earthly forces or powers – the Earthly Mother, and Her Angels of Sun, Water, Air, Earth, Life, and Joy. The seven branches represent the cosmic powers – the Heavenly Father, and His Angels of Power, Love, Wisdom, Eternal Life, Creative Work, and Peace. These are the Essene Angels of the visible and invisible worlds.

The seven communions of the Earthly Mother refer to our relationship with the physical domain. One of their major benefits is the gradual strengthening and revitalizing of every organ of the body through the conscious direction of the earthly forces.

The seven communions of the Heavenly Father are dedicated to the spiritual powers that govern humankind’s higher evolution. A major benefit is the revitalizing of the mind and all the superior forces within the individual.

Contact with the angelic forces is the essence of the daily life of those who practice the Essene way. [2]

“One of the most striking highlights of Essene Gospel of Peace is Jesus Christ’s teaching of the Earthly Mother. Its not only startling for traditional Christians who inherited present day Christian doctrines that came through filtering out of almost all gnostic teachings, thus stripped off most of the mystical, esoteric teachings of Christ; but as its clear, even the people of his time was also puzzled when Christ was teaching using the term, ‘Earthly Mother’ to the audience (I wonder what was the original Aramaic/Hebrew term for Earthly Mother).

In the beginning of the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One, as Christ was among many sick and maimed, the opening passage records what proceeded from his blessed lips: ‘Happy are you that you hunger for the truth, for I will satisfy you with the bread of wisdom. Happy are you, that you knock, for I will open to you the door of life. Happy are you, that you would cast off the power of Satan, for I will lead you into the Kingdom of our Mother’s angels, where the power of Satan cannot enter.’

And they asked him in amazement: ‘Who is our Mother and which Her angels? And where is Her Kingdom?’

Jesus replies: ‘Your Mother is in you, and you in Her.’

Now in strong Patriarchal Jewish tradition, Divine was not addressed in Feminine term. Its in the East such as ancient Indian tradition Divine Manifestation is naturally addressed as Divine Mother or simply Mother with capital M. From the response of the audience its clear that they were not familiar with the usage of the enigmatic term, Earthly Mother.”

Please click here to continue reading this amazing piece entitled, “Earthly Mother: The Extra-Ordinary Teaching of Divine Feminine in Essene Gospel” by Sadiq Alam.