I’m going to dive into some really meaty bits of the Gospel of John here. Now this is the most mystical interpretation of Christ we have in our popular canon of today. As such, John reads as a sort of spirit manual intent on helping initiates understand the mystery within, or how Christ transforms our being. A lot of what follows may not make sense to the casual student of mysticism as a lot of the symbolism used by John was used with the assumption that it’s readers were already aware. So if you find yourself filled with questions at the end of reading please feel free to ask in the comments section and I will do my best to clear them up for you.
“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana, in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.”-John 2:1
Jewish mysticism has a practice called gematria- interpreting the meaning of scriptures based on numerical values. It’s a very complex Kabbalistic idea I won’t even attempt to capture here because it’s that deep. However, any time you see numbers you can guarantee there is a mystical aspect involved. When it comes to the Wedding at Cana we can find the answer in Exodus:
“In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.”-Exodus 19:1
To stand at the foot of Sinai in the wilderness carries a very profound mystical meaning. Along the kundalini there are Temples at each energy center. Personally, my wilderness has a lone tree that grows from the base of my spine with a mountain range in the distance that forms a sort of double helix up to Ajna Chakra where there is a Temple on top of the mountain. This Temple atop the mountain is where I receive Divine revelation from El Shaddai. This is Johns way of telling us we are in the lower chakras- those associated with the earthly planes. This is where John recommends we begin our ascent.
Now I only bring all this up so all of you can start to unpack ancient mysteries by creating your sacred space within yourselves. Consider it a template for your own meditative practice. This is what the gospel of John is all about; creating a relationship with God in all of the aspects we think of.
This brings us to the Mother of Jesus being mentioned. Note, he never calls her by her name. Why? Because he’s never talking about His earthly mother but rather Ru’ahh- the Divine Feminine. The Wedding of Cana being a Biblical telling of the Union of opposites. This signifies that the Holy Spirit is present at the start of our spiritual journey.
“Jesus and his disciples are invited to the wedding.”-John 2:2
Again, we’re not talking about the 12 physical beings we tend to think of; Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc. Rather, we’re talking about 12 spiritual disciplines that will help us become unified within. Just because our thinking tends to be dual does not mean we have to live that way.
THE TWELVE DISCIPLINES
- Fasting, Study, Meditation, Prayer
- Submission, Service, Solitude, Simplicity
- Worship, Guidance, Confession, Celebration
Note they are in groups of three signifying Inner, Outer, and Communal disciplines. 12 & 3 resonate with the Tree of Life, Christian Cabbala, and loads of other disciplines I’ll elaborate on in some other post. Suffice it to say, these are disciplines meant to help subdue our carnal desires and bring us closer to God.
“When the wine ran short,the Mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (And) Jesus said to Her, “How does your concern affect me? Has not my hour now come?”-John 2:3-4
Wine is Spirit. They have not been transformed in their Spirits. Water is body as we are comprised of mostly water. So, putting it in laymen’s terms- water is our objective consciousness which serves as the vehicle for our subjective consciousness. The whole process that follows is a means of transforming our bodies into the living Temples that we are meant to be because our souls come from the Divine.
His hour coming means his great work is about to begin: Passion, Death, Resurrection, Ascension. Christ came here to be a living example of Divine grace and mercy. He came to lead us to salvation. Our way to salvation being that we take up our crosses and follow Him. We do so by developing the aforementioned 12 disciplines. We quiet our carnal desires in order to ascend through the Temples within.
“His Mother said to the servers ‘do whatever he tells you.’ Now there were six stone jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings.”-John 2:5-6
This is the Divine Feminine urging us to follow the Christ. We see this mystical concept echoed in Ezekiel:
“And I will place my wind/spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes.”-Ezekiel 36:27
This is the Spirit of God arising within us. This Spirit will cause you to walk in the prescribed path. Christ alludes to this later where he says “the wind blows where it will, so it is of everyone begotten of the Spirit.(John 3:8)” Why do you think John the Baptist urges us to make straight the path of the Lord. We are servants of the Divine meant to share grace and love with one and all.
The six jars for ceremonial washing are the 6 lower chakras of the kundalini. It is Christ who cleanses our Temples and fills us with the Spirit of the Lord.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Draw some out now and take them to the head waiter. So they took it. And when the head waiter tasted the water had become wine, without knowing where it came from, the head waiter called to the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, and inferior one; but you have kept a good wine till now.’ Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”.– John 2:7-11
When we allow Christ into our being He transforms our souls. He pours into all of those broken places we hide and fills us with Divine grace and love. By practicing spiritual disciplines we are creating the space needed to become vessels of Christ. As he cleanses away all the mental blocks our spirits begin to develop. We become more intuitive and learn to balance our hearts and heads. This is a difficult process but luckily it’s one we don’t have to walk alone. Christ is telling us he will hold our hands as we take the journey within
SIMPLE MEDITATIVE PRACTICE
Settle down in a meditative posture. Breathe deeply for a few rounds. Once you’ve come into yourself visualize Christ standing before you holding a clay jar. As he stands before you feel his grace and love for you. Realize you aren’t alone and that he is here for you.
Now, starting with the lowest chakra, visualize an orb of water. Feel all the murkiness of your affairs stirring within this water- I see it as pond water boiling within me if that helps you grasp it better. What’s important is you feel the turmoil within your being and cultivate a genuine desire to be cleansed. As soon as you’re ready visualize Christ pouring Wine through your crown down into the chakra you’re working with. As His Wine pours into you feel the change happening within. Visualize the water transforming into wine within you.
Once you’re satisfied, move to the next chakra. Continue the process upwards until the entirety of your being is filled with Christ’s grace and love.
After you’ve finished give thanks to God for all you have in your life. Finish with whatever prayer screams transformation to you I use St. Francis Prayer because I find it incredibly fitting, but you can do as you please here.
Now, I would highly recommend doing this meditative practice in conjunction with the 12 spiritual disciplines. This will really solidify your walk with Christ and bring you tremendous spiritual growth.
Thank you so much for reading. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who would find it valuable. If there are any questions you may have please feel free to ask them.