So the last time I brought this verse into play was in a post called The Bride & The Bridegroom. Now, in that post I alluded to a deeper understanding of how aspects of self relate to Divinity but shied away from the more occulted aspects of the doctrine. Partly because of how people view the word occult- which means hidden- but mainly because of how difficult it is to understand. To say “the one who has the Bride is the Bridegroom” implies that Divinity is comprised of feminine and masculine energies right? However that doesn’t exactly make the underlying Wisdom jump out at us. Moreover, it doesn’t exactly explain how feminine and masculine energies work within us.
We are all vaguely familiar with the sort of polarity alluded to when we hear statements like “when you make the two into one,” but how often do we look within to understand polarity? How often do we think of how our Creation relates to polarity?
B’reshit bara Elohim (בְּרֵאשִׁית ברא אלהים)- In the beginning when G-d… ELoHIM is the plural understanding of God, one that implies polarity is at the root of Creation. We being an aspect of said Creation created in the image of God possess a polarity within.
Er go, we are both feminine and masculine.
The psychologist C. G. Jung worked tirelessly at describing how the conscious and unconscious mind within humans manifest. His theories on the unconscious manifesting in men as the Anima and in women as the Animus are paramount. He coined the anima and animus as the anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind. You can read for yourself in the publication Emma Jung published in 1955. It’s called Animus & Anima.
If you don’t feel like reading lengthy psychological concepts allow me to paraphrase his works through the lense of my understanding- the unconscious mind represents that deep spiritual intuition within us all that is directly connected to the Divine.
Granted, I’m a psychology student with a strong spiritual bend so I see Jung’s writing from a specific perspective but this isn’t an isolated phenomenon. Shamans the world over are guided by what are known as spirit spouses. Males possess an inner bride whereas females possess an inner husband. They are said to guide the Shaman as they traverse the spirit world.
Think of Sophia- Solomons Woman Wisdom- and how She represents the Ru’ahh HakoDesh- the Holy Spirit of God. Solomon dove deep into Spirit and as such Spirit gave him the means to discern what to do. “Give your servant a listening heart.” This is what Solomon is expounding on in Proverbs when Sophia- Woman Wisdom- cries out in the streets.
Now, to reach this sort of Union within isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. Here’s a basic meditation to reach deep into self and find God within:
Through your mind’s eye visualize a temple being built where your heart is. Construct it however you like. I chose the mathematical Precision of a six-point star because it resonates with my soul. Once you visualize the temple in detail, ask Wisdom to come live inside you. Say it out loud. Repeat this until you meet Her.
When we go within, when we awaken to the Divine presence at the core of our being a lot of the deeper truths just start to make sense. (Note: women tend to lean towards the Logos- Christ in this sense but the result is the same.) We learn to perceive what our feminine and masculine energies represent. We start to see how intellect and intuition tie into Spirit. Divine Wisdom sort of unfolds as we learn to look beyond our waking minds. It’s life changing.
From this place of spiritual understanding we learn how to “make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower.” Conscious and unconscious become One. After all, Adonai Elohienu, Adonai Echod.
The Lord is our God, the Lord our God is one.