The Eighth Heaven: The Divine Wedding
The new Heavenly-Jerusalem cosmic cycle of evolution requires the entry of humankind as G-d’s people into the reality of the New Heaven and the New Earth. This apocalyptic event is connected with participation in the great Divine Wedding in the highest Divine world and co-creation with the Divine Masters and Manifestations of the Divine Feminine for the descent of the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Since the Initiator of the Divine Wedding is the CREATOR, Who is at Keter in the World of Creation, many Kabbalists, including Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi, describe the highest Seventh Heaven (the Holy of Holies) through the organic connection of the three upper Sefiroth in the World of Creation – Keter, Hokhmah and Binah.
In order to experience, even to participate in the great mystery of the New Creation, each one of the top three Sefiroth can be defined as a separate Heaven. Then, the Eighth Heaven will be Participation in the Divine Wedding, the Ninth – Co-creation in the New Genesis, while the Tenth – Union with the CREATOR.
The CREATOR initiates the new Heavenly–Jerusalem cosmic cycle through the Divine Wedding between the Universal Masculine Principle and the Universal Feminine Principle in Creation, i.e. our Celestial Father (Hokhmah) and our Celestial Mother (Binah). In absolute harmony and interaction, they create the reality of the New Heaven and the New Earth and give life to the New Transcendent Humankind. This is a great demiurgic Divine act that we can contemplate and in which we are called to participate in the highest three Heavens.
Just as the Divine Masters descend through the whole vertical structure of Creation to give a new impulse to the evolution, so do the Manifestations of the Divine Mother Who transform all the heavenly and earthly spheres of Being. Emerging from the Source of Life (Keter), i.e. the Cosmic-spiritual Sun which never sets, the Divine Mother creates life in all realms of the vertical structure of Creation as a Divine Temple – from the reality of the Holy City, through the various celestial worlds, up to the life of humankind on Earth. On Earth She transforms and illuminates the Earth itself, Nature, human culture, society, the family and the life of the individual human beings as well.
From the point of view of the fundamental archetype of the Divine Wedding between the Divine Spirit (Hokhmah) and the Divine Feminine (Binah):
– The Divine Spirit is the essence of the Subjective Principle in Creation, while the Divine Feminine is the essence of the Objective Principle which manifests and sustains Creation;
– The Divine Spirit is the Sacred Word through which everything was created, the Divine Feminine is Creation Itself;
– The Divine Spirit is the Light of the world, the Divine Feminine is the manifested world illuminated by this Light;
– The Divine Spirit is a manifestation of the Universal Spirit in Creation, the Divine Feminine is a manifestation of the Universal Soul in Creation;
– The Divine Spirit is the Living Water for Eternal Life, the Divine Feminine is the river of the water of life clear as crystal which springs from the Throne of God (Revelation 22:1);
– The Divine Spirit is the Living Bread coming from Heaven, the Divine Feminine is the One who nourishes all living beings with this Bread;
– The Divine Spirit develops the human beings as a Temple of God, the Divine Feminine sustains this Holy Temple within them.
In the Eighth Heaven, through metaphysical and mystical link with our Celestial Father and Celestial Mother, we are invited to participate in the Divine Wedding which gives birth to the reality of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Humankind. This means that we have to co-create with Them for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth. This is why the Divine Wedding is a great apocalyptic event, which St. John so inspiringly describes in his Revelation (19:4-9):
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
Immediately after this invitation, St. John describes the monumental archetypes in the last three chapters of his Book of Revelation: The Battle of the Rider on the White Horse with the beast, The Thousand Years Kingdom of Christ, The Defeat of Satan, the Final Judgement and the coming reality of the New Heaven and the New Earth. It is not by chance that the Book of Revelation concludes with the call from the Spirit and the Bride “COME”! (22:17)
Already in the Fifth Heaven, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Manifestations of the Divine Mother formed a wonderful Mandala of the Universal Feminine. These Manifestations of the Divine Mother are the Female Correspondences of the Divine Masters, emanating from the twelve Gates of the Holy City. Through this sacred Mandala of the Divine Feminine we can connect with the various characteristics of each of the Manifestations of the Divine Mother on a cosmological level and through them to experience a connection with the Universal Feminine Principle in Creation. In this way we can contemplate and develop the spiritual virtues and qualities that each of the Manifestations of Divine Femininity reveals.
The role of the Divine Mother is crucial for our time. In order to survive and to go through a spiritual rebirth, we must follow a whole New Gospel that comes through the Divine Mother. It will help us to establish the Kingdom of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem on Earth, and to build our lives on all levels of existence as Divine Temples.
The Kingdom of God/Heavenly Jerusalem will come down on Earth only when we transform and illuminate our daily lives. The inspirer of this spiritual task is the Divine Mother. She is the One who transforms matter and permeates all forms of life with the vibrations of the Holy Spirit. Through the Gospel of the Divine Mother we will learn to pay attention to the smallest details in our daily lives – the food, the clothes, the house, even our daily routines. The Gospel of the Divine Mother requires a new type of relationship in all areas of life – the family, the neighbourhood, society, Nature – filled with deep existential meaning and spiritual significance.
With great love, gratitude and devotion, we have to follow the Gospel of the Divine Mother! I wrote many chapters consecrated to Her in my books, while in our international spiritual group, the Divine Mother was the basis of many prayers, meditations and inspiring sharing! In our Summer Assemblies on the sacred mountain Rila in Bulgaria every year we dedicated special days to Her Divine Presence!
I could summarise that participation in the Divine Wedding integrates the riches of the Eighth, Ninth (The New Genesis) and Tenth Heaven (Union with the CREATOR) and is the key to Co-creation with G-d!