many lifetimes. First, we learn how
to live in the physical world; second,
we learn how to rise up from ego-consciousness to the soul; third, we
teach what we have learned; and finally
we return to union with the Holy One.
In each incarnation we have a
specific gender but our soul itself is
androgynous. Many traditions teach that
a soul does have a gender but this may
be because we have one preferred sex
into which we choose to incarnate most
often. Perhaps the modern acceptance
of homosexuality and transgender issues
are all a part of our deep yearning to
return to our Source, part of the next
important step in humanity’s growth.
We have a long way to go: Kabbalah
teaches that humanity, as a whole, is
approximately 2 years old.
How we flow the light of the Divine
through the world, then, is to reinterpret
the Great Law, succinctly summed up
by Jesus as “Love God and love your
neighbor as yourself,” so that this law
can be understood and honored anew.
If we close our hearts and minds
to the needs of each generation and
reiterate outdated interpretations, then
we become Lilith. But there is hope. The
vibrant message of Episcopalian Bishop
Michael Curry at the royal wedding
of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,
back in May, about love not only having
the power to change the world but also
being a part of God’s plan was evidence
that this generation’s own message of
love is being received loud and clear—
and transmitted onward.
Tracing Lilith’s Legend
Hebrew etymology derives “Lilith” from layil (“night”), but both Hebrew and Arabian folklore refer
to her as a hairy night-monster. This even led to an Arabic story that Solomon suspected the Queen of
Sheba of being Lilith because she had hairy legs! The original Lilith was said to be beautiful from the
waist up and a monster below, which is quite probably a legend rooted in the fear of feminine sexuality.
Arabic legends show Alilat or al-Lat (a form of “Lilith”) as a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess who is
mentioned in the Qur’an (Sura 53: 19). Before the time of the prophet Mohammad, she was considered
one of the daughters of Allah and equated with the Greek goddesses Athena and Aphrodite.
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