Seeking Our Roots

When I came West I felt like one of the Pioneers. I didn't really realize I had family who left America (past Missouri) and traveled across the plains (Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail). My family had been away from our roots for two generations. Boy did I feel it. I had longed to be reconnected to my ROOTS.
I slowly found who I was by being with my family out west; older brothers, sisters, grandparents. I slowly began to see the land and places from where I came and see the reality of that story.
A deep desire grew in me to go back to my roots. I think it was the influence of my grandmother. I had a sense come over me and longed to understand more, and thought at first I was to connect with just my recent family like grandma Marjorie.
Over the next few years, as I asked and sought more understanding, my searching lead me to my roots for sure. They were deep, and go far back to Abraham. I learned even my roots explain this The Hebrew Way thing I have been teaching and writing about on this blog, and now in the Foundation Builder Guide. The recording of these things are not finished yet. My challenge has been to get it out into comprehend-able words. It's quite a task for a right-brained dyslexic genius ;) My motivation? If I can write for my children and leave a blazed trail for them, they too can be connected so deeply to their roots. They too can know who they truly are; not just Pioneers, but Pilgrim's like Abraham was a Pilgrim, traveling back home to his heavenly residence.
It has been this process of searching out my roots, where I have truly experienced faith, and more than any book could explain it. It has been on this journey where I have learned from my roots how to learn, live, and become. It has come into the forefront of my reality how deeply I need to re-model my life after my roots and how to do that, and be patient with myself in that growing process.
I could say this was all because I came West, like a Pioneer, but I think it was really all because of who my Pioneer family members were and their faith-filled journey of learning, living and becoming.
It really helps to know that in a sense, I am a Pilgrim and Pioneer in my own time and story. I hope you can come to know that you probably are too.
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Laying It All Down

I awoke this morning with this song going through my mind.   It was one more answer to a question I continually ask about in connection with several dreams I have had over the years about my long awaited, beautiful baby girl, Eliza Beth.




After I had my first child, I had an impression she would come last, be our second girl.  When I was pregnant with our fourth son Peter, named after my cherished paternal Great-Grand father, I had a horrifying dream where I was laying her down on an altar of a white cloth with a man on the other side.  My arms released her and were outstretched as I pulled out from under her and I slowly walked backwards. 


I awoke then with my mind racing, yet the transition from asleep to wake was imperceptible and I knew God was teaching me something in that dream.  "Was I ever going to have her?,"  I wondered.   "What did this dream mean?"

I continued to have dreams about her.

One was of having a long labor where it seemed like there was a lack of oxygen on the part of the baby.  "Oh," I thought preemptively making assumptions, "She will be disabled.  Maybe she will come much later in my life?"  I have since learned it means something different.  

That name, Eliza Beth/Beit, popped into my head one day while I was thinking about her.  Beit/Beth is the name of the 2nd Hebrew Letter, representing the House/Family/Tent Floor Plan/etc. (See The Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book)  Eliza just happens to be the the name of my maternal Great-Grand Mother.   At that moment I realized I had unexpectedly named all my children after family members who long ago passed into the Spirit realm, so it made sense to me that her name would be Eliza, and Beit, for "the House."   
  
When I came to understand that the "school" I'd had impressions I would one day build, was that very "Hebrew School" I had been looking for to send my children to (see Katie's story here), and that it was called the House of the Book, I stopped.  THAT word.  The House.  The Beit.  Was this Eliza?!

As I began to go forward in building the website, developing the Foundation Builder Guide program, and teaching more, I kept thinking of that girl.  Both her and this "House."  I wanted them both, yet I was seeing the House of the Book could really be this baby.  Then, when I began to have really hard experiences, the answer was always there to remind me.  I began learning to "lay it down" and "let her go" in ways I never could understand before.

Since that time, I've had to learn greater lessons of "laying it all down" in many different ways.  Once when I nearly lost my closest friend because she wanted to give ownership of what I was creating to another, I had an opportunity to release the pain of that experience and learn to trust again.   Or, when I was faced with my greatest fears and felt I almost lost my family, I was able to release childhood traumas and see God's hand guiding me through the results of crafty enticings of the devil.

I have learned many important things on this journey I call my Pilgrim's Course and I have had many interpretations come as I apply my understanding of symbols from my research with the Symbolic Hebrew, and move forward in faith.  However, the most important lesson I know I can learn from this "wandering" I am doing here and with birthing this "ElizaBeit" baby is this: 


What if it is in laying it all down that we finally receive?
What if it's by surrendering that we show that we believe?
What if it's in letting go that we are really holding on, 
And that we finally see that He's been there holding on all along?
A Believing Woman by Caitlin Maxfield Connolly
Now what are some of your stories in "letting go" and "laying it all down?"

May the sun always shine upon you,
~ Katie

Resources:
  • The idea of ~ the transition from asleep to wake was imperceptible and I knew God was teaching me something in that dream ~ from Richard G. Scott's, To Learn and to Teach more Effectively 
  • Learn more about the "Beit" or the "Open Palm" in my recent Ancient Hebrew Alphabet book, The Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet.
  • This post aligns with a "help in our Wilderness" concept taught through Foundation Builder Guide's Intro Principles of Creation class called The Pilgrim's Course, teaching this important "Sun at Horizon" principle. (see The Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book)
  • See here to learn about the Foundation Builder Guide teaching the Principles of Creation.

Calling All "Artist's"

Our Artist Story

Once Upon a Dimension not far from here, there was an Artist.  This Artist had become known as "The Master Artist" throughout the land.  He had learned and mastered all the Principles, Environments, Materials,and Skills which all Artists have the ability to master.  (See the Principles of Creation here) He not only mastered these Principles, Environments, Materials and Skills, but placed their existence and movement in perfect order; an order set precisely to work and self-generate producing life and endlessness.  The combination of these certain Principles, Environments, Materials, & Skills created a beauty and flow which acted as a key.    The Master Artist used this key to Unlock the Chambers of all Creations.
Sunshine
  • He began with One.  One Day, One Sphere, One Form, One Space; a great Oneness uniting all the Principles, Environments, Materials and Skills.  Circling all Art into one great whole.
  • He went on to Two.  Dividing that great whole into halves.  Two Parts, Two halves, Two Opposing Forces, Two Spaces within one; creating a balanced pull in two directions.
  • Next came Three.  Three Lights, Three Pillars, Three Extensions.  Three Skills.  Patterns of three extending out help towards all.
  • Then He moved on to Four.  Four Corners, Four Kinds, Four Areas over the expanse.  Reaching over and encompassing the entire.  A Door of true penitence.
  • He then founded the Five.  Five Categories. Five Steps.  A Breath of Life within the Five; bringing Life and Hope.
  • This Master Artist added onto these the Six.  Six. All the foundation was laid for you and I to enter the scene, for you and I to become connected to this our Master Artist.  We became immersed in the Principles, Environments, Material and Skills which brought beauty and order a midst the chaos.  These tools helped us overcome the Natural Man and become the Divine within us. You and I could accept this connection and follow The Course and Path to become like this our Master Artist or make our own way to our own ends.  The choice was ours and the Conflict began.
Yes, the sun shown bright and beautiful then the clouds came and cast vicious shadows on the light.  The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth times have all shown the sun and then clouds and turmoil of days better forgotten.  Death and pain and destitute hearts.  Broken. Broken. Broken.
No worries however.  All boundaries were planned and in proper order by this Master Artist to create the beauty and promise of the enabling Principles, Environments, Materials and Skillsunlocking the chambers within all creation to flow and change and move upward towards light and life; all at the right time.
  • Lastly, the Seven.  Seven for Rest and Rejuvenation.  A space was created for feasting unto completeness.  A feast of a spiritual realm.
Purple
Today, the time is now to combine the Principles, Environments, Materials, and Skills.  You and I have the keys within to unlock this beautiful creative flowing movement and change upward toward light; to Become.  You and I can become the facilitators to help others to do the same.  In this process, we follow the Master Artist.
Now, The Master Artist, Artist of all Artists, is waiting.
~ Katie

Resources:

Our New Book Sharing Aspects of the Hebrew Way


Last month in my House Newsletter, I sent out an announcement of our "New Look and New book" on HouseoftheBook.org.  I shared the vision & purpose I hold for the HouseoftheBook.org site.  To see this Newsletter click here.  (To see the correct link to this Pilgrim's Course Tutorials class sharing more of this vision, click here.) 

Today, I'd like to share that our Ancient Hebrew book is ready to be pre-ordered!  
Why is this so exciting?  After I asked God what he wanted me to do to prepare for coming days (in 2009) , and was shown (read my story here), I began learning more and teaching what I call Symbolic Hebrew (Ancient Biblical Hebrew).  I quickly began to see our story in this beautiful language.  Not only did I start to learn more of who I really am, I began to see how we all are connected to the Ancient Hebrew people.   

As I researched these things over the years, I found many House of Israel stories which have helped me illustrate more about this Hebrew language and people.   It has been my desire to share those stories with everyone and it is now time! 

This past winter, I awoke from a dream with an idea to share some of what I have discovered, in a simple Alphabet book.  This Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book takes the depth of my ten year research, which most are not ready for, and distills it into simplicity.  
This image is a sample page.
Pre-Order Your Copy Today - from THIS Link
The books will be printed and shipped out at the end of May.  If you know others who would be interested in this book, your efforts to share would be much appreciated so we can keep the cost low, or, buy in bulk and save on shipping. 
I can't wait for you to read it!   Learning more about this Ancient Hebrew can greatly add to your understanding of the scriptures, the Ancient Tabernacle and your connection to them, and also ~ many aspects of the Hebrew Way. 


God bless you in learning, living and becoming with your family!

Katie Hansen



 

Is God's Ultimate Purpose to Continue His House & Seed?

If this truth (right) could have been preserved in the original 5 Books of Moses, where would it have been taught?
Would it have been ~
  • In the building of His House and Tabernacle, where the measurements and ordinances all point to our return? (Exodus 22-35)
  • In the Treaty where God and the House of Israel entered into a Covenant relationship, with Him telling His Heirs that He loves them and wants them to return to Him by keeping those 10 Commandments? (Exodus 20, Deut. 5)
  • In the story of Abram becoming Abraham and entering into a Covenant? (Genesis 15-17)
  • In the evidence that God preserved 8 souls on Noah's ark to continue His children on the Earth? (Genesis 6-7)
  • After the Creation where He instructed Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the Earth? (Genesis 1)
Or, would it have been in another place?
We praise our God in all things and in honor of Him, praise be to God! Is it possible He wants us back with Him and to help bring to pass our Immortality and Eternal Life, which in the end, Glorifies His work? Is it possible this part got left out of Moses writings? Just because this truth may not have been mentioned in the Bible, it doesn't mean we can't go to the original sources to search for the full picture of this truth.

With the help of the Holy Spirit and God's Word (Ancient & Modern Prophets), and our syntopical study through faith, we've been discovering the Principles of Creation. Understanding these "Principles" helps give greater insight into the Old Testament because they stem from the original language of the Bible. (Biblical Hebrew) With that as our foundation, we believe God wants to "Continue His House" and Seed on the Earth for His Glorious purposes. (See Seed in Foundation Builder Guide's Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet Book.)
What are your thoughts?



Here is a song about how God may want us to share our light and how it Glorifies Him.




Twenty and two Years: The Formula for Peace & Prosperity

December 23, 2018 ~ Today is a miracle to me.
This picture has hung on our wall for nearly 20 years.
Two years ago, in a very rough time for our family, on a very hard day at a time when I was angry and tempted to give up, I heard a crash in the other room.  I went out of my room to see this picture had fallen onto the wood floor.  Glass shattered tearing the picture in the process.  That was interesting!  I knew we were under serious attack from darkness, but to have that happen was a witness of who was behind that intense trial.  I left it there and when my husband came home to see that he was shocked.  I nonchalantly told him it it fell off the wall.  Because the picture was destroyed, I ended up throwing it away, then later found my husband had taken it out of the trash and tucked it away anyway, which was sweet to me.
Today, we are now celebrating 22 years of marriage.  
 
It's been a special year.  A year of trusting and witnessing the light move ahead more than we've ever noticed before. A year of living God's patterns of 22 even more.  I'm deeply changed to have experienced such growth through these last twenty and two years of being married.
In one of my favorite books, The Book of Mosiah from the Book of Mormon, the families inherited the land of their fathers for the space of 22 years. The men and women stood in their roles to protect & provide and nurture & create, and they prospered.  For 22 years they had continual peace and the Kingdom was able to be established.
And it came to pass that we again began to establish the kingdom and we again began to possess the land in peace. And I caused that there should be weapons of war made of every kind, that thereby I might have weapons for my people against the time the Lamanites should come up again to war against my people.   
And I set guards round about the land, that the Lamanites might not come upon us again unawares and destroy us; and thus I did guard my people and my flocks, and keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies.
And it came to pass that we did inherit the land of our fathers for many years, yea, for the space of twenty and two years.
And I did cause that the men should till the ground, and raise all manner of grain and all manner of fruit of every kind.
And I did cause that the women should spin, and toil, and work, and work all manner of fine linen, yea, and cloth of every kind, that we might clothe our nakedness; and thus we did prosper in the land—thus we did have continual peace in the land for the space of twenty and two years.
These verses in chapter 10 of Mosiah teach me there is a formula for receiving peace and prosperity, to the end of inheriting God's Kingdom.  When two come together in God's house with His covenants, within His sealing ordinance, receiving peace & prosperity is truly possible.
It takes the two of us to stand together in our roles in the home and house; just like the male & female who are within the house as found in Natures Laws.  As we learn and stand in our roles as husband and wife, and act in those responsibilities, I am beginning to know, even more than ever before, we will inherit God's peace and prosperity. 

That is twenty and two years to me.  After a great release and Jubilee leading up to our 21st year, a pattern of peace followed; God's formula for inheriting peace and prosperity is making itself known to us.

At The Shrine of the Book in Israel 2017 in our 21st Jubilee Year
  
Our union these 22 years is such a gift to me!   Thank you Michael for this opportunity of grow and progress towards receiving greater peace and prosperity.   Thank you wonderful friends and family for all your examples of union and strength.  
Here is a witness in Nature. Two unfolding gifts revealing their peace and prosperity.

As we all stand in this commitment to act in our roles as husbands and wives, we are truly lighting the world! 

  • Read Mosiah 10 for this formula of Peace & Prosperity

Cry of the Shofar, A Cry to Heaven

I love hearing this sound!   It is the sound of the Shofar on a Jerusalem street filmed as we were walking from the market.  
   
             
Maybe it's because I have come to understand it represents one crying out to Heaven to be able to come back into their presence; one who is deeply longing to return, to come home to a place of safety and comfort?  Maybe it's because I have come to personally relate to it and I feel that sound within me, crying out to Heaven, deeply longing to return?

According to the Jewish history, this time of year is holy.  It resembles a time of new beginnings and a time when Adam recognized he was "lost" and turned towards the Garden of Eden, calling out to our Father in Heaven filled with remorse, with a desire to return home.   Each year this special sound can be heard, representing all faithful Israelite's calling back to that Garden of Heaven's presence.  


This can be summed up in a simple parable from Rabbi Israel Baai Shem Tov:
A King had an only son, the apple of his eye. The King wanted his son to master different fields of knowledge and to experience various cultures, so he sent him to a far-off country, supplied with a generous quantity of silver and gold. Far away from home, the son squandered all the money until he was left completely destitute. In his distress he resolved to return to his father's house and after much difficulty, he managed to arrive at the gate of the courtyard to his father's palace.
In the passage of time, he had actually forgotten the language of his native country, and he was unable to identify himself to the guards. In utter despair he began to cry out in a loud voice, and the King, who recognized the voice of his son, went out to him and brought him into the house, kissing him and hugging him.
The meaning of the parable: The King is G-d. The prince is the Jewish people, who are called "Children of G-d" (Deuteronomy 14:1). The King sends a soul down to this world in order to fulfill the Torah and mitzvot. However, the soul becomes very distant and forgets everything to which it was accustomed to above, and in the long exile it forgets even its own "language." So it utters a simple cry to its Father in Heaven. This is the blowing of the shofar, a cry from deep within, expressing regret for the past and determination for the future. This cry elicits G-d’s mercies, and He demonstrates His abiding affection for His child and forgives him.
This parable illustrates beautifully a Pilgrim wandering in a strange land becoming accustomed to the language and forgetting the King's language to pass the gate.  I can't help but relate it to my life and all of God's children.  Could we be that Prince or Princess?  Could we have possibly forgotten the language of the King?

This I do know, the moment we feel this cry swelling within our breasts, we turn and do cry out to Heaven.  The King of Heaven and His Angels hear that sincere desire and His eldest son, our Savior Jesus Christ, walks out to embrace us and carry us back.  His atoning power envelopes us, free's us, enable's us, protects us.  And do you know what?  

His merciful arm is outstretched still.    



Great Resources to read more:

Tabernacle of Moses Discovery Guide ~ A Perfect Resource for Celebrating!

Have you ever attended a harvest-themed gathering where families bring pies from their own garden surplus?  It kind of sounds like a scene from Little House where they bake all day, then travel through the big woods to visit family and play with cousins.  Or, those olden days in America where families gather for a barn raising and some singing and dancing in the evening. 

Usually each fall, our Celebration committee creates family gatherings similar to these, but within our modern context and story; celebrating our Pilgrim's Course story of similar struggle with day to day living within our efforts of returning home.

This year, we are offering a special resource for your family in honor of a special time in the Original calendar.   Monday, September 9th is actually the New Year and the Hebrew people have kept this Original calendar since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.  These next two days marks the end of the year 5,778.  September 10th will then be the year 5,779 - Five thousand seven hundred eighty years since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.  

It's interesting huh?  

It's not common we hear of the dates being tracked since that time, but the Jews have been keeping their instructions to keep the records.

This time of year is holy to the Jews and those who honor our Original beginnings.  It actually resembles a time of new beginnings; a time that is known among the Jewish culture, where Adam recognized he was "lost" and turned towards the Garden of Eden, calling out to our Father in Heaven filled with remorse, with a desire to return home.   A tradition ensued at some point, according to the Jews, where each year they gather all their unrepentant sins, burdens, mistakes and call out to G-d to release them in efforts to return back.  This showed their re-commitment to renew, to transform and to begin again to be God's people.   
To read more about the cry of the shofar and the Head (beginning) of the Year, see here.
Read a very interesting article about what happened in 1827 in America on the Feast of Trumpets date. 
Now in our Christian worldview, we know our Creator and Redeemer came to free us and was that gate keeper for Adam and Eve and all their posterity; us.   Even though he came in the meridian of time, Adam was taught to look forward and participate in certain rites which would help them remember and believe in His coming.   And we know, each weekly Sabbath is a symbolic time for us to return back towards our Father through the power of the atonement; to recognize, release and renew along with our families.

Nevertheless, this time of year is significant because I believe it holds certain seasonal or energetic turnings.  For example, my life seems to be Divinely in-tune with these turnings.  
Each July I begin re-evaluating my schedule and life and spend the next few months organizing or ordering, in some way, to begin a new pattern in Sept/October.  I began noticing this pattern some years ago.  It was just happening to me without thinking about it, like it was my second nature.  I believe it was my inner light communicating truth to me actually.  Maybe it is a pattern you have noticed?  If not, try observing it for yourself.
Since this time of year is not only significant to me, but to our Original family of old, I feel the need to share about the importance of our gathering in Celebration of G-d and all His Creation.    Although that should be done daily, weekly and on a personal scale, this year, we are sharing a free resource to be used within our homes.  

Come join my family and I as we gather around our table and search to learn more about G-d's Tabernacle of Moses through Tracie Hyde's Tabernacle of Moses Discovery Guide!

As more families participate in this kind of "turning back" to our Original Judeo-Christian heritage, we will come to understand the significance of the Israelite's efforts to perform exact obedience through building this Tabernacle.  We have the opportunity today to engage in this study and in doing so, assist in the awakening of the family and people of Israel.  (Romans 11)



Many thanks to Messages of Christ for creating this video!

We have this pdf for you - Tabernacle of Moses Discovery Guide by Tracie Hyde - on this link (scroll down to middle of the page).  Gathering around the table to study words is a great way to gather and celebrate the New Year! 

Join us!

~ Katie 

What is the Hebrew Way?

The Hebrew Way is an Ancient culture, understanding and way of life.   It involves becoming self-reliant in all ways of learning & living.  We have lived and inherited the linear mindset or the occidental, western or Greek ways.  Since we have forgotten our original heritage, we no longer walk these paths. The trails have been long overgrown.
"Now, if you think of everything you know about the Ancient Nomadic people, the ones who walked these trials and who recorded their spiritual teachings and history in the Bible, and then you are getting closer to understanding The Hebrew Way.   Sometimes we may be tempted to think because our Ancient forefathers did not have technological advances like we enjoy, they couldn't possibly have known the truths we do today?  Well, we are living the same patterns because we have the same human nature.    
"Do you know that the term Hebrew is referring not only to the Jewish people, but also to all the other Tribes of the House of Jacob or Israel?  Hebrew is not only a foreign language, but as I've found, also a symbolic language containing a cultural story and principles to lead our lives?  It is my hopes to share what I have been taught and add it to what we already know of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"The Hebrew Way encompasses a whole new mindset of culture and principles which make life meaningful in every turn.  It takes what we already know of The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Christians or Christians with a latter-day restoration world-view, and gives additional perspective and insight. At the same time The Hebrew Way aligns perfectly with what Christ taught in His life, through His Words and His prophets.  The Hebrew Way shows us how to live a life that is principle-based and to lead from principles in everything we do.
"Ultimately, The Hebrew Way shows us how to be and do."   
Taken from The Hebrew Way: A Principle-based Life that Leads us Home by Katie Hansen

And wonderful news my friends.  These long-forgotten trails are currently being walked by a few.  And this Original heritage is currently in the process of being restored!
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. See Acts 3:21
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  Romans 11:25-26



Those who are interested to learn more on this topic, come join us in a free Pilgrim's Course Online Retreat!

A Place, Holding Space

When I first started this blog for a woman's retreat in 2009, I felt strongly this "Gathering Place" sharing about the "Hebrew Way," would be to unite those in the North.  From where I lived to the North, I could see a need for there to be some unity in our community.     

Aside from that, I soon after found that the Hebraic meaning for those "in the North" is "lost" and "in sin."  I was feeling the impression to help those in the North, come out of the North; to turn around, be found, and come South "into the Light;" come unto themselves and come to their true identity.  As I moved forward with an impression to teach the Principles of Creation I was discovering, I began teaching women, children and some men, how to use their very own Skills of Discovery.  Using these skills must be engaged by us and once we fully choose them, bring an inward awakening.  I have described this awakening as a feeling of coming home:  home to who we truly are, home to our original family and home to our Maker and the lessons he has to teach us.  

My experience has been a turning to my Original family roots.  Farther back from those who fought the American Revolution to bring Freedom to the world so the Restoration of Christ's truths could be restored to the Earth, from those exiled from England for their religious convictions, or from the English-Saxon or France Kings, or from those living in Palestine at the time of Jesus.   But, to those of my fore-fathers who lived true to their God and the Covenants He offered them, in which great promised blessings of Divine inheritance and a seed that would cover the Earth.  
This idea of The Hebrew Way has brought me and many others, to a coming home of who we are and to look from where we came for answers for our future.  If we do not know who we are, we cannot fully come into the Light and return from the North.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  -George Santayana
After wondering for 10 years why I was impressed to call this blog the Gathering Place for Families, and seeing the tides change towards returning to our Original family roots of the family of Israel, I can say the role of Gathering Place for Families has been to hold a place, holding space for us to look towards our Original Hebrew roots, those principles taught there and being a connector and Tent Peg between Modern Israel and Ancient Israel.  Another crucial space this has provided has been of the discovery the foundational Principles of Creation and the unveiling of the unknown Art of the "learning of the Jews." 

In this great In-Gathering of families happening all over the world, another deliberate place has been held, here at least, for the return of those in the North to their more Original and Abrahamic Hebrew roots.  


Concepts referenced: