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:


Your Word, Your Principle


Did you choose a word for the year?  

Choosing a word is the same as living your life from a principle.  The result is the same too.  You start to see that principle everywhere.  That principle shapes your life. 

How does it work? 

A principle is a law comprehending many subordinate truths. (Webster's 1828)  As we put a principle within our sight, it is through belief and our focused intention that we see it's truths all around.  In other words, we choose to trust as we go forward living with that principle in mind.  We trust that principle will help us.  We focus and search for that principle in our life. 

The result? 

We start to see things differently.  We observe anew.  We are taught lessons we may not have noticed before.  We experience new insights.  We ask ourselves new questions.  The world around us has new perspective for us.  

Through this process, we are using our God-given "skills of discovery."  Observing, noticing, reaching through the eyes with an intent to find because our heart is hungry and thirsty for knowledge and understanding; for seeing how this word and principle can teach us.  These skills and this process are in all of us; been there from the origin of mankind.  We just have to believe, trust the process and choose to act with a principle in mind. 

Now, what principle or principles are you living and experiencing?  



Biblical Principle Addressed:
  • Seek, Ask, Knock - Duet. 4:29; Ezra 7:10; Matt 7:7-8


The Connector of All Connections


This month we have been celebrating the True Connector; The Creator of all connections.

  • Connecting us all back to our Eternal home through His birth, life and death.
  • Connecting and protecting families with His atoning power throughout the Universe.  
  • Connecting families to become Eternal.
  • Connecting our mind & hearts with Light & truth.
  • Connecting light to the world.
  • Connecting goodness and virtue. 
  • Connecting all of the House of Israel; all God's children. 
  • Connecting Aleph and Tav; Alpha and Omega.
  • Connecting all stories.
  • Connecting Heaven with Earth.
  • Connecting the Ancient people with the Modern.
Tell the true story.

Use nesting dolls to illustrate and share it.  Paint it.  Sing it.  Dance it.  Write it.  Carve it.  Create it with any organic materials.


Tell the true story, our ultimate Connector with His binding power has come!  Christ was born to save us, free us, heal us and CONNECT us!!


It may not matter who previously instituted dates of Christ's birth and symbols persuading a counterfeit worship.  But, it does matter what we choose to do, who we choose to focus on and worship.

Let's tell the true story and let our light shine everyday by focusing on, celebrating and making connections with Christ.

Would You Like to Join Us?

Would you like to join to discuss with others who hold this same vision?  
We know that our life will be best when focusing on Christ and building foundation by searching for true principles which are ultimately tied to Light and His Creation. 

Here are some of the principles I have discovered in my search for understanding a more Original way of learning and living, The Hebrew Way:
  • The symbolic Principles of Creation are interconnected with our Creator
  • These Principles can be seen throughout the Holy Records, Classic stories, Plants, Our Bodies, Relationships, Songs, Virtues, Art, Mathematical Geometry, etc. 
  • The story of Israel is our human story
  • The Wilderness is a HARD place to be
  • The House of Israel is returning as they awaken
  • Celebrating through Spiritual Rituals and Gatherings help us remember who we are
  • Singing, dancing, breathing, storytelling, music & sound, virtuous words & pure language, original sourced Creation-based whole food & plants and smells, color, and more truly nurture our souls and bring us healing  
  • We truly need to cleanse our vessels to return
  • We return by turning our hearts towards Him
  • Our character needs refining to see Him
  • Seeing poetically, symbolically and in many meanings helps us see God more (Sensus Plenior) 
  • We must have a pure desiring heart in our search for truth
  • We can discover truth through observation, exploration, asking and comparing back to our core understanding of Truth (seek, knock ask)


I invite you to add to our discussion on the facebook group - Gathering Place for Families.
Come discuss with us!

~ Katie Hansen


Principles Learned from:
  • To learn more about Sensus Plenior, see The U.S. Constitution and 196 Indisputable Principles of Freedom, Chapter 1 by Oliver DeMille.
  • The Old & New Testament.
  • The Book of Mormon.
  • The House of the Lord.
  • The study of Footzonology.
  • The study of Leadership Education & Education for Real Life.
  • Multiple Intelligences.
  • My favorite Hebrew resources on this site.
  • Formal and Informal Mentoring over the last 15 years.

How Multi-layers in Nature Can Teach Us The Language of Creation




When you see the multiple layers in the Earth, what does it teach you?  Does it remind you of all the other layers we can see in our world?   

Let’s see...  




There are multiple layers of the Earth and it’s atmosphere.  There are layers in our hair and our skin.










There are multiple layers of emotional needs and layers of light.  There are layers of writing a story and many many layers of meaning in literature.
 




With these reminders, I believe we can probably say things with multiple layers is really a part of our world; that there is a pattern of multiple-layered things in all Creation.

Just like we can see multiple layers of material in the physical world (both seen and unseen), multiple layers in our emotional needs and feelings and in human relationships, and multiple layers in the intellectual level of creating order and beauty, and even on spiritual levels, we can begin to apply our minds and hearts to understand there are multiple-layers of meaning in everything we learn.   

In fact, our minds were created to do just that.  The human brain is different from the animal brain.  (And I state, that according to the Hebraic patterns, we were Created on a different day!) Our brains were created to be able to see and find symbolic meaning behind concrete objects, words, and relate to abstract ideas, not just things as they materially or literally are.  We were created to find personal subjective meaning from the sometimes mundane concrete or literal as well.  (And it’s okay!  It doesn’t have to scare us because we see a meaning in an art piece and you don’t!)   In other words, we were created for connection between what we see and experience and the lessons we take away from it, for good or bad.  But that’s our choice and probably another topic for another day.

I believe it is the hope of many intuitive parents and leadership educators to help our children utilize the full multi-layered abilities of their minds to learn to think critically and read poetically.  Even more importantly to help our children learn to become self-reliant in searching out Truth from error.  These crucial skills, of seeing multiple-layers of meaning to see truth, to think critically and see poetically, are marks of a truly educated person.  
                                   
As I think of one of most influential reasons my husband and I desire our children to learn the language of Creation, aka what I call Symbolic Hebrew, it is for this very point.  Learning this symbolic language will drastically help our ourselves and our children increase in thinking critically and reading poetically, to search through the layers of the dump to find and discover truth, and to begin to see the multiple layers of meaning our Creator has provided in all Creation.   

But How?

Unlike the English alphabet, with its single purpose letters, the Hebrew Aleph-beit letters each have more than 3 meanings behind them.  Meaning, instead of just a sound they make for speaking a foreign tongue, they have a pictograph with its deep ancient cultural illustration & story, a numerical symbol used for arithmetic, a shape which I associated together, a set of words used to describe principles, a tone used for singing, House of Israel stories associated and the list goes on depending on which scholar you learn from and what they have personally connected with it.  
So, what that means is, when we learn these multiple levels of meaning in a simple thing as the language of Creation, over time, we train our brain to use skills God created our brains to utilize, and we begin to apply our multi-level critical thinking abilities to learning everywhere.  And my favorite part, we get an education made for man, not animals :)
For instance, when we read or hear a story, is there a single meaning in that story or are there usually multiple ways we can connect and apply that story to our life?  Multiple ways is right!  Literature is multi-layered.  It would be absurd to claim there is only one way to see things.  Stories are naturally poetic and contain multiple layers of meaning because they contain this language of Creation.  When we are asking the right questions, which spark more thinking, we will see more.  If they are true literature and classics, they naturally contain multiple meanings.  Many for every reader.  And it's completely subjective!  

Now let's explore this thought when learning from the Bible.  Are there only one way to see and connect with the truths there?  No.  But why is it we often hear a symbolic and poetic (Hebraic) story in scriptural text and so easily only see the literal level of meaning?  
Or, when we see the news, articles, events, daily scenarios we experience and books we read?  Are we asking ourselves the right questions to spark our minds to think critically and see things poetically, with our mind and heart so we are receiving the personal meaning that may be there for us?  Or even to find truths our Creator is guiding us to discover?  How about so we can take in the lessons to once and finally apply the truths we are in need of applying into our character? Most importantly, are we remembering and considering there may be another layer or meaning?

The very cool thing I have experienced as I have taught others to see critically, poetically and symbolically over the last 5 years, is that each and everyone can develop these skills with practice, encouragement and trusting the process.   For us parent mentors, if we have a guide, it is even more effective and doesn’t take years and years to make a part of our abilities. But imagine if our children grew up in homes where they were guided to increase their "multiple-layer" seeing abilities, to not just see in a literal or material level, and became efficient in seeing multiple-layered meanings in all Creation.   How would that be?

~ Katie Hansen

Concepts Mentioned:

Building Foundation Using God's Language of Symbolism

If you have found yourself curious about all the new talk about geometric shapes and numbers having symbolic meanings, then you are in the right place.
When you see numbers in Creation, remember each number correlates with a shape.*  As you begin to see these patterns, they can hold a symbolic meaning in our minds because our minds were created to make connections and see more meaning than just one or the literal connotation.  

  • But from where do these symbolic meanings come?  I would definitely say they need to come from the most original source like a Godly record and be verified from God.  
  • Where do we find the most ancient source of these meanings?  From the most ancient record we have, which is the Bible and it's original language which is Hebrew.

Through my study, I have discovered multiple principles within what I call "Symbolic Hebrew," which are also the original source of mathematical symbolism in Creation, the source of Sacred Geometry.   These Principles of Creation, aka "Symbolic Hebrew," are the oldest record we have of these patterns and principles in all Creation.  

So if you are interested in learning the original source of symbolic meanings of shapes and numbers, I invite you to join me as I mentor (from my years of depth-phase-figuring-this-out-study) individuals to make their very own connections, giving the practice needed to build confidence in the subjective process of learning the language of Creation.    

I currently mentor women to see these Principles of Creation in the Bible, through words, definitions, stories and whatever else comes up in our Tutorials.  These tutorials are crucial!  They provide a way all participants can practice studying to become more independent in seeing poetically and symbolically.   This way, they can be taught by God when they are in the House of God, in Nature, reading classical stories, studying humanity, seeking to find order in the Universe, searching truths and patterns, verifying and building foundation.



Come join us in learning the language of Creation, in this self-discovery agency protective way, and add these Principles of Creation to your foundation.    

For the live Tutorial discussions - 
Join the online Foundation Builder Guide tutorial discussions (link below).   I will send you the classroom link and Foundation Builder Study Guide with all the instructions on how to prepare for our Tutorials.   (HouseoftheBook.org Membership Site houses all the recordings)

You may join the class by following these instructions on this pdf here
See here for the dates and times
When we think of foundation, we think of God and Christ who are the Rock to built upon.  Each of these Principles testify of truths which are complimentary to Christ.

“Symbols are the timeless and universal in which God, in his wisdom, has chosen to teach his gospel and bear witness of his Son. They are the language of the scriptures, the language of revelation, the language of the Spirit, the language of faith. They are a language common to the Saints of all generations” (Joseph Fielding McConkie, Gospel Symbolism [1985], 1).

*Read more with Strings, Straight-edge &Shadows by Julie E. Diggens 


Celebrating "Pilgrim's" On All Saints Day

Today is All Saints Day.   It is a day to celebrate those who have gone before in God's story of overcoming bondage and obtaining freedom.  It is a day to celebrate those "Pilgrim's" who have traveled their "Course."

I have mentioned a few here on this blog, but for today, join us in reviewing the life of Martin Luther.  He was a munk in the Catholic church, but as he studied the Bible, his conscience led him to stand against teachings of his church at the time.

How did he find the courage to face his greatest wilderness experiences?  When did he gain his convictions and his Course begin?

These are serious questions which could help us find answers to our Pilgrim's Course.  While you watch this or study more into Martin Luther's life, ask yourself questions like these.  And maybe, When was my beginning? Where am I on my course today?

This, Pilgrim's Course, a term I coined to describe us and other great men and women on their Hero's Journey, is one of the greatest principles of The Hebrew Way.



We own this dramatized movie and watch it each year.  I also recommend this book we have studied in our journey with other youth and families.           
                                                 

He truly is a great inspiration to all for "standing fast in that liberty wherewith God hath made us free!"

Some other great stories of those who have stood in their Pilgrim's Course.
William Tyndale

       
John Wesley
       
William Wilberforce
        
Corrie tenBoom
       
Pilgrim's Progress describes this Pilgrim's Course wonderfully.