The New Essenes is a gathering of ordinary people practicing deep introspection as a way to solve everyday problems. Our inquiry is based on the idea that language is alive and that the Word is where our Power lives: since speech is an act, communication is not what is said and done, but the result of what is said and done.
By joining in and coming back, we increasingly benefit from the distilled essence of an ultimate method of inquiry, based on Sacred Geometry and known as the Path of XPR.
Each time we honestly engage in this learning, the cosmos rejoices. Each time we participate in a meeting, we renew the UnderStanding that there is only One of US. We thereby increase our capacity to love what is, and to sustain the “Sense of Enough.”
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The Way of the Essenes
The earliest mention of the Essenes is by Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria (c. 20-54 CE), noting their concerns with piety, their dedication to honesty, their sense of community and their sacred vision of equality and freedom. Observing the Sabbath (the Seventh “Day”) in following the strictest instructions, they spent their time in silence, studying the Law from the philosophical and allegorical interpretations, that is, from the soul of the Torah—the Kabbalah.
Some 2000 years ago—at the time of Jesus, the Torah (the Five Books of Moses in Hebrew) was understood in at least twelve different ways: each soulful “way” led to the gathering of a sect. Some sects were official, with chapters and membership dues, such as the Sadducees, the Samaritans, the Scribes, etc. Some sects were unofficial, such as the Kabbalists, the Prophets, the Nazareans, etc. The Essenes were very organized: their group had a structure for people to join, and a specific way of doing their rites. Essenes may mean “pious ones” or “healers” in Aramaic. John the Baptist was an Essene, as were the Twelve Apostles. Called the Yom Kippur Jews, they observed the laws of Yom Kippur (“the day that feels like acceptance”), avoiding drinking, eating, sex, oils, and wore meanly white. Their understanding of the Law was so profound that they naturally produced Prophets, therein contrasting with the Talmudic tradition holding that Malachi was the last Prophet. Since the Essenes influenced early Christianity, that conflict is still played out in the writing of the gospels and in the acts of the apostles. They were also called the Ebionites for “the poor, the deprived” [of any baggage] and also Chassidim Harishonim, “the early kind ones, the lovers of God.” Being against violence, they learned to control their temper and served as channels of peace. They owned no slaves, rejecting the use of weapons or participation in commerce.
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