There’s an obscure text I’ve been listening to quite a bit lately. Historians aren’t exactly sure on when the text was written- believed to be somewhere around 70 AD- or why. While it is titled The Odes of Solomon it clearly wasn’t written by Solomon nor does it quote any Old Testament scriptures or other known works at the time.
One of the more vague passages in the work is Ode 19. Theologians are baffled by the text and certainly aren’t rushing forward to quote it openly. I, on the other hand, recognize it for exactly what it is- an alchemical text- and am all too happy to share my insights regarding the subject.
“ 1 A cup of milk was offered to me: and I drank it in the sweetness of the delight of the Lord.
2 The Son is the cup, and He who was milked is the Father:
3 And the Holy Spirit is She who milked Him: because His breasts were full, and it was necessary for Him that His milk should be sufficiently released;
4 And the Holy Spirit opened Her bosom and mingled the milk from the two breasts of the Father; then She gave the mixture to the world without their knowing:
5 And they who receive in its fulness are the ones on the right hand.
6 The Spirit opened the womb of the Virgin and she received conception and brought forth; and the Virgin became a Mother with many mercies…”-Ode 19: Odes of Solomon
If we go the Sola Literalis- only literal interpretations- road this text would look like an attempt to explain how the Virgin Mother became pregnant with the Christ. However, there’s a huge mystical component surrounding this piece. I’ve cited these lines before as a means of explaining how the Divine Mother- Holy Spirit- was understood by the Early Church.
While all of that is important it was almost considered old hat and just widely accepted at the time the piece was written. There is a much more profound spiritual practice being conveyed here. Look at the symbolism behind the words. “Milk… that was the delight of the Lord.” In the mysticism of the day it was not uncommon for the Father aspect of the Godhead to be understood as a desire that willed the Universe into being.
“The Son is the Cup”-the physical vessel that houses- “He who is milked”- the Father being masculine energy.
“And the Holy Spirit milked Him”- this is the Divine Feminine energy pulling the Fathers desire into our being.
It’s rare to see Christianity thought of an as an Eastern religion but think of where the “near-east” is. This is a tantric practice being told in story form to those in the know. Tantra hasn’t been fully explained in a long time. Even the Tibetans aren’t keen on practice these days as it’s incredibly dangerous. In fact, about the only remnants we see is “remaining chaste before the Lord.”
What does chastity help us accomplish though? Well according to this ancient text this is a transformative process. “And the Holy Spirit opened His bosom and mingled the milk from the two breasts of the Father and gave it to the whole world…” Think of our sexual organs and the glands that produce our seed, this is the Universal Seed of alchemy. Her giving it to the whole world is Her spreading it through our entire being. “To remain chaste,” as they say, is to restrain from releasing our seed in a state of lust and pull it into our being.
“And they who receive in its fullness are the ones on the right hand.” When we restrain from acting in lust and start working that energy into our hearts we slowly become more compassionate for others. When our desire is transformed into genuine love we receive the fullness of God.
This is a teaching on unlocking the potential of inner transformation and moving beyond carnality. Now, it doesn’t say our bodies are in sin or that there is anything wrong with sexual energy. Quite the contrary. All this ancient text is meant to convey is there is a way to work with our sexual energy and use it as a means of awakening the compassion and love of God within us.
Just food for thought. Please feel free to pass it on and tell me your thoughts.