Whether or not you have yet to read my first book, “An Angelic Journey Within,” this guide will serve as a brief discussion of some of the main themes within each chapter. Of course, you’ll have to read the book to get every mysticism teaching, and to get the whole meaning conveyed within the book. However, whether to whet your appetite to read the book, or to serve as a companion as you read it, I hope you will learn much from this article. Of course, there will be a few minimal spoilers, but I will strive to keep them to a minimum and instead focus on the themes.
I encourage those of you who have read the book to add your comments about other themes, along with any questions you have about this book.
The questions for discussion in this document are intended either for group discussion or to answer for yourself. Feel free to answer them in a comment to this post, as well as on my Facebook author page. Of course, if you prefer you can just consider them for yourself, but I think you’d benefit even more from discussing it with others who read the book. I encourage you to ask your friends and family to read the book as well and discuss the questions with you. Share your copy, put a copy in their Christmas stocking, hand them one at work, or just tell them how much you loved it and think they should download it or purchase the paperback and read it.
I wrote this book entirely on a small, cheap smartphone, using a document application which came with it. It was edited at the local library, and formatted using the library computer. Thus, when writing it I had no idea how long each chapter was going to be, or how many pages it would turn out to be once it was transferred to the computer. Thankfully, it developed its own formula, and each chapter is exactly what it should be.
I wrote this book after a vision I had involving the Archangel Michael. I was not a Christian, though I did believe in Yeshua and was a student of Christian Kabbalah, which is often spelled Cabbala, along with the mysticism of many cultures around the world. I was a practicing psychic reader, shaman, and interfaith minister. The journey of the next year, the year in which this book was written and published, would change my life drastically.
The mysteries revealed within this book opened my eyes as much as I hope they will open yours. It’s not that I didn’t understand these mysteries before writing it. However, as the Archangels guided my hands and heart in writing this novella and compiling the mysteries together, I began to understand each of them a little bit more. That is the way of teaching; the teacher often learns as much as the student.
Pay attention to the epigraphs as you read this book. I’m sorry they didn’t make it into the e-book editions, but they are in both paperback editions and in the original e-pub edition (not the second e-pub edition.) Without them, you’ll still enjoy the chapters and learn a lot, but often they contain clues to some of the deeper things in each chapter.
Table of Contents
Since the book takes you on a gentle journey at the beginning, we’ll consider these three chapters together.
In the first paragraph we see a setup for the whole story. Elijah is 40 years old, and just became a grandfather. In some Kabbalah traditions, a person has to be a man of 40 years old, and be a grandfather, before studying Kabbalah. While these restrictions are not commonly observed anymore, these details set up a theme of transition into the next stage of his life. Also in the first paragraph is his name, “Elijah Ben-Jared.” I won’t divulge the full mystery of his name, but it’s pretty easy to figure out if you give it some thought.
The rest of the first chapter establishes Elijah’s character and interests, which foreshadows things about which he will learn in the rest of the book. It also establishes his relationship with a couple of other main characters, some of whom become even more prominent in the second book.
Questions for discussion:
- What does the name, “Elijah Ben-Jared” reference? Any Biblical figure or figures which his journey and his name might echo?
- How would you describe the character of Elijah Ben-Jared?
- Who are the main characters in this chapter?
The second chapter begins with a foreshadowing to the last chapters of the second book, and involves the symbolism of fog and water. I encourage you to discuss this symbolism in the comments.
The meat of the second chapter is Elijah’s examination of consciousness. As he goes through the various sins of his past, he learns to forgive himself and to rethink some of his attitudes. While he is going through his past, you should reflect on your own past good and bad, and learn to forgive yourself. Learn to move on from your mistakes, and not make them again.
It is important to frequently examine one’s conscience. While Elijah got to literally see his past happening again in front of him, you don’t need angelic intervention to pray and meditate on what is good and bad in your life, and how you can make amends for any wrong you’ve done. Whether you can make amends or not, it’s important to learn to forgive yourself and realize that you now know not to make the same mistake again. If you do make the same mistakes again, pray for strength and forgive yourself as many times as God would; which is infinite.
Questions for discussion:
- Who is the angel which takes Elijah on this part of his journey? (hint, it’s stated later in the book.)
- What sins and pains from his past does Elijah face, and how does he reconcile them?
- How do the themes in this chapter reflect the final chapter, or even the second book (Awakening Mama Sarah)?
- What questions did you ask yourself during this chapter about your own past? Were you able to heal a little more through self-examination?
While the first two chapters were all about Elijah, they existed as kind of his purgatory before being introduced to the mysteries of Heaven. The third chapter is where we really begin to see his introduction into mysticism. Having purified himself, he is now ready to take the first step on his new journey.
His journey begins on Mintaka, the third star to the right in the belt of the constellation, “Orion.” Orion figured greatly in many ancient cultures, and by some it is seen as the “Gateway to the Pleiades.” Orion points at the constellation, “Taurus,” the astrological constellation under which Elijah Ben-Jared was born, which contains the Pleiades cluster. The significance of all of these stars is further elaborated on within the book, but it goes far beyond the physical stars themselves.
The Archangel Gabriel takes him on just a short detour to Mintaka in this chapter, and the being he meets there is an obscure reference which only exists for those who are meant to understand it. The point of the chapter for everyone else is simply an introduction to the heart of his journey, which really happens in the next few chapters.
Questions for discussion:
- What are the other stars in the belt of Orion?
- What cultures thought of Orion as a sacred place, even as the location of their version of Heaven and/or the origin place of their gods?
- Where does the Archangel Gabriel play roles in the Bible? Check both Old and New Testaments (online Bible searches, or Bible applications are handy.)
- What questions does Elijah get resolved in this chapter?
- How do the first three chapters set up the book for you? What did/do you expect from the rest of the book?
While the first three chapters could be grouped together, the next several chapters will have to be handled one at a time. They are longer chapters, but more than just being longer, they are also much more full of hidden information. Again, I do not intend to hand feed you every tidbit from every chapter, but each one at least deserves its own discussion.
The first two pages of this chapter contain a lot of symbolism regarding stars, comets, asteroids, planets, and especially the Pleiades cluster, all in relation to angels and their story. He is introduced to the Archangels, and immediately knows something about each of them based on what Gabriel shows him.
One of the primary sub-themes of this chapter is the nature of angels. While it is not the primary theme, it is an important one which comes up on almost every page of chapter 4. Elijah learns about the Archangels, the Seraphim, and the Cherubim primarily, as well as the nature of angels in general.
After he arrives at his next destination in this chapter, he is greeted by many strange angels, and it is important to take note of each one, as they reference a few different passages in the Bible, and the texts of other cultures as well.
After being laughed at by one of the Cherubim for his explanation of the physics of the Universe and Creation, he is given a somewhat new understanding of the science behind everything. It is important to keep in mind that I am not a physicist. The purpose of the physics presented in this chapter isn’t intended to teach you about physics, but is intended to teach you about the cycle of creation within the realm we know as the physical Universe, and how it reflects the nature of God.
I don’t doubt that one day in the far future maybe some of the wild physics presented in this chapter might be proven true; some of it just seems to make sense given the nature of the relation of the macro to the micro and the nature of God; as much as can be understood from our limited perspective anyway. I especially like the idea I had about black holes leading to white fountains, where new hydrogen is made. If you know anything about astrophysics, you probably understand the significance of new hydrogen to the longevity of the Universe. Of course, it’s also possible I’m entirely wrong about the physics, but the point of the physics I included was to teach spiritual lessons, not science lessons.
Questions for discussion:
- What are the names of the Archangels Gabriel tells Elijah about? What can you tell about their natures from the brief descriptions, and the planets which represent them?
- What can you discern about the nature of the Seraphim from the first few pages of this chapter?
- What do you learn about the nature of the Cherubim? Side discussion; what do you think about the character of Daglim, and how does it reflect on the overall character of angels?
- What do you learn about the nature of God and Creation? What are the cycles, and how do they feed into one another? Do you recognize any of these themes from Kabbalah, or from the teachings of India, Egypt, and other lands and cultures?
- Do you think the physical Universe ends when the Earth ends? Do you think that the Earth ends when the human species, at least in our present form, ends? What comes after the Earth is gone? Is what comes after also physical in the way we know it?
As much as chapter 4 was about physical descriptions, so this next chapter is about the spiritual. Of course, the physical descriptions in the previous chapter were intended to convey spiritual truths, but chapter 5 is all about the heart and the soul.
The Archangel Michael teaches Elijah about sin and redemption, and about what is required for eternal life; however, the answers aren’t what Elijah expects. While humans tend to think in terms of black and white and which path is right, Michael explains the extreme compassion of God, and the extreme love God has for humanity. Michael teaches Elijah about how God has abandoned no human being, and each one is provided with a path to the glory of the next existence. He learns how even atheists often find their way without knowing they were looking for it.
It is in this chapter where Elijah learns the heart of all the lessons in this book. While there are many things to learn aside from the basic truth, he learns that the heart of all spiritual progress is knowledge, wisdom, compassion, and love. It is demonstrated to him how he sees these things reflected in diverse people he knows, and he begins to understand how we are all connected.
This chapter is pivotal to the whole series of books (of which two are currently published.) One of the primary themes of the book is the uniting of all spiritual truths, and how Yeshua was intended to unite and fulfill all holy paths rather than replace them. The mysteries of Yeshua are saved for a later chapter, but chapter 5 sets up the discussion.
In addition to the internal mysteries, Elijah is also taught the mysteries of creation and evolution, and the beginning of humanity. Through these lessons, he begins to understand the connections between science and spiritual truth.
Questions for discussion:
- What is the path to spiritual growth?
- How does one achieve the next stage?
- What is the nature of the next stage of existence, as discussed in this chapter?
- What is the nature of a religion or spiritual walk which will accomplish the goals of this life? How can an Atheist, one without a spiritual walk, also achieve spiritual growth despite not seeking it?
- What is the nature of suffering? How important and marvelous is human emotion?
While there are myriad hidden mystical references from a few different cultures in this chapter, it is primarily the chapter of the Mother. The second book in this series features the Mother much more prominently, but this is where Elijah begins to have knowledge of the Mother opened up to him.
As it’s more the focus of the second book, the Mother is only covered briefly here. Along with the “male” Archangel (angels don’t really have gender) he meets several female figures who represent various kinds of Mother figures. Through it, he begins to understand the complexity of Heavenly Mother; whether you think of it in the LDS (Mormon) sense of a spiritual mother who is the wife of God and literal mother of all human souls, the Catholic sense of Mary as the Queen of Heaven, or one of the Myriad other ways of perceiving the feminine side of Heaven.
The other main theme of this chapter is love. Through his experiences with the various feminine figures he meets, Elijah discovers his own heart and reveals the secret he’s been keeping from himself; the name of the woman he loves. After his wife’s death, he figured he would never remarry, but it is in this pivotal chapter where Elijah learns the value of moving forward with his life in a new direction; including, in his love life.
The variety of figures he meets throughout this chapter also help him to understand a broader perspective on religion and spirituality. He experiences a tangible representation of some of the lessons the angels taught him in previous chapters.
Tying up the feminine leaning of this chapter, Elijah tells a story about his matriarchs and the horrors of World War II. While telling the story, it becomes obvious how much of an influence his mother and grandmother have had over his spiritual walk, and how they helped him to get to the point where he is ready for a new look at ultimate truths. While this story doesn’t appear at the end of the chapter, it is the heart of the chapter, which holds it all together.
Questions for discussion:
- Have you had a time in your life when you thought the world could not keep spinning because of how hard things were? The death of a loved one, a tragic illness or injury which leaves one disabled or disfigured, and other tragedies can often leave us feeling this way. What was/is your way forward?
- What mother figures and other feminine figures did Elijah meet? What do you know about them, and what would you like to know about them? Feel free to use the internet to help you with this question, or ask on my Facebook page and I will respond.
- How did hearing about Elijah’s grandmother’s story make you feel? What did you learn from it?
- What is the most important thing you learned from this chapter?
- Who are the important women in your life, and how do they influence your spiritual walk?
So far, the chapters have been soft; they’ve been more about Elijah than anything else, and covered only a bit of mysticism. Alright, they were actually full of spiritual mysteries, but chapter seven is one you’ll have to read several times in order to grasp every mystery which is laid out within its pages. Don’t let that daunt you. The first time you read it through, don’t look for the mysteries; just enjoy the story. Then, you’ll be ready to see the deeper mysteries threaded throughout the chapter.
Of course, many of the mystical teachings are more obvious. There is an obvious reference to the Book of Enoch in the descriptions and names of the four Archangels who are called “Angels of the Presence.” The Kabbalah influences will probably be obvious to anyone who has ever read even a little bit about Kabbalah (or Christian Cabbala.) It is the blending of Enochian, Kabbalistic, and even more esoteric traditions which form the deeper lessons within this chapter.
The most obvious place where you find the deeper mysteries is in the interaction with Sandalphon and Metatron. If you look these figures up on the internet, you’ll find all kinds of good information about them if you don’t already know who they are and what their stories are. Understanding the basic information which is readily available will help you get to the heart of the deeper mysteries hidden in this chapter. I did leave a lot of really obvious clues to finding those mysteries, because they were meant to be found. At the same time, I don’t expect everyone will want to delve into anything deeper than what is already apparent in the chapter, but I know that some of you are like me in that we love to delve deeper in our understanding of spirituality and divinity.
While there is an immense amount of information to be understood about angels, Archangels, Sephirot, and choirs from this chapter, perhaps the greatest mysteries revealed is the path to creating human beings, why we were created, why we are tried and tested, the nature of sin versus spiritual growth, and understanding our potential in the Universe. It ends by briefly describing the new era humanity is entering into, and hints at what’s ahead for us both short-term and long-term.
Questions for discussion:
- The chapter begins with Elijah ascending and descending a tree. What is the significance of this tree, and how does it tie in the flow between the previous chapter and this one? You may have to turn back to the description of the tree in the previous chapter in order to understand it.
- What do you understand about the different angels discussed in this chapter? Is there one Archangel in particular with whom you think you resonate; that is, one whom you particularly like and would look up to? Are you a Michael, the warrior and lover of justice? Raphael the mystical healer? Perhaps you even think you’re like the mysterious Phanuel, or Gabriel the messenger of God. Read the introductions of the Archangels again if it helps you answer these questions.
- Who are Sandalphon and Metatron; ie, who were they, who are they now, and what is the secret of their riddle, “we were once young, but instantly we became ancient?”
- Why do we suffer?
- What is the goal of human evolution, physical and spiritual?
I don’t really have a favorite chapter of this book, because every one of them is a precious work which came from decades of study of spirituality, mysticism, and spiritual mystery traditions. However, if I were to have to pick a favorite, it might be this one because the mysteries it teaches are all about Yeshua. Yeshua is very special to me, and I would love for you and others to better understand some of the mysteries surrounding him which the vast majority of even his most ardent followers overlook.
In addition, Yeshua teaches Elijah about God’s interaction with a few different cultures, as representative of a bigger picture. He shows him the Navajo, ancient India, Scandinavia, and finally back to his own life and the mysteries surrounding his birth, life, death, and resurrection.
The scene with Joseph making something in his workshop is partly from various old stories from the early church, and partly from my own imagination and inspiration. Rather than depicting an actual event, though it might, it is more intended to teach you something about Saint Joseph (Yossef,) the stepfather of our Lord Yeshua.
Of course, it is in this chapter where you get some more of the clues to questions you asked or were asked when you read previous chapters. Since you know the basic story of Yeshua’s life, you’ll expect, rightly, that certain angels and other figures will come back into the story and you’ll probably understand something new about each of them.
One special thing in this chapter is that, other than the overlaps at the beginning and end, this is the only place on his mystical journey which directly intersects with Sarah’s journey, and is referenced from her perspective in the second book, “Awakening Mama Sarah.”
Questions for discussion:
- What did you learn about Yeshua (Jesus) in this chapter?
- What is the significance of the tallit which Yeshua gives Elijah?
- What role do the angels play in this chapter?
- What did you learn about the Eucharist; Holy Communion, and its connection to even more ancient times?
- Yeshua says in this chapter that there isn’t just one prophet for this era, but many voices acting in concert. Are you one of those voices? Do you know someone else who is one of those voices?
I’ll admit, chapter nine is another soft chapter. It exists primarily to wrap up the story and segue into the next book. However, it does contain some important questions. Rather than including questions for discussion for this chapter, I’ll end it with questions for discussion for the whole book. I encourage you to look at the considerations Elijah makes in this chapter, and see if you need to consider some similar things in your own life and spiritual journey.
When you are finished, read Awakening Mama Sarah. I’m not saying that just as an author who wants to sell books, but primarily because it completes this book; after Sarah has her own journey, we find out about Elijah, Sarah, and two other characters, and both books are tied together to prepare for the final book in the trilogy; which, is still in the planning stages. These first two books do complete each other, and reading them together will give you the best understanding of the mysteries contained within both of them.
Questions for discussion for An Angelic Journey Within:
- Even though Elijah’s journey takes place in mystical and celestial realms, it mirrors the journey of many of us. How does your own journey relate to his?
- Did you ever answer the mystery of Sandalphon and Metatron?
- What is the most significant lesson you learned from this book?
- What is he purpose of creation?
- What is the path to God?
- How do angels relate to human beings?
- What steps can you take, and what changes can you make in your own life to advance your own spiritual growth and evolution?
e-book editions of these books are also available at these links, and you may also find them on Amazon and Kindle.
Shalom of Yeshua be with you. Pax et bonum.