by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© September 2013, The Center For Development
This article discusses a mystical or confusing topic found in the Hebrew Bible. There is much controversy about the merkabah passages of the Bible, even among Hebrew scholars and rabbis. I hope this article does not offend anyone, as that is not its intent.
The article is designed to present a scientific view of the merkabah passages. Also, as with all the articles on this website, this one focuses on the merkabah mainly as it relates to improving your health and on causing mental development.
A definition. Merkabah is a Hebrew word that means a cart, a chariot or a vehicle in Hebrew. The word translates as vehicle of light in the more recent metaphysical text, The Keys Of Enoch by J.J. Hurtak (1977). The word merkabah is mentioned 44 times in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is not mentioned in the New Testament.
In the Bible, the merkabah is discussed at some length in the book of Ezekiel. Here it is described as a type of chariot or vehicle surrounded by four angels, each of which has four faces. It is all quite mystical-sounding, and Rabbis have discussed it for several thousand years. In fact, a mystical school or branch of Judaism grew up about it called Ma’asei Merkavah.
What does the symbolism mean? In this article, I hope to show that the symbolism is not needed, but was put there to keep people from knowing a simple truth that might put Hebrew people at even greater risk of harm than they are today around the world.
I believe the symbolism refers to the structure of the merkabah, which is discussed below. It is a tetrahedronal structure (like four angels with four faces) that develops around a person as he or she advances spiritually. Here are more details:
The structure of the merkabah is complex. It is composed of layers of tetrahedron-shaped energy fields that intertwine around each other in a complex array or form to make a tight matrix.
It usually forms after the age of about 35, but only if a person fulfills certain requirements described later in this article. Then, and only then, it slowly forms into many layers, which can be counted by someone who can see them. Each layer is offset a little from the ones below and above it. Until it is about 50 layers thick, it is very difficult to see in a person’s energy field or aura. After that, it is easier to see for those capable of seeing the energy field of a person.
As it develops, it first appears as a Jewish star or six-sided star. This is the real and secret reason the Hebrew people use this powerful symbol. Later, it appears as a five-pointed star, similar to the Star of Bethlehem used by some Christian groups. Still later, it appears as a spherical circle of light around the person described below.
Size. As more layers develop, the merkabah becomes more spherical until it really is a sphere of light around a person, about 2 feet in diameter larger than the height of the person.
Qualities. As stated earlier, the merkabah cannot be seen with the naked eye, unless a person has special abilities to see the aura or energy field. This is quite rare in Western cultures. If a person can perceive it, it appears as a whitish globe or sphere when fully developed.
WHAT DID EZEKIEL USE THE MERKABAH FOR?
In the Hebrew Bible, Ezekial uses his merkabah as a vehicle with which he travels to heaven. Let us digress for a moment and discuss the interesting concept of heaven.
Shamayim. Heaven or really the heavens, I am told, are real. This is asserted by Jewish and Christian people, but denied by the secular humanist community.
The word shamayim in Hebrew is pleural, denoting there is more than one heaven, although Christians and many Jewish people do not acknowledge this. I am told there are at least seven heavens, some of which are described in the Hebrew scriptures.
Sometimes the word shamayim in English is capitalized, to denote that it is a holy place. I have just italicized it, however. The word shamayim is found in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and in the Queran, as well. Buddhists and Hindus do not use the same word, but have an equivalent and know about the seven planets or seven heavens whose access is restricted to those who have lived a blessed life on earth.
The heavens are located far from planet earth, and they are places of reward and love. Good and loving people can visit there, only if authorized by more advanced beings, in at least three ways:
1. The soul alone can go there while the body sleeps, or when it leaves the body after the death of the body or if the body is in a trance or coma.
2. One can also visit with one’s body intact, but only if one has a merkabah capable of taking one there safely.
3. One can tag along inside the merkabah of another person.
In #2 and #3 above, the merkabah functions as a very small space ship that permits quite safe space travel.
MODERN REFERENCES TO THE MERKABAH
Oz. Anyone who has seen the very popular older movie, The Wizard Of Oz, has seen a Hollywood version of a merkabah. In the movie, the good witches always show up in a whitish bubble that transports them from place to place. This is a developed merkabah.
Miri. A Catholic television program I recently watched discussed an appearance of Miri (her real name was Miriam), mother of Jesus, to worshipers at Fatima. She slowly floated to them in a “whitish bubble of light” that surrounded her body. When she ‘landed’, the bubble dispersed, leaving her standing in her glory, just as with the white witches in Wizard Of Oz.
The halo and the merkabah. Most readers are also familiar with the halo that is depicted over the head of most of the Christian saints, including Jesus of Nazareth. This is also due to the presence of a merkabah. The developed merkabah interacts or blends with the aura of the seventh physical energy center or chakra in Sanskrit. The combination is an almost round ring of more dense light over the head, nearer the crown, and tilted backwards a little bit.
It will have a slight coloration that depends on a person’s level of mental and spiritual development. This is also depicted in some paintings of the saints, in particular, and of Mother Miri (mother of Jesus).
FUNCTIONS OF THE MERKABAH
According to what I have learned, the merkabah is real, and is a type of energetic envelope that develops around one’s physical body at a certain time in one’s mental and spiritual development. It adds life to the body and to the soul, helps to perfect the body and the soul, heals illness, and prolongs life, possibly indefinitely. This is the basic idea of the merkabah. Here are more details:
Travel. This has been mentioned above. Translation or travel using the merkabah is a method of travel in which the body is literally dissolved into fine matter particles, moved through space, and then reassembled at the destination. This allows a person to move freely anywhere without needing a physical spaceship. This amazing ability is reserved for those who are more advanced in their mental and spiritual development.
For example, according to the Hebrew Bible, the patriarchs Enoch and Ezekiel took their bodies with them to heaven. In other words, their bodies did not die on earth.
Prolonging life. The merkabah adds a certain energy to the physical body and to the soul. By so doing, it enhances health and prolongs life. Some say it can prolong life indefinitely.
Healing the soul. According to some texts, the merkabah is able to help repair the soul. The soul is actually composed of 96 facets or elements – the elements of nature. Ninety three of these have been identified by modern science, so far. The other three will not be identified for a while because they are not physical. However, they exist and have been written about by Mr. Leadbetter and Annie Besant around 1900, and are well-described in an interesting recent book entitled The Rhythms Of Nature by Brian Andersen (1999).
The soul is thus spherical – very tiny in size, but exactly like a sphere with the 96 points of light upon it. All souls are damaged somewhat, and in need of repair. For example, violent crimes such as rape damage the soul. The merkabah can help this problem. To understand this, please read Rape on this website.
Physical healing. The merkabah causes healing of the body, as well. This is an important reason to begin to develop it in yourself.
Protection from intruders. Souls cannot easily penetrate a developed merkaba. This fact provides a type of protection from all types of intruders. It is not a guarantee of safety, but it helps a lot.
Joy. Those with a developed merkabah are usually happier people. They have earned this joy and they usually express it in some way.
The six-pointed star of David and the flag of Israel. The most basic structure of the merkabah is two tetrahedra with one facing upward and one facing downward. When viewed from the side, this looks like a six-pointed star or Jewish star. Indeed, I believe this is the hidden meaning of the six-pointed star symbol used by Hebrew people throughout the world, and used by the State of Israel on their national flag. It is a powerful symbol because it is a true symbol of spiritual development of a human being.
It actually gives the people who use it a certain authority and power. This is often resented by others who do not want to develop themselves mentally and spiritually through study and other methods. This may be one secret origin of anti-Jewish sentiment around the world.
The five-pointed star of Bethlehem, and the symbol of the cross. The five-pointed star of Christianity may also relate to the merkabah as well. The merkabah takes on this likeness at a certain point in its development.
A mark in the shape of a Christian cross actually appears in the aura of everyone who do good work on earth. This has nothing to do with crucifixion, but rather with a peculiar pattern of light interaction in the aura that comes with doing good works. I am told that the decision to use the cross as the symbol of Christianity was no accident, as it is a valid symbol, as well.
REQUIREMENTS TO FORM THE MERKABAH
The requirements to form the merkabah are:
1. Physical requirements: excellent health. The construction of the merkabah requires a certain level of physical health. Most people on earth do not have this level of health as adults. This is due to:
a. Our nutritionally depleted food supply causes widespread nutritional deficiencies, even if one eats the best organically grown food. Food processing that removes vitamins and minerals makes this problem even worse.
b. The sun is not providing the right frequencies to produce enough vitamin D. Unless one takes a vitamin D supplement of 4000 to 5000 iu daily, a serious deficiency develops in most people. This weakens the immune response, and has something to do with the Ebola outbreak, for example.
c. The water and air are contaminated in almost every nation on earth with toxic metals and toxic chemicals. Pollution is damaging the bodies everywhere on earth today.
d. Specific minerals must be present in adequate amounts for the merkabah to develop. They include precise forms of selenium, zinc and manganese. At this time, these are found in the highest amounts in cooked vegetables, sardines, kelp, blue corn (as in blue corn chips), mustard, and a little is in meats such as lamb. Some yellow corn is also good. Eating these foods on a regular basis is required today for merkabah development.
Nutritional balancing science can help immensely with the physical health aspect of merkabah construction, slowly restoring the nutrition of the body and brain, and removing toxic substances from both the body and the brain. To learn about this, please read Introduction To Nutritional Balancing on this website.
In my experience, other nutritional therapies will not be nearly as effective. One may feel better, but overall nutrition is not as good. Among the healing methods to avoid are bio-identical hormone therapy, chelation therapy, homeopathy, herbs, raw foods, vegetarian diets, and other methods that I warn against in other articles on this website.
An important point is that fast merkaba development requires a healthy body, but also that the souls within the body be in a health state. This is sometimes a problem, as well.
2. Emotional requirements: balanced emotions and emotional maturity. Children, for example, rarely have a merkabah as they are not mature enough. Jesus of Nazareth (Jeshua Ben Joseph) had a merkabah as a baby, as did the Buddha at an early age, but this is very rare.
3. Mental requirements: Certain knowledge, accuracy of thinking, and wisdom. This means that if a person believes that the earth is flat, or believes that God is dead, or that the welfare state is a good thing, or that Communism is good, the merkabah will not develop. This is quite a critical factor, and is a reason that Jewish people, for example, emphasize study in their religion. It is also sadly a reason that more Jewish people do not develop merkabas, because many have politically liberal ideas that are wrong.
Most higher education also ignores modern nutrition, which would help merkabah formation immensely. Instead, people are taught to trust the medical profession, which is a mistake in the area of nutrition.
Study is important, but even more important is what you study. The Bible is a fabulous moral guide and if more people were honest and trustworthy they would advance much faster. But more modern writings are needed, too. For example, a wonderful and free publication about economic and moral matters is called Imprimus, published by Hillsdale College at www.Hillsdale.edu. They also offer wonderful free online courses about American history, the Constitution, and other topics.
This just means that a person must be fairly stable mentally, and know his or her strengths and weaknesses, and be willing to correct them.
4. Social requirements: Good works and the intent to help others. Good work usually means work in the world, but it could be caring for family or friends. Good works also means the intent to help others. This greatly speeds up the development of the merkabah.
5. Spiritual requirements: Love and will. A certain amount of these are needed. Love, in this article, means a quality of caring for others more than you care about yourself. It is a maternal personality quality, and a caring and compassionate quality that all human beings must develop at some time or they will not progress beyond a certain point in their mental and spiritual lives.
Will is the ability to push oneself along, even if it does not feel good. It is the ability to push through obstacles, finish projects, and keep your promises when you don’t want to or it is very inconvenient or costly to do so. Development of the will is related to qualities of commitment, conviction and follow through. See the articles about Will and the Warrior’s Creed on this website for more on this important quality.
6. Spiritual practice. Merkaba development requires spending at least one hour daily doing the Roy Masters meditation exercise with my modification of it. This is included in all complete nutritional balancing programs.
I am just teaching an ancient practice that has been taught to aspiring students of spiritual science for thousands of years. For more about it, please read Meditation For Healing on this site.