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Job’s Ending Much Better Than His Beginning: An Esoteric Lesson for Humanity

by Joshua Tilghman on January 20, 2013

P21 Why God is Light and Love 300x225 Job’s Ending Much Better Than His Beginning: An Esoteric Lesson for HumanityI have finally finished part 3 of our Job series. Here it is, and I promise it presents some exciting esoteric information as it pertains to our conscious development.

We have already discussed (in part 2 of this series) how Job’s three friends represent the mental, astral, and physical bodies. These natures are seamlessly integrated with our soul and they all play a part in the evolutionary development of our consciousness, from the lower to the higher mind. Without these bodies, the self would not be able to evolve in such a profound way— the stage of planet earth is truly the perfect avenue for consciousness to mature spiritually! And finally, we should realize that the Bible itself is a magnificent spiritual roadmap that breaks all this down for us—albeit through symbolism and esoteric knowledge. In other words, you will not learn this stuff in church!

As you read through this post, remember that Job represents the incarnate self, and his surrounding friends are his mental, emotional, and physical nature (we’ll learn about the causal nature through Job’s fourth friend later). The incarnate self (Job) will transition to a spiritually evolved being which is clearly evidenced through the interactions and dialogues between Job, his friends, and God.

In our last post we left off with Job’s immense suffering. His family and riches have been destroyed, and now his physical body is ill. Job’s three friends arrive on the scene to comfort him, but instead they cause more anguish to his soul. In Job’s own words:

“My friends scorn me…” (Job 16:20).

That is because these three lower natures—the mental, astral, and physical—always bring a certain amount of anguish to our souls. But we do well to remember that it is through our sufferings that the self is eventually transformed and learns to express love, and to manifest the Christ.

Which of Job’s friends represents what?

Now that Job’s friends are all present at this pity party, let’s dissect them. Eliphaz speaks first. He represents our mental nature. He is the voice of reason, and he surmises that Job is suffering because of some type of sin he committed. He tells Job:

“Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent” (Job 4:4-7).

He is also the most compassionate of the three friends; his tone is calm. This is what we would expect coming from the voice of reason. But we must remember that the lower mental nature is somewhat flawed, especially since it is almost always tied in with the emotional nature.

Lee Bladon, author of The Science of Spirituality, states:

“Most people’s mental bodies are entangled with their emotional bodes, meaning their thoughts are always tinged with emotion. This explains why most people find it extremely difficult to make logical and unemotional decisions or to think 100% rationally. Thoughts are supposed to give us an advantage over instinct by allowing us to analyze a situation…Many people cannot objectively assess a situation because their emotions distort their perceptions.”

Bladon’s words can easily be applied to Eliphaz, and although Eliphaz isn’t correct in his assessment of Job, he does represent another important step in the spiritual journey of the self: the beginning of moral conscience. He tells Job:

 “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause…” (Job 5:8).

Bildad the Emotional Nature

Job’s next friend, Bildad, exercises a harsher tone imbued with a deeper level of judgment. It is the voice of pure emotion, unbridled by the mental nature’s reason and logic.  Bildad tells Job:

“If thou were pure and upright, surely now he [God] would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous” (Job 8:6).

Ouch, Bildad! I could see Job receiving a lot of encouragement from him. Some friend, huh?

Our unbridled emotional natures are quite harsh. His speech reminds me of the spiritual spankings pastors sometimes dole out to their congregation members for going against the church’s doctrines, rules, and regulations.

Lee Bladon has this to say about the emotional body:

“Emotional thoughts are subjective, opinionated, and judgment, because all emotions boil down to attraction (love) and repulsion (hate).”

However, we must not lose heart with our emotional nature. Mr. Bladon continues to teach us that:

The emotional body is a very important instrument for human development because it is where the self makes most of its choices in life—choices which primarily develop its understanding of duality (opposites): good and bad, happy and sad, pleasure and pain, courage and fear, forgiveness and revenge, certainty and doubt, etc.”

As we continue to read through the rest of Bildad’s speeches, his judgmental attitude remains. It is also interesting to note that Job cannot see the truth of the higher self. In one of his speeches, he defends himself against Bildad by stating:

“…but how should man be just with god…Lo, he [God] goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not” (Job  9:2, 11).

How could he? How can we, for that matter? The lower mind is always the veil that separates us from our highest selves. This veil is the byproduct of the perfect self manifested through the limited natures of the mental, astral, and physical natures.

Zophar the physical nature

Next we have Job’s third friend, Zophar, who represents the physical (5 senses) nature. Part of his imperfection is thinking that Job has transgressed the principles of God’s wisdom. Much of his speech focuses on the sins of the physical flesh and what God will do to the physical man:

“If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacle [body, heart]” (Job 11:14).

“When he [wicked man] is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him…He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through. It is drawn, and cometh out of the body…” (Job 20: 23-25).

“The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods flow away…” (Job 20:28).

He also admonishes Job to ponder God’s awesomeness through the physical creation:

“Canst though by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as the heaven…The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea…” (Job 11:7-9).

Elihu the causal body

In chapter thirty-two, a mysterious fourth friend appears and speaks for the first time. He comes out of nowhere and his mysterious appearance lets us know that he represents something special. His name is Elihu. Elihu is an interesting character. He represents the causal body. The causal body is higher than the mental body and when consciousness dwells here the individual has spiritually matured well beyond the average person.

There is something different about the speeches of Elihu, and, although he is not perfect, it is clear from the narrative that he is wiser and more mature than the other three.

He states:

“And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old…yeah, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words…They (Job’s other friends) were amazed, they answered no more…” (Job 32:6-15).

It always struck me that a younger man could speak more wisdom than an older man. In our natural world, we don’t see it that way. But remember this story isn’t literal. When Elihu spoke, the other men shut up because this is the voice of the self which has come to reside in the causal body. He is younger than the other two because when the self comes to reside here it is the next step in consciousness evolution where the ego is overcome. There is more wisdom in the causal self than in the mental self, etc. Notice also how Job’s other three friends answered no more. This is because their influence had waned as the individual had matured beyond thought influence by emotion and the physical senses. It represents a leap to intuition.

I also want to you to notice that Elihu doesn’t get in trouble by God like Job’s other three friends. After the Lord shows up and instructs Job, he tells Eliphaz and his two friends, Bildad and Zophar:

 “Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer yourselves up a burnt offering: and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of me that thing which is right, like my servant Job” (Job 42:8).

Unto Elihu God instructs no such judgment. Elihu is left alone and doesn’t need a burned sacrifice to cover his sin against Job.

So what does Bladon have to say about the causal body?

 “Causal consciousness enables an enlightened individual to directly determine whether a mentally derived belief system is correct and fully correlates with reality. It is only at this stage the belief becomes knowing and the last traces of doubt are finally banished.”

I think it is important to point out that Bladon does not correlate belief with doctrine or religion. He is speaking more of intuition.

The meaning of the seven sacrifices for Job’s friends

I now want to revisit the reason God required sacrifices from Job’s three friends. If you remember in the last post, seven was a number that represents completion of a cycle. Job’s guilty friends had to take seven bullocks and seven rams to cover their sins, and they had to be offered up by Job (the self)! What is this telling us?

It is simply stating that Job himself was responsible for overcoming Satan (the ego and his limitations in the human experience) and maturing into the divine Christ that was a part of him all along.

This is further evidenced in this verse in Job 42:10, 12. Please pay attention to the bolded words:

“And the Lord turned the captivity [his soul] of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…(Job 42:10, 12).

This entire story is yet another illustration of why salvation is our own responsibility and that we cannot entrust this process to someone else, not even Jesus who walked the earth 2000 years ago. Like the Gnostics taught, we are not saved in Jesus’ death, but we are saved through his life, i.e., by being transformed by his teachings and wisdom, and by taking up our own cross daily as he did! As Job states:

“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye hath seen thee” (Job 42:5).

If we are going to be like Job, we are going to have to get to a point where we see God. This doesn’t mean see God literally, because this is impossible with physical eyes. Even if Job were a literal man, he wouldn’t have meant that he had seen God with his eyes. That scriptures means that he experienced God personally instead of just learning about God through the teachings of his fathers (or church for that matter)! Don’t get me wrong, church can be a great avenue for encouragement, help, and love. But it cannot offer you the truth of salvation, and neither can church doctrine. Salvation can only be experienced within.

The seven sacrifices also stand for the completion of Job’s cycle of ascension. As the conquering Christ, he had overcome the ego by ascending to the causal plane. When God first arrived on the scene in the whirlwind, he asked Job who his three friends were who “darketh council” with their speeches. In other words, they were like foolish children following their impulses and justifying their actions by their own shortsightedness. And isn’t this what the lower nature of man always does?

It is high time that we wake up and realize this truth. It is high time that true spirituality comes into this world and that we begin to use the Bible and other holy texts with the wisdom of their deeper teachings and meanings instead of reading them purely literal.

Blessings!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laurens Sipahelut January 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

Hi Josh, I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I’ve read every one of your blog posts. In addition I’ve been doing a little research online myself though not much is available with regard to Biblical spirituality. As a result, I’m left a bit confused with the terms or jargon that is used to describe the human construct, which is quite abstract to me and which according to my beginner’s understanding is simply: the body, soul, and spirit.

So my question is, using this basic construct of body-soul-spirit, where do the lower nature and the higher nature fit in? In which part of that basic construct do they have their abode? The same goes for Christ consciousness, the ego, mental, emotional, and sense consciousness (have I covered them all?).

Another question is, is consciousness evolution the same thing as “raising consciousness through the seven gates (chakras)”, which you mentioned in the post on Joshua?

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2 Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

Laurens,

Don’t think of the higher and lower natures of man as residing in a specific body. You need all the body types to develop consciousness, which is the result of your awareness moving from the lower nature (limited understanding) to the higher nature (and expanded understanding). For example, a man whose awareness resides mostly in his physical and emotional body would be driven to react to situations based on sudden instincts and impulses. When our awareness begins to develop on the higher mental plane too, then reason and logic check the highly volatile emotional nature. This deeper awareness eventually leads to more positive expressions of emotions instead of negative ones. These three natures (physical, emotional, and mental) all work together to provide the self with an expanded awareness. When your awareness begins to operate more and more in the causal body, then intuition develops. All the bodies are meant to work together, andoOur job is to evolve consciously by learning to place our awareness (through living in the NOW and through meditation) in expanded states. It would not be accurate to say that the higher nature only dwells in the causal body because you still need the physical, emotional, and mental natures to experience the higher nature of who you are. Does this make sense?

It can be confusing, especially since many different websites and books teach different things. I’ll break it down for you more:

There are 6 bodies (some say 5 because they count 1 causal body) to the human experience: the physical, the physical-etheric, the emotional/ astral body, the mental body, the lesser causal body, and the greater causal body.

That’s why the Biblical number 7 represents the completion of creation and the Rest of which God experienced. At six, the cycle is completed, and at 7, everything is WHOLE. There are 6 days of creation because your awareness must learn to expand through all 6 parts of creation in order for your to become 7, that which is whole. Then you manifest the Christ!

The soul can be thought of as the self which incarnates into these bodies. Every person’s soul is not the same. It is comprised of all your former life experiences. The soul develops as your awareness develops in each life and learns to operate in each body. In a sense, it is your individuality.

Spirit is infinite potential which just IS. Now amount of human reasoning or logic is going to explain Spirit to you in a satisfactory way. It is the life force which allows everything to happen and unfold.

It takes spirit and matter to allow for the soul to develop. Primordial consciousness (spirit) must manifest in a body. As this process takes place, the soul is formed over time through experience. Experience is the essence of the soul! Spirit and matter just are. They have always been. Spirit is infinite potential. The other side of the coin of infinite potential IS matter. If you can explain this in words, then you would be the most brilliant physicists in the world.

I believe creation unfolded from this infinite potential because spirit, or infinite potential, automatically produces matter. It is not really that spirit created matter, because matter is an automatic byproduct of spirit. The two have existed simultaneously from the beginning (really there is no time outside our limited conscious dimension). It gets even more complicated when you begin to realize that matter is not really a physical substance, but an illusion produced through spirit interacting with itself. Even though all these bodies we dwell in are illusions, they give us the experience of reality. They are like virtual reality suits. Even though everything is ultimately and illusion, it is a very real illusion to us and it is a necessary one for soul growth.

I know this is complicated stuff. My head hurts too!

Last but not least, you asked about chakras. Their are seven major chakras which are located in the each subtle body (minus the physical). Think of chakras as mini-brains that form the subconscious mind. Their purpose is to connect all the bodies together and act as relays for energy / information between each body. Chakras recieve, store, and distribute energy between the bodies of our being. In order to raise your consciousness, information and energy must be received and disseminated throughout the bodies.

I hope all this helps! I know my thoughts here aren’t very organized. I am in between a couple of projects today, so please forgive grammar mistakes and poorly articulated concepts. Blessings.

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3 Suzy January 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

Thanks for shedding light on The Book of Job. It mystified me when I studied it in college, and this really helps. It makes sense as an internal conflict, not an external one. I also appreciate your call to take personal responsibility and to go through the process Jesus so compassionately showed us. It’s all here, waiting for us to enact. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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4 anny April 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

“And the Lord turned the captivity [his soul] of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…(Job 42:10, 12).”

Do we see a connection here with Jesus on the cross when he prayed for the people who had put him there, and as such a link between Job’s reward and Jesus’ resurrection which was won on the cross, as Philip states in his gospel? You might compare Job’s sufferings with a crucifixion, I think?

Again our own story, once we know what our life on earth is about?

Anny

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5 Joshua Tilghman April 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

Good point, Anny! Again this makes the story of the messiah unique to everyone, not just one person in history. We are all to become part of the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

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