Thehillah [Psalm] 84: 6-9 (5-7), "happy is the man seeking refuge in you, your highways are in their heart. passing through the valley of habaka [the weeping, tears], they establish it a fountain;  also the teacher envelopes it in blessings. they go from strength to strength, appearing before yhwh in tsiyon."

 

The Journey is about our journey, as it applies to us as believers in YHWH, the Creator, and our daily lives. For far too long, religions have dictated our journey, telling mankind what to do, where to go, how to live, how to dress. It is no surprise that religious bookstores are overwhelmed with self help books, all claiming to have the keys to a happy life, while the number of books astronomically increases about a multitude of social problems like adultery, abuse, mutilations, depression, and suicide.

 

This section is kind of the counter balance of the Stumbling Blocks section, which exposes the problems that exist with religion, about our walk, our journey before YHWH. It is more like Qoheleth [Ecclesiastes] 3:1-15, "1 to all there is an set time, even a time for every purpose under the heavens: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pull up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew together; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of shalom. 9 what advantage has he who works in that which he did as a laborer? 10 i have seen the task which elohiym has given to mankind, to be humbled by it. 11 he has made everything beautiful in its time. also, he has set eternity in their heart, without which mankind cannot find out the work that the elohiym makes from the beginning even to the end. 12 i know that there is no good in them, but to rejoice, to do good in his life. 13 and also all mankind that eats and drinks, and sees good in his labor, it is the gift of elohiym. 14 i know that whatever the elohiym does, it will be forever; nothing is to be added to it, and nothing is to diminish from it. and the elohiym does it so that they fear (awe) before him. 15 that which has been, it already is; and that which is to be, it already has been. and the elohiym seeks what has gone by. " It is about what to do after you have opened your eyes to life, or as the Navajo's say, "to walk in beauty."

 

 

There is something interesting in the way that society now looks at age. We would say that a man is a certain amount of years old. And in today's culture, age is not a good thing, it has become despised, something to bypass, take a pill for, get surgery done to remove the evidence of age, color the hair to remove the crown of honor. Unfortunately, our culture has lost the respect for the elders, the wise ones who lived long enough to accrue wisdom and could pass it on to the younger generations. One Patriarch looked at it differently. In Bereshiyth [Genesis] 47, Faraoh asks Yaaqob [Jacob], "how many are the days of the years of your life?”  yaaqob tells him, "the days of the years of my pilgrimage have been a hundred and thirty years,"  This word for pilgrimage is maguwr. It means a temporary lodging, abode, as opposed to a permanent dwelling. A pilgrimage,  a sojourn. This is the view that we should have. We are temporarily on this earth, in this fleshly body, on a journey. Where are we journeying? That is the question and hopefully, some of these studies might help you to find the answers.

 

If you are looking for a set of rules that you have to follow to find life or be happy, you have come to the wrong site. I am not a lying patriarchal priest telling you that there is only one way, his way, to find life for a price. I am a follower of YHWH, the Creator of life, and I can tell you that as diverse as the Creator is, as many different species, in the multitude of families, there are many ways to YHWH's life and blessings.

 

The Journey section is about freedom, freedom from fear, from the religious fear mongers that earn a living lying to you. This section is about the Creator's path opposed to the paths of the patriarchal religions or the path's of the dead, which ironically are one and the same. We need to look at abandoning the concept that there is a patron god of a religion, sect, or nation. If YHWH is the Creator of all, is YHWH just the god of the valley or the mountains or the plains? Could a Creator possibly select just an arrogant few to be creator over, abandoning all the rest of creation? Not likely. The Journey is about freedom from slavery, whether that slavery is over another man, as though this awesome creation was less than yours, or a gender less than the other, or a whole race of people. It is also about living within this creation, forsaking the lie that we have to dominate and destroy it, and how we can reclaim the land that destoyers salted, their scorched earth policies, stealing what they plundered and leaving behind wastelands. This section is about life and truly living, learning, not from the destroyers, but the Living One.

Romans 8:19-21, "For all the creation hopes and waits for the manifestation of the children of the Elohiym. For the creation has been subjected to emptiness (vanity), not willingly, but on account of him who subjected her, on the hope that the creation herself also will be liberated from the bondage to decay into the beautiful freedom of the children of the Elohiym. "

 

As they say: The Journey of a thousand miles begins with…a single step.

 

 

 

Kathryn QannaYahu