Bahir Verse 107
107. What is the meaning of the verse (Numbers 6:24-26) , "May God (YHVH) bless you and watch you. May God (YHVH) make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May God (YHVH) lift His face to you and give you peace." This is the explicit Name of the Blessed Holy One. It is the Name containing twelve letters, as it is written, YHVH YHVH YHVH. This teaches us that God's names consists of three troops. Each troop resembles the other, and each one's name is like [the other's] named. All of them are sealed with Yod He Vav He . And how? The [four letters] Yod He Vav He can be permuted 24 different ways, forming one troop. This is, "May God (YHVH) bless you..." In a similar manner, the second one, "May God (YHVH) make His face shine..." These are 24 names of the Blessed Holy One. In a similar manner, the third one, "May God (YHVH) lift His face..." These are 24 names of the Blessed Holy One. This teaches us that each army, with its leaders and officers, has 24. Multiply 24 by three and you have the 72 names of the Blessed Holy One. These are the 72 names derived from the verses (Exodus 14:19-21), "And travelled... And came ... And stretched ..."
Commentary: Since the 72 names are mentioned here is the JPS english text version.
Verse 19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them
Verse 20 and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by night there; and the one came not near the other all the night.
Verse 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Commentary: Since there are three verses in this 'priestly blessing' we will try and match each one with the corresponding verses from the Exodus passage that derives these 72 names.
First: Verse 19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them. Compare this with, "May God (YHVH) bless you and watch you. " There is an intricate yet simple message here about how blessings are both asked for and given. The asking, May God (YHVH) and the giving the angel of God as the purveyor of the blessing. Why are we asked to link these two together here in the exposition of the names? What purpose or intent is this pointing to? Think about your life experiences as they pass before your eyes. Aren't these experiences permutations of your feelings and thoughts? What is the missing ingredient here? It is the connection that you desire to experience. How do you experience connection other than by rising up within yourself to reach your highest thoughts? When this blessing is given who are we asking? Shouldn't we then say in the affirmative, 'God bless you and watch you?'
The key here is the intermediary. God as a concept cannot be addressed. The God concept by definition defies description. We are able to grasp the intermediary which produces the results that we are looking for. This intermediaryis the angel of God seen going before Israel, going before all that is to become of us and preparing the way for our salvation. It is to this intermediary then that we may speak to. It isn't that God isn't listening it is that in our communication we him he have to pick up the phone by contacting this angel of God. The angel of God is our connection with the inexpressible name of God. This intermediary is that which is always present which is our capacity of connection. Therefore when say the first part of this blessing remember that you are asking for this presence of unity within to be active so that your awareness may connect with and benefit from the this onsite mirror of reflection. Consider this as an act then of plugging into the universal. Here is how this is respresented by Ex: Verse 19. The angel moves from in front of you to behind you. The evidence of the way also goes behind you. Presumably this is for the protection of Israel with the onset of the pursuing Egyptians. Mystically what is happening is that our doubts are being diffused by this Pillar Cloud preventing these doubts from becoming the focus of our thinking. Remember we are preparing the way for the miracle of the Red Sea crossing or the crossing over into the realm of miracles itself, the realization of our heart's desire. This movement is called a blessing and is yet a watching or an awareness. In mind you are calling a state of being into action. You are saying then to yourself that you want to be ready to receive that which you are holding in your vision. This brings us to the second part of the blessing.
Compare these two:
'and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by night there; and the one came not near the other all the night.' and
'May God (YHVH) make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.'
Immediately your doubts (Egypt) are cut off. They are cut off from influencing the events of your heart's desire (Israel) This Pillar Cloud was darkness and light. There was a distinct separation that was granted between doubt and certainty. This must take place in order for certainty to proceed. See how the blessing mirrors this. The light of the blessing is for your enlightenment. By turning towards this light you accept the abundance and the possibilities that this light offers. Through the agency of the angel then again (May God) illuminate your vision (His face) which is the image and likeness of the thoughts you are directing with the intention of your design for your good. We are asking for the appearance of our good by grace or by the natural expression of our reaching up and letting go.
Once we are in this state of reception and then illumination it is time for the miracle to be enacted.
'And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.'
Here is an example of complete acceptance and as the LORD fills out the plans we have made and produces our hearts desire right in the midst of our present circumstances (the sea) by using the transformation of the (east wind-the sun of remembrance, the rising of our hopes and dreams and their fruition) sea which is our state of consciousness that we have assumed prior to this. Our thoughts are the sea that is the fullness of our cognitive awareness. This sea then is metamorphosed into the dry land so that we may walk on this dry land symbolizing the completion or demonstration of our heart's desire. The waters that are divided are the myriad possibilities that could have taken place but did not because of your continued focus and reliance upon the higher forces to ultimately bring forth the being of your memory. The blessing continues in similar fashion.
"May God (YHVH) lift His face to you and give you peace." When you can truly see your heart's desire there is no longer any wanting. You have what you have thought of. There is the satisfaction of knowing that your connection is holy. You and your heart's desire are one. The face that is lifted is the face of the reality of your vision. This vision had been placed on high as a hope or a dream and then it is lifted higher still until it becomes the reality of your experience. Peace is the place of no thought. It is the synthesis of thought and expression. One is seen in the other both as reflection and as imaged reality.
All of the above comes from the 72 permutations of YHVH which is to say the 72 transformations of the name. What is suggested is that no matter what way we may turn there is always ample room for connection. The angles may change and your thoughts and desires too but your connection is always there for you.