Moses: Representing the Qualities of Leading Light

 


An Archetypal Character Study
by Amaya de Centano, Caracas, Venezuela

Editor’s note: The following was translated from the original Spanish version, and has been edited for presentation.

Archetypes are universal forces originating at the highest levels of creation to shape the physical world of Nature as well as the human soul. Larger than a single “thing,” they are the prototypes or patterns that emanate from the spiritual world and are revealed in symbols, images, gestures, energetic patterns and qualities in both nature and human culture. The ability to become articulate in this language is a fundamental practitioner skill in flower essence therapy. Following is an archetypal character study written by Amaya de Centano as part of her requirements for the FES Certification Program, under the tutelage of Ricardo Mateos in Spain.

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Spiritual transcendence

Personal cultivation through prayer and meditation

Awareness and ability to feel the spiritual presence

Community awareness on earth, the ability to celebrate religious practices

Ability to study and spiritual reflection

Ability to translate spiritual ideals into moral values

Ability to maintain awareness of identity and essential dignity of the spiritual self
while opening to intangible realms

Moses’ archetypal flower essences

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One of the characters of greatest impact on the three great monotheistic religions was Moses. From birth, his life was different and had special circumstances and qualities. Moses had a Jewish cultural background, so the focus of this study is from a Jewish perspective. Within Judaism, Moses is regarded as a Messiah of his time because he led his people to the promised land. The story of his life is found in the book of Exodus in the Bible or Torah in Hebrew Shemot.

At a time when all baby boys born to Israeli women were sentenced to death by order of the Pharaoh of Egypt, Moses not only survived, but was picked up and adopted by the Egyptian princess, the daughter of Pharaoh, and was raised by the royal family. Upon reaching adulthood, symbolically Moses tried to protect his people and killed an Egyptian slave master who was beating a Hebrew. He fled to Midian, land stretching from the east of the Dead Sea to Sinai, where his life completely changed. He met Jethro, the priest of Midian, and his daughter Zipporah who later became his wife.

Moses encountered the God of Israel from whom he received his calling and mission as the liberator of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.

Read more details about Moses and his life here.

Moses typifies the archetype represented by MetaFlora level 7, having such characteristics as the following. (Read a short description of this aspect of soul development here.)

MetaFlora Level Seven — Cultivating the Spiritual Self: Transpersonal Awareness

This seventh MetaFlora level is located at the centre of the Soul Wheel. Like the eye of the Sun which gives light to us, so the seventh MetaFlora level is about the human “I”, the spiritual light which gives our true “I-dentity.” This “I” is the core self-identity that we have; the expression of the self in a healthy and balanced manner. In this MetaFlora level, the soul finds its connection with spiritual purpose and meaning. This may mean a new exploration of spiritual philosophy or religion. It may also involve healing cultural biases or limitations which have been placed on our spiritual identity, either through over-heated religious fanaticism or soul-chilling agnosticism and materialism. This MetaFlora level also addresses spiritual pride and over-inflation of the ego, or distortion of the true spiritual identity by the personality. 

Spiritual transcendence

Moses' encounter with God first, and then with the burning bush on Mount Sinai, was a change that has transcended over time, as the lawyer Antebi expressed in his research:

The discovery of monotheism, and not only that, but one Omnipresent God, moved by ethical principles and dedicated to humans, is a crucial and decisive moment in history.1 

Personal cultivation through prayer and meditation

In a study by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, we read how Moses is attributed to be the author of Psalm 90:

Psalm 90 is attributed to Moses, which makes this centuries older than the other psalms. These words speak to the people of all generations and powerfully contrast the brevity and the ephemeral nature of human life compared to the eternal existence of God. The Bible is unfailingly honest when talking about life as a brief period during which each of us on the stage of history and then disappears.

Moses understood this reality and developed this idea by saying that as weak and imperfect beings we spend our days in the shadow of God's wrath. Certainly this does not mean that faith has no value or that there is no advantage for us to put our faith and hope in God. In fact it is quite the opposite. As God forgives and is full of  compassion for his creatures, we can count on his unfailing love and spend our time singing His glory. Moses was not a pessimist, but a realist. Life is short, so you receive the wisdom of God and live life to the fullest as God provides for you and blesses you.2

Awareness and ability to feel the spiritual presence

The ability to sense the presence of other spiritual beings, in this case one of the meetings he had with God, recounted in Exodus 3:

Moses and the burning bush
1 One day Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father in law, who was a priest of Midian, drove the flock to the backside of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 While there, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the flames of a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed, 3 so he thought, How amazing I'll see why the bush is not consumed.
4 When the Lord saw him coming over to look, God called to him from the bush:
- Moses, Moses!
Here you have answered me.
5 'Do not come any closer, said God. Take off your sandals, because where you are standing is holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father. I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
At this, Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 And the Lord said,
Certainly I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard complaining about their foremen, and I know their suffering. 8 And I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and bring them out of that country, to take them to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. I mean the country of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 The cry of the Israelites has come to my ears , and I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them.
10 As we prepare to leave, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring out the Israelites from Egypt, who are my people3  

Community awareness on earth, the ability to celebrate religious practices

In Exodus 15: 1-5 we read how Moses and the Israelites sang the following:

A song of victory
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this hymn in honor of God:
I sing in honor of my God. He has had a major victory:
He buried at sea horses and riders. I dedicate this song,
because he gives me strength and saves me.
He is my God: so I praise.
He is the God of my father: so I love him.4

Here we see Moses and the Israelites celebrated their freedom with joy before God.

Ability to study and spiritual reflection

This involves perceiving, thinking with devotion, admiration and clarity.

Understanding this, we can see how Moses led the Israelites to a depth such that even without understanding in his mind, knew in his spirit and was absolutely sure they were doing the right thing.


Ability to translate spiritual ideals into moral values

Through Moses and the Ten Commandments given at Mount Sinai, the whole system of values and laws of Israel was established and is still in force today.

Ability to maintain awareness of identity and essential dignity of the spiritual self while opening to intangible realms

One of the most important characteristics of Moses is that even though he had moments of greatness and led the Israelites to freedom, crossing the Red Sea to receive God's law, God declares him the meekest man on earth. This statement is found in Numbers 12: 3: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the earth.”5 This is evidence that his nature never changed.

Moses’ archetypal flower essences

With regard to some of the flower essences which could apply to the MetaFlora seven archetype, there are similarities:

Blazing Star is where willpower is refined for spiritual service. Moses develops willpower and assumes its purpose, yet yields to a higher will, “Thy will, not mine.” An example of this is found in Exodus 4 when he had strength to speak to Pharaoh.

Monkshood also has similar characteristics for overcoming fear of one’s own spiritual power because of abuse or traumas. It happens when a higher or personal will to achieve a positive psychological state integrates with moral and spiritual development. This quality is reflected in Moses when he accepts his call.

However, a flower essence formula with which Mose may more be identified is Leading Light: spiritual inspiration which results in a dynamic and practical leadership.

Leading Light formula contains the flower essences of Larkpur, Red Larkspur, Tall Mountain Larkspur, Sage, Iris, Columbine and Red Penstemon, with essential oils of Rose attar and Sandalwood.

Larkspur: an essence that helps leaders to take a position of courage, magnetism and charisma.

In the midst of all circumstances in which Moses was involved, the Israelites recognized his authority, leadership, and he was charismatic and courageous as we see in Exodus chapter 20:19: And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.6

 

Red Larkspur: Ability to radiate energy through the body as a positive form of leadership, magnetic forces that catalyze and inspire energy to others. Joshua son of Nun, was Moses’ right hand and when Moses died, he was the one who was in charge of the Israelites. He knew Moses very well and was marked with his leadership to the point thatit says in the book of Joshua 1: 5 “No person may stand before you all the days of thy life; As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”7

Tall Mountain Larkspur: Leadership based on spiritual lineage, ability to listen, see and act with a great capacity of a Soul leader above one’s own immediate personality.

The Israelites were directed to Moses and advice that would help them make decisions. We see in Exodus 18: 14-15: “Seeing the work that Moses was taking, his father said: Why do you take all that work? People come to you from morning until evening. Why do you do to address them yourself?” Moses replied: “When they have difficulties between them, they come to me for me to decide who is the one that is right; then I let them know the laws and teachings of God.”8 

Sage: Wisdom derived from life experiences. Ability to evaluate and understand the process of life from a higher perspective.

At the end of his life, Moses understood that he had done what he had been told: it was time to pass the baton to someone who had been with him and had learned from their experiences.  

This is described in Deuteronomy 31: 7: “And Moses called Joshua and said to him before all Israel: Be strong and courageous; for thou must go with this people into the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit.”9

Iris: The Art, creativity, inspired and emotional contact with the higher realms, a radiant vision or an iridescence in all aspects of life.

This can be seen in the blessings written by Deuteronomy 28: 1-8:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And they come on you all these blessings, and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed in the field. Blessed is the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your ground and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kin, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will smite thine enemies that rise up against thee; they that come out against you, will flee seven ways before you. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to; and will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”10 

Columbine: unique creative expression and inspiration  distinctive as a source of luminosity and radiance for others, inspired to act and speak in the world.

One of the descriptions of God written in the biblical scriptures includes being stern yet tender and merciful is given by Moses in a speech to the Israelites. It is found in Deuteronomy 10: 17-19.11

“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty and awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe; that justice for the fatherless and the widow; and he loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. Love ye therefore the stranger; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Red Penstemon: sense of adventure and risk taking, positive athletics at any age, determination or tenacity when faced with physical challenge.

It is believed that Moses was 80 when he had the encounter with God in the burning bush, so at that age he began his great adventure. Moses was a healthy, strong man who risked at all times to achieve the goal he had set: to lead his people to the promised land. He was not overcome even when he knew that he would not be going, but he saw it from afar, which is detailed in Deuteronomy 32:49: “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is Jericho, and see the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel.”12

We also see how physically until the end of his life, that he was a healthy man, as described in Deuteronomy 34: 7: “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force.”13

Looking at the essences that make up the Leading Light formula we see that in the case of Moses, the three Larkspurs play a key role as they are related to leadership qualities.

“Larkspur belongs to the buttercup family - Ranunculaceae. Larkspur flowers are almost as complex as the Orchids. The colorful blooms of Larkspur cover a spectrum from white to blue to violet. Larkspur flowers are irregularly shaped and bloom in a loose, vertical grouping along the upper end of the plant's main stalk. Larkspur is a very complex flower consisting of both petals and sepals.”14

Larkspur flowering generally occurs as follows:

In June and July (Northern Hemisphere), the plant is topped with a raceme of many flowers, varying in color, from purple and blue, to red, yellow, or white. Each flower species consists of five petal-like sepals which grow together to form a hollow pocket with a spur at the end, which gives the plant its name, usually more or less dark blue. Within the sepals are four true petals, small, inconspicuous, and commonly colored similarly to the sepals. The eponymous long spur of the upper sepal encloses the nectar-containing spurs of the two upper petals.15

These flowers grow in high altitudes, and are not for human consumption given that they have toxic properties.

There is a relationship between this family of colorful flowers and its effects as essences. In the case of Red Larkspur, the red color evokes energy, vigor, willpower, courage, and leadership.16 The essence has these features: the ability to radiate energy through the body as a positive form of leadership; strength that inspires and catalyzes magnetic energy in others and a positive esprit de corps.

The other two types are purple Larkspur, which has a mixture of blue and red that gives stability and energizes. The color purple is associated with royalty, symbolizing power, nobility, loyalty, wisdom, creativity, independence and dignity.17 Both the Larkspurs have the characteristics of charismatic leadership, contagious enthusiasm, and joyful service. Tall Mountain Larkspur is indicated for positive qualities such as leadership based on spiritual alignment, ability to listen, and see and act for greater leadership.

We can see this reflected in Moses’ ability and inspiration to serve his people and lead them in deliverance from Egypt. He knew how to combine the inspiration and wisdom that came from above, being both practical and compassionate at the same time, uniting his own personal initiative with the culture and needs of the Israelites. This illustrates the fundamental characteristics of the Leading Light formula.

Our creator put in the fields these beautiful flowers with their essences to help us develop in the area of service to others in a loving, altruistic manner, without seeking selfish individual welfare, but the welfare of society at this point in time. Needed now more than ever is a sensitive yet wise leadership, a leadership that has learned from earlier mistakes, and humbly recognizing a commitment to not repeat them. Leaders are needed to respect, understand and listen to their people, nature, and the world around them to inspire and lead others toward the same goal—with the necessary clarity to illuminate and indicate the way forward in order to create and leave a better world for our future generations.

Amaya de Centeno is an FES Certified Practitioner who works at the Farmacia Belladona in Caracas, Venezuela. Read what she wrote about the current living situation for people in her country.

Footnotes

1 Revista Jewish history and culture. AISA published by Sephardic Jewish Association Argentina
2 Yechiel Eckstein Z
3 New International Version Bible
4 NIV Bible
5 July 1960 King James Bible
6 August 1960 King James Bible Reina Valera 1960
7 Ibid
8 Ibid
9 Ibid
10 Ibid
11 Ibid
12 Ibid
13 Ibid
14 Larkspur - Types of Larkspur Flowers | The Flower Expert (The Flower Expert), http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/growingflowers/flowersandseasons/larkspur
15 Michael J. Warnock, Jepson Manual treatment for Delphinium, from the Jepson Manual Treatment
16 The meaning of colors, Webusable, http://www.webusable.com/coloursMean.htm
17 Kevin Allen, The psychology of colors, http://www.soyentrepreneur.com/25336-la- psicologia-de-los-colores.


 


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