[Hebrew] -- who Jehovah will add to;
Jehovah shall increase; he shall increase progressively [i.e. - from perfection
...The state of consciousness in which
we increase in character along all lines; we not only grow into a broader understanding, but there is an increase of
vitality and substance. Joseph is especially representative of the realm of forms. He was clothed with a coat of many colors;
he was a dreamer and interpreter of dreams; the phenomenal was his field of action. Among the primal faculties of the
mind Joseph represents imagination. This faculty has the power to throw onto the screen of visibility in substance and life
forms every idea that the mind may conceive. While the imagination is a very necessary faculty and is powerful and productive,
it is belittled and often derided and scorned by the other faculties of the mind while they are not awakened spiritually [i.e.
- while they are functioning in intellectual consciousness instead of true spiritual understanding [Joseph's brothers
Joseph in Egypt symbolizes the word
of the imagination in subconsciousness or the involution of a high spiritual idea. Joseph
in Egypt could be said to also represent our highest perception of Truth dealing with the realm of forms and bringing
it into a more orderly state. Joseph, our high ideal of Truth, comes down into
the Egyptian darkness of sense consciousness, and under the law will finally raise it into spiritual Light. In the process, Joseph seems to die, but his "bones" remain. Truth is an abiding presence, though its form
may be lost to sight.
How often we hear people say that they
do not now seem to realize such uplift as came to them when they first began to understand Truth! Then, they were so enthusiastic that they could think and talk of nothing else. They say that they even demonstrated for themselves and for others more easily than they demonstrate now.
They think that they have somehow lost their grasp of Truth, because carnality
seems so real to them. They are right in the place that was occupied by the Israelites
after Joseph died. Truth, as a thing apart, a personality named Joseph, has disappeared,
but it lives in his progeny in the land of Egypt; and these descendants are oppressed by Egyptians. We might say that the
ideas that make up the statements of Truth that you have received have percolated through your mind, but the sense consciousness
is ruling in you; and these "children of Israel" are oppressed. Instead of siding
with Spirit in every thought, you side with the carnal, and you build up a ruling state of thought that remembers not
the inspiring Truth. "Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph" [Exodus
But Truth cannot be destroyed, nor can
true words and true thoughts ever be effaced from the mind that has willingly received them. The
Children of Israel multiplied in the land of Egypt in spite of oppression; their power became a great source of concern to
the Egyptians, who "made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and in brick" [material ways].
The several visits of Joseph's brothers
to Egypt for corn, the bringing of Jacob and all the brothers of Joseph with their families and flocks down into Egypt and
the final reconciliation are a symbolical representation of the manner in which we make connection with the obscured vitality
within the organism and bring all our faculties into conjunction with it. This
symbolism depicts also the unification of the IAM [Jacob] with all the faculties
of the mind, with the life energies, and with the substance of the whole man. They
dwelt in the "land of Goshen" [unity]. See Genesis 46 and 47.
Joseph and Mary, the parents of Jesus,
represent wisdom and love, which have been ideas in mind, but are now to bring forth a manifestation in substance [Luke 2:4,
5]. Joseph might also be said to represent the Son of man and Mary the divine
motherhood [Luke 2:40-52].
Joseph was merely betrothed to Mary,
yet she was "great with child"; so Joseph "was minded to put her away privately." This
means that we do not, in the first stages of the birth of Christ in us, understand the process and sometimes we are moved
to put it away from us. The soul is heavily charged with divine life and so full
that it cannot express itself intelligently because no union has yet taken place between it and the understanding [Joseph].
Joseph of Arimathea signifies the imaging
faculty functioning on a very high plane of consciousness [Arimathea means a height].