The Ineffable Name of God

tetragrammaton

by Michael Maciel

The Unmanifest (the formless “no-thing”) is enormous untapped energy. The prohibition against giving it a name is equivalent to today’s saying, “Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it!”

Naming the Unmanifest gives it form. In Genesis, God gives Adam the task of naming everything—an allusion to this process of bringing the creation into manifestation. Male figures in sacred texts symbolize the conscious mind, so we have to be careful of which thoughts we allow to slip over into the subconscious.

Our innate potential (the Unmanifest’s expression of Itself within us) is a wide spectrum. What we focus our attention on narrows the spectrum to a single point. As such, it is how we shape our reality and is therefore not a thing to be taken lightly.