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Adam and Eve: The Story of Human Consciousness

by Joshua Tilghman on March 29, 2012


For well over a thousand years, mainstream Christianity has taught that the creation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden is literal history. While I will say it is a fantastic picture of how man came to this earth, I will also say that this story was never meant to be literal. In fact, to teach it in this way greatly diminishes the spiritual truth the author originally intended. But when this story is understood correctly, it unlocks the key to helping us live a full, abundant life, which is the way life was intended to be!

Getting right to the point, the story of Adam and Eve is about the human mind. More specifically, it is about a mind that has become fractured and is therefore no longer whole. Before explaining this, I want you to make a mental note of something which will become relevant at the end of this discussion. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, which means “place of the skull”. In an esoteric sense, this is about the mind, and the battle is between the ears! Liberation and salvation come when we crucify the ego (through the waking conscious) and heal the mind.

In the literal story, God placed Adam in the Garden. In the beginning, Adam was alone; Eve had not been separated from him. Adam was therefore whole. This is representative of the conscious and subconscious working in perfect unity and harmony, which is also reflected by the paradise (Garden of Eden) in which Adam dwelled. In this state of unity consciousness, Adam was ONE with God. As the story continues, we learn that God placed Adam in a deep sleep (the realm of forgetfulness and consciousness fracture) and Eve was created.  In this new state of being, Adam represents the waking conscious of mankind and Eve represents the subconscious. When the conscious and subconscious are no longer in unity, the state of Paradise (inner joy and peace) can no longer be maintained because the ego will take control. Thus the fall! And of course the literal story presents us with this in the form of expulsion from the Garden. As the story goes, Eve is tempted by the serpent or Satan (ego), and because the ego took over the driver’s seat of man’s soul, Paradise lost becomes man’s reality. This is also spiritual death. And spiritual death = separation from God.

As we stated earlier, Adam represents man’s waking conscious and ego, and Eve represents the subconscious. Ordinary consciousness is represented by the male aspect (Adam) because consciousness has the power to impregnate the subconscious (Eve) to produce the physical reality we experience. The subconscious, or female aspect (Eve), is the power of birthing and creating on the physical plane. This is where the concept of “Mother Earth” comes from. It has nothing to do with a literal female deity in its original understanding. It is only an explanation of consciousness, just like the story of Adam and Eve. Remember, Eve is the “mother of all living”. In other words, our subconscious is the mother that births our reality. This is also why the Bible states that man will RULE over the woman after the expulsion from the Garden. This is not to be taken literally. As it now stands, your conscious self rules over the subconscious. In other words, your conscious thought (male aspect) impregnates the subconscious (female aspect) with the seed of your waking consciousness. If your conscious self dwells on negativity, your subconscious, which is the real birthing/creation powerhouse, will produce that effect for you. And negativity becomes your reality! Remember, the battle is between the ears! It’s all about the mind.

To be whole again, we need to be renew our minds in Christ consciousness, like the Apostle Paul tells us. This is the born again experience. As Paul states in Galatians, “…and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Gal. 2:20).

So how was this accomplished in Paul? Notice how he stated, “…it is no longer I who lives…” What is the I Paul is referring to? It was his waking conscious and ego.

The ego wants to stay alive. That’s its job. The ego fears its own dissolution. In fact, ALL fear is rooted in ego.

As stated many places elsewhere on this blog, meditation helps to dissolve the ego, and, over time, the conscious and the subconscious began to work in unity. This is what Christ consciousness is. Some call it the “super consciousness”. The name doesn’t matter. It’s the outcome that matters.

Now that we have discussed the true understanding of the Adam and Eve story, I feel it is important state that man was never meant to RULE over or to dominate a woman. That’s just pure ego! But when the story of Adam and Eve is taken literally, people are taught that this is God’s will. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We must be careful to interpret the Bible correctly or the world becomes dysfunctional. To interpret Bible stories such as Adam and Eve literally creates religion. This is what Jesus was trying to combat.

For those of you who may be struggling with my take on the whether or not the scriptures are literal, I completely understand. I was taught since I was a little boy that the Bible was the inerrant word of God. I used to read up on the latest creation science news to prove to others that man was created six thousand years ago and placed in a literal Garden of Eden. It was as if I had to PROVE the Bible because deep down inside I knew there was something missing from the big picture, and if I could prove the Bible was inerrant to my own self, I could cover up the missing component. So proving the Bible to be the inerrant word of God was sort of my mission. But through that mission I realized that is was nothing more than a big ego trip, and I was only fooling myself. Now I don’t have to struggle with questions like where Cain got his wife in the land of Nod unless it was his sister—yuck! That’s not what the scripture is about. The scripture is about spirit, not history. If we all realized this, wars would stop. People could live in peace. I also truly believe people would then be able to see the unity that truly runs like a current beneath all the major world religions.

I hope this article has helped you see the true spirit of the scripture where Adam and Eve are concerned. If so, and you think this could help someone else, spread the love with social media!

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1 Tamara Mosley April 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

Okay – I’m hooked. This work (to interpret the Bible through Love instead of fear and ego) is so needed in our world today. Unfortunately most of us don’t know the bible well enough to do this work (and, not to “hook” thy ego, but requires more courage than most of us have). So now you know why it was necessary for you to have the “religious” experience :) I have never made the conscious/subconscious connection with Adam and Eve, but it makes perfect sense. What I took from it was God created Adam and gave him everything and he was in paradise. God decided Adam needed a partner, and created Eve (from him). God had only one rule – do not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (judgement). Eve listened to “the serpent” (ego) who said God would deny them and they ate from the tree. Adam and Eve now judged what was good and what was evil and bad and in thinking apart from God, created the separation. I only mention this because I feel it’s important to really understand what “original thought” took place to create the ego and the separation. Eve wanted wisdom, but got judgement instead. (Before they were naked and happy, now they were ashamed of their nakedness). So Author … did God truly banish them and hand out all those “punishments”? Another interesting point is that Adam very quickly threw Eve (a part of him) under the bus and blamed her for his “mistake.” The devil made him do it. :) God also said (paraphrased) now that you know the difference between good and evil (like us), you cannot eat from the Tree of Life (and live forever). What does that mean? Any thoughts on the figurative meaning of the flaming sword that God put up to bar mankind from the Tree of Life? Two trees from which to choose? Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

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2 Joshua Tilghman April 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

Tamara…

Your comment on the necessity of having a religious experience is so true. And your insight on the Adam and Eve story adds to this post. You pose some great questions which I will address on this blog in the near future, because they are so important for everyone on the spiritual path to understand.

You asked if God really banished Adam and Eve from the Garden and then handed out punishments. I think we can both agree that this was an automatic expulsion (allegorically)based on the condition of man’s present state and disconnect from God.

Thanks again for taking the time to think about this so deeply.

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3 KT February 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

If you can permit me I would like to reply to your post .

This story is indeed a myth but profoundly true to me. God created only one tree to put both good and evil. It is not that Adam and Eve ate the fruit from a tree full of evil or bad or with full of Sins ! That would have been easier to tell man really became sinful. He also tasted good part and clearly as God mentioned he became one of God! All knowing God must have known when he created all these. Let us not blame it on free will. What is the point of free will any way ? This whole thing is a fantastic drama. Only in freedom we will know the good and the bad and only in that knowledge we can love another. I do not think Adam and Eve knew about love when they were in paradise. God made sure they would not return by putting cherubs and flaming swords at the gate and make them aware of freedom and to learn love . Love does not exist without freedom. In Exodus God says I am The Lord your God (the conscious and subconscious as explained by Joshua Tilgham ) brought you out of slavery and bondage. It is clear the message in the Bible is Love and that needs to be realized only in full freedom which is the product of Christ consciousness.

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4 marsha bolden May 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thank you for your discourse. It is refreshing. There is a great spiritual awakening taking place around the globe. My particular Church taught never to question the bible which was the infallible word of God but I was yet confronted with many inquiries that my pastor and other church leaders could not answer. After I heeded the pastoral call my eldest son confronted me with questions I could not answer. He embarked on a course of study. I soon began my exploration to know, also. There is a scripture that says, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). One day I accidentally happened upon a website that made a comparison of Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic teaching and Christianity. It showed the children of Ham were the writers of the doctrine of allegories borrowed by the writers the bible. The teaching of the trinity, the commandments, the death, burial and resurrection and the White Throne judgement was in place prior to Christianity. I continue to study as I grow in knowledge and wisdom. Walking in love is an essential ingredient to the recipe of spiritual balance.

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5 Joshua Tilghman May 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

So true, Marsha. Thanks for the well-thought out comment.

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6 mike April 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

Great article … I’ve had questions which allign with some of what you’re writing. Just trying to find the right people to ask them of : http://pastebin.com/07mHhr6a

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7 Joshua Tilghman April 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks, Mike. I had the same questions as you many years ago when I started my spiritual journey, oftentimes staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning (and then getting up at 6 for work) because I had to have some answers. If you are diligent, answers will come. So will more questions. But the journey is what life is about. As you probably already know, the important thing is that you educate yourself enough to rule out false religious concepts that make life burdensome instead of a joy. Understanding the intention of the original Biblical authors is one of the keys that unlocks so many of life’s hard questions. These authors were mystics which knew that your state of consciousness is more important than outside influences. In fact, your state of consciousness is the center of your world that has the power to affect your surroundings.

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8 Eric April 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Do you ever dream what it was like before “The Fall”? All the animals were friends and didn’t eat each other and man lived in peace. If it wasn’t for Eve and her weak mind, we would all still be living in the Garden of Eden!

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9 Tamara Mosley May 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

You’re joking right Eric? You’re not suggesting that men cannot think for themselves or incapable of resisting temptation? Yikes!

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10 Tonya May 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

He must be making a joke…there is no way he is serious after reading the article…

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11 Jack June 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I too have come to a similar conclusion regarding Adam and Eve being aspects of the mind. I think one has to go further though. The scripture is written on multi-levels, and we’re now talking about a high level of understanding. One must also be aware, that this is written with great intelligence and understanding. Things aren’t there ‘just cos’, or to flesh out the story, they all have significance.

So you should go into more depth in your posts. The story of creation has so many more details in it. One questioner talks about the Tree of Life, I think literally it is the Tree of Lives, which may put a new slant on what you thought it was.

What do I mean by more in depth? Well…What is God in this story? Do you automatically assume what this represents, or does it too represent a part of the mind. The word used for the serpent actually means whispering/hissing. Is this really ego? We have Cain and Abel, derived from Adam and Eve, Cain means acquire and Abel means breath literally, but what are they exactly? We have all of these clues of the original meanings, but it still takes great work to get the full picture of what is being said. Why does Cain kill Abel, what does this represent? Why do Adam and Eve cover themselves with fig leaves? Why fig? Don’t overlook these details. They are important.

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12 Joshua Tilghman June 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Jack,

Thanks for you comment and your insight. You bring up a lot of good points. The Bible is packed so full of information, and everything does have significance. It would take a great deal of time to cover it all, especially a book like Genesis, but I am going to address some of the points you bring up in future blog posts. Thanks again.

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13 Jack June 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

That’s good. You’re right it will take a great deal of time, but it is worthwhile, and this is a good blog. The aim is to eventually have a full understanding of all of these allegories

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14 natassia July 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

FIRST OFF I’M SO GLAD THAT I RAN ACROSS YOUR BLOG, THIS IS NOT BY ACCIDENT ,AS YOU SEE I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A LOT OF ISSUES MENTIONED HERE TODAY, AND AFTER SEEKING ANSWERS FROM THE LORD I FELT THAT IN THE SPIRIT HE ANSWERED AND SAID HE NEEDED ME TO DIE OUT TO ALL THAT HAS MADE ME ME IN OTHER WORDS ALL THE THINGS CARNALLY I HAVE BEEN TAUGHT OR INTERPRETED, BELIEFS ETC. AND TAKE ON THE MINDSET OF CHRIST AND THAT ONCE I ALLOWEDTHIS TO HAPPEN THAT I COULD THEN HAVE PEACE MOVE WITH ASSURITY THROUGH LIFE NOT HAVE FEAR BE ABLE TO TRUST AND BE ABLE TO LOVE EVEN MY ENEMIES, NOW THE OTHER THING THAT I HEARD GOD SPEAK OF IS THIS STORY HE SPOKE OF ME COMING BACK TO (THE PLACE) AND AS I LISTENED IN THE SPIRIT IT MADE SENSE WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT ADAM BEING IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN A PLACE WHERE GOD HIMSELF PLACED HIM WHY A GARDEN THIS IS A PLACE OF PEACE AND BEAUTY A PLACE THAT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED A PLACE OF REST THERE WAS NO FEAR NO DOUBT JUST OBEDIENCE AND ONENESS WITH GOD FOR THIS WAS A PLACE THAT GOD WOULD COME AND WALK AND TALK WITH ADAM IN THE COOL OF THE DAY HENCE THE PLACE A PLACE TO MEET TO DWELL TO CONNECT A PLACE TO GIVE AND RECIEVE THIS PLACE WAS A PLACE OF COMPLETENESS EVERYTHING THAT ADAM AND EVE NEEDED WAS IN THIS PLACE I THEN UNDERSTOOD THAT THATS ALL GOD WANTS IS THAT WE GET BACK TO THE PLACE OUR INDIVIDUAL PLACE WHERE HE PUT US SO THAT WE CAN RECIEVE AND BE IN THE RIGHT MINDSET MEANING THAT HE IS THE GIVER AND WE THE RECIEVER THIS PLACE OF COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE IF HE DOES’NT HAVE OUR ATTENTION THEN OUR EGO WILL TAKE OVER WHEN IN OUR PLACE HE KNOWS THAT NOTHING WILL INTERFERE WITH HIS COMMUNICATION WITH US THE BELIEF IS IN TACK THE OBEDIENCE IS IN TACK RESPECT,ADORATION ETC. WE ARE IN POSITION TO RECEIVE THEREFORE TODAY WE CAN HAVE PARADISE ON THE INSIDE WHICH MANIFEST TO THE OUTSIDE IF WE LIKE ADAM IN THE BEGINNING WERE IN OUR PLACE PLEASE TELL ME DO YOU THINK THAT THE STORY OF ADAM AND EVE REPRESENTS ALSO THAT THERE IS A PLACE THAT WE ARE TO BE IN ORDER TO EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF WHAT GOD INTENDED FOR US

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15 Joshua Tilghman July 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

Natassia,

Thanks for your heartfelt comment. It’s good to have you hear. I think you have gotten it when you say, “WE ARE IN POSITION TO RECEIVE THEREFORE TODAY WE CAN HAVE PARADISE ON THE INSIDE WHICH MANIFEST TO THE OUTSIDE.”

Remember, events happen to us in the way that we interpret them. If we judge them badly, they are truly bad. This issue lies with us. We create paradise or we create hell.

About your question: Yes, I do. But that “place” is really a state of BEING, at least for me.
Thanks so much for your post.

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16 natassia July 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

hi joshua, you are exactly right it is a state of being, i just tried to make the comparison with the actual physical place back then in adam and eve’s time ( the garden of eden ) to now thanks to our lord and savior jesus christ having made access to this spiritual place of abundance,a place of right standing, where if we believe and we keep our heavenly father jehovah first in our lives we are in position then to connect, communicate and recieve hence the scripture: seek ye first the kingdom of christ and his righteousness all these things shall be added unto you, matt6:33

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17 Kathy August 1, 2012 at 6:23 am

Joshua…this is wonderful!

“As it now stands, your conscious self rules over the subconscious. In other words, your conscious thought (male aspect) impregnates the subconscious (female aspect) with the seed of your waking consciousness. If your conscious self dwells on negativity, your subconscious, which is the real birthing/creation powerhouse, will produce that effect for you. And negativity becomes your reality! Remember, the battle is between the ears! It’s all about the mind.

To be whole again, we need to be renew our minds in Christ consciousness, like the Apostle Paul tells us. This is the born again experience. As Paul states in Galatians, “…and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Gal. 2:20).”

We are truly birthing a new HU-man…one of the marriage of the conscious with the subconscious producing the Divine Christ Consciousness.

We must be grateful for our Intellect for it is what has brought us to this point of awakening to this Grand Truth and without it we would not have developed the Desire for Perfect LOVE to manifest.

It is the Desire of the Intellect married to the Knowing of the Intuition that produces the Cosmically Conscious Man! That Desire springs from all the experiences we have had that the Intellect has cataloged…finally bringing us to the point of Desire for more.

You truly cannot have one without the other! Together they become ONE in service, desire and JOY….creating ONE MIND…the MIND of CHRIST.

I love your blog and will be back many times.
Thank you Joshua for your contribution to the Grand Awakening!
Kathy

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18 Joshua Tilghman August 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Kathy,

I like how you pointed out that we must be grateful for our intellect. I have always said that even though the intellect cannot get us through the door of awakening, it can get us TO that door. The intellect is one of our greatest assets and we must use it to weed out that which isn’t true.

You stated: “It is the Desire of the Intellect married to the Knowing of the Intuition that produces the Cosmically Conscious Man!”

I love that quote. Thanks for pointing it so perfectly! Many blessings!

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19 Travis H January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Listen to this. The Tree of Knowledge is made up of the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. The “fruit” of the tree in which the subconscious bites from, is the pineal gland. The “serpent” is the kundalini energy/spinal fluid which travels up the spine (tree trunk) to the brain and splashes on the pineal gland, causing it to release large amounts of DMT (allows you to dream/same effect from psychedelics/increases consciousness). Eve’s subconscious was given new knowledge and insight about good and evil due to the psychedelic effect of the meditation or the shrooms or other hallucinogenic plant she might have eaten.

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20 Joshua Tilghman January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Really enjoyed reading that, Travis, thank you!

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21 Kathleen Berry February 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

Your posts are fascinating. Thank you for taking the time to research and share your perspective. The Bible has been used to foster hatred and divisiveness for far too long. By realizing its meaning is not literal, each of us can take responsibility for our own relationship with God and not blame others.

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22 Joshua Tilghman February 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Kathleen,

You’re so right. When I finally saw this for myself, I knew I had to go back through the Bible and learn some esoteric knowledge if I were ever going to understand it correctly. Thanks for commenting.

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23 motla68 March 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Hey Josh,

Lots of new information forever ascension of knowledge. Not long ago I read some info relating to the trees in the garden, there was more then one. It also mentioned other trees thorughout the bible, figs, dates e.t.c. about 7 relating to the 7 points of chakra in the body, also could be why in the old testament it says all that we will need to feed from would be found in the trees. Once one understands the symbolism it will lead them to the journey of ascension of their spirit, the masses is looking for something they can see, feel, touch. Something of interest from a man who was spiritual and left the spiritual world for science and his research brought him back to the spiritual world again, blow your mind with Bruce Lipton; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEuGlndt1yc

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24 Joshua Tilghman April 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Thanks motla. Good stuff.

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25 Dineia April 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I went through a spiritual awakening April 4, 2013. Prior to that I wouldn’t of even bothered to entertain the idea that the bible wasn’t a literal story. After my awakening I read this and many other of your articles and I can’t believe how clearly I see it now. I can’t believe I believed any other way. It makes complete sense. I had my fall from paradise April 4th. Thank you for writing this!!!

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26 Joshua Tilghman April 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Dineia,

Great to hear from you. I am so glad you see the Bible for what it is now. Many blessings.

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27 Danilo June 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Joshua, could you write an article regarding the two poles of the One?

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28 Cheryl July 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Joshua,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this…I’m still of the mindset that something could have happened literally as well. Like when God gave them “skins” that they moved from an etheric state to a more physical body possibly– and they were separated. Through meditation and lots of different experiences on this “mystic” path I now find myself on– I’ve been wondering lots about the male/female aspect -and the passive/active (receiving/giving) aspect of ourselves — but this conscious/subconscious aspect is so important…. I’m trying to understand “imagination” or how the thoughts can be formed and then birthed out into “real life” here… There’s so much I want to understand and also write about but sometimes it’s difficult to put in words and also we have to limit our scope sometimes for blogs! I’m so glad to have come across your blog! Thanks for commenting on mine–so that I could find this! Blessings!

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29 Joshua Tilghman July 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Cheryl,

You’re very welcome! Thanks for your thoughts.

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30 anny July 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi Joshua,

I was skipping your blog in order to find this post again because for some reason I started thinking anew about the serpent.

Apart from it being nachasj in Hebrew – which in numerical value (358) equals masjiach, messiah – there was also the fact that as nachasj it corresponds with number six (at the end of the sixth day it entices man to enter the world of the seventh day, the material world of ego and duality) and as messiah it corresponds with the number eight because masjiach means anointed (with oil, shemen = shmona, eight) and the eighth day is the beginning of the state of higher consciousness.

As such the serpent was the driving force during the whole process, which during the deeper part of the curve of course involved the increasing/declining influence and power of the ego.

As the kundalini is also portrayed as a serpent, however, and rises along the spine (which could be seen as the trunk of a tree) towards the glands in the brain, I started wondering if that serpent in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could not be that kundalini, resting in the brain before the start of this whole involution and evolution.

In one of the comments above Jack says that nachaj means hissing, but when I checked my dictionary I found that the verb nichesj, which is written exactly the same way as nachasj, means to guess and to presume. In connection to the mind this might mean that in that stage man did not really know anything yet because (s)he had not been exposed to duality and polarity yet and as such was just guessing and presuming things but wanted to know, which put the whole process in motion.

At the end of the process, after all the fruits of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil have been eaten/digested and man has achieved da’at, knowledge, and unconditional love, it becomes clear that the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are not two different trees, but two faces/phases of the same tree, which then proves to be the spine and brain in the body of man.

Last but not least there was the fact that at one place in the bible – where Moses, in front of the pharaoh, throws his staff on the ground which turns it into a serpent and then grabs it by the tale after which turns into a staff again (after having devoured the serpents that the Egyptian priests turned their staffs into) – this serpent is given another name, tanin, which actually means crocodile, but never is translated as such.

What does that mean and what place does it have within the context of all of this, if any? Any ideas?

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31 Justin September 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I am new to your blog but I find it quite fascinating. Back in May, I reached a point in my life that forced me to look “outside” of myself for truth about this life and what it all means. As I have found myself diving into the meaning of being a Christian I have come across many helpful sites, most only touching on the surface of the meanings of the Good Book. I enjoyed reading what you wrote above and find that, upon mediating and asking God to revel truth unto me, it makes a great deal of sense. I would like to share a revelation that came upon me, and has relentless stuck with me, for several weeks now.

While watching a show on the future of computers the topic of Singularity was brought up (Singularity being the point at which technology reach a state where man is no longer needed in the evolution of technology) when it hit me. It was not the eating of the fruit of Knowledge that expelled man from the Garden(as you stated above the Garden simply being a state of being), but the deliberate disobedience to God’s Word (the Word being God himself) and the acquisition of that which was not yet appointed to Man. With this thought in mind, Singularity (mentioned above) would grant man (should he survive sentient technology) would then be able to live forever with the aide of God (download your Mind into a hard drive and never die). This would be the same thing as Adam eating from the Tree of Knowledge and Life. Which in reading Genesis we know was one of the primary reasons he would have been removed from the Garden.

I would love to hear your opinion on the matter. As was stated above every verse has meaning, none is filler.

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32 Joshua Tilghman September 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Justin,

I somehow missed this comment before, so I am sorry about the late reply. What you have stated is indeed interesting. I have often thought about what would happen if AI were suddenly a reality…would it have a soul? For me getting back to Eden is a state of higher consciousness, and experience through the physical, mental, and astral bodies are an important part of that process. Not sure how we could evolve in the state you mention above. Perhaps it would be possible though. Quantum computers are certainly going to change everything for us in the near future though. To what extent remains to be seen.

Blessings!

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33 eliahu September 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I have read many interpretations of the Adam and Eve story, but this one is totally new to me.
It is very interesting!
thanks a lot.

All the best, Eliahu.

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34 Joshua Tilghman September 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Eliahu,

Thanks for commenting. Blessings to you as well.

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35 Mike Sheller September 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Dear Joshua,
Your approach to, and understanding of, the scriptures is to be most wholeheartedly commended. After many years (I am approaching my 70th year) studying the esoteric foundations of the world’s holy writings I have absolutely no doubt that the most significant, important, and mind-opening work I have ever encountered is the book THINKING AND DESTINY by Harold Waldwin Percival. As it may be difficult to find, it may be ordered from the website of its publisher The Word Foundation. Please do not think that “The Word” in that Foundation’s name indicates anything scriptural. Rather, it is one individual’s understanding of the emergence, and esoteric components of, reality as we think we know it.
With my fondest appreciation of your work and your thinking,
Mike Sheller
obproj@verizon.net

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36 Joshua Tilghman September 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Mike,

Thanks for the resource. Will be sure to check it out. I am always looking for material to expand my knowledge base. Many Blessings!

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37 Vic Proulx September 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

sorry for the bad spelling, try this: Good to find your site. I believe the beatitudes are a method to “deny the self” or ego. If not to kill the ego, at least put it in a far less dominate roll. It is the ego that prevents us from going through the narrow gate. Thanks again.

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38 Joshua Tilghman September 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Vic,

Thanks for the comments. So true!

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39 Rachel September 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

Christ is the flashing sword guarding the way to paradise. As you must go through him to get there. “I am the way, the truth, and the life no one comes to the father except by me”. :) wow… We are evolving !!!!!!! What an awesom revelation. I still have many questions tho.

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40 Roberta legree October 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

The Bible is not for private interpretation. We you fall for that trap you open yourself up for further deception by the deceiver. Search the scriptures not what man thinks. and says .

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41 Joshua Tilghman October 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Roberta,

This is not a private interpretation. It’s taken years of esoteric study to unveil. There are many resources out there, especially the ones from antiquity, which support it.

I do understand where you are coming from because I was once there. But if you really think about, what is the literal interpretation? It is the private interpretation of the church. The scriptures always go beyond the literal. The Jewish people and early church fathers teach us this.

Blessings!

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42 Betty Alark October 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

Hi!

Fascinating reading! I’m taking the time to go back and re-read everything twice. As I read this article/post for the second time. I have two comments.

One: Golgotha and its meaning; it was also a hill in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified. Skull also means representation of death and mortality. Which is more inclined with Jesus death then between the ears.

Two: You spoke on meditation being a means of renewing the mind and overcoming the ego. That could be a means- however the mind is renewed by the word of God the parts that teach us how to love one another, etc. as we read it the Spirit renews us inwardly.

But ill continue to read and comment. Peace.

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43 George November 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Consider another view point of Adam & Eve besides conscious vs. sub-conscious; she was to be a ‘help meet’ for Adam. To make Adam complete, God wanted for Adam to meet his other half. A wonderful marriage counselor, G. Smedley? interviewed over 20k couples; his conclusion states that 80% of males are left brain; logical, analytical & 20% are right brain. Eve/women, 80% are right brain; loving, caring, nurturing, intuition & 20% are left brain. Right brain is mechanical & Left brain is more artistic, which I like to define as love/mercy vs. justice or judgment, which reflects the twin pillars of God’s kingdom, which is reflected in the tabernacle; HP (holy place = love (crucifixion or altar of sacrifice & HP where he presented His blood (Heb. 9:12) & MHP (most holy place = justice (the law, tablets are located). Why we are created in the image of God, His likeness (Gen. 1:26,27).
Well, in this grand scheme of marriage, the twain come to be one; Adam brings in the justice/mechanical side & Even is to bring the love/mercy or artistic side. Yes, sin + heredity has marred this original or ideal intent. Our goal is to to have a good balance of both sides, work on the other side. Some accomplish this through their lifetime more or inherit. Was marriage to be temporary till we develop self & help meet ourselves. Does it not state; “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”?
Not claiming it as a fact but thoughts to contemplate, remember, truth or light is ever evolving.

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44 Tony November 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Yes the Ego is the beast. Genesis 4 talks about sin crouching at the door. The man of sin =the Ego.
Is there original sin?

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45 Sandra L. Butler December 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Here’s the understanding that came to me on Adam and Eve, which with a few exceptions, is pretty darn close to Joshua’s.

Eve (symbolizing The Mind/conscience) took in the lie, symbolized by the serpent. She then goes and sells it to Adam (symbolizing The Heart/subconscious), the erroneous thought of the mind has now become a false belief of the heart through the power of emotion, which they then acted upon, losing their protection (symbolized by the garden). The broad view.

The detailed view:
We are all spiritually male and female…”male and female created he them.” We are male in that we have the ability to sow spiritual seed (truth or lies) through spiritual energy (love or fear). We are female in that we serve as a protective habitat for this seed and energy, be it good or evil; positive or negative. Our male aspect is our inner being of spirit and word, which is the essence of our father. Our female aspect is the receptacle for this spirit and word, which is our mother. Through a spiritual intercourse our spiritual father sows spiritual seed through spiritual energy, into our spiritual mother. The physical mother, which conceives of physical seed, is the female flesh body, but our spiritual mother is the heart— “ the fleshy tables of the heart.”

Jerusalem (” the mother of us all”) is three-fold: mind, heart, body. A thought is called a seed, but it is not really a seed until it is sown, the word “seed” meaning “something sown.” Maybe you have seen a spore (seed with hair-like projections) being carried through heaven (that region above the earth, symbolizing the mind), which does not have the power to bring forth (manifest) until it intercourses with the earth (symbolizing the heart). The earth-heart anagram is no coincidence.

So when we take a wrong thought into our mind (as Eve did) and give energy to it, it becomes energized. But it is only through the power of emotion that it will be seeded in our heart (as Adam accepted the lie as truth), which in the process of time manifests into our life when we act upon it, wreaking havoc in our life, removing us from our voluptuous life, the word “Eden” meaning to “live voluptuously.” It is going to take some deep inner work to return to that elevated state of being called the garden.

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46 James Rowe December 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Wow Joshua you cannot imagine how glad I am that I read this. I, too, was raised to believe the bible was history. It never made sense to me. Religious people nowadays are always like “turn to Jesus” but I always felt like they didn’t get the whole picture. Like, you say and do these certain things and go to church and talk to these holy people and that’s going to make the world a better place? I knew there had to be spiritual meaning, but i thought all the Catholics I knew were misinterpreting it. They focus on God like he sits on some high throne in heaven making sure everyone is good, but I always saw God as an all encompassing energetic spirit. My mind is opening, I am starting to learn, but I still feel fractured. My energy and sense of purpose are low. I feel like I need to get away from people and this stupid materialistic society for a long time and just meditate. Be a monk for a while. But my conscious mind says that it’s a ridiculous idea. Have you found any insight from the Bible on how to achieve the garden state of inner peace or is it folly? It seems like everyone is struggling with themselves nowadays.

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47 Joshua Tilghman December 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

James,

Thank you for taking the time to comment. What you are feeling is valid. We are often taught just to believe and endure doing the low times and things will eventually get better. While this may be true for some (because we all have periods of lows and highs), the human spirit often needs to delve into deeper into the reason for existence. I certainly don’t mean to bash the church, but there is so much more to scripture than what we have been taught.

I definitely recommend a daily meditate session. It’s not a ridiculous idea, and you don’t have to think of yourself as a monk to do this. I have written many articles on this site where the Bible promotes meditation (yes, the eastern kind) in order to help you mature spiritually. Feel free to type in meditation on the search bar and I’m sure you see some articles which will explain this process more for you. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions.

Many blessings!

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48 jo December 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I always tell people to stop taking the Bible so literally. It is commonly acknowledged that in the Bible , Jesus spoke in parables…so why would everything else have to be literal?

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49 Joshua Tilghman December 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Well said!

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50 Cherie Erten January 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

Well, I am almost speechless but you want think so by the time I get this typed out. I was raised a Southern Baptist, daughter of a Deacon, which means I was taught that the Bible is the literal word of God. From an early age I had problems and questions no one could answer. That old answer of you just have to have FAITH. Well, that dog just didn’t hunt with me.
I still have a problem with this so called “God”. I left dogma along time ago and struck out on my own quest for answers, that lead me down the path of a little bit of everything in my search. The Esoteric/Occult field was my haven. I finally settled in what I called the “OLD WAYS” most would call that Witchcraft, but I object because so many equate that with the Devil which I do not believe in as an entity, it is in the mind. My god was the Universe and if I needed a figure head it was the Goddess I called upon, the Goddess of the World. This has worked well for me. My magical life flourished and my Tarot reading has too. A lot that practice this include Saints etc, but I couldn’t go down this road, to close to Dogma for me and it made the hair stand up on my body.
I am always reading and recently came across the book ” Living Gnosis” by Tau Malachi of the Sophian Tradition and thought I would give it a whirl. Well, needless to say it provoked a lot of thought. Things that I always felt but couldn’t explain. Somwhere at sometime and I do wish I could remember who said it, ” Jesus said, ” Look within yourself.” that saying was supposed to be the one thing the Catholic Church feared the most. I never forgot that saying.
My problem is still with “GOD”, now maybe if the Bible is not to be taken in a literal sense perhaps some of these ghost that have haunted me can be sent through the door to the light:
1. Why was there a Tree in the Garden of Eden to begin with, much less a serpent. God knows all he had to know what was going to happen when he put it there.
2. What was the deal with Abraham and Issac and the sacrifice, Oh, I didn’t really want you to kill him it was just a big joke, excuse me.
3. What kind of God likes the smell of burning flesh for a sacrifice? That’s all HE accepts.
4. Talk about Genocide? How many countless people did “God” wipe out? The flood a whole earth, lets not forget he created them as well or he just picks and chooses?
5. Lets not forget the forming of TWO great nations and 2000 years of War and destruction and countless lives lost. When Sarah sent her handmaiden into the desert and “God” told her I will make a great nation of Ismail which became the Muslin Nation. Well, “God” had to know where that was going after all HE is all knowing right?
Now, if this stories are not literal like I said maybe I can send some of these Ghost into the Light but if not. What kind of “GOD” would do this not to mention all the other types of atrocities that have been inflicted upon mankind by a God that supposedly loves us. I am very intrigued by your articles and I admit I have read 3 but I will continue to read more but for me this “God” thing well, need I say more. Open for any WISDOM anyone has. Sorry for the length.

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51 Joshua Tilghman January 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Cherie,

Thanks for your detailed comment. I understand your reason to question. I think most of us on this blog went through the same process. We may have taken different paths, but questioning what we have been taught is the beginning of a great process that will help unveil the hidden mysteries of God and the Bible. As to your questions, these articles should help answer them:

1) http://www.spiritofthescripture.com/id2347-what-does-the-garden-of-eden-represent.html

2) http://www.spiritofthescripture.com/id2137-why-did-god-ask-abraham-to-sacrifice-isaac.html

3) http://www.spiritofthescripture.com/id592-why-god-killed-achan-his-innocent-children-and-his-animals.html

Blessings!

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52 Sandra L. Butler January 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Cherie,

What might help is to understand that we were made in the image of God, which is a spiritual image, but within time we formed an image that was contrary to that image, which was the result of Eve buying into what the serpent said and then selling it to Adam (they ate of it, accepting the lie into their heart).

The whole Bible takes place within us, all of its events symbolizing spiritual events that have taken place within us throughout our life.

When we fell from this pure spiritual (mental and emotional) existence by eating of a metaphorical tree of knowledge of good and evil we brought pain and aggravation into our life, symbolized by the “thorns” and “thistles” (Genesis 3:18).

I am not surprised you were drawn to the goddess concept, an understandable backlash against the patriarchal system found in religion, and it sounds like you had your fill of it. But at least you gained biblical knowledge, which you (having processed through 4 days of spiritual works) can now easily transfigure into the spiritual. You are doing what I have seen so many do over the past 14 years, which is to gravitate to the East, which is associated with the Spirit, the precursor to gaining a spiritual understanding of the Word; of the Scriptures.

The sacrifice of Isaac was not only prophetic, revealing what would take place 2000 years later, when the Son was offered for sacrifice, it reveals what has taken place within us. We have sacrificed the son, symbolizing truth when what we should have sacrificed was the ram, symbolizing idolatry (the worshipping of images) by sacrificing the false beliefs we accepted throughout our life.

The two great nations exist within us. Ishmael = bondage/addiction. Isaac= freedom (physical and spiritual freedom). This battle will continue until we complete the healing process.

” From whence (from where) come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? ” James 4:1. The “members” are our own mind and heart, which (like Israel and Judah) are to be reconciled.

Thanks for sharing your story, Cherie.

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53 Paul January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

Adam ate the fruit of his actions. He no longer saw God as the source all things, but instead Adam’s ego begin to dominate and took ownership of all things. In the Garden of Eden (Enlightenment) man finally realizes that God is the source of everything and individual ego merges and becomes Cosmic Ego.

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54 Brittany February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I am deeply touched and moved to know there are others out there that can spiritually understand the truth in all its form like a breath of fresh air no joke I came to this same revelation 2 years back !!!!! To reveal the relationship of the truth in you!
Now that’s what I call (CHURCH)….. Preach

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55 Jonathan March 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

When you view life in this manner you really become someone special
You become enlightened.

People battle between creationism and evolution. My parents who are Christians don’t really like Muslims this world is full of separation and not joined love! And in my house I’m the only child who thinks this way and interprets the bible like this so I can’t speak the true word because they may get offended. Well my father is a little more opened and said he understands when we sat down. He also has cancer and told me he’s trying to use this new method of thinking but the church keeps giving him these different views and I told him to stop going and meditate but he’s 67 now and he’s in very bad shape. My mom just prayed for him while we rested our hand on his head. I wanted to say something but I knew she would get angry! Please help me, my church seems to pray as if something is coming from the outside, they preach the story in such a literal sense that the children there will grasp it incorrectly like I did when I was younger.

I’m very hurt by the fact that this is going on and I want to say something!

Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy, Napoleon Hill, The Bible.
The Bible is a study of the Human Mind just like these men broke down the human mind

The bible just delivers this message in an incredible manner which seems nearly impossible to recreate
These 4 above changed my view and I’ve been growing into the
Jesus Christ we should all be working to become!

Kanye West, a musician is slandered all the time but he understands
the Bible which is why he calls himself a God or Yeezus. This to me is his
his form of expressing the hidden meanings within the Bible.

Leave your opinions please

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56 Joshua Tilghman March 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Jonathan,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. First of all I am sorry about your father and household situation. I understand because although I am no longer in the house with the adults who raised me, they are hurt and judgmental about the path I have taken and the beliefs I have about the Bible. Of course I love them just the same, but it can be annoying to see someone say something or believe something which you KNOW is not correct. But hang in there. Everyone has to find their own way in their own time. We must remember it is not our job to correct them. It is only our job to be non-judgmental and be there to answer questions when asked. I had to learn this the hard way. When a person is ready to leave religion, they usually have to go through an internal war. When they are truly able to accept that their questions are valid and are not satisfied by the answers of their religious leaders, they have made great progress.

And you are absolutely right. The Bible stories and myths are about the the mind and body. The world will be a much better place when this is universally understood.

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57 Debbie Hall June 7, 2014 at 12:01 am

Thank you all so much! 1 was beginning to think I was the only one that the Holy Spirit had revealed this to! I found this so exciting and thought that everyone else would be excited also ! NOT SO! But you know what? I am a jail chaplain, and those poor women are so hungry to find away out of the hell that they live in already, that they are grabbing hold of this and seeing their lives change! I just lay low and don’t try to persuade anyone that they are wrong and I am right! I just encourage them to build their own relationship with JESUS, and show me where I might be wrong, they just need to explain it to me in a way that no eye has seen , no ear has heard and no mind can conceive or else it is not of God. He tells us that True worshippers MUST worship in spirit and in truth! I am a true worshipper of God and I will not argue! Thank you again!

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58 Joshua Tilghman June 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

Debbie,

This is a process we all have to learn. Thanks for you comment.

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59 Jonathan March 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I love this blog. Its hard for me to find like minded people on this subject. My girlfriend doesn’t believe and my parents who are “Born Again Christians” would never interpret the bible in this manner. If I told them the story was fiction I would probably get kicked out.

My mission is to better my life and use the true meaning of the bible to describe my success in the near future. Keeping a cleansed and positive mind I think this is the best way to get the message across to them.

Looking at the Bible in this light really brings peace within me. I wish I was still in school so I could stand up and say something to my teacher in my religions class. These are simply forms of separation and hate rather than a united love. My parents don’t like muslims, I seen a creationist arguing with someone who studies evolution. There are wars all over but we should all be in harmony. The conscious and subconscious is broken down in a scripture that reads like a screen-play to the naked eye.

The bible connects with science which is amazing. Now there are no discussions, no arguments, no confusion. We should really spread this around!

I’ve been reading personal development books for about 3 years now and never once did I consider the bible. I was brought here not by my parents but by these guys.

Napoleon Hill, Neville Goddard and Joseph Murphy. Great philosophers known for breaking down the treasure between your ears. They quote the bible many times. Neville Goddard only focuses on the bible. He describes every character in the bible as a state of consciousness, as you can see the bible has every characteristic within its cast. These are all states we can enter.

I’ve also realized that some celebrities understand this concept but continue to get slandered.

KANYE WEST is a great example.
He calls himself a God. But he’s correct, God is the Great I AM. We have the same power within
He calls himself Yeezus a play of the word Jesus which is also okay to do. Jesus is a state we should all be thriving to enter. The Super conscious where we are delivering to earth as it is in heaven (a beautiful mind)

I want to know how I should share this with my peers without offending them.

Thank you for your time. Please leave your comments

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60 Sandra L. Butler March 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Hi Jonathan.
There is a tendency in man to go from one extreme to another, when the truth is found somewhere in the middle. You might find this article I wrote on interest: http://mysticalteachingsofthebible.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/old-age-new-age-beliefs/

I whole-heartedly agree with Joshua… “’Don’t be anxious. Wait until you know they are ready to receive the information.”

You wrote: “My mission is to better my life.” I had the same desire, and I can tell you that that desire will make you mission a reality. I actually don’t agree that the story is fiction. I believe the literal is there to teach us the spiritual, and to me that is the omnipotent power of God. I myself have to question why they now want to remove the physical aspect, what’s their motivation?

I can tell you that the true meaning of the Bible is to teach us what has, is, or should be taking place within us. The Bible takes place within. It begins with the creation of heaven and earth and ends with the creation of ” a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart” ©.

Yes, the conscious and sub-conscious are broken down in scripture, symbolized by Israel and Judah, symbolizing The Mind and The Heart.

Yes, spirituality and science are finally connecting, but let us not go too far into science this time around.

The Bible is all about our psychology… about what has taken place within us spiritual (mentally and emotionally). going beyond states of consciousness and into states of sub consciousness, beyond the mind and into the heart; beyond the kingdom of heaven and into the kingdom of God. It’s not about us becoming God. It’s about us becoming gods. God had the power to create and form a physical heaven and earth. We have the power to create and form a spiritual heaven and earth through Jesus (the physical manifestation of the word/seed of God, which is truth). And yes, I couldn’t agree more. We should be striving to enter a “Jesus” state” by resurrecting truth from within our own HEART, as Jesus was resurrected in the EARTH (the anagram is no coincidence).

You might not find many places to share what you are seeing right now, but I believe that will soon be changing, I myself have waited many years for this day.

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61 Caroline August 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I agree with Sandra L. Butler; the Bible is a spiritually discerned book – with a literal meaning, otherwise at what point do you separate the truth from fiction? Either it is fully true – in every sense or it is false. Jesus related His experiences to the characters of the Old Testament and His genealogy goes back to Adam. It is a multi, multi layered book with multiple facets like the most precious gem stone but its greatest strength is that it was built on the lives of real people, which should be our greatest encouragement.

Caroline

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62 Sandra L. Butler September 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Well said, Caroline!

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63 Joshua Tilghman March 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Jonathan,

As stated above, please be careful when sharing this information with your peers. Don’t be anxious. Wait until you know they are ready to receive the information.

We can’t blame those who aren’t because the ego is the master of deception. It masks the truth very well, and we can’t disarm it for someone else. We can only be there when they are ready to realize it is their ego which has hindered them from truth.

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64 Jonathan March 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

THANKS for your advice Joshua.

Knowing is enough for me. If im asked I will express my beliefs but I will not force them upon anyone. Once I’m complete as the man I see myself to be within, they will see then.

Proving with action must be the best way correct?

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65 Sandra L. Butler March 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Jonathan,

They will not see as long as they serve the religious image. Bring to the table that which you have been given. Those that have the ability to eat of it will eat of it… like energies will attract. Yes, action, as faith without works, is dead, having no power. As Jesus said. “believe the works,” the word “believe” meaning “to put action to.”

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66 wayne March 17, 2014 at 5:25 am

The storey of brain and mind development …..[ guilt ]
Adam is the left hemisphere of the brain / and eve is the right .
The serpent is the reptilian brain , exerting more influence on the right hemisphere .
The tree of knowledge of good and evil is the overall brain , bearing it’s fruit as the amygdalla [ emotional and memory centre ].
God commands in the prefrontal lobe .
People who wrote the bible understood the workings of the brain and the mind .

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67 Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Wayne,

Thanks for the additional information!

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68 Taylor March 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

I can’t thank you enough for your website. I have always felt that something just wasn’t clicking with traditional Christian practices. My mind prevented me from accepting these traditional teachings as factual, literal events.

I have read books such as the “Power of Now” that talks about the destructive force of the “ego” and felt a great burden fall from my shoulders as I read some of your posts. It is so beautiful how these biblical stores/events are so intertwined with the human body.

I also wanted to state that upon reading your site I opened up my Bible randomly and was brought to Colossians 1 26-29 which states.

” This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now its out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of there background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this. Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less…”

For some reason this piece of scripture resonates so well with me. Is it coincidence that I happen to open to this passage at this exact time? Who knows. But I do feel a sense of piece and purpose that I have never felt before.

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69 Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Taylor,

I really do appreciate the comments and encouragement. I wish you the best as you continue to read, learn and grow. When the excitement wears off after accruing much esoteric head knowledge, remember to go with the heart and practice, meditate, and spend alone time with God. Blessings, my friend!

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70 Sandra L. Butler March 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Hi Taylor,
I would say that it is no coincidence you turned to Colossians 1:26-26, which actually ties in with Joshua’s response to you. The mystery pertains to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of The Heart© (Mark 4:11). Beyond our understanding that this is a power that dwells within our heart is activating it from within our heart, which begins with silence in heaven, heaven symbolizing the mind©; quiet in the mind.
Godspeed.

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71 moneka Ladd July 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

When I began to research other cultural beliefs and learned of yoga and it’s connection to clearing chakras and the opening of the third eye, I felt the story of Adam and Eve acted as a warning. Hear me out- there are tons of people not actually looking for a spiritual journey that includes a relationship with God. They have heard of this third eye and the “benefits” having it open would bring them. I have read books that clearly point out the importance of going along a slow steady path to enlightenment. One author stated that a few people she knew that forced this open without the spiritual growth necessary ended up in mental institutions.
Which brings me to the serpent in the garden, which symbolizes WISDOM in ancient Egypt. The head-dresses they wore had these serpents on them which centered right where the third eye is located. In this story the serpent is telling Eve that she will see like God, and it is believed the third eye is where this seeing takes place. The tree of life (yoga pose). Could the story of Adam and Eve represent living in the ignorant bliss of God’s love and protection without the manifested reminders of the active spirit world around us? When you see into the spiritual realm- you don’t just see angels and beautiful celestial creatures. You see the good, bad and the ugly. It’s the nature of the ego to desire this gift and see it as a “power. Man’s sin is the desire for more than God has blessed us with at present. I think that these stories in the Bible give us a multitude of information and that your interpretation of them will depend on the condition of your heart when you read them.

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72 Joshua Tilghman July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

Moneka,

Good points. We are all on our own journey to different levels of consciousness, and we must not try to force it, especially before clearing out the junk that needs to be cleared out. I always recommend going slowly, with a lot of mediation and self-reflection. There are no quick-fixes. If someone has an awakening suddenly, it’s only because they have been through the experiences through many lifetimes to get them ready.

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73 Sandra L. Butler July 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Well said, Moneka.

Moneka: “Man’s sin is the desire for more than God has blessed us with at present.”

Sandra: “I refer to it as “spiritual greed,” a lust for spiritual power, a clear indication of ones lack of authentic power.”

Moneka: “I think that these stories in the Bible give us a multitude of information and that your interpretation of them will depend on the condition of your heart when you read them.”

Sandra: “Absolutely, the whole Bible taking place within, the physical events revealing the spiritual (mental and emotional) events that have taken place within so that we may come to understand ourselves. The stories provide the information we need to experience a complete transformation. The Bible begins with the creation of heaven and earth and ends with the creation of “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart.”

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74 Tammy July 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I’ve understood this for quite awhile, but saw Adam/man/husband as “spirit”, and Eve/woman/wife as “soul”. Same understanding, just different words. Paul said a woman is not to teach, or speak in church, or have authority over man, but it really meant that one was not supposed to preach/teach from the soul (ego), but rather teach from the spirit, which constantly seeks after God and His goodness from which it came. Thank you so much for posting this article! :)

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75 Sandra L Butler July 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi Tammy,
Paul would say that because Paul was about the Law. Jesus, on the other hand, was about the spirit of the law, making no distinction between men and woman. Paul came to this same realization, saying that there was no distinction between male and female, that they were all one in Christ. Taking it further, the woman represents flesh and the male represents the inner-being. The inner-being (spirit of love and word of truth) is to rule over what constitutes flesh, an invisible type of flesh formed by the false beliefs we have accepted into our heart throughout our life, which can only be removed through a spiritual circumcision. I agree that the soul (the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought, emotion, and action) is female. Mind, Heart, and Body (the body formed by the woman). I see the ego as an inferior energy that rules the mind, being in opposition to the superior energy/spirit that should be ruling he mind, and the heart.

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76 jana July 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Hi there.
Another perspective in lieu of “crucifying the ego” is that so long as one is ego-based in their existence, that then is the crucifixion in and of itself. Ancient (and modern) mystics refer to this plight of duality-based ego/mentalism as “stuck on the cross.” You think you’re alone during this time, suffering (hence, “Why hast thou forsaken me?”) The resurrection occurs when one suffers enough–til they’re like a dead man–and goes into the tomb (within your own brain … could be the fornix at center of brain, which means “tomb or vault” in latin … the entry into which is actually shaped like a vagina, no less) to emerge reborn as the Christ self; the perfection of man’s design. Many of the initiates emerging from the ancient mystery schools were said to be born of virgin mothers. I personally don’t feel that I want to destroy the ego, but rather find balance. Clearly it has validity, but it gets into trouble when it knows not of how much support it actually has! (a convenient omission from most mainstream spiritual teachings) Ego (what I consider more of a focusing mechanism–good for reading, noting, asking) is not designed nor capable of doing all the things it’s attempting to do, hence the struggle and misery of many life stories. Instead of killing the ego, I feel it’s more about becoming whole and bringing the highest faculty of this human form back into the party. Let the ego rest and have some fun, knowing it’s well taken care of.
A thought. Have a great day!
Jana

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77 Joshua Tilghman September 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

Thanks, Jana.

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