Adam and Eve: The Story of Human Consciousness

by Joshua Tilghman on March 29, 2012

Unfolding of the Mind

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!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

primrose wylde December 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Amazingly well written & right on the ball.. I only wish I could paste this to Facebook


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Primrose.


Keith M Bender December 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Joshua, The “Word” in literal interpretation Kills. The Spirit of the “Word” nurtures life.
The Male element is the “Letter” or literal and the Feminine is the Spirit that adds life.
The negative Male to the Positive Female is not separate but mutual opposition existing in the same “Oneness”. I am not saying anything that differs from what you have explained. It’s always good for me to repeat things in order to see in writing where processing within has brought me.

Minus and division in some sort of Harmony with Addition and Multiplication. The website with Bill Donahue on his YouTube channel is a where I have been able to place this into perspective. It’s always nice to find open minded people .


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Keith, so true. and Bill Donahue does have some great stuff. A very knowledgeable and intuitive person!


Dr De December 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

This is so refreshing to read! Thank you for taking the time to create this site! I’ve been looking for something like this. Blessings~


Joshua Tilghman December 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Thanks Dr. De!


Anthony Baker December 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Good job Joshua. I’m happy to see people are waking up. I been on this awakening journey for a few 6 months and still learning. Thank you so much.


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for commenting, Anthony.


Paul Kent December 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

You’re on the beam, Josh!

To your point of “the unity that truly runs like a current beneath all the major world religions,” check out the Bahai Faith ( If one is truly seeking real, practical spiritual guidance, so desperately needed in the world today, it may be found here.

There is one God. There is one mankind.


Rick S January 2, 2016 at 1:35 am

WoW! I embarked on reading the Bible this year. Today being the first day, this article came to me as I searched for the meaning of the Tree of Concsience, while reading Genesis 1, 1&2.


Geoffrey January 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I was brought up in Catholic and i always felt there was something a miss the way the focus is to go to heaven after death or hell, depending how one has lived his/her life on earth.

Wow! your interpretation brings life to the bible writings.

Now my questions: How did you get here, i mean to these apt interpretations? Do you accept students who may wish to study under you? Have you written a book?

Kindly copy your answers to my personal email so that i promptly get them.


Lee January 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

I grew up Assembly of God, but I also knew there was more to it than what was being taught. I ended up finding Edgar Cayce and your articles seem to correspond with those at the A.R.E.

As for the bible, I also knew there had to be more to it. I’m glad I’m not the only one.


Joshua Tilghman February 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Lee, indeed!


Marcus Awar March 27, 2016 at 1:20 am

Great intellectual and deep explanation for Adam and Eve story.
I also came across an old writing in a foreign language where it explains :
“Adam represents the mind and Eve represents the soul, hence the birth of mankind”
Fascinating stuff


Joshua Tilghman April 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for commenting, Marcus.


New Lewi March 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

This is awesome!!! That is all :-)


Steve Berg April 1, 2016 at 2:49 am

In 1993/4 I headed a four man team of roofing lead (metal) workers laying, 140 tonne of sheet lead to the lower roof slopes of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
Shortly after I ‘woke’.

I didn’t read all of the above, I don’t have time, I have a tenuous connection to the net (I’m in India just now, long story…) But yeah, I actually have the memories of Adam now post wake. I touched God (the infinite) and the problem therein is actually VERY simple. You become your own creator, which means what? That you are a mere figment of your own imagination, this kicks in what I call the core paradox of self creation, (which is why we have ‘God’, A remote entity to carry us).
Every ‘thing’ that stabilised you was based on reality, the mechanics of the reflected reality you were held within. The separation between us and our staunch reflected reality is what stabilises us, as in that if it bends, then so do we, seen in mental illness hallucinations etc.
So, symbolically speaking, when the ever re-membering mind remembers the truth of oneness ‘bites the apple to become as God’. That kicks in the paradox which destabilises the ‘linear’ aspect of the system (Us), and then the only way to restabilising, is to rid the one mind of the poison, symbolically the mind of Adam at that point. With the poison being the ‘acute’ knowledge of oneness, so the one ‘linear’ mind, has to be wiped clean, which is basically a system reboot ‘The fall’. In order to quarantine the paradox virus. This then sees cycles of creation with the commutator (that switches polarity from total recall to total sleep), being the paradox, where pos and neg touch, seeing the mind for all intents and purposes exploding (symbolic big bang), severing all connections, so that it can then slowly re-member, which is the stability, creating the linear journey with point and purpose….. do you see?
So, that’s the hub of the cycle of creation, but then there is a massive story overlaid upon that simple cycle.
We are now on the re-membering phase about to wake a level, which is why I’m in India…

You guys can figure the rest out, we are about to heal, some will try to stop this, so it’s a move, which is a symbolic way for us to understand what we are and experience consciousness…..

It’s a bitter pill, but all of this we do, doesn’t really amount to anything, the journey really is the destination, the remembrance is all we have, on total recall we reboot….. And the even bitterer pill that it’s all just from one perspective ‘Show biz’, a something to do and be. Without the movie, we are all just out of work actors ETERNALLY!!!!

Most of the knowledge appearing on the net now is kinda true, but it’s a puzzle….. foggy but clearing the more puzzle pieces we have. I know the basic schematic but I have no idea of the linear story line, how it happens, which is future and so void to us anyhow so that we can live it, well re-live it, over and over….

Later guys…. Steve


Joshua Tilghman April 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm


I understand your busy schedule. No worries. And about your commentary on truth and reality…I have also considered this possibility. That is why I sometimes mention on the site that the process of the fall is automatic rather than a choice in order to grow. However, even we also have to consider the possibility that God, or the concept of God, is ever evolving and growing, and is only omnipotent in the sense of the experience it has up until now. It does get complicated with our finite minds, doesn’t it?


Jared April 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm

I would have liked more cited examples within Genesis so I can look up your claims. I don’t know Genesis that well and citations of what you’re talking about would have been tremendously helpful.


Joshua Tilghman April 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm


Thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you are able to search the site and read more, you will find plenty. Blessings.


Clifford April 8, 2016 at 4:11 am

You and bill donahue has really awaken from long sleeping thought about this one and other things
Thank you


Joshua Tilghman April 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm

Clifford, Bill Donahue has great insight. Thanks for commenting.


amyjo9 April 12, 2016 at 1:56 am

Cool beans!


Jake April 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Hi Joshua,
How can we interpret GOD putting ADAM to sleep? Why would God (Oneness) want Adam to be asleep (hallucinating separation from God/Oneness). It would make more sense if Adam had fallen asleep on his own accord/free will, therefore choosing separation over the consciousness of oneness (‘original sin’). How can we explain this? Thank you


Joshua Tilghman April 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

Jake, sleep is symbolic of no understanding of spiritual enlightenment. Remember, the story isn’t literal, so God never actually put Adam to sleep.


Joey April 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Joshua your blog posts have lead me on an amaizing awakening of my early suspicions. Thank you.

I Know Nothing, but I’d like to share my thoughts.

The reason none of the holy books should be taken as literal historical facts, is because they are all plagerized and stolen and rewritten from the original scriptures of the Ancient Kemet and Kush civilization which were actually black Afrikaans. Not the Europeans who you see in the movies and books who portray to be the origional Egyptians. (It wasn’t called Egypt until the Greeks took over)

All of the ancient writings in the pyramids, tombs, and structural walls, when translated accurately, will give us the truth. Has it come to any suprise why the pyramids and structures are still there? Any idea why the noses on some of the human face statues have been deliberately knocked off?

Big government, corporations, and world rulers already know this and use the very same symbols from those ancient writings in their own structures and company logos and secret societies. (The origional term for those writings are called “Mdw Ntchr” Not Hieroglyph’s which again is a Greek word)

This isn’t about race by the way. I’m just exposing the fact that all religions were created from the original scriptures of Ancient Kemet which existed thousands of years before Christianity.

However, when the holy books are interpreted how they were originally meant to be, you will seek out hidden wisdom.

Not one single bone or fossil has been discover from any one who supposedly existed in the Bible because the Bible is merely a psychological drama that exists in man. The fall was a deliberate act.

Has anyone done research on who King James was? This was another Red Flag which prompted me to dig deeper. A homosexual who murdered his own mother that said his personally sponsored Bible was the one book that should control the world.

The letter J didn’t exist 2000 yrs ago did it?

Thank you Joshua. Your blogs are very very enlightening and have helped me tremendously through my spiritual journey.


Joshua Tilghman May 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Thanks for sharing, Joey. Much of scripture is taken directly from Egyptian ideas. ISRAEL = IS – RA – EL. Doing a study on that alone is fascinating.


Donald April 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm

I think another way of looking at it is the separation of the concience from the conscious mind. The elohim said that man could know good AND evil….not good FROM evil….this is important. Also the greek version uses the word gnosis as in experiential knowledge. So, man could do evil and live with it by not having to face guilt by throwing his conscience into his subconsious through out of sight, out of mind, or through rationalization….. So man could know evil and live with it. I believe that when we die, the conscience and conscious mind get bound together again….this is hell. This is where you cannot run or hide from the guilt of everything we’ve done….and it’ll burn….. So, the Christ consiousness you mention is really, facing your conscience and bringing it to the foreground……
…..just a theory :-)


Joshua Tilghman May 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Thanks for your comments, Donald. Interesting thoughts.


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