In the last article, part one of this series, we discussed the opening of Genesis chapter 3. We set the stage for how the Bible explains man’s development on the physical plane. We must remember that it is not a literal account, but a spiritual one.
If you remember from the last post, eyes are a symbol for mental perception. When Eve ate the fruit and then gave it to Adam to eat, it is symbolic of the conscious being born and developed fully functioning on the physical plane. Adam and Eve’s eyes being opened mean that mental perception (consciousness) in man came into being. Adam and Eve are not meant to be two separate beings, but one of the mind.
Adam and Eve eating of the fruit further represents the actions and outcomes that are born from the active mind. The ego is now in play. We now have the Biblical version of man’s arrival.
Let’s back up just a bit and discuss the two trees in the midst of the garden. As we have discussed before on this site, the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life are both in the midst of Eden. They are both one and the same tree. This is because they both represent the current of divine life that powers the mind of man. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is symbolic of the trespasses and the vices of experience when spirit incarnates into matter and lives the life of opposites. The Tree of Life is symbolic of the transformation of the mind. Kingsford once stated,
“The Tree of Life signifies also the secret of regeneration, or final transmutation into pure spirit, and the consequent attainment of eternal life, which can come only when all the necessary processes [experiences in matter] have been performed, and the soul—Eve—is once more pure and free, when she becomes Mary.”
Let’s further explain Kingsford’s meaning with another scripture. Adam and Eve are barred forever from the Tree of Life at the end of Genesis chapter 3. The scripture states:
“So he [God] drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.”
God is the source of our reality and manifestation. No external being barred two physical beings from entering paradise once again. God is the divine current running through both trees in the midst of the garden, and the powerhouse of the human soul. It is primordial consciousness itself. The reason the scriptures states that He placed at the east of the garden the flaming sword is because Adam and Eve, the soul and the mind, cannot become pure until the ego has run the gambit of life and experience and has been transmuted from the lower ego to the higher spiritual ego. Every important Biblical figure must always travel East. East is significant because it is the direction in which the sun rises. The sun is the emblem of the true self, which appears in the soul. Adam and Eve, the mind, must get back into paradise and gain access to the True of Life again by traveling east, which is simply an allegorical interpretation stating that the true self must be born in order to reach paradise. Swords are symbolic of conflict between what is true and false. The sword guarding the way to the Tree of Life is a flaming sword because fire symbolizes divine love on the higher planes of paradise. Adam and Eve [mankind] must develop the spiritual ego to reenter paradise through the process of divine love.
So you see, the entire chapter is giving us the secret to life, the secret to reenter paradise. It is the knowledge of returning to our source. This does not mean that you can attain it overnight, or perhaps not in one or two or three lifetimes. But it is up to us to transform the ego, first through the moral nature and then by the law of love written in our hearts.
Again let’s back up and continue with Genesis chapter 3. After God approaches Adam and Eve about eating the fruit, the scripture states,
“And the Lord God said unto the women, what is this you have done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
Remember in the first part of this series, we spoke of the serpent in the higher and lower aspect. It too is the divine current running through the two trees in the midst of the garden, and in man. God, the serpent, and mankind are forever linked, forever one. Each time the serpent is mentioned in the scripture, he takes on the lower negative aspect only because of man’s fall. But when Moses lifts the serpent up on the pole and man looks to it for healing, it is symbolic of an upward development of this divine current of love towards the spiritual ego.
God curses the serpent which must crawl in the dust. But remember that God also curses man to eat from the dust of the ground. Again, man and the serpent are linked. We’re not talking of a literal snake here. We are talking about the lower ego nature of man. Dust is symbolic of the lower mind which is unstable and blows around like the wind. Adam and Eve’s plight when they are kicked out of the garden is our plight today.
Eve states the serpent beguiled her. Beguiled means to be influenced by slyness. In the first part of this series, we spoke of the serpent as a cognitive intelligence which developed in man. We must be careful of this intelligence. We must not be ruled by our passions and desires to gain access back to the Tree of Life. We must conqueror them. We must conqueror the ego.
It is my belief that we cannot understand with intelligence how God and man are ONE. But we can experience it. God, the very primordial consciousness which birthed the entire universe and our entire experience. God lives as an individual because we are those individuals that also give him life, just as he gives us life. The Bible makes it clear that God works through his people. He does nothing without us. That is because we are ONE. This does mean we are all-powerful and knowing. Of course not. At least not until his son is fully developed in us, and as the New Testament says, we become as He is. But even then it is about love. We do not attain that goal by desiring it. But by laying down the ego for crucifixion, something which I have discovered in life, is a very hard thing to do. My experiences continue to show me that I am not ready to give up the ego. How about you?