Today we’ll finish our two-part series on baptism and what it really means by discussing Noah and the flood. In part one, found here, we discussed baptism mainly from the New Testament. We saw how baptism has nothing to do with dunking your head in water. It is the process of ascending levels of consciousness, and we accomplish this in the mind, through meditation.
We have to remember that the ancient writers of scripture veiled the spiritual meanings through myth and allegory. In today’s society many of us are accustomed to viewing the Bible literally, or at least we are accustomed to the idea that others do, (which still has an enormous effect), but the original writers were explaining how the kingdom of God is within you through symbols, allegory, and mysticism. This cannot even be gleaned from reading up on mainstream ancient history. The only way to get an appreciation for an early esoteric perspective is to read the original writings and thoughts of early church fathers carefully, in combination with the Jewish rabbis, and paying attention to the dichotomy that evolved between the 2nd and 4th centuries. Those who think they understand the times from reading mainstream historical references will never get a true historical perspective. It’s all quite biased. Rule number 1 in history courses anyway is the read the original. That’s where new ideas and books are contrived, and I’ll admit, they can be argued either way. Subtle language is everything 🙂
Is the literal View of Noah’s Ark Possible?
I thought it might be beneficial to begin with why we shouldn’t view Noah and the ark as literal. It would be impossible to put two of every kind of animal in an ark, no matter how big it was. Out of the estimated 8.7 million species of life on earth today, 950,000 of those are animals. Many creationists sites argue that many hundreds of thousands of those species could survive a water flood, so the number of animals that actually needed to board the ark of the size and measure mentioned in Genesis could be done. Some even claim hundreds of dinosaur species were aboard. But these claims could never measure up. It’s strange, because many creationists will exclude most insects even though the Bible mentions “creeping crawling” things. Esoterically there’s a reason for that which we will address.
The animals were supposedly in the ark for over a year. Do you know how much food, clean water, and man-power (for clean-up) it would take to take care of hundreds of thousands of species of animals, including dinosaurs! It would be impossible for eight people! It takes hundreds of people just to take care of a decent sized zoo with only hundreds of species. I applaud those who want to do research and come up with all ways of how this could be accomplished ( because I always enjoy a mental challenge), but they’re simply reaching for something that’s just impossible. I assure you, there’s a much better way of viewing this story that makes sense.
Even if you could prove that the number of animals on the earth needing to survive a flood could be aboard, and eight people could do the job, you could never account for the fact that the highest mountain top (Everest) could be covered with water and everyone would survive. The oxygen levels and frigid temperatures alone at those altitudes would make it impossible for most species to survive, including the eight humans aboard! And if you argue that the earth split in the days of Peleg and therefore account for these tall mountain ranges being formed after the flood, you’d have to admit that the Himalaya Mountains are only five thousand years old. We don’t have to stretch scientific truths to get to the true meaning of this story. It’s so much simpler. We just have to use the common sense and brain that God gave you. Again, no offense taken to those who want to believe the story is literal. I feel your pain, because I’ve been there. But the fact that this story is a universal myth doesn’t take away from the great spiritual truth that it teaches. In fact, it enhances it, far much more than any literal interpretation, so we don’t have to be scared that the Bible and God are not real just because it’s NOT Literal. And we all need to recognize these facts so the Bible can be taken seriously, not just by believers, but by everyone, because the stories are truly meant to impart profound wisdom: the kingdom of God is within you and always will be. And every Biblical story reflects a part of this truth.
So what’s this flood story and Noah really about?
Noah and the Ark is about YOU! And it’s a Universal Story of Spiritual Cleansing and True Baptism!
To understand how this is a spiritual story about you, let’s look at a couple of very important verses which predicate the entire physical / spiritual mystery veiled through the universal motif of this great flood story.
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair: and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit will not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years” (Gen. 6:1-3).
These verses are so rich with symbolism and spiritual meaning that an entire book could be written on them. Let’s dissect them one at a time in short.
Men actually have many meanings in scripture, depending on the context. But the overall meaning here is the potential of the mind of man, including the divine mind. Within your brain is the choice to choose to live in the divine, or the mundane. The spiritual life, or solely the physical with the truth revealed by the senses (ignorance and illusion). Men were on the earth, and the sons of God are symbolic of spiritual egos which incarnate within the mind / brain and physical body. This is simply a spiritual potential. Great potential. The earth is filled with mind because the latent spiritual ego (having all the potential for good) is living on the earth within the mind of man, but in its early stage of development it is tempted and drawn downward towards carnal living, represented by the daughters (lover of affections and lower emotions – desires) who were fair (the senses entice us).
What is the Bible saying here? Simply, that although the mind has great potential to ascend (resurrection), it first went through a period of great descension, or involution, and came down in a physical body in the physical world ruled by the senses and illusion, to begin it’s ascension upwards. Men took beautiful daughters meaning they become lovers of their lower desires and emotions. We’ve all been there, right? We will see this as the ark (your mind) rises above the highest mountain (an ascension of the mind) to be cleansed in a metaphorical baptism (the flood).
Verse 6:2 says they (the mind, which has potential for the divine) took them wives. This means that the mind married with the lower emotions, or desires which birthed the lower ego and caused great spiritual, emotional, and mental conflict on earth. Great violence and conflict. This is the wickedness of man. God then says that his spirit will not always strive with man, which means that after 120 years, 1+2 +0= 3 (the number of resurrection) will happen after nature has run its course. 1 is the number of God, and 2 is the number of body and soul, or you and God.
Let’s continue with the next revealing verse:
“And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth if filled with violence through them, and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:13).
We must understand that God isn’t some man sitting up there waiting to judge the earth with violence. This violates the principle that his mercy endures and last forever. For everyone. Again, it is an allegory. What is being said here is that the LORD will judge through mercy, which means man has the ability to rise above his lower passions and desires, but he has to submit his ego to God. He will destroy them with the earth because the earth is the physical vehicle which perishes until man’s involution and evolution is complete.
God then tells Noah to make an ark (remember, a symbol for the mind) and to seal it with pitch within and without. This is important. In meditation the mind is sealed from within, and from the senses without.
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shall thou make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without” (Gen. 6:14).
The word gopher, according to Strong’s, “comes from an unused root, probably meaning to house in…”
The house is you, and more specifically the mind. We’re reading from ancient text within the context of an ancient culture, and even the best sources say “an unused root word” which “probably means…” but yet we take things at face value in the English translated from Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew! And we’re supposed to just assume it’s literal translation. Again, there’s so much more here than literalism.
The texts continues…
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female” (Gen. 6:19).
Another vital verse to understanding this mystical text: it specifically mentions male and female. Is it a literal male and female? No. Proof for this? Earlier in Genesis God mentions that man is made in his image, both male and female. Is God both male and female gender? No. He is a spirit, which has no gender.
Male and female is the same principal as ying and yang. It’s bi polar energies, and it has to do with the mind, both the conscious and subconscious.
Man takes into meditation both of these subtle energies, the energy of life into his mind. The cattle, which represent the lower desires of the earth, and the fowl, which symbolize the higher aspirations of thought within you. The creeping crawling things are our darkest and deepest seated parts of the ego. Take all of it into meditation, and be still and know that he / it (I) am God. And the mind is renewed.
How does the story of Noah and the ark show this?
Noah is symbolic of your individuality, and the potential to ascend. The name Noah also means “to rest.” Again, this is what we do in meditation. We rest, or be still and “know” that he is God as the Psalmist stated.
In the next chapter of Genesis God commands Noah to take seven pairs of the clean beasts, but then it’s emphasized that he take also of the fowls of the air in sevens. We have already mentioned that fowl symbolize the higher aspirations and good thoughts of the mind. Noah was especially to take those as he and the ark (mind) ascended above the highest mountain tops (metaphorically) as the earth was cleansed by water.
If you remember Genesis 8:4 states that the ark rested upon the mountains of Aarat. The word Aarat means a high and inaccessible mountain. This symbolizes going within yourself and raising consciousness in meditation to the highest level.
In the first article to this series we discussed baptism through the New Testament in five levels.\
- Earth = The physical body, including the brain
- Water = The astral body, which is our emotions
- Air = The mental body, which represents our thoughts
- Fire = The upper mental plane, which the Holy Spirit (Fire) cleanses the mind
- The Good Mind = The highest state of consciousness, represented by pure light.
So let’s break this down for Noah and the ark:
God must cleanse the earth / physical body which starts in meditation. The flood waters come nd eradicate the emotional turmoil, which also happens in meditation. The ark begins to rise into the air, even covering the highest mountaintops. We’ve already discussed why this couldn’t physically happen, but allegorically, the thoughts of the mind are being cleansed as well. Noah eventually releases a dove on top of the mountain. Why? The dove represents peace. In mythology it is especially representative of a gentle, peaceful person. The mind cleansed through meditation becomes this. It is all about reconciliation from inside yourself to the anyone else. Thus the violence of man, which God stated was in the mind and heart of man, is cleansed. This is in contrast to when he sent the raven first. The raven represents symbolically a bird of veracious appetite with a raucous call. Indicative of the violence of man or the mind united with the lower desires and the emotional appetite that comes with it. If you read the story of Noah over again, the raven kept flying back and forth until the earth had dried up, or had been completely spiritually cleansed. Then it was appropriate for the doth to go forth until it had plucked the olive branch. The cleansing was finished. And so was the cleansing was the mind of man.
Thus you can see the entire story represents the mind. The fact that Noah and the flood represents the true baptism of meditation and the renewing of the mind should now be evident. But of course the choice to view it literally or not is on you, and as always, this blog is a forum for you to share your thoughts, and will always be respected by this author. All comments and discussion is welcome.