What’s really behind the story of Adam and Eve? We answered many of these questions in the post entitled, Adam and Eve: The Story of Human Consciousness, but there’s so much more about the human condition packed in this brilliant little story that many more blog posts should and will be devoted to it. Today we will review more about the fractured subconscious and conscious mind, as well as the need for unity consciousness in order to become whole and healed. We will also discuss why life is the one opportunity for this to happen!
It is important to realize that the subconscious mind represents your “inner” world. To most of us this world is unknown. True power resides here. It is like the generator running in the basement of someone’s house powering the entire structure and making everything happen. The subconscious is the powerhouse of our thoughts and emotions that govern what we will experience as reality. What’s in the subconscious is important because it is the reason your reality is the way it is.
The subconscious is also what Jesus referred to as the kingdom “within” you. The key word is “within.” In order to have a true kingdom of peace and tranquility, the subconscious and the conscious must be integrated. That means we must become aware of what our waking consciousness is dwelling on. In order to understand this more and to get a better understanding of the Adam and Eve story, let’s briefly define the conscious
The conscious side of you represents the “outer” world. It is what you seemingly experience as separate from your self. It is what we refer to in our modern day as the material world, and it gives rise to the ego.
In many ancient religions and philosophies the conscious experience is explained as being an illusion. In many aspects, the famous Cave Allegory of Plato is an example of this. This is also why the Bible repeatedly expresses that we are not to walk by “sight.” In other words, our lives should not be governed by what we experience through our waking conscious or the material world. For most people, this is exactly what governs them. That is why there is so much suffering in the world. This illusion of separation that our waking conscious gives rise to is so believable, but is it the ultimate truth? The ego says it is. Ultimately it doesn’t matter, because whether the material world is real or not, we still experience it, and it is the experience that we must focus on.
The subconscious and conscious mind as separate concepts make up consciousness fracture, which is what the fall from Paradise in the literal Adam and Eve story is all about. That is addressed in the blog post mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, so I will not go into more detail here. But what I didn’t mention in that article is why in the literal story God would put us in a Garden with the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the first place. Why would God tempt us where consciousness fracture would happen? Before Eve was created in the literal story, Adam and Even were one. Essentially the human condition had not been truly born yet and Adam was a spiritual being living in bliss. So why would God set up an arena for failure?
The story has nothing to do with failure. And of course God didn’t tempt them. In fact, the issue of God tempting them is has nothing to do with it. The fall was necessary! It is part of our conscious evolutionary development. Because of the fall, you now have the opportunity to become a “son” of God (achieving Christ consciousness) and enjoying this new benefit because you are aware of it, whereas before the fall you awareness was of a lesser degree. That’s why experience is necessary. Experience is the reason we are here. The physical world is about experiencing life in all its diversity so that the opportunity for conscious growth is possible.
Let’s briefly return to the fall from Paradise. In Genesis 2:17 God tells Adam and Eve:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Did they really die? As you already know, of course they didn’t. Instead they were immersed in the physical, bodily experience (expulsion from Paradise).
Death, or separation (consciousness fracture) from God, gives rise to a conscious experience in the physical world. This is why the Bible refers to it as “death.”
Did you know that “death” for the ancients actually meant having a conscious experience of being in a physical body?! The body was a tomb! This tomb provided an opportunity to achieve a higher state of awareness! In other words, the physical body is a vehicle that can enable spirit to go through an awareness transformation! Could this be the true resurrection experience the Bible talks about? Thus Jesus’ parable that states:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.“
Botanically, a seed isn’t “dead” physically; it is alive but serves as a physical tomb that houses the potential for abundant life when it is germinated. In the same way your consciousness needs to be germinated. Jesus is teaching us something very important here. Now consider the Gnostic scripture from Philip:
“Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.”
In the above scripture you can see how it is the experience on the physical plane that is so important because it provides the opportunity to achieve Christ consciousness. You can also see why it is important to realize this consciousness in this life! And that’s also why Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden was necessary. Consider this: it is the physical experience that allows the ego room to function. And while the ego is necessary in our consciousness evolutionary journey, it is also necessary that we crucify it.
How is this done? By quieting the mind (waking conscious), and relying less on the “outer” world. When we do this we began to awaken the true power of the subconscious and begin the journey to enlightenment. We also begin to integrate the subconscious and conscious as one again with a higher awareness. In activities like meditation, the waking conscious detaches itself from the outer world and we begin to explore the inner world. Here the subconscious and conscious are beginning to blend and this leads to a higher awareness because the experience of dissolving the ego will automatically and eventually give rise to it.
In the literal Adam and Eve story, think of it this way: they are meant to be in union, to become “One Flesh.” This simply means that the conscious and subconscious mind must become whole again. This is part of the key to becoming spiritually whole. Then man will truly have “dominion” over all the animals (physical plane) of the earth because man doesn’t become dependent on it anymore. There is a detachment that resolves fear, worry, and expectation. These things make us live by our egos in the past and future. And by doing that, we sacrifice living in the NOW, where true conscious living takes place.
Thus Jesus stated in Luke 12:22:
“…Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”
By first seeking the kingdom of God by exploring the inner mysteries of who you are, then these others things will be added.
Enlightenment or Christ consciousness is simply the point of arrival of “knowing thyself.” Another way of knowing thyself is to understand and know that the mind, body, and spirit are all intimately linked and interconnected. This is why the Bible is so much about the mind and body. Even the temples in the Bible are metaphors for the mind. Think about the veil of separation. This veil represents the fragmentation of our mind. Again, this is why Christ was crucified at Golgotha, meaning the place of the skull. We must all be crucified at Golgotha! Christ didn’t do it for us; he simply showed us the way! In unity or Christ consciousness, we experience interconnectedness between the body, mind and spirit (and subconscious and conscious) in a way that raises conscious awareness and far exceeds the waking conscious experience that most of us function in. In fact, this is why many are aware of the spirit world in ways most humans never experience except maybe in their dreams.
While some people may experience a profound and dramatic change in conscious awareness in a mere instant, such as a dramatic life experience, most of us have to work at it. I suggest the same thing as I do in most of my other articles: meditation. Meditation helps quiet the mind. It is a way to crucify your egoistic mind at Golgotha like Jesus did.
Didn’t Jesus say follow me? You didn’t think he literally meant to hang on a cross did you? By the way, the cross is an ancient metaphorical symbol that stands for spirit being crucified on the physical plane! Hence, the fall from paradise and your physical experience!
If you don’t have any experience with meditation, research it on the web. There are some excellent sites. You can also sign up by e-mail for my blog updates in the upper left hand corner of this site and get information in a few weeks or so about a new meditation page I am going to develop. It’s that important!
Stay tuned for the next blog post which will continue on the above topic from some scriptures in Ephesians. In that blog post we will be dealing with some of the mystery of the church, why the scripture really tells women to submit to the men (and no is doesn’t mean the man is supposed to dominate!), and eventually what the Bride of Christ is all about. As you already probably guessed, it will be a continuation on the subject of consciousness.
In the meantime please remember that someone who interprets the story of Adam and Eve correctly realizes that metaphorically they represent the “human condition,” not “human history.” This is the key that unlocks the mysteries of this mysterious story! This is also the key that unlocks much of the Bible! The human condition and the human mind are the two important components, and by seeing the Biblical characters and stories as literal history instead of the human condition, the real power of the Bible remains…well, a mystery!
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