Joshua, the Battle of Jericho, and Your Body/Mind Connection!

by Joshua Tilghman on August 12, 2012


Many archeologists have tried to uncover the city of Jericho with less than impressive results. The famous city has been discussed in countless commentaries and Old Testament discussions, sermons, and Bible studies. But all of these discussions are useless if the true spiritual intent of the Biblical author of Joshua isn’t understood. Today we’re going to delve into this topic and learn some really cool spiritual insights from the famous story known as the Battle of Jericho. This story reveals what we should be doing to achieve an amazing body/mind connection that the West has been slow to comprehend through the Bible for many centuries.

If you remember your Old Testament history, then you already know that soon after Moses’ death God charged Joshua with taking the children of Israel into the Promised Land. But along the way Joshua has to confront the city of Jericho. The entire story is revealed in chapter 6, and the first symbol we need to point out in this story is the number 7. It’s plastered throughout the chapter, especially concentrated in verse 4.

“And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets” (Joshua 6:3-4).

We should take note of 7 used in conjunction with:

1)      seven priests

2)      seven trumpets

3)      seventh day

4)      seven times around the city

Certainly the Biblical author was trying to tell us something significant here about the number 7. The Bible always uses symbolism to discuss the body and brain (your Holy Temple). This story is no different.

We need to understand that seven was important to mystics of the ancient world because it signified completion. Completion of what? In the Battle of Jericho it represents the completion of spiritual enlightenment or Christ consciousness. The city of Jericho itself represents your mind. The wall circling the city represents the separation between your physical and spiritual self. The key is to integrate the two. So what about the number 7? This number symbolizes the seven main energy centers located along your spine—known as Chakras in the East—that must be imbued with consciousness to progress to the realization of who you really are beyond the physical illusion. Please take note that it is one thing to have knowledge of the fact that you are not just a physical being, but it’s another thing to have an experience of it. Meditation is one of the keys to accomplishing this experience and it will be easy for you to see this as we explore the minor details of this story.

One of the neat things about this story is the symbol used to take down the walls. It’s a trumpet blast from rams’ horns. But please keep in mind that the trumpet blast would only work once the 7 priests had walked around the city 7 times. Without raising consciousness through the seven gates (chakras) you cannot experience true Christ consciousness, which is really about removing the veil of separation between the physical and spiritual aspects of your being.

When this story is viewed literally, it seems silly that God would require an army to walk around a city 7 times. But the mental imagery as it relates to energy in the body is perfect. Chakras have always been explained as spinning wheels; in Sanskrit they mean “wheel of light.” Each time the priests walked once around the city, they are completing a circle, and in essence, they represent one of the main energy gates in our body where spiritual energy (chi, life-force, Holy Spirit, information in motion / consciousness) must complete a revolution. One revolution is not the emphasis here, but rather the emphasis should be placed on consciousness expansion as consciousness becomes more aware of itself through direct inner reflection and experience. This is where meditation comes in. The Bible also makes this clear.

English: Chakra picture produced by AuraStar20...

Let’s review what happens in the story. Consider Joshua’s strange command to the people as the seven days of marching and circling the city must be completed:

“And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout” (Joshua 6:10).

In the scripture above you will notice that an emphasis is placed on being silent. Can you imagine being absolutely silent for 7 days? Can you imagine all the kids and babies in the Israelite camp staying silent? Now can you imagine why so many religious leaders would try and tell us this story is a literal story?

What happens when you meditate? You become completely silent. No speech, no noise. This is the act of listening to the Lord. During this act of listening, or meditation, you are focused on the inside instead of all the external influences of the world. It is a holy practice, just like the marching around of the city was meant to be a holy act before God.

Meditation is not discussed much in church, but it is one of the holiest acts you can participate in. It’s the exact opposite of prayer. You talk to God in prayer, and you listen to God during meditation. The reason why prayer is emphasized in church and meditation is not is because institutional religion doesn’t understand the importance of meditation. The religious would have us focus our attention on an external God that can be interpreted a million different ways. But meditation, which is true worship by the way, is about finding God on the inside, which isn’t comprehended by a doctrine or an idea. It’s an experience that no one can teach you. You must enter yourself. And as you meditate, your conscious awareness expands. It will move through the chakras, bringing spiritual and physical healing to your body and mind as a whole.

But this story is about more than just a simple healing of the body, mind, and spirit. This story is about a humongous spiritual breakthrough! When the 7th day had arrived, and the priests had made their 7th march around the camp, they were commanded to blow the trumpets made of rams’ horns and something miraculous happened.

“So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass…that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city…” (Joshua 6:20).

When conscious energy moves through the 7th chakra, an amazing thing happens. The veil of separation (wall of Jericho) is removed, and the spiritual and physical self are integrated. In other words, the mind has been metaphorically conquered. The subconscious and conscious self are also integrated, and the mind has become whole again. No longer is there just a realization of your physical self. Now the individual has experienced their true self! There are spiritual organs in your brain that have been activated to interpret the light at this point as well. The pineal gland is one of them. To learn more about the pineal gland, feel free to read How Wrestling God Awakened Jacob’s Pineal Gland.

So the final shout by the people represents the awakening process of the true you.

How Can This Knowledge Help You?

Even though there are more than seven chakras, there are seven that remain in the physical body. Please understand that the Bible is the greatest roadmap in the world to your body when the stories are understood correctly. The Bible must NEVER be interpreted literally. Personally, this story should about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho should speak volumes to you about your own body. As Jesus said, you must enter the Kingdom “within” you to truly get a conscious glimpse of the glory residing beneath your physical being. It is pure light. Since meditation is one of the doorways to your spiritual center, realize that it MUST become an integral part of your spiritual journey. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your body is truly a holy vessel. Your physical body is a unique way to express the consciousness of God. Contrary to popular church teachings, awaiting a physical resurrection after death is a waste of this physical body’s true potential for the expression of consciousness. Redeem the time while you can!

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Christine Hoeflich August 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Wow! What a great interpretation of this story! I had no idea that the writers of the Bible had used so much metaphor to “bury” the truth so that it would not only be preserved for humanity but so that scholars such as yourself would uncover the truth when the time was right! It is now time. Thanks for this Josh!

Joshua Tilghman August 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

Christine,

No problem. There’s a lot more to this story that I hope I can get out soon. Thanks for the comment.

Josh

farouk August 15, 2012 at 6:54 am

very interesting read
even though i am not a christian but i loved the way you analyzed things

Joshua Tilghman August 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Thanks, Farouk. Hope to see you back. Your post title in the commentluv menu looks interesting. I’ll have to check it out!

anny October 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

Hello Joshua,

A very enlightening article. I would like to add one thing, however, which you have not taken into account yet.

When the priests circle around the city once a day during six days and seven times on the seventh day, it means that in total they circle around it thirteen times. And thirteen is an important number. It is the numerical value of the word echad/Echad, one/the One/oneness, unity and ahava, love/Love. These words are at the centre of everything. They are the heart of everything and I think the Energy that makes everything flow.

Anny

Cherie Erten January 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

Joshua,
I have to agree with Christine the time is right. So many people like me who were raised with the literal teaching left because we couldn’t get the answers and wouldn’t or couldn’t pursue it like you and Anny. I give you both my total respect. Both of you have opened up a whole new door and way of thinking for me. Actually, it fits in with a lot of my other thoughts that I had already that I had no idea how I came upon even. I no longer even own a Bible, the funny thing is that I actually remember the stores but not the actual book or verse. As soon as I make a trip to the US I intend to buy a really good study Bible, it will be my first in over 45 Years. I do need to ask a rather probably not very smart question, how does one know which stories in the Bible are literal and which are a parable or alternative meaning. Where does the second or real Adam come in? Please bare with me everyone.

Joshua Tilghman January 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Cherie, we in our current state are the first Adam, the fallen mind. The second Adam is the one who has birthed the Christ within. Even Jesus started his ministry as the first Adam who would become the second Adam.

I completely understand your position on learning the non-literal and esoteric version of the scriptures. It takes time to undo so much religious conditioning, but you’ll get there. We are all still learning.

El February 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Interesting. This story reminds me of an islamic ritual called Umra. In one part of the ritual, muslims must walk around the ka’aba (The house of god in Mecca) 7 times. I believe the Ka’aba symbolizes our body, Similar to how you said in some of your articles that our body is the temple of God. It is interesting to note that when muslims pray, they literally face the ka’aba. I believe this wasn’t supposed to be taken literally because since every one of us is a Ka’aba, then when we pray we should face inwards (meditate).

I would also like to point out that the Ka’aba is empty inside, which I think symbolizes the fact that in order for us to become a house of god, we need to be empty as well (egoless).

Joshua Tilghman February 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

El,

Thank you for pointing out that interesting Islamic ritual. I must admit that I have not studied the Islamic faith much, but I know the esoteric gems within its teachings are just as valid as all the other major religions and need to be unveiled. I like your explanation of the Ka’aba. You have inspired me to begin researching when I get the time. Now that I have opened up the blog to other writers with esoteric knowledge, it is my hope that someone who understands the esoteric gems within Islam will come forward with a post for us all to learn more.

Blessings!

Lineo Ntoane April 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Refreshing indeed, growing up in knew the Bible was in “parables” and I found it difficult,surprisingly in my adult life I found it “easy” Now I realise it became easy because I “literalised” so I could comprehend.😋

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