Moses and the Exodus: Part Two

by Joshua Tilghman on October 21, 2012

Today we are going to continue with Moses and the Exodus and what it really means for you and me. In our last post we left off where God had just given Moses the name, I AM THAT I AM, to present to the Israelites. An interesting scene ensues that is imbued with more esoteric wisdom that we absolutely cannot miss! This post will further investigate cosmic energy, the symbol of the serpent, the true meaning of an Israelite, and more on meditation.

More important details on the name I AM THAT AM

It is crucial for us to understand that when the name I AM was presented to Moses, the Biblical author was making a fundamental statement about the relationship between man and the universe. As you’ll see in a moment, God gives cosmic energy to Moses. This fusion of cosmic energy is the flow of information into the chakras from the higher realms, giving the seeker a higher awareness of self. Healing may come as a result. Consider a quote from Cyndi Dale, international teacher on the chakra systems:

“Healing is a process of joining the material and spiritual selves, the visible and invisible, the physical and the subtle.”

We are truly multidimensional beings that need to get in touch with all of our realities, not just the physical. In a moment we are going to see why God gives Moses the sign of a serpent to show to the Israelites, proving to them that it is really the God of Abraham who is calling them forth from Egypt.

The serpent as the symbol for cosmic energy

If you look into various ancient cultures across the globe, you will soon discover that the serpent was a universal symbol for the flow of cosmic energy from the cosmos to the human body. It was used by the Gnostic Christians, the Maya, and the Egyptians (on the headdress of the Pharaoh). In the Far East a dragon was sometimes used. Some cultures used two serpents intertwined with one another (a modern medical symbol), depicting the ultimate symbol of our informational makeup: DNA. The point for this subtle cosmic energy is to bring healing. Healing comes as cosmic energy flows through the open chakras (energy centers) in the human body.

The serpent as a sign of God.

Let’s briefly return to the scene where God is speaking to Moses. As Moses talks to God in the burning bush, he tries to get out of the mission God is calling him to. He ends up telling God that the Israelites people will not listen to him. God then gives Moses a “sign” to prove who he was. What is this sign?

“And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, a rod. And he said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground and it became a serpent…” (Exodus 4:2-3).

Have you ever wondered why God would use the sign of a serpent to prove his power to the Israelites?Certainly this isn’t literal. Besides, rods don’t become serpents when you cast them on the ground. So what’s really going on here?

The serpent in the Garden of Eden

We must briefly discuss the serpent in the Garden of Eden to really understand the metaphors and symbols being used in the Exodus. The Lord cast down the serpent to crawl on its belly and eat dust as a result of seducing Eve. Eating dust is symbolic of the physical nature, and Adam and Eve are kicked out of paradise simply because they are being ruled by their ego. When the serpent energy is resting at the base of your spine (rod of Moses), then you are led of the ego.

God tells Moses to throw down his rod. It also becomes a snake that has been “cast down.” So you see, the serpent in both Genesis and Exodus is symbolic of the cosmic energy in potential at the base of the spine.

Man cannot return to the Garden of Eden, or Paradise, until the serpent has been lifted up again. Lifting up this cosmic energy, called kundalini, Prana, Chi, and the Holy Spirit, is simply raising it up through the spine and seven chakra centers to the Pineal gland. This begins to happen automatically in fasting, prayer, and meditation.

Notice how when Moses throws down the rod and it becomes snake, God asks him to take it by the tail and pick it up again. As he does so, the snake becomes returns to being a rod. Strong’s Concordance states the figurative use of the word rod in the above verse means the support of life. This support of life is on your backside. In most cases, if the spine is completely severed, death happens because the energy centers on your back can no longer communicate, and our physical body no longer works properly.

Moses’ big mistake that almost cost him his life!

After talking with God through the burning bush, Moses goes back to meet Aaron so they can return to Egypt. This is symbolic of the intellect confronting the ego. At some point, the cycle of the intellect serving the ego must be severed. If we aren’t careful, we can be tripped up every time as the intellect is used to reinforce and support the false sense of “I.” If we pay attention to the Biblical story, we will see that Moses indeed has the potential to be tripped up and it almost cost him his life.

As Moses is about to go into Egypt to be the mouthpiece of God, God specifically tells him:

“And thou shall say into Pharaoh, Thus said the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn…and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even they firstborn” (Exodus 5:22).

God makes it clear that Moses is going against Pharaoh in order to claim his firstborn son. But Moses has a problem with his own firstborn son. He is uncircumcised. As a result, God comes to kill Moses.

“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him” (Exodus 5:24).

What’s up with this unusual occurrence? Why would God come to kill Moses just because his son is uncircumcised?


Physical circumcision has health benefits. It was practiced by both the Egyptians and the Jews. However, mystics understand that circumcision is a spiritual symbol for something that has taken place in the heart (mind).

The Apostle Paul states:

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly (literally); neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly (by going within), and circumcision is that of the heart…” (Romans 2:29).

Folks, the answer couldn’t be clearer. Strong’s Concordance will tell you that the Greek word for heart is the mind. A true Jew, according to Paul, is one who goes within in the act of meditation! Circumcision is about meditation.

Spiritual circumcision is about cutting off desire of our lower animal natures. We cut off this desire through the regular practice of meditation.

So why did God come to kill Moses? Because Moses would have surely failed (a type of death) had he tried to face the ego without practicing meditation!

Who are the Israelites Really?

I want to mention one last important aspect of this story before ending this post so we will be ready to start the next post with some more essential esoteric knowledge. It is important that you understand who, Biblical speaking, the Israelites and the Egyptians really are, because in the post to come we are going to see where God makes a clear distinction between them. This doesn’t have anything at all to do with God separating ethnic groups. God is no respecter of persons!

I know this may be hard for some people to accept, but much of the Biblical account comes from Egyptian history. The Biblical account has been rewritten and embellished from Egyptian records and sources. For example, many of the Psalms are embellished accounts of the conquest of Egyptian Pharaohs. The only furniture piece found at the Pyramid of Giza contains the same dimensions as that of the Ark of the Covenant. The Pyramid of Giza is also specifically mentioned in Isaiah. I have written a blog post about these things entitled, The Pyramid of Giza, the Christ Within, and You.

Now for the kicker: What do you think a true Israelite is? A true Israelite is someone who has been separated spiritually from the ego. The Word Israelite is also Egyptian in origin.


Is – Ra – El.




ISIS and RA together form an EL, or Elohim. An Elohim is the combination of both the Masculine and Feminine principles.

“So God (Elohim) created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them; male and female he created them!” (Genesis 1:27).

Please bear in mind that the male and female principle was in Adam here, the androgynous being, before the fall, and before the EGO! Get it? It has nothing to do with a literal story. It’s about the fragmentation of your mind! An Elohim is not a god that flies around zapping people with thunderbolts. An Elohim is the perfect balance between the male and female cosmic energies of the cosmos.

Look at it this way: an Israelite is the redeemed firstborn, who worships in spirit and in truth, which means not being rule by the ego and lower nature.

Remember what the Psalmist states:

“I have said, Ye are Gods (Elohim), and all of you children of the most high!

Before the fall, we are all truly Elohim. After the fall, we are unaware that we are Elohim because we believe we are disconnected from God. It is time to know thyself again through the act of meditation.

How can this knowledge help us?

We have all been trapped under the delusion of the ego. But once we come to understand its power, we must be like Moses and return to Egypt (confront the ego). However, before confronting our egos we must also realize that we can do nothing to defeat it. Only the Lord can do this. And we meet the Lord in meditation. In order to overcome the ego, we must go within ourselves. We must still the mind so that we can hear God speak. When meditation becomes a regular practice for us and we learn to hear his voice, the cosmic energy will begin to rise on your backside. With His grace, you’ll encounter God when the cosmic energy reaches your pineal gland (a prominent spiritual center of the brain).

Later in the week we’ll continue with Moses entering Egypt. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to spread it through the social buttons below.

How about you? Are there any readers out there that can add any more knowledge about the cosmic serpent?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine Hoeflich November 7, 2012 at 1:43 am

Re: “Spiritual circumcision is about cutting off desire of our lower animal natures. We cut off this desire through the regular practice of meditation.”

I think our lower animal natures are concentrated in the “reptilian” part of the brain, where fear often resides. And definitely, practicing meditation will help reduce stress and calm us so that we can hear the higher aspects of ourselves (by accessing another part of our brain, a part we don’t use that often, if at all).

Great post!


anny April 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

This is a great post! More or less in the line of what I knew already but you certainly filled in some gaps for me.

I have a question however and I do not know if you can possibly say anything about that: in the Garden of Eden and also at the burning bush the serpent is called ‘nahash’ in Hebrew (numerical value 358 equals that of ‘mashiah’ = messiah by the way, which links the two together, just as Satan and Christ) but when Moses has reached Egypt and repeats for the pharaoh what God told him to do, the serpent is not called ‘nahash’ but ‘tanin’, which means crocodile in today’s Hebrew. In every Bible translation I have ever seen it is just translated as serpent and I have never seen an explanation or even a remark why another word was used. Could here be a link to the symbol of the dragon you say was used in the Far East?



Christine Hoeflich April 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Interesting Anny that the Hebrew interpretation of “messiah” links Christ with Lucifer. I have also linked the two together, and specifically I see Jesus Christ being a physical incarnation of the soul of the Archangel Lucifer. Remember Archangel Lucifer = bringer of the Light, whose name was sacrificed on the Cross of Duality, so that we could have the experiences we needed to have in order to grow the fastest spiritually. Lucifer made all this this possible, and Christ his physical incarnation on Earth fulfilled it by showing his followers “The Way.” Tell me please, who else BUT Lucifer could have fulfilled it?! It HAS to come full circle! (By the way, I have discovered that the Cross of Duality is the Cross in the “heavens,” the cross in the Milky Way Galaxy that we have just intersected December 21, 2012). I wrote about this link in my book, “What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening,” published January 2008 as I came to this conclusion after some heart-rending experiences I had. And I shared a bit about “the Way” (to ascension in consciousness, “salvation,” fulfilling one’s higher purpose…) Anyway, it’s encouraging to see other people coming to the same conclusion but in different ways… Thanks for your comment!


anny April 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your reply with again interesting new information for me. I like it so much when things you have discovered for yourself are being confirmed by completely other approaches. It does not mean that I need proof, some things you just know, but it shows how beautifully it all hangs together. All is One and it seems that everywhere there are pointers to the Way; we only have to look for them and notice them when we see them. Sometimes the truth has been staring you in the face for years and you never noticed it before because it really needs another kind of looking. I am glad so many people do nowadays.


anny April 19, 2013 at 6:59 am

Hi Joshua, I have been browsing through your blog and been trying to keep to one subject at a time, not entirely successfully, but so I get to reread some of your posts and that is not a bad thing.

Rereading this one, I’d like to make a second comment, this one about the word Elohim. You cannot really say an Elohim as it is a plural form but there is something special about this term that you cannot get from a translation. When it is said that Elohim created heaven and earth, the noun is plural but the verb used is singular. This means to imply that even though there are more Elohim in this instance they are One. And this is the case every time the term Elohim is used as an expression of Oneness. When however idols are the subject of discussion the same term Elohim is used but the verb is used in the plural form. So by the use of the verb you can judge whether God or idols are meant. It is interesting to know that when the Israelites in the desert ask Aaron to make a god for the to lead them to the promised land, the verb used is plural. It indicates that they still have no idea what it is all about. In translations however you cannot see this.

By the way, not only the Psalmist says that we are gods, also Jesus does so somewhere in the gospel of John I believe.


Joshua Tilghman April 20, 2013 at 11:45 am


It’s very interesting that translations loose so many meanings from the original Hebrew. It’s such a shame. Most Christians have no idea of how important it is to at least look into the original Hebrew. It has so much depth.


Laurison Mayers May 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

This interpretation of Moses and the Exodus is really what the Bible is all about and not a literal happening. This is an account of the soul journey of every man on the path of return. His exodus from the material side of his personality to the spiritual side .Moses the mythical figure represented God from a universal point of view,whereas Jesus another mythical figure represented God from the personal perspective. These allegories are a beautiful and timeless method of teaching man’s return to his spiritual heritage and the way it was produced in this forum was very good.It is heart warming that you have supplied these teaching via the net and serious persons now have a forum that they can relate to.


Joshua Tilghman May 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thanks, Laurison. I didn’t see enough of this on the net so I thought it necessary to start the blog. Blessings.


cliff April 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Hi I think that you are right with your thoughts/interpretations of ego and conciousness; however your missing the point.
John 1 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Therefore Moses did not see God and the laws are nothing to do with God.
John 1 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

Nathanael no guile Eve serpent full of guile Jesus and Nathanael assend Jacobs ladder.
John 1 50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Moses represents creation, fall of Shakti . Jesus represents dissolution rises of Shakti ;enlightenment.
Moses represents ego. Jesus represents no earthly bondage; even the nails cannot hold him.
John 6 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Manna did not come from heaven and was not true bread, then it must have come from some other place? 12 left over baskets, 12 tribes, eating the trash.
Kharis Cliff


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Kliff, great points. In another article I speak about the fact that Moses had to die outside the Promise Land because of ego. To early Gnostics Moses was equated with the Demiurge. Thanks for your comments.


Austin July 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm

FYI circumcision doesn’t have health benefits! It is actually quite damaging to the already perfect human system, it we were created with it, then we NEED it, its not something to be discarded! plz do more research thank U…


Paul September 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Those initiated into the Dionysian mysteries were running around with canes topped with pine cones and tied with a ribbon. It is the same idea. Jesus utters ‘why do you kick against the pricks”? to Paul, echoing the words of Dionysus to Pentheus in The Bacchae. Both were doing the same thing, trying to destroy the human ego. Your thesis holds much water.

Best wishes,


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Thanks for reading, Paul.


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