ADAM AND EVE AS METAPHOR
ADAM AND EVE AS METAPHOR
From the earliest days of its descent into matter, humankind has asked questions like: “Who am I? Where do I come from and where am I going to? And how did we all come into being?” We have a right to search into these things, in fact we are meant to do this and we are entitled to find out the Truth, as much of it as we can digest.
For a very long time we had to make do with allegories about a great many things, including the one about the first human beings. But, by now, hopefully many have been able to grasp the full Truth, that the story of Adam and Eve is presented as metaphors, an allegories. This myth symbolizes the fact that the inner unseen part of every man, is woman; and that of every woman, is man.
What did he just say? Yeah, I know. Stay with me on this one.
Concerning the first human beings in the book of Genesis 2:26: :
Then God said: ‘Let us make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild beasts of the Earth and over every creeping one that creeps on the Earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them. Male and female He created them.”
And now the shorter version ... “let US (many) make man in OUR (many) image (God/s) ... and created MAN ... male and female.”
Therefore, each God, and each of us - is BOTH male and female. The “Image of God” - male AND female.
Keep with me here ... we're almost there.
In Genesis 3:18 and 21-23 it continued with:
“Then the Lord God said: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper who is like him.' So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept. And he took one of his ribs (sides/halves) and closed up the place with flesh in its stead. And from the rib the Lord God had taken from Adam He made a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.’”
Now ask yourself “what if God had said:”
“I am the Father of the entirety of Creation. My Spirit is the masculine aspect of the Divine, known in your world as God, Fire and Air, creative ideas and the thought processes and intellect to communicate them to My feminine counterpart, the Goddess.
She is the Mother and the soul of the whole of Creation. The Divine Feminine and womb of life. The elements Earth and Water represent My soft sensitive feeling side through whom I express My idea and bring them into manifestation in your world and all others. Created in My image, all these things are also in you.”
What say you now?
The story of Adam and Eve, as many similar creation accounts before the Hebrew Old Testament account, provides an allegory of the creation of the first human beings and the highly complex psychological processes of initiation that every human Spirit that goes forth from God (emanation) has to undergo.
The myth was created to explain these things in the most simple terms possible, which could be easily be grasped by ordinary men and women at that particular phase in humankind’s evolution, and level of knowledge or education. The esoteric Truth behind it is that Adam, the man (Divine Masculine), represents Consciousness - and Eve, the woman, (Divine Feminine) psyche - the man’s soul. Each one of us ... contain both.
From this emerged the primordial Adam of the scriptures, where his pre-conscious state is described as a deep sleep. In this state, one side (rib/side/half) is taken from him. This process of Creation is very old and dates far back into very ancient times. It found its way into the Judaic tradition from the much older traditions of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and other civilizations. They in turn, spread ancient spiritual knowledge throughout the millennia ... and so on and so forth.
The scriptures containing the creation of Eve from Adam’s “rib/side” was lost in translation, because people in those days could simply not yet grasp that this did not mean one side of his physical body, but his inner self and subconscious. The Truth has always been that Eve, the woman, was and always will be an individual Spirit, who is whole in her own right, the same as Adam, the man.
Adam is used as symbolism for consciousness. In both genders he represents the masculine aspect. Eve is his feminine counterpart, psyche, or soul. You can see for yourself that “the Fall from Eden” is a metaphor for humankind’s psyche taking its consciousness into identification with its physical body.
It was not a fall or an accident, but a necessary evolutionary process to help each one of us to become aware that in Truth, we are an individualized Divine spark of God ... each one whole and complete with our own masculine consciousness and feminine soul aspect ... “made in the Image of God.”
The purpose behind creating us as men and women, has been and still is the development of these parts in equal proportions. The two eventually have to be perfectly balanced in us, the way they balance in God. We must achieve balance between our conscious Mind (masculine), and our subconscious Mind (feminine) ... harmony and balance, in order to manifest the forms we desire and without hurting anyone or anything else. This is the “Bridal Chamber” of scripture.
When “the two shall be as one,” we have brought about the completion of the Trinity. The male and female once balanced and united, resurrect within us the Divine consciousness of the Christ. And we become one in Spirit, One in Mind, Oneness ... because separation is merely an illusion. The entire Universe in One, and we're in it, therefore within it, therefore one with it.
To achieve total understanding, all human spirits have to reincarnate, sometimes into male physical bodies, and on other occasions into female ones. It was for evolutionary purposes that your “other half” had to remain hidden from your own view for a very long time. That’s why you were provided with two levels of awareness, a conscious and a subconscious one. What the conscious impregnates the subconscious with, it will manifest. Whether your thoughts are good, or not so good.
There has to be a creative aspect within each of us. We are creators, or at the very least - rearrangers. Everything begins in thought. It matters not what it may be ... brushing your teeth, changing a TV channel, all of it ALWAYS begins in thought. It is consciousness that unifies the invisible interwoven fabric of the Universe, the Field, the Matrix of Mind. The Eternal enfolding of the endless circle of the vastness or nothing, and everything ... all at the same time.
The story of Adam and Eve is but one allegory of many to be found in the ancient creation myths among so many past and distant civilizations. But the Writer(s) of Genesis brought together what had been taught among the ancients for the Hebrew audience, and for the people at that time. Remember that a myth (mythos in Greek) is best defined as “a story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant Truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.” We must look beyond the literal presentation, and find what lies beneath and beyond ... the esoteric and metaphorical message contained within the text. Joseph Campbell put it best when saying: “A myth is something that never was, yet always is.”
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.