Today begins our exploration of the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol of human transformation: Of our Ascent to the divine and our rootedness in the Earth.
In the ancient Jewish mystical system called the Kabala, the Tree of Life shows both the architecture of the process of manifestation, and a path for development of the soul. I describe it as a spiritual anatomy of the human body comparable to the 7 chakra system.
Portrayed as a tree with ten precisely ordered fruits. Each of the "sephirot" or transformational stages leads us to greater connection to the Divine and to our divine mission.
But we begin our understanding of the tree at the beginning. And in the western mystical tradition that means ...
GENESIS 1. GOD SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT
Except that isn't the Hebrew. At all. Or even the Babylonian text that predated this one by centuries.
God is a rough translation of the Hebrew Elohim. Which means "the highest Gods and Goddesses" yeah. Feminine plural.
Rough translation? Sounds like somebody's getting roughed up!
So it was a circle of divine beings male and female who created our world in this "big bang" moment.
And on the sixth day the "goddesses" created male and female humans. No other creation details provided.
Next chapter. YHWH. Male God. God of Israel... (Probably pronounced Yahweh . But mostly mispronounced in the English speaking world: Jehovah. )
He makes Adam out of a riverbank. As my previous article pointed out. This alone is suspicious. Who does this?
But adding to the mystery is that Adam is alone at first. Then God makes up a companion out of his rib.
Adam they say ... Doesn't remember. Slept through the operation apparently.
And if Eve remembers differently? Well you know how men are. They just hate to be made wrong.
So what about the man and woman already created on day 6?
We will get back to them. I promise.
Now we catch a glimpse into Yahweh's true nature. When he tells a companion angel:
"We must not let humans eat of the tree of knowledge. If they do so they will then become aware of themselves ... Then they will eat of the tree of life and become like us! Gods!"
Well we can count on Adam to remain completely incurious about these two massive trees that stand ... Literally .. In the center of the garden.
But the Mother Goddess ... The symbol of her wisdom has been the serpent for thousands of years ... Had a plan. To awaken these brainwashed and pitiable figures of patriarchal programming. But she needed Eve's help.
(More to come)
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