Post by crossbow on Jul 12, 2014 14:53:16 GMT
Have you read and contemplated the Adam and Eve story in Genesis? It is of course an allegory; a symbolic story representative of a reality far greater than can be generally fathomed and communicated by means other than symbolic. For pictures tell a thousand words but symbols even more.
About our self exist the layers of our personality, being physical/behavioural, emotional and mental, and at the centre of these layers is the consciousness which has stations with different roles within itself. It has its station of external awareness which looks outward at its surroundings, including, when it is rightly centred, at its personality layers of thought, emotion, body and behaviour, and its station of internal awareness which looks inward into itself, and within and up a stage is the freewilled station which directs the awareness to look outward or inward, and within the freewilled station and up another stage is the station of conscience, the highest sense within our self of what is good and right to do, and within and above the conscience exists that of which conscience is the voice. And of course these stations have a communication line running through them, a direction of flow that flows downward and outward from one station of consciousness to another and at the end of the communication line is an integration mechanism of the consciousness with the personality layers, a system of centres of consciousness mixing with and energising the substance of the personality layers. This internal communication line is like a rope, a staff or wand that at its base connects the consciousness with the surrounding personality layers; and in the other direction it runs inward and upward through the stations of consciousness, into, through and above the outward and inward awareness, through and above the station of freewill, higher and higher, further inward and upward, through and above conscience, through and above that from which conscience extends and is the representative of within our self, through and above that, and that and that, the line goes on, every so often converging with other lines of communication at nodes of unfathomably high stations of consciousness, and so on, inward and upward, a convergence, inward and upward, another convergence, on and on. Like travelling from a leaf on a tree up the stem from which it grows, up the twigs of the tree, along the branches towards the trunk, and eventually to the base of the trunk and the garden in which it grows.
Adam and Eve lived for a while in blissful ignorance in the garden of Eden where they had no knowledge of good or evil. At the centre of the garden there grew a tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were not forced to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, in fact it is written that God instructed them not to eat of the tree of knowledge, so that should they eat of it then it would be by their own freewill. And so by their own freewill they chose to venture upon the tree of knowledge and eat of its fruit, and then they were cast out of blissful Eden to the outer reaches of creation, so that they would have bodies, would struggle to survive under the illusion of death, and would experience and learn the lessons of existence and gain the knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong and of truth and falsity, and themselves would become like gods.