When analyzing the verses of Genesis Chapter 3, most people have no clue whatsoever what is being spoken about. Most people take what theyre reading
literally. Another, smaller minority, who know the esoteric nature of the story, imagine Elohim was preventing Adam from coming to a knowledge of
himself in order to keep him weak and elsnaved to the "demiurge"
Reading it this way however ignores all the earlier motifs in chapter 2 and 3. Its these motifs which give shape and meaning to the later part of the
A few poignant questions:
Why was Eve the one tempted by the Nachash-Serpent? Why not Adam?
Why, earlier on, When YHVH Elohim spoke, the tree of life was regarded as being "B'tok HaGan" - "in the center of the garden", whereas later on, when
Eve recounts to the Nachash what God told her, she says the opposite; the Tree of knowledge of good and evil is in the center.
Why did Eve get her story all twisted up?
The Nachash-serpent symbolizes the awareness of individualized existence.
Eve symbolizes ones own personal unconscious. She is "Chawa, the mother of all the living" - the source of conscious energy. Eve, the unconscious,
was approached by the snake, or rather, the human observor - ego - looks at reality, and unconsciously reacts " this outer world is real".
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is
in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
The intuition has the built in knowledge that this world is to be engaged in. But the awareness of "I am a separate being" was not focal. It was not
in the "center of the Garden". On the contrary, YHVH Elohim told Adam that the Tree of Life - The Etz Chaim, was the focal point of reality, and not
But Eve was told otherwise. Some force within her said “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Are you SURE your
intuition is correct??? Further. Why did she say God said "dont touch it". God never says that. He just says "dont eat of it, lest you die". What does
The Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil is Ego consciousness. God never told Adam dont touch it. No. You ARE to touch it, since you percieve reality
it. But dont eat of it; dont internalize this awareness before you've grasped on to the Tree of Life,.
The snake inverted the situation the ego finds itself in. The sense of self can be intoxicating, and the feeling of "i am to live and act responsibly"
becomes like a means to contain me; to prevent me from realizing my own Godly powers. The Nachash says
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you
will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
To know good and evil means to understand the hidden ways of reality.. This knowledge brings one to self knowledge, and in doing so, become like
Elohim, knowing the intricacies of the world.
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and
ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were
naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The unconscious becomes attracted to the knowledge of the world, and how it makes one feel about oneself. This knowledge becomes conscious, and so "he
ate of it". Both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the self are exposed to this world, and in so becoming aware of the ways of the world, they
realized they were vulnerable ie; naked. The fig leaves and the coverings are personas the ego 'wears' to cover its nakedness; its vulnerabilities.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God
among the trees of the garden.
The Ego, through the personal unconscious, becomes aware of something greater in the background: The Lord God active in the Garden. What is this?? The
Garden is the symbol for the collective unconscious, and the Lord God walking, is the conscience. It is the light of reason which seeks to guide man
in his ways in the world. But Adam and Eve hide from Him. The ego ignores the call and represses it "hiding among the trees of the garden".
But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
The conscience provides direction and purpose. Ayeka - Where are you in your life?
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
The Ego responds to this awareness with a sense of fear, and so "hides" from it. He is afraid because he is vulnernable. And he is vulnerable because
he has taken a liking to the tree of knowledge - to the ego. He is vulnerable, so he hides from this "conscience" which seems so counter-productive to
the needs of the ego.
1 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The
woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.
Contrary to what Bible critics say. Adam is not blaming the woman, or his unconscious. Au-contraire. He is blaming God! YOU put me in this situation,
YOU allowed her to become tempted and so believe the wiles of the snake.
3 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
And here, man enters his current existential state:
4 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will
crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your
offspring[a] and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
The Nachash - that aspect of ourselves which percieves our individuality, becomes cursed below all things. It will "crawl on its belly", or, the Ego
will feel a strong craving towards the physical ie; "And I will put enmity between you and the woman". He will struggle with this situation within
himself. However, HE - the ego, will control the machinations of his evil side :"Will crush his head", whereas the evil side will still manage to
"strike the heel" ie; throw contrary ideas into consciousness.
The tree of knowledge is not evil. It is only Evil when it becomes the focal point within the garden; when that becomes the center of your attention,
you have granted entry to the Nachash; not in the useful sense, where Nachash becomes Moshiach - savior (same gematria) but in its destructive sense.
Where it leads you down a path of self delusion and endless strife.
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