So Adam and Eve—thoughts and feelings—were originally naked, transparently connected to the sovereign self and the process of Creation. As we might describe it, there was a lack of self consciousness at the level of mind and emotion. That is natural if selfhood is carried at the level of the Lord God, the sovereign self. The fig leaves represent self consciousness at the level of mind and emotion and the introduction of shame.
That shame cuts us off at the level of thought and feeling from the sovereign self. Shame exists because mind and emotion assume a false sense of selfhood and importance for themselves, and with that a false sense of the importance of what I think and feel. So when the real self shows up—the rightful sovereign Being with the person—there is disconnection and shame. This is the inner struggle that happens for virtually all people.nonballtatun.tk
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It is what happens when we eat of the tree of how things are going and whether or not you like it. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? There is the reality of self, hovering now in the background, and the conscious mind knows the self is someplace.
But the conscious mind has just gotten full-time employment. It has assumed the job of making the emotional body happy. In fact, there is some overtime in that too. And so the conscious mind has gotten so fully employed with the distresses of the emotional body that self goes out the window.
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The conscious mind now thinks, I know who I am and what my life is about is in here someplace. I know that the sovereignty and the majesty and the magnitude of who I am as a human being is in here someplace. And now, in response, come the excuses.
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. This is the voice of shame. We should be talking about original blessing. After all, before the story of what goes wrong, the breath of life is breathed into the first human being.
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Sounds like a blessing to me. The religions of the world have tended to adopt that voice of shame that has been speaking to human beings. So feeling shameful, we attribute a shaming message to God. But if you read the story, shame is what is happening for the heart and mind because of how they are functioning. That is shame, because shame has to do with a global assault on self, the loss of a knowing of selfhood.
With shame comes blame. As portrayed in this story, there can be a lot of truth to a blaming statement. But what it ignores is the choice that the conscious mind of the person made, which induced the experience of shame in the first place, remembering that shame is disconnection from the sovereign self. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me…. I have these feelings.
It is hot out. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. The blame in the story has a tragic humor. There are times when I sit in front of a person who is so full of accusation and blame for all the elements of their life experience that brought them trouble.
They are experts in how things are going and whether or not they like it. I think to myself that I have no chance of changing their world view. The justifications they have are rock solid in their own mind. This is what happens to human awareness when thoughts and feelings eat of the tree of how things are going and whether or not they like it. Awareness is now on its belly, looking at all the little things that are happening in the living of our life. Adam is designed to open up to the sovereign self, to the higher reality of selfhood that is us, and to receive all the messages of Creation that are coming to the conscious mind, and to be in service to that.
And then to invite Eve, the emotional body, to be a partner, and have its own relationship with the sovereign self, and to play a part in Creation. I know it hurts. So some of this has to do with how we deal with pain. There is physical pain, but there is also emotional pain. I think women generally are more ready to admit that. Ultimately, not a terribly manly thing to do.
Of course, women sometimes have this experience too. Then we can acknowledge that we have a choice as to what we are going to do in that situation. We could devote the rest of our life to trying to make our hurt heart feel better, to heal all the wounds of our past, to never let those things happen again, to make ourselves feel comfortable.
I see and I understand. And this brilliant mind is here to live. I am here to create and to invite my own heart—maybe my own hurt heart—into Creation. Yes, I know it hurts. But what is the heart here to do? In the face of all that, the heart is here to bring unconditional love, the power of Creation, into the world, to be a partner to the genius mind.
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Love anyway. Give anyway. Create anyway. You set yourself free when you say that. The heart is set free, and the heart has a chance to heal. You spiritually awaken and you feel the pain. If your heart is anything like mine, it gets buffeted in the living of life. It feels things. The difference is that an awake person knows where the joy and the satisfaction and the fulfillment of the heart come from. So the conscious mind can say, Yes, I know, it hurts.
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Love in that. It is good for you to love. Love not only heals our own pain. It brings an influence and power into our world.