Power, Meaning, Beauty, Relationship:
The meaning goes to infinite depths. As Emerson wrote and quantum physicists discovered, ‘that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go’ expresses throughout the undimensional and the dimensional world alike. The forces of the creator are found within ourselves, and are alive everywhere within the natural world also. In fact the only place in the whole of the phenomenal world where meaning is absent or severely impaired may turn out to be in the actions and products of the malfunctioning human consciousness when it has fallen for the serpents’ — the skewed identity’s — shoddy deal...
"I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat": to commune means to communicate without words, without sound. Communion is a direct experienced sense of connection or oneness. And this is what we are able to do by means of our consciousness. We commune with the invisible source of ourselves. Our consciousness is like a receiving station for the signals, intimations, and tonal qualities of the flow of being.
The Forces That Are the Creator
The meaning and significance does not just move one way — all flowing out from the transcendent to make the outer worthy — but the flow is both ways, moving also from the outer or explicate into the implicate to expand its possibility as well. Like the figure eight of infinity, meaning, including the sense of who we are, unfolds and enfolds in an endless process of expansion. In this way, we live between what is, and what is becoming. The future is always casting its shadow before us, and we are constantly guiding our lives towards the unfoldment of their unending potential.
The Measure of Oneself
The clearer we become about our inner self, the less easy it is to persuade or manipulate us. Equally, our own inner clarity ensures that the actions we take will be creative as opposed to destructive. This is because right action is inherent in the operation of consciousness itself and the deeper level or whole identity.
What Judgement Does
Clearly the loss, the onset of troubles of all kinds are linked to the change in Adam and Eve. There are two important meanings here. First of all, the symbolism is telling us, in no uncertain terms, that the world reflects our consciousness. Secondly, it is suggesting, again in strong terms, that the malfunction or ‘fall’ of consciousness leads to an extremely problematic outcome. These are twin themes that we will find echoed throughout the wisdom tradition, and which of course, parallel the Buddhist view that our consciousness and the manifest world are interwoven...
The Very Way We Use Our Consciousness Causes Our Problems
What is starting to happen is the emergence of a limited sense of self due to the malfunctioning of consciousness. The experience of the whole identity has been replaced with a fragmented sense of identity, because consciousness has become polarized in the manifest world. And this in turn is reflected back to us from the outer world. In other words, if we feel fragmented, we will see and experience and create a fragmented world around us.
The genius of the Buddhist understanding of this gives us a language to describe its subtleties...
The Fall of Consciousness
The skewed identity and its over-involvement in the manifest world opens up the meaning of one of the most seminal texts in the western religious tradition, namely the account of the fall of man found in the opening chapters of Genesis...
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