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...