In the biblical traditions, the serpent tempted Eve and Adam to eat from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil”, which god forbade them to eat from. The bite of the fruit of the tree resulted in instant expulsion from the Garden of Eden, from a state of absolute bless to the hardship of life on Earth. This was the original sin of man which he has been suffering from ever since. I think we are all familiar with this story.
The shamans have a modified version of this story; they say that in the tree of knowledge lived an angel, but unlike other angels that brought message from above, this angel’s message was of lies. He lied to Eve and Adam that their nature was not divine, and that they were not perfect. As humans were innocent, and they knew everything to be true, they believed him. To this day, the lies have been propagated and multiplied and they caused all the suffering humans have been living. These lies, that we are imperfect and not divine, are what is hurting us this day.
I, like shamans, have a modified version of the story. It is made up story that fits me perfectly, that fits what I see could have happened or how it happened. I am not claiming any historical accuracy of the story, or any religious significance; for me it is simply a way to make the symbolism more tangible, more concrete and understandable. And, true to my style, more fun and light ;).
We all know that god was going around creating everything, he would just say “let there be light”, and light would come about, or he would say “let there be little puppies that can melt anyone’s heart”, and there will be those beautiful creatures crawling around. I am sure he went around doing this for a while, creating all sorts of things, including Eve and Adam, of course. Then he came to rest under one tree, taking a respite out of all this easy creation, and maybe contemplating what to create next. Under that tree he got this novel idea, something he never thought of before. It could have been a falling apple that caused the epiphany, a sunray piercing the cloud or the squealing puppies; we may never know, but we know (or at least I would like to think so ;)) that an epiphany took place.
It was an original and a very creative idea, an idea that changed the nature of creation forever. His thought was: if anything I wish to create I can just say let it be, and there it is. And as everything created is eternal, what if I want to uncreate something, what shall I do? And in a stroke of genius he realized that all he needed to do is to deny its existence and it will vanish from his sight. He liked the idea very much, because for the first time EVER there were two poles of everything, its presence, and its absence. So he named the tree as the “tree of knowledge of opposites”, (later the name changed to the “tree of good and evil”). And he couldn’t wait to try the new method of creation or uncreation.
The first creature to pass by him would be the test material for the new idea of uncreation. And here came strolling ……. no, not Eve and Adam (don’t go faster than the story ;)), a dragon! The dragon is a mighty creature; he can walk, fly and breathe fire. God told him “oh, dragon, you can no longer fly, you have no wings” and off disappeared the dragon’s wings. The dragon said “but I can still walk and breathe fire”, and god answered “you can no longer walk, you have no legs”, and off disappeared the dragon feet. “At least I can still breathe fire”, said the dragon; but god answered him that that too is no longer true, but he would have a forked tongue to remind him of the flames he once had, and a hissing sound to remind him of the steam he used to command.
Needless to say the dragon, which was reduced to a mere snake, was pissed, but god was happy with the result. God thought of an even more clever idea, what if you give the power of denying to a creature that is used to only creating, but without telling him that he is denying anything. He would simply tell him that there are opposite of everything he sees. The snake was present when this shift in god’s thinking happened, so god entrusted him with this secret, and rewarded him to be the guardian of it. He even gave him the power to be the messenger who delivers the story of the opposites to the first creature to come their way.
Now, Eve and Adam, oblivious to the fate waiting for them, entered the scene. The snake told them that god forbade them to eat of that tree because if they ate of it, they would become god. For the first time humans heard about the concept of a creator and creations. They always knew that they were god, but now there are two opposites, a creator and a creation; of course they wanted to be god. And they immediately bit the apple, which was the symbol of the lie, the denial of what already IS, the symbol of duality. By biting it, they believed the lie, and they, with the dragon/snake descended from the state of grace to create in a world of the opposites. And the rest is history.
The duality which is in everything is the LIE, there is no darkness, but there is a denial of light; there is no sickness, but there is the denial of health; there is no poverty, but there is the denial of abundance.
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