Friday, 28 May 2010
The Garden of Eden
The book I have started writing is about the enchanting nature of reality and the different Enchantments of human unfoldment. The enchanting nature of life is the view from the Brow Chakra.
The journey of writing has been intense, with moments of frustration and blockage where a vision is gestating and I am forced to let go. I am also feeling an increasing sense of connection to other realms and guidance as I have committed to writing the book. A new portal in my psyche is definitely opening up as I reach out to greater intelligences to understand with more clarity the story of creation upon Earth.
I have been posting prompters and questions on Facebook as part of the writing process as I formulate the book. Getting feedback from people has been invaluable and helps keeps my mind open. The big issue from the comments and my own perceptions is understanding the role of the mind and the heart, the limits of rationality and the recognition that we have lost something. Something we had in the Garden of Eden.
Feeling the Vibrations from Hyperborea, Lemuria, Atlantis and Arcadia, Antediluvian paradises and the pre-physical states of human species origins
Briefly, here is one of the perspectives that I am developing for the book:
Oh yes we can see who's fault it is!
The very naughty Lilith as the serpent, from Notre Dame Cathedral
Kicked Out of Eden
Before evolution, involution occurs. Involution is the Fall; the descension of our consciousness into form, time and space. Involution starts at a point beyond time and space, in an innocent state without self-consciousness, and involves the development of progressively denser bodies for the involuting consciousness to inhabit.
Evolution occurs on Earth and ‘in time’. At some point after the formation of the basic biosphere—with its plants and animals—a human body emerges. The involutionary process runs parallel to ‘evolution in time’, yet involution is beyond time and space.
We still yearn to go back to the Garden of Eden, the original dream-like innocence.
We do lose innocence as we evolve, but we can return to innocence with more consciousness during the evolutionary adventure. In between each lifetime—and during each sleep time and in every moment—we experience varying degrees of the return to the blissful innocence of the soul’s resting place, beyond the mind, heart and abstract mind.
At some point during the Nirvana state, there is an impulse from within the soul to project itself once again into the whole drama. Involution then reoccurs; evolution in time/space is re-engaged with. This in turn is then followed by the return to Nirvana, after death, during sleep and during those times when we are totally present in each infinitesimal moment.
Before each life, before conception, we recapitulate aspects of involution and this continues during gestation in our mother’s womb. Concurrently, the foetus in the womb recapitulates the evolutionary process as it changes form from egg to fish, to reptile, to mammalian prototypes, before becoming a recognizable human embryo. The fetus is predominately female first before the male traits and sexual organs of the male emerge. However the male sperm determines the matrix of gender. What comes first male or female? The answer to this question changes all the way back to source depending upon which level you stop to view it from.
Human Gestation and Involution of the Soul
During this period, our involuting soul is connected by a psychic chord to, and absorbing the experiences of, the physical embryo. The physical embryo in the amniotic fluid is resonant with the involuting soul in the psychic plasma.
The psychic fallout from the Fall continues to ripple into our being as we grow and develop through childhood and then onto adulthood.
Reality Is Timeless and Cyclical, yet Evolving in Time
The Mythic Realm is a state of timeless truth and is recursive; a fractal experience. So if we take the myth of the Garden of Eden and the accompanying fall from innocence, we re-experience it at various stages of evolution as we lose more innocence and become more self-conscious. The re-experience and reinvention of the Fall in different historical contexts will be explored later, when I introduce the expanded Enchantments of Life map. However although the myth changes to suit the epoch of evolution and history, the essential myth is timeless and can be approached directly by anyone in an intuitive manner. On one level the exit out of Eden is the loss of our animal instinct—as we became more self conscious due to evolution—and therefore separate from the wild natural environment., but it is more than that, it is rooted in the Souls journey into the body from its state of pre-manifest blissful innocence.
In general terms within our subtle physiology, the Fall is the fall down through the chakras.
The Brow Chakra is the point where the twin serpents of the Kundalini life force meet each other and fuse. We can see that the snake in the Garden of Eden is the awakener of the life force, just as we awaken to duality in the Brow Chakra. The Brow Chakra opens up to a celestial realm of the deities, the origin and true home of myth as the poetic substratum of existence.
The Fall involves a separation of Spirit (Adam) and Soul (Eve) to create the first androgynous beings, whose souls have a female or male emphasis, while their spirits have a contrary male or female emphasis. At this stage of human involution, these beings can reproduce from themselves asexually.
The Adam and Eve story is then recapitulated further into density with actual gender crystallization and the accompanying awakening of the serpent, as man and woman are embodied as separate polarities that can only reproduce by coming together.
Lilith is Adams first wife, she is the feminine principle that will not conform to the male structure. The Lilith archetype and her rebellion is relevant to our intimate relationships and the culture of patriarchy through history. However at root Lilith is a Daemon, a trickster spirit goddess, often associated with the serpent as seen in the picture... who expresses the whole realm of the astral spirits who do not exhibit rational or religious principles but are the wild celebratory and creative force within the Earths soul.
The shapeshifting spirit of Lilth shows her feet are rooted in the animal kingdom, yet her Screech Owl associations reveals that she belongs to the night and the mysteries behind nature
In the fantasy film The Golden Compass (Picture below), everyone has a daemon, a guardian spirit/totem animal, I suggest this fantasy is not far from the truth.
Reversing the Fall
The varying and evolving tantric paths focus upon the fusion of male and female to lesser or greater degrees. This can be by transcending sex and concentrating on the inner fusion of spirit and soul (the yoking of the Yogic tradition), or through making love with another to reach a higher level of unity consciousness, where lust is transmuted into higher bliss as the Kundalini snake rises beyond the solar plexus.
"oh go on just a taste, you know you want it"
The Fall into Earth’s Imagination
To emphasize: involution and evolution are recursive. We fall into matter, experience growth and then return to Source each day. During sleep we withdraw from the world of time and space, voyaging through the dream state to the more-subtle realms of the dreamless state. When we awaken, we have descended back into the body, passing down through the astral dream states on our way. In fact, we undergo this circuitous journey (the Bardo) in every infinitesimal moment. At a speed beyond any moment the mind can grasp, the whole of material existence flickers on and off.
After the first split of Spirit and Soul, Spirit stays beyond and outside of all worldly existence. Soul gives birth to the angels, which in time leads to the whole parallel world of the Devic kingdom—the fallen angels who seduce us into matter, the inorganic beings, the ultraterrestrials, the trickster spirits, the Djinni, the elves, the trolls, the pixies, the faeries, the Muses and the whole population of astral beings that shadow the human kingdom. Before religion was or is established in any community, humanity is in continuous interaction with this Devic kingdom. I have had many types of contact with this kingdom myself, throughout my life.
Reality Under Construction
For evolution to advance, this contact had to be diminished, so as to limit the wild, unstable effects of Majik. Civilization as we know it could not have emerged without limiting our relationship with the Devic world. So it is that religion deems it ‘bad’, even ‘evil’. To be fair to religion, the entities of the Devic kingdom in the astral realm can be evil, if utilized by the black sorcerers. To get round this possibility, religion and its morality has blanket demonized Pan and all his cohorts, in effect creating a perceptual barrier. We should mention here that the process of first interacting with, and then shutting down to, the Devic kingdom, is recapitulated in early childhood—all young children play with the faeries. At around seven years of age as the concrete mind—the social conditioning that determines what is acceptable to our culture— prevails, then the sprites and fauns, and the modern day comic book entities disappear from the walled garden of the psyche.
The building of the wall is applicable to childhood, to civilization and also to evolution, for the wall is the wall of those first cities; the wall in the collective psyche that creates a cultural amnesia; and also the wall of our personal boundaries, the construction of which begins in childhood. The symbiotic relationship of personal, collective and evolutionary stories makes sense when we realize that reality—including time—is essentially holographic and recursive. All that has been recapitulates in each moment, though the mind is confounded by this outrageous suggestion, the soul experiences this enfolding and unfolding moment.
Veiling the Earth’s Psyche
Part of the Fall involved becoming unconsciouss of the Serpent Force and the astral world that we fell through to get into density. The two fold process of separating from the Devic Kingdom is through religion and science, morality and rationality both necessary and good stages of development.
The moral foundation—guilt encoded into the body as a constant low-level adrenal inhibitor—creates a platform for the later emergence of the rational mind. The rational mind then fully divides the physical and astral worlds into objective and subjective, real and imaginary, where all Devic manifestations are labelled as merely psychological projections.
However, the tricksters have not gone away—if you look, they are everywhere, creating phenomena that defy easy explanation. Part of the evolution of consciousness in the future (and the awakened return to the Garden of Eden) will involve re-engaging with the Devic kingdom, but now with a greater understanding of its role in creating the world.
In this quick overview, a lot of details are glossed over by necessity, but will be explained more fully in the book. I will be elaborating upon Majik and the differences between self-generated and received experiences in our imagination and dreams. I will also look at the historical connotations of myth and its relevance to our lives today.
It is also probably a good idea to give Lilith her dues and look at the Epic of Gilgamesh, more here on the Crow as I continue to share my journey of writing.
Below we see the Sumerian Garden of Eden that predates the writing of Genesis