Eliza - Reconnective Healing Practitioner
THE FALL OF MAN
INTRODUCTION: Then GOD said: “Let us make man in our own image and likeness, to resemble us, with mastery over everything.”
Why “Us” when GOD is only One? Because the Infinite is Father-God and Mother-God, out of which ALL is created. The Father is the Consciousness (Awareness) – the Will which directs and the Mother is the Intelligence – that which brings forth Form.
The dual aspect of Mankind, is the same as the dual aspect of the Infinite. Man, in his spiritual state, is both male and female
NOTE: The Garden of Eden is an allegory (parable or metaphor).
The Garden of Eden is the “Garden of the Soul”. It is the garden in which man’s soul functions, works, acts, creates. The plants which man must tend and cultivate are thoughts and ideas of Life. In the garden, the main tree is the Tree of Life, and the other is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. These Trees are represented as being in the centre of the Garden. They are the central point, for from this point all other ideas must flow outwards.
Human life is an action that takes place in three worlds; spiritual, intellectual and physical. So when reading the Scriptures, we should know about which world we are reading.
The spiritual is the supreme, and is absolutely perfect. In the first chapter of Genesis, we read that GOD saw that his work was good. The Divine eye could find no flaw anywhere, and we should note carefully, that this absolute perfect creation includes man.
But as soon as we descend into the intellectual world, which is the world of man’s conception of things, it is quite different.
Man’s conceptions result from the fact that he does not realise the true spiritual nature of things, resulting in the misdirection of his creative power of thought, which produces corresponding results and misinformed ideas of reality.
Man misdirects the power of thought. Man sees that here is something else besides “all that is good”. His intellectual nature sees “evil” as a power in the world, opposing good. The intellect is a necessary adjunct to mankind, but when he treats it as infallible, then he creates errors, and by so doing out-pictures these errors in his mind, body and circumstances.
It is always the deepest thought that manifests. You do not get what you want, but what you think about deeply – thus man’s conceptions bring forth his own misconceptions, because of the law inherent in his Being.
Man was created in the image and likeness of GOD - in the spiritual state with the same creative power to create. GOD told man that he must not partake of the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil, for by doing so he would die in his sin (die in his ignorance). This Tree was of the Intellect, when man saw evil as well as good, and by doing so the Intellect dwelt upon evil and naturally man lived then in the illusion of the evil. Because man continued to live in this illusion, GOD put him out of the Garden of Eden, for he was no longer spiritual or perfect in his thought; he saw evil and was blind to his own true state. Thus man no longer saw that what GOD created was good, and so developed the evil in man’s mind – evil thoughts of GODs creation (including himself). Man could no longer remain in the Garden of Eden (his spiritual state), so he divorced himself from the perfect and he created the evil which he saw.
Thus he lived in a world of illusion that he himself had created and was blind to the Truth of the All-Good. As long as man mixes up the Tree of Life with the Tree of Good and Evil, so will he live in the world of illusion, sorrow and conflict. It is man’s ideas and images that cause separation and misery to himself and to the world in which he lives. What one believes, so it is unto him. Because man’s creative power is one with the creative power in the universe – what he thinks, so it is unto him. Good and evil are relative terms (Intellectual perceptions that differ from person to person), and the fruit is the growth or manifestation of these – so man eats of the effects and has lost himself in illusion. We are bound up in the effects (manifestation) of our own causes (thoughts). The Freedom of Truth comes when we discern the causes (thoughts) in ourselves and remove them.
Man’s spiritual evolution or unfoldment begins when he realises his awareness as being one with the Infinite Awareness.
When we realise the perfect spiritual state, it will manifest – for it will come forth of its own free will. This is the Law of our living, and the Law of Life – that what we know to be true, becomes true. It can only be when you realise your own creative power – “made in the image and likeness of GOD”, when you accept it fully in your life, that it will be proclaimed in the external (that it will manifest in your life).
To raise the Life Principle into the spiritual state, where a man’s spiritual understanding enables him to control everything beneath him, a man must first master himself through love and understanding. Then he becomes aware of his spiritual state while living in the physical. Without the recognition of this life-principle man will toil forth in his illusion and misery.
The great deception is that we accept the “knowledge of evil” as being necessary with “the knowledge of good” – so we continue to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Knowledge of itself is good, but thinking that “evil” should be studied as knowledge is deadly to the Soul, because of the Law of Creative Thought. The more we dwell on the conditions we ourselves create, the more powerful they appear to us, and naturally affect us accordingly.
The great mistake man makes, is his own conception of evil giving it equal authority to good, with GOD as some balancing point between them both. If the true teachings of the Christ were adhered to, man would Free himself to the Truth. Man must emulate the Divine then he brings forth his true nature. Harmony in oneself is always expressing and attracting harmony – thus we have health and happiness.
MANs SALVATION: In this world of form and phenomena, where the Spirit of GOD is individualised in man, the Law is that we find ourselves through His Law of Causation. We eventually find that we ourselves are the Cause of all effects we produce – hence knowledge and understanding of this Law is necessary. Man must realise that within himself is the cause and the cure. Open yourself to your real Self – the Christ within (the Spirit of GOD within). When the Soul is filled with Divine Light, there is no room for darkness.
Man will learn from experience that evil has proceeded from his own inverted conceptions, and is not founded upon Truth, but the opposite.
Truth is nothing but Good – this is what GOD proclaimed in the beginning. This is what enables man to rise – to take hold of the Tree of Life. He then lives in the Eternal and the Eternal lives in him, bringing forth Beauty, Wisdom and Happiness. Man, in himself, is to GOD according to the degree that he realises the truth of his real Being. The fruit of the spiritually enlightened mind is the recognition of man’s Divine Sonship. It is the realisation of the fact that he is, indeed, the image and likeness of GOD. This is the Truth, the knowledge that would set us free. Each one who attains this knowledge realises that he is at once the son of man and the son of GOD.
It is ALL good, beyond our conception of “good” as a relative term; therefore, there can be no evil. How could the Son of man remove defects if they were created by the Infinite? Therefore, the Infinite is One and man must be one with Him. This is conclusive, and the final statement regarding man.
“I am the Life, the Father and I are One”.
Heaven is a state of harmony, peace and plenty, love and wisdom. The natural man is the God-man (the God realised man). He is simple in his ways, kind in his manners, always eager to do good for his fellow man.
CONCLUSION: (1) The great Truth concerning man is that he is made in the image and likeness of GOD who is given mastery over everything. (2) Man is at first ignorant of the Truth, and this ignorance is his Fall. By his own creative power he creates those self imposed conditions from which he suffers. (3) Man, at last, comes to the perfect understanding of the Truth – his oneness with Life and this understanding enables him, as he is instructed to do, overcome and master all things. “I am the Life, the Father and I are One”.
I AM THE LIFE (by Murdo MacDonald-Bayne)