Saturday, March 10, 2012

Moses and the Exodus interpreted

We've all read or heard the story of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt's bondage.  What most people believe, however, is that the story is a historical documentary of one of Israel's major trials and tribulations where God helped them from their plight.  What I believe is that the story of Moses is not meant to be understood as a historical representation.  Instead, the story is explaining the spiritual condition of Man (aka the soul, not mankind).  Think of it as a long parable.  Why are there so little archeological evidence of those events written in the bible?  Because many of the tales speaking of the things I've written about are from much older times ( some several hundreds of thousands to millions of years past) through visions and legends, that have been carried forward and retold at different eras with words that the people of the times can relate with.  With these retelling, the true message is spoken through the tale, but the tale itself may contain different characters, conditions, and conclusions depending on the social norms.  Notice that none of these religious tales exist in modern times?  That's because the underlying message within the tales are still here in the books and anecdotes of people today; those who have had visions, experiences (such as near death, out of body, and trance-states), and insights that speak of the true nature of ourselves and our true reality.


Moses Recap
Moses was a Jew who was left as an infant to flee the persecution that the Israelites were enduring during their time in Egypt.  Moses was found in the river Nile to be raised by the daughter of Pharaoh and lived a privileged life within the house of Pharaoh.  When Moses discovers his true heritage, he tries to lead his people out of bondage from Egypt, but the Pharaoh would not grant their freedom.  Moses displayed 7 signs from God to convince the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free, and eventually they are released (although 10 plagues are described, I view 3 of them as the same sign - frogs, lice, flies - and the "death" of the "first born" (meaning flesh) signifying the release from flesh into light, the final step after the darkness plague which can be viewed as both "sight without sight" (inner sight vs. physical sight) and the "darkness before the light" which is the period between death and spiritual life where physical sight does not exist.  The blood of the lamb, in my opinion, was a metaphor of the blood keeping spirit trapped in flesh.  In other words, it was mistakenly interpreted as meaning salvation from death rather than entrapment by flesh and blood, just as the serpent in the Garden of Eden is misinterpreted as the Deceiver.  The New Testament tries to explain the true idea of blood by the words "He who wants to save his life will lose it, and he who loses his life will save it".  To shed blood does not signify sacrifice, but rather release.  That's why Jesus shed his blood "for us" to show us that death is not the end.  After the Jew's exodus out of Egypt, they were tested many times with various hardships and each time, God would send help to the people.  Eventually, Moses takes them out to a place not the promised land (this is the effect of "saving his life", fearing death and thus denying their true selves), and so was given the "commandments" in order to learn how to free themselves.

Interpretation
Reading this story, it's easy to see how people interpret this as an act of God rescuing his "people", but what is more important to realize is that this isn't a story just for the Jews, but for all of mankind.  The Jewish interpretation of this story portrays it as a nationalistic rite of Israel, but in my interpretation, it is the story of your true nature as spirit and your bondage to the flesh through ignorance of your spiritual nature.

Though Moses in Exodus and the story of Genesis with Adam and Eve are different characters, the true message is similar in kind.  Egypt represents the flesh, while the "true Israelite", as Paul in the New Testament described, represents the spirit of the flesh.  Moses as an infant, like all of us, were left "abandoned" when we became flesh (Genesis describes it as the "fall of angels").  The first born who were killed by the Pharaoh out of fear represents the flesh that dies because it does not recognize its origin.  It is the flesh that will always die because we are not the flesh.  When Pharaoh's daughter "rescued" Moses, he was raised like a prince, growing up with every desire he wished (as an aside, Moses is like Adam, representing the instinctual nature of the flesh, while Pharaoh's daughter is like Eve, representing the intuitional nature of flesh).  The name Moses means "drawn out".  This is the same concept as what Jesus spoke of, to be "separated", to be "reborn".  What are we drawn out of?  From the belief that we are flesh, that we are not spirit because of the veil of ignorance.  When we are drawn out, we no longer live by the flesh and are "saved" and will no longer "die" in the flesh meaning losing the strong identity as flesh rather than as spirit, which will carry over and affect perception upon death.  Moses was "drawn out" of water, the river Nile.  Jesus said if you want to see heaven, you must be born of water and blood.  Water represents our birth as flesh, while blood represents our birth through "death".  The idea of "death" is really the beginning of "birth".  The first "death" being birth as flesh, the second "death" being birth as "spirit".

Just as Moses grew up like a prince, we too grow up enjoying the fruits of the flesh, the physical world we are experiencing, having freedom to do as we wish within the rules governing the physical system.  Just as Moses was ignorant of who he was and where he came from, growing up in the household of Pharaoh, we too are enjoying physical life as children of flesh in ignorance of our true self, whether you regard your current situation as being pleasurable or painful (the focus of this analogy isn't the condition of the physical life you are experiencing now, but rather, the physical life itself that is a highly valuable gift to us, which you may not recognize currently if you're having difficulties).  Eventually, Moses learns who he really is and where he came from, and out of that knowledge, Moses acts to "free" his people.  This is the same message of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, etc, who tried to teach people how to "free" themselves.  Moses tried to free his people from bondage, but neither Pharaoh nor the Israelites understood what Moses was trying to do.  Pharaoh, representing the egotistical self of the flesh (the conscious ego that you identify as being "I"), did not understand why the Israelites, representing the spirit (the knowledge of your true self, which religion mistakenly calls the soul), needed to be free until 7 plagues struck (see my comment above regarding the difference between the 10 described and why I view it as 7).  After the death of the firstborns, the Pharaoh releases Israel, which is signifying the release of spirit from the Ego.

Your True Nature
These plagues are like the levels of development that one goes through during the reincarnational period.  Once you go through these "trials/levels", you are "freed" (from physical incarnation).  The Israelites didn't understand Moses and constantly complained to return to Egypt when they were finally set free and found more hardships than the promise of paradise.  This represents mankind not recognizing what it is, and being "stuck" in the physical belief system.  They long for the ways of the flesh because it is the only thing they recognize and accept as reality, thus denying their true spiritual nature (see my other post about the spiritual levels that exist because of beliefs).  "God" sent help to show them the way.  The pillar of fire (representing that there is no such thing as darkness because you are light), manna from the heavens (man does not live on bread alone for you are spirit), parting of the sea (by faith, aka your beliefs, you can move mountains), etc.  All of these "signs" were representations of the unlimited potential of your non-physical entity: the real you!  Moses tried to lead them to the promised land, but was unable to do so because of the lack of faith of the Israelites (they did not believe they were immortal souls, but physical flesh).  In the same way, many people today do not seek who they are or where they came from because they have been blinded by religion, superstition, intellectual egotism, social norms, and indifference.  Instead, they complain about the hardships of life, long for the betterment within this physical experience, and cling to the flesh for security, and thus is unable to reach the goal of the promised land

Be You
The promised land in spiritual terms is to reach your full potential as a non-physical entity, to be "complete" which means complete self-control (you have learned how to control your thoughts and emotions which is the means to create experiences).  You have experienced all you need and want in this reality, no longer swayed this way or that way by the whims of thought and emotion.  It is not the religious concept of "heaven" as many ascribe, though you can experience the religious notion of heaven if you strongly believe that is what death reality is (just as others experience hellish after-death or emptiness, etc.).  There is no such thing as "rest" for the soul because what point is there to have eternity doing nothing but resting?  In reality, "heaven" is to be free to be whatever you want, to act out of your creative free-will!  That is the goal, to be!  In order to reach this goal, we are learning to understand how to use our abilities as a non-physical entity by living in the flesh.  If you knew you and everyone else were gods that could do and act any way they want, what would you do?  That is the question you are answering by experiencing different realities, by trying different beliefs through multiple lives and conditions in order to experience the results of those beliefs.

Purpose of Ten Commandments
The purpose of the Ten Commandments is to show mankind, who is clinging to the flesh which is the blinded ignorance of being a physical being, how to love one another in order to remember their true nature as spirit, which is love.  It is through love that mankind would be able to be freed from the flesh and gain enlightenment.  This has to do with what love is in spiritual terms, which is the highest frequency of energy and the more of this energy you create, the higher your frequency becomes, bringing you closer to your true nature in the flesh (as I mentioned before, emotion is the frequency of energy we receive that is interpreted in the body as love, hate, anger, sadness, etc.)!  The physical world is a low frequency range, which can be seen by what we perceive within the observed electromagnetic frequency spectrum of the physical world (we don't see colors, we see frequencies).  The commandments were also given to show man how difficult it is to remain in ignorance, that if they truly desired to be with God as they believed because of their ignorance of self, it cannot be done in the flesh.  That is why the Laws of Moses were unable to free man because man did not understand the purpose of the Commandments.  They took it literally and tried to live by them, rather than understand its intent, and thus fail in becoming free.  In the same way, religion is doing the same thing, trying to literally live by the "rules" of man, rather than understand the intent.  The intent is to show how to love one another.  This is why Jesus said the sum of the commandments is this: love one another.  According to the bible, why did people feel so much love from Jesus just by being around him?  Because he was radiating the light of life, which is the energy we interpret as love.  This is also experienced when we are around people that have deep love for us, and in the same way, we also feel anger and hatred from others when we are around those who emit that energy as well.

Conclusion
If you recognize the true message of the story of Moses, you will see the same message over and over again in the stories in the current bible.  I hope this begins to open your mind and heart to the true message.

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