Sunday, April 8, 2012

"God", Origins of Good and Evil

The concepts of good and evil have been a major force that drives people to action.  Good is interpreted as being beneficial while Evil is interpreted as being harmful to existence.  Where did the concept come from and how did it get their interpretations?  I want to explore these ideas and see why these beliefs exist.

There didn't always used to be a distinction called Good and Evil.  Before the ego consciousness came into man, nature existed and accepted their freedom as it was and we called that survival.  There was no negative connotation associated with survival, but rather it is the prime directive of the physical system of reality.  All living creatures lived by this rule because it was a natural part of its existence.  That freedom to do and be as they chose created opportunities to expand and explore their being.  Without such freedom, the concept of evolution would never exist.  In humans, freedom is the ability to choose to do or not do, and this freedom to choose allows us to override the survival instincts.  In fact, it is from witnessing the consequence of "evil" acts that we have the wisdom and freedom to do "good".

Before I continue, I will refer to the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis to try to explain how good and evil concepts came to be, but the story itself was meant to be symbolic rather than literal. They are representations of concepts, even if there was an actual Adam or Eve (personally, I do not believe mankind started as "Adam" and "Eve", who was created from the rib of Adam). The reason is because all of the stories of the Bible were meant to convey a message. The message is not about the characters or the scenes, but instead what they represent.

As it is described in the biblical book of Genesis, Adam existed in harmony with all of nature before he partook of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  In the beginning, Adam knew not what right and wrong were, but instead only acted as he was directed.  He lacked the freedom necessary to act of his own free will.  Because of this, Adam could not grow beyond what he was.  Unlike the traditional interpretation of the book of Genesis portraying the beginning of Adam and Eve, Adam is actually the creation of our soul entity.  The biblical use of the word "God" portrays a being that is not us, but in fact, the writer's experience with "God" is that of their own soul.  The true "Source" or All That Is does not act anything like a human, nor is it human, though portions of it is human.  This is why the qualities that "God" exhibits in the writings of the old testament portray a more humanistic god, filled with emotions and jealous egotism.  In the Gnostic book of John, the biblical "God", which is our soul entity, is described as the creation by a portion of All That Is, and because of the creation's heritage from All That Is, it was also able to create the personality Adam in the likeness of "God".  All consciousness is in the image of All That Is, because All That Is is consciousness.

Adam began existence as neither male nor female, but a spiritual being.  It came out from All That Is into the garden of Eden, which is the non-physical reality we all sprang from, the unlimited consciousness that is All That Is.  In it, there is no physicality to create hardships.  Thus when Adam was "cast out", the hardships faced are of the physical nature.  In other words, Adam, having turned consciousness into physical form, became flesh.  Eve is the splitting of the whole into aspects of personality, which I'll describe later.  This manifestation out of Eden occurred once he realized what individuality meant through the spiritual wisdom gained from the tree of good and evil.  It's not so much "good" and "evil", but rather "individual" and "whole".  And the eating of the "forbidden" fruit is misinterpreted as an act of defiance.  Rather, it is the expression of curiosity and the desire to know itself through experience.  This was misinterpreted as rebellion by those who saw "God" as the master and everyone else as the slave servant.  This desire to experience is the initial drive that sparked the rapid growth of consciousness into other dimensions of reality including the physical, hence, the creation of fleshly man by the spirit.

The personality portion called Adam, representing our instinctual, intellectual maleness (the aggressive force that creates action, the body, thoughts), along with Eve, which represents our intuitional, emotional femaleness (the wisdom of mind, emotion, feeling), together form the portion of each human that we identify as our identity.  The serpent that "tricked" Eve into eating the fruit of knowledge was in fact a messenger (representing our inner knowing soul, connected into a Oneness with all) from All That Is so that the personality (also known as the Ego because it is so focused on itself, only knowing and recognizing itself) known together as Adam and Eve would have freedom of choice.  Unlike the biblical account of the eating of the fruit where it is interpreted as the deception by Satan into "evil" disobedience, and hence the fall of man with suffering and pain, All That Is persuaded Eve to eat in order to help teach the "God" soul entity, which is called Man, its true nature through its creation Adam.  Adam, however, is not the fleshly man as the Genesis account is interpreted, but instead all of creation were mental thoughts, and those thoughts with their own energy creates our perceived reality.  Adam and Eve do not represent fleshly humans, but they are the representations of the qualities of our personalities.  Personality is the spirit energy that creates the perceived form of fleshly man and is the source of our mental and emotional abilities as an individual having a life experience.  The fleshly man which is the expression of the personality is called Human (hu-man).  I've described the 7 chakras in a prior posting, describing the lowest 3 points as that of the personality.  This is Son of Man, which is the template for the creation of the fleshly man.  The personality is the conscious portion of man which we identify with as the "I" in waking consciousness and it is why we refer to it as the Ego, which gives us the ability to think.  This is why the bible uses the terms Son of God and Son of Man differently.  Our soul entity called Man is the Son of God and the personality called Ego is the Son of Man.

The purpose for eating from the Tree of Knowledge was to make the personality aware of its own freedom of will.  From the multiple personalities we create, we are able to act and learn and thus gain experience in order to be responsible co-creators with All That Is, the ultimate expression of self.  To be responsible co-creators means that we are striving towards our return to the Source, return to "God" in religious terms, so that we can continue to change and evolve and create new experience (when I first wrote this many years ago, I still had the notion of responsibility and purpose, but now I realize that they are also religious concepts.  As "God", we do not need responsibility as there is no one to be responsible to or for except within experience.  We are all that exists, and we are already the creators.  Experience is a way to fulfill ourselves, not for purpose).  In order to do this, we must grow in our understanding of not only who we are as an individual identity, but what we are capable of.  This is the effect of being "born" from the Source, just as an infant, but without end; to learn through play.  Without such freedom, no wisdom would ever be gained from experience since it would be at the direction of another's will, rather than your own.  This is also why the belief that "God" requires salvation of mankind makes no sense because that means we do not have the freedom of will to choose and learn by our own acts.

The freedom to choose also gave us the choice to experience right and wrong.  The concept of right and wrong must be recognized as having meaning only within the context of the flesh.  Good and Evil stems from not recognizing the source of the individual identity and thus applying the knowledge of right and wrong are acts of the Ego.  These acts are interpreted by other Egos and are assigned the labels Good or Evil.  What must be realized, however, is that the greater good is experience, and the judgment of the experience is only relevant to the individual.  Of course good is preferred over evil, but to deny the freedom to choose to do evil would not make someone good.  We are all already "good" in our true nature.  It is for the sake of experience that we roleplay evil, and we've all experienced what people would consider "evil" at least once in our many incarnations.  In fact, if the acts of "evil" did not exist at all, not only would free-will not exist by restricting what one can do, but good would not be recognized as good since there is nothing to compare it to.  If we are all immortal beings, no harm can be done to us.  It is only the illusion of life that creates the desire for survival.

Many often wonder why they exist in the condition or situation that they do.  Some accept their life as a "higher plan", while others accept fate or chance.  Most do not consider that they themselves planned their existence and experiences, but that is the case, if you accept your immortality.  But just because you planned your life experience, it doesn't mean the experiences are pre-determined.  It only means you were meant to be in this experience at the moment you were born, and you had ideas about what you would be like, who you might grow up to be, and how you might end the experience.  But all future events are probabilities and as such, experience does not necessarily follow the plan.  Pain and suffering is not a pleasant experience, and yet we assume that those who suffer from this did not choose to experience such a condition as a soul, while accepting joy and pleasure as self-fulfilled.  In fact, all experience both good and bad stems from the greater desire of each individual soul for wisdom and expression, and it is only because of our limited perspective from the body that creates the judgement of good and evil.

Once again, everything we perceive must be recognized as being experienced from a specific perspective, that of the Ego.  If you cannot change your perspective, you will never recognize the limitations you put upon yourself, the limitations from beliefs, assumptions, and limited knowledge.  We understand when a student is forced to train hard, that the teacher has a specific reason for the lesson, even if the student may not perceive it.  At the time, the student may wonder why they are tormented and forced to suffer.  The student's friends may create doubt and try to persuade them from continuing as was exemplified in the biblical story of Job.  It isn't until the student is able to utilize the lesson that they appreciate the teacher and the lesson.  This is the same for life and it is the purpose for life, to learn from personal experience.  As has been philosophized, life can be a tough teacher.  This concept of student learning a lesson through trial can be extended to the global affairs of humanity.  The trials and tribulations of mankind is also a lesson as a whole, one that is necessary in order to understand that lesson.  If you recognize that freedom of will exists, then you must also recognize that good and evil are interpretations of acts based on the freedom of will within physical reality.  Outside of physical reality, would such an interpretation exist?

As I've said, right and wrong, good and evil, are labels put upon acts in the flesh.  This does not mean there aren't consequences within society nor does it condone one over the other, though, of course, the acts that benefit all is best preferred over those that cause pain and suffering.   The point is merely to recognize that this experience called life should not be misconstrued as a reflection of the true nature of our selves.  Having said that, this does not mean there aren't acts one would consider "evil" outside of the flesh.  The point is that if we are immortal consciousness, then nothing "evil" can be done to harm us.  If you believe we are not immortal and are subject to destruction, then again, "evil" is meaningless since your destruction would include forgetting anything that existed prior, whether in the flesh or in "spirit".  The only thing that keeps you "alive" is your ability to experience and remember, which is the basis of your identity.  If those are taken away, you no longer exist.

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