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Cultivating your Inner God or Goddess
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Anyone who has ever attended Sunday school knows the story of Adam and Eve, but there is still so much mystery to it. What does it all really mean? Some consider it to be a type of trope, while others consider it to be literal. Many details are debated: whether or not the serpent was actually Satan, whether or not the entire story was simply symbolic of the eventual coming of the Messiah, or the eventual end of the world.
I have my theories, and I would like to share them here. In this little story, I will refer to God in the feminine form, for I believe the God of Israel is both male and female.
Once upon a time, there was a Goddess. This Deity was lonely, and wished for someone to love as her own child, to share her knowledge of the cosmos and beyond, and to continue her legacy. This Goddess, like all other beings in the cosmos, was always growing, always reaching levels of deeper consciousness. And to have children of her own would be an important step in her own growth.
Thus, she created Humankind, and gave them a world of their own. This world would serve as a nursery where her children can thrive and grow until the day when they were enlightened enough to forsake mortality and go out into the cosmos and create worlds of their own, which was her true mother's wish.
She placed within their world two trees. The first was the tree of Everlasting Life. Her young would be first born as mortals, because mortality is a great teacher of wisdom. But as she intended for them to progress beyond mortality, she gave them the fruit of this tree so that they might live forever. Then she will school them more on the wisdom of the cosmos, and in the most important mystery of all. The mystery that is Love.
They will grow in this, and soon, when they come to the proper level of wisdom and enlightenment, she will invite them to eat of the second tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This fruit was poison, for all who ate it would be introduced to the concept of Evil, which is also a great teacher of balance. Only the wisest can learn of these things and be immune to the poison of it, for only they can resist it overtaking their heart.
Eating of this fruit and proving a resistance to an imbalance of Evil is the coming of age for every God and Goddess. They will finally be grown Gods and Goddesses in their own right. Ready to leave their childhood world, and come into the realm of adulthood, that which is the cosmic universe.
However, things did not go according to plan. Before fully growing to the level of true enlightenment, they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and their hearts were imbalanced. They then had the ability to cause pain, and destroy the beautiful world that was given to them.
The Goddess was then forced to stop them from eating of the tree of Everlasting Life. For if they lived forever as Gods and Goddesses with the imbalance of evil in their hearts, ignorant of the ways of love, how much more harmful would they be to themselves and those around them?
And so, the Goddess allowed Death to enter the kingdom. Death became the teacher of time for the young deities, as with each death and rebirth, they will reach a higher consciousness, and the balance within them will be restored forever.
This is my interpretation of story of Adam and Eve, and while I'm sure there are many who would see this as ridiculous drivel, it makes perfect sense to me.
Why is mankind so creative? Because we were meant to create. Why do we always have the desire to uncover the secrets of the universe? Because we were meant to be all knowing. Why do some of us...say, practitioners of magick...have this deep desire to cultivate our own inner power? Why do we always have the desire to become like God? Because eventually we will be Gods in our own right.
But things went slightly off course. And now God's main objective is to help us regain a balance within ourselves. But if we can come together, and allow love to let us grow, we can heal our world and become Gods and Goddesses in our own right.
To many Christians I'm sure this is blasphemy. And to many Pagans, perhaps this sentiment would be shared. Am I saying that we are on the same level as the Goddess? Am I claiming that one day we will surpass the Ultimate Source?
I have one older sister. Like most siblings, we would fight like cats and dogs. My sis would never let me play with any of her makeup. She would always say, with a sense of righteousness, that I couldn't touch it because I was too young. This would infuriate me, because my mother would often agree with her. One day in a fit of aggravation, I yelled, “Just you wait until I'm older than you!!” before realizing the silliness of this comment.
While I do believe that inside we all have the ability to eventually reach godhood, I do not think that we will ever surpass the Deities that be, anymore than it is possible to someday grow older than your own mother or father.
I also do not think that the time will come when I no longer need guidance from my Goddess. Ask any adult if they still need their mothers for moral support, love and wisdom, and you'll see what I mean.
I know that there is a Goddess somewhere in me. And I believe it was God's original intent for that little Goddess to grow. If mankind can master the ways of love by caring for each other and the world we were given, we will all begin to move in the direction of this growth, thus cultivating the Gods and Goddesses within us.
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