Here is a lengthy messsage from The Last Domino to me re my post on the Garden. In the shared hope of advancing the dialog, and promoting discussion, I have bolded a few key concepts.
“I must confess: I know very little about schizophrenia, although I’ve lived what may be described as a “split existence” most of my life. That split is natural for me, and is my normal. Yet I still feel a sense of Oneness with God, and with All Things.
The title of this piece, “We’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden” is true. The split, however, occurred, not at the creation of Eve (At bottom, we’re still male and female, yin and yang.), but because of the eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The split had more to do with the mind of humans (and their resulting expulsion from Eden), and little to do with the creative process.
On my blog, the Secret Place, I’m examining, anew, the Creation stories. There are two accounts.
I’ll try to keep this brief.
“One rabbinical commentary asserts that Adam ‘was a man on his right side, a woman on his left; but God split him into two halves.'”
It wasn’t really a split. It was more like an assignment, or an assigning, a defining of roles in a larger creative process.
What I’ve been told is this: Eve is internal; Adam is external. Eve’s role(the Mother of All Living) is to be “bone of [his] bones (Adam), and flesh of [his] flesh (Adam).”
They’re united in this process (wedded, husband and wife).
In forming the man, God instituted the first creative act. Ensuing creative acts by humans resulted as a collaboration between Adam and Eve (man and woman). The two creations reveal how God and humans create.
Because the woman was taken from man, “Therefore shall a man [MANifestation] leave his father and his mother [God], and shall cleave unto his wife [Eve, humans’ creative impetus and power]: and they shall be one flesh [seamless, an indispensable union in the creative process];” in short, manifestations would now be subject to Adam (red clay) and Eve (the Mother of All), and not directly to the creative process of “his father and his mother,” God (Spirit).
Eve (the Mother part of our being that gives birth to All) pushes out, and Adam is that which is pushed out (MANifested).
Knowing their role and their assignments, it’s not surprising that Eve ate of the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil first, and then gave it to Adam.
What she tastes, he tastes. What she eats, he eats.
Another role assigned to Adam is that of “Name Giver.” Adam decides what things will be called, that is, their nature and attributes, “and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”
Eve, too, is subject to Adam in this regard, and is not Self-Named.
The fruit is not two fruits, but one fruit. Humans get to eat the fruit (experience it), and call it whatever they choose (Good or Evil).
Every experience in our world, then, becomes the fruit–every human act, every environmental (worldly) act, or occurrence, that we bring to our intellect, and attention, to judge, becomes the fruit.
An act is not inherently good, or bad, but “thinking makes it so.” We label it either good or bad.
Adam and Eve in their pristine state, where God (in the first creation, not Lord God of the second) did the judging, and the creating, this knowledge of Good and Evil did not exist, hence judgment didn’t exist.
Neutrality prevailed. As the writer you cited observed, “The world after the Fall, outside the Garden, is essentially colorless, neutral, impersonal.” Actually, this description best describes the condition of Adam and Eve in the Garden before the Fall, not after.
Neutrality (a non-judgmental state) existed inside the Garden, and was mostly “impersonal”, in that Adam and Eve were “naked” and weren’t “ashamed”.
Once their eyes were opened (after eating the fruit), they could see their nakedness, and could now respond judgmentally to their nakedness, and, hence, concluded that they were “ashamed,” shame being a judgmental state.
This judgmental state constitutes a “splitting of the mind,” what some mystics have called an altering of the mind, a condition that creates an “altered mind”. Don’t confuse this with an “altered state of mind.” Now a thing could be seen as either sinful, or sinless.
To “regain Paradise,” once it’s lost–and most humans reside in a “split mind,” lost state–requires nothing more than living without judgment, without dividing the world into Good and Evil, Good and Bad, and seeing the world as God sees it.
The God of the First Creation made this observation of the All, after All was created: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
Because “good” may be confused with “the good” identified in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, it might be better, indeed, edifying, if we move into a new understanding, one of “very good,” that is, perfection, and dwell there.
Rather than judge (and alter, and split our minds, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”), we should declare perfection all about (“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”).
Granted, this is not an easy thing to do. We humans are accustom to seeing a divided world, as a result of a divided mind, where a thing is rarely seen as neutral, but on a continuum between Good and Evil, with Good on one side and Evil on the other, with degrees of Good and Evil in between.
The best way to keep the mind “The Same” is to dwell in love. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The “secret place” is Love. Fear, or any emotion that has it’s foundation in Fear, divides the mind. We’re told: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”