Introducing "Just like Eve"

Breaking from its traditional non-fiction format, whispers of mystery is currently following Karina’s fictional novel, Just like Eve. Karina began the themes explored here in 2008, in a non-fiction book she titled The Feminine Mystery, alluding to Betty Frieden’s 1963 classic, The Feminine Mystique, which explores what Frieden calls “the problem that has no name” -- a problem Karina believes is Eve’s second curse to desire her (earthly) man, not sexually, but as a completion to her. Realizing her discoveries were too controversial for non-fiction, Karina decided to clothe her message in fiction. For years, she tried many story-lines and faced much writer’s block. In late 2017, she birthed Just like Eve, mixing the main storyline with a backdrop she could write about with her own sport of tennis.

Storyline: Heroine Jasmine, 32, is judged several times in life for being "just like Eve," first in 5th grade for asking off-limits questions, like why Noah let God drown the world. Now she's judged again with the same "just like Eve" line. She and 30 year old Davie are both married to others, are USTA mixed doubles partners, attend the same church for which Davie is the youth pastor, fall for one another, and act on it. They seek accountability from the church leadership and it backfires. The church can't handle it. Jasmine is kicked out of church, thought to be a temptress. But was she? And what about Eve? And what might Eve really stand for? Jasmine is on a quest . . .

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Friday, January 4, 2019

0: Jasmine's Discoveries

Spoiler Alert: Given the once or twice a month pace for Just like Eve, this draft will be further developed much later in the book as one of Jasmine's journal entries.  She's journaling her thoughts and writing them like letters to the One she calls "Spirit."  

Dear Spirit,

            How much truth could be contained in the brief story of Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the mysterious plural part masculine, part feminine entity called Elohim?  Upon the conclusion of her quest into her question, “Who is Eve?” Jasmine sits dumbfounded.  Each discovery holds profound insight, yet is entirely different, even directly opposed to the lessons provided by the church – even when the story is read the way she had been taught by the church to read it.  Jasmine lists out the astonishing revelations into her journal, beginning with those pertaining to the relationships of men and women:

1.   Women were sentenced to a mysterious longing: to be completed by their man (Gen 3:16).
2.   This longing would so burden some women that it would be a curse.
3.   Others – those in the fashion, beauty, jewelry and other romance businesses – would profit in multi-billion dollar industries from woman’s burdensome longing.
4.   Meanwhile, the man would suffer from the woman’s curse to be completed by him as she unwittingly attempts to force him into becoming the savior/completer she thinks she needs; and since he was not also given the same curse to be “completed” by her, he would not understand and marriages would break-down.
5.   A woman was also likely to suffer from the most chilling of all curses:  to be “ruled” by her man (Gen 3:16);

      Spirit, when will the church leaders admit the Bible notes a curse to women is to be ruled by men?

6.   The woman (an ezer) was designed to be more than merely a “helper” for the man, as the essence of ezer suggests “life-saver” (Gen 2:18).
Spirit, how many English speaking women have had any idea when they’ve read of the woman’s creation for man ‘I will make for him a suitable helper’ that a more accurate translation would be ‘I will make for him a suitable life-saver?’

But, Spirit, I'm discovering so much more too:
7.   The serpent both deceived and told the truth and both liberated and oppressed.
8.   the serpent (nahash: Nun (50) + Het (8) + Shin (300) = 358) holds the same mystical energy of 358 as the Messiah (Meshiach: Mem (40) + Shin (300) + Yod (10) + Het (8) = 358).
9.   the God figure, Elohim, is plural (-im) with a feminine root, but masculine in plural form, suggesting a far bigger, complete, and more mysterious entity.
10. Elohim would forbid something good, that the God of the New Testament would later call for: knowledge/discernment of good and evil (Gen 2:17 vs. Heb 5:14).
11. As “good and evil,” the tree would be better called “The Tree of Duality.”
12. Duality involves the Illusion of Separation, which leads not to death, but suffering.
13. The suffering can be transcended by finding “completion” not in a human man, but in the Christ, the Christ within (Luke 17:21); “the mystery is this: Christ in you” (Col 1:27).
14. The illusion of separation, however, is so deep within humanity that such transcendence cannot be clich├ęd, nor over-simplified, but acknowledged as a life-long journey of discovering, deepening, and peeling the illusion and the ego, layer by layer by layer by layer.

Spirit, could it be that this Illusion of Separation, embodied on Earth in our male-female relationships, that is at the center of suffering?  

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

If My People

Originally written in the G. W. Bush years in 2006, then posted in the Obama years in 2010, I'm re-posting "If My People" as a 2019 New Year's wish in the Trump years.  It's built upon 2 Chron 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

If My People
who are called by My Name
will humble themselves and pray
and seek My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land

But if My People
who are called by My Name proclaim,
“Our Kingdom is not of this world,”
yet they weep and wail
when their kingdom of the world
goes the way of the world
and, for this, they trust not in My Kingdom,
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My People
who are called by My Name cry out,
”Change their hearts and minds!”
and cry not, “Change my heart and mind!”
and pound their fist in prayer,
“Cleanse their heart, Oh Lord”
and not, “Cleanse my heart, Oh Lord,”
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My people
who are called by My Name say
“If the sinners stop killing babies,
if the men stop marrying men,
if the movie makers dawn modesty,
if Caesar cuts taxes,
if the schools discipline,
and if these people and those people ad nauseum,”
and, for this, if My People think
their marriages will be saved,
their children will follow Me,
and their land will be healed
because those I seek to save
have been rescued by politics,
then My people have not heard My voice

If only My people
who are called by My Name
will loosen the bonds of wickedness,
let the oppressed go free,
bring the homeless into their home,
clothe the naked,
and feed the hungry,
then I will hear from heaven
and will heal their land . . . 

© 2006 by karina.  All rights reserved.  Please use only with permission from the author.