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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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  1. After reading point fourteen, I couldn't help but see the connection between the illusion of separation and your discussion of revelation as a commentary on what we can sometimes view as the "prison of time." Since God is not bound by time and can see beyond its limitations, I have to wonder if He has allowed for the separation to be an impetus for drawing us closer. What do you all think?

  2. Good thought, Bella! I think so and might try to develop that idea further. Interesting thought about the "prison of time" too. Maybe part of the separation comes because we have a limited view, and we have a limited view because we can't see past the present moment. Worse, we sometimes can't even interpret the present moment right! Thoughtful input. Thanks.