Chapter 2: The Language of Symbols(2/4)
December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
The Language of Symbols
We have to understand that everything that happens in life, happens for a purpose. The purpose is always Self Improvement. You are the only cause of what happens to you, now if what happens is not to your liking, then it is there for you to see what it is in you that needs to be improved, in order to change reality to a more desirable one. This fact gives us the strength to deal with life experiences, and gives them a further meaning. We are no longer dragged around. We take control. Likewise, we check our reactions to different circumstances, and the consequences of those reactions, so that the next time that the thing (think-thought) happens, (become aware of) we will maybe want to react differently and get different results, sometimes better, but sometimes still improvable.
This symbol is very well illustrated in the very first word of the bible, BERESHITH, interpreted and translated as a time description, read as “in the beginning”. Only digging a little under the literal meaning of this word we find it is made out of two words. We see that the word ESH (fire in Hebrew) appears in the middle of the word, leaving the rest of the letters to make the word BERITH (covenant), and revealing the purpose of scripture in a single word. There is not one experience that you may go through during life, that is not written in the Bible. In fact you are here to fulfill every little comma of what is written there. (Living Scripture)
A profound reading of the bible will literally make it possible to mark verses as self experiences. Yet marking these experiences is not the purpose but growing through them, seeing through the appearances as illustrations knowing what to do with them. How? By interpreting and noticing the reaction and its consequence.
Indeed, both Scripture, and this teaching that is well based on it, are a covenant sealed with fire. It is a covenant sealed with Life experiences. A covenant is a two sided agreement which on the other side there is a promise . If you know how to deal with Fire, and make the most out of your Life experiences regarding them, hence forth as the very material for your inner development, resolving the experience in a Spiritual way, remembering the inner power that you possess, and not blaming external factors of the state(s) you are in, or expecting “them” to resolve thinks for you, you are then promised not to have to go through that experience again if you don’t wish to. Ones awareness of this inner power is the water that puts the fire out. Indeed it is a covenant.
If you do your share of the agreement, the other side fulfills His promise to you. None of the sides is external to your Self, bounded to be One, by a Covenant (Contract) sealed with Fire! (Experience)
Bread- Bread is the literal word. Eating bread is studying, and breaking it is the word’s decomposition, as we do here, meaning interpreting the word as a symbol and finding its higher meaning.
When we are told to eat bread that is not bloated with yeast, and remove any yeast from our houses, it means to go back to the words original version, because the interpretation we gave it, makes us miss the words purpose. Hungering for bread would be ones arousal of curiosity, the will to study the word, and old and moldy bread would be prejudice and useless knowledge and ideas.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the LORD“ (Amos 8:11)
This famine, as already we’ve stated, is not only the need to fill ones appetite with the proper nutrition, but the need for The Truth that will set you free of the state of bondage that you put yourself into.
The one that says: “I am The Truth” is the savior and is born in Beth Lehem (house of bread).
Now, despite of the present ideas, this is not an historical event and Beth Lehem is not a place that can be marked on a map, but a state of mind. It is happening right now as you read these words, when you see that there is a higher and more significant meaning having to do directly with You, and you are taught to find the source of your
salvation in a correct study of what was so misinterpreted during the centuries. When you start applying what you study here and live by it, make it an integral part of your Being, then you can also declare: “I am The Truth“.
Trees- Trees in the bible, always represent people, reflecting your
“And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.” (Mark 8:24)
When a tree is mentioned in the bible, notice its qualities. Is it tall? Is it a bush? Does it bare fruit? Can you sit in its shadow? Is it thorny? Is it a single tree, or is it a forest? How do you treat the tree? What does it need to grow? Does it need to be watered often, or is it a desert tree that can survive with little water? Does it need to be pruned often like the vine does? The name of the tree may be significant as well, and also the name of the fruit it is baring.
If, for example if a Palm tree is mentioned, being a tall tree, it would mean errect. To errect means that you no longer bow to slavery, and straighten up your back from the constant beating and slapping of what mistakenly seems to be the only reality there is. The Palms fruit is the date. Date in Hebrew is TAMAR. Tamar means steep, upright, but it also means the ending of the misery of useless suffering. Dividing the word in two gives: TAM (ended) MAR (bitter). It is when the bitterness of having to deal with life ends. In this teaching we learn how not to deal with life appearances bitterly, but to make life experiences the very material for our inner growth. We learn how to welcome the appearances as illustration and make the most out of them. We learn how to increase the inner power as the solution to life circumstances, and not stay helpless, expecting an external salvation.
So, if a tree illustrates man, and man’s purpose is to Consciously develop, then it would be not at all surprising that man’s increasing inner power is illustrated as a carpenter. A carpenter gives shape to a crude piece of wood and makes it a useful tool that will help us function and make life easier for us. The carpenter is not someone that lived 2000 years ago. You are the carpenter, and you are also the piece of wood that the carpenter is shaping.
Of course, we cannot speak of the symbol of trees in the bible without mentioning the two trees of The Garden of Eden, The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil, and The Tree Of Life. I am not going to elaborate on these two trees here. There will be a more comprehensive explanation of what they represent, in the next chapters of this book. I will only remind you again, that these are not literal trees planted in a literal garden. The Garden of Eden is not a locality, and therefore the two trees are not physical plants. They represent your Being. As a hint I will only say that a person that thinks he can make a judgment of good and evil, and relates to things with this polar attitude, cannot live in a state called The Garden of Eden, and therefore has to be exiled from there, not by a punishing external authority, but by his own, as a consequence. One’s perception of Good and Evil is relative and has everything to do with his personality and the standards that this personality sets. The same thing may seem very good to one, and very evil to another, and vise versa. Nevertheless, this is our present stand point of seeing things, a perspective that we will learn to expand in order to see a wider picture of the appearance. A very well known saying of this teaching says that once man stops eating of the fruit of the Tree of Good And Evil, he can then start eating of the fruit of The Tree of Life. And what is The Tree of Life? The Tree of Life represents the emanation of life.
It is the only explanation to Life beside that it just happens. Life does not happen randomly. Life is perpetual. Life has no opposite, only an absence of Life, if you are thinking It does, then ask yourself the opposite of Birth. Life cannot come out of no where. Life, as it appears to us, is an Effect of a great Cause. The Cause, we already
hinted, is mental. Both the Cause nd Effect are You.
No-thing can ever be some-thing and some-thing can never be no-thing. ~(Unknown)
Stone- A stone represents the facts of life. The facts that visible reality puts in front of us. More than once it is told of a bunch of stones that someone gathers and puts as a monument. This can happen when one is aware of the facts of life and concludes the right conclusions of them. It is also told of who puts his head on a stone, like a pillow, and falls asleep. If you put the weight of your head, meaning consider it seriously, then fall asleep to you real Being. Or when it is told of stones that fall from heaven, it means that everything that happens to you, everything that you behold in your physical reality (stones), is but a manifestation of your mental activity (heaven). And when it is told of stoning, it is not literally the cruel method of punishment that is still customary in certain places, but throwing the facts of life on someone that is working on breaking free or improving, and indeed it is a very cruel thing to do, and may bring to someone Spiritual death.
We are now beginning to see what a Higher Meaning is. Do you see the difference between the literal interpretation of the word and the Spiritual one? Do not let the word “Spiritual” intimidate you. It is not told of anything mystical and inconceivable. Here it only means “psychological”. It means that all this has to do directly with you and the most inner parts of your Being, parts you didn’t even know were there.
Another group of symbols in scripture is numbers. Here is a brief explanation of the meaning of numbers in the Bible.
One- “ Hear O’Israel, The Lord our God The Lord is ONE”
The number One does have to do with monotheism, but not in the sense that monotheism is perceived in present. It has a much greater meaning than faith in a single God. The real meaning of monotheism will be revealed in the next chapters of this book, only as a clue I will say that it is equal to All There Is. When we say: ” Hear o’ Israel, The Lord our God The Lord is ONE”, taking The ONE as All There Is, can there be anything in addition to All There Is? Can there be anything else beside God? Although it may be early in this stage, I will also take a chance and state that every element of All There Is consists all its features, just like the core of a cell consists all the matters features, and remind you that all that we speak of all long this book, is about no one else but you.
The number One represents the recognition of the Essential Oneness, in compare to the multiple appearance.
Two- The number TWO represents the duality of man. The human Being is an earthly Being, but he is also a Spiritual Being as explained earlier. But there is also a kind of instruction to recognize this duality and use it for development. If there are parts in me that need observation ( which our starting point is that there are ), and it is said that it is ME that needs to observe them, then I have to “split” to be the observer and the observed. It is like putting things in order.
So then, according to the conclusions of this observation I am supposed to proceed, with the understanding that although it may seem like two (or more) it is always One.
Three- Every event that takes place is driven by three forces that cause the appearance. It is hard for us to see how these forces work, and we hardly notice them, because of the simple fact that we are used to not looking under the surface of the appearance, thinking that the only explanation to things that we behold is that they just happen.
In this teaching, however, we learn that nothing just happens, and everything happens for a Cause. The Three Forces of Creation are The Cause. The Three forces are, the active force, the passive force and the neutralizing force. All three are necessary for a manifestation, and no event will take place without all three of them.
If, for example, you wanted to sail a sailboat you would need an active force, namely- wind. You would need a passive force, namely a sail, and you would need a boat floating on the water that connects both first and second forces into one mutual aim that is to make a movement of the boat upon the water.
If there was only the boat, without the wind or sail, the event wouldn’t take place. If there was only wind, without the sails, the event would not take place either. Sails only with no wind would not give a result as well. There must be all Three Forces for the manifestation of the movement of the boat.
Active and Passive force, being opposites, resist and cancel each other by definition. From this resistance and cancellation, the Third Force arouses and connects both into one aim.
Back to our sailboat, Active force in action- the wind blows. Passive force- the sail resists the wind and blocks it. From this resistance a new appearance is created, namely the movement of the boat.
These Three Forces that drive the world, not only in nature but in man’s psychology as well, and are known in Christianity as The Trinity, namely- The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Although they seem to have three different wills, these are not three different beings, but three elements of One Being.
The Father, in phallic terms, very much common in religion, is who sows the seed for the manifestation, namely expresses the wish, aim if you like, for the appearance.- 1st, active force. The Son- is the same Being
(“I and My Father are one…“) only on another level of perception (“… but My Father is greater than me“).
The son is an earthly being, perceives himself in the level of Effect, living according to physical standards, and from those standards he makes “rational” arguments of why the manifestation is impossible, and by doing so cancels the Father’s expression of the wish. – 2nd, passive force.
The Holy Spirit is who connects both, and from the cancellation arouses a new appearance.
The law of The Three is perfectly illustrated in scripture in the story of Abraham’s Three guests as it appears in Genesis 18.
“And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him”
Now you know that these are not three literal men, but a personification of the Three Forces of Creation, and they come to break the news of the birth of a son, namely a new appearance that was not there before. See how genius this principle of The Three Forces is illustrated here.
“And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:10)
– First force, expressing the desire, aim.
“Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed” (Genesis 18:11-12)
– Second force, the logical rejection that arouses from the expression of the aim and cancels the possibility of manifestation.
“Is there any thing too hard for The Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)
– The Neutralizing force that arouses from the cancellation of the two first forces by each other, represented here as faith in The Creator.