God, Male and Female, and the “One Flesh” of Conscious Creation_Featured_, Consciousness, Spirituality Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
A few months ago I wrote a short article about how the story of Noah and the ark was about the ascension of consciousness rather than a literal narrative. More specifically, I mentioned how the ark represents the human mind itself.
Someone who recently read that article asked, “Then what do the animals represent?” I have been meaning to do a follow-up on that article for some time explaining exactly that, and this person’s question has finally motivated me to get it done.
There is also another reason I am going to include that information in today’s article: I want my readers to have a better understanding of God and how God relates to themselves, and since Noah’s ark is really about the mind, and God is the clear light of consciousness which can be experienced by the mind, I thought the topic could be really good for all my blog readers.
It is very important to first realize that Noah’s ark is the mind itself. If this is the case, then why did God send a flood? If you remember from the story, the rain was to last forty days and forty nights so that all flesh would be wiped off the face of the earth. Esoterically, this represents the baptism (and cleansing) of the lower mind. Forty is a number used throughout the Bible because it represents the human life cycle, just as there are forty weeks of life during the gestation cycle. Why was God sending a flood in the first place? It was because:
“…every imagination of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5).
In other words, it was the condition of the mind that God was concerned about. The ark was the salvation of the flood, just as developing a higher mind and consciousness is the salvation of us all.
So how do we really know the ark represents the mind? Actually, the question posed at the beginning of this post by a reader of my earlier article will point us in the right direction. Let’s look at some more scripture to get a better understanding. God told Noah what to bring with him on the ark. This is important.
“Of every clean beast thou shall take to thee by sevens, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and his female: to keep seed alive upon the face of the earth (Gen. 7:2-3).
Please pay attention to God stating over and over the phrase, the male and his female. As you’ll see, it’s part of the key that unlocks the true meaning to this story.
We have all seen the children’s stories and heard the Bible songs of God bringing the animals into the ark “Two by two.” Why does God emphasize this? If you remember that the ark represents the mind going through a cleansing process to higher consciousness, you should also be able to see that the two, the male and female, represent conscious thought. And how does thought arise? Thought arises through the male/female, positive/negative, or yin/yang process. In other words, conscious experience and thought is possible because of spirit expressing itself through matter, via the positive and negative forces of the universe. You can literally think of the male and female animals (thoughts) walking into the ark (mind).
Then why, you might ask, did God also emphasize that clean beasts must be brought in pairs of sevens? Simply put, seven is the number of completion, and Noah would naturally use these clean animals as a sacrificial offering once he got off the ark. In other words, the thoughts of the conscious mind were higher consciousness thoughts after the cleansing and baptism of the flood.
“And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour…” (Gen. 8:20-21).
Does it really make any sense that an omnipotent God of the entire universe would want anything to do with the smell of burning flesh on a literal altar? No, of course it wouldn’t.
Ponder a portion of scripture already discussed above again:
“Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and his female: to keep seed alive upon the face of the earth.”
The new seed was to be a cleansed mind that produced thoughts of higher consciousness rather than the evil imaginations of the conscious mind that were represented by the evil before the flood.
I am going to give you another scripture from Genesis which makes this rather clear and will bring this altogether. Before I present it to you, I want you to realize the importance of God and God’s relationship to the mind. If Christ consciousness is meant to be birthed within you (as Paul says he travails for in Galatians) then please understand that God IS mind, for all of creation is the result of the positive and negative forces naturally occurring within the universe. In Biblical language, the positive and negative force which births man’s experience on this earth as well as all creation is male and female.
Now for the scriptural proof:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
There are a few important points about this scripture that I want you to notice which make it clear this isn’t meant to be taken literally, as in a real man and women in the flesh.
1) At this point God is clearly referencing man as a single being, not two, since it says “in the image of God he created him.
2) This androgynous creature, Adam, includes both the male and female (positive and negative) forces.
3) God’s image is the result of the male/female aspect in creation, and god is consciousness.
4) You are made in God’s image because you have consciousness.
5) The male and female aspect of the creation is ONE. Both a literal man and women have this ONENESS inside of the mind.
Perhaps you may now also understand why scripture speaks of joining man together as “one flesh.” This “one flesh” aspect is speaking about the conscious and subconscious processes of the mind being married together into the single functioning of Christ consciousness. This is also one of the greatest mysteries known by many cultures and spiritual thinkers of antiquity.
Noah’s ark is a brilliant symbol of the mind, and the story of the salvation of Noah and his family speaks to us on the level of the mind. Of course there is much more to the story of Noah’s ark that I shall save for later blog posts.
For now we should all realize that if there is anything on this earth that we need salvation from it is ignorance. And guess what? That’s what sin is! To sin is to “miss the mark.” What mark? God’s mark, which is wisdom. Sin has nothing to do with all the worldly definitions we hear of in today’s churches.
To conclude, I want to share something with you that I find pretty significant. As I was considering this post, I happened to come upon some words by one of our country’s forefathers, Thomas Paine. As you’ll soon see, what a beautifully synchronicity it was to this blog post!
“Natural Philosophy or Natural Religion, as well as science, recognize that both masculine and feminine forces are necessary for the Creation of the physical Universe, whether visible or invisible to our senses. Science refers to these two forces as “Light” and “Energy”; ancient and natural religions refer to them as “God and Goddess.” The two can be seen as parts of a Single Whole, which is Creative Energy – Power and Wisdom – aka, God.”
Thomas could have easily stated male and female in that quote. And Isn’t it strange that Thomas Paine—one of our founding forefathers—knew and understood the principle of male and female quite well, but most Bible readers today are literal readers who would never make such a connection with wisdom? Consider also that Thomas Paine and many others considered to be forefathers, such as Thomas Jefferson, were deists. And didn’t they produce in the Declaration of Independence one of the greatest truths of the conscious human condition? Namely, the freedom to create through conscious choice an experience worthy of experiencing!
How can this knowledge help you personally?
Those of us who are searching for God need search no further, for God IS the continual and wonderful process of creation unfolding IN YOU each moment in your life. Everybody is looking to “get” to God. If this is the case, then where are you going to go to find God?
Think about it. If you died right now in your current state of consciousness, could you say that that state of consciousness would be an arrival point where you were truly worthy to spend an eternity in heaven with God? If not, then God would have to magically change you into perfection. Thank goodness this is not the case, because that wouldn’t be love. Love is about choosing, not being magically perfected.
To truly “get” to God you need to be “still,” in the mind, and become aware of what you have created around you through the conscious choices of you have made. Stop complaining, stop being negative, and stop thoughts that continually manifest lost opportunity. The male and female aspect of creation is always manifested through consciousness, however, to unify the mind into a state of ONENESS, or “one flesh,” is to manifest the Christ consciousness that Jesus preached of. Remember, the kingdom is where? It’s within you! Didn’t Jesus himself make this clear? So the power is “within” you!
We all need to experience what Noah did in the ark, and I believe this knowledge is essential for a few reasons. The wisdom of the world teaches us that God is outside of us, judging us, and pointing his finger until we accept a doctrine that is attributed to God and the Bible but really comes from the voice of man and politics. Real wisdom comes from God, and since God is within you, so there must the wisdom come from too!
So what are you waiting for? Go find a prayer closet and get meditating. Still the mind, and learn to hear God. The voice might not be audible, but it will become loud and clear once you experience it.
Joshua Tilghman runs the blog, The Spirit of the Scripture, a site dedicated to unveiling the hidden meanings beneath the literal text of the Bible. You can visit his site at http://www.spiritofthescripture.com