“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”-Kybalion
You guys know I’m a sucker for alchemy, hermetic philosophy, and all things esoteric at this point so I’m going to dive straight into the deep end. I am under the impression that 99.99999% of the problems our species face are the direct result of black and white thinking. It just breeds this us versus them mentality that works against our species in the most basic way possible. Drop a good (add any thesis with a firm antithesis here) publicly and watch the people get lost in the sauce and argue. Pick something that stirs strong emotions within us and watch our egos do what they do.
Now, I’m going to toss our definition of occult on it’s head for you. When did duality first rear it’s head in the Hebrew scriptures?
“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”-Genesis 3:5
Humankind immediately awakens to their nakedness and covers up out of shame. Shame being a social emotion being felt for the first time in the Biblical narrative. What we’re not taught is how this awareness of our humanity is where we first start losing our conscious contact with God. We start adding to the fact that Consciousness Is The All. We start adding to the “I AM” sense at the core of existence. It becomes “I am human,” or “I am a man and she is…” This is the exact moment when we shift from knowing we are spiritual beings in a physical world to being physical beings with spiritual aspects.
Why do you think there’s so many variations of this narrative?
- Paris and the apple
- Gula Bau and the fruit of enlightenment
- Kama Mara and the world of illusion
- Even Prometheus and fire to some extent
All of that is semantics though.
Any time you see a story with cultural overlap trust and believe there’s is something vitally important shrouded within the symbolism. Anyways, let’s keep our conversation on duality within the confines of Genesis for a bit. What does the fall represent?
Nah for real. Think about that for a minute.
When humankind started seeing themselves as separate entities, like God is now Sky Daddy, and we are a species apart from our Divine source we became very concerned with our sense of self. Selfishness was born. We began to see things in terms of our needs and started disregarding anyone and anything that wasn’t directly beneficial to us. We call that the ego-mind these days right. Now, not that long after the birth of this ego-mind Genesis chronicles the first murder ever. Brother murders brother after feeling dejected from a God he now sees as separate from himself.
We fell out of touch with our Cosmic Unity and shifted into a state of individual awareness. We devolved into a state of dual-mindedness. Think of all the damaging effects our egotistical (selfish) attitudes have had on our lives and the lives of others.
I could say that I sense you feel is God within you and you could rationalize how that would imply that I sense is also God within me. We could be hippie AF and say everything is interconnected by it’s sense of awareness. We could expand that awareness to all sentient beings and see our heartbeats as one giant drum circle pounding to the rhythm of life. Yet somehow rightness of this Divine truth would still convolute the simplicity of it all. Why?
Mystics from all corners of the globe have tuned into the oneness, written it down, and started grassroots movements. They speak of the one true God at the core of our being through their cultural lenses. The Great Spirit of the Americas, or Eloah to the Semitic tribes, The Tao of China. Anyways, their followers come across others seeking the same revelation following another teacher who speaks of the same cosmic unity with their own cultural spin. Naturally the two groups bump heads. I mean, wars have been fought for less but you get the point.
See, our egos breed this “my way is right and everything you say is wrong” mentality while the tricksters who offered the knowledge of good and evil laugh at how easily we stop considering others as ourselves and fight. That narcissistic impulse eats away our compassion and really puts a damper on our chances of coexisting peacefully. When spiritually minded people constantly argue over their concept of God people on the outside tend to ignore God altogether. Yes, the baby gets tossed out with the bathwater.
God is within. However you experience the awareness of life is completely subjective. I can’t combat your awareness and awe with my sense of rightness nor would I want to. You and I are connected by that sense of life. We will go through various ups and downs in our lifetimes and experience the wonder of it all together regardless of how our waking minds attempt to explain it. The real trick is to not lose site of that most noble of truths: We all experience our awareness together.
Just think about it.