Revised; originally published on 24 January 2015
Image: “Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach the Elder, http://courtauld.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/port/ol/P-1947-LF-77-tif-10575.jpg ..
What really happened in the Garden of Eden? …
Adam and Eve were having a wonderful time, exploring the Art of Love under a beautiful tree known as the Tree of Long Life and Happiness.
It was summertime. Little did they know, there was a very large snake in the tree. The devil came by and said to the snake, in a low, snarly, hissy voice (so that the snake could understand) …
Tell Adam and Eve that what they’re doing is Evil!
So the snake snuck along slowly, till it was near their ears.
By this time they were asleep under the tree, cuddled in each other’s arms. Dreaming sweetly of conjugal love.
The snake hissed in their ears like this: What you did was wrong! Trust me on this! I just found out from the fellow that owns the Book of Good and Evil.
Their eyes opened wide. They looked at each other.
Adam said to Eve: WHY did you tempt me?
Eve said to Adam: WHY did you treat me like an evil thing?
Then God, who had been listening all the time (naturally) sent just a hint of his magnificent, loving heart down to the vicinity of the devil, the snake, the tree, and Adam and Eve. But just a hint was more than enough! Everyone was struck with awe, looking up at Him.
And God said: My children, this dissing of your human nature is truly not to my liking. I like Love. Hate’s just not my thing. My feeling is, this Garden, and this Tree of Long Life and Happiness, are just not the place for the two of you. Until you kiss and make up.
So out they went from the Garden of Eden, and into a Dimension NOW known as Duality. A Dimension of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
You all know, from the Bible, what happened then (1). And from Joni Mitchell, how the longing of their children grew to return to the non-dual state:
And all we many children of Adam and Eve, at this moment of Ascension, have, after all these aeons, found our way back. Back to the Garden of Earth. What damage has been done, will be undone. All of us, all humankind, shall join in this Great Song, the Song of Earth Arising.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Variation on the story of Adam and Eve from Dave Allen:
Video: “Dave Allen – Adam & Eve,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534&v=5JMXbtjhw7A ..
(1) Genesis 2:15-25 (KJV): Story of Adam and Eve
15 “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18 “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
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