Eve ate the apple from the "Tree of Knowledge." Something she has been chastized for doing for, oh, a long time. But what if that's not what happened? What if we've been telling this story all wrong all along?
What is this story about Eve and the tree of knowledge? As it was explained to me (in Catholic school of all places) this story in Genesis of Eve and Adam "eating from the tree of knowledge" is a metaphor.
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What Sister Daniel explained that day, was that this story of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge was a "metaphor for human consciousness or sentience."
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Meaning, once a human being went from being an animal (or ape) living in tress, and become aware, or sentient - he or she realized they were “naked” etc, and started civilization (and wars, crime, violence, and all those things that don't exist in the Garden of Eden).
Further, that the knowledge that we "were naked" and "had to be clothed" outside the Garden of Eden was the end result of eating from that tree. ("Damn! If only we hadn't taken a bit of the apple, we wouldn't have had to suffer here - birth and death and all of that - we would continue to be blissfully aware in the Garden! What a bummer!")
But alas, that danged snake talked her into it. (And lawyers, politicians followed soon after.)
Funny enough, when I heard this explanation in 8th grade from my nun the science teacher, I realized the entire bible was a metaphor, was not to be believed word for word per se --- and informed my parents I wouldn’t be “attending mass” anymore. Because I didn't believe that those folks who wrote the book were accurate.
To my surprise; they agreed.
But now, based on my decade of research into the flipside, I see another interesting metaphor in this story.
One day I was filming an interview with Jennifer Shaffer, and during that interview "Michael Newton" (whom she took to calling "Morton" as she could not remember his name) appeared during one of our conversations and said that he was on the flipside doing "noetic science."
I had read about it in Dan Brown's book - but I had to look that word up to understand that he was saying that from his perspective now, in the afterlife, he was helping people with understanding how to communicate with people "on the other side."
I asked him to clarify - "You mean you're helping people over here on the planet to speak with their loved ones over there?"
He said "No. The opposite." He was advising people no longer on the planet as to how they can communicate directly with their loved ones still on the planet. Not what I expected to hear - but there it was.
And when I got to my car, the word "Mnemonic" was on my cellphone. I had not typed it - it showed up as if I had. I allowed it might have been my pocket just creating that text - but I did look it up.
I knew it was a word related to "memory." (A mnemonic is a phrase to help with memory, like using "every good boy deserves fudge" to remember the notes on a treble scale of sheet music.)
But looking up that word, I learned that it was related to one of the most famous goddesses humanity has known but somehow has forgotten.
She was as equally important as Venus or Eros, or Mars. Her name used to be invoked before every play ever performed. She was the Goddess of Memory; Mnemosyne.
Before every greek play, the group would lead the audience into a prayer to her so they would remember their lines. (Some plays went on for days.)
But the story of her - the goddess of memory includes this detail"
"In Greek mythology, there was also a need of mind erasure, all mortals had to do this between their two lives, forget everything before being rebirth-ed...
Lethe was one of the five rivers in Hades, the underworld in Greek mythology. It was also known as the river of unmindfulness. The river was told to flow through the cave of Hypnos, the god of sleep, who would murmur his drowsiness into the water...
One would experience complete forgetfulness of the past after drinking water from it. (Lethe came into modern English as the word lethargy. Lethargy characterizes a condition of extreme drowsiness, fatigue, laziness or torpor, and usually a lack of emotion or interest. Lethargic means unnaturally drowsy, dull or torpid.)
Interestingly enough, there was another river which had just the opposite magic of Lethe, that was river Mnemosyne. It had the ability to make those who drink water from it remember all things and acquire omniscience." (From the net)
So; two rivers to drink from: one included the erasure of the memory of the previous lifetime, the other allowed you to remember "all of your lifetimes."
Based on the the thousands of between life hypnotherapy cases (2000 from Dr. Helen Wambach and 7000 from Michael Newton, the 45 I’ve filmed) that’s pretty accurate.
When we come here to the planet we forget all of our previous lifetimes so we can live this one fully (imagine how stressful it would be to constantly recognize people around you from the previous lifetimes/plays) and when we get “back home” we reconnect with the conscious energy we left behind so that we remember all of our previous lifetimes. (That is how we eventually recognize all those people as players we’ve “known forever.” Because we remember all the lifetimes we've had with them.)
(One can do this on their own with relative ease by finding a therapist trained by the Newton Institute - that’s their specialty. I’ve done 5 of these sessions, and have filmed 45 of other people doing the same.)
But it just occurred to me that this same myth applies to the story of the Garden of Eden.
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The Garden of Eden is the place of total happiness, no judgment, a place of unconditional love. When we come to the planet we take a "bite of the apple" and suddenly we are "thrown out" of the Garden of Eden, and we experience life, birth, death, hunger, famine etc... but all the while holding onto our memory of this eden like place - where we all "come from."
In the 45 between life sessions I've filmed, people consistently refer to this place that we "come from" as "back home." When I first heard it I was puzzled - where's home? Do they mean the home of the previous lifetime they just remembered? Or do they mean the home of this lifetime where they are doing the remembering?
It turned out neither.
They mean "back home" as in "not here."
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I just now realize that the myth of the tree of knowledge may actually be the opposite of what it depicts.
Not that Adam and Eve lived without knowledge - and then ate the apple and had knowledge… BUT THE OPPOSITE.
Eating the apple was the way of “forgetting where we come from.” Like taking a drink from the river of Lethe - forgetting that we come from a place of unconditional love, and while here we are “human form” which includes being naked, having to eat, give birth - but also to experience “unconditional love” - while we are here on the planet, but experiencing this realm from the perspective of our existing as "human beings/animals."
Something we generally “forget” when we get here (some do remember, often children up to the age of 8, but for the most part, we forget).
But when we "return home" we don't have to take a drink from the river Mnemosyne, because when we "get back home" we merge with the energy we left behind (people claim it's about two thirds of our overall energy), we "remember all of our previous lifetimes."
They don't report omniscience (we become "very smart," we are aware of all of their lifetimes, but not aware of how everything works, including who or what god is). But they do report this same information consistently.
The book of Genesis is... a cook book! (Sorry, just kidding, I couldn't resist the Twilight Zone reference).
The book of Genesis in this scenario is not a myth - but a metaphor for how we show up on the planet in the first place, and the tree of knowledge that we take the bite of the apple from - that apple bite represents a metaphor of the experience of what it's like to be human.
We forget that we are all spiritual beings in human form, but we will remember this when we return "home."
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