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What if What We Think is Real is a Lie?

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"I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore!"

-Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz

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We are at a pivotal time in the history of humanity.   Over the course of the past 6 to 10,000 years, we have increasingly been besieged by a philosophy that may be proven to be a lie at worse or just a natural movement in the history of the universe at best.   Is this movement good or bad?   Who is to say?   What use is judgment at this point?    Perhaps what's important is to expose what we are living under.

The beginning of this wave was around 6 to 10,000 years ago.   This would place it around the time of the writing of the Adam and Eve story.   This story describes humanities being kicked out of Eden, a place of paradise in which man and woman could stroll about naked without any shame and were buddies with all the wonderful creatures of the Earth.

Perhaps the Eden of yesterday exists still today?   For example, in modern tribal societies, women and men can romp about naked without any shame, meaning that the movement illustrated in Genesis wasn't necessarily universal, but appeared to affect some cultures and not others.   And, overall, those tribal societies live with the creatures around them without thinking themselves "Lord" over them.   Indeed, if they ate a particular creature, it was to the Spirit of that creature that they often gave thanks.   But that thanks wasn't just about the food needed for survival.   It was also about incorporating the animal's spirit into the self.

How did it happen that we got to where we are?   According to the Bible, Eve enticed Adam into eating the fruit of knowledge, the apple, which then opened both of their eyes to their nakedness.   In other words, it made them self-aware and, more importantly, judgmental about their bodies.   To pass judgment on one's body, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), means they passed judgment on Nature or God.

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It seems to me that given the line that we were made in the image of God, "male and female created He them", as proclaimed by Genesis 1:27, the Fall was our loosing site of who we are.   So, you could even say that Adam and Eve not only denied their true essence, their nudity, but that of the universal powers, i.e., Nature/God.  

Thus, we became alienated from ourselves and the universe in which we live.  

The story of Genesis was written during a time of major change across the Middle Eastern and Asian areas, and perhaps even the Americas (e.g., the Mayan and Aztec Civilizations).   It was written at the time that civilizations began and we moved out of our tribal societies, which, as evidenced by those societies still in existence today, could romp about buck naked without even a blush.  

If we use a wave as a metaphor for the movements in history, perhaps we can get that this movement portrayed in Genesis has a beginning, an apex and a decline.   Perhaps then our alienation could become lessened while we reclaimed our place as sacred beings living in paradise?

The decline in this wave is evidenced by works such as Talbot's Holographic Universe; Capra's Tao of Physics; or Watt's The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.   In other words, the works of these people reflect a major movement in the universe that operates as a whole and not as a series of independent parts.  


As such, Alan Watts states that "the whole is a pattern, a complex wiggliness, which has no separate parts" p. 97.   Though you may be in California and I in Maine, we are united in a pattern in which we are not separate.   Perhaps this unity exists on several dimensions.   On the everyday level, you and I may appear to be independent systems.   Yet if we go deeper into our function in relation to the planet, we exist as cells within the Earth's system of atmospheric maintenance.

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Furthermore, as you go deeper into matter, you eventually come to a point where you realize you and the world are infinite.   The epistemological question thus becomes, how can you and I exist side-by-side if we are both infinite?   How can the infinite exist side-by-side with itself?

In myth, this is why the beginning of the universe is a bifurcation.   Thus, in Genesis 1, once Light is born, God divides that Light from the Dark.   In my interpretation of this line, the separation was of Manifest (Light-Created) from the Unmanifest (Dark-Uncreated).   And, from that primary bifurcation, the universe is formed in an exponential multiplication leading to the infinite diversity we see before us.

This mirrors fetal development.   In each one of our beginnings, our single celled egg first divides into two and from there winds up becoming the uncountable cells of our body. All of this from the desirous light in mom's and dad's eyes.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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