In the beginning God creates us in Its own image, “Let us make man [adam] in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man [adam] in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”Gen. 1:26-27 In this verse the Hebrew word for man is “adam.” This word is often translated as “reddish” or “ruddy,” but it also means “persons” or “people” collectively, and can mean an “indefinite someone.” It is important to note in this verse that adam is male and female in one, androgynous. It is not until later when the “Lord God” creates adam “out of the dust of the earth,” in other words, in the flesh, that these parts are separated. When this occurs, the name “adam” takes on the meaning we most commonly associate with this word, “ruddy” or “red,” resulting from the blood in flesh.
It is important to realize that adam was first made in the image of God, which we know is not flesh, but spirit, female and male in oneness, unconscious and conscious united. Then, symbolized by the changing of the name of the creator from “God” to “Lord God” and, subsequently, to simply “Lord,” we see the descent from direct God-consciousness to self-consciousness (“God” is the name in Chapter 1 of Genesis, “Lord God” begins in Chapter 2 and carries on until the name is changed to “Lord” in Chapter 4.). This is the descent from pure spirit to spiritualized flesh to disconnected flesh, at which time death takes hold. Understanding this helps us breakthrough to the original consciousness and condition.
Another important point about this creation is that it is a group creation, not just the creation of one famous person. “Adam” at this stage of the creation is referring to an original group of souls created by God in God’s image, and subsequently made in spiritualized flesh by the Lord God, then into mortal flesh by the Lord. According to the Cayce readings, the souls, those godlings within the One God, entered the earth in five places, five nations, five races; in one they were called “Adam,” and this is the story of those souls, (#900-227, 364-9 & -13).
At this point in Genesis, God has created everything in thought, in the mind of God, but not physically — all existed in God’s consciousness. This is symbolized in the passage that comes after the seven days of creation: “Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth [physically], and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God [note the name change] had not sent rain upon the earth; and there was no man [in flesh] to cultivate the ground” (Gen. 2:4-15). Yet, we know the heaven, earth and Adam had been created. The author is trying to convey to us that they had been created only in the mind of God not in form.
The original creation occurred in God’s infinite consciousness. This was our natural home before entering the flesh. It is what is spoken of in Jesus’ prayer to God, “And now, glorify Thou me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (John 17:5). And it is that realm spoken of when Jesus says to us, “I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going” ( John 14:2-4). Now, like many of us who are so much into physical consciousness, the disciple Thomas challenges this statement, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How do we know the way?” But we do know the way. Deep within us is our true nature. Deep within us we remember the original home, and we know the way. Each of us was there in the beginning. Each of us was originally created in the image and likeness of God. Within us that original nature lives and intuitively knows its way home. As Jesus said, “No one ascend to heaven but he who has already descended from it, even the Son of Man.”
John Van Auken helps to shed the light on the most complicated concepts in Kabbalah and similarities found in the Cayce readings in this latest book, Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah. Here he talks about why he wrote the book, what he found when studying the Kabbalah, and what has been the most important spiritual lesson in his own life.
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