Giving Back the Apple from the Garden of Eden

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I wonder what God was thinking when He put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Then He said don’t eat its fruit. Then He let the tempter convince his creation to try the fruit.

I think that’s what He really wanted us to do, but He was kind enough to give us the choice.

And what have we done with the knowledge? As far as I can tell most of humanity spends its time trying to give the knowledge back. Since this is a life force group, I’ll use one brief example from that area to explain.

The life force is a powerful tool that can be used for healing disease. In their own ways people, such as Edgar Cayce and Mary Baker Eddy, used the life force to heal. Sometimes they were successful and sometimes not, but the failures are what we remember, what we are taught in school, and what practitioners of healing arts using the life force are prosecuted (and persecuted) for. As a culture it seems like we do not want to know about the life force and are always trying to deny the knowledge.

Other cultures have similar attitudes. In Zen there is prohibition against using magic. One story tells of two Zen monks standing on the bank of a river. One of the monks takes off his hat, throws it in the water, steps in the hat and floats across the water. The other monk says something like, “If I had known you were that kind of person, I would have killed you.” The second monk was perfectly capable of doing the same thing; he just chose not to. The choice of Zen is to not use the magic that comes from the life force, at least not in this way.

For now, I’ll leave it to you to come up with reasons why.