The Garden of Eden unmasked
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” - Genesis 2:15
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” - Genesis 3:4
Eve eats the fruit and likes what she’s eaten. She persuades Adam to eat from it. The fruit awakens them to the knowledge that they are naked. God is angry at the Serpent and Adam and Even and banishes them from the Garden.
Many, many of us read this story as children, but some of us must have thought it a bit odd. Questions that leapt into my mind were: ‘what sort of crazy god is that? What kind of a God would put two people in a garden and say ‘eat whatever you like but don’t eat from that tree ‘cos it’ll kill you,’ when, in fact, all it did was make one embarrassed about nudity? What’s more, why on earth would a supposedly compassionate god banish two people because they ate a fruit that made them not want to be starkers? To be honest, the Biblical Garden of Eden story is plain weird. It feels like a messed-up, third-hand story that suffers from a serious bout of Chinese Whispers.
It’s therefore very interesting that there exists an ancient text that gives a different and much more logically consistent version of the Garden of Eden story. The text is known as the Secret Testament of John or the Apocryphon of John. It is an ancient text, probably from the century after Christ's death. It is at least as old as the gospels of the New Testament, most of which were written at least a century after Christ's death, but unlike them, it was not chosen by Bishop Iraneus to form the New Testament. Instead, the early Roman Catholic Church tried to destroy it. Fortunately, a few copies survived.
Here’s the Apocryphon of John’s version of the Garden of Eden story:
"And the man came forth because of the shadow of the light which is in him. And his thinking was superior to all those who had made him. When they [the Archon Watchers] looked up, they saw that his thinking was superior. And they took counsel with the whole array of archons and angels. They took fire and earth and water and mixed them together with the four fiery winds. And they wrought them together and caused a great disturbance. And they brought him (Adam) into the shadow of death, in order that they might form (him) again from earth and water and fire and the spirit which originates in matter, which is the ignorance of darkness and desire, and their counterfeit spirit. This is the tomb of the newly-formed body with which the robbers had clothed the man, the bond of forgetfulness; and he became a mortal man. This is the first one who came down, and the first separation. But the Epinoia of the light which was in him, she is the one who was to awaken his thinking.”
Epinoia is a strange word but it effectively means ‘spark of enlightenment’. It’s also worth mentioning that the word ‘paradise’ originally meant ‘paras deios’ or ‘parkland of the gods’. In other words, paradise wasn’t a realm, more like the grounds of a mansion-house. Also note that God is a plural word here; there are many gods or archons involved. This plurality of god isn’t that surprising as god is referred to in the plural several times in Genesis, particularly in the section about Nephilim and also in the Tower of Babel story. So, a group of gods make Adam and make him mortal, which isn't just about leading a physical life but also forgetting that there's more to existence than a physical life. Fortunately for Adam, he does have the potential to realise that there is more to existence than a physical life.
"And the archons took him [Adam] and placed him in paradise. And they said to him, 'Eat, that is at leisure,' for their luxury is bitter and their beauty is depraved. And their luxury is deception and their trees are godlessness and their fruit is deadly poison and their promise is death. And the tree of their life they had placed in the midst of paradise.”
In other words, the archons have made Adam lead a physical life and they want him to only focus on the physical aspects of life, sensual pleasures etc, which is a form of perception trap. In this way, the 'Tree of Life' is a tree of trance-blindness, which the archons want Adam to be spiritually lost within.
"And I shall teach you (pl.) what is the mystery of their life, which is the plan which they made together, which is the likeness of their spirit. The root of this (tree) is bitter and its branches are death, its shadow is hate and deception is in its leaves, and its blossom is the ointment of evil, and its fruit is death and desire is its seed, and it sprouts in darkness. The dwelling place of those who taste from it is Hades, and the darkness is their place of rest.""But what they call the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is the Epinoia of the light, they stayed in front of it in order that he (Adam) might not look up to his fullness and recognize the nakedness of his shamefulness. But it was I who brought about that they ate.”
By comparison, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a spiritually positive tree because it gives anyone who eats from it a gnosis, an awareness that there is more to existence that just living a physical life and enjoying physical pleasures.
And to I said to the saviour, "Lord, was it not the serpent that taught Adam to eat?" The saviour smiled and said, "The serpent taught them to eat from wickedness of begetting, lust, (and) destruction, that he (Adam) might be useful to him. And he (Adam) knew that he was disobedient to him (the chief archon) due to light of the Epinoia which is in him, which made him more correct in his thinking than the chief archon. And (the latter) wanted to bring about the power which he himself had given him. And he brought a forgetfulness over Adam. It is not the way Moses wrote (and) you heard [regarding forgetfulness]. For he said in his first book, 'He put him to sleep' (Gn 2:21), but (it was) in his perception. For also he said through the prophet, 'I will make their hearts heavy, that they may not pay attention and may not see' (Is 6:10).
This is a fascinating inversion to the Biblical version of the story and it makes far more sense than the Biblical version. The god controlling Adam and Eve screwed up. He wanted dumb servants but he actually created individuals that powers of perception equal to or superior to his own. In an autocratic attempt to control their knowledge, he pushes them towards materialism, sensual preoccupations with the Tree of Life. Fortunately for Adam and Eve, another person leads them to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and its fruit awakens them from their base trance.
"I appeared in the form of an eagle on the tree of knowledge, which is the Epinoia from the foreknowledge of the pure light, that I might teach them and awaken them out of the depth of sleep. For they were both in a fallen state, and they recognized their nakedness. The Epinoia appeared to them as a light; she awakened their thinking. And when Yaltabaoth noticed that they withdrew from him, he cursed his earth. He found the woman as she was preparing herself for her husband. He was lord over her, though he did not know the mystery which had come to pass through the holy decree. And they were afraid to blame him. And he showed his angels his ignorance which is in him. And he cast them out of paradise and he clothed them in gloomy darkness.”
The autocratic, negative overlord's plan fails. Through the help of a compassionate interloper, Adam and Eve find out that existence isn't purely materialistic. To put it bluntly, they realise that the physical pleasures of life are certainly enjoyable, but are only transitory and trivial compared to spiritual experiences. The god of Paradise is extremely angry at what they've done, and that his negative plan has been foiled. He chucks them out of Eden.
The reason I wanted to chat about this story is that there seems to be a huge effort in the developed world at the moment to push us, the general population, into exactly the kind of mental state into which the archons tries to push Adam. This extremely important problem links with comments made by the psychic Robert Monroe, which I've talked about in an earlier blog. For millennia, we've been repeatedly told by our our religious leaders that all psychic activities are sinful and evils. More recently, we've also been told by our scientists that nothing spiritual exists. Both lies effectively cripple our ability to see clearly, to look beyond 'the tomb of the newly-formed body'. We're being pushed back into that dumb trance that the archons tried to put on Adam. We might think we have everything at the moment, but we are all effectively back in the Garden of Eden, seemingly being brainwashed by a new set of archons with exactly the same agenda as their ancient forebears. Tragically for us, this obsession with buying things and pleasuring ourselves, to the detriment of virtually all else, is not only a dark trance for us, it is destroying our Eden, our environment, through climate change. We really, really need to wake up! (again!)
P.S. For more information on the whole subject of greater spiritual awareness, I recommend 'Consciousness Beyond Life' by Dr Pim Van Lommel, 'Heading towards Omega' by Dr Kenneth Ring. 'Supernormal' by Dean Radin and 'DMT:The Spirit Molecule' by Dr Robert Strassman.