The Fall of Innocence,
Rise of Understanding and Eternal Life
On the day that the All formed the Earth there was nothing on the face of the ground. After the rumbles and explosions came to an end, and the fires of creation died down, serenity came over this new, innocent planet. The winds blew away the sulfuric smells, and all was calm over the newborn land. And so it sat, a barren wasteland void of all life, desolate and indifferent. And yet something slumbered deep within the earth, removed from time in an endless cycle of night and day. Little changed, for there was little to change in this unceasing dance of rock, fire, water, and wind. And so Gaia waited, calm and serene, poised in effortless anticipation.
And so it came to pass that one day there was change, for from the ethers of Heaven the Lord sent down a river of light. Now this vapor was that of life, the essence of true creation. It came from above to bathe the planet in a shawl of white light. And then it penetrated to the darkest depths of the earth, and touched the deepest essence of her, awaking something within, something that had been not awake, and yet not asleep. With this germination things started to change on the face of earth, for it no longer was a dead thing, but alive and breathing. The winds blew, and the tides came, urging the growth of life. And thus it was that the earth was covered in life, growing and pulsing with the flow of creation.
And so there was a garden. This garden was called that of Eden, for it was that which was nearest to unknowing perfection. This was a place where plants and animals alike existed in a symphony of symbiotic harmony. And yet one day as the stately trees brushed the blue skies man and woman realized they were there. There was a moment where they understood that they were in a place, in a way they hadn’t known before. And yet they did not know this place nor did they understand it. In this instant the Lord Father came to them saying “Man and Woman, you are here in Eden. Enjoy it, and care for it, for it is your duty to protect this land. You are our chosen children, and we love you. But I must warn you, the day that you eat of the Tree of Knowledge is the day that you die. You will feel pain and suffering like never before. I implore you to be careful, for you will cease to be as you are, for you shall be dead to this life.” So man and woman tended to the garden in the way that they should. Yet they did not understand the worlds of the Lord. And for a time it was good.
Now it came to pass that one dark and chill night man and woman were walking in the garden by the cold light of the moon. And they felt an emptiness inside of them, something they could not describe, nor understand. It was a void that pulled at the very essence of them, threatening to destroy all that they were. And at that moment, far off in the darkness, they saw a faint light. Not knowing what it was they walked on toward the luminous shine. As they went the light became brighter, and brighter, until it was glowing, and cast an eerie bluish-green light all about them. They had never seen this light before, and it shined out to them beckoning for them to come closer. As they walked, they noticed that the light was coming from a large tree, glorious in magnitude and stature. This tree was magnificent, with roots that descended deep down to the center of the earth, soaking up the essence of her. And up high in the branches they could see that this wonderful tree had fruit, and that the euphoric glow was coming from that fruit. As they peered up through the canopy they could see that the fruit was like none that they had ever encountered, for it glowed like the moon. Each piece radiated a light so pure and wonderful that it sent them into a state of divine euphoria.
After long moments of just basking in the warm radiance of the tree, man and woman decided that they wanted to know of this fruit. They felt pulled to the glowing fruit in a way that pained them and pulsed with the emptiness inside of them. But looking at the tree they knew that they could never reach the fruit, for it was too high. Yet they longed for it, longed to taste of its sweetness and bliss. So they called out to Mother Gaia, pleading for her help. And she came to them saying “My poor children, oh how you suffer. You have felt the tree of Life and yet cannot touch it. For as you are you cannot know it. Only those who understand the essence of existence can truly taste Life. And you as you are have no understanding of these secrets, for you have not lost your innocence. My children, to know Life you must let your ignorance die. You must open your eyes to the light of Truth and Knowledge. You must die if you are to be born again. Only after this is done can you know of the fruit of Life. I am so sorry my children, but you must go to die.” And with that Mother Gaia left them. Man and woman did not fully understand the words of Gaia, but they knew that her words were truth. And so it pained them to leave the tree of Life, but they felt that to truly know Life, they must first find the Tree of Knowledge and die from its fruit.
So man and woman journeyed toward the tree of Knowledge. Yet as they made their way among the tall trees they began to think. They pondered what it was to die. What would actually happen if they ate of the tree of Knowledge. Being away from the aura of the tree of Life their resolution wavered. For a moment they paused and considered going back to their life of naiveté and ignorance. For they wondered if true Life was worth the pain of death and resurrection, for they knew not what true Life was. And yet they still felt the void within them tearing them asunder, and so they sat on the ground in utter distress. In that instance the Serpent came to them. Now the Serpent is both wise and subtle, and spoke to them the truth. First he asked them what it was they were doing, and man and woman replied. “O wise Dragon we are searching for the tree of Knowledge. Yet we do not know what will happen to us when we eat of its fruit. For the Lord Father told us that when we eat of the tree we shall die. And we are dreadfully scared, for we do not know what pains death will bring.” So the Serpent said to them, “But what is death when you are not truly alive? For a life of ignorance is not true Life. Remember the words of Mother Gaia, she told you that only through the death of your ignorance and the understanding of Wisdom can you eat of the tree of Life and thus truly live.” With that the serpent left, and man and woman knew what they needed to do. Their resolution was fortified, and they journeyed to the tree of Knowledge with a conviction that only the young and headstrong can possess.
When they reached the tree they staggered in awe of its mighty presence. It loomed over them radiating a dark, malevolent aura of pain and suffering. The tree was covered in spikes and thorns large and sharp enough to shred man and woman asunder. As they approached they could feel a sensation of terror overtake them. It gripped them in a way that nothing had before, and they dropped to the ground not able to continue. Horror pulsed within their core, pulling at the very quintessence of them, and they thought they would die of it. And yet within them something else burned stronger than this terror, for at that moment the void of understanding reached its zenith. This burning emptiness within them rose past the terror and they knew they must continue or the emptiness would consume them. With this understanding they knew that nothing could harm them. Nothing could be worse than the pain and suffering of the emptiness within their soul. And so they stood up and walked hand in hand with tear-stained cheeks toward their tree of death.
As they made it to the trunk of the dark tree they could not find a way to its fruit, for its branches were far away up in the canopy. And yet the trunk was covered in spikes and they realized that they must climb up the sharp blades to reach the fruit. And so climb they did, up a wall of spikes. As they climbed, their naked flesh became cut and torn from the barbs and thorns. Their flesh was sliced to the bone and blistered by the hot sun by the time they made it to the fruit high in the sky. And in that instant, holding the dark fruit in their bloody hands, they ate of it, and in an explosion of light their eyes were opened knocking them back off from the tree. And so they fell, fell from the tree, and fell from grace, with minds burning like the sun with the understanding of the world.
Down they fell, their bodies limp and lost in the serene sky. As they fell Man and Woman knew the world, for they could see with eyes open. They understood the folly of their previous life and the ignorance in which they had lived. And at that precise moment they hit the ground with a force that broke their fragile bodies. And so they lay broken and dying on the hard earth, staring into the unveiled sun with the comprehension of the universe blazing within their minds. And there they died; knowing that understanding life was worth the cost of death.
And then the Lord Father came to the broken bodies of Man and Woman. And in that moment the Lord had a body, and in his celestial eyes there were tears that ran down his face and fell to the dry ground. He looked down on his children and felt what they had felt. He knelt down to the lifeless body of Man and took up his hand. Seeing Man’s slashed flesh the Lord looked at his own palms and saw the scars from an age long past, a time long ago. Staring at his scarred hands the Lord knelt in the sand remembering the sacred day long ago when he too had fallen off a very similar tree, the day he had fallen with her. And then at that moment she too was with him under that hallowed tree with tear-stained cheeks, grieving for their fallen children.
Mother Gaia and Lord Father stood together with scarred hands held tight. These scars came from their climb up a different tree of Knowledge, in an age long past, yet even worse were their scars from after their fall from that tree and the destruction they had caused. And so looking down at their broken children lying on the ground, once again tears of sorrow began to stream down their divine faces. For Lord Father and Mother Gaia felt the pain and hurt of their children, felt the pain of death, and yet what caused the tears truly to flow was the knowledge of what would happen when Man and Woman rose again. Because Man and Woman no longer could live in the innocence that they once had, they would be corrupted by their knowledge. Man and Woman now had the understanding of the universe and thus were tainted by it. With the loss of their innocence they would ravage and burn the world searching for Life. Just because they had Knowledge did not mean that they had Wisdom. And without Wisdom they would never find Life, and yet never stop searching for it no matter the cost to the world. And yet if Man and Woman did find Life before they had acquired Wisdom all things everywhere would be lost, not just on Earth but in all the universe. So the Lord Father and Mother Gaia placed the mighty Cherubim equipped with the flaming sword of Wisdom that cuts through ignorance and delusion to guard over the tree of Life until the day Man and Woman are ready for its fruit, ready to become Gods.
And after that Mother Gaia and Lord Father knelt down over the broken bodies of their children and breathed mortal life into them. As the breath of life pulsed through their bodies they were healed, what was broken became mended, flesh and bone fused back to what it once was. And yet Man and Woman had to live with the scars of what they had done. And in that moment Man and Woman awoke from death to see standing over them Mother Gaia and Lord Father. With their new-found Understanding Man and Woman rushed to prostrate themselves on the ground before Mother Gaia and Lord Father, for Man and Woman were humiliated and ashamed to be before their Godly parents. And knowing this would happen, Gaia and the Lord showered Man and Woman with an aura of love and affection that made Man and Woman feel secure. And Mother Gaia and Lord Father told them, “Children, you now have grown up. You have eaten from the tree of Knowledge, and now comprehend the workings of the world. And because of that your innocence has died, truly you have died. And yet you were resurrected by our hand to live as mortals upon Earth. You have fallen and now must rise up to find Life. Yet only through Wisdom will you gain this eternal and everlasting Life. So you must go out into the world and search for this Wisdom so you may eat of the tree to join us in full expression of Divinity. But now children we must leave you, for this is your journey, and you must do so alone, for the understanding of Wisdom comes from within.”
And with that Mother Gaia and Lord Father left their children standing naked and alone on the cold ground. And as Man and Woman walked away Mother Gaia and Lord Father knew that Man and Woman would ravage the Earth looking for the Truth of Life. That the world would burn because of the actions of Man and Woman. But they hoped that one day if the All willed it, Man and Woman would find the Truth of Wisdom and come to reside with them in Eternal Life, for that is the nature of things.
The story of Genesis, a story of beginnings--the story of Genesis deals with the creation of life on earth, and yet more importantly deals with the growth of that life, and the ways in which it became mature. This story deals with the themes of ignorance and the death of ignorance via the understanding of knowledge. And yet the biblical version of this story is incomplete, missing the key theme of the story. Why? Why is there a tree of Life and Knowledge? Why does the Lord warn them away from the tree? Why is it that they are cast out of the garden once they have eaten from the fruit? What is the point, why, why, why? But even more importantly how does it affect our lives. In my version not all of these things can be answered, yet we get a better appreciation for the questions, for we see them in a new light, inspiring us to think and feel them in a way which we are unaccustomed.
First, the “ALL formed the Earth,” now this is a Hermetic philosophy, in which the all, or all things that have relative existence, were created by the ALL, a thing with no relative existence. Thus outside of causation, called the “unmoved mover” in Aristotelian philosophy, this “thing” created the universe, and thus earth. So the distinction is made between it, and the Lord Father, and Mother Gaia. This distinction is also made clear in the references to when Lord Father and Mother Gaia “had fallen off a very similar tree” to that of Man and Woman. This then leaves all sorts of questions to be made about the nature of creation, and the ascension of life.
Now Mother Gaia and Lord Father are two sides of the same coin, Yin and Yang, feminine and masculine. They are one in the same, polar opposites, and indivisible. Yet they are also different, and keep their own place and form. Lord Father is masculine, and is the implanter of thoughts. Mother Gaia is feminine, and is the creator of matter. One implants the plan for creation the other allows it to be. Mother Gaia laid waiting for Lord Father to implant the seed of thought into her, enabling the creation of life. Now in the story, it seems that they are somehow bound to earth. That this is their planet, under their control, and the same goes with Man and Woman, they too are under their jurisdiction. And yet this also brings into play the idea that there are many other planets, and many other versions of Mother Gaia and Lord Father, an idea I relish.
Next are man and woman; notice how there were no capitals. Before they ate from the tree of Knowledge I wanted to somehow show that they were less than human, lacking some sort of reasoning ability. In their youth, man and woman were innocent and childlike, not able to comprehend the world around them. This is a major theme, for in the story this innocence must one day come to an end, for a life of innocence is not one of true life. Pushing them ever on is the sensation of the Void; a never-quenched black hole of pain and suffering that motivates them to seek out truth. This void is what makes them seek for life and knowledge, for they know something is missing in their life, something great which is needed in the strongest way possible. So because of the void, they eat of Knowledge and become Man and Woman, mature and knowledgeable of the world. Yet, even so, they still must transform their Knowledge into Wisdom to gain eternal Life. And when that is done, they will join Mother Gaia and Lord Father in divinity. So their job is not yet done, their journey not yet complete, they must wander the world in search of truth. And even after that is done it seems like there is still more for them to do, like Mother Gaia and Lord Father. Now in the story, the search for truth seems like it will be at great cost to the earth. “With the loss of their innocence they would ravage and burn the world searching for Life,” which shows that just because they have Knowledge and Understanding, they still lack Wisdom, and must find it to gain true Life. And if they had true Life without this understanding of Truth, they would bring ruin to all. This act of finding Truth is a paramount action that is needed to complete this stage of their journey. Yet it will come with a cost.
The trees: first the tree of Life. This mighty tree is a physical representation of the utmost essence of life. It is the fruit of life, literally. Due to its properties man and woman are drawn to it, grasping for life. Yet they cannot touch it, for they have no understanding of knowledge or wisdom. And to know life you must understand truth. This tree has a feminine quality. It has a warm glow, and beckons them toward it with love and serenity. They see it in the night under a moon, a feminine, celestial object of power and passive creation. This tree is the fruit of Gaia, and only can be taken by the wise. The tree of Knowledge, this mighty tree is a physical representation of the utmost essence of knowledge. It is the fruit of knowledge, literally. Due to its properties, man and woman are repelled by it, in terror of death. They are afraid to touch it for it is covered in spikes and thorns. And yet they find that the only way up the tree is to climb the spikes, so they do climb. What at first repelled them enabled them to reach their goal. They see the tree under the blaze of the sun, a masculine, celestial object of power and active life. This tree is the fruit of the Lord, and when taken brings death.
There are some other small points to consider, such as the serpent, who in my story is a dragon that represents Wisdom. The dragon is a necessary tool for man and woman to get the conviction to complete their task. The dragon also came to them at the exact time in which they needed him, right when they were thinking about leaving the path and falling back into ignorance. Without the serpent all would be lost. Another is the mighty Cherubim equipped with the flaming sword of Wisdom that cuts through ignorance and delusion. This sword is a symbol in Buddhist philosophy in which the sword can harm only those who live in delusion and ignorance. This would be perfect to guard the tree of life, because it would keep Man and Woman away until they no longer lived in delusion, and thus where ready for the fruit. These two characters play a minor role, and yet have a major impact on the significance of the story.
Stories are to inspire, to raise up a feeling of wonder and questioning. This feeling then somehow changes the reader, ever-so-slightly alters their thoughts of the situation in a way that makes them think differently. They start to question why. What is this? Why did that happen? Who is that? Why is he/she there? Most importantly: how I fit into all of this? This feeling is the most important thing a story can offer it reader. The ability to create new thoughts about the nature of reality, and the will to actualize change in one’s life is the soul purpose of storytelling. This story was my attempt to do so.