A History and Commentary on the Tree of Life

Part 2


The word came expressly to Ezekiel the priest…in the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Chebar, and the Hand of the Lord was there upon him. (Ezekiel 1:3)

The Celtic historian, Conor MacDari, informs us that the word Chaldea stems from the same Indo-European root as the word “caul,” or “veil,” behind which the entire mystery of God has been hidden. (see Habakkuk 1:5,6). The river Chebar, means a river of “time”, or “of some great distance away.” (see Ezekiel 12:27).

Behold, a whirlwind came out of the North…(v.4)…

The prophet beholds with his mind’s eye the whole history of Western civilization, and especially as it culminates in the events of the 20th century, as it is written: For the Lord will come with Fire (War), and his chariots like a Whirlwind. (Isaiah 66:15). This is the same Whirlwind into which the spirit of the prophet Elijah (the spirit of John the Baptist) ascended (2 Kings 2:1). The author of the Book of Revelation, projecting his thoughts toward the end of this vision, toward the West, says: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me (in the East) a great voice, as of a trumpet. (Revelation 1:10).

A GREAT CLOUD, and a Fire infolding itself…(v.4)…

There is the disciplined and focused Fire of Divine Wisdom, which burns day and night upon the Holy Candlestick in the Temple of God, which, when ignited (when its Light is infolded in the hearts of men), can avert the judgments that are preparing to fall upon the Earth. (see Luke 12:49,50). It seems, however, that the Fire men prefer will prove to be the great cleansing Fire of human warfare itself. It is this Fire (the Fire which went behind the children of Israel to show them the way that they should go–away from it), that the American people seemed determined to ignite, and bring down upon themselves in the end…see Revelation 18:8.

And a Brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of Amber…(v.4)…

Amber flows from the center, or interior of the Tree, and symbolizes the mysteries that were hidden and ensouled in the dimensions of Tree of Life itself. The Brightness is the brightness of Varuna, the Clear Bright Sky. (see Exodus 24:10).

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of Four living creatures, and this was their appearance, they had the likeness of a Man…(v.5)…

This Man is the supernal, or heavenly macrocosm, the Celestial Man of Light, the Androgynous Adam Kadmon, the Angel of the Lord, in whose image every human being is created; and who in turn is the expressed reflection of the Presence of God as it makes itself known in the oracles of Nature. (see Acts 13:38-41).

The Four living creatures are reflected in the Four cardinal points of the Heavenly Circle, through which the Sun passes on its voyage from East to West every Day, and through which it passes on its Yearly curcuit through the Four seasons, from the West, through Winter, Spring, Summer, and back to the Harvest season in the West again.

O Wheel…Ezekiel 1:15,16; 10:13.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament his handiwork…(Psalm 19:1).

He telleth the number of the stars. He calleth them all by their names…(Psalm 147:4).

Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the light of the Sun for a light by Day, and the ordinances of the Moon and the Stars for a light by Night, which divideth the Sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is His name.

If those ordinances depart from me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation from before me…(Jeremiah 31:35,36).

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And everyone had Four faces, and every one had Four wings…(v.6)…

The Four faces do not only represent the faces of the Four living creatures, or the Four cardinal points of the Heavenly Circle (or the middle of each of the Four seasons of the year, and in the classic Christological sense of things the Four Evangelists), but four of the Seven Spirits that light up the Menorah in the temple of God, which include those of the Two Anointed ones who will apear in our time at the place named Majesty on the Oracle. (See Zechariah 3:9 and Zechariah, chapter 4). As we can see now, the Gospel narratives–through the hidden channels that exist between one Sefira and another–can be referring at one time to one corner of the Oracle and at another time to another, and sometimes to the collective Center. They are not always referring to the same individual, or to the same time in history:

“This is based on the premise that specific sefirot stand in particular relationships of radiation with other sefirot…The face of one turns toward another and consequently there develops between them a channel of influence…

Such channels are paths of reciprocal influence between the different sefirot. This process is not a one-way influx from cause to effect. It also operates from effect to cause, dialectically turning the effect into a cause.” Kabbalah, by Gershom Scholem, p.116.

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“Paul was an ecstatic visionary who experienced…visions of a heavenly being he called ‘Christ’ and the ‘Lord,’ and the fact is that neither Paul nor any other first-century Christian felt a need to distinguish between the heavenly being and the ‘historical Jesus.’

(Paul) reveals the words of Jesus in one such vision: ‘my grace is sufficient for thee.’ (2 Corinthians 12:1-4, 9). This is ‘eyewitness’ testimony of a saying of Jesus, one obviously not recorded in the Gospels…

We can do no better than to bring our literary judgment to bear on such accounts, using the concept of two different kinds of figures–the historical Jesus and the visionary Christ–in a way the first century did not. When we return to Luke’s first chapter, we should perhaps recognize anew that there are both the ‘historical Jesus’ and the Jesus of Luke’s tradition, who has the same status as the figure known to Paul and John the apocalypt…

And what was the source of the facts imparted to Paul?…Earlier he had written that the tradition which he had handed on came to him from the ‘Lord himself.’ (1 Corinthians 11:23). So we must understand that what Luke means by ‘eyewitnesses’ and what he means by doing historical research, comparing sources, and judging the accuracy of those sources, is not the same as what a modern historian would mean by the same terms. What one learns from the ‘traditions handed down to us from the original eyewitnesses’ must be seen as having the same status, for a first-century thinker like Luke or Paul, as information gained from visions and from reading the scriptures for predictions of Jesus.

The Gospels are about the figure composed from these….strands of information; they are not about the ‘historical Jesus.’ And that figure is a complex series of fictional creations; in the case of the canonical Gospels, THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR FIGURES CALLED ‘JESUS.’ Randal Helms, Gospel Fictions.

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Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world that come to nought.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world to our glory.

Which none of the princes of this world knew, for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory…

Which things we teach, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth, comparing spiritual (the East) with spiritual (the West)(1 Corinthians 2:6-8; 12,13./ 1 Timothy 3:16).

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“He who sees me (the Universal Self) present in all beings, and sees all beings existing in me, I am never out of sight of them, nor are they out of sight of me.” Bhagavad Gita VI.

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But we see (Jesus…another manifestation of Vishnu, another manifestation of the Angel of Divine Presence) who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death (performing the great Non-violent Sacrifice), crowned with glory and honour, that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man (in every man).

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many children unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering.

For both He that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren…(Hebrews 2:9, 11-18).

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It is not possible for anyone to see anything that actually exists unless one become like them.

This is not the way with (the unspiritual) man in the world. He sees the Sun without becoming a Sun, and he sees heaven and earth and all those things, but he is not these things…

But you saw the Spirit and became spirit. You saw Christ and became Christ.

So in this place (the natural state of mind) you do see yourself. But in that place you do see yourself, and what you see you shall become…(The Gospel of Phillip/ 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

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But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, glory for glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord…(2 Corinthians 3:18).

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Of his fulness have we all received…(John 1:16)..

The wings in Ezekiel’s vision symbolize the mind caught up to the knowledge of the mystery of God, as it is also written: Ye have seen what I have done to the Egyptians (the inhabitants of the whole world), and how I bare you on Eagle’s wings and brought you unto myself. (Exodus 19:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:17). Isaiah makes use of six wings in his vision, and this because he is describing the mystery of the Chariot as it revealed itself from the time of Aaron and Moses to our own, and from the farthest East to the farthest West, and not simply as it was revealed from the time of Christ (the time of John the Baptist and Paul) to our own as Ezekiel did.

And their Feet were straight feet…(v.7)…

The mystery of Christ (like a Great Wheel), has been heading in one direction, forward and Westward (Hebrews 12:13-15), toward those places at the Feet of the Tree of Life named Endurance and Majesty as it is also written: In that day we shall raise against him (against the spirit of Antichrist), Seven shepherds and Eight principle men. (Micah 5:5). Having arrived, at the place of the Left Foot, we have also come to the words that say:

How then shall they (the Jews) call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they (the Christians and all others) believe in him (DaViD) of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be Sent? (See Ezekiel 2:1-3), as it is written, How beautiful are the Feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things. (See Isaiah 52:1-8)(Romans 10:14,15).

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And the soles of their Feet was like the soles of a calf’s foot, and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass…(v.7)…

The mystery of Christ being just as much a child of the Vedas as it is the Torah, and because the Divine Mother was symbolized in the East (as well as in Egypt) in the form of a Cow, so Her offspring moving Westward are symbolized in the form of a calf, as it is written: And ye shall go forth as calves in the stall. (Malachi 4:2). The burnished brass (or bronze), symbolizes the human alloy that is being forged together out of the various families and religious traditions of the earth, in the great furnace of spiritual affliction which is America in the twentieth century. (Daniel 3:10; 1 Peter 1:7). (Please make the requisite distinctions between the doctrines of the Mormon Church–the American religion–and the universal truth of matters that is unfolding in the world in our time. The Church of Latter Day Saints will have to give back everything they have appropriated, as will the entire American Body-politic, in the Day of Jubilee).

And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings…(v.8)…And their wings were joined one to another…(v.9)…

We can see how all of the historical elements of the Mystery of Christ are connected to itself, For these things were (written) that the scriptures should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. (John 19:31-36; Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20). The wings symbolize the spiritual flight the Mystery of Christ has been on for the last two thousand years, rising as it did in the East, to descend again at the end of the age here at the Western ends of the earth. We might also see with our own child’s eyes, how every playful cartwheel is an image of this great pageant of Nature.

As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a Man, and the face of a Lion ON THE RIGHT SIDE…(v.10)…

Open up the drawstrings, and let down the veil. Take the line that leads from Leo to Aquarius in the great Circle of the heavens, and lay it back down on the Right side of the Oracle; and then the line that leads from Taurus to the Eagle (or Scorpio), laying it down again on the Left side (Ezekiel 2:1-7; 1 Corinthians 15:). Now the Veil is opened and we can see the Mystery hidden within…the Mystery of the Universal Christ and him (them) crucified.

The Man and the Lion are the constellations Aquarius and Leo, which lay on a line directly opposite each other on the Celestial Circle. We will take this line, according to the words in Ezekiel, and lay it down on the Right hand side of the Oracle, on top of that line which leads from the person of Paul to the Messiahs in our time. And we will see that just as we in our time are moving from the age of Pisces (which is understood in the symbol of the Two Fishes with which Jesus fed the multitude…Matthew 14:15-20, and which is further symbolized in astrological circles by the Two Feet of the universal Man), into the age of Aquarius, so the symbol of Aquarius is placed at the Eighth sefira on the Oracle. All of which is understood in the words: When ye are entered into the city (into the gates of the Higher Jerusalem) there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in…(Luke 22:10-12). As we faithfully follow the spirit of the unfolding aquarian age, not looking back, nor getting entangled in the affairs of the age that is ending, we will be led by the Spirit to an upper room–that is to say, into a higher state of consciousness, where the mysteries of the coming age will be revealed and the waters of Life will be poured out anew.

And then we place the constellation Leo, the Lion, at the Fifth sefira on the Right side of the Tree of Life named Power. This place also corresponds to the location on the Oracle of the Strong Right Hand, and Mighty Arm of the Lord, as it is written, Who shall rouse Him up? (Genesis 49:9). When we place the center of the Oracle, Tifereth, or Beauty, in the center of Europe, we see how the length of the Strong Right Arm extends up into Eurasia, and into the lands of the “former” Soviet Union. (Please understand Isaiah 63). (The other Arm of the Lord extends into the regions of Islam, as it is written: And mine ARMS shall judge the people…Isaiah 51:5. But this is another chapter)…

We do not want to get too far ahead of ourselves, or confuse ourselves with too much imagry, but seeing how we have found ourselves here in this part of the world, up in Eurasia, let us study those words in the Revelation which say:

And he had in his Right Hand Seven Stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp Two-edged Sword; and his countenance was as the Sun shineth in his strength.

The Mystery of the Seven Stars which thou sawest in my Right Hand, and the Seven Golden Candlesticks. The Seven Stars are the angels of the Seven Churches; and the Seven Candlesticks which thou sawest are the Seven Churches…(Revelation 1:16, 20).

If one of the symbols of the Lord’s Great Power is a lion (which the spirit of Antichrist here in America, in its own ferociousness, seeks to emulate…1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 13:2), it is also discovered in the symbol of the Bear. And it is this very symbol of the Seven Stars of the Great Bear Constellation, Ursa Major, that the Lord is holding in his Powerful Right Hand, as it is also written: Arise devour much flesh. (Daniel 7:5)…

The number FIVE..POWER. (Geburah JUDGMENT)

The Seven Stars, or the Angels of the Seven Churches, have been traditionally interpreted as the Seven heads, or the figurative Seven bishops of the figurative Seven churches–the cosmic overseers of the Mystery of Christ. The interpretation is not far from exact. But it fails when it attempts to limit the interpretation with purely Christian (or rather Catholic) imagry, when it typically fails to account for the original seers, the original true shepherds of the people, the Rishis of old–who still dwell among us. These are those who (out of every religious tradition) are One with the mysteries of the higher worlds, who are able to connect the symbols, and who are still able to interpret them for us in our time:

“In India the Seven Rishis were linked with Mount Meru (the moveable Mount Zion). To demythologize that statement (partly at least), URSA MAJOR, circling the celestial pole, was linked with a world center. This (center) was the hub and the heart of the universe…god-inhabited, paradisal. Around Meru (Zion) in one guise or another the whole panoply of heaven and earth was built. Meru as a developed myth is absent from the Rig Veda, which does not go beyond the ill-defined skambha, or world axis. But it could have been known to the western Indo-Aryan branch. The Iranian’s reduced version of the mountain…shows not only that the motif reached the Middle East but that it was probably Indo-European. Meru could have passed from there to the Hindus at a later stage…

This is Jerusalem, guarded by Draco the Dragon

If the western Indo-Aryans brought the Seven Rishis to Sumer, did they also bring the linked motif of Mount Meru? Or, again, to demythologize somewhat, if they transmitted the Seven mystique, did they also transmit the linked motif of cosmic centrality?” Dawn Behind the Dawn, by Geoffrey Ashe, pp.107-131.

This comprehensive study by Geoffrey Ashe will pinpoint the center of this entire Mystery, not by actually locating it, but by circumambulating it. It will also, as does the Book of Revelation, reach into the past, and into the East, and link the Seven Rishis to the cosmic center, and both to the Seven stars of the Great Bear Constellation, Ursa Major (of which we will have more to say in the chapter on Russia and the holy angels).

And they four had the face of an Ox on the Left side, they four also had the face of an Eagle…(v.10)…

TAURUS, THE ZODIACAL SIGN: “A symbol of the second period of the cycle of life. It signifies the Divine out-going activity in the creation of forms. THE BULL OF THE WEST represents the Matrix of forms on the buddhic plane; or the productive energy of buddhi. It pertains to the period of involution when spirit is descending into matter and giving it the potencies of forms and qualities afterwards to be evolved in natural phenomena, and in the souls of humanity.

The title given to Merodach (Jeremiah 50:2) the sun-god, when he passed through the twelve zodiacal signs, was Gudi-bir, ‘the bull of light.’ Hence it was that the eliptic was termed ‘the yoke of heaven’ bound as it were upon the neck of the Solar Bull. Thus the first of the zodiacal signs, the opener of the primitive Accadian year, was called ‘the bull who guides the year.'” The Dictionary of World Religions.

The Ox as a Hebrew symbol also represents the true, spiritual priesthood, called of God and not of men (1 Corinthians 9:8-12/Deut.25:4; Hebrews 5:1-4), of which the ancient Levitical order was a type and image. This spiritual order has been pulling the plow, turning up the soil of the human heart, and sowing into it the seed of divine Thought all these centuries, as it is written: Now hear the parable of the sower…(Matthew 13:12-18; Amos 9:13-15). Place the sign of Taurus on the Left side of the Oracle, on the Solar side, at the place where John the Baptist appeared in the time of Love. See the Mystery of Christ sowing its way across the times, arriving at last in the West at the sign of the constellation…Scorpio. Ezekiel places the sign of the Eagle here. This Eagle is a symbol of the Higher mind, the Scorpion of the lower. This Eagle, however, also has its own higher and lower aspects. It symbolizes both the mind of Christ, and the mind of Antichrist which seeks to be like Christ. (Habakkuk 1:5-9). Thus it is written: Where the eagles are gathered together there shall the Body be. (Luke 17:30-37)…

But we know that the prophet is also implying the constellation Scorpio, because he says right afterwards–referring to the days wherein we are called to Stand upon our Feet here in the West: And thou son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briars and thorns (the cares of the world) be with thee, AND THOU DOST DWELL AMONG SCORPIONS. (Ezekiel 2:6). And Paul, also looking into these days, says:

So when this corruption shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,

Death is swallowed up in Victory. O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING? O grave, where is thy victory? (see Ezekiel 37)(1 Corinthians 15:54,55).

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As for the likeness of the (Four) living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire (see Isaiah 6:6), and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning…(v.13)…

The children of the Everlasting Covenant (the true Universal Israel–which is comprised of every soul on earth who is keeping the true intent of the Law, and a holy devotion to the things of God intact in their hearts…see Romans 2:9-16), provide the burning coals of fire placed upon the altar of the holy Temple, upon which they make the daily sacrifice of themselves to the Eternal One. These fires of personal transformation provide the brightness and the warmth of God’s wisdom and love in the midst of the troubled human condition. Great numbers of souls, from every race and religious tradition on earth, have passed into eternity through the Doorway that exists at the center of human consciousness. many more passed through as the coals surrounding them erupted into the massive holocausts and judgment wars of the twentieth century. (Genesis 15:5-16). Every soul of them burns as the eternal Seven-branched Candlestick in the temple of God

As lightning strikes out of the heavens to the earth, splitting the Tree, so the Divine Lightning strikes out of the Mind of God (Kether), quickening all who it touches in its historic pathway to ground:

Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. FOR AS LIGHTNING COMETH OUT OF THE EAST, AND SHINETH EVEN UNTO THE WEST; so shall the coming of the son of man be. (Matthew 24:25-27).

And from the days of John the Baptist until NOW the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent (try to) take it by force…He that hath ears to hear let him hear…(Matthew 11:12-15).

Ezekiel goes on in the first chapter to describe in epic, symbolic terms the things that have come to pass over the course of the history of the world. But notice again, he is only describing the Western half of the mystery, from the time of Christ to our own. This is the realm of the Son–the Lamb. (Exodus 4:22; Psalm 2; John 1:29). Why is he called a Lamb? Because in the West, where the mind of Christ is being brought to perfection, those who are coming to perfection are continually being called upon to offer the great Non-violent Yajna, a Sacrifice of themselves. In so doing they are laying a righteous, as well as a wholly spiritual foundation upon which to build the age to come. (Compare Romans 11:15 and 1 Corinthians 15:12-30; and then learn how to connect these things to the words in Ezekiel, chapter 37).

And then this aspect of the Mystery of Christ (the son) is likened to a Lamb because the realm of the Father, whose sign is Aries, the Ram, lying on the Eastern horizon, is the very same out of which the Divine Father is now rising to deliver the Lamb. Look into Russia and China as it is also written: In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. (Genesis 22:13,14). This is also what Ezekiel is describing when he says A wheel within, or in the midst of a wheel. (Ezekiel 1:25; 10:1-7). It is the history of the spiritual race being brought to perfection in the midst of the greater circle of all the other spiritual events surrounding it–one Holy Nation in the midst of all other nations, as it is also written: For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. (Zechariah 2:5). When the seraphims, which symbolize all the other principalities and powers of the earth (which ever existed since the beginning of the world until now), let down their wings the Mystery of God is revealed. (Ezekiel 1:25; Revelation 10:1-7).

And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters (many peoples) as the Voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood they let down their wings…(v.24)…

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore (worldly religion) sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues…(Revelation 17:15).

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And above the firmament (above the point of normal human comprehension) that was above their heads was the likeness of A THRONE, as the appearance of A SAPPHIRE STONE (One Single Radiant Sefira in the Middle of the Tree), and upon the likeness of the Throne was the likeness as the appearance of a Man above upon it…(v.26)…

Just as one must mine through tons of rock and clay to find one vein of precious stones, so the use of gemstones in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation symbolize the concentration of spiritual thought-forms in the mind that is otherwise occupied in earthly matters. The green beryl (v.16) and the blue sapphire (v.26) symbolize the green earth below and the blue sky above. The terrible crystal (v.22) also symbolizes the radiance of God’s Presence stretched forth over the whole of human events. The remainder of Ezekiel’s vision concerning the “rings,” or the “spheres that were high” are discussed in the chapter devoted to the Angelic Powers. As for the other chapters in the Book of Ezekiel, they will reveal their own meanings in the light of the oracles, in the light of history, and in light of the unfolding events of our time. (Since writing this, September 11th has come to pass, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have come to pass, and much more yet is about to come to pass–all of it leading to the realization of God’s kingdom on earth).

Lloyd M. Graham, in a courageous attempt to overturn the notion of the need for God in the universe–in his Deception and Myths of the Bible–nevertheless challenges us in a very forthright way to arrive (or re-arrive) at some meaningful conclusions concerning the Scriptures, which he says reflect not reality but a perversion of it, one foisted upon us by a priestly caste hell-bent on maintaining its power and privileges in the earth. We fall in line with his righteous indignation concerning the worldly-religious institutions of this age, and the unholy arrangements they have made between themselves and the political powers of the earth, but we contend that the problem is not necessarily with the Scriptures but with the way they have been translated and interpreted since the time of Christ. The problem lies between those priests (male and female alike) who were (and are) ordained by God (for whom the Scriptures are an oracle), and those who are ordained by men. Those who are of the world cannot interpret the writings of those who are, or were of the Spirit. It is part of the mystery of the Word itself, as it is written: There must be heresies among you, that they which are approved might be manifest. (1 Corinthians 11:19). While Graham himself stumbles right over the root of the Tree of Life and the countenance of the Great Dragon in his narratives, he comes closer than many “theologians” in describing the real nature of what he says “we mistake for God,” and what he says we mistake for our “so-called” mystery of Christ–which he further says, and rightly so (in many ways) is but a rearrangement of the pagan mysteries to suit the Christian view of the world. We are unskilled in the Word of God if we cannot take him seriously in these matters, answering him not with zealous and frenzied denial, but with the simple realization that the pagan mysteries grew out of the Hebrew state of mind to begin with, and that the Universal Mystery of Christ is the fulfillment of them all. He says, however:

“In spite of our so-called enlightenment millions still believe that God controls the weather, when it is actually the Sun.” (Well? That sounds right to me). “Where the Babylonian poet saw only the action of the deified forces of nature the Hebrew writer saw the working of God.” (Exactly)!

…for this is exactly what separates the Hebrew mind from all others. He goes on to say, expressing the sentiments of every fervent Humanist:

“There is no intelligent or moral force in creation–save that which man is becoming–and no guiding principles save those that exist in the depths of nature itself, violence and indifference…again, save those that man attains and impresses upon himself:”

The ‘original sin’ was the sin of creation–what could be more original? However the word is wrong; it should be crime. But as sin is the biggest thing priests can think about, they called it sin, and made it human to incriminate man and absolve the Creator. Yet if this world, with all its pain and suffering, is the work of a self-conscious Being, then creation is a crime and its Creator a criminal. From this there is only one escape-unconscious Causation…” (p.64).

Graham catches every believer here and makes us give thought. We feel the weight of his indictment, and have agonized with God over it ourselves. In fact, years ago, when this work was just beginning, as I was reading the sacred texts through for the first time, and encountering the reality of it all in my own mind, also realizing that I was being asked to rationalize and explain God’s (Nature’s) tremendously violent behavior, I went through fits of refusal. (It was a stark realization. Either Graham was right or the God I worshipped as a child–was indeed, responsible for it all). Slowly, however, I came to understand it at another level, in terms of the illusion, or the transitory state of our present reality itself (and yes, the tremendous pain and the suffering). Nevertheless, we must understand something very profound about our present spiritual reality, we are still in the process of being created. We are only now approaching the full impact of the words: Let us make man in our image. God is transferring the full content of Their thoughts and emotions into ours’–revealing every aspect of Themselves so that there can be no doubts or serious spiritual or mental conflicts afterwards, concerning who our Parents really are, what they are like, and what we can talk to them about–everything. They understand everything. It is Glasnost in its highest form, unfolding as it is on the world-wide plain of human events. The violence of it all cannot be understood outside of the realization of what it ultimately means to be created in God’s image: for one part of God is indeed fierce and terrible (which image we shall have learned never to conjure up again in the future, through our own unrighteous deeds, of which we also had to be made capable if we were to ultimately stand upon our own feet as truly free Christlike beings). It is a Christ-conscious spirit that God is creating in us. But in the whole economy of relationship between God and the emerging Christ-spirit in the world, the latter could not have been created in any other way outside of the manifestation of the first. If we had been made to act just instinctively (thus with nothing in us but good), as opposed to consciously (with the potential for evil always with us), we could become neither “manlike” or divine. That is, we could never proceed from the natural state of mind, and this natural existence–as true sons and daughters of God–to the next. And besides, we would always have this lingering suspicion of God, that They held something back from us–the dark side of Their own thoughts–and we would remain in a constant pursuit of it. (Genesis 3:1-13). Being wise Parents, the Creators have taken this time in history to reveal the Darkness in all of its splendour–not only to us but in us…as well as in Themselves.

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