Sunday, March 6, 2011

Chapter 7 --year 6

Chapter 7 --- year 6

This is the continuing blog about the book I Am Adam by J.T.Twerell. For a copy of the book Click here.

The new creation has settled into a routine that is productive and harmonious. Wind’s two children, River and Moon, are integrated into the community, and the adults have developed a very loving relationship. Eve poses a question to Wind that opens an entire philosophical issue. She simply asks if Wind is going to have children with Adam. Wind says that Adam belongs to Sun and Eve simply states, “The God of All Good Things works with what we have.”

Many readers questioned if my intention was to simply have a communal society with no marital guidelines. I sincerely believe in the beauty and integrity of a good marital relationship, and as a professional counselor working with hundreds of couples, I try to help them develop positive and loving relationships.

My main question in this chapter is about the “ownership” mentality that seems to come with many relationships. Personally, I think this all develops from a strong patriarchal emphasis that seems to dominate the major religions. To me this is one of the real downfalls of dualism or the tendency of humans to perceive and understand the world as being divided into two overarching categories.

The original story of the Garden of Eden emphasized that all the creation was one with God and was in harmony. While an essence of good and evil existed, they were simply not separate.  Nondualism is the idea that things appear distinct while not being separate and I think this is what the biblical story was trying to point out. All creation is one and not separate.

The Eden story states that Adam and Eve ate the apple and obtained the knowledge of good and evil. They didn’t create it; they simply began to see it as separate. Now they were separate from each other, separate from God, and separate from eternal harmony. Eve took the fall for this and became the lesser person, owned by Adam and subject to him. Hence, dualism ruled the creation.

In I Am Adam, we are confronted with the reality that Sun doesn’t own Adam, and Wind is as much an equal with Adam as Sun. By being one with each other, not as a possession, but as an equal, then the creation would truly share the love available and be in harmony.

This is a difficult thought, but one I believe is imperative to understand if we are going to truly embrace a loving universe. It is the core of the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad and other impactual religious writers.
  The yin and yang symbol represents the philosophy of balance, where two opposites co-exist in harmony and are able to transmute into each other. This is the relationship of equals in I Am Adam, and will develop even more in subsequent chapters.

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