16 Nov Creation #5
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The second day of creation tells us about the dimensional reality of the material plane. Here is what is said in the KJV: 6. And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7. And made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Please note the nature of the cycle, the creation of the day. It begins with evening.
On the second day, the firmament was used to “divide the waters from the waters.” Water is symbolic of the material plane. It is so for the simple reason that our life on this planet depends on water for survival. There are two substances essential for our existence: water and air, our source of oxygen. Water is symbolic of our physical reality, and air is symbolic of our spiritual essence.
It is interesting to note that both the water and air are loaded with toxins, as well as the ground that produces our food, our sustenance. When looked at symbolically, with “eyes that see,” we come to the understanding that our thoughts are corrupted materially and spiritually. I use the term “thoughts’ because, as Buddha said: “We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think.” What we think has brought us to this point in time where our world and our lives are filled with toxins, poisonous thoughts and actions.
In addition to needing water, air and food there are essentials for living a healthy life. There are eight necessary substances for human existence: water, air, light, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Without the first two, water and air, death will occur in a short time. Without air, we die within minutes; without water it would be a matter of days; whereas without food, it could take as long as forty to fifty days for starvation, followed by death.
“Dividing the waters” also helps us understand that even though we are material beings in a material reality, there still needs to be a division within our perception and our thinking. Therefore, we can divide the waters from above, spiritual thoughts, from the waters below, material thoughts.
“God called the firmament above, Heaven.” We see heaven (air) as being symbolic of Spirit because this is where God dwells. God is the source of All. All thoughts begin in the realm of the Spiritual Self and manifest in the material world.
The Spiritual Self is that part of God that dwells within. Jesus taught this when he said, “The kingdom is within you.” Here are the ways that it is presented in both the KJV and the Gospel According to Thomas. In the KJV it is stated as “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21 KJV) In Thomas he says, “If those who lead you say to you, See, the Kingdom is in Heaven, then the birds of the heaven will precede you. If they say to you, it is in the sea, then the fish will precede you. But the Kingdom is within you and it is without you. If you [will] know yourselves, then you will be known and you will know that you are the sons of the Living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty.”
As you can see the Thomas gospel offers a much deeper Teaching and understanding than the teachings of man.
What are your thoughts? Examine them. Write them down and see what else will flow from your mind.
We will continue in our next posting.