The left-brain-mind experiences existence as being some-one or some-thing that is apart from or other than the rest of creation. This part of the brain is a tool, designed only to look upon the mark – thus it cannot see the fractal nature of the big picture. From its point-of-view, life is reduced to the sum of its parts – losing all sense of connectivity and spark. A living body has the same number of particles as a dead one.
Thus, life becomes a task or chore – something that must be done. You get out of bed in the morning so you can go do life. Every interaction, every connection, whether with another human, a book, or a sandwich is experienced as though it is foreign. Life becomes that – which implies that you are this. However this is alone. It has no role to play and no sense of identity. This is naked – and always searches for a wardrobe.
There’s nothing wrong with being naked. You were born naked, and you’ll die naked. The nude self is the true self. As the nude self, we are, respectively, Adam and Eve. Naked, we are dressed for the universal drama – wherein Adams and Eves re-enter the garden from whence they’ve been removed and reenact the ordinance of creation.
Nudity is the experience of pure life – it is just being [as opposed to being this nor that].
God describes Himself as nude. When Moses asked God:
Who should I say has sent me?
Simply am. The naked, which surpasses the distinctions of this and that.
Adam and Eve have partaken of a fruit of distinctions. It grows on the tree of this and that – good and evil, day and night, pleasure and pain, virtue and vice, sickness and health, life and death, God and humans. They leave the basic experience of “I am” and become this and that. At this event, self-consciousness is born – replacing the God-consciousness that previously reigned. Once Adam and Eve are this – this becomes aware of its nakedness. There never was a problem with the nakedness, but when the self-consciousness gained reign – knowledge of the nudity brings with it shame and sin, which will reign until you lose consciousness [die].
The focus on clothing [and other outward appearances] is but the visual manifestation of the left-brain-mind’s obsession with acquiring a wardrobe – frantically trying to cover the nakedness with distinctions, labels, and boundaries.
The next thing Adam’s left-brain-mind reached for was busyness — labor. The next step for God’s creation [according to the plan that was counseled on in the beginning] was to enter the Sabbath rest. However Adams and Eves create a distraction from this rest. The diversion enables this to ignore the nakedness – God providing associated physical coverings according to their desire. Now this doesn’t have to be conscious of its nakedness because it is busy doing that.
The left-brain-mind expects life and everyone in it to provide its clothing – because it must be that’s fault that this is naked. Adam and Eve will pluck from the tree fig leaves of labels for a covering.
The left-brain-mind gains dominion over others by assigning that – this way it can have a self-conscious purpose. Naming that husband, then makes this become wife. Now a desire has been formed – but not for the connection made between Adam and Eve – rather for the credentials received from the connection. The fear of not having such a connection is just replaced with the fear of losing it. When governed by the left-brain-mind, Adam and Eve are ready to freeze that – to box it up and own it – however, the left-brain-mind is ignorant of the fact that the connection is alive [everything is parts, no life].
Labeling it is a form of slavery, and the left-brain-mind is willing to shove a living, breathing human into a conceptual box and deny her/him the right to freely express their will – all in the name of pretending to be something it is not – clothed.
So we set up stakes and put up conceptual boundaries that suppress the intelligence of another – holding them hostage in order to play dress up in our minds.
The gospel is not a battle between the forces of darkness and light [good and evil, virtue and vice, men and women, etc.] – it is the unification of these things. Putting the left-brain in unity with the right-brain – the Adam in unity with the Eve.
To cut thru the coverings acquired by your left-brain-mind, you must rest. But rest doesn’t mean to stop. Stopping just shifts the idolatry from being busy to being lazy. The left-brain-mind proceeds to beat you calm— forcing you to relax, which is, of course, impossible. No real rest is the passive yin principle, it is to be still and know that Jesus is God.
To yield, to submit, to rest, to sit down, to cease your frantic effort to be this or that.
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