God’s idea was to get Adam and Eve out of that Garden… a place of oneness, of unity, of no divisions in the nature of people or things. When you eat the Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, however, you know about pairs of opposites, which include not only good and evil, light and dark, right and wrong, but male and female, and God and Man as well . . . .
(Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That, p. 50).
Understanding God as a character in this parable, why would God want humanity to leave the unity of the Garden and experience the duality of exile? What your life be like without opposites? How can you integrate the opposites into a greater unity? How might this impact the way you live?
An invitation to engage with humanity’s Perennial Wisdom.
The Conversation is a “trialogue” between you and the posted teaching, between you and yourself as you seek to respond to the prompts accompanying each teaching, and between you and others who are moved to share their responses here. The Conversation is a way of internalizing Perennial Wisdom and allowing it to speak directly to you, and it is a way of connecting with others who are doing the same.
A new Conversation will begin each month, but you are always welcome to join or re-join a previous month’s Conversation.
Here are the rules for The Conversation:
- Be brief: say what you need to say, but not one word more.
- Be honest: say what must be said even if doing so is challenging.
- Be kind: say what you feel called to say with compassion for both yourself and, if you are commenting on the words of others, for those others who were bold enough to share their thoughts with you.
We hope you will find The Conversation stimulating, enlightening, thought-provoking, revealing, and maybe just a little challenging.