Be a part of the One or be a part of the many.
It has occurred to me in recent years that there is a terrible lie that seems to permeate our culture. This lie has caused countless deaths, staggering pain, and profound ignorance. This profound ignorance has perpetuated more damage to our human evolution than (I would speculate) the whole of evil that exists.
This lie is our current definition of the word 'sin'.
Sin is currently used to describe pleasure. Sin is used to describe disobedience. Sin is used to describe all manner of resistance to fascism. In some high orders of study sin is used to describe a lack of Oneness with the Divine…. but the description seems to always end there.
But pity or not, we shall overcome.
First, let's look at sin in it's eldest common definition. ...(circa, 1000 to 1500 BCE)
Genesis 3:1-13 (The Message)
The Fall of Man
1 The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: "Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?"
2-3 The Woman said to the serpent, "Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It's only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, 'Don't eat from it; don't even touch it or you'll die.'"
4-5 The serpent told the Woman, "You won't die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you'll see what's really going on. You'll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil."
6 When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she'd know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
7 Immediately the two of them did "see what's really going on"—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.
8 When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
9 God called to the Man: "Where are you?"
10 He said, "I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid."
11 God said, "Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?"
12 The Man said, "The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it."
God said to the Woman, "What is this that you've done?"
13 "The serpent seduced me," she said, "and I ate."
Hmmm… she bit. According to the text, Eve was deceived and committed the first sin right? Oh but wait… and I won't bore you with the entirety… but... the word 'sin' is not used to describe this story.
'Sin' is not used because no sin was committed.
'Sin' is first used in Genesis 4 to describe Cain's self doubt… according to the text, the God speaks to Cain and says "Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won't you be accepted? And if you don't do well, SIN (first-ever usage of the word) is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it's out to get you, you've got to master it."
So, again, 'sin' is used in a fashion that is inconsistent with it's current usage… 'sin' is blatantly NOT used to describe one's behavior or merit. Moreover 'sin' is not used to describe obedience. In fact, later on, 'sin' is not even used to describe murder. Cain is told that Able's blood is what will curse his life and that anyone who might do the same to him would be like-wise cursed. In as much, referencing what we call 'karma'. The God is not "punishing" Cain, but giving him Fatherly advice as to what to expect of karmic retribution.
Genesis 4:10-15 (The Message)
10-12 God said, "What have you done! The voice of your brother's blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you'll get nothing but curses from this ground; you'll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You'll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You'll be a homeless wanderer on Earth."
13-14 Cain said to God, "My punishment is too much. I can't take it! You've thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I'm a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me."
15 God told him, "No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over." God put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him.
So, let's recap. 'Sin' is NOT disobedience, it is not a merit based notion, it is not even a good term to describe murder. What sin is used to describe is…. self-doubt. Not believing in one's own capacity... and therefore not being true to one's own true self.
Jumping forward by a few millenia.... :)
Even with the woman convicted of adultery… Jesus does not ask her to "repent of her sin"…. He's not concerned with who's outy got in cahoots with who's inny... He's concerned with higher matters.
John 8:10-11 (The Message)
9-10Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?"
11"No one, Master."
"Neither do I," said Jesus. "Go on your way. From now on, don't sin."
So what is 'sin' exactly? Jesus…. Had nothing to say more than, "stop sinning". No "stop schtupping the milk man"… no "read your Torah"… no "you'd better go to confession missy"… none of that. Simply, "stop sinning". Once again it would appear that 'sin' has more to do with your attitude toward yourself than your obedience regarding a rule book.
So… what am I saying? What IS 'sin'?
Ok, here's the thesis statement.
The 'sin' that makes us "impure"… the 'sin' that Christ delivers us from… the 'sin' that separates us from the Divine… lurks within, not without. Our capacity to over think and therefore not 'be' in the moment is the root of our sin. Our deviation from the ALPHA state is our 'sin'.
Why is quantum physics an abstract and theoretical concept if it is reality? Why is majick a "supernatural" event and not a completely natural event? Why do we have to "have faith" to believe in God/dess? Why do we have to know why?
Do animals ask why? Do trees ask why? Does the sparrow in the field ask why?
WHY ask WHY?
(yay Bud Dry) :)
The oneness with Deity that we all seek is chiefly hindered, in all aspects, by our lack of oneness with self. Our oneness with self is chiefly hindered by our lack of self awareness and self understanding. Our lack of self awareness is chiefly fueled by our stupid (sinful) desire to know and understand everything. Our self consciousness is distracting us from all the beauty that lies within.
Need I say it? ….."If that which you seek, you find not within, you will not find it without" - The Charge of the Goddess.
We're so afraid of embarrassing ourselves that we never actually see ourselves.
In as much to say …let go of your inhibitions. Let go of your self-doubts. Let go of your sin…. It crouches at your door, you must learn to master it.
And if you have trouble finding your 'self'… remember that accepting the Christ (or KRYST) as the Egyptians termed it… is also a fine majickal tool that we all have as our disposal. Christ is a phenomenal way to get past your inhibitions and reclaim that within.
…If that alarms you, let me rephrase.
Christ came and did a number of things that are still very much alive in the cutting edge of theology/theology today. One was the identification of a central "Father God" and "Mother Goddess" (Holy Spirit). Another was the blaring statement that the dominant church doctrine is a fine target for questioning… (btw.. if you are not in cahoots the dominant church then you are what?… pagan ) Yet another would be Jesus teaching us that God likes to prove to know-it-all clergy that they could stand to be a bit more meek. (Clergy had it on fine authority from "God on High" that Christ would come in a cloud and affect major military and power-shifting events… they where apparently mistaken.)
Also, Christ said that if any of us wish to have a ultra-smooth cruise to our center within that we should accept Christ …Aka, our Christ-self…. Aka, we should accept our true oneness with the Divine. That which we seek, if we don't find it within, we will not find it without. Your Christ/KRYST-self lies within...
Nothing to be afraid of. :)
So that's it.
Sin is that which keeps you from knowing yourself, and therefore, knowing The God. It's not schtupping the neighbor…. It's not breaking the rules… It's not letting down some divine authoritarian parent who shakes his finger at you from afar.
Sin is letting yourself down by not being in touch with a true Divine nature imbued upon you from the moment of your creation. It's saying that you are less than a Divine creature of infinite capacities. Sin is ignoring that Divine core that exists within you.
We All Are One, sin is that which clouds your vision to think that we are many.
See you on the other side.