This one is interesting because we have two versions of a blind man having his sight restored by Jesus in the Gospels. One is in the Gospel of John, Chapter 9, Verses 1-7; and the other is in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8, Verses 22-25.
We’re going to tackle the one in the Gospel of Mark initially. But first, we need to understand why this needs to be looked at spiritually, not literally, as well as the signs that lead us to use and prefer that kind of interpretation.
I was thinking about the major religions on this planet the other day and about how all of them try to convey to us that we need to be in a natural, but elevated, state of consciousness to truly be able to thrive in this life. The problem with religion is that a very large percentage of people tend to take literally a Bible that literally tells you not to take it literally. 2 Corinthians 3-6 and 1 Corinthians 2-14 are both very specific on how you need to interpret it.
2 Corinthians 3-6
1 Corinthians 2-14
Yet here we are over two thousand years later and the church and its leaders still control the minds of their flocks to an unbelievable degree. Keeping us firmly stuck in a state of de-evolution that can in no way progress until we address the degree of destruction that a literal interpretation of religious texts can bring to our lives and the lives of our families, especially if we are talking about fundamentalists and evangelists.
I watched a video the other day of a man talking about an experience he had in the forest with a silverback gorilla that struck me as being very relevant to this post today.
In it, he says that while he was walking in the forest, he came upon a huge silverback gorilla. They locked eyes and just stared at one another for several minutes, each one attempting to gauge the other as friend or foe. The exchange ended peacefully but not before a deep, personal lesson was learned or perhaps relearned.
As he looked at it, he had a profound realization that we contort things with our language and that intent and profound communication can be achieved without words at all. He was thinking to himself that “I am in the forest” but realistically speaking, he realized that he IS the forest. So from that perspective, he was just looking at himself, nothing more. He realized that he was just a seed that had blown away from the forest and blown back to gain that deeper insight into his own soul. Remember, not that long ago we were one with nature and had a profound admiration and respect for her. How far humanity has fallen.
Some people would say that is a very “out there” or “woo” way of looking at things but I couldn’t disagree more. The reason people believe that looking at the world that way is wrong is that they have been consumed with the misguided belief that Abrahamic religions hold the monopoly on all spirituality. They are incorrect. These literally-minded religions do not lead people towards a state of consciousness that we are supposed to be in to be able to commune with whatever God, Creator, or Source is, which is within YOU!
People like me acquire the label of “Anti-Christ” or “Blasphemer” or get called some kind of “New Age Shamanic Guru” who is “out there” because we choose to look at the mystical side of Christianity instead of the literal. When that happens, it’s frustrating, but it also saddens me because I genuinely feel that they are missing out on so much more than they can possibly imagine. People are scared of what they don’t understand, and they are also afraid of everything that they believed in being a lie. What happens when they are confronted with peer-reviewed, mainstream-consensus, scholarly evidence that challenges their beliefs? A metaphysical earthquake, that’s what. A “shaking down” of old belief systems and paradigms that are actually meant for your greatest good but you will have to endure a “destruction” of your previously strongly-held beliefs, which, make no mistake, is a difficult process to go through; a dark-night-of-the-soul experience, so to speak.
For me, I started this blog just to begin the process of putting my thoughts out there for my own mental and psychological healing from experiencing this “earthquake”. My hope was for people to read about and hopefully learn from my journey so they could begin there own quest for truth.
Unfortunately, the people that are looking at these texts from only a literal perspective are stuck in a state of consciousness known as “Earth” by the Greek mystics. I’ve referenced these before in my articles but let’s do a recap for those that don’t know about this.
The Greek mystics that wrote the New Testament believed in four states of consciousness that they interwove into these stories. These states of consciousness are seen as the elements, from lowest to highest: Earth, Water, Air & Fire (the Burning Bush, Rising to meet Jesus in the air during the Rapture, the flood and Noah’s Ark, Jesus baptizes with fire, etc.) These representations of consciousness are consistent all over the world except for China, which has references to “wood” and “metal”. It’s simply an alteration of consciousness that is achieved via meditation.
We have to be careful in trusting the original Biblical translators completely, especially when we read the Greek version of the text and compare it to the English version. As an example, I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the word “repent”, which has all kinds of negative connotations for me but is actually a perfect example of the Biblical translators taking liberty with what they were interpreting. When I hear the word “repent”, I think of calling out to God to confess my sins, beg for mercy, forgiveness, and claim, once again, for Jesus to come into my heart and keep me from sinning ever again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, etc.
The Greek word that was translated into the English word “repent” was “metanoia” (μετάνοια), which actually means “to renew the mind“. It has nothing to do sin and regret as the Far-Right fundamentalists want you to believe. Paul in Romans helps us cement this perspective of renewing the mind.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Another interesting translation is the English word “heaven”. The original Greek word that was translated was “Ouranos”, which is actually the planet Uranus. So, anywhere you see the word “Heaven” in Scripture, the actual translation is the planet Uranus. Uranus is the 7th planet from the Sun, which is why the number “7” plays a major role in the stories of the Bible. The “Book sealed with seven seals” in the Book of Revelation, etc.
These levels of consciousness that I mentioned previously are also represented by the brainwaves known as, from highest to lowest: Beta, Alpha, Theta & Delta. The lower the brainwave, the higher the level of consciousness. Delta, as you know, is the realm of the R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) deep sleep cycle. Nothing to do with college fraternities or sororities.
All of these are mentioned in the Abrahamic religions but they are written by mystics and coded by mystics. This mystic language, that all of these ancient religious cultures wrote in, must be observed when reading and interpreting the Bible.
I mean, preachers and pastors will tell you about the story of Abraham and Sarah in the Old Testament (Sarah had a baby when she was 90 years old) like it actually happened, but Galatians 4-24 actually tells you that it’s an allegory, or simply “the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegory
Galatians 4 22-31
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
The story is spiritual, not literal, or historical. What it means is that if you chose to “lay” with Agar (emotions/flesh), what is birthed is carnal mind territory. This makes sense when you research the etymology of the names of the individuals born from Agar. When you “lay” with Sarah (Spirit), you get Isaac, which means “laughter”, Higher Mind territory. You “birth” this Child of Promise, Isaac/laughter, within yourself, and then Sarah (Spirit) is no longer “barren”. It’s about you choosing to exist in a higher state of consciousness, that’s all.
When you research the mainstream consensus of modern scholarship, you get a much clearer perspective on what these texts represent. Even with that evidence, fundamentalists will argue that it’s a true story. That’s bordering on a very dangerous place because it atrophies the mind, and an institution has convinced you of something so heavily that you can’t see past it. Your own holy and sacred book tells you something very clearly but you choose to believe the church and its leaders. That’s so sad from my perspective.
When people challenge me on interpreting the Bible this way, I know that they are locked in the lowest state of consciousness called “Earth”. These people that get stuck at the Earth level are afraid of yoga, they are afraid of meditation and by extension, themselves. They are afraid of things their Messiah promoted. Their religions have told them that they will open their minds to demons if they meditate. I heard this many times growing up in rural America at the Baptist churches I used to attend. Again, people are afraid of what they don’t understand.
Before we jump into Mark’s version of this story, a little additional history is needed for clarification as to why I believe this should be read esoterically, and not as history or from a literal perspective.
Interestingly enough, the original version of Mark in the Sinai Bible or Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest Bible in existence, begins with Jesus at age 30, has no virgin birth narrative, no mention of Jesus as “the son of God,” the messianic bloodline of David is missing, no sign of resurrected appearances of Jesus, and the resurrection verses found in today’s Bibles are spurious, of which the church openly admits: “the conclusion of Mark is admittedly not genuine … almost the entire section is a later compilation” (Encyclopaedia Biblica, vol. ii, p. 1880, vol. iii, pp. 1767, 1781; also, Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. iii, under the heading “The Evidence of its Spuriousness”; Catholic Encyclopedia, Farley ed., vol. iii, pp. 274-9 under heading “Canons”)
Another interesting tidbit of Church history is that the names on the Gospels were simply affixed to them without knowledge of who wrote them. The Church, surprisingly, admits this as well.
“It thus appears that the present titles of the Gospels are not traceable to the evangelists themselves … they [the New Testament collection] are supplied with titles which, however ancient, do not go back to the respective authors of those writings.” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Farley ed., vol. vi, pp. 655-6)
The Church maintains that “the titles of our Gospels were not intended to indicate authorship”, adding that “the headings … were affixed to them” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Farley ed., vol. i, p. 117, vol. vi, pp. 655, 656).
Here is the version from the Gospel of Mark:
Mark 8:22-25 (KJV)
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Spit is a sign of contempt. Why would Jesus have contempt for this man’s condition? The answer lies in how you interpret the text. Once you understand that this is symbolic writing, you begin to see that this is spiritual blindness, not physical. The Christ within has contempt for spiritual blindness because you are not seeing with “circumcised” eyes.
Colossians 2:11 (KJV)
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands
You are spiritually blind because you are not going within yourself to obtain spiritual vision. You are stuck in the physical or material aspect of reality without the ability to elevate your consciousness.
Another interesting thing to note is the part of the text that says “He looked up and said ‘I see men as trees, walking‘”. What does that mean?
“He looked up” is just a way of saying that his consciousness is beginning to be elevated.
When we enter a forest, we don’t judge trees. We enter a state of consciousness of acceptance of the natural environment around us. We are non-judgmental. We know that trees grow that way because of the available sunlight and the competition and density of the forest. They just exist, that’s it.
After he said he saw “men as trees, walking“, Jesus put his hands on his eyes again, he looked up once more and his sight was restored. All of that spiritual drama pertains to elevating your consciousness by allowing the Christ within you to have dominion.
Most of us don’t look upon each other that way, like trees. We are stuck in the Earth level of consciousness and are unable to progress because of fear-based religions that don’t teach the true esoteric and symbolic meaning of the text. We don’t understand that in order to progress, we need to meditate.
What do you think those pinecones on top of the Buddha’s head are for?
Why is there a pinecone statue outside of the Vatican’s walls?
Why does the Pope’s staff have a pinecone in its body?
Because hiding in plain sight is the key to spiritual vision, which is the Pineal Gland of the brain, which actually looks like a pine cone. This gland activates during meditation to begin the process of opening up your spiritual vision. Pre-Cartesian beliefs called it the “Seat of the Soul“.
All of this evidence is in support of meditation. The ancients fully believed that it was how one “spoke” to God. It’s also how to raise yourself to the second stage of consciousness, which is water. We will see the reference to water in the story of the blind man in the Gospel of John next.
And, before we jump into John’s version of this story, we need to see the proof that it has issues as well, notwithstanding the previous evidence that John, more than likely, didn’t write this Gospel.
The 21st Chapter of John which talks about the Disciples catching a “multitude of fish” is considered to be a 6th-century forgery by modern scholarship. The church admits that: “The sole conclusion that can be deduced from this is that the 21st chapter was afterwards added and is therefore to be regarded as an appendix to the Gospel” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Farley ed., vol. viii, pp. 441-442; New Catholic Encyclopedia (NCE), “Gospel of John”, p. 1080; also NCE, vol. xii, p. 407).
Here is the version in the Gospel of John, and in this part of the text, you will additionally see in Verse 2 a reference to the Disciples belief in reincarnation:
John 9 1-7 (KJV)
9 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Remember, Jesus never spoke unless it was a parable.
Mark 4:34 (KJV)
34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
The disciples, twelve aspects of your being, were told the truth of his words when they were alone. Meaning, you achieve perfection, the number 12, when Christ is formed in you, and all will be revealed when you are alone, which is meditation. This is deep mysticism, allegory, numerology, and symbology that pertains to going within yourself.
Also, remember that wisdom is understanding dark sayings.
Psalm 78:2 (KJV)
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.
Proverbs 1-6 (KJV)
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
A dark saying is something akin to “he spilled the beans”. On the surface, you see the literal spilling of beans. But you and I both know that it means that a secret has been revealed. That’s what it means to understand a dark saying. And if you don’t begin the process of learning the symbolism, all your doing is feeding the same beast that’s been in power for 2,000 years. I think that we all are ready to leave it behind.
Earlier, we talked about seeing each other as walking trees. Meaning don’t judge them. Accept and allow them as long as they are not doing you direct harm or harming others. This is exactly how a human consciousness should operate, but it doesn’t. And the reason it doesn’t is that their eyes are blinded by the lowest level of consciousness, which is Earth.
Earth always represents mud or dirt in these stories, because the lowest part of the body is the feet that touch the ground, which is symbolic of Earth. This is why you have the washing of feet by Jesus; the Higher is ridding you of the lower. You have been elevated from Earth to Water; Beta to Alpha; symbolic baptism. But it’s all hidden behind the words that need to be understood on a mystical level.
Not that long ago, Pope Francis was on television washing the feet of recovering drug addicts, attempting to recreate this supposed historical event from the New Testament. But the problem is that when these addicts wake up they have clean feet but the want and need for drugs remain. We see people getting baptized in literal water in churches or in my case, the local river. The problem is that even after the feet have been cleaned or you have been raised up and out of the water, the lower mind still has not been subdued. You have done nothing to escape the trappings of the carnal mind. People are still stuck in Earth/Beta; still stuck in that level of consciousness that Jesus has contempt for because people are not being taught how to elevate themselves by religion and the church.
So, Jesus spits on the ground and makes clay using spittle, which he then applies to the man’s eyes. Once again, spit is a sign of contempt. The Higher has contempt for the lower, the Earth. Since this man has clay on his eyes, he is still spiritually blind. His vision is still associated with Earth.
And, if this hasn’t occurred to you, why the dramatics? Jesus healed many people in the Bible with just a touch. Why did he need to go through the act of spitting on the ground, making clay and rubbing it in his eyes? That should speak to you on a deeper level and help you see that this is an allegory for spiritual evolution.
After Jesus is finished rubbing clay in this man’s eyes, he tells him to go and “wash in the pool of Siloam”. Siloam means “sent” or “let go“. Water is the second stage of consciousness; spiritual baptism. After he washed, he “came seeing”. His consciousness has been elevated.
A majority of people on this planet still have this very same clay over their eyes. They are locked in the Earth level of consciousness that Jesus hated enough to spit on. All of their anger and bitterness is coming from dwelling in the Earth stage of consciousness that Jesus hates and is telling them to rise above it and embrace the love of all people.
Most of them probably don’t know that their Savior said that you shall do greater works than he did. Yes, you. It has to make you think why that was said, doesn’t it?
John 14:12 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
He’s telling you not to ride his coattails. Don’t expect him to do it for you. You shall do greater works than he did when you are able to see people as trees. When you ascend to the fire stage of consciousness and embrace the Christ within, you shall be a physical personification of the number twelve and obtain perfection.
Your vision becomes softened and you begin to see that we all are one, from the same place, all connected, just like trees.
10 thoughts on “The Healing of the Blind Man and Men Walking as Trees”
Thank you, Sharon!
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Thank you, Gia. And thanks for commenting!
Thanks for removing a bit of the mud i have on my eyes
You’re welcome, Carlos. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Matt, I also commented on your “Sermon on the Mount” publication and I loved it.
You are absolutely correct that mysticism influenced much if not most of the so-called “New Testament” canon. I believe the exception would be very early Gospel of Thomas, Q, some parts of AUTHENTIC “Mark”, and Paul’s seven AUTHENTIC letters.
My contribution in this space, beyond gratitude for your work, would be to suggest that in pushing this envelope further, and, only in reference to early to mid-1st century CE writings, could we feasibly strip all religion—east and west—and still have a (much shorter) non-religious and objective message during this period?
I appreciate your work.
Thank you for your kind comments, and your thoughts on a free-from-religion society. That would be a wonderful thing to behold. Unfortunately, I think we still have a long way to go before that comes to fruition but I like to believe it’s possible. I mean, if I can toss my indoctrination aside, especially given my Baptist and Pentacostal upbringing, anybody can. If only critical thinking was promoted more in early school. That could begin to shape things for a better future for today’s kids.
Thomas and early/authentic Mark, I believe, still seem to have a healthy dose of mysticism. It all just makes more sense to me when read from an esoteric perspective. I know there many instances of inclusio (one story wrapped around another, ie Jesus killing the fig tree coinciding with the destruction of the Jewish Temple Cult) in the Bible that relate to actual historical events but the mystic/esoteric interpretation does fit quite well.
Q, from my research is problematic. It seems to be based on hypothesis, after hypothesis, after hypothesis. No real concrete evidence exists to support it. Even some staunch defenders of it have admitted it’s 50/50 as far as accepted evidence when presented with counter arguments. Richard Carrier has some very interesting insights on Q in his book “On the Historicity of Jesus”. It’s definitely worth a read.
Anyway, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and wisdom with me. It’s always nice to bounce ideas off like-minded people.
Q is definitely an exercise in hypothesis, admittedly, but yet when isolated from the rest of Matthew, Luke, and John sources, it seems germane to the earlier Mark source. Do you have any source material on “authentic” or earlier Mark? I’m certainly aware of the extended endings edits and the end-of-times edits, but does current Mark deviate significantly from an earlier or more authentic source? And, if so, have you found any ms(s) sources? Finally, April DeConick does an amazing job of categorizing what she labels early Kernel Gospel of Thomas which she dates to 30-40s CE. I find her work masterful on both GTh and on “John” source, and yes they are both Mystic or Mystic-hybrids, notwithstanding DeConick’s isolation of early Kernel GTh.
On a personal note, it is not by chance that whatever those personal life circumstances that moved you off your brilliant thinking, discovering, and writing, occurred. Fight like hell to get back to it. Blessings my friend.
Whoever wrote Mark also copied and updated stories and ideas from the works of Homer, and turned ideas in the letters of Paul into stories. I’m paraphrasing that from Richard Carrier’s commentary. He does a great job breaking it down in his book. Other mainstream scholars have come to similar conclusions.
I haven’t heard of April DeConick before. I’ll look up her commentary on Thomas. That sounds fascinating!
What are you referring to with “ms” sources?
Thank you for the encouragement. Blessings to you as well.