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. 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 brings to our lives and the lives of our families.
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-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 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 figure that out? For me, I started this blog just to begin the process of putting my thoughts out there for my own mental therapeutic healing. 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 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 Bible believed in four states of consciousness that they interwove into these Biblical 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, the flood and Noah’s Ark, Jesus baptizes with fire, etc.) It’s simply an alteration of consciousness that is achieved by meditation.
On a quick relevant side note, 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 writers 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. I wonder if Mike Pence needed to repent after looking at that sultry bottle of Mrs. Butterworth Pancake Syrup?
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. They are lost and have a very long way to go to repair the damage they have inflicted on humanity.
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.
Okay, back to the point of this article. God, I get sidetracked too easily and need to get up on my soapbox every now and then!
These levels of consciousness 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. The story is spiritual, not literal or historical, period. 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 book tells you something very clearly but you choose to believe the church and its leaders. That’s a nice custom made religion you have there.
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 did. 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.
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 world 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 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.
Here is the version in the Gospel of John:
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 because 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.
We all saw Pope Francis on television washing the feet of recovering drug addicts, attempting to recreate this “historical” event. 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 dominion. 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; 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. They go to the church with a huge penis on top of it and cast judgment on the “non-believers”, the “Godless people”, and fundamentalists will do it with a smile on their faces believing that Jesus will save them from the Devil because they are so holy and righteous. 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. How incredibly wrong they are to be so self-assured in their salvation.
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.