Bahir Verse 199
An esoteric explanation is required here to get us beyond the surface details.
Verse 199. The soul of the female comes from the Female, and the soul of the male comes from the Male. This is the reason why the Serpent followed Eve. He said, "Her soul comes from the north, and I will therefore quickly seduce her." And how did he seduce her? He had intercourse with her.
Commentary: Think of Creation as being Female or that which takes on the Image of the Male Creator. Drop Male and Female for now and just consider the Creator and Creation. What is this Serpent? It is conditional Time. The original template for Creator and Creation is this.
Ex: 1:3 And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
The Intention is for there to be Light. This Intention is realized instantaneously. Not only does light appear but it also seems to appear in the past even before it is commanded to be it already was. What it should read here perhaps is ‘let there be light and there is light.’ The Creator sends forth its Intention which then becomes Creation. However, these two concepts are really both a part of the same process. Let us just say that there is a seamless connection between Creator and Creation. Now the concept of the Serpent is brought into play. The Serpent is the thought that no development is needed in order for Creation to process. It is the thing without the spirit of the thing. It is knowledge without the understanding of that knowledge that gives meaning to it. The Serpent co-opts the original intention substituting a shadow that entices and teases but never comes to fruition. Eve represents the imaged form that comes from the Creator. She is the budding of awareness born from within continuously anew. The Serpent represents side channel or illusory thoughts coming from without. It is our reactive nature. Eve is Adam turned on his side so that Adam will not be alone. This is the beginning of the extension of this ongoing conversation.
Gen 1:26 And God said: 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.'
Creator and Creation already engage in this conversation. It is One speaking to One. Now inside of the flesh of this Creation is made an image of this ongoing process.
Gen: 1: 27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
In this way both Creator and Creation are projected inside of their own image. The unity is complete.
Then following the Gen 2:4 … ‘the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created…’ In other words following all of the outcomes that have resulted from this we find that man is then created again.
Gen 2: 7 Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
What was man before? Man was an image both male and female. Man was the operation of Creator and Creation simultaneously brought forth. Now for the third time YHVH appears in connection with Elohim. What is this soul of man? It is evidenced by the use of YHVH Elohim for third time in Torah alluding to the Yetzirah level of being. It is man's own cognizance of divinity within unrealized potential to be placed in operation at the fourth instance of YHVH Elohim (alluding to the level of Asaiah of being) when Man is placed (planted as a tree) in the Garden. What is this Garden. It is the world of response. Whatsoever this man thinks the Garden then takes on the impress of this thought.
The Garden remains with us in always in the background as evidence of ongoing Creation. It still receives the impress of our thoughts.
We were given free will by design. We were meant to impress the garden with our thoughts since this is by reflection the same process that was and is used for the Creator bringing about Creation. What is this Other? It is the interference between what we think and what the Other is telling us. For example, I want to experience a joyful life so then I start thinking about this joyful life and then someone comes along and no you cannot experience this joyful life. It is wrong. You should do this or you should do that. The Serpent is the inventor of lies and the inventor of the 'you should do this, or you should not do this' school. The other seeks to supplant his voice for your own that you are by the way always already receiving directly from the Creator. Once the Other is successful your voice becomes secondary and that is where all of our problems come from. This is the moment of separation that has not only continued but is promoted by every person who tells another what he or she should do. We're here to dress and keep the Garden right? How are we to do this? By listening and then embodying the voice of the Creator who impresses his thought upon her Creation. No intermediary is necessary and in fact must be avoided at all costs. The time-honored way to purify your thoughts from the impress of the Other is to change your mind activating your free will to choose which thoughts not only to think about but also to expand upon to produce the appropriate outgrowths. The trick with free will is to choose wisely from within from the limitless library of like vibrations moving ever higher in frequency as we the approach unity between Creator and Creation. This is the culmination of human experience and the highpoint of Torah when G-d’s name is revealed, as I am that I am. Whatever the Creator thinks upon is reflected and impressed upon Creation. My thoughts and the experiences that result from those thoughts are one. It has to be this unless you willfully choose thoughts to expand upon that have outgrowths that lead to chaos.
Both Creator and Creation reside within. We all have the life's journey to figure this out and build our world accordingly. We have to learn to deny the Other since this Other is merely the result of what someone has placed upon us in order to manipulate our thinking with those Serpentine words 'for your own good.' The only good that is truly ours is that which we are able to come upon by communion-connection with the Creator-Creation within.