Using the apple tree as an analogy of life: the tree produces branches, leaves and apples, which eventually fall to the ground, and replaces them with new branches, leaves and apples. But the new forms are not the same ones that fell to the ground. It is the pattern and process of behavior that is the tree which reflects the cycle of birth and death and reincarnation, not its separate parts.

Thus it is with the Tree of Life: the Tree, understood in the Bible as the Word, produces the universe and all that comes with that. When the separate parts perish, they are replaced by new forms as energy-consciousness cannot be destroyed but is transformed. It is the pattern and process of behavior that is the Tree of Life or the Word which reflects the cycle of birth and death and reincarnation, not the separate forms. In short, just as the apple tree apples, the Tree of Life peoples.

When we speak of the mind or soul or spirit, what are we talking about? After all, these are just concepts, and concepts are at best metaphors, not realities. They may point to reality but they are not reality. Left on their own and taken for reality, they are illusion, that is to say, they are not lasting, for separate forms and thing-events may be actuality but they too are not Reality…not complete by themselves…not the Totality of Being.

Thus when God is selflessly-realized not as the creator or boss, a supernatural entity performing magic tricks from on high, but as the Creating or Totality of Being, then the cycle of birth and death and reincarnation is seen through. For Being even before the Tree of Life or the Word is Life itself, the pure Energy-Consciousness that Is. But we would have no chance of knowing that if God, the Creating, but Unmanifest, literally speaking, did not express Self as the Tree of Life or the Word, that is, if Reality did not produce actuality, the illusion.

You see, in the end it is all One and the same: light and darkness, positive and negative, good and evil, this and that, are really two sides of the same coin…and unity. But when seen and lived as separate principles, the whole coin is lost and the world suffers…suffers the literal perspective (duality, sensory perception, ego) of its own incompleteness. Thus, in our isolation, we struggle and even war against ourselves…against our innermost Nature. Yet, like the apple tree, in God we are all the Tree of Life or the Word, the true Son of God, not separate souls. There is only One Mind, One Soul, One Spirit, One Energy-Consciousness in Reality, One Totality of Being. But to the literal mind Such is nonexistence.

Thank God! Because if this were not so, mankind’s corruption would be eternal.

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