Living a life of peace and serenity is a goal shared by more and more people today.
While the overall impression you get from the media as well as from society in general is that they are nowhere to be found…
A life of peace and serenity is available to each and every one of us though with certain principles operating in our lives. In previous articles I have written about the role of Don Miguel Ruiz Toltec teachings of The Four Agreements contribute to this pursuit, and for me they are a vital piece of the puzzle.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle gives us ever more powerful tools allowing us to get closer and closer to this aim. Just as Don Miguel taught us from his Toltoc background, Mr Tolle brings together information from far ranging sources and ties them together into a fabric that also allows us to get closer still.
These two aspects of our being are quite important, and can get us closer to living in peaceful bliss all by themselves than most people ever will. One of the final pieces to this puzzle requires us to examine a very seminal part of our lives, backgrounds and the nature of our existence as it relates to our creator.
Whatever our level of faith, few of us are ignorant of the details of the Eden story. And just about all are profoundly affected by it’s implications, for good – peace and serenity, or for bad – isolation and conflict preventing our attaining that same peaceful serenity..
Stop now and consider the Eden story.
What was the one limitation that God gave to Adam and Eve governing their life in the garden?
- GEN 2:16,17 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
So the one rule set by the creator for humans to live in paradise (assumably a peaceful and serene existence) was tied to the knowledge of good and evil:
- GEN 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.
In the Eden account our creator thought it so important to our wellbeing that we not decide for ourselves what is right and what is wrong but to accept his own judgement that he equates it with death.
A great deal of emphasis is placed today in deciding for ourselves what is right and what is wrong. A great deal of controversy also surrounds exactly what it is that our creator considers to be good and evil!
So how do we go about this?
We can only really be guided by this if we seek to connect to our creator on a continuous basis. So for us Good is equated with anything that aids in our connection to Our creator, the universe and our fellow humans. Conversely, anything that hinders or even seeks to limit that connection is Evil…
We “Lay Down The Fruit” of the Tree of Knowledge by making that connection our chief aim.
What is more, the greater the number of people that are seeking to establish this connection, the easier it becomes as well as the more powerful it is.
The only path to a life of peace and serenity is through connection to the creator, the universe and the rest of humanity. Seeking to live our lives by “The Four Agreements” and living “In The Now” will only make this easier. And that connection is how we show our creator that we accept that it is NOT up to us to decipher Good & Evil.
The message of the Eden story is clear to me. If I want to live a life of peace and serenity. This is the road to it…