Stories of creation, mythology or fact ………. part 1

The experience of inner silence has a story to tell with reference to the creation process.

We all experience inner silence even if we do not meditate. It can be found in the gap between successive thoughts, or when the mind is still. For some people that silence is more pronounced, while for others it may go unnoticed.

Transcendental Consciousness (TC), or inner silence, is a fourth state of consciousness. As we become more self-actualized the experience of TC in daily life becomes more noticeable.

Each day we go through a cycle of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. We also experience inner silence at the junction point between waking and deep sleep, deep sleep and dreaming, and dreaming and waking. That is to say, as we drift from waking to deep sleep, we pass through the experience of inner silence. We also pass through inner silence while going from deep sleep to dreaming, and from dreaming and waking. But this occurs mostly unnoticed.

Thought originates from pure silence. It sprouts as an impulse (energy) with direction (intelligence). It travels up through the different layers of consciousness until it bursts forth as a concrete thought onto our awareness. Just like that, creation starts with a “thrill” in the absolute and manifests in ever increasing complex structures, from the most refined relative to the dense physical level.

Let’s explore a few of the creation stories.

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The Four Creations, from the Hopi (People of Peace) of northern Arizona, written prior to 1150 AD.

“The world at first was endless space in which existed only the Creator, Taiowa. This world had no time, no shape, and no life, except in the mind of the Creator. Eventually the infinite creator created the finite in Sotuknang, whom he called his nephew and whom he created as his agent to establish nine universes. Sotuknang gathered together matter from the endless space to make the nine solid worlds. Then the Creator instructed him to gather together the waters from the endless space and place them on these worlds to make land and sea. When Sotuknang had done that, the Creator instructed him to gather together air to make winds and breezes on these worlds.”

“The fourth act of creation with which the Creator charged Sotuknang was the creation of life. Sotuknang went to the world that was to first host life and there he created Spider Woman, and he gave her the power to create life. First Spider Woman took some earth and mixed it with saliva to make two beings. Over them she sang the Creation Song, and they came to life. She instructed one of them, Poqanghoya, to go across the earth and solidify it. She instructed the other, Palongawhoya, to send out sound to resonate through the earth, so that the earth vibrated with the energy of the Creator. Poqanghoya and Palongawhoya were dispatched to the poles of the earth to keep it rotating.”

“Then Spider Woman made all the plants, the flowers, the bushes, and the trees. Likewise she made the birds and animals, again using earth and singing the Creation Song. When all this was done, she made human beings, using yellow, red, white, and black earth mixed with her saliva. Singing the Creation Song, she made four men, and then in her own form she made four women. At first they had a soft spot in their foreheads, and although it solidified, it left a space through which they could hear the voice of Sotuknang and their Creator. Because these people could not speak, Spider Woman called on Sotuknang, who gave them four languages. His only instructions were for them to respect their Creator and to live in harmony with him.”

“These people spread across the earth and multiplied …”

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Creation By and From the Self, from the Brhad-Arayaka Upanishad of India, written between 700 – 500 BC.

“In the beginning there was absolutely nothing, and what existed was covered by death and hunger. He thought, “Let me have a self”, and he created the mind. As he moved about in worship, water was generated. Froth formed on the water, and the froth eventually solidified to become earth. He rested on the earth, and from his luminance came fire. After resting, he divided himself in three parts, and one is fire, one is the sun, and one is the air.”

“Thus in the beginning the world was only his self, his being or essence, which then took the shape of a person. At first he was afraid, but realizing that he was alone and had nothing of which to be afraid, his fear ceased. However, he had no happiness because he was alone, and he longed for another. He grew as large as two persons embracing, and he caused his self to split into two matching parts, like two halves of a split pea, and from them arose husband and wife.”

“They mated, and from their union arose the human beings of the earth. The female reflected on having mated with someone of whom she was once a part, and she resolved that she should hide so that it would not happen again. She changed to a cow to disguise herself, but he changed to a bull and mated with her, and from their union cows arose. She changed to the form of a mare, but he changed to that of a stallion and mated with her, and from that union came horses. She changed to the form of a donkey, but he did likewise, and from them arose the single-hoofed animals. She became a ewe, but he became a ram, and from their union came the sheep and goats. It continued thus, with her changing form to elude him but he finding her and mating with her, until they had created all the animals that live in pairs, from humans and horses to ants.”

“After all this work, he reflected that he was indeed Creation personified, for he had created all this. Rubbing back and forth, he made Fire, the god of fire, from his hands, and from his semen he made Soma, the god of the moon. This was his highest creation because, although mortal himself, he had created immortal gods.”

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Story of Genesis (1:1 to 2:3), from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Genesis, written around the sixth century B.C.. That was after Israel was conquered by the Assyrians in 722 B.C. and at a time when the Hebrews were faced with exile in Babylon.

In the beginning God made the sky and the earth, but the earth was shapeless and everything was dark.

And God said “Let there be light,” and there was the light that made day different from night. And that was the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a dome to separate the heavens from the waters below,” and there were the heavens. And that was the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters of the earth gather so that there are seas and there is dry land,” and so it was. God said “Let there be vegetation on the land, with plants to yield seeds and fruits,” and so it was. And that was the third day.

And God said, “Let there be light in the heavens, and let them change with the seasons,” and so there were stars. Then God made a sun and a moon to rule over the day and to rule over the night. And that was the fourth day.

And God said, “Let there be creatures in the waters, and let there be birds in the skies,” and so there were sea monsters and sea creatures and birds. The God blessed them, saying “Be fruitful and multiply.” And that was the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth have animals of various kinds,” and so it was. Then God said, “Let us make humans after our own likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle and creeping things of the land, and over all the earth.” And God said to these humans, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, ruling over the fish and the birds and the animals of the land. We have given you every plant and tree yielding seed. To every beast and bird of the Earth we have given every green plant for food.” And that was the sixth day.

And on the seventh day the making of the heavens and earth was finished, and God rested.

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One purpose in presenting these different stories is to point out that just about every culture has their own version of how the universe came into being, and each is cherished and revered.

How did the version of the “the seven days of creation” come about?

The seven day week is probably the result of using the moon as a clock and calendar. Crops needed to be planted and harvested at regular intervals. The cycle of the moon’s orbit around the earth provided such a yard stick. The ancient Babylonians marked time based on a lunar month.

The first – the first visible lunar crescent
The seventh — the waxing half moon
The fourteenth — the full moon
The twenty-first — the waning half moon
The twenty eighth — the last visible crescent

(Note: synodic month is actually 29.5 days, the time from full-moon to the next full-moon.)

The ancient Romans also adopted the notion of a seven day week. Following the Babylonians but also promoting the five naked eye planets, along with the Moon and Sun to equal seven.

Latin is an Italic language, based on the older Italic alphabet which was derived from Greek and Phoenician scripts.

Sunday:
Latin dies solis “day of the sun,” the Sun’s day, Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day.

Monday:
Latin dies lunae “day of the moon,” the Moon’s day, Middle English monday or mone(n)day.

Tuesday:
Latin dies Martis “day of Mars,” Tiu’s day, Middle English tiwesday or tewesday.

Wednesday:
Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury,” Woden’s day, Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai.

Thursday:
Latin dies Jovis “day of Jupiter,” Thor’s day, Middle English thur(e)sday

Friday:
Latin dies Veneris “Venus’s day,” Freya’s day, Middle English fridai.

Saturday:
Latin dies Saturni “day of Saturn,” Saturn’s day, Middle English saterday.

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Are these stories mythology or fact? Is the story of Genesis (7-days) a mythology tailored specifically to align with our earth/moon rotational period and culture?

What do you think? You decide.

Inner silence expresses its self through the infinite variety of inanimate, and animate, life forms found in creation. Close the eyes, allow the mind to transcend, locate the seat of creation, and bask in waves of bliss.

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