The study of consciousness is a new academic discipline with a relatively long historical background. Consciousness as an academic discipline has been examined from the tenets of philosophy, science, and more recently become a focus of psychology. While these disciplines have all attempted to make sense of the human plight to find individual and supra-ordinate meaning to the life-cycle created. However, consciousness is not solely a subject matter for scientific and/or philosophical scrutiny. Instead, its roots are found in the very essence of our spiritual doctrines, showing that this concept transcends the human need to make individual meaning of our life, and moves us towards developing an ontological ethos for our collective plight to be more human.
In the essays that follow, I will offer an analysis of the first three chapters of Genesis. I will show how dualistic and integral theories of consciousness are rooted within the collective plight humanity has to understand its personal and collective origins. By understanding they dynamics that exist between our personal and collective plight to become more humanely aware, I will show the commonalities we undertake to develop higher states of Self-realized potential.
By exploring the relationship that exists between humanity and God from the context of Genesis, the creation story that underlies the Judaeo-Christian mythos, I will show that an integrated state of consciousness arises from the ability psyche has to mend the paradox present within the action that served to separate us from our creative source, God: the idea of original sin. Although the attainment of an integrated form of consciousness is a difficult and often lifelong undertaking, by examining the symbolism present in the Book of Genesis, evidence of the fall and subsequent path for the redemption of consciousness will be shown.
In this and following essays, I will offer a hermeneutic analysis of the symbolic content apparent in this Western account of creation. I will show that humanity’s fall into consciousness is one spiritual path that can foster the capacity psyche has to transcend the individual ego and establish an integrated state of consciousness that can be redeemed and reaffirmed through the acceptance of God’s word and eternal love.
Keywords: Genesis, Integrated Consciousness, Self-Potential, Self-Realization Integral Development, Christianity