by Tracye Brewer
There is a Jewish mystical perspective which depicts a radical creation of mankind in which man evolved from a single being into 2 separate beings. In brief, the mythical tradition declares that God created man as a single, dual sex (male and female) being. Multiple interpretations suggest that the male and female were attached side by side or back to back, like conjoined twins. God saw that it was not good for the man to be alone therefore He caused him to fall into a deep sleep. While the man was asleep, God took the man’s side and created a woman and brought her to the man. Whether you believe that this story is myth, factual history, or spiritual revelation, I believe there is much we can learn from it pertaining to our relationship with God and each other.
First, let’s examine the initial concept of a single being having both male and female. If the male and female are back to back, then they are physically incapable of having a face to face relationship. They are limited. One has no choice to do anything separate from what the other does. One may take a step and the other has no choice but to follow. According to the story, The Eternal God saw that this man, created in His image having both male and female aspects, lacked the ability to express the power of individual free will. The male and female did not have the ability relate to God separately and intimately. The male did not distinguish the female as a separate beng because she was a part of him and the female, likewise. God declared that this was not good.
The story explains that while the man was sleeping, God took the man’s side and used it to create a woman. The lesson we can learn from this is that creation starts with our thoughts, dreams, and imagination. While dreaming, the man sensed that a part of him was missing and he began to crave what was not in him. He desired someone like himself, his female counterpart. Imagine how he felt when he woke up and God brought the woman to him – face to face! As separate beings, the man and woman have the power to choose to interact with each other. The woman can choose to follow the man, or not. The man can choose to lead her, or not. As individuals, they can experience God and each other, intimately by choice. They can desire of their own individual free will. Isn’t that what God wants? I believe He wants us to want Him. He wants every one of us to desire a uniquely separate relationship with Him. He allows us to feel separation so we can desire unity. He wants us face to face. This brings us to the state of male and female relationships today: Each of us wants the other but we have not fully awakened to our individual distinction. Know yourself!
This is a time that we actively participate in our process of growth and celebrate our connections. Take some time to learn who you are outside of your title. What is your purpose? How can you connect to others and to something larger than yourself? This month is also connected to scales and balance. The energy of the season presents an opportune time to cooperate with others. According to the zodiac, it is a time for the social, intellectually savvy, analytical, articulate, and judicial energy of the Libra. I am referring to the part of you that takes painstaking effort to make the right decision. You are ever so careful not to make the wrong choice and sometimes you make no choice to avoid the wrong choice. I challenge you in this season to embrace the doubt. The place of uncertainty is the birthplace of possibilities. You have so many choices! Go to yourself and be open to the possibility of change. When you allow yourself to dream, you are creating the space for desire. Allow your imagination to soar and discover who you are. Like the man in the myth, I look forward to seeing you, face to face.