Adam's and Eve's sin was not some "want of conformity unto, or transgression of, a law of God,"... And we will pause here to allow me a side soliloquy on this phrase, "want of conformity into, or transgression of, a law of God," saying that it came to my attention as the prescribed answer to the Westminster Shorter Catechism's question, "What is sin?" I memorized the words at my Aunt Lois' encouragement, without having a clue as to what these words meant. A condition I shared with every 5 or 6 year old child in the country, politely doing what some adult considered to be good for their soul and their eternal well-being. It was apostasy. Committed by the well-intended at the direction of the misled because no one called attention to the absurdity of a God who can't create any better than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, having any right to blame anyone for his (as the story goes) own shortsightedness. I could go on, but I will return to the thesis that got us to this point: ...but their betrayal of themselves and their own original nature in pursuit of what they took to be their true joy and delight in their knowledge of profit and gain in the world that was theirs to fill and subdue. Betraying ourselves and our original nature is the secondary sin. The profit motive is the primary sin. We will sell anything for thirty pieces of silver, or it's modern-day equivalent, in our pursuit of Profit At Any Price. And whether God takes offense or not, we do it to ourselves and have only ourselves to blame. The way back to Eden always wound through the Garden of Gethsemane and across the face of Golgotha well before Jesus came along. We have always had to die to our own idea of the life that is ours to live, and submit to our life's idea for itself, in order to be alive in the fullest sense of the term in the time left for living. That's the rule from the start. We had to die to get back to Eden. There are thousands of ways to die and still be 98.6 and breathing. And it isn't a literal death that is required, but a metaphorical dying, a handing over of the life we have in mind in favor of the life our life has in mind. That what it has always taken. That is all it ever takes. The catechisms and the doctrines miss all of this in a very big way. And by the time we figure it all out for ourselves, we need a Mulligan, and a do over to make a real game of it. We waste a lot of time, getting started.
Allow me the honor of telling you what you are looking for, and how to know it when you see it. The words all mean the same thing: IT! You are looking for IT! And you have to weed out a lot of NOTIT!NOTIT!NOTIT!NOTIT!... to find IT! The words I'm talking about are on the order of "radiance," "resonance," "magnetism," "pull," "flow," "light," "attraction," "in love," etc. We know IT! when we see IT! And, too often, we dismiss IT! because IT! doesn't meet our qualifications or expectations. And we then spend our life trying to get back to IT! While 10,000 other IT!'s in various disguises wink at us unnoticed in our infatuation with the first IT! that got our attention in the beginning. IT!'s like this: You walk into a bookstore-- no, wait, some of you would never walk into a bookstore. That's a clue for you. But then, you probably would not be reading this if you would never walk into a bookstore, so never mind... You walk into a bookstore, or a library, and go to some sections, and stay strictly away from others. What are they? Or you stand before a magazine rack, and peruse some types, and avoid some other types. What are they. We are constitutionally attracted to some things in our life and repulsed or "turned off" by others. What are they? They are clues to your journey back to IT! Spend your time with the things that resonate with you, and give no time at all to the things that repel you. In so doing, you are bringing YOU to life. Explore this experience. Carl Jung said, "We are who we always have been, and who we will be." Who/how have you always been? What has always been true about you? What do people say about you that holds up over time? What would other people say that your specialty is? What would you say that your specialty is? Deepen your association with it, and begin your association with IT! in the process. For what? For the LIFE of IT! For the JOY of IT! For the ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM of IT! And allow IT! to bring you forth into your life in amazing and surprising ways!
Celebrating the wonder of existence, through all of the levels and experiences of existence, is the whole, entire, absolute point of existence. What more could there be than that? To be there is to be at the very heart of Tao-- is to be Tao-- life relishing life in all of its myriad aspects! Through all of its dualities, opposites and contradictions! Saying "YES!" to it all, just as it is, with no alterations and improvements that aren't a part of the entire matrix/tapestry/mix!!! The experience of the experience is more than words can say! "Darkness within Darkness, the gateway to Mystery!" "Light within Light, the gateway to Wonder and Delight!"
Here's how it works: See what you look at in each situation as it arises, and look at everything. Hear what you listen to in each situation as it arises, and listen to everything-- including listening to yourself. Ask all of the questions that beg to be asked-- and all of the questions the questions that beg to be asked beg to be asked. Hold everything in your awareness and wait "for the mud to settle, and the water to clear." That's it. With clarity comes direction, with direction comes action, with action comes a new situation which you approach in the same way throughout what remains of the life left for living. If they had only told us this in the fourth grade!