What Are You Eating?
In The Garden there are two trees: the Tree of Life, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Life is made out of, well, Life. And what is Life? In my experience Life is a stream made of the current moment presenting itself over and over again as the current moment. It includes shape and form, color, aroma and sound, and touch. All of its modes are full of texture. This texture is made of the finest, most subtle substance.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is made of verbal commentary which moves like a second stream alongside the Stream of Life. This stream of verbal commentary judges, evaluates, applauds, condemns, measures, and rejects the Stream of Life.
Divine Wisdom has suggested that we only eat from the Tree of Life. For me this is an invitation to imbibe (pretty close to eating) the current moment as it presents itself over and over again as the current moment. To imbibe the current moment without eating from the Tree of Knowledge means to imbibe the Stream of Life without touching the stream of commentary which is so often, but not always, present alongside the Stream of Life—not touching the verbal thought to push it away, and not touching the verbal thought to hold it and use it as a tool to manipulate the Stream of Life.
In those moments when I imbibe the Stream of Life (eat from the Tree of Life) without touching (eating from) the Tree of Knowledge, I sense the possibility that I am ingesting That finest and subtlest substance which makes up everything in the current moment, and I sense the possibility that That substance is the Best Medicine I could ever take into my body.
And when I touch (eat from) the Tree of Knowledge, I sense the possibility that I am ingesting something toxic, something which leads to suffering.
And so lately as I move through the moments of my Life, and the moments of my Life move through Me, at the earliest sign of suffering I find myself asking the question: "What are you eating, Murray?"
Copyright © 2016 by Murray Weinstein