The story of Adam & Eve can be considered as a mythological allegory describing humanity’s “fall” of consciousness into the complex dualities of self-awareness, subject/object relationships, and all the opposites of existence (male/female, light/dark, hot/cold, day/night, happy/sad, health/sickness, etc.). This is symbolized in the partaking of the “tree” of knowledge of good and evil, i.e. dualities.
The felt separation from God is perhaps the conscious emergence of our own separate “self” in our mind and in the world, and this “self” feels cut off, isolated, independent, apart, divided, incomplete, disconnected from the rest of nature, the world, and the cosmos. We feel like we live in the cosmos, rather than being the cosmos. But which is more accurate? Did we get placed here in the cosmos from somewhere else?
As long as we are partaking of the knowledge of dualities, in dualistic consciousness and the thoughts of the mind, of this subject/object duality, attaching ourselves to the polarities of existence, of this versus that, then we cannot return to perceive the fundamental essence of our life, the wholeness that we are, the ground of our being as one with the cosmos, in nonduality or at-one-ment in God.
To return to the “tree” of life we need to go beyond all dualistic thought, perhaps through meditation and other spiritual practices, and contemplate the deepest reality of our being, of our awareness, of consciousness. To pass the “flaming sword” guarding “Eden” we must let go of all our thoughts of how we think things are, all the “knowledge” we’ve partaken, realizing the limits of intellectual knowledge. We transcend all dualities.
We go directly through that “sword,” allowing our separate ego-self to be slain on it as we pass back into Eden in Spirit. Then we may look to see what’s really Real, the Truth. There we discover we are One with Life and Being and Love, and we’ve never been separate from it in Reality.
We partake of pure Love, and realize we are pure Love. We recognize we don’t have a life, we are Life. We find our Spirit is God’s Spirit. We awaken as pure undefiled undivided Consciousness, and this is God. It is One.
We are One in God.