March 24, 2015

Eden and the Burning Bush

In life, we are given signs to help lead us on our way through the best, and worst of times. We can always forgive for mistakes if we choose, and learning from those mistakes helps us grow into refined beings of spiritual significance. From the beginning of life, we are loaned character, identity, and principal understanding as an acquired knowledge transcending generation after generation. Part of our primal knowledge may be attained from the very energy first flowing through cells in union before division, the same process igniting our genetic code into replication overdrive.

We divide from conception into a world populated with organisms who followed the same process, who traveled along a path to light in order to take that first breath of oxygen. From there, further knowledge about the world around us is attained in droves while on a path to consciousness awakening, and conscious memory begins to influence personal controls. While growing with new understanding, life subjects everyone to a variety of situations from both difficult and stressful to pleasant and provocative. In these moments adaptation is learned, and for some, a belief beyond physical self in a quest to find answers of why we exist.

With tendency to combine realms of spirituality and scientific understanding, one theoretical question of our existence comes from the book of Genesis. In the Garden of Eden, a flaming sword turning in every which way intentionally kept Adam away from the Tree of Life. Now is he forbidden from the tree in moral principal, or is there possibly a literal identification which physically prohibited Adam from getting too close? For example, the rosette Bromeliad Vriesea splendens, also known literally as a Flaming Sword plant. This particular plant is naturally found in Venezuela and Suriname, far from the Biblical cradle of life's location today.

Bourdon Sebastien, Burning Bush

Further correlation here comes from the Book of Exodus and the burning bush. Some believe Moses must have been hallucinating to claim he witnessed both a bush on fire without being consumed, and the ghostly apparition of god inside it. There exists such a bush, which catches on fire in hot weather, known as the Dictamnus albus, and certain varieties are indeed found in the Mediterranean area. Could this be the burning bush Moses speaks of, and is it possible god presented himself through the heat distortion effect emitted from the burning bush? If Moses recorded events based truly on a real plant, then what about the Flaming Sword, and the Tree of Life for that matter?

Dictamnus can be found roughly in the same area where Moses claimed to see god, and there are at least two potential ways the Flaming Sword native to Venezuela could be placed partway around the world into the Biblical cradle. One, trading between South American cultures and Egyptians as evident by remnants of psychoactive substances along with plants and artifacts native to South America discovered in Egyptian tombs. Evidence loosely creates a link between the two distant continents though hasn't provided solid proof. The idea is not far off Columbus introducing another Bromeliad species to Spain around 500 years ago, the pineapple.

The second theory suggests something fairly startling with a rather large time factor involved. Around 237 million years ago in the Early Triassic, Venezuela and Suriname were located right on the edge of Africa as Earth's landmass clumped together as Pangea. If a similar Flaming Sword variety of Bromeliad existed at this time, and spanned into northern Africa, could it be what Genesis talked of in Eden?