If you are concerned about counselling, bearing truth, exposing yourself and feeling bad, it might come from your religious or cultural background.  It may be taught literally or you may think in a literal way from learning throughout your life, when teaching was sharp, harsh and strict contrasting with your thinking which was undeveloped and very literal in your infant years. 

If you are neuro divergent, you might be giving yourself a very hard time because you are thinking literally.  Processing as a child would have been difficult and you may have traumatised yourself with how you absorbed the teachings from family, church and school.

I have written this article to help you understand that with counselling, there comes no judgment and if you feel bad because of a thought, a feeling or an action, you can come to my confidential service.  You might have buried it very deeply and be completely unconscious of it.  We can work it out together.

Below is a list of religions that include the fall of man in the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  This is the result from a search on AI.  It holds no bearing to my beliefs or opinions about yours.  Please don’t shoot the messenger.

The story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden is a foundational narrative in several major world religions. Here is a breakdown of the religions that include this story in their teachings:

1. Judaism

  • Torah: The story of Adam and Eve is found in the Book of Genesis (chapters 2 and 3) in the Hebrew Bible. It is an essential part of Jewish teachings about the creation of the world and humanity.

2. Christianity

  • Old Testament: The Christian Old Testament includes the Book of Genesis, where the story of Adam and Eve is also central.
  • New Testament: References to Adam and Eve and their significance can be found in several New Testament texts (e.g., Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
  • Doctrine: The narrative is foundational in Christian doctrines of original sin and human nature.

3. Islam

  • Quran: The story of Adam (Arabic: Adam) and his wife (often associated with Eve, Arabic: Hawwa) is recounted in various Surahs, such as Surah Al-Baqarah (2:30-39), Surah Al-A’raf (7:11-25), and Surah Ta-Ha (20:115-124).
  • Hadith: Additional details and interpretations can be found in the Hadith literature.
  • Beliefs: The story underscores themes of obedience, sin, and repentance in Islam.

4. Bahá’í Faith

  • Scriptures: The Bahá’í Faith references Adam and Eve as part of its broader religious history and teachings.
  • Symbolism: The story is often interpreted symbolically within Bahá’í teachings, focusing on the spiritual lessons rather than a literal historical account.

Interpretations and Significance

  • Symbolism vs. Literalism: The interpretation of the story varies widely within and among these religions. Some traditions view it as a literal historical account, while others interpret it symbolically or allegorically.
  • Theological Themes: Common themes include the nature of humanity, free will, sin, and the relationship between God and humans.

Differences Among Religions

  • Judaism: Emphasizes the covenant between God and humanity, with varying interpretations among different Jewish traditions.
  • Christianity: The concept of original sin, introduced by Augustine, has had a significant impact on Christian theology, especially in Western Christianity.
  • Islam: Focuses on the mercy of Allah and the potential for human repentance and forgiveness.
  • Bahá’í Faith: Integrates the story into a broader understanding of religious history and progressive revelation.

The story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden is thus a shared narrative among these religions, each with its unique interpretation and emphasis.

A newborn human being is about as vulnerable as you can get.  Birth is extremely traumatic. Attachment is the first decision you make about your safety.  Worldly desires are extremely tempting. You can be forgiven for raging about needing and being refused or rejected.

The fall of man is the most collective you can get for extreme repression of your emotions, the consequences being hell and damnation. We have all done bad and terrible things.  What is important is that we want a virtuous life now and we are all capable of letting go of ego; and living from our true essence.

I came across a sample of British literature which depicts the fall of man in the story, humbling us enough to see that we are not perfect, we all have free will and unlike Adam and Eve are born burdened with the collective minds of our predecessors. I like to skip over to ego at this point, which you will not read about in Christianity.  Ego is the version of ourselves that we create to cope in a society extremely difficult to navigate and at times so terrifying, where we fear for our lives. My explanation reduces fears and provides a solution. But first let’s take in the sheer terror imposed on our human psyche’s for hundreds of years to understand the problems we are all having with mental health today.

There is a link to the full edited text Milton’s “Paradise lost” on the Internet Archive

by Milton, John, 1608-1674; Somervell, D. C. (David Churchill), 1885-1965

https://archive.org/details/miltonsparadiselmilton/page/n5/mode/2up

Paradise Lost: A Modern Retelling

“Paradise Lost” is an epic poem by John Milton, first published in 1667. The poem is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of English literature and consists of twelve books. It explores profound themes such as the nature of sin, the fall of man, and the clash between free will and divine providence.

Summary of “Paradise Lost”

Books I-II: The Fall of Satan

The poem begins with Satan and his followers being cast out of Heaven after rebelling against God. They fall into Hell, where Satan rallies his fallen angels and vows to continue opposing God. In these books, Satan devises a plan to corrupt God’s newest creation, humanity, by infiltrating the Garden of Eden.

Books III-IV: Satan’s Journey and Entry into Eden

God observes Satan’s plan from Heaven and foretells the fall of man but also hints at the eventual redemption through His Son. Satan, disguised as various creatures, makes his way to Earth and enters Eden. He is filled with envy and hatred as he observes the innocence and beauty of Adam and Eve.

Books V-VI: The War in Heaven

Raphael visits Adam and Eve to warn them about Satan and recounts the events leading up to the rebellion in Heaven. The angelic battle between Satan’s forces and God’s loyal angels is described in detail. Ultimately, Satan and his followers are defeated and cast out.

Books VII-VIII: The Creation of the World

Raphael continues his narration, explaining how God created the world and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This creation account emphasizes the order and harmony established by God.

Books IX-X: The Fall of Man

Satan, taking the form of a serpent, successfully tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Eve convinces Adam to eat the fruit as well. Their disobedience results in the loss of their innocence, the introduction of sin and death into the world, and their eventual expulsion from Eden.

Books XI-XII: The Aftermath and Promise of Redemption

Michael is sent to expel Adam and Eve from Eden but also to provide them with visions of the future. These visions include the consequences of their sin, human history, and the promise of redemption through Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve leave Eden, hopeful for humanity’s eventual salvation.

Themes in “Paradise Lost”

Free Will and Predestination: Milton explores the tension between human free will and divine omniscience. While God knows the outcome of human actions, humans still have the freedom to choose their paths.

The Nature of Sin and Redemption: The poem delves into the origins of sin with Adam and Eve’s disobedience and the promise of redemption through Jesus Christ.

The Role of Obedience: The narrative stresses the importance of obedience to divine will and the consequences of rebellion, as exemplified by both Satan’s and humanity’s falls.

The Heroic Ideal: Milton redefines the concept of heroism, contrasting Satan’s false heroism with the true heroism of obedience and humility exemplified by Christ.

Conclusion

“Paradise Lost” is a rich and complex work that offers a profound exploration of theological, philosophical and moral issues; and its depiction of the fall of man and the promise of redemption has had a lasting impact on literature and continues to be a subject of study and admiration. 

Human beings can not uphold the perfection of the innocence of Adam and Eve because they have the collective minds, the ego, that human beings are born with today.  You are born with the traits, the mannerisms, the beliefs, the critical minds, the discriminations and the prejudices of your ancestors whether you like it or not.  This is genetics, simple science.  However, genes will change with the environment.  Therefore, if you want to be a kind, compassionate human being with the best intentions for the greater good of us all, your genes will shift energetically to be those things with the change in perspective from counseling. 

The unlearning of the belief that you are bad takes time, dedication and determination. 

We can create an ego as a very small infant, which dissociates from feelings, which refuses to own the feeling of anger, jealousy or shame.  

Taken literally, you might compare ego with Satan in the story, but that is unfair and far too heavy. You do not deserve that.  It is far more useful to see the worldly desires that are tempting (to take you out of consciousness, the present moment, the truth).  These are the desires that are harmful and not needed, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and other behaviors that you have turned into habits and addictions; and ego being the voice in your head from your collective human conditioning.

We have all done bad and terrible things during our human experiences. Those behaviours do not make us bad people.

The aim of this article is mainly to help you see this in a lighter way, with a method to do something about it.  Having a plan and a solution offers relief to the conscience and counselling helps with the aftermath, the consequences when you have “fallen from grace” (which from experience is when you have thoughts of shame).  Usually, the fall from grace analogy is that you felt anger or jealousy, leaving you with a tremendous amount of shame and it is this feeling of shame that is stopping you from aligning with the true essence of you.  

If you were born before the millennium, you probably had an unnecessary but commonly strict upbringing of neglect and abuse but since everyone grew up that way, it wasn’t questioned. The most common comment in counselling is that “I had a good childhood” and “my mother did the best she could” and we are not going to prove you didn’t or she didn’t. We are just going to validate you and no one is harmed in the process.

My clients usually find the truth a lot less damning than they imagined it to be.

Milton goes on to write Paradise Regained: Milton, John. Paradise Regained: A Poem in Four Books. London: Printed by J.M. for John Starkey, 1671. This consists of four books and it is about Jesus being tempted by Satan. Throughout the poem, Milton emphasises Jesus’ unwavering faith and moral integrity, contrasting with the fallibility of Adam and Eve in “Paradise Lost”. The narrative highlights the themes of obedience, faith, and the triumph of spiritual over worldly power.

I am going to take the liberty, having endured a lifetime of Catholicism and fear, to fully endorse that you will have a wonderful life of peace, joy and love if you make decisions and take actions with virtuous intentions. Therefore, with humility and grace I offer counselling so that we can work together to help you be the best person you can be and live the life you want to live and that it is safe to leave fear at the door.

Carl Jung had a theory that we all have a shadow side and that we have to embrace that shadow to be our full authentic self.

Counselling can help

Identifying and working with your thoughts and feelings will not kill you or end the world, I promise. It might annihilate your ego. “A bad day for your ego is a good day for the soul” – Jillian Michaels. Eckhart Tolle said, “ego and awareness can not co-exist” and so once we have done a small amount of work, you will feel instantly more peaceful, lighter and in tune with who you are.

Feeling bad and lashing out at others or inwardly harming yourself tends to be the result of uncontrolled thoughts.  You are not bad.

Feelings are necessary and they are temporary and all emotions are essential to your mental and physical health.  

It’s a lot better to have some counselling sessions than to continue in the destructive cycle of addiction, self sabotage or loneliness. What do you choose for yourself, your loved ones and your relationships?

Come and talk to me soon.  I am waiting for your call. Contact here.