Bible stories are typically interpreted as read. Which is why most of us don’t understand them. More often than not we don’t believe them.
I must admit, I was in this latter category of atheists until I understood the meaning of alchemical symbolism.
And now I have a better understanding of these stories, I enjoy interpreting them and putting the lessons into practice.
Not that understanding the spiritual symbolism has turned me into a born-again Christian, far from it. The bible stories have little to do with religion, certainly not the shite the church shovel anyway.
But what the stories do have is important information about how the laws of the Universe work, how your biology and psyche work, and how we are all intricately connected with energy and vibration.
And these same belief systems and philosophies are not limited to the Bible as the ceramic vase above shows. This is artwork from the Nasca culture in Peru, thousands of years before the Spanish arrived.
The Feeding of the 5000 in the Bible
Other than the story of the crucifixion/resurrection, the feeding of the five thousand is the only story told by all four apostles of the New Testament. From that alone, we can assume the message is pretty important.
Feeding five thousand people with just five loaves of bread and two fish is considered a miracle. Even more miraculous is there were 12 baskets left over. Could this really have been a historical event?
Errrrm, no! That yarn is just a little white lie…
Yet, Bible scholars are quick to note the Gospel (truth) talks of five thousand “men” not 5000 people.
They then estimate there were actually two or three times as many people once you tot up women and children, which makes the miracle even more miraculous!
Bless those biblical “scholars”.
Jesus didn’t really feed anybody with actual food did he! He fed them with information – food for the soul. Let’s call it ‘spiritual nourishment.’ After all, that was Jesus’ life mission – and why he was subsequently killed for telling people the truth!
The fish and the loaves are metaphors with symbolic meanings. Bread, of course, is symbolic of the body, which so-called scholars should know from their Bible studies:
“Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
Although Christians believe bread only represents the body of Christ, it actually represents the body of every human. You essentially. It also means the temple, which is another metaphor for the body.
Another example of this is Bethlehem which means “house of bread” and as you know Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
So when Jesus says, “Eat this for this is my body,” he actually means, learn the lessons I teach and you will become like me. Thus Jesus can be born in the body – as Christ-Consciousness – an ascended master in control of your thoughts, emotions and actions.
The bread is made out of barley which does not contain any leaven – and leaven represents sin. A person that lives without committing sin is considered as being healthy and having a clear conscience.
Why Five Loaves and Two Fish?
The five loaves represent the five elements; water, air, earth, fire and spirit. The first four elements are each assigned emotions and character traits. Spirit, the fifth element is the balance of all emotions and character traits symbolised by the four elements.
We see this more clearly in the geometric pattern of the pentacle. Each triangle represents an element and the pentagram in the centre is the sixth geometric pattern in the shape and signifies balance.
You are the product of the elements and your ambition is to find balance – your centre, or true self. Your true self is your thoughts and emotions which compel you to act.
Therefore, 5 loaves of bread represent the five body chakras; root, sacral, solar plexus, heart and throat.
The two fish represent duality, the portrayal of opposites. From a psycho-biological perspective, this is your left/right side brain, masculine/feminine = positive/negative side of your personality. Good angel/bad devil.
Fish are associated with water thus take on the same symbolic meaning as water, namely the mysterious and unknown depths of the unconscious mind from which all creation is born from.
From a psychological viewpoint, the right and left side of your brain perform different functions and your habitual mind and unconscious mind are two different entities.
The habitual mind is the one we use on the physical plane and are fully conscious of (most of the time). The subconscious mind explores the astral plane which we are only partially conscious of, such as when we dream or meditate.
But even when we are conscious of our dreams we do not really comprehend them. Thus we are not in control of our subconscious mind.
In his book, “Your Forces and How To Use Them,” Prentice Mulford (I haven’t made that name up, I swear!) explains that:
“What you call dreams are realities. Your subconscious mind away from your body at night, goes to and sees persons and places…when your body is asleep, your thoughts are still active. They are then working on other minds. If your last thought before sleep is of worry, anxiety or hatred for anyone, it will work for you only ill results. If it is hopeful, cheerful, confident, and at peace with all men, it is then the stronger force, and will work for you good results.”
We, therefore, have some control over our subconscious mind by the way we think and how we feel. Likewise, we have control over what we create in our lives on the physical plane by what we think and how we feel.
The Symbolic Meaning of the 12 Baskets
One of the most curious aspects of this story are the 12 baskets of food left over. It is easy to determine that the 12 baskets came from each of the twelves disciples, but why was food left over – and why were there 12 disciples?
My interpretation of that is energy and vibration which make up the laws of the Universe with which we are intricately connected. The native Indians of the Andean’s depicted vibrational energy with a zig-zag pattern and it is found on hundreds of ceramics throughout the world.
There are 12 houses of the zodiac and in astrology, each house is attributed with certain character traits. People born under a certain star sign typically adopt the character traits assigned to each house.
The houses are also assigned constellations, all of which radiate energy and vibration. These are the natural laws of the Universe.
Take a look at the western music scale and you find 12 notes to an octave – notes which vibrate. To explain this another way, consider the passage in the book of Isiah:
“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will spread a wonderful feast
for all the people of the world.”
According to the esteemed psychoanalyst, Dr Joseph Murphy, the ancient word ‘Lord’ is the modern word low. With this knowledge to hand, the above prose makes much more sense. The laws of the Universe and the army of elements within the ‘heavenly’ cosmos does provide a wonderful feast for us all.
“Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.”
The ancient word for law (of the universe) was Lord, thus whenever you read the word Lord in the bible substitute it for law and consider the meaning of the first in terms of vibration and energy.
We are made of energy and we vibrate at a certain frequency which can be heightened through spiritual practices and lowered through ignorance. When commentators of the new-age movement speak of the law of attraction this is essentially what they are talking about – connecting to nature.
It is also taught by the new-age movement, and ancient sages, that when you put your faith in the law and behave in a righteous manner, you generate love and love returns to you in abundance.
The food that remained in the 12 baskets represents the abundance of love and energy you can have if you find your centre and connect with the laws of nature. We see this same idea all over the bible.
For the Lord has chosen Zion,
He has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
This is my resting place for ever and ever:
Here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
I will bless her with abundant provisions;
Her poor I will satisfy with food.
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