Lilith: the ego’s greatest sin against self-realization

At the edge of the night that gives the ego dominion over the senses, among the shadows that slip stealthily into the blinding darkness of a hidden immensity, lies the door that Dante already observed at close quarters. But no hope should be left to cross it, primarily because it is often barred, and only those with hard knuckles and indomitable will can hope for it to be opened.

The ego, which in Narcissus’ mirror of water blessed his truncated pride, is itself the main intestinal enemy to such a “miracle” taking place.

In that seductive darkness, however, there is no monster hiding that adversaries (satanically, from its etymology) the integrity of the universe (the Self) that gives it life and the ground on which to rest its feet. Only those who take sides without reason can believe this. In the context of the individual, only a self-captured ego, alienated in the mirror that gives it unity, can allow a meaningless struggle.

For if a fragile ego leaves the self at the mercy of unconscious forces (and this happens only because the logos has been precluded to them so that their “language” has been forced into shouting, cackling, screaming, and inarticulate sounds), its powerful counterpart makes the worst use of reason that the imagination can allow.

Lilith, a female demon/angel who does not accept the imposition of submission to man

Lilith is perhaps the best archetypal symbol of this process. Created of the same matter as Adam, her equal, she began to reject the inferior position in sexual relations. He rebelled. He probably shouted, said that this was neither fair nor reasonable. But Adam dissented, and God (who was the sun burning in his chest) took his side.

Lilith fled, and attempts to bring her back into submission were useless. In truth, little would have sufficed (apart from the fact that to console Adam, God immediately provided for the creation of Eve from one of his ribs, ready for complete submission): all that was needed was to accept her for what she was, and any mistakes would have been readily corrected. On the contrary, the choice was far more dramatic: Lilith remained in the shadows, married Samael (a demon), and became the undisputed queen of dreamy torment and slayer of infants.

Considering the psychological value of the myth (which finds concrete reality in the microcosm of the Self), Lilith’s expulsion was much more severe and painful than the one God inflicted on Adam and Eve because it decreed the separation between the Tree of Life (the bright side where the ego should ascend and be definitively crowned in the encounter with its higher Self – represented kabbalistically by the sefirah Tipheret), from the tree of knowledge, the fruits of which were not only never entirely eaten but became strangely indigestible and acquired, despite themselves, every possible negative attribute.

But Lilith did not take it… She always remains in place, compelled only to speak a non-language that the ego shuns but which bears fruit in dreams and those few moments when conscious attention slackens.

Is it possible to take her hand therefore? Of course! Are there any risks involved? Forso only to truly understand the meaning of the phrase “self-realization.”

A brief note on Biblical Genesis

The Genesis story is significant in religious and cultural history, serving as the foundational narrative for the Abrahamic religions. The basic concept of the Genesis account revolves around God’s creation of the world in six days, followed by the creation of Adam and Eve, the first human beings — the narrative details their life in the Garden of Eden, disobedience, and subsequent expulsion.

Drawing connections with the mythology of other peoples, the Genesis narrative shares similarities with creation myths found in various cultures around the world.

Eve, Adam's companion, although manifesting a strong spirit of discovery (which led her and her companion to be expelled from Eden), accepted, unlike Lilith, submission to Adam.
Eve, Adam’s companion, although manifesting a solid spirit of discovery (which led her and her companion to be expelled from Eden), accepted, unlike Lilith submission to Adam.

For example, the Babylonian creation myth, Enuma Elish, also depicts a divine creator who brings the world into existence through a series of events. These parallels illustrate the universal themes of creation, morality, and human experience found in the mythology of different civilizations.

Understanding the historical and cultural context of the Genesis account enables a deeper appreciation of its meaning and its lasting influence on religious thought and narrative traditions.

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