Inspirations

Seven Days: More interpretations

We recently featured a lesson where we presented our interpretation of the Seven Days of Creation as the birth of our Spirit. In addition to our own, we mentioned several other interesting interpretations of Genesis 1:1 through 2:2 that we found. Below are summaries of four interpretations, all worthy of contemplation:


The Meditation Center

1:1-2 In the beginning, God creates the heavens and the earth, initially formless and cloaked in darkness.*There was never “nothing.” The earth, heavens, and water existed from the beginning. A blank slate, a spiritual “womb” ready to receive life and goodness, or an unplanted seed with the Spiritual DNA we need on our journey.
Day 1
3-5 The Spirit of God hovers over the waters, and upon God’s command, light emerges, separated from the darkness and named ‘day’ and ‘night.’
Light is the spark of awareness, which is needed for us to progress and understand our purpose. The day is separated into periods of day and night, which establishes a cycle of time and growth – baby steps, if you will, that we take as we find our way on our path of spiritual unfoldment.
Day 2
6-8 On the second day, God forms an expanse named ‘sky,’ separating waters above and beneath it.
The waters are ideas – ideas that we are charged with learning and understanding. The clouds in the sky are ideas that raise our Consciousness. The seas below are deeper ideas we must come to learn and realize as we continue our growth. Over time, they work together as we gain perspective and begin to realize our own Divinity.
Day 3
9-13 The third day sees the gathering of waters beneath the sky to reveal dry land, which is named ‘earth.’ God also creates the ‘seas’ and commends the goodness of this formation. God then commands the earth to sprout vegetation, seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees. He observes that this is good.
The firmament provides a strong foundation that nurtures and nourishes our Spirit, and from which we can experience and grow in mind, body and spirit. Some might refer to this foundation as “faith.”
Day 4
14-19 On the fourth day, God creates the sun, moon, and stars to distinguish day from night and to serve as signs for seasons, days, and years.
The light was already there, but now we are prepared to see where the light is coming from. The lights of the heavens provide a clearer distinction between light and dark, and they remind us that no matter how dark or challenging our journey may seem at times, there is always a light from within to guide us on our way.
Day 5
20-23 God fills the waters with living creatures and the skies with birds on the fifth day, blessing them to be fruitful and multiply.
The ideas that are represented by the waters above and below are now manifesting and rewarding us as our awareness continues to blossom. Metaphysically, fish  represent ideas of abundance – our realization of the vast possibilities on our spiritual journey. The birds represent lofty ideas – those of higher vibration and wisdom
Day 6
24-31 The sixth day witnesses the creation of livestock, land crawlers, and beasts, followed by the creation of humans in God’s image. God gives humans dominion over all creatures and provides seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for their sustenance.
The beasts of the land represent the spiritual tools we need to progress to a higher state. We can rely on them as we do our work, and they help sustain us through the energy they share with us. As human expressions of God-energy, we realize our power and dominion, not over literal plants and animals, but over the thoughts and ideas of life, and the challenges we must experience for true spiritual understanding to take place.
Day 7
2:1-2 God finishes His work of creation and takes a day of rest, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.
The seventh day is a time for realization: our complete awareness of our oneness with All That Is. We are part of the All, and the All is part of us, no matter how much our human brain tries to convince us that we’re separate. We are the image of God.
To listen to the Metaphysical Lesson on which this is based, click here.

Unity

1:1-2 In the beginning, God creates the heavens and the earth, initially formless and cloaked in darkness.The book of Genesis begins with an already created universe! The words which follow are not descriptions of actual creation, but are rather symbolic references to processes which take place within the already created universe. These processes are the same as those we use in co-creating in our own lives.
Day 1
3-5 The Spirit of God hovers over the waters, and upon God’s command, light emerges, separated from the darkness and named ‘day’ and ‘night.’
This states the coming forth of intelligence and awareness.
Day 2
6-8 On the second day, God forms an expanse named ‘sky,’ separating waters above and beneath it.
This states the coming forth of the power of affirmation (a-firmament). The affirming power within man is called faith. The firmament represents our affirmative faculty which works in the midst of all the possibilities and potentials within life (“separate the waters from the waters.”)
Day 3
9-13 The third day sees the gathering of waters beneath the sky to reveal dry land, which is named ‘earth.’ God also creates the ‘seas’ and commends the goodness of this formation. God then commands the earth to sprout vegetation, seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees. He observes that this is good.
This states the coming forth of the powers of concentration and attention. Concentration and attention enable the faculty of imagination to do an effective work. In Mysteries of Genesis, ‘The third step…is the beginning of the formative activity of the mind called imagination.. . the imagination begins a great multiplication of forms and shapes in the mind.”
Day 4
14-19 On the fourth day, God creates the sun, moon, and stars to distinguish day from night and to serve as signs for seasons, days, and years.
This states the coming forth of the faculties of will and understanding.
Day 5
20-23 God fills the waters with living creatures and the skies with birds on the fifth day, blessing them to be fruitful and multiply.
This states the bringing forth of the process of thinking in general. Thoughts blend with other thoughts of their own “kind” or character and they tend to reproduce themselves. This is characteristic of the law of mind action, which decrees: LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE, LIKE BEGETS LIKE.
Day 6
24-31 The sixth day witnesses the creation of livestock, land crawlers, and beasts, followed by the creation of humans in God’s image. God gives humans dominion over all creatures and provides seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for their sustenance.
This states the culmination of all the processes so far mentioned in the allegory. This is the Genesis presentation of the God-created Real Self of every human individual. This is man’s spiritual identity and spiritual nature.
Day 7
2:1-2 God finishes His work of creation and takes a day of rest, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.
The Sabbath symbolizes the process of conscious, willing rest. It is an inner resting, rather than an outer “not doing.” Becoming still and silent within, even for a brief moment, is vitally important for a large number of reasons.
Source: “Metaphysical Interpretation of the Old Testament,” Unity School for Religious Studies, truthunity.net

Eliza Boston, The Inkline

1:1-2 In the beginning, God creates the heavens and the earth, initially formless and cloaked in darkness.
Day 1
3-5 The Spirit of God hovers over the waters, and upon God’s command, light emerges, separated from the darkness and named ‘day’ and ‘night.’
This act marks not only the physical beginning of the universe but also symbolizes the introduction of knowledge, truth, and enlightenment. Light is often regarded as a metaphor for divine presence, wisdom, and understanding, illuminating the path for all creation.
Day 2
6-8 On the second day, God forms an expanse named ‘sky,’ separating waters above and beneath it.
This separation symbolizes order and structure in the cosmos, emphasizing the importance of boundaries in maintaining harmony. The sky, with its vast expanse, serves as a constant reminder of the balance between the earthly and the celestial realms.
Day 3
9-13 The third day sees the gathering of waters beneath the sky to reveal dry land, which is named ‘earth.’ God also creates the ‘seas’ and commends the goodness of this formation. God then commands the earth to sprout vegetation, seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees. He observes that this is good.
This act of creation emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and highlights the abundance and diversity of life. The emergence of land and seas symbolizes the foundation upon which life can thrive, while the proliferation of vegetation signifies the nurturing power of the earth.
Day 4
14-19 On the fourth day, God creates the sun, moon, and stars to distinguish day from night and to serve as signs for seasons, days, and years.
The sun, moon, and stars not only provide physical light but also serve as celestial markers of time and seasons. Symbolically, these heavenly bodies represent guidance, navigation, and divine order in the cosmos. Their arrangement signifies the intricate balance and harmony woven into the fabric of creation.
Day 5
20-23 God fills the waters with living creatures and the skies with birds on the fifth day, blessing them to be fruitful and multiply.
These creatures symbolize freedom and adaptability, as they navigate the vast expanses of the sea and air. The diversity of marine life reflects the richness of creation, while the flight of birds signifies transcendence and spiritual elevation. Together, they embody the interconnectedness of all living beings, each playing a vital role in the ecological balance of the planet.
Day 6
24-31 The sixth day witnesses the creation of livestock, land crawlers, and beasts, followed by the creation of humans in God’s image. God gives humans dominion over all creatures and provides seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for their sustenance.
The diversity of land creatures reflects the boundless creativity of the divine, each species endowed with its unique characteristics and purpose. Humanity, fashioned in the image of God, holds a special place in creation, entrusted with stewardship over the earth and its inhabitants. This day marks the pinnacle of God’s creative work, culminating in the harmonious coexistence of all living beings.
Day 7
2:1-2 God finishes His work of creation and takes a day of rest, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.
The Sabbath stands as a testament to the importance of rest and reflection, providing a sacred space for contemplation and communion with the divine. This day serves as a reminder of the rhythm of creation, encouraging humanity to embrace moments of stillness and gratitude amidst the busyness of life.
Source: “Unraveling Genesis: The Meaning Behind the 7 Days of Creation” by Eliza Boston, the-inkline.com

Laura Shulman, Northern Virginia Community College

1:1-2 In the beginning, God creates the heavens and the earth, initially formless and cloaked in darkness.
Day 1
3-5 The Spirit of God hovers over the waters, and upon God’s command, light emerges, separated from the darkness and named ‘day’ and ‘night.’
The first stage is the moment of our initial enLIGHTenment.
Day 2
6-8 On the second day, God forms an expanse named ‘sky,’ separating waters above and beneath it.
In the second stage there is a distinction between our spiritual and physical reality.
Day 3
9-13 The third day sees the gathering of waters beneath the sky to reveal dry land, which is named ‘earth.’ God also creates the ‘seas’ and commends the goodness of this formation. God then commands the earth to sprout vegetation, seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees. He observes that this is good.
In the third stage we gain a firm footing upon which we may grow spiritually and “bear the fruits” of that growth.
Day 4
14-19 On the fourth day, God creates the sun, moon, and stars to distinguish day from night and to serve as signs for seasons, days, and years.
In the fourth stage we are given signs and revelations to further enLIGHTen us.
Day 5
20-23 God fills the waters with living creatures and the skies with birds on the fifth day, blessing them to be fruitful and multiply.
In the fifth and sixth stages (when animals, first simple fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, are created…
Day 6
24-31 The sixth day witnesses the creation of livestock, land crawlers, and beasts, followed by the creation of humans in God’s image. God gives humans dominion over all creatures and provides seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for their sustenance.
…and then more complicated mammals) our spiritual life matures until, in our full spiritual maturity, we are finally “created in God’s own image” – what man was intended to be. At this point, all creation can provide spiritual nourishment.
Day 7
2:1-2 God finishes His work of creation and takes a day of rest, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.
In the seventh stage of our spiritual development “God rests” as we reach a plateau where it can sometimes seem as if our relationship with God is dead. But it is not. A rest is simply breathing space and the creation of this spiritual awakening is merely the beginning of the spiritual. God’s story of our life (the rest of the Bible, viewed as the religious history of humanity can be interpreted metaphysically as the spiritual life of any single human being – the history of the entire human race is reflected in the history of any one human being).
 Source: “The Seven Days of Our Spiritual Creation” An Interpretation by Laura Shulman, faculty.nvcc.edu.

*Scripture narrative obtained from: “The Grandeur of Creation: A Journey through Genesis Chapter 1” (Chapter 1 summary), and “The Divine Dance: Creation, Rest, and the Birth of Humanity” (Chapter 2 summary), biblehub.com.

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