In this ‘blogcast’ we thought we’d toss our interpretation of Moses’ burning bush experience at you. People have asked us if Moses really did talk to a burning bush. Was Moses on meds or off meds? Was he hallucinating? Is the burning bush story an allegory?
We can tell you much has been written about Moses’ Burning Bush experience. For those of you who don’t know the story – Moses, an Old Testament Biblical character, came upon a burning bush in the dessert … and the bush was not consumed by the fire. He also heard a voice coming from that bush.
Imagine coming up upon a burning bush that talks to you! Moses, according to the account, has a conversation with the bush. Bible scholars don’t seem to have a problem with that. Now, both of us have talked, at one time or another, to trees, bushes, golf clubs, TV’s, cars, electronic games, etc. – but we’ve never had one talk to us!
The Burning Bush story is recorded in Exodus, Chapter 3. In sacred scripture, bizarre and supernatural events are signals to look for hidden, esoteric meanings. They are signposts like pop up ads on Home Pages, telling us to look for deeper spiritual teachings associated with those Biblical accounts.
The Burning Bush story is such a signpost. Here’s an abbreviated storyline: Moses has fled Egypt. You may remember he was pulled from the Nile by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in Egypt. He was favored by the Pharaoh and appointed to a high position. However, he was a Hebrew and he saw how his people were treated as Egyptian slaves. One day he saw an Egyptian beating a slave. Moses questions the Egyptian’s supervisory skills and then kills him.
He flees Egypt, of course! Killing an Egyptian wouldn’t have looked good on his resume. He ends up in Midian and eventually marries Jethro’s daughter Zipporah. (The Hebrew meanings of her name are ‘little bird, chirper, and twitterer.’) So, you see, instead of going back to Egypt when God ordered him to, Moses could have asked his wife to tweet Pharaoh. (We’re messing with you).
Okay, so here’s Moses, standing in front of a burning bush. An angel appears from within the bush and then Moses hears God’s voice commanding him to go back into Egypt and free his people.
Moses insists he’s unqualified. He tells God he doesn’t have a college education or a ‘travelocity’ certification, but is convinced by God to give it a try. As they near the end of their chat, Moses’ staff turns into a snake and one of his hands becomes leprous and then is restored. There’s more to the story but that would take us from a burning bush to a tall tale.
Moses’ burning bush experience takes place on Mt. Horeb. He has a flock of sheep with him. Metaphysically, Horeb means ‘a very high state of consciousness.’
The flock of sheep represents ‘highly evolved spiritual thoughts and inclinations.’
The angel represents the Holy Spirit.
The burning bush symbolizes the electrifying rise of the fiery serpentine energies within our spinal cord. There are 7 major spiritual centers or chakras that house these fiery energies. Actually, there are 49 centers in all but that’s another story.
Here’s metaphysical take on meaning of the ‘burning bush’ episode:
Moses’ burning bush experience stands for an extremely powerful transformation in consciousness. It presents itself as the fiery rise of the serpentine energies within us that burn off the dross of error.
We will experience our own ‘burning bush’ when our consciousness is purified of all error thoughts and inclinations. We will have reached a high state of spiritual growth and enlightenment.
But like Moses, we still have a lot of work to do. Even mystics have to chop wood, as the saying goes.
But from that newly achieved state of awareness we can free our thoughts (Israelites) from the darkness of duality and separation (Egypt).
That’s the version of the ‘burning bush’ incident we find the most helpful. And now we invite all of you mystics, monks, shamans, and practicing metaphysicians out there to send us your thoughts on our thoughts!