However, deep within the literal words of this ancient narrative is a profound lesson in developing one’s spiritual consciousness. Allow me to explain.
We can all verify for ourselves that we turn our attention to the things in the world that we are most attracted to. We focus our eyes on the things most interesting to us. The rest gets moved to the periphery of our field of vision.
What this means is that our love and affection occupies the cockpit of our consciousness. The exact same thing happens in our mind’s eye. Information from the world around us is not only stored in our memory but our mental focus is on the ideas and values we are most attracted to. These favored ideas represent the “Goshen” of our inner reality—the best place to be within one’s memory and mental world. All other ideas and values are pushed to the periphery of our consciousness.
This parallel relationship between two distinct worlds (inner and outer) is the basis of allegory, symbolism and metaphor. And, what most people are unaware of is that the Bible makes constant creative use of this parallel relationship within its narratives.
The “Land of Goshen,” interpreted symbolically, represents the best place the human heart and mind can occupy itself with. Since the mind is focused on ideas of the memory it is most attracted to, the best place for it to be is attracted to—from an eternal perspective—is God’s spiritual messages and teachings. Therefore, “Goshen” represents, on a higher psycho-spiritual level, a person’s mind that is focused on and values most—the ideas learned about God and living spiritually during life. This is the “best part” of the human memory or inner world.
With a little introspection one can easily acknowledge that the human memory serves as a field of vision or landscape for the mind’s eye to survey. During our lives, this psycho-scape evolves just as life on earth evolved, except that the process is mental—it is the evolution and organization of our ideas and values into higher genera and species with increased complexity (and capacity towards goodness).
Other parts of the Bible provide additional details to this process of spiritual evolution, that is, when its content is interpreted from its parallel, symbolic equivalent. This is why I have maintained in previous posts and in my book Proving God that the Lord’s Holy Word is both a sacred and scientific document!