How can we live better and longer? The Bible gives us much information on the topic. Surprisingly, one of the best examples is found in the myth of Cain and Abel. The Bible says that Cain killed Abel because he was jealous over a sacrifice. Significantly, sacrifice in the Hebrew language means communing with the Gods. In order to commune with the Gods, we must practice both prayer and meditation.
Live Better and Longer
Iris Chapman and Wes Chapman
The Cain Killed Able Myth
Who are Cain and Abel?
To examine this myth, let’s define the names Cain and Abel. Defining the names will make it much easier to understand what happened between them.
Firstly, Abel is a biblical Hebrew first name which means breath or vapor. It is what is contained in the breath, our spiritual self, that animates the body. Secondly, Cain can be translated out of the Hebrew language as Creator.
Further, with these definitions, we can discern that the animated body, or mankind, is the incarnated Creator God of the Bible. This signifies Cain. Cain does have to go through Able, the breath, in order to reach his Higher Self. Cain cannot do it without him. Uniquely, by killing Abel, we can say that Cain cut way down his access to the vital force that sustains his own life.
Abel’s sacrifice is the template to live better and longer
Again, sacrifice in the original Hebrew is to commune with God. Explicitly, God means your Higher Self. Henceforth, Abel’s sacrifice is prayer and mindful meditation.
Prayer is the communication of our desires to our Higher Selves. This is not simply thinking about our problems or concerns. Rather, prayer is expressing one or more needs from the heart. Simply, it is seeing our need for divine help and asking for it. This is the work of Adam or the logical part of the brain.
Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to, in general, slow down out of control thoughts. Significantly enhanced, is the ability to let go of negativity. This triggers a catalyst to calm both your mind and body. In summery, this temporarily stops the mind from connecting to the lower animal frequency of the earth. In essence, now we can tune into the higher frequency of our divine selves. This is the work of Eve or the spiritual part of the brain.
We need both parts of the brain, left hemisphere (Adam) and right hemisphere (Eve) working in unison. This ability is built into every single one of us.
Practicing mindful meditation
Mindful meditation can lengthen our life expectancy. according to much research over several decades. In 2006, the American Journal of Cardiology reported, after an 18-year study, that meditation reduces death rates by 23 percent.
To practice meditation simply focus on your breathing. Thoughts will now float by like clouds. You are not giving them attention and thus are quieting the mind and calming the body.
Understanding who we are helps us live better and longer
To sum it up, did Cain really kill Able? The answer is no. There is no way to kill ourselves in the spiritual sense. The body is a vehicle that allows us to interact with the physical, material world. Essentially, the body can be destroyed. Conversely, the spiritual you which animates the body cannot be destroyed.
So, what was the sin that Cain was warned about in Genesis 4:7? Sin means not having the mind of God. Cain not having the mind of God would put him in a more animalistic mode of thinking. Therefore, he would be inclined to do a thing such as murder. The thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to have the mind of God to a lesser or greater extent.
Prayer and meditation are the keys to a better and longer life. When we refuse to pray or meditate, it limits the amount of vital force entering our bodies. Additionally, with this lack of connection to our vital force, we are like Cain did, killing Abel. In essence, prayer and meditation practiced together, both enhances and prolongs life.