The Breath of Life and the Cycle of Nutrition
The kernel of the story is the fact concealed in the cryptic biblical quotations. Oxidation as an external phenomenon is due to the movement of these subtle, invisible energy currents in Nature and in man. Mother earth also has her pains, such as volcanic eruptions, cyclones, etc. Then the velocity of her pulse beat is out of all proportion and balance, locally or generally, like man in illness.
The part of the quotation, "and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul", is a much deeper mystery of the Sound Current Energy also called the "Holy Word of God" by which all things were created. It is the ONE ENERGY of all life, which flows through the brain and the nervous systems of man, and by which he becomes an individual living soul. It is the "Lost Chord" in Nature and in man's consciousness which he must seek and find again to re-unite himself to his Source, from which he has descended like "The Prodigal Son".
The central staff of the symbol of Hermes is the path of the "WORD" of God's major travel in the body, like the trunk of the Tree of Life. It is the energy by which and through which man attracts all that he needs from Nature, like a unit or vital nerve center in the Great Whole. But when man has acquired the power to do so under proper guidance, then he also realizes that it is best to work with Nature and to be in tune with Nature and with God instead of giving in to his own desires to control anything besides himself. When we have controlled our own desires and weaknesses, then everything else falls in line. THAT IS THE SECRET. That is why the truly humble are really great.
In the body the vital air and the circulation entwine the central staff of the Tree of Life (the brain and the spinal cord) like two serpents. They nourish the tissues and thus support the function of the finer airy energy essence of the nervous system and its currents by linking it to Nature outside, through respiration. The energy essence which flows in the center and core of man's being is God's breath of life - The Holy Spirit or Sound Current - which links man to the higher regions and to GOD HIMSELF. That makes man a "living soul". It is the 'ladder' referred to in Jacob's Vision at Bethel: "And he dreamed; and behold, a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven: and, behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, Jehovah stood above it, and said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of." (Gen. 28:12-16) This indicates clearly that the human being is a part of God and that he comes to earth for experience only, but comes "again into this land" until his earthly cycle is finished. God is always within each and every one of us. We may forget Him but He never forgets us. When we turn to Him for guidance, then we are automatically in tune with Nature.
1 Genesis 2:7
2 Luke 15:11-32