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Metaphysical meaning of Gethsemane (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Gethsemane (mbd)
Gethsemane, geth-sem'-a-ne (Gk. fr. Heb.)--oil press; press for extracting unguents and ointments.

A garden near Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives; it was the scene of the agony and betrayal of Jesus (Matt. 26:36).

Meta. The struggle that takes place within the consciousness when Truth is realized as the one reality. All the good is pressed out and saved and the error is denied away. This is often agony--the suffering that the soul undergoes in giving up its cherished idols or in letting go of human consciousness.

The great work of every one is to incorporate the Christ mind in soul and body. The process of eliminating the old consciousness and entering into the new may be compared to Gethsemane, whose meaning is oil press, press for extracting unguents and ointments; a press is an emblem of trial, distress, agony, while oil points to Spirit and illumination.

Preceding Entry: Gether
Following Entry: Geuel