There is are Hindu, Chinese, Parsees, Greek, Kelt, and ancient Scandinavian legends of the Deluge. The Chinese account is probably the one closest to the truth. They say the Deluge divided the higher from the lower Age of mankind.
As some on this forum know, but others do not, there are in the Orient seven levels of mind leading to the eighth, Christ mind. The top three and the lower three separated by the Fourth counting from above down, or from the bottom up. This fourth Chakra (as they call them) is the Solar Plexus Chakra, the emotional Chakra. This Chakra can be beneficial because it is here that we feel, emote.
'Air is a symbol for non-confining Soul. The dove, on its third try, flew free of control of the water (the emotional nature)and was into limitless, and non-limiting Cosmic Mind, God, Infinite possibilities.
Interestingly, Jonah's Whale in which he (Jonah) was confined for three days was where? Submerged under water, the emotional nature.
If not modified by mind, the emotional nature can make the individual a John Hagee type. Nothing wrong with being a John Hagee, we all were, at one time. But this stage does "drown-out"...temporarily kills, thought. We have all witnessed the insane-appearing antics of these people. Their minds are drowned by the waters of their emotions.
The Baptism in the Jordan, Called in the East "The Entering of the Stream," symbolism antedating the Jordan Baptism by centuries, symbolises that point at which mind enters the picture and begins to, as demonstrated in the symbolic three apostles having to awake n the sleeping Christ to calm the stormy waters.
When emotions aren't controlled by mind (two Biblical symbols for this balance which come to mind are,
1) the horn located in the Unicorn's forehead, "CENTERED" between the Unicorn's-two eyes, and,
2) the Crucified Christ CENTERED" between the two thieves),
the evolution of the intellect is temporarily destroyed. If a person is all mind and has not the correct balance provided by the emotions, this person can be a cold, domineering, Joe Stalin. I have never read it, but have heard all y life that the world will be destroyed next by Fire. Fire is a symbol for mind. Mind and emotions, not balanced by what is called in the Occident, Christ mind could create an Orwellian "Big Brother" world.
The esoteric symbol for a humanity dominated by its emotional nature, the water that covered and destroyed them mentally, could have easily, as has been the case with so many symbols-allegories, after being run through the filter of Exoteric minds, been interpreted literally. Realising the above, we can see the necessity of acquiring Christ mind. For no human, emotional mind can be transmuted into God mind without first having achieved Christ mind. When achieved, one can say to the now balanced mind and emotions, "This day you will be with me in the Paradise (the heaven) of Cosmic Mind."
when one first overcomes "this world" they too feel a repulsion for it, but in time they realize they are here, so like the apostle Paul they say it would be better for me to leave, but for you it is better that I stay:
why? So I can HELP YOU come to where I am, since it takes people who have crossed from this dimension to continue to help those who are stuck here to cross over:
I would be fine leaving here since this world has nothing to offer me for 17 years that I can't find within myself quicker, and better than anything I see around me, but I also see "people" I love around me: I have two dogs, yes, I love my doggies and want to take care of them....and my children etc
now, I have reached this INCREDIBLE DESIRE to rise above this world 17 years ago which I attained because I "descended" to the root of my soul or perception of reality: It is called repentance because one returns in consciousness to where they are before they are BORN into this dimension and they find the SOURCE (mind of Christ) to UNITE them with the WHOLE OR UNITY of existence, i.e. they find GOD:
once you reach this state there is no more "this world" in the sense of how others perceive it but you still live in this consciousness because you still have this "body", hence you can live in two worlds at the same time, all the time, till this body has lost its PURPOSE FOR YOU:
you are not speaking of HOW YOU OVERCAME the NEED for the stories in the Bible because YOU FOUND THESE WITHIN YOURSELF
you just tell everyone that the stories are stories, but that doesn't HELP ANYONE who hasn't ENDURED the REALITY BEHIND THE STORY.....it leaves them NO INFORMATION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN within them when they transcend this world
one of the greatest blessings I found after overcoming this world is that I could READ ABOUT IT from others who had done the same and left me a description of what I WAS GOING THROUGH in a language that my "soul" could understand:
do you understand what Im saying?