Before starting this, I'd like to make a disclaimer to any Christians or Jews who might find it offensive that I am interpreting the Bible in a different manner than the priests and rabbis do. I think it's important to remember that the Bible never states that it is meant to be interpreted literally, and common sense and logic is also a constant burden on interpreting it in such a fashion. People nowadays have a hard time grasping symbolism and allegory. We have a ton of toys and distractions, a free market society that people will never have to learn about allegory in school for, and a seemingly corrupt religious establishment that has controlled the true word of God for centuries by twisting it (perhaps unwittingly, perhaps purposely) and encouraging followers interpret it all literally, which has mainly only caused wars and separation.
I can't help but feel that it is unrealistic to think the Bible was designed to be taken at face value given the time in history it was written. These authors were obviously beyond intelligent, and every other religion was based on allegory as well (and they all have the same message). The modern English Bibles we read today and the Latin versions before that were translated by Hellenistic Greeks and Romans. Even before those people existed, mythology and allegorical stories were rampant throughout the Middle East and Asia. To think that out of all of those deep-thinking, super-intelligent authors and creators of other religions--which happen to preach the same message but with different semantics--that it was ONLY the authors of the Bible who wrote literally (complete with anti-homosexuality and pro-war, pro-slavery scripture), seems recklessly illogical and requires very little thought process. Did God give us this amazing brain to only use it at its minimum capacity? Or did He give it to us to use to its fullest potential?
I truly believe in the Bible and most other religious doctrine as well, but I don't think people quite understand what the authors were really saying. Being an artist, a truth-seeker, and a writer myself, I happen to have found myself little by little picking apart these religions I love to study so much and realizing the allegorical symbology behind them. I believe the Bible, Qu'ran, Hinduism, Greek and Roman mythology, Taoism, Buddhism, and Ancient Egyptian religions to all be allegories for two things: astrological events, and the human mind. Interestingly enough, both go hand in hand. As above, so below. There is a great deal of knowledge to uncover but we have to start thinking with both sides of our brains. We have atheists running around thinking way too logically with their left brain denying spirituality because there's "no measurable proof". On the other hand, we have left brained religious zealots who kill in the name of "their God" because they interpret everything literally.
Why should we think with both sides of our brains? Hmm...funny you should ask...or I should ask for you to make this a smoother segway...to answer this, let's take a look at the story of Adam and Eve. I've read a couple of similar things about this particular interpretation of the story, but they all just use the basic nutshell version of Adam and Eve. This is fine to an extent, however they are missing some very important pieces by not analyzing the actual scripture. So, I decided to do this line by line just to show you exactly how the allegorical connections are there everywhere.
Sit back, relax, and really read into these verses. Pay close attention how the words have symbolic meanings, and it's not like I'm just making this stuff up. Once you make the connection, you'll see the truth, and it is beautiful. Prepare for a deep trip into the human mind...
The "Creation" of "Man"
Here we start right off the bat with a reference to meditation and the author is indicating how God created the conscious analytical aspect of consciousness (man) by meditating. Keep in mind that God had already created humans by the time this is happening. He created humans, both male and female, on the 6th day of creation, and the animals before that. So that right there tells you that this Adam and Eve story is not about the first humans. It is rather about the first humans who discovered their consciousness. Let's take a look at a few verses back for confirmation:
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Now, aside from clearing that issue up, I want you to notice how it changes from being simply "God" in the beginning of Genesis like above, to now being "LORD God" for this Adam and Eve story. This is very important. In the original Judeo script, the beginning of Genesis actually uses the plural form of "God". It was transliterated in 1611 for this King James version to be just "God". Need evidence aside from the actual original script? Check out how in verse 1:26 it uses the word "our" several times. That is plural. The original Judeo script in fact makes mention to 72 Gods, and there is an allegorical reason for that as well, but that is a whole other topic!
As for "LORD God" which is what is used during the Adam and Eve story. Whenever you see that, it too is a King James transliteration (NOT a translation). The original Judeo text used "YHWH". This is a Hebrew tetragrammaton that literally translates to "He Causes To Become". So if there is an apparent difference between the original God(s) who created everything in 6 (allegorical) days, then it should be noted, yes? "He Causes To Become". Just remember that phrase as we go through this and you will see why it is of such significance...
Aside from all that, the "dust of the ground" is indeed what we are made of in almost a literal sense. It's not exactly as simple as that, but essentially, yes, we are made from the dust of the ground of Earth which in turn was created of the dust of stars. So this line is metaphorically describing how LORD God ("He Causes To Become") meditated the Lower male aspect of human consciousness into existence. And keep in mind, this idea of consciousness being brought into existence by a Creator's meditation also falls in line with Egyptian mythology as well as teachings from Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism.
So, to summarize, God created the masculine aspect of consciousness (man) through meditation, and as we continue we will see that mankind essentially created its own current existence through meditation as well. It's all just a series of allegorical connections. However, remember that the author is writing in past tense, which means the humans he is referring to have not yet experienced what we now consider DEEP meditation, they are still discovering their lower, primitive forms of consciousness.