Genesis is symbolic, a metaphor and cannot be taken by as a literal interpretation. The "Tree of Life" is the human body. The spinal cord is like an upturned upside down tree with man's head and hair as its roots, and afferent and efferent nerves as branches. The "tree" of the nervous system bears many enjoyable fruits or sensations or sound, sight, smell, taste, and touch. In these man may rightfully indulge, but he was forbidden the experience of sex, the "apple" at the center of the body (in the midst of the garden). The serpent represents the coiled up spinal energy (kundalini) that stimulates the sex nerves. Adam is reason and Eve is feeling. When the emotion or Eve-consciousness in any human being is overpowered by the sex impulse, his "reason" Adam succumbs.
Universal minded vs individual state of mind.
Right brain vs left brain.
Spiritual nervous system vs the physical nervous system.
Oneness “with” all things vs separation “from” all things.
Intuition (wisdom) vs memory (sensory input).
Spiritual enlightenment vs ignorance (Socrates).
Experience as eternal spirit vs the illusion of being physical.
Oneness of all creation vs diversity of all creation.
God created the first human by materializing the bodies of man and woman (womb-man through the force of his will; God endowed the new species with the power to create children in a similar immaculate or divine manner (so God created man in his own image), in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them, and God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it."
Because "His" manifestation in the individualized soul had hitherto been limited to animals, instinct controlled and lacking the potentialities of full reason, God made the first human bodies "symbolically" called Adam and Eve. God transformed the "souls" or divine "essence" of two animals formed from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into them to become a living soul.
In man or Adam, reason was predominate; in woman (womb-man), feeling was ascendant. Thus was expressed the duality or polarity that underlies the phenomenal world(s). Reason and feeling remain in a heaven of cooperative joy so long as the human mind is not tricked, "tempted" by the serpentine energy of animal propensities. The human body was therefore not solely a result of evolution from beasts, but was produced through an act of "special creation" by God. The animal forms were too crude to express full divinity; man was uniquely given the potentially omniscient "thousand-petaled" lotus in the brain as well as acutely awakened occult centers in the spine.
God or the Divine Consciousness present within the first created pair counseled them to enjoy all human sensibilities with one exception: sex sensation. (Now the serpent sex force was more subtle than any beast of the field [another sense of the body]). [-Gen. 3.1] These were banned lest humanity enmesh itself in the inferior animal method of propagation. The warning not to relive subconsciously present bestial memories was unheeded. Resuming the way of brute procreation. Adam and Eve fell from the state of heavenly joy (consciousness) natural to the original perfect man (humans). When they knew that they were named! Their consciousness of immortality was lost, even as God had warned them; they placed themselves under the physical law(s) by which bodily birth must be followed by bodily death. The knowledge of good and evil promised to Eve by the "serpent" refers to the dualistic and oppositional experiences that mortal under "maya" must undergo. Falling into delusion through misuse of his feeling and reason or Eve and Adam consciousness, man relinquishes his right to enter the heavenly garden of divine "self-sufficiency" (and the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed). [-Gen. 3.23] The "personal" responsibility of every human being is to restore his "parents" or dual nature to a unified harmony of Eden.