The story of Adam and Eve is quite deep. From a mystical point of view, they are the soul’s twins. Jung states that we each carry an Adam (animus) and an Eve (anima) within our psyche.
If you are only looking at the story from the aspect of the serpent and the so-called sin, then many elements have been missed. When Eden is barred to Adam and Eve, they must now follow different paths to return to the divine. Adam must work the soil of the earth for his bread (Grace) while Eve must stand on the head of the serpent and will have great pains in childbirth (to be born again).
In my opinion, it is in the balance of light/water/Grace and sound/fire/ Passion that creates a whole, caring, and innovative personality.
It is OK to mix and match spiritual practices from religions that move along the chakra system in the same direction. They will complement each other and give the student a richness and depth that they would not find if they stayed in only one religion.
Catholicism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen are similar and thus compatible because they follow the chakras from the crown to the root. These religions begin in the darkness and move toward the light. Jesus was transfigured. Buddha’s attainment was called enlightenment.
Protestant, Jewish, Hindu or Alchemic traditions are compatible because these religions follow the path of opening the chakras from the base to the crown. The Alchemic path begins in the light and culminates in the darkness or the Black Madonna or Virgin.
What happens when you mix and match?
It is detrimental to the psyche and the mental stability of the student to mix practices from religions that move in opposite directions to each other. You can create anything from temporary confusion to permanent schizophrenia.
When there is an imbalance of Kundalini or Passion, the traditions tell us that that person is either insane and full of demons (Mary Magdalene), OR a free radical that is destructive and uncaring (Archetypes: Kali, Sekhmet, Medusa, and Satan).
Rumi was an accomplished intellectual who was enlightened by the upsurge of emotion/Passion or Kundalini. That emotional upsurge cut away all the barriers to relationship, pierced through the veil, and allowed Grace/the light to fall and fill the now empty vessel and bring understanding to the man.
This is not the way for an emotional/creative type or one who has not fully completed the intellectual path to follow. Overloading the emotions creates the archetype of a Goddess of Wrath who scourges all who come close to them. Hence, Rumi’s students killed Rumi’s teacher in a fit of rage. Those students were not ready for or did not benefit from this type of initiation.
Example: If you follow the premise that God provides all, then saying prayers that basically beg for things or attributes is bewildering and conflicting. It feels like begging for clothes to wear while being fully dressed. It makes one angry or deeply confused.
Both Grace and Kundalini have the ability to kill and to heal. Knowing when to administer which in order to create balance or wholeness within the student should be the goal of the spiritual teacher and guide.
Those who only know and understand the system of Light or Grace need to stay within the creative community. Otherwise, you are strengthening arrogance and creating an anti-Christ.
Those who only know and understand the Alchemical or Kundalini system should only be allowed to initiate the intellectuals. Otherwise, you are killing the new life that is forming within the student. The Greek and Roman mythology refers to it as “r@ping a virgin” or “Shattering the Cup.”
The good news is that if by chance you do become the victim of an overload of either energy, it can be fixed. The proper flow and balance can be restored. Jesus removed the demons from Mary Magdalene who became a prophet in her own right, unlike Medusa who’s only hope of peace was beheading.