“Seven kinds of action of Deity were perceived by Boehme, none of which were more important than the others. These were:
- Ungrund, the ungrounded, the hidden Mystery in all things, the transcendent aspect of Being.
- Primordial Divine Will, ‘Father,’ both no-thing and everything.
- Will made subjective, the ‘Christ’ function.
- Will made objective, Holy Spirit,’ movement and life.
- The Trinity, the coming together or expression of the three wills giving a creative unity.
- Logos, or ‘the Word.’ the creative vibrational principle, i. e. ‘Let there be…’
- Wisdom, Sophia, the feminine principle of God. This acknowledges the androgyny of the Divine from which trinity and creation are born and exist.
Boehme himself says: ‘For I saw and knew the Being of all beings …’” ~Bernard Simon
Seven By Seven
Seven is a number we see a lot in religious and spiritual writings. It is assumed by most to be a reference to the seven energy centers (chakras) of the human body, although there are actually more than seven. Here we see that Jacob Boehme, from whom I quote often, lists a different Holy Seven: the “actions” or aspects of God. If you consider these seven aspects closely, you will see that they relate to steps and methods of spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Aspects of God
Boehme’s list of God’s aspect is not the only one. Other have made similar lists. Who can say which is the best one. These lists, after all, are from a human point-of-view. I was told once by a Hindu priest that the many gods of their religion are really just aspects of the one God. Perhaps Egyptian, Greek, Roman and other ancient pantheons are the same.
God is Complex
The point of it all is that God is a very complex being. So complex, we should be reluctant to even call him a being because that term is too limiting. Because we cannot comprehend that complexity, we make it simple on ourselves by looking only at one aspect of God. After studying one aspect, we should move on to another. Many don’t do that. They start to think that a single aspect of God is the whole package. They think God is only male, never female. Or they may think that God is only Divine Will, the Big Boss in the sky giving orders and demanding obedience.
Understanding Aspects of God
When we look at only one or two aspects of god, we get a very warped image. We need to make an effort to recognize and understand all the aspects. At least as far as human minds can understand. Of course, the best way to do this is to awaken and develop our spirit and soul. Only the soul can truly understand God. The mind can only speculate and have opinions.
Divine Will is another way of saying God has a Plan. This plan is for the redemption of the universe of matter. It needs to return to the spiritual realm from which it “fell”. Those who work for the completion of that plan are living according to God’s Will.
Will is a lot like ego. Some spiritual schools teach that the ego must be destroyed in order to develop our spiritual side. That is like saying that id we want to make a rear-wheel drive car into a front-wheel drive, we have to remove and destroy the rear wheels. Wrong. Turn it into an all-wheel drive vehicle. The will/ego is a useful tool when controlled by the soul.
Mystery and Wisdom
It is curious that these two aspects of God are first and last on the list. It is like they are the bookends that hold the rest of it together. In any case, the goal of the mystery schools and their teachings is to reach a state of wisdom and understanding. Not so we can boast about being better than others, but so we can aid others n their spiritual growth. And, of course, so we can help in the fulfillment of God’s Great Plan.