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Divine Word and Breath of God

Divine Word of God

Johannes Tritheim, an abbot and alchemist, whose writings are plainer and more comprehensive than any other alchemical book, says:

‘All things have been made by the power of the divine word, which is the divine spirit or breath that emanated from the divine fountain in the beginning. This breath is the spirit or soul of the world, and is called the “spiritus mundi.” It was at first like air, and contracted into a fog or nebular substance, and afterward became “water” (Akasa). This “water” was at first all spirit and life, because it was permeated by and made alive by the spirit. It was dark in the depths; but through the outspoken word the light became generated therin, and then the darkness was illumined by the light, and the “soul of the world” (the astral light) had its beginning. This spiritual light, which we call “Nature,” or the soul of the world, is a spiritual body, which, by means of Alchemy, can be made tangible and visible; but as it exists in an invisible state, therefore it is called “spirit.”’”. ~Franz Hartmann

Divine Word

The idea of the Divine Word that comes from God is a very misunderstood concept. Too many people, thinking in human terms, and seeing God in the typical image of an old man with a long beard, think of God’s Word as speech coming out of that old man’s mouth. But God is not human, not material, and doesn’t look at all like a physical human. He is a spirit and has no mouth to speak with. His word is thought, not speech. So it is accurate to say that this word created the world and “all things” in it.

Which World?

But the inner quote from Tritheim seems to be mixing two worlds together: the physical and the spiritual. He does do a good job of explaining how one became the other, using terms that are not quite scientific, and therefore easily misunderstood. He makes it sound as if the physical world was generated from the spiritual, and that it was God who caused this to happen. In actual fact, since spirit is perfect, and matter is flawed, it makes no sense at all for God to decide to turn spirit into matter. It was the Demiurge who created the realm of matter by altering some of the spirit of the spiritual realm. Continue reading “Divine Word and Breath of God”

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Blowing in the Wind: Deeds and Plans of Fools

Blowing In the Wind

“Our deeds are as thistledown launched upon the wind. We know not whence the winds of chance will bear them, or whether they will take root or be borne away, as though they never were. Our works are as edifices of mud built upon the river banks, which are swept away by the rising waters. The one certain thing in life is change.

“Men make plans. They are as naught, they are as words written on the waters, as commands given to the winds. Wise is he who knows the Plans of God, for to them the whole Earth conforms.

“Men cry out at the tribulations of life, not knowing that by adversity alone can they find their souls. They say ‘Why are we beset with trial and tribulation?’ for they cannot understand the contest. They say, ‘Why must we seek and never find?” knowing not that life is naught but a search and at the end man can discover nothing except man.

“O Man, gaze well upon the Earth. See, it is not by its nature a place of labor and not a garden of pleasure, or a panderer to your weaknesses? Truth is found in the Book of Life, but it may be understood just by degrees. For who among men receiving the whole would not be overwhelmed or destroyed?” ~The Kolbrin Bible (MAN:12:1-4)

Thistledown in the Wind

Many of us are not familiar with thistledown, but we are familiar with dandelions and their down, and that is an equivalent. We know how dandelion down can blow all over in the slightest breeze. As children, we probably delighted in blowing the down off a dandelion head and watching it float away. But what the Kolbrin Bible is talking about here is a more negative kind of blowing in the wind.

When plants like thistle and dandelion produce down, they want it to blow around. It is how they propagate and spread. Those bits of fluff each have a tiny seed attached to it and where it lands, a new plant will likely grow. But when the plans and deeds of men blow away in the wind, literally or figuratively, it is generally not a good thing, especially to the person whose deed or plan it was.

If you spent years building a house as close to your dreams as the building technology allowed, only to have it torn apart in a tornado, you will not be happy. In fact, many have become so depressed under such circumstances that they commit suicide. A less dramatic, but still difficult, example is the person who spent several years in a college or trade school studying a specific trade that they liked and that paid well, only to find soon after graduation that new technology has made that skill obsolete. Another form of seeing your life blowing in the wind like thistledown. Continue reading “Blowing in the Wind: Deeds and Plans of Fools”

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Great Breath of God and the Power of Creation in It

“The appearance and disappearance of the universe are pictured as an outbreathing and inbreathing of ‘the Great Breath,’ which is eternal, and which, being Motion, is one of the three aspects of the Absolute—Abstract Space and Duration being the other two. When the ‘Great Breath’ is projected, it is called the Divine breath, and is regarded as the breathing of the Unknowable Deity—the One Existence—which breathes out a thought, as it were, which becomes the Cosmos. So also is it when the Divine breath is inspired again the Universe disappears into the bosom of ‘the great mother.’ who then sleeps ‘wrapped in her invisible robes.’ By ‘that which is and yet is not’ is meant the Great breath itself, which we can only speak of as absolute existence, but cannot picture in our imagination.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Great Breath

The use of terms like “the Great Breath” and “the Breath of God” are common in scripture of many religions. But does God, who is pure spirit breathe?

The answer is no. At least not in the way that the term is used in our material world. As Blavatsky correctly notes, this “Great Breath” is more a mental activity than a spiritual one.

Power of Creation

For something to come into existence, God merely has to think of it. While thinking on this level is probably quite different from our limited brain-mind thinking, there are similarities. While God creates on a universal and spiritual level with His thoughts, we are limited to creation on the physical level with out physical brain and mind. And God has another great advantage over us: no competition.

When God decides to create something on the spiritual level, there isn’t some other being trying to cancel out those thoughts. Nor is there a Board of Creation that will have to argue endlessly about the merits of such creation before it can happen.

In our material world it is different. You may decide you want a world where everyone lives together in peace, but others like war and competition, so you don’t get that world of peace. I may want a world without money where the wealthy don’t hoard causing others to starve, but the wealthy, and those they have hypnotized, think otherwise. They love the world of competition and wealth concentration, so it goes on despite my best wishes. Continue reading “Great Breath of God and the Power of Creation in It”