Cosmic Order

Cosmic Order and the Universe

“But the life in the Cosmos, the life which carries the leading principle of the universe, still needs elucidation; does it operate without calculation, without searching into what ought to be done?
“Yes: for what must be stands shaped before the Cosmos, and is ordered without any setting in order; the ordering things are merely the things that come to be; and the principle that brings them into being is Order itself. …
“The leading principle of the universe is a unity—and one that is sovereign without break, not sometimes dominant and sometimes dominated. … And this governing unity must always desire the one thing; [unity].” ~Plotinus

Cosmos and Universe

It is not clear when Plotinus speaks of the universe and the cosmos if he means them as two different things, or as two words that mean the same thing. A hint is found, however, in the fact that he writes Cosmos with a capital “C,” and universe with a lower-case “u”. This indicates to me that he thinks of them as different, and the Cosmos is the more important of the two. I will assume, therefore, that when he says “Cosmos,” he means the spiritual realms, and when he says “universe,” he means the dimensions of matter. Still, some of what he says about the Cosmos applies more to the universe, and vice-versa.

Cosmic Order

The first few lines of the quote may seem confusing to some. Essentially, Plotinus is asking if the Cosmos had to be put into order by some intelligent force or being after it was created. His own reply is “No,” because the order is built in. In other words, God didn’t create a random, chaotic Cosmos, then try to apply order to it. He created it as ordered creation. He created with Cosmic order. And all that he creates is created with that same Cosmic Order.

So God doesn’t have to spend much of his time keeping the spiritual Cosmos in order. It runs on its own build in order. Just as we don’t have to remember to breath or make our heart beat, God doesn’t have to remember to continuously guide the Cosmos as if driving a car. It’s like a self-driving car that never runs down, never breaks. Continue reading “Cosmic Order and the Universe”

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Universal Life

Universal Life and a Living Universe

“The idea of Universal Life composed of individual atomic lives is one of the oldest teachings of esoteric philosophy, and the very modern hypothesis of modern science1, that of crystalline life, is the first ray from the ancient luminary of knowledge that has reached our scholars. If plants can be shown to have nerves and sensations and instinct (but another word for consciousness), why not allow the same in the cells of the human body? Science divides matter into organic and inorganic bodies, only because it rejects the idea of absolute life and a life-principle.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Universal Life

There are two possible meaning to the ides of universal life. One is simply that life is common throughout the universe. That is generally accepted by science and most people. Yet is needs to be looked at with greater detail. The other interpretation of universal life is that all things are living, even if they don’t meet the generally accepted theories on life. If you combine both concepts, you get a universe made entirely of the living, in one form or another. This is a lot harder for many to accept. A truth, however, remains true, even if the majority rejects it.

Universal Life in all Things

The idea that all things are alive is generally rejected by science. Yet science cannot say exactly what life is. Nor can they say when life starts or what is the smallest thing to be alive. This much they do accept: there are single-celled plants and animals that are alive. This tells us that, with a few exceptions, all cells in our body are alive (more on the exceptions later). Continue reading “Universal Life and a Living Universe”

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Trinities within Trinities

“You have to conceive of the Cosmos, in its primal aspect, as consisting of three spinning movements All that is nothing but movement – movement in space – pure movement. For the primal movement which gives rise to all that is, commences before there is anything to move. … These three rings are the three ‘primaries’ of the cosmos—the first Trinity, that is why the Supreme Being is always conceived of as a Trinity; and three is the fundamental number. Everything in the end is reducible to these three influences: …

  1. The force of the Ring-Cosmos which tends toward the center.
  2. The force of the Ring-Chaos which tends toward outer space.
  3. The force of the Ring-Pass-Not which holds the balance between them and prevents either force from going to extremes.”

~Dion Fortune

Grace1Trinities exist on many levels and are a symbol of creation. That is because when the two force are brought together, a third is created. In the example given n the quote, the cosmos are created by the two primary forces that Fortune calls the Ring-Cosmos and the Ring-Chaos. It is interesting to note that the destructive force of Ring-Chaos is expanding. Most people think of expansion, growing as a good thing, but sometime this expansion is really a movement further and further away from the source, which is God.

In the Divine Trinity, as expressed by mystics, you have the Divine Father and the Divine Mother (also called the Holy Spirit) creating the Divine Child just as with humans and animals you need a male and a female to get together to form a child, or many children. Continue reading “Trinities within Trinities”

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