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Creation and Destruction, Positive and Negative

“In true Gnostic fashion, the alchemists were aware that the capacity for creation and the capacity for destruction were very finely balanced – nowhere more so than in themselves. Whoever held the secret of life had a power for evil that was as great as his power for good. These were the men who ultimately understood the symbolism of the prime rule of alchemy: use only one vessel, one fire and one instrument, which is the self. Through their work they were aware of the Power of their own Being. They knew the characteristics of the Secret Fire, the serpent power that moves upward in spirals and of the great primitive force hidden in all matter both organic and inorganic.” ~Bernard Simon

Creation and Destruction

Many believe that creation and destruction go hand-in-hand. That you cannot create a new thing without destroying something else. That is not true. Real creation doesn’t destroy. Carving a statue out of rock is not creation or destruction. It is modification. The shape of the rock was changed, but noting really new was created.

On the other hand, chopping down trees to make room for houses or farms is destruction because you are replacing something living with something dead. Even if the wood from those trees is used to build the houses, you have destroyed living trees to make something artificial. That is destruction, not creation. True creation gives you something where there was previously nothing except energy.

Finely Balanced

Something many don’t understand is that natural energy, even spiritual energy, is neutral. It isn’t good or evil. The good or evil part depends on how you use that energy. If you take in that energy, and send it out to other full of thoughts of peace, love, and harmony, you are making it positive energy. But you can just as easily send forth that same energy embedded with thoughts of hate, fear, and prejudice and it will be a negative influence on those receiving it.

The Story of Two Wolves

Those energies and feelings within us may be “finely balanced” but we can choose which to use and which not to use. As the old Native American saying goes, we decide whether we will be like the good wolf or the bad wold by which one we choose to feed. As we continue to evolve, we will eventually rid ourselves of that dark side. Until then, we must be careful not to let it take control. Creation and destruction may walk hand in hand in the material world, but that can be corrected. Continue reading “Creation and Destruction, Positive and Negative”

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Resurrection, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, and Creation

“He who for our sake shared in God’s rest of the seventh day also for our sake participates in God’s deifying energy on the eighth day, that is, in the mystical resurrection, and leaves lying in the sepulcher his linen clothes and the napkin that was about his head. Those who perceive this, like Peter and John, are convinced that the Lord has risen.

“The Lord’s tomb stands equally either for this world or the heart of each faithful Christian. The linen clothes are the inner essences of sensible things together with their qualities of goodness. The napkin is the simple and homogeneous of intelligible realities, together with the vision of God, in so far as it is granted. Through these things the Logos is initially recognized. …

“Those who bury the Lord with honor will also see Him risen with glory.” ~The Philokalia

Day of Rest

There is much misunderstanding about what it means to rest of the seventh day. It doesn’t mean that on that day we should sit around and do nothing. That doesn’t mean that that is a day for frivolity and entertainment. It is the day when we are to put aside worldly jobs and tasks and do only the work of God. You could also say it is a day to concentrate on your spiritual side rather than either the physical or mental. This may not always be possible, but we should try. Some may also have to do worldly work on Sunday. They can devote another day to spiritual growth. We should also devote a few minutes every morning to our spiritual awakening techniques.

Seventh Day

The Seventh day is generally the day of “rest” discussed above. Most consider that day to be Sunday. Yet we also say that Sunday is the first day of the week, not the seventh. I think matters got confused because the Jews consider Saturday the Sabbath rather than Sunday. I think the Christian were correct in changing it to Sunday. The day of the Sun should be the day devoted to God. As such, it should also be the day of doing God’s work, even if it is the first day of the week. Continue reading “Resurrection, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, and Creation”

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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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Permanent Spirit and the Creation

“God is the creator from all eternity, and He creates when He wills, in His infinite goodness, through His co-essential Logos and Spirit. Do not raise the objection: ‘Why did he create at a particular moment since He is good from all eternity?’ For I reply that the unsearchable wisdom of the infinite essence does not come with the compass of human knowledge. …
“Try to learn why God created, for that is true knowledge. But do not try to learn how He created, or why he did so comparatively recently; for that does not come with the compass of your intellect. Of divine realities some may be apprehended by men and others may not.” ~St. Maximos in the Philokalia

God Creator

By definition, God is the one true Creator and the one true creator is that which most of us call God. Where things get confusing to many is in understanding that God didn’t create everything. From what he has written in the Philokalia, I have to say that St. Maximos seems to be one who is confused on the matter. On some of the things he says, he is totally correct. On others, however, he is way off. This seems to be caused by a belief that God created both the spiritual reals and the material.

Questioning Creation

St. Maximos chastises those who questions why God waiting until relatively recently to create. His answer, the pat answer given by many churches and religious leaders who don’t have an answer, is that we don’t have the wisdom to understand why God did thing when He did. The implication being that we should stop trying to understand the infinite wisdom of God, and just blindly accept it. That is the kind of thinking that has allowed the most fraudulent of Christian preachers to gin great fortunes and political power in our modern world.

The schools of the mystics, or mystery schools, disagree with this approach. They say we should try to learn what we can of the working of God and his spiritual realm. By doing so, they have generally come to a very different conclusion than St. Maximos. Continue reading “Permanent Spirit and the Creation”