Some Thoughts on (Literal) Darkness

In Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth. Before that, there was nothing.

It’s hard to imagine nothing. Typically, we equate “nothing” with darkness, even though that is technically something (because we can see it). In this regard, “nothing” could also equate to a blinding whiteness, but since God said, “Let there be light,” we are confronted with the idea that “nothing” is the same as darkness. “Let there be light” the Lord spoke, and then the science happened. From the Big Bang, suns and stars emerged into the blackness.

Since darkness existed first, does that make it the natural state of things? Does the light trespass upon it, or is darkness rather defined by the absence of the natural state of light? Only by light are we able to see anything. The physical reality is there, but we cannot perceive it without some degree of light.

Likening senses, is light more comparable to silence, or to sound? I compare light with sound, because sound travels in waves through silence just as light waves travel through the darkness.

Therefore, silence is the natural, intrinsic state, as is darkness.

Why then is darkness so frightening? It should be a comfort, a relief – a rest for our senses that are so often overwhelmed. But lacking our sense of sight in the darkness makes us vulnerable to those things that might harm us.

In other words, “nothing” does not interact with our senses. “Nothing” as the intrinsic state means I cannot see, touch, hear, taste, or smell. This is why we have bodies; this is why God created the universe as His body. Knowledge (omniscience) is useless without interaction. Having the knowledge of what blue looks like is very different from actually seeing blue.

Darkness and silence are intrinsic because they are beginnings. All creative pursuits are patterns and manipulations intruding on the void. Must it be considered an intrusion? Perhaps the void is meant to be molded into something.

Nothing is nothing: it cannot be experienced.

Existence requires light, sound, touch, flavor, scent. Nonbeing is an empty canvas; life is the portrait that requires a paintbrush in order to be.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

The Divine Triangle

According Faith Javane, The Divine Triangle possibly originated with Pythagoras, but she has no evidence (she freely admits this), and her book is the only place I have encountered it. Despite the lack of study done on the figure, the information in her book was eye-opening and I want to share it here. Prepare for a lot of block quoting. Paraphrasing doesn’t do it justice and I obviously cannot claim this as my own invention.

The Divine Triangle begins with the right triangle of Pythagoras in the center. Squares are drawn on each side, and each line of the square represents nine years of human life. (See image above). The triangle, as I discussed in The Philosopher’s Diamond, represents the trinity of mind-soul-spirit. The square is physical body and matter. Javane writes:

If the two triangles are turned to the side, they form a parallelogram, of four sides, or a modified square.

 

The square is the second perfect shape that can be drawn with single lines; it is symbolic of the earth. The 4 appears in a number of ways: the four points on the compass; the four elements of fire, earth, air and water; the four points of the cross; the forty days (an elevated 4) spent by Christ in the desert fighting earthly temptations; and salt crystallizing in cubes, a solidified 4. Finally, as the salt of the earth, we are all examples of the number 4. These are a few of the many references relating 4 to earth.

 

The four sides of the square represent the four parts of the individual—with the physical body added to the triangle of the mind, soul and spirit. Now, spirit has a soul, a mind and a body in which to work in the material world.

 

By joining the two triangles of the Philosopher’s Diamond…we arrive at the parallelogram, which like the circle, contains three hundred sixty degrees, or all truths. This shows that complete attainment and fulfillment are possible here on earth….

 

Always remember, however, that spirit is contained within the body, just as the triangle preceded the square and is contained within it. Our body belongs to the earth, but our soul belongs to the spirit. Spirit is immortal because, as we have shown, the triangle existed before and independently of the square. But the square is totally dependent upon the triangle because the square is built upon it, following it in the natural order of things. Spirit cannot operate in the physical world without a material body, but it can operate in other worlds and dimensions. The material body contains and must reflect the Godhead for completion and fulfillment in the material world. “As above, so below.”

Javane mentions that the cross is also part of the Divine Triangle (the intersection of the left and bottom squares), showing spirit descending into matter. We begin where the two lines of the cross meet (far left square at the tip of the triangle) as recipients of cosmic energy, representing consciousness and the soul entering the body. This is age 0. Follow the line of the square to its upper left corner to reach age 9. It then turns the corner and descends down the square to age 18, then again along the bottom line to age 27. At this age, the first square is completed. What does this mean?

Javane labels this square, “Youth,” and says that it is during this time the mind and character are formed into a sound structure.

Plato said that one gains one’s soul at age twenty-eight, and astrologers will note that this clearly corresponds to the first complete Saturn return which, at approximately age twenty-nine, has made one circuit on the natal chart, touching every planet, lending structure and form and crystallizing the energies emitted by each planet. As you can see, the soul, at point D, for the first time since entering the physical body, touches the fire of the spirit. Therefore, between the ages of twenty-seven and twenty-nine, we are in a precarious position; this is the first time the soul comes into contact with the fire of spirit, whose awareness it lost when it entered the body.

At this time, between ages 27 and 29, we can either use the past as a learning experience to structure our future and rekindle our path, or allow our ties to past habits, opinions, beliefs, and past conditioning to destroy us.

The Youth square is built on the triangle side given a value of 3 in Pythagoras’s theorem, representing manifestation and self-expression. Javane writes, “It is the cornerstone, the mind, upon which the temple, the body, is built. Solomon, a wise numerologist, spoke of this cornerstone as the block upon which the power square, ages 27 to 54, will be placed.”

The Power square is built on the horizontal side of the triangle, with a value of 4 in Pythagoras’s theorem, related to the earth.

This implies that between the ages of twenty-seven and fifty-four our life is spent dealing with the material plane and all that it encompasses. Certainly we can agree that most of us spend that portion of our lives using whatever power we have in striving for material gains and comforts in the form of job positions, salaries, housing and personal possessions; each is an aspect of the material plane. We chose to incarnate in a material body to learn the lessons of the earth plane, and it is here in the power square that we are most intimately in touch with this particular learning process.

The descending left line of the square is ages 27 to 36, turn the corner from 36 to 45, and ascend towards the Wisdom square from 45 to 54.

The Power square is a result of the Youth square, and while the earth plane is the base line, it is through our minds that we create our environment, and in the Power square we are free from the childhood conditionings of youth and can freely make decisions about where we want our lives to go.

At age 54 we encounter the same dilemma as age 27. We once again touch the center triangle of the spirit, our inner self. The questions become, “Will the inner self express approval of our past efforts and reward us with the fruits of our labor? Or will the inner self instead hand us dried dead fruits, scorched by the burning fire of destruction? …If we have not sown wisely in the past, it is at this point that we can easily make the decision to change our direction. The future is ours to create.”

The Wisdom square is built on the line given the value of 5, “astrologically a Mercury number.”

…Mercury was the messenger of the deities, the connecting communication link between the gods of heaven and the mortals on earth. Symbolically, this fleet-footed messenger is the mind, the connection between soul and body, which, in the period of life between fifty-four and eighty-one, must now turn from the material world and build the bridge between the physical world and the world of Spirit. This is accomplished through reflection, reason, order, logic, and understanding…This bridge between the physical and spiritual will be achieved through a synthesis of the results of the previous processes.

 

…Now, in the wisdom square, the mind must analyze the results of the soul’s evolution through the various stages up to this point and begin to assimilate these findings into the soul’s growth experience up to the time the transition process of death occurs.

 

For those of us who live through this square and reach the magic age of eighty-one, there is a three-pronged fork at which we must choose a future path.

 

We may decide to leave the body, at which point we will die and follow the ascending arrow out of the blueprint back to the source from which we came.

 

Or we may decide to stay in the body, which implies that we will proceed in one of two directions, depending on the type of seeds we have sown in the past. Life past eighty-one is decidedly karmic. If we have wasted our life energies and left naught but destruction and unhappiness in our wake, we may very well take the path we originally trod at birth, that first horizontal line on the youth square, ages zero to nine. Because the line encompasses childhood we too will become childlike (senile) and need to be cared for like an infant.

 

The third path is for those who have sown wisely, who have used the precious God-given life energies and have honored the body-temple in service to the material world through understanding, compassion, and love towards others. On this sacred path, the few are revered and honored because their very presence blesses those near. Their touch is healing, and their words express the music of the spheres, inspiring and lifting the weary heart. Blessed are those who tread this path, for theirs is the destiny of supreme devotion to life.

As fascinating as this is to ruminate over, I do have an issue with her conclusion. I have known, and I’m sure you have known, very kind and sweet elderly people succumb to the disease of Alzheimer’s. To believe that they have done something to deserve this disease is unthinkable. In the same vein, there are plenty of older people who have lived quite nasty lives and their minds are still operating at full capacity. Javane does not address this; perhaps for fear her entire analysis will be discredited.

I do think the Youth and Power squares have merit, as does the Wisdom square if the conclusion is edited. She could have added that senility might also occur as a symptom of the first “prong” in her fork, that the person’s body is preparing to die and the soul is in the process of ascending out of the material world. It is half in, half out, and loses the capacity it had in the Power square. Part of the soul is ascending along the vertical spirit line of the cross, while the other part dwells on the horizontal material line of the cross as long as the life of the physical body lingers. Since it must continue to move forward, it has no choice but to return to the child (0-9) line.

There is one paragraph from her discussion of the Power square I purposely postponed because it seemed to be the most important idea to contemplate. You may have heard some clichéd version of it before, but my life experience is currently teaching me how true it really is.

The Bible says, “As a man thinketh, so he is.” We cannot deny the profound effect that a positive attitude has upon the direction of our lives. Look around you; what you see is the result of the way you think. It has nothing to do with anyone else; it is yours and yours alone. If you are happy with your situation, then your mind is in order and well balanced. If you are not happy, then you and you alone have the power to change your present environment and relationships by making the decision that yes, you are a worthy person; and yes, you deserve to have all the material comforts you want; and yes, you should be loved and respected. Because it is only when you make the decision that you deserve and will have these things, that they will begin to come to you. Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

She does not say these things are owed to you by others. An attitude of entitlement is not one of love and respect. Such sentiments must be given in order to receive. But you cannot give love if you do not think you deserve it, because then it does not exist within you. I felt that way for a long time, and only now am I realizing that by not feeling worthy, I subconsciously shunned any offer of love given to me. And by shunning those offers, I fell back into the thoughts of being unloved and alone, and therefore neglected nurturing my own feelings of love. It is a terrible circle that can only be broken through recognition.

Neither are material comforts owed to you, but by feeling that you deserve them, you begin to feel motivated and ambitious, and take self-assured actions to secure those comforts, whether that’s pursuing a promotion, taking out a loan to start your own business, or even something as simultaneously simple and complicated as finding a life partner.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Source: Javane, Faith and Dusty Bunker. “Chapter 3: God Geometrizes.” Numerology and The Divine Triangle. 1979. pp. 45-50.

 

Note: Well, as is typical to my personality, I started out strong with my writing routine for a new idea (this blog) and after a few months, I lost motivation as my other responsibilities became priorities. I’m finally settled in at my new house, so hopefully I can rededicate time to this blog. I apologize to those of you who recently started following me only to be greeted with an inactive account.

 

Panentheism and the Body Metaphor

In Part One of The Problem with Biblical Literalism, I briefly spoke about the idea of Panentheism, or all-in-god. Not to be confused with Pantheism, or all-is-god, Panentheism is the theory that God exists within His creation, and His creation exists within Him. However, creation is not God. He exists outside of creation as well.

In other words, Panentheism claims God is immanent and transcendent.

Christianity also claims God is both immanent and transcendent. In practice, however, most Christians understand God only as transcendent – He created us and is separate from us. Immanence, or God’s presence among us, is all but abandoned, or briefly mentioned in passing when discussing the Holy Spirit.

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I have read a few Christian articles that denounce Panentheism as another tactic to distract us from Christ. I do not see it this way at all. In fact, the theory helps me better understand the nature of God.

A common metaphor Panentheists use is that of the mind-body relationship. I have expanded on this idea to incorporate Christianity.

The human body is necessary to live and experience, but our souls exist beyond its death.

God, the Great Soul, created the universe out of Himself as His Body – to experience and exist in tandem with His creation. His essence is within all things. While it enhances His existence, He is not transcribed by it – He does not require “the body” to be God. However, as long as “the body” exists, God is within it, just as our awareness is within our bodies until we die.

Sentient beings are like red blood cells, countless but necessary for the body to “live.” Satan and sin are cancers. Free will gives the red blood cells a choice to flow for the benefit of the whole body or be infected by the cancer (turning away and denouncing God).

Christ is the cure, the immune system of mighty white blood cells. Each infected cell (all of them since original sin) now can choose to be healed, or stay infected. The healed cells may become re-infected but always have the option to be healed again. The cells that stay infected wither, and once dead, they are eliminated from the system, never to be a part of the body again.

That is what Hell is – a complete severance from God. It is a choice, and the result isn’t a fiery inferno, but nonexistence. Since atheists already believe death is a metamorphosis into nonexistence, they get exactly what they expect.

Angels exist, too – they were created right before the body as the neurotransmitters, necessary for the mind to communicate and control the body. As I have mentioned before, they are the pathways, not the targets, and so cannot receive God’s love as we do. The brain sends these “messengers” to tell the “body” what to do. In a sense, they are Christ’s support, dictating to the immune system and other “bodily functions.” While the mind/spirit/soul (the “trinity” of the brain) is aware of the body, it cannot itself travel to the kidney or liver or heart. The Father controls the body, angels execute the control, and Christ comes to us personally with the Holy Spirit to continuously heal.

I’ll admit, this is not by any means a perfect metaphor, but I believe it is an appropriate one, as we were created in His image – not only do we have a trinity of mind/soul/spirit, but our bodies function the same way physically that His does metaphorically. “In His image” does not literally mean that He has some kind of physical form that mirrors ours.

The following article acknowledges how Panentheism could be compatible with Christianity, except that it “denies creation ex nihilo” –

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2012/08/whats-wrong-with-panentheism/

Of course, I disagree. In fact, I believe Panentheism because it affirms creation ex nihilo – if God created out of nothing, then it comes to bear he created from only Himself, and therefore, the universe is His physical form – His body. How is this denying Genesis?

This theory brings God closer to us, and it is more effortless to have a relationship knowing we are part of His body. Olson does make interesting points about redefining what redemption and salvation mean in this context – how it might mean God is dependent on it, rather than it being a gift for us. This is why I agree with Martin Luther’s “weak” Panentheism – God is, indeed, within all of creation, but He is not transcribed by it. He doesn’t need it in order to be God.

We don’t need our bodies, necessarily, but they are a blessing in that they allow us to experience and learn. As I mentioned in Part One of The Problem with Biblical Literalism, perhaps the all-knowing God wants to experience His existence through ignorant eyes, to see what His body/children see and create more from those experiences.

The following article explains Panentheism but refers to it as an “age-old heresy” and gets some facts wrong (I blame her source), such as “God is bi-polar,” “God is finite,” “Creation is ex materia,” and “God is changing.” These are tenets from pantheism, which dictates as the universe changes, God changes with it. This is not necessarily true of Panentheism.

http://www.rebecca-writes.com/rebeccawrites/2008/3/28/theological-term-of-the-week.html

Weak (Palamite) Panentheism replaces the idea of God’s essence with “divine energies” that permeate the world and allow God’s presence among us, without the possible interpretation that He is dependent on creation. It is more compatible with the Christian idea of God than what I have described here, and does not mesh as well with my metaphor, but it is enlightening for Christians and those investigating Christianity who are uncomfortable with how the faith tends to reflect deism and stoicism, which focus on God’s transcendence and disregard His immanence.

Watch this video for more information on how weak (Palamite) Panentheism is compatible with Christianity:

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.