This will be a shorter post….I promise (I think, maybe, or not)!
The quote for today:
“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The “Holographic Universe” theory is a (not so) recent scientific and mathematical theory which may actually apply literally to our Universe. Basically, that every piece of the whole carries within it, an image or shadow of the whole itself. Now obviously a leaf from a maple tree cannot possibly contain the entire universe, BUT it can contain a fuzzy or hazy view of the whole. The idea is that if you take bigger and bigger pieces, the pattern of the whole contained within a bigger piece (like a solar system) becomes a clearer and more accurate picture of the whole. Finally, if you take the entire Universe as the piece you are considering, then it certainly contains a perfect picture of the whole Universe! Each small part of the Universe carries within it a portion of the perfection of God. See how I just snuck (sneaked?) God into the discussion?
My view of God, as I have written in other posts, is a pseudo-pantheistic view. In other words, I believe that the Universe IS a part of, and made from the very substance of, God. God’s actual body, or the perfect “reflection” of God, made FROM God’s own substance. But in addition, I also believe that part of God exists outside of the Universe as well. Basically (ya, I like this word and use it a lot), God is everything that exists, AND everything else that does not. The Unity of Everything and No-thing (Nothing). Reminds me of the “Something, Everything” album by Todd Rundgren.
So yes, I definitely resonate with Ralph’s idea that “Every particular in nature…is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole”. Just substitute “God” for “the whole”, and you have a fair statement of what I personally believe.
If you want to know God better, one avenue to take is to look inside yourself. Indeed, we are a direct reflection of God (made in the image of God, literally, Genesis 1:27). We carry God within ourselves, and we are made of God’s substance. God lives within us, and we exist within God.
- That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
- And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes, Newton’s translation, Wikipedia.
Another method of approaching the understanding of God, is to meditate upon small objects, seeking to find what EACH reveals about God. As you meditate on more and more objects, a picture of God is built up in your mind, and progressively becomes clearer and more complete. Of course, this is a lifetime (or multiple lifetime’s) occupation, but no one said it was easy (insert huge smiley face).
That’s all folks, for day two of the challenge.