Jacob’s Ladder, Quantum Discontinuity, And The Multi-Leveled Universe

Oh, I’m sorry I left out neuroscience, spiritual causality and holistic process. Unless one has spent a considerable time studying the works of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the account of Jacob’s “ladder” in Genesis comes across as a fanciful dream rather than a scientific model for expressing causality and the layered structure of reality.

In other words, God’s Holy Word, when appropriately understood, is a sacred document that unifies science and theology. This insight will represent the next great upheaval to humankind’s worldview.

The story of Jacob’s trancendental ladder, in which Jacob has a vision of angels descending from God in heaven to earth and ascending back to God from earth represents a real ontological schematic of Divine order and process in the universe. First of all, this cosmic patterning principle displays how God unifies all creation from a reciprocating and totally integrated process.

The downward process toward inert matter is called involution. The upward process back to God is called evolution. Each step or “rung” in the process displays the discontinuous nature of action in the universe – a concept that is promoted by modern quantum theory.

The multi-leveled scheme of angels taking distinct or discrete steps (causal links) to get from one level of ontological reality to another is more impressive than modern string theory, because it includes metaphysical principles that originate in a pre-geometric realm (called the spiritual world). Some well-respected physicists are actually taking on the challenge of finding the origins of the laws and forces that govern the universe in a non-local, non-physical, pre-geometric construct. (This would give us a pre-geometric understanding of the special initial conditions of the prenatal universe before the “Big Bang.”)

Since divine perfection requires divine consistency this same patterning principle that gives form to the discrete geometries of multi-leveled space is also incorporated into the various substrates of brain and neuron structure. Once again, modern science has to catch up to the discoveries of Emanuel Swedenborg in its attempt to flush out a comprehensive, multi-leveled model of the human cognitive architecture.

Swedenborg has shown the way to finding the causal nexus between the Infinite and the finite (God and creation), and that the layered structures of the human brain including those within the neuron itself are modeled after the scaffolding of spacetime and the various laws and forces which operate in, and form the parameters of, these distinct “space-structures.”

This intelligent patterning scheme is intrinsic to space, time, complexity and the Holy Word. That is, all order, series and orientation are expressed in all things of God’s Word—its general, particular and smallest details!

I know I have said a mouthful. Don’t worry. I won’t leave you hanging. I address all these issues in my upcoming book, Proving God (which is now at the printer).


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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4 Responses to Jacob’s Ladder, Quantum Discontinuity, And The Multi-Leveled Universe

  1. ggw_bach says:

    have you read Holographic Universe? very good book on this subject.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear ggw_bach,

    Yes, I have read the book. It is a good one (and mentions Swedenborg)! My new book “Proving God” will explore territory beyond the scope of “Holographic Universe.”

    Spiritually yours,

  3. C Bower says:

    I enjoyed reading about the intelligent patterning scheme. I recently became interested in fractals, and I’m fascinated by patterns in nature and our world.
    I look forward to reading your new book.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear C Bower,

    Thank you for your interest. Scripture would not be God’s Holy Word unless it could contain Infinite Wisdom. This endless wisdom is hidden within deeper levels of meaning within the literal interpretation of its words. Emanuel Swedenborg has given us the key to unlocking these deeper meanings – called the “Science of Correspondences.”

    With this key we can discover how God’s Wisdom and scientific truth are one and the same thing. The descent of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, represents a paradigm change in BOTH theological and scientific thinking. This new knowledge will allow humankind to help usher in God’s kingdom of LOVE on earth!

    Spiritually yours,

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