One of the most paradigm-changing concepts put forth in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg is that the Spiritual World has its own unique sun. He called it simply the Spiritual Sun, which represented the pure emanations of God’s love and wisdom.
This primal cosmic activity is not only theological, it is profoundly scientific. Swedenborg claimed that the physical universe, with all its laws, forces and tendencies for coherent self-organization, including bio-complexity, are derived from the spiritual laws, forces and striving proceeding from God’s non-physical (non-local and non-temporal) holy activity.
This theme of a Spiritual Sun was echoed by George Gurdjieff:
“It is necessary to notice that in the Great Universe all phenomena in general without exception wherever they arise and manifest, are simply successively law-conformable “Fractions” of some whole phenomena which has its prime arising on the ‘Most Holy Sun Absolute.’ ” (Physicist Max Planck discovered that action comes in wholes, and that wholeness is inherent and primal in the nature and essence of action. What is still needed in quantum physics is to grasp how indeterminate states represent wholes that precede measure.)
Wholeness is holiness.
In other words, as a cosmic postulate, the physical universe is a mirror image and analog of spiritual (higher order) realities—they correspond. According to Swedenborg, one could not create an accurate model or scientifically plausible theory of reality, nor provide the key to the nature of agency, without incorporating the Spiritual Sun as the pre-geometric first principle in creation.
Swedenborg insisted that the rays from this Divine Sun provided the psychical light by which the cognitive function of memory and thought can present us with a mental field of vision. The Spiritual Sun lets us see into the world of mental ideas. Furthermore, spiritual beings and angels rely totally on the light of the Spiritual Sun to see heavenly objects.
I predict that the future success of physics to explain foundational issues will require starting from a non-material first principle like the Spiritual Sun to formulate a proper theory for the physics ruling the universe on the fundamental level—where process and action manifest prior to the spatio-temporal arena.