Rainbows and Octaves

Ever since Sir Isaac Newton directed a beam of light through a prism and projected a spectrum of colors on his wall, octaves have represented a real aspect of physics. All energy and matter has vibratory properties (even the strings in string theory), which fall into similar spectrums or octaves.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, octaves may prove to be the key ingredient for unifying science with God’s spiritual activity and creativity in the universe.

Swedenborg believed that the universe was orderly and unified—with orientation. This perfect order existed in harmony. Furthermore, he concluded that there could be no harmony between natural and physical entities without a principle of harmony ruling fundamental reality. Such a unifying principle “conjoins single things universally, and the universe singularly.”

This same principle brings harmony and concord between human hearts and minds. Swedenborg identified this fundamental principle of agency as God’s Love, for it is the essence of love to unite.

He also understood that all concord and harmony was made possible by octaves, which partake of real mathematical ratios. This patterning scheme emerges from God’s loving activity and Infinite wisdom in heaven. The variations or modifications of light, which produce colors in the physical world, are the consequent variations and modifications of the Lord God’s wisdom and goodness. This spectrum of divine activity flows forth as heavenly heat, light and color and descends into the constraints of spacetime producing their physical analogs.

This is why a rainbow is used as a spiritual symbol in the Bible (as Noah observed when he reached dry land). Because a rainbow shines above our heads, it symbolizes higher spiritual qualities, which shine above our physical lives and daily concerns. In fact, the different colors of the rainbow represent the different stages the human heart and mind experiences when one is going through the process of spiritual rebirth and salvation. At each step forward we inwardly resonate with some new spiritual energy level within the full spectrum of reaching heavenly harmony and wholeness. The number “eight” even symbolizes a completed process—just as the seven colors of a rainbow start a new cycle with the next or eighth color.

Therefore, the process of spiritual salvation is lawful, orderly and proceeds with mathematical precision when we are correctly orientated towards God’s tenets. Even more amazing, when Swedenborg describes how the events portrayed in Holy Scripture unfold into different series, he offers intriguing hints throughout that these series are patterned after octaves.

My new book Proving God explores these startling and unexpected claims and presents them within a plausible scientific theory.



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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