This can be somewhat grasped when we give thought to the topic of order in the universe. Physicists will tell you that the universe has unity, order and orientation. They suspect that the force of gravity is responsible for Nature’s “blind” disposition toward self-organization. But the current state of physics has no real grasp of gravitational order and how its thermodynamics produces coherent and understandable structure.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, we could find the answer to this universal order not from any observations by physicists but from the observations of our own states of mind. Our minds organize knowledge and information into coherent structure according to what we love.
Two people with similar knowledge but with different affections and values will organize this same material into quite different forms of order. This order represents our subjective understanding and worldview. The very structure of our thoughts represents the particular arrangement of information according to the disposition of some quality of love or affection.
So, what we love gives order, orientation and unity to our psychical world.
Why should we assume that the thermodynamics of gravity has its origins in a similar function—such as the living force of conscious Love?
Scientists will admit, that although they believe Nature’s process is random, its laws are so fine-tuned that one level of order is useful for generating a more complex order of structure. All structure and form in the universe is information, and, all this information is arranged in useful if not serendipitous ways. “Usefulness” is a derivative of “goodness.” And goodness is a derivative of Love!
In fact, if you follow the trajectory of nature and its endeavor to produce higher forms of structure in evolution—which ultimately leads to the complexity of the human brain—you find a mechanism quite responsive to Love. Therefore, in the human mind, the thermodynamics of gravity and its endeavor to grow structure is lawfully transmuted into the more subtle dynamics of Love. The human heart and mind gravitates towards equilibrium and stability just as any physical object moving in the universe—which means that phenomena in the physical universe mirror phenomena in the mental or psychical world.
When one person falls in love with another, this is where our hearts find equilibrium. The Love for another person affects the order, unity, orientation and structure of one’s life in real, tangible ways.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!