Constancy and Change

If one contemplates the world around oneself, it is fairly easy to conclude that reality seems to consist of two opposing concepts—constancy and change.

For instance, the seasons of the planet Earth change, but there is constancy in their repetition. Another example is a seed growing into a tree and the tree producing seeds. In fact, every living process of various biological systems maintains its constancy through cyclic process.

All change follows similar and constant rules—no matter the level of complexity within any whole (complete) process. The universe could not be rationally ordered and unified in any other way.

Even in our own person-level experience, we can observe a continuity of individuality within our ever-changing thoughts and emotions as they encircle our intentions and goals. All our bodily bio-systems maintain their integrity from cyclic processes as well.

But how can a blind universe, consisting of dead matter, weave such opposing concepts together? Perhaps such a dynamic has its origins in consciousness itself. A circular process is a geometrical expression of consciousness and awareness because every point along the trajectory must be oriented to returning to its beginning.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that constancy and change emerged from two universal (and living) principles—essence and a coming forth. In theology this translates into God’s Love and Truth. In physics it translates into force and form.

Unfortunately, science has yet to discover why anything takes coherent form (nature shows us an incessant endeavor and compulsion for self-organization). According to Swedenborg, nothing takes form unless it serves some purpose in perfecting that which already exists.

All ancient wisdom traditions understood this cyclic dynamic of unity and portrayed “wheels” in their artwork. To offer a few examples, in the Old Testament Ezekiel had a vision of wheels within wheels, the Hindu word chakra means “wheel,” Buddhists have “prayer wheels,” Dervishes danced in a rotational movement and the native American Indians had medicine wheels.

The universe shows us a grand theater by which there is a perfection of unity through diversified utility. The essence of love is to unite—through the subordination and coordination of all process and all change—within a divine trajectory and goal.

That is, indeed, a miracle that can fall within the comprehension of the human mind!

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
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