Peter discovers universal patterning principles

Once upon a time, a scientist named Peter was contemplating the unity and order of the manifest universe. He wondered if there could be a scientific view of the world beyond “physicalism” and serendipitous “creation.”

He marveled that the murky quantum microworld of probability distributions consistently led to the measureable outcomes of a predictable Newtonian macroworld that was mathematically rational and determinate. Furthermore, observable nature seemed to show an incessant endeavor towards self-organization and coherent structure. The two worlds seemed to operate under different laws, yet they had to be connected in some real way.

Unfortunately, the reigning scientific idea that creation sprung out of nothingness meant that discovering first principles was impossible—because such principles would have to show causality beyond the realm of spacetime. Physical science cannot go where there is nothing physical.

Suddenly a beautiful angel appeared in Peter’s room. He assumed that because he had been thinking so hard, his tired and stretched brain was producing this wild image. But as a well-trained scientist, he decided to objectively observe and study this curious functioning of his mind to see where it would lead.

“Hello,” said the angelic being. “I am here to help you discover the first causal principles of the world and the resulting patterning principles that form the constants of universal law.”

“Why would an angel tell me these things?” asked Peter. “What would angels know about science?”

The beautiful angel laughed loudly at Peter’s words. She then said, “The world was indeed created by dynamic principles outside of the spacetime arena—but not out of nothing.”

“That is illogical,” said the skeptical scientist. “Every scientist knows that you cannot have dynamical magnitudes such as velocity and momentum outside of local vectors in spacetime.”

“You do not know what fundamental substance is,” returned the angel.

“So tell me,” challenged the doubtful academic.

“Love is the fundamental substance of all possibilities. Love is a spiritual substance and operates beyond the world of matter but all matter and physical form is created by, and reactive to, the influences of Love,” she said.

The angel continued her unique explanation of reality. “Just ponder the mechanism and relationship of things that form coherent structure. All coherent systems represent successive processes working in a simultaneous format. In other words, singular things are coordinated and subordinated into unities. The essence of love is to unify through cooperation and reciprocation. Nothing in nature self-organizes without things working in unison. This law and design is ubiquitous.

“Ubiquitous? Well, my dear angel,” said Peter with a smug smile, “if you are going to convince me of such an extraordinary model of reality, then you will have to show me more explanatory and predictive evidence.”

The Angel looked into Peter’s eyes with a serious gaze. “All process proceeds by the same rules. My model of Love has explanatory and predictive potency because it can also explain the formation of psychical structure—the grouping of ideas in the human mind to create coherent thought and mental constructs. If your mind loves pleasure or worldly riches, you create an organized worldview or belief system around such a passion. If you love science or philosophy, you create a worldview from organizing more rational ideas. If you love God, you organize your psyche around spiritual or theological tenets. But in each case, a person forms their intellect around what they love and desire. Love is therefore an omnipresent creative organizing principle as opposed to some mere romantic notion.”

Peter was somewhat impressed by this angelic explanation of causal principles and reverse entropy but he questioned the angel further as to why Religion did not expound on information that could be viewed scientifically.

The angel went to Peter’s bookshelf, pulled out a Bible, and threw it unexpectedly on his lap. “Open to some page and read it,” she commanded.

Peter turned to a page in Exodus where the Israelites were in the wilderness, encamped near a mountain where Jehovah was. The angel then gave an exalted interpretation of this Bible narrative. “This story is more than historical. It is a symbolic and spiritual communication on the universal laws of creation and organization through the principle of love. The mountain represents the highest—or spiritual—quality of Love. That the Israelites were encamped close to this mountain represents that various human traits were being ordered and finding their arrangement according to a closer orientation to this higher and nobler quality of lLove—God’s divine Love. This is further demonstration of the explanatory and predictive powers of my heavenly views,” she said.

Peter leaned back in his chair looking absolutely stupefied.

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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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