Sir Isaac Newton meets a scientifically inclined angel

Isaac-prism2Once upon a time, a famous scientist named Isaac Newton was conducting a scientific experiment with the sun’s white rays. He put a prism in front of one of the light rays coming through a window in his room. To his surprise, the prism projected seven colors on his wall from the sun’s streaming white light.

Suddenly an angel appeared before the great scientist! Since Newton was a man of God, he was actually delighted by the visit.

“You have made an important discovery about how God operates,” said the angel with a warm smile.

“What do you mean?” asked the worldly scientist.

The angel took out a special prism from under his robe. “Here, this prism is made from spiritual substances, that is, intelligent substances. With this prism you will be able to do experiments with God’s energy and see reality in a much more meaningful way.”

“How does it work?” asked the excited scientist.

“I will put this prism inside your brain. It will help you see how God’s intuition of ends takes part in all whole phenomena,” replied the angel. With that said, the angel miraculously put the special prism inside Isaac’s cranium.

Isaac’s perception of reality immediately changed.

Everything he trained his eyes on seemed to consist of seven distinct aspects, just like the white light of the physical sun. A tree was now a coherent process and relational whole consisting of seed, root, stem, branches, leaves, flowers, and fruit, which led to the production of new seeds.

“Now turn your attention to your own thought processes,” said the angel.

“Wow!” exclaimed Newton. “Even my intellect is a process consisting of seven distinct steps—evaluation, understanding, reasoning, judgment, choice of action, will, action—which leads to a new appreciation of the subject matter.

“These new insights you are experiencing can be planted into the minds of others, just like seeds!” said the wise angel.

“Why isn’t this order and process mentioned in God’s Holy Word?” asked the cautious scientist.

The angelic being answered, “What do you think the Seven Day Creation Story in Genesis suggests now that you can use your special prism when reading Holy Scripture?”

Newton fell back into his chair in complete amazement.

The angel continued, “I know you are interested in gravity. All coherent process in the universe contains seven reciprocal thrusts or nodes of equilibrium. These successive gravity-centered nodes are ordered by God’s infinite wisdom into comprehensive wholes—that is, into a common simultaneous bond and all-embracing equilibrium between the parts.”

Newton was stunned by all this. “No one will ever believe me if I shared this sacred knowledge with others.”

“Spiritual explorers will attempt to do just that after you have passed from this earth,” said the angel as he disappeared from sight.

Isaac Newton began scouring the pages of Holy Scripture, but he no longer had the benefit of the angel’s special prism.

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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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