The snowflake and the Infinite

snowflakeThe snowflake has long been used as a symbol for the Christmas season. That makes sense since Christmas is celebrated during Winter time—when there is a good chance that we will see snow falling.

In fact, many of us even feel that a “White” Christmas makes the most idealistic setting for the holiday. Why?

Snow-covered landscapes are indeed beautiful, as is each individual snowflake. But there is something more to this. Snowflakes seem magical.

The magic of a snowy winter wonderland is that it communicates purity all the way to our very souls.

To me a snowflake represents a theological principle—that God is infinite. No two snowflakes are the same and one supposes that no two snowflakes will ever be the same. So the principle of beauty and purity is given infinite expression in snowflakes.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to The snowflake and the Infinite

  1. George Gantz says:

    Ed – I’m looking out at the beautiful white winter landscape and contemplating the miracle of the snowflake that makes it possible. One of the amazing features of the snowflake (which science still does not have a good explanation for) is its fractal construction. Each branching of the flake is duplicated at the sub-branch level – and again at the sub-sub-branch level, etc. To me this seems to correspond to the very structure of God’s creation – with the societies of heaven constructed in the form of the Grand Man as an image of God – just as each of us are also in the human form – and each cell of our body similarly reflecting in its functions a similar form – perhaps even down to the functional interactions at the quantum level. There is a beauty in the one-ness and simultaneous differentiation of creation. How marvelous to contemplate in this Christmas season.

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