This is a universal dynamic that scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg discovered during his investigations. Yet, in spite of this law being ubiquitous and ruling over all completed processes, it is the one dynamic that is most hidden from the understanding of Swedenborg’s followers.
There is a good reason for this.
Swedenborg believed that most humans had not accumulated the necessary knowledge to truly understand things in their related series—first things through ultimates (Apocalypse Explained, n 41)—even though he also said earlier that the perfection of such knowledge of successive series forming compound and simultaneous units determined the perfection of one’s genius (The Economy of the Animal Kingdom, Vol. II, n 587).
The arrangement of all process into coherent, periodic series (harmonious co-establishment) embraces both the laws of “trines” (threefold-ness) and laws of “seven-ness.
These two fundamental laws are linked together in a unique coherent and continual series (from principles to corresponding last ends) because all principles must advance by drawing in all homogenous things that are connected with it.
The law of seven-ness actually consists of trines creating a series of outcomes for expressing the Lord God’s power of advancing (Divine Proceeding). However, this process is discontinuous since some of those connected trines cannot complete themselves without outer inputs coming in to serve as passive influences (or food) to keep the process alive in God’s relational design of mutual support.
This great knowledge of God’s wise activity and order has been addressed in two of my earlier books (Proving God and Swedenborg & Gurdjief) and will be given lots of additional explanation in a future publication.
So stay tuned!