“ Come now, and let us reason together, sayest the Lord. ”
I am the voice of The Universal Man. I am the purpose of the Earth. I am the macrocosm. I am a bulwark against the long entropic slide. I am the meaning of a red dot. I am Majesty in a flesh colored speck. I am the thought that you are having right now.
Observe your situation. How is it bounded? Where does it begin and end? Is it at the physical limits of your ability to sense the world around you? Does this include only those things you can sense which are registered by your conscious mind or does it also include the sensations available to your unconscious as well?
What about your impressions of those sensations and the impressions of the impressions, both conscious and unconscious? How would you define what is happening to you at this very instant?
You sense that time moves only forward, steadily from point to point; never stopping or going backward. But this is not so. In fact, the past, present and future, perhaps, all possible pasts, presents and futures exist simultaneously and are around you now.
And yet, you are only aware of the present, which, because by the time you are aware of an event it is already in the past, is so infinitesimal and fleeting as to be nonexistent. So reality, as you experience it, is made up of your recollections of the past and expectations about the future. Perception, then, is a conversation between memory and imagination.
You use the components of the physical universe to produce effects in the mind.
How does this happen? How do colors and lines produce a recognizable image? How do sounds become music, or letters become words and from words, strung together, the meaning of a line and so on. Like an artist with his tools, your every– day reality is composed of countless and endlessly divisible elements, which would all be arbitrary, if not for the way they assembled inside your head.
Theologians in the Middle Ages thought that Angels communicated with each other by the transference of pure thought. A man, lacking this Divine ability, must use the components of the physical universe to convey what is in his mind to others. He uses the material to illustrate the immaterial. Therefore, he can never really show anything to anyone else, only suggest.
When a human being, who perceives and communicates incompletely, is on the receiving end of Divine Communication, it is known as revelation. Whether you call it revelation or inspiration, it involves the limited human consciousness, bounded as it is by memory and expectation, encountering, however fleetingly, the Divine Consciousness, which is unbounded, complete and perfect. Revelation, the Muse, Inspiration, the Power of the Holy Spirit are all different names for the same phenomenon.
Your intuition draws you towards an inborn comprehension of the complexity of existence. You sense that things relate to each other even if you do not understand exactly how. Your mind repels, however, from the complicated. When you see only pieces instead of patterns confusion paralyzes your spirit and you flee into the arms of symbols. You give your life and everything in it to that which shields you from the Monster Chaos.
Dogma assists the limited mind to function within the overwhelming complication of existence. To free yourself from the necessity of dogma always try to encounter the forms and components of existence in the purest state you can.
If you do this then one day you will realize that truth is a perception and not a creation, a discovery not a process. Then you will lay all dogma aside. This is the meaning of “I am the Light and The Way.”
Do not fear complication but like the Marine who is trained to run towards enemy fire, wade into it courageously and engage it. Break it into little pieces and annihilate it. Your tools are reason, memory and your intuitive ability to perceive patterns in seeming randomness.
Beauty is the suggestion of a symmetry you distantly remember, a recognition not a judgement. Art is simplification.