This is an article from my blog. I thought it would be interesting to post on ATS. It is easy to believe that we are here with no purpose if you
look at this world from a strictly material perspective. If you dig deeper, you see that there is evidence that reality is something much more
complicated than appearances would suggest. Is reality real? You decide.
I have pondered this intriguing question many times. Even as a child, my mind wandered this field often. If I were to frame this question strictly
in a metaphysical sense, my answer would be this: The world is real until I realize the story it tells. For me, the Bible suggests this by referring
to man as the image of God and the universe as an image of heaven. The first part of creation was light (both particle and wave), and in John 1, we
see that the Word (Christ) created everything. For me, ‘the word’ suggests information and wave. Oddly enough, light also represents a wave as
well as knowledge (enlightenment). Light has a duality of both particle and wave. The word image seems to suggest a mystery behind the visible veil
of what we actually see. However, from a strictly rational perspective, is there a way to know for sure? I say the real question is this: Is what
you place your hope in reality? My answer may surprise you.
Examining what little we currently know from the field of particle physics, the universe is said to be made up of energy in the form of particle and
wave. This same duality exists with light (electromagnetic radiation) and is the basic building block for all life on our planet. But what binds and
slows down atoms and particles into the material world of substance we all enjoy each day? That is the 8 billion dollar question it seems. The Large
Hadron Collider is busy moving toward the observation of the God Particle (Higgs Boson). If observed, this force and associated particle will suggest
streaming data from another dimension. One of the latest postulations in particle physics is called String Theory, which states that all matter is in
a mode of vibration. Another extension of String theory is called M-Theory.
The Holographic Universe, Book by Michael Talbot
“Talbot's book The Holographic Universe, which has become his most popular, explores the metaphysical implications that underline quantum
mechanics and suggests that the universe is a hologram. After examining the work of physicist David Bohmand neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, both of
whom independently arrived at holographic theories or models of the universe, the book argues that a holographic model could possibly explain
supersymmetry and also various paranormal and anomalous phenomena and provide a basis for mystical experience. Melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry
based its 2008 album Holographic Universe on this book.” WIKIPEDIA
Without going into a debate about the obvious irreducible complexity of the human body, I will briefly mention the fact that our body is too complex
to reduce to accidental evolution. If you are still stuck beating that worn out drum, let me suggest a more plausible explanation. The body is a
tiny universe made up of 50 trillion cells, all working their (supposedly) accidental magic so you can think and experience the world. The miracle
that is our bio-mechanical suit represents the vehicle that we use to seamlessly view our reality. It is affected by both nature and nurture, and can
reprogram itself simply by thought. From my reasoning and rationality gene, this seems like a valuable piece to our puzzle. Consciousness is poorly
explained from an evolutionary standpoint when you realize, at this moment, that your ability to read this sentence is greater than the source it
comes from. I will explain this last statement later.
You may also consider DNA. Realize that DNA is a programming language of over 3 billions characters. This is enough information to fill 12
encyclopedias. It is locked in a four-bit cipher code that is impenetrable. We can sequence it, but programming will be a future endeavor requiring
access to the mind that created it. One tablespoon of DNA represents the code of all human beings combined. One human DNA strand represents three
gigs of information.
Nature tells a story. All we know or can learn is a reflection of what we experience through the relationships in nature. As I stated in another
post, everything is in uniform relationship to everything else. Is this a reason for reality being an illusion? What would the purpose possibly be
for the unimaginable diversity? If you reduce the complexity to its simplest form, you begin to get the point. To help you reduce, let me introduce
you to Hermes.
If you look close, you notice that all of nature is the same above and below. You are a universe of trillions of cells. The universe is made up of
countless galaxies. The galaxies are made up of countless stars. The cells in your body are like solar systems. Particles are the same reflection.
All you can examine is one unique mirror within another.
There is an old Hermetic axiom that says, “As above, so below. As below, so above. As within, so without. As without, so within.” Take a look
at the sun and the moon. Both come together by their combined nature to act as the seeds of life on the earth. Take a look at male and female
creating offspring. Examine the sperm and the egg. Look at your two eyes coming together to form one vision from light. Notice your two nostrils;
your two ears; your two feet and all the other miracles of reality that combine in pairs for one purpose. Can we assume, by comparison, a common
design with purpose? How can an unimaginable array of diversity be confined to one design plan? Just because it is amazing does not prove it
so—at least not yet.
Augustine, from City of God
"And yet the validity of logical sequences is not a thing devised by men, but is observed and noted by them that they may be able to learn and teach
it; for it exists eternally in the reason of things, and has its origin with God. For as the man who narrates the order of events does not himself
create that order; and as he who describes the situations of places, or the natures of animals, or roots, or minerals, does not describe arrangements
of man; and as he who points out the stars and their movements does not point out anything that he himself or any other man has ordained;—in the
same way, he who says, “When the consequent is false, the antecedent must also be false,” says what is most true; but he does not himself make it
so, he only points out that it is so."
Hermetic Philosophy and the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
As you chew on the cud of what was just mentioned, examine this seed of knowledge transmitted from the dawn of civilization. I have added (words) here
and there to assist you as you read:
"It (emerald tablet / nature) contains an accurate commentary that can't be doubted. It states: What is the above is from the below and the below is
from the above. The work of wonders is from one. And all things sprang from this essence through a single projection. How marvelous is its work!
It is the principle part of the world and its custodian. Its father is the sun (sol) and its mother (luna) is the moon. Thus the wind bore it
(solar) within it and the earth nourished it. Father of talismans (symbol) and keeper of wonders (science). Perfect in power that reveals the lights
(Knowledge - Illumination). It is a fire (cycle) that became our earth. Separate the earth from the fire (evil-refiners fire) and you shall adhere
more to that which is subtle (God) than that which is coarse (material), through care and wisdom (knowledge is not enough). It ascends from the earth
to the heaven (rising to the source rather than away - like a river). It extracts the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing
the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of the lights. Therefore, the darkness (contrary to illumination) flees from it. The
greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle and it penetrates all that is coarse. The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the
formation of the macrocosm. The scholars made this their path (Science). This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom. This is his last book
that he hid in the catacomb."
According to the ancient Greeks, Thoth (Hermes) was the originator of astronomy, astrology, the science of numbers, mathematics, geometry, land
surveying, medicine, botany, theology, civilized government, the alphabet, reading, writing, and oratory. I mention Hermes in relation to this
article for a simple reason that will become apparent later. If you think I may be a bit off topic, just hold on to your mouse a few more minutes.
According to Buddhism, the world is a mirage. Pre-Christian philosophy such as Hermeticism, Buddhism and Confucianism can be valuable as historical
perspectives. But, do they represent any truth? I would argue that they reflect a larger truth that was common knowledge in early antiquity. In an
earlier article, I stated that Confucius wanted what was best for the people, Buddha searched for enlightenment and Christ was the enlightenment.
Confucius and Buddha were obviously not Christians in 500BC. Nevertheless, these verses from the Dhammapada seem to be clear:
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
13. The World
Follow the way joyfully
Through this world and on beyond!
For consider the world - A bubble, a mirage.
See the world as it is,
And death shall overlook you.
Come, consider the world,
A painted chariot for kings,
A trap for fools.
But he who sees goes free.
As the moon slips from behind a cloud And shines,
So the master comes out from behind his ignorance And shines.
The world is in darkness.
How few have eyes to see
How few the birds
Who escape the net and fly to heaven!
The Avatar of Hinduism
An Avatar is an incarnation of a being, manifested into a human form. From the oldest religion on the planet, we clearly see a similarity to the
first idea of the body being a bio-mechanical suit. But for what? What is the reason? Should we really be looking everywhere for an answer? It is
my belief that God does not waste an opportunity to point to His work. I do not believe that anyone is discarded by God simply by geography or people
group. His ways are not our ways.
As we travel back toward the Bible for answers, I want to draw your attention to the soul. What is the soul? As most religions and new age tradition
state, the soul is the connection of the spirit to the flesh. Does this fit with our journey through the hidden reality of the universe? What
exactly have we found?
Although there is no way to prove this idea, reincarnation has been around since the dawn of man. There is good reason to ask the question as the
Bible hints here and there to the mystery. The Hebrew mystics take it for granted. Many early Christians, such as Origen, held a firm belief in
transmigration of the soul until Justinian declared it a heresy in 545 AD. How many heretical beliefs turned out to be true? Is this necessarily a
poor reflection of Biblical truth? Semantics and interpretation have a way of veiling certain ideas, so I will concede the possibility with no fear
of Papal decree.
“If anyone asserts the fabulous preexistence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema. (The
Anathemas against Origen), attached to the decrees of the Fifth Ecumenical Council, A.D. 545, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., 14:
As I come close to the end of the conjecture, I mention divine justice in relation to evil. The reason for this relates to the implications of
transmigration. Many people choose atheism because of the presence of Evil in the world. After all, how can a just God allow evil? If you have been
in the world before—maybe many times before, in all different situations—then divine justice and evil are proper tools for education. One life
seems a bit short, but then again I'm not the judge. Although I cannot prove transmigration as a reality, it definitely is a concept that has stood
the test of time.
Seven Hermetic Principles
I told you I had mentioned Hermes for a reason, but I am still not ready to give you the answer. I would first like you to examine the seven
principles of hermetic philosophy that are found in the Corpus Hermeticum.
I THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM
According to the Corpus Hermeticum, the universe is a construct within the mind of God. We are part of that mind in relation to the axiom, “As
above, so below,” which is the second principle of Correspondence. For Hermes, God was the source of all. Nothing exists outside of God for
materials, so a mental projection is the best metaphor we are able to understand. Our consciousness is an autonomous image of this projection
possessing free will.
II THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE
As above, so below. As below, so above.
III THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION
According to Hermes, all you know is in a state of vibration and movement. Do you remember when I mentioned string theory before? Hermes said it all
along. As long as we are mentioning vibration, do you realize that in the time you have read this article, you have traveled thousands of miles in
space? The Earth is moving; the sun is moving; the galaxy is moving, and all of it floating in Dark Matter and Dark Energy that cannot be observed,
making up a full 90% of what “Science” claims to understand. Like two people playing ping-pong on a train, you move in relative motion to the
world around you. I say two people playing because two is an accurate metaphor for the duality of mind and body that makes the one 'you'.
IV THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY
"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but
different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." All opposites are only a degree of the same,
like temperature is to degrees on the thermometer. This explains the paradoxical nature of truth. Yours may be higher than mine, but neither as high
as God's ultimate understanding. Contradiction in the Bible can be explained within this understanding. Differences in religion can be seen as
differing degrees of the same.
V THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM
"Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the
swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates."
VI THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT
"Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are
many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law."
VII THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER
"Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes."
What about our own creations? Sims is a popular game where virtual people exist in a computer reality of energy, created by the words of ones and
zeros, projected, by light, to a monitor for the creator of the reality to enjoy. Imitation is said to be the ultimate form of flattery. Maybe God
enjoys my feeble attempt at explaining His infinitely complex virtual world from a chair, looking into my second virtual world (computer screen), and
remotely transmitting this muse to other like-minded individuals. What do these experiences reveal to us? The answer to it all is education and
growth; autonomy and loving-kindness to all. The ability to create without actually doing harm. Learning the hard way, but only in your mind. This
is conjecture I suppose. But then again, God seems to reveal Himself in a mystery for us to unravel.
Only one Truth Stands
So far, we have examined the evidence form the Bible, science, Hermes, Buddha, Hinduism and further considered divine justice and the unknowable
mysteries of the wheel of life. Can we trust any of these sources?
It is my opinion that we can trust only the biblical source as our guide in life. It has always been my opinion that truth can be found in any
perspective you look as long as the Bible is our foundation for truth. The main tool of any adversary is wrapping truth in counterfeit form. For
more on my thoughts on this topic, consult some of my earlier posts.
Finally! We get to the point. Is reality real, or is it just real to us? Here is how I see it:
...But before I get there, one more Hermetic thought. Nothing can rise above its source. Unlike a river that can only flow away from its source, we
can rise toward our source, but not above. Are you more complex than the earth; the sun; the moon? Yes. What does that tell you about your source?
What does that tell you about pride (rising higher in your mind than God)? What does that tell you about humility? Altruism?
And the point of it all in metaphor:
Correctly understanding ancient truth is the key to decoding the operating system of the universe. These laws of the programmer represent the roots
from which the rest of the tree of life springs forth to bear fruit. Two become one and then repeat. This blueprint of the universe is then carried
forward to connect consciousness, by an unobservable process, to the material design of the reality we currently sense. The spirit, which represents
our true essence, is connected by the soul (like a modem) to the sensory vehicle. Like the Avatar, the spirit seamlessly controls our bodies.
Reality is found in the Holy Spirit of the biblical God. The material world is merely energy formed into a story to teach faith, hope and love. When
this reality fades away, only the love you find will remain. The vain philosophies of men we be left behind. When you finally wake up to true
reality for the last time, what will the story of your life (lives) tell?
I hope my conjecture has helped you realize that hope can only come from faith in the love that God shows us through the biblical message of
scripture. It is my prayer that all of humanity wakes from the illusion of the material world and empty philosophies of men. Until then, stay
hermetically sealed from the world and believe in Christ. The rest will take care of itself.
Am I correct in my muse? You be the judge. However, show compassion if you comment! Consider what the Bible tells us in Hebrew about the illusion
of the material world:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we
understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
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