"You have been told that the Earth and all things belonging to it are but the outer manifestations of My Idea, which is now in the process of being thought into perfect expression.
"You have been shown that My Idea is responsible for all created things, and that It is both the Cause and the Reason for all manifestations, yourself and your brothers and sisters included, all of which have been thought into existence by Me, the One Original Thinker and Creator."
Is it so? What actually is the origin of all?
There are various scenarios for the actual origins of life, the nature of existence, and the place of humankind in the grand scheme of things such as — there is:
a 'supreme authority and law-maker' e.g., YHWH, who demands strict obedience, compares himself with other gods and sends 'his people' into war against those who don't serve him, or
a 'heavenly father' who created humans (through the Elohim?) and sent his only-begotten son to save 'his children' from their condition of sin or
an 'I AM' of pure consciousness with an idea and a will, who set into motion the process of manifestation. According to 'The Impersonal Life,' the 'big idea' (big-eyed deer) is that the I AM will shine forth perfectly and become fully manifest through humans.... or,
there was a random event or series of events in which humans developed over millions of years from the process of biological evolution.
The first two seem to depict a rather personal God and the last two are more impersonal. Of what value is it to know the nature and character and purposes, if any, of the Unmoved Mover? It is of all value to those who have set upon the journey of realizing themselves as the One Being in human form. Is that vision the fulfillment of an idea of the I AM, part of the design of nature for the expansion of a conscious universe, or a potential which naturally reveals itself in the unfolding mystery? Only by knowing O.B. intimately will I ever know.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at Boston College, writes,
"Now the whole universe is a vast, interlocking chain of things that come into existence. Each of these things must therefore have a cause. My parents caused me, my grandparents caused them, et cetera. But it is not that simple. I would not be here without billions of causes, from the Big Bang through the cooling of the galaxies and the evolution of the protein molecule to the marriages of my ancestors.
"The universe is a vast and complex chain of causes. But does the universe as a whole have a cause? Is there a first cause, an uncaused cause, a transcendent cause of the whole chain of causes? If not, then there is an infinite regress of causes, with no first link in the great cosmic chain. If so, then there is an eternal, necessary, independent, self-explanatory being with nothing above it, before it, or supporting it. It would have to explain itself as well as everything else, for if it needed something else as its explanation, its reason, its cause, then it would not be the first and uncaused cause. Such a being would have to be God, of course. If we can prove there is such a first cause, we will have proved there is a God."
Here is another scenario. The Nameless One, given many names by humans, is someone or something not accessible for dissection by human thought. To me, O.B. (the One Being) is my True Self and the True Self of all that is. Pure consciousness. Universal, unconditional love. We have no words for it, really. All that has ever been experienced or known by humans is the surf on the shore of a vast ocean.
In this scenario, the first events of creation were set in motion by the emanation of O.B.'s own qualities and presence. Waves of these emanations formed the first sub-atomic particles, which joined to atoms, to molecules and so on. Forces of nature came into existence to give order, balance and design to the manifestation in matter of the One Being. But, is it motivated by what O.B. wills — or powered by what O.B. is?
'The Impersonal Life' goes on to say,
"We will now trace the course of that Idea from the beginning, through Its various stages of Earth expression, as well as the process of My Thinking that Idea into Its present state of manifestation.
"In the beginning, at the dawn of a new Cosmic Day, when the Word consciousness was just awakening and the stillness of Cosmic Night yet prevailed, I The THINKER, conceived My Idea.
"This My Idea of My Self in manifestation in a new condition, called Earth expression, I saw completely pictured in the mirror of My Omniscient Mind. In this mirror I saw the real Earth shining forth brilliantly in the Cosmos,—a perfect Sphere, where all the Infinite phases, attributes and powers of My Divine Nature were finding perfect expression through the medium of Angels of Light, living Messengers of My Will, My Word in the Flesh, even as It is in the Celestial World of the Eternal.
"I saw My Self manifesting outwardly as Nature, and My Life as the vivifying and evolving Principle back of all Manifestation. I saw Love, the Divine Creative Power, as the animating and vitalizing Force back of all Life, and My Desire to give perfect expression to that Love as the Potential and Real Cause and Reason of the birth of My Idea.
Further on, Chapter 8 says that in reality the I AM has no Desire, "for I AM All Things, and All Things are of Me." With this I agree. Then the author wrote, "I need only to think and Speak the Word to produce results," and this sounds like a human perspective.
I question that O.B. thinks, speaks or is interested at all in producing results. My sense is that O.B. simply is, and Nature (powered by O.B.'s emanations) creates and evolves for effective overall sustainability. Nature is the intelligent designer, and removing the One Being from it would be like taking the batteries out of your favorite toy.
In my imagination, O.B. and Nature are having a conversation. O.B. refers to "my idea" of evolution, culminating in a human who would consciously express the One Being. Nature shoots back, "Hey, it was my idea first!"
Does Nature have a mandate from O.B.? That would imply a will of the One Being, and it doesn't feel that way to me. However, as a natural happening, nature provides the vehicle for the expression and expansion of the One Being. Beyond that, Nature apparently loves diversity and has developed its own laws to maintain homeostasis in the multi-verse.
While emanating itself, O.B. gives certain qualities and characteristics to the particles and wavicles. Those beam outward, filtered by immense distances to a diluted form which we third dimensional humans experience as the eternal qualities, such as compassion, courage and confidence. Distortion, fragmentation, interference and the deliberate deception of certain entities make earth life and the experience of absolute reality a more challenging game.
The multi-verse of existence is full of life in all dimensions. Some of those life forms have been involved in earth life and are characterized by humans as gods or angels or aliens. For me, focusing on them is a distraction and vain speculation — unless Life brings them directly into my awareness and experience. I am happy to know the One Being and be, along with O.B. and Nature, the kaleidoscope of creation turning, the mystery unfolding.
Is there more we can know about the One Being? We can only know O.B., not about it. Any experience of O.B. framed into words has lost the potency and essence of the experience. I have a feeling that O.B. observes, expresses and perhaps experiments and can be known by humans in a unique, intimate and conscious way.
O.B. fills everything, but humans can experience pure consciousness only to the extent individual awareness doesn't prevent it by its preconceptions, limitations and constrictions. O.B. will only go in individual consciousness where it is invited.
'The Impersonal Life' goes on to say,
"In the Eternal there is no Time, or Space, or Individuality, and it is only by reason of the phenomenon of Thought being born from the womb of Mind into the world of Matter that the illusions of Time, Space and Individuality occur; the thought, or Creature, acquiring the consciousness of separateness from its Thinker or Creator."
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