Is There a Place in Politics for Divine Grace?
Before you read this post, if you are even interested in doing so, I will help you to understand my perspective of this topic. First, I am not referring to anyone’s specific religion when I use the word divine. Although some attributes of one’s religion may contain elements of the divine, claiming to be religious does not mean you are aligned with the divine in a much more universal sense as described here. It has nothing to do with morality or judgment. And grace is not something dished out to deserving people by some capricious God.
What is Divine Grace then, and can it play a part in politics? In the book What Ever Happened to Divine Grace, by Ramon Stevens, “Divine Grace is the creative, motivating power or energy of your life and the entire universe. Divine means the source of this creative, motivating energy is beyond your normal ideas regarding the physical universe.” It is therefore meta-physical.
Meta in English is from the Greek preposition and prefix meta (μετά-) meaning “after” or “beyond”. In this sense, metaphysical means a divine concept beyond the normal interpretation of physical reality as perceived by the 5 physical senses.
When I first started studying Physics, the subject as a scientific body of knowledge was defined in my first text as “the fundamental science of that natural world.” Physics was understood by studying the proofs of certain theorems that then became laws using the language of mathematics and experimental observations.
Of course, the natural world was meant to include only what could be sensed by the 5 physical senses that humans use to perceive the world. Any phenomenon that was “beyond” that definition; i.e., the metaphysical, simply was not true, not natural, and did not exist. End of discussion. This was classical physics. The phenomenal world of factual direct experience, no matter how revealing or how powerful, just simply was not a valid scientific experience.
Contrast that worldview with the 21 century quantum physicists, theoretical physicists, and astrophysicists who are grappling with using mathematics to maybe prove the existence of parallel universes, multidimensional existences, that time really does not exist, that space is really curved, that we may live in a virtual reality of another beings “video game”; or even that we may have counterpart personalities living parallel lives in some other dimension.
Out–of-the-box thinking that came about through quantum physics changed everything in the scientific worldview and is still changing it. Topics that were ignored once because science had no explanation for them are now being discussed in metaphysical terminology and trying to be proven mathematically.
There are more mind boggling concepts than those I have listed below. I am not making this up. If you want to be up to date on modern thought in the world of Physics, just sit down in front of the marvelous technological inventions of flat screen TV or your computer screen and watch the latest full season of the Discovery Science Channel series Through The Worm Hole narrated by that great actor who has played god in the cinema, Morgan Freeman.
You will see that the definition of Physics is clearly being redefined from what it was in that first text I studied in 1961. It is certainly a revolution in thinking that will lead to a completely revised worldview. My opinion is summed up in a quote from the book The Evolution of Physics, authored by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield:
“Science is not, and will never be a closed book. Every important advance brings new questions. Every development reveals, in the long run, new and deeper difficulties”.
I will add that the “difficulty” arises because of the reluctance of those trying to hold on to their old outmoded worldviews, not wanting to change beliefs that would upset their “apple cart” of understanding. A similar scenario of changes as described above for science, hold true for religious beliefs and worldviews as well.
The great divide and the enormous wedge driven between the two big political parties, by the right leaning religious conservatives, by intent, has created a situation that will not be as easily reconciled as the dilemma described above regarding scientific beliefs and how they change .
What both the old ideas of thinking, regarding religion and science have done, working jointly, is to deny any existence of divine grace without judgment, is to proliferate fear, war, destruction of Nature, and a feeling by a majority, that they may be living a life without valid meaning or purpose, based on what has been experienced in the past.
So, as a field of applied physics, Meta Physics could be described as the study of the laws of the universe that describe the creative and motivating power, or energy, of all life, ALL That Is, anywhere in the entire universe or universes including, but not limited to, our incomplete understanding of what we call physical reality.
There just may be a Physics that applies to the Unknown reality, just as there is a Physics that applies to physical reality; a reality that some physicist says is an illusion anyway.
One of the most profound laws of physics, e=mc², formulated by Albert Einstein, says that there is an equivalency existing between matter and energy. The magnitude of this equivalency is factored by the speed of light, c, squared. This light speed factor is an enormous number using conventional thinking. The speed of light is approximately 186,000 miles per second of clock time. That speed squared is 34,596,000,000.
Therefore the factor in the equivalency is 34 billion 596 million. To be more precise, the speed is if the “particle” of light was traveling in a vacuum. This is no small potatoes. You may feel I have gotten off track a little. In reality I just want you to try to get a perspective of the unthinkable amount of energy contained in the matter in our visible universe only.
How this energy was originally created, no one knows and I suspect, probably never will. What is or was the source of this energy? Science only explains the source as a miracle (of course they don’t use that word) they call the Big Bang.
One instant there was no matter at all, and the next instant, all the matter of the universe came into existence and started expanding very rapidly and then coalescing. Since the originating source of all this enormous amount of energy is beyond any physical explanation science can offer, it must truly be metaphysical, or beyond the physical, this puts it in the realm of the Divine.
Again, according to the full definition of Divine Grace in Ramon Stevens’ book:
“Divine Grace is the motivating power of your life and universe. Divine means the source is beyond your physical universe; grace means that the divinity rides on a loving, buoyant intent which seeks always to carry you to your own greatest fulfillment.”…There is a greater level of wisdom at work in our lives that is a claiming voice. It is the voice of Divine Grace.”
No one can deny that energy is real and exists. Everyone does experience energy in many forms. The law of physics in the physical world known as the law of the conservation of energy tell us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but that it only can be transformed from form to another, or transferred from one object to another; meaning that the expression or manifestation of it can be altered.
One of the greatest unknowns in astronomy today is an understanding of the process of how galaxies form. There are theories, but no certainties. The galaxy-formation process has not stopped. Our universe continues to evolve. Where does all the energy that condenses into matter come from, if energy can be neither created nor destroyed?
Just what was the source of all this energy that scientist say produced a “big bang” with its resulting clouds of matter in the form of cosmic dust? Science comes up with theories about what took place after the theoretical big bang, but leave the discussion about what caused the big bang up to the philosophers and theologian.
Remember the above definition of Divine; Divine means the source of this creative, motivating energy is beyond our normal ideas regarding the physical universe. It is therefore meta-physical. The idea of Grace implies that there is intention associated with this explosion of creative energy. So, creation happens by intention, whether it is the creation of a universe, a mass event, or the creation of an individual’s personal reality.
At our level of understanding in the beginning of the 21 century, we can only theorize about who or what is at the source of creating that energy. Since there is a “something” acting as the source, we can’t really be so sure that energy is being conserved unless the source is a part of the system.
If we only consider what we see and understand as the physical universe, we cannot say for sure that the source of this physical universe supplies a limited amount of energy or not. We would have to consider the whole system including the source as a part of the system, and on and on. Maybe, the so called Law of Conservation of Energy is really just a working theory about energy in the physical world, but does not apply to the metaphysical universe, the unknown reality.
As sure as the scientist are about so many things, they still tell us now at the beginning of the 21 century that the apparent measurable amount of matter and energy in the universe does not make sense; does not add up, according to previous and current accepted theory. They theorize that in order for the universe to remain being held together, approximately 70- 95% of all matter and energy is “unknown”. It’s somewhere “out there”, they say; even all around us. If it’s out there, where does, or did, it come from? I think you begin to understand the quote above from the book by Einstein:
“Science is not, and will never be a closed book. Every important advance brings new questions. Every development reveals, in the long run, new and deeper difficulties”.
Since science has never been able to explain the source of this creative energy or the matter that coalesced, they have held to the idea and theory of a Big Bang. Maybe it is time that they explore what meta physical philosophy has been saying with vigor for the past 60 years or so, and before in some ancient writings; that energy in the form of consciousness gives rise to matter by intention, in its many and varied forms; from the atom and molecule to a biological structure as complicated as humans and the human brain.
If so, Consciousness then, may not be an accidental random happening that arises from non conscious matter by accident, but that matter is actually formed by intentional consciousness manipulating energy and slowing it’s frequency to the point that it appears solid.
This discussion cannot begin to explain - who, what, where, when, and why of consciousness. For some insight, I can direct you to that great resource of knowledge and wisdom know as the Seth material. The Seth material is a collection of books authored by Jane Roberts and they can be discovered by a few moments of Google searches.
So, how is this “greater level of wisdom at work in our lives that is a calming voice - the voice of Divine Grace,” Showing up in the 21 century?
It is showing up in the emerging revolution in ideas, thoughts and actions in our politics, our religions, our economies, our beliefs about war as a means of solving problems between nations, and our very ideas about what is reality according to science.
The voice is in the form of impulses of awareness that some change is needed and that real and lasting change begins from within – A belief that the outer reality is just a reflection of what is collectively within each individual. The real change starts within us.
To the person grounded in institutionally taught, conservative, fundamental, “right-leaning” religious ideas, the concept of divine grace means a belief in an objective creator “God” outside and above them somewhere in some place they call heaven. This father figure as projected by them is a judgmental character willing to condemn them to eternal misery, or slaughter them in vicious ways, for not living according to certain rules which have been projected onto “him” throughout history.
They attribute to “him”, this God, the human qualities of jealousy, revenge, both hate and love, disdain for the physical body, disdain for impulsive thought, submission to male authority, and blind conformity to other than self. This “God” even has children that he likes better than other children, and doesn’t mind killing the opponents of those chosen as favorites. I am not referring to any one religion here, but to all fundamentalist conservative religious sects that hold that belief.
The fundamentalist extreme conservative ideas about reality manifest in a constant struggle between the powers of good and the powers of evil. Not only is there grace and destruction from above, there is divine destruction allowed from below in some where called Hell, under control of a power objectified as Satan, where one may suffer an eternity for not pleasing their objectified “God”. All good comes from God and all not good comes from the Devil/Satan, an all powerful force of evil.
They cannot understand these ideas in terms of metaphor. In this worldview, one must love God and at the same time fear God. And their greatest fear is that God will snuff them out for not living according to the rules some other humans have set for them. They fear they could be snuffed out or killed and be faced with an eternal punishment in Hell for their mistakes, or failure to “miss the mark” (the original meaning of the origin of the word sin).
So, the two main western worldviews that have dominated our past culture are the religious one described above, or the scientific one described above that says life came about through random accidental happenings, without real purpose or design and the meaning of existence is just to propagate more random beings devoid of meaning and purpose. Only the strongest and fittest survive in a process of evolution as progressing in a linear fashion. It is in the scientific group that most people who label themselves atheist fall.
A critical survey of the world events and the continued destruction of the earth, might lead you to think neither worldview is working all that well in allowing the greatest fulfillment of every person, with the same degree of fair and just consideration. The impact and consequences of these worldviews can be seen in our politics, economies, environment and our culture. For the next year, and beyond if changes don’t take place, these worldviews will be driving the political narrative.
Even when science thinks they have “closed the book” on a subject based on how definitely the theories are presented, Einstein’s quote reference above proves right. Accepted theories portrayed as facts in education are still just theories. Recent news about the Rosetta space craft discoveries is evidence, that the book will never be closed. See the referenced link below.
“The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft contains molecular oxygen, a surprising discovery that will force scientists to rethink details of how the solar system formed.”
But still, scientists insist that consciousness was a random, illogical, mutational arising that occurred out of matter in a biological form. Most scientists cannot even look at the possibility that consciousness came first and gave rise to matter. They are so sure of their theory that they accept it as fact.
Consider the ideas below from the Seth material as contained in another blog on this site. First, I have a couple of suggestions that may help in understanding this material. The first is to let your mind be “open” for new possibilities and to “suspend disbelief”, in the impossibility of what is being shared, if only for a while.
Allow for the possibility of these ideas to be valid, even as the other “officially” accepted religious and scientifically based views about reality, which many people have held on to, were assumed valid and not questioned by most people for so long. Indeed, some beliefs currently held may have to be changed or eliminated in order for the deeper implications of this material to sink in.
Allow for the importance of not only our intellect, but also the importance of our dreams, impulses and intuitions that speak to us of a greater inner reality that we can indeed experience and practically use in our lives to guide us and to help us solve practical problems.
So, let us begin with an alternate view of reality as explained in much detail in the collected volumes of the Seth material published by Jane Roberts (and her spouse Robert Butts) and New Awareness Networks Inc. that took up the continued publication of previously unpublished material upon Jane’s death in 1984.
The original manuscripts of Jane’s are kept available today through Amber-Allen Publishing Inc. They are also available at Yale University. Yale University has in its archives, copies of all of the volumes of material that was produced over a 20 year period by Jane Roberts.
Jane has been referred to as one of the 20th century’s greatest mystics and psychics, who lived at a time when the material was shunned by most religious, scientific and educational institutions. With my paraphrasing added in some places for clarity, let us contemplate on what Seth shared with the world through Jane and Rob; and Jane’s ESP classes that she taught for about 11 years in Elmira New York.
“Consciousness Is the Vitalizing Force behind the Physical Universe. There is a basic unit of consciousness, that expressed, will not be broken down, as once it was thought that an atom was the smallest unit and could not be broken down.
The basic unit of consciousness obviously is not physical. It contains within itself innately infinite prospects of expansion, development and organization; yet within its self always maintains the kernel of its own individuality. Despite whatever organizations it becomes a part of, or how it mixes with other such basic units, its own identity is not annihilated.
The basic unit of consciousness (CU for consciousness unit) is the source of all other kinds of consciousnesses, and the varieties of its activities are infinite. It is aware energy, identified within its self as it’s self, not “personified”, but “awarized”.
The basic unit of consciousness (CU) combines with others of its kind, forming then units of consciousness – as atoms and molecules combined to form various structures. This CU is endowed with unpredictability, which allows for infinite patterns and fulfillment.
The organizations of consciousness “grow” even as cells grow into organs of the body and delivery systems within the body.
Each “particle” of consciousness is dependent on every other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole. The striving of one increases the potentially of ALL THAT IS, and this places great responsibility upon every other consciousness.”
As used in the Seth material, All That Is, is the GOD concept, but described in an entirely different way than conventional thinking.
“Consciousness forms its own organizations and psychic interactions, such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy at all levels.
Any consciousness automatically tries to express itself in all probable directions, and does so. In so doing it will experience ALL THAT IS through its own being, though interpreted, of course, through that familiar reality of its own. The structure of probabilities deals with parallel experience on all levels.
Your consciousness picks and chooses to accept as real, the results of, and ramifications of, only certain overall purposes, desires, or intents. You follow these through a time structure. Your focus allows other just-as-legitimate experience to become invisible or not felt.
Consciousness is able to hold its own sense of identity by accepting one probability, one physical life, for example, and maintaining its identity through a lifetime.
From the seemingly “chaotic” bed of your dreams, springs your ordered daily organized action. In your reality, the behavior of your consciousness and of your molecules is highly connected. Your type of consciousness presupposes a molecular consciousness, and your kind of consciousness is inherent in molecular consciousness – inherent within your system, but not basically predictable.”
Now, a quick review of the CU’s, or basic units of consciousness according to the Seth material:
Some additional advanced attributes of the CU’s are:
It seems to me, that these CU’s postulated by Seth In the 1960’s, may be the “God particle” that physicists have been searching for, and theorize they may have discovered through high energy collisions in the CERN particle accelerator, near Geneva, Switzerland, used to do research into the basic structure of matter. It is irony that the new ideas from quantum physics seem very similar to these ideas from the Seth material.
To grasp hold of the above ideas is to allow an entirely new worldview into your belief system. A worldview that supersedes the traditional religious and scientific world views described above. It is not a world view based on revenge and punishment or accidental random happenings, but one based on loving intention for the value fulfillment of all creation with equal opportunity as it is discovered individually and collectively, that through the power of your own beliefs, thoughts, intentions, and expectations, you create the reality and the events you experience.
This is true in physical reality as it is in the unknown reality, the meta-physical reality.
So, the current world of global politics is the one that has been collectively created by all on earth as the UN-manifested probabilities are manifested and played out by all the actors (all of us). Real change starts from within with new beliefs about a famous statement by a great teacher:
“Love your neighbor as you love yourself”, and according to Seth, “Your neighbor is any other person on the face of the planet”, given inalienable rights for their own value fulfillment, by their very birth.
If this writing has left you with more questions than answers, it is because the answers are within. And it is within that you must look. Not to another authority figure.
You, and all others are a part of All That Is, and All That Is, is a gestalt that is a part of you, while being far greater and much more.
Is there room in your politics for the above statements?
There is much more on this alternate worldview I speak of in the collected volumes of the material published by Jane Roberts and her husband Robert Butts. The collected works are generally referred to as the Seth material.
© Dec. 19, 2015 by John W. Robinson, Dream Awareness Network
Postscript: From the book The Return Of The Prophet by Hajjar Gibran (2008). The great uncle of Hajjar was Kahlil Gibran. “The Prophet” once again speaks through Hajjar.
“You were born in grace’s garden at the dawn of creation. Nothing more than your graciousness, can be added to the depth and breadth of grace’s splendor.
Grace speaks in soft colors and caresses your senses with benevolent whispers. She serves up a glorious banquet and does her best to awaken you for her feast. Grace carries you always homeward and forever would lead your feet to dance on the very ground that will claim them.
It is your privilege to star in the sacred play of light and shadow that was staged to celebrate your birth. Your innate polarity is projected into the presence of all that appears before you.
You may suffer in discord with your reflections, but prior to the shadow play, the light of spiritual grace shines eternally upon you.
Whether in peace or conflict, you meet what you bring; this recognition initiates your enlightenment. The measure of your attainment is demonstrated by your emanation of grace through scenes of adversity.
The grace you are after is before you always, but in fear of need you deny it. The illusion of need hangs like a veil over your eyes. To worry of want while in this garden of plenty is to cast yourself into a sequel of lack. Loosen the knot of need and remove fear’s blindfold that you may see this extravagant playhouse through the eyes of the preeminent Player.
Grace overfilled your cup long before the fear of want was conceived. Patiently she waits with delight for those precious moments when you pause to notice.”