A uni-verse [the One-Story]; a tale being told:
The world does not consist of “things”, but of interactions — and it is the interactions that give the appearance of “things”. All “things” are fundamentally a verb. But the base-“stuff” of all creation [at the deep-down and far-in level] — the noun, is the same. What makes the variety of created things that we can observe in the universe consists of the “verb” the one-thing is doing.
Like a whirlpool, we appear as a static-and-solid form — but what we are is actually quite dynamic-and-fluid. Your body’s cells are in a constant process of dying-out and replacing themselves: every moment, every day, every month — year-by-year. Most of what you “know” was experienced by cells that have long-since been sloughed and replaced with new ones.
When you eat or breathe — your cells [which are communities of atoms] are designed so that they will be put in close proximity to the food or air [which are also communities of atoms] under conditions conducive enough for the right kind-of chemistry to happen — and allow some of these atoms to trade places.
Your skin does not separate you from the world — it’s the bridge through which the external environment flows into you, and you into it. Because of your skin, you have a definite form/shape that others can recognize, but [as the whirlpool is a constant flow of water] the whole world is constantly moving through you. All the cosmic radiation, all the water, food, and minerals, all the air, even the feelings and sensations — are a stream of everything, flowing right through “You”. And you spin that stream into a constant form — a wave that I can wave to, and call “You”.
This is why you can take the particles of my body, bury them in the ground, and have them go on to become:
- the fiber of a toadstool
- the lignin of an oak tree
- the petals of a dandelion
- the keratin of the hair of a rabbit
- starch in a potato
- O2 for you to breathe
- and CO2 to buffer your blood
But none of that would cause the “Me” [the stream of consciousness and torrent of particles that you would have seen, experienced, and known as “Me”] to be lost. When resurrected, I cannot get ALL of the particles that made-up my body — because during the decades of living, there were never any ONE set of atoms that were ever “mine”.
Some of the particles I “had” as a child already went on to become part of something/someone else before I even died. And some of the atoms that “belonged” to me at the time of death were fertilizing a blade of grass before the time appointed for the resurrection.
“I” am not the particles of my body — I can’t be the “pieces” because those are constantly changing [even right now, at this very moment]. My cells are each a constant flow of atoms and electrons: from the environment, through me, and back-out again.
“I” am this unique arrangement of nucleotides, amino acids, and minerals — a spell(ing) of alphabetic compounds [A-T-C-G; Met-Lys-Cys-Thr-Arg-Phe; C-H-O-Na-Fe-Ca-P]. The “Me” is the energy that informs [or gives form] to that dynamic stream [or flow] of particles — making them constantly appear as the continuous form everyone perceives and relates to as Me.
The power of the resurrection does not give me the same particles back — because those are irrelevant. There never were any “specific pieces” that made me, “Me” anyway. The power of the resurrection is the moment when my unique arrangement of particles is made physical again.
The Supreme Being [the Ultimate Doing], the principle verb:
“Being” is a verb word — and we are Human-beings, and God is the Supreme-Being. God is that this-or-that one Actor or Actress who is being “God” — rather, God is the “verb” that we can all do [see The Doctrine of Identity].
Those who obtain the ability to do the works of God, to be the Supreme Being — will be the ones who have the capacity to reorganize their physical form and keep it in the kingdom of God.
On the other hand, those who fail to obtain this ability will lose all power to maintain the highly-organized state of “existence”. Their physical body [the “pieces”] will go on to provide form for other creations, while their spirit/consciousness [the “energy” that informs the pieces] will be lost to entropy, becoming an indistinguishable bit of the cosmic radiation background.
Which category you find yourself in depends entirely upon which “spirit doth possess your body at the time that ye go out of this life,” because that’s the “same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world,” — whether that be
- the spirit of the devil
- or the spirit of the Lord
Works/Doings of the Flesh [which will have an end]:
now the works of the flesh are manifest
which are these
- sexual misconduct
- ritual impurity
- indulging the pleasures of the senses
- use or administration of pharmakeia
- fiery anger
- dividing into divisions
- and sects
- engaging in revelry and debauchery
and other things of like kind
of which I tell you now
as I have also told you before
that they which do such things
shall not receive inheritance in
the kingdom of god
because their hearts are set
so much upon the things of this world
and aspire to the honors of men
[and] they do not learn
this one lesson —
that the rights of the priesthood
are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven
and that the powers of heaven
cannot be controlled nor handled
only upon the principles of righteousness
that they may be conferred upon us
it is true
but when we undertake to
- cover our sins
- gratify our pride
- gratify our vain ambition
- exercise control
- exercise dominion
- exercise compulsion
upon the souls of the children of men
in any degree of unrighteousness
the heavens withdraw themselves
the spirit of YHVH is grieved
and when it is withdrawn
to the priesthood
or the authority
of that man
before he becomes aware of it
he is left unto himself
to kick against the pricks
to persecute the saints
and to fight against god
we have learned
by sad experience
that it is the nature
of almost all men
as soon as they get a little authority
as they suppose
they will immediately begin
to exercise unrighteous dominion
Upon death, we will each of us find that the laws of physics which had [until that point] allowed us to:
- force air into our lungs by manipulating air pressure differences between our chest cavity and the atmosphere
- force gases to exchange at our lungs and tissues by taking advantage of the partial pressures of the various gases
- prevent our bodies from going right through physical objects [including the ground] by relying on the electromagnetic repulsion of the electrons surrounding our body and the electrons surrounding the other objects
- rob food of its low-entropy/high-energy value by chemically stripping the carbons and the electrons from the fats and starches and giving back out high-entropy/low-energy waste products
will have ceased to work “just so”.
The present, mortal environment does not respond to the informing commands of our spirit out of respect for our level of righteousness. Rather, in His mercy, the Lord has commanded the physical elements here to allow us to push them around and force them — regardless of righteousness or our lack thereof.
They are presently voluntarily-submitting to God’s request — and this is why we are presently able to manipulate the elements that make up our mortal existence, according to a specific set of laws that we’ve observed, studied, and defined as “The Laws of Physics” [see The seeds of the powers of godliness].
Upon death — God’s merciful probation with the physical elements ends. The elements will again respond as they always have — according to the principles of free-agency, consent, and respect. If we have not learned to command our will in the universe according to the principles of righteousness — then we will find ourselves in an awful situation in the afterlife. For it will be impossible for your spirit [your “soul” or “consciousness”] to force the elements to do anything against their will.
You will find yourself with an insatiable desire to eat, the feeling of unquenchable thirst, the perpetual sensation of suffocation — but have no way to alleviate the feelings. You will find yourself pulled-down by gravity into the central portion of the earth’s outer shell — a place of immense heat and crushing pressure, a “spirit prison” or hell [see Teachings on hell and the spirit world].
Once at the center of hell, gravity pushes you equally in all direction. Therefore, your body will act like an astronaut’s does while in orbit. You will have no power to move this-way or that-way. There is nothing your spirit could “act upon” in order to move around.
In fact, the only way you will be able to “move” at all is by Satan moving you around [as he desires you to be moved] by pulling on the chains of hell attached to the base of your head [see How to receive what you ask for].
This makes you entirely subject to him — which is the very definition of “damnation”:
if they be evil
to the resurrection
of endless damnation
being delivered up to the devil
who hath subjected them
which is damnation
Works/Doings of the Spirit [which will continue in perpetuity]:
but the fruit of the spirit is
- moderation and self-control
there is no law
no power or influence
can or ought
to be maintained
by virtue of the priesthood
it can only be by
- and meekness
- and genuine love
- pure knowledge
the holy spirit shall be thy constant companion
and thy scepter
an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth
and thy dominion
shall be an everlasting dominion
and without compulsory means
it shall flow unto thee forever and ever
Divinity is found in being bound to the most, serving the most, and being connected to the most – not vice-versa. The nature of reality, rather than being monotheistically ONE, is [on its basic, fundamental level] polytheistically MANY. A plurality of intelligences.
The revelation of God in the scriptures is that the governing Power of existence is a Personage that relates to the universe with [what the Hebrews called] “chesed” – the loving-kindness and compassion of a God who relates to us with the level of intimacy that is only the result of “beriyth” – or a covenant.
God is not self-existent – for He does all things, including creation, through voluntary covenant with free entities. Creation was an act of council – of covenant between free and independent agents. This actually means that He is bound to all things. And a “self-existing” Being is independent and cannot be bound.
This is why God could “cease to be God”. Our heavenly Father is “God” because of the covenant He has bound Himself into, with us. His covenant relationship with creation means He exists for/because of us – not Himself. Likewise, all things exists because they have bound themselves in covenant with God. That’s why those who breach the terms of this covenant return to “their own place” in outer darkness – where there is no existence.
Neither the elements of the universe, nor God, are self-existing or independent — because the existence of both parties is a covenant relationship with the other. Both we and God are self-inter-dependent, one with another.
The unity of God, then, comes as a product – not as an ex nihilo starting point — but a result. Faith, common consent, persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, charity, etc. are not some stop-gap measures or some temporary/transient states-of-mind that we can drop once we’re “with God”.
For even the Gods must have and keep faith and must persuade and cooperate – for these things are the very fabric of the trusting engagement and co-valent, covenant relationship between all things [see Deep Waters: What would have happened if Lucifer had won the vote?]. At the very bottom [the root or base], Reality is plural and “God” is the unity, order, and cooperation that emerges from that.
Each of our Stories contributes to the Uni-story — One-verse in a Multi-verse:
The universe is a fragmented web, an ornate arabesque of energy, a flow of information that moves through all the variety of interconnected “things” – as wind or water moves. And we are sym-phonic beings — and should not be content with mono-tony: rows-and-rows of uniform, conformed, industrialized, factory-farmed, marketed, commoditzed sameness.
All of our “mono-“s [mono-theism, mono-culture, mono-gamy] share the common feature of being less robust and less diverse caricatures of a natural and diverse state of Reality. All of our –archy’s and –ism’s are just temporary, arbitrary, and illusionary attempts to control things that are what they are because they are natural, diverse, and without someone to “rule” it all.
Statists want to see God as “ordered”, “ordering”, “imposing”, etc. They pattern Him after the cosmic monoarch because they arise from cultures that were predominately monoarchy-s — and “chaos” or “undirected activity” is a problem that causes them anxiety and fight-or-flight stress. But there is nothing to be feared from “chaos” — for it is only the unknown we fear when we look upon chaos, nothing more.
It’s not about a battle between “chaos vs. order” — that’s the wrong debate. It’s about fearing the chaos or desiring the order — pitting one against the other.
LDS are at a bit of an advantage [theologically-speaking] over other Christians in this regard — because the creation of earth in our mythos is said to be an organization of “matter unorganized“. Pre-existing material, arranged and put to good use. In our creation myth — the Gods come into a space of chaos, and give it power — give it a purpose worth fulfilling.
But it’s not about “fighting” chaos with order or about embracing chaos “over” order. For example, the family is an ordered unit. The higher entropy [greater disorder, “chaos”] state would be for each of the members to exist as separate ego-islands, unto themselves. Yet we order ourselves into families — and are protected against the effects of entropy by virtue of our organization as a community [called “family”].
And our brains aren’t active by virtue of having some “King Neuron” who runs the whole show — rather it has its strength according to the number of connections running between all the neurons together.
All enduring communities are organized in a more fractal, nature-like interplay and cooperation between the unique units.
I don’t want not to be “anti-order” — rather anti-archy: the imposed order, force, coercion, or compulsive order. Any “-archy” is that linear, meccano-like corporate conformity and mono-tonous sameness. It says to tie-up all your sticks into neater and tighter bundles, making sure they are all the same size and length — it’s strong like a brick-wall is strong.
Any an-archy says, let things organize theirselves as they will naturally tend to when they’re left alone — like the cellular cooperation within and between a body’s organs, like atomic cooperation between fundamental particles. The life in this universe is absolutely built-upon the enduring qualities of such interactions and communities.
Human interactions, then, become less of an oppressive power-pyramid — and something more like a dance, something that we could imagine to be fun to experience with others [see Gimme some a that Mormon-hippie love, with a side of anarchy].
It works like nature does [which can seem “chaotic”, depending on how you look at it] — without an outside foreman being habitually obeyed by the “underlings”.
The very people who fear chaos and therefore try to use means of imposed order — end-up causing more chaos. When order is imposed, when interactions are controlled — from above or from outside [out of obligation or “duty”] things get out of a natural equilibrium or balance — and get more out of control.
Until we end-up spending all our energy fighting to control what our attempts at control have caused. These will always tend to dehumanize the very people it’s seeking to “serve” by “giving them order” — and those it tends to dehumanize most, are the ones who think they lead it.
When fear drives your actions — it doesn’t quite matter what the goal is, how noble or honorable it may be — fear is still driving, and it will lead nowhere worth going.
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