I have not yet seen the film The Tree of Life although the title alone draws my interest. This particular sequence depicts the creation in a manner that is very similar to the creation sequence in the presentation of the LDS temple endowment. In both instances, we see the earth being organized and life appearing.
In this Hollywood version, we see the process of evolution being depicted and I realize that some people might have a problem with that. Personally, I do not have any problems with evolution being part of the creation process (that’s a whole other subject) but if you do, I invite you to focus on the symbolism, the principles and overall beauty of the story being told here and the surprising little gem towards the end.
At 12 minutes in you have this really powerful and thought-provoking scene that seems to be symbolically depicting the first act of grace or mercy where one dinosaur decides to not kill another one that is evidently injured or dying. What makes the scene striking is how such a thing does not fit within the law of the jungle.
In a creative twist, showing an act of mercy coming from a dinosaur rather than a human is making a bold statement. It is unexpected and makes the principle stand out even more.
It is a moment where compassion, this sense of caring and love enters the scene of creation for the first time. Like the temple video, I think we can pause on being literalistic and appreciate the principles being symbolically illustrated. Indeed, if we are to be instructed by symbolic teaching at all, we must suspend literalism and learn to view things from many facets.
All in all, I absolutely love this entire sequence and was quite amazed to find something of this nature coming out of Hollywood.Go to Comments
“One and two are considered the parents of numbers, not really numbers themselves. And they give birth to the digits three through nine, in other words, trinity to the trinity of trinities. And with that and zero you can create – everything. You know 3 and 4 and 6 and 8 and 12 are considered structural numbers, the numbers nature builds with. 5 and 10 are considered numbers of life…and then 7, 9 and 11 are considered numbers of mystery. They cannot be constructed…with a compass and straight edge. They’re mysteries, they’re here but they’re not here. Like 7, the rainbow, it’s here, the seven colors of the rainbow are there, but nobody can grab it. Seven is always about things you can’t grab, can’t hold on to, the seven notes of the musical scale…same with 9 and 11.”
(Michael Schneider, Oral Interview, YouTube)
Parental: 1, 2
Structural: 3, 4, 6, 8, 12
Life: 5, 10
Mystery: 7, 9, 11Go to Comments
This is a pretty awesome video that I suggest watching full-screened. It’s a CGI time-lapse of conception to birth and it is really well done. We may think that nothing exciting is happening around, when we live in such a rich and intricate world that we can hardly conceive of how truly amazing it really is.Go to Comments
First off, let me just say that I was really blown away by this conference; the insights presented were so rich, edifying and paradigm-shifting. Posting this today is a bit symbolic to me personally because today I celebrate two birthdays; the day I was born of my mother in the flesh and the day I was baptized by water and the Spirit by ordinances administer by my father.
As important as fathers and priesthood authority are, it is equally important to understand mothers and motherhood and how each plays an essential role in our salvation.
Just so you know, I don’t post anything on oneClimbs.com unless I feel that it is of particular value. I recommend viewing all of these videos and not skipping a single one because they build upon each other.
If you are a woman, then stop what you are doing and watch this conference!
I was the only boy in my family and was blessed with three little sisters, and as a father, I have been blessed with three little daughters, so the role and divine purpose of women is something close to my heart. I think that the information presented in this conference will be part of a greater understanding of women in the plan of salvation.
The beauty and inspired nature of LDS doctrine concerning men and women in God’s plan is seen afresh and in a new light, or perhaps, a more correct light. The truth is right there in front of us, we just don’t really understand what it is we are seeing, or worse, Read Full PostGo to Comments
Take a look at this image up above. With the exception of a few closer stars in our own galaxy that are white or orange in appearance, every blob or speck of light you see further off in this photo is an entire galaxy, each containing billions of stars that are each trillions of miles apart from one another. Now keep in mind that a telescope had to zoom so far out to capture this photo that it probably represents a pin-prick of space in the night sky from our vantage point.
If you like stuff like this be sure to check out the 360 view of our galaxy here:
LINK TO SKYSURVEY.ORG
Reflections on the “official explanation”
One of the most common theories about the origins of the universe has to do with a big bang which ends up spinning off an infinitesimal amount of gargantuan systems of stars, planets and other celestial bodies on which appear, of course, dinosaurs. Yes my tongue was somewhat in my cheek there, but it does sound just as ridiculous as any other other theory, just like the idea that a God created everything sounds ridiculous to some people.
I’ve often wondered though about the whole Big Bang concept, first of all, the premise is flawed because there would not have been a ‘bang’ in the first place since sound cannot travel in the vacuum of space.
But seriously now, before the said ‘bang’ there had to exist at least three elements Read Full PostGo to Comments
This is a pretty amazing video. If you listen carefully you can almost hear “How Great Thou Art” being sung. There are normal cricket noises being played along with the slowed down track but it’s the latter that is the most awe-inspiring. If wonder if you did the same thing to the so-called “Mormon crickets” but heard “Come, Come Ye Saints” instead ;)Go to Comments
From the Website:
The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.
Seen at a depth thousands of times more faint than the dimmest visible star, tens of millions of other suns appear, still perhaps only a hundredth of one percent thought to exist in our galaxy alone. Our Milky Way galaxy is the dominant feature, its dusty arms sweeping through the frame, punctuated by red clouds of glowing hydrogen. To the lower right are our nearest neighbors, each small galaxies themselves with their own hundreds of millions of stars.
When you start with one point and then add a second point, you have just created distance which can be represented by connecting the two points into a single line but a “line” doesn’t exist in nature just like a single point doesn’t exist in nature.
Thus, two was not considered a ‘number’ but, like one, an originator of numbers.
“In the Dyad we see the Monad refract as Two. The Dyad emphasized difference. It foreshadows the world’s apparent boundaries, conflict and echoes our own sense of separation. Opposites appear when separateness begins. (A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, by Michael Schneider – 1st ed., 36)
This is where things get interesting. Ponder the prior quote when reading Lehi’s words in 2 Nephi 2:11-13:
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.
And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
Things only exist because their opposite exists. Light can only exist because there is darkness that it is separate and distinct from. God actually creates by dividing things and placing a separation between them; one only needs to look as far as Genesis for proof of this. God divides the:
- light from the darkness (Genesis 1:4, God divided the light from the darkness.)
- the waters from the waters with a firmament (Genesis 1:6, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.)
- the water from the land (Genesis 1:9, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear)
- the plants from the earth (Genesis 1:11, Let the earth bring forth grass)
- the day from the night (Genesis 1:14, divide the day from the night)
- the animals from the sea and the earth (Genesis 1:20, 24, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life…Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind)
- the man from the woman (Genesis 2:21-22, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.)
He commanded all living things to multiply and all living cells multiply through a process known as mitosis where they will split into two to form two new cells; creation through division, division = multiplication! The implications of this are extremely fascinating to ponder and meditate on.
Some really interesting things begin to happen now when you consider the implications of two points in existence.
Two radiating points, like the waves generated by two pebbles dropped in a pond, intersect to create a shape called the vesica piscis (Beginners, 34). Interestingly, the vesica piscis is a shape similar to many openings of the body like the eyes, the mouth, vocal cords and our reproductive openings through which life passes into this world.
The number two or the vesica piscis can represent:
- Creation (through the birth portal or by speech)
- Witnesses (2 witnesses)
- Man & Woman (as co-creators)
- A Veil (The clothing of a spirit in flesh through birth)
- Opposition (the creation of a ‘difference’)
- Vision (the portal of the eye which light passes through)
- Mouth (vocal cords vibrate producing sound which generates words. God speaks and intelligence organizes itself accordingly)
- Portal between worlds (pre-mortal life to mortal life, the all-seeing-eye of God piercing the veil)
- Christ (as the Creator)
The vesica picies as a mouth may have reference to God speaking and things forming into existence. By his Word were all things created; so it is interesting that an early Christian symbol for Jesus, who also goes by the title of “The Word”, was a fish constructed of the vesica pices. From the vesica picies, all shapes can be created and from God’s Word, all things have come into existence.
We see the vesica piscis used frequently around windows and doorways indicating a passageway for light or people. Since we look through a window we have a direct association with the eyes.
Another form the number two commonly takes is in objects. In the temple, pay close attention to where you see things in pairs. Solomon’s Temple had two pillars at the entrance to the Holy Place and these pillars even had names: Jachin and Boaz. Pillars can represent witnesses, covenants and man and woman together in marriage.
Some of the most important doctrines from creation to opposition to the relationship between man and woman can all be comprehended and represented within the number two. Two is another fascinating letter in the divine alphabet that can teach us much when understood within the context of the holy temple and scripture.
Updated: February 16, 2011Go to Comments