Macrocosm: the harmonious order of the natural Universe.
Mesocosm: the harmonious order reflected in the organization of society, in art, architecture, music, and sacred objects made by people.
Microcosm: the harmonious order of the Macrocosm reflected in miniature within the human being.
These explanations were provided by Michael S. Schneider in his DVD A Journey From 1 to 12 which is one of my prized possessions! It’s either a great companion to or a decent substitute for his wonderful book, A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe (which I highly recommend).
I like science, I like the process of discovery both in temporal and spiritual spheres (as we tend to distinguish them).
Understanding will always be limited by knowledge, we can’t understand what we don’t know; those things that lie outside of our perception. But as the scope extends, we can perceive and understand more, “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (D&C 50:24)
Some things take a looooong time to figure out, and when we do find new answers, they are accompanied by new questions – it never ends. I like the idea that we can explore indefinitely, everyone wants final answers and to put it everything in it’s own little box. More and more, though, I think the thrill of discovery and exploration is often more satisfying than ‘arriving.’
Are we so concerned with understanding everything that we don’t take time to appreciate anything?
We have people sitting on this planet that are ‘bored’ and they don’t realize that they live in this amazing existence filled with vast incomprehensible energy. The same patterns observed in the macro scale can be observed in flowing water, plants, animals, and the human body – these archetypal patterns flow through everything.
If you’re bored, you’re just not paying attention. The ability to observe, to be aware, and to appreciate is truly mind-blowing.
“All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” Alma 30:44
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines denote as:
DENOTE, verb transitive [Latin To note or mark.] 1. To mark; to signify by a visible sign; to indicate; to express.
I would like to thank a new friend of mine for an observation he made in a recent email exchange:
“I thought I understood the idea of stand ye in holy places, but now I see it as, ye stand in holy places. What’s holy and sacred in us, goes where we go if our intent is to be holy and sacred.” (Emphasis added)
I like to understand how things work. I do this by trying to see relationships and patterns between things to see if they make any sense. I’ve been pondering the subject of desire for quite a bit now and in doing so the subject of “will” has entered the scene over the past several weeks.
As I pondered these things and discovered a few interesting little nuggets of wisdom, I think I’ve been able to piece a few things together that have really helped me personally.
In my studies, I have come to some conclusions about the power of will. The first step came by understanding will in a way that was somewhat new to me. It is summed up in this simple definition of faith: “Faith is intelligence exercising will”. This thought took me along another line of thinking that suggested that “the faith of any intelligence is only as strong as its will”.
So how do this all fit together? I put together a simple graphic that illustrates where I’m going with all of this.
The function of will
In pondering will, I turned to the good old Webster’s 1828 Dictionary for enlightenment. Concerning will, Noah Webster wrote:Read Full Post
Well, I guess this is “brother-in-law” day today at oneClimbs! I owe this post to Brad who emailed this to me a few hours ago, and I also posted The Enchiridion by Epictetus from my other brother-in-law.
I’ve seen the older version of this “Scale of the Universe” presentation and the new one is even better. I think it is awesome because it illustrates just how large or small we are depending on what perspective you are coming from.Read Full Post