Part 2 Illustrating the Flow of Divine Thought from Mind to Consciousness
Where we left off
In Part 1 we discussed just how we know that there is God by examining the concept through a logical and rational thoughtful mental proof. We went on to discuss the concept of universal cause – the presence of a principle absent of the concept of time and place. We concluded that causation, God if you will, is ubiquitous, and is operative in every conceivable place, and at every possible time. In the present section we will address the relationship of cause and effect and what that has to do with God and man.
An Interesting Anecdote
This observation is only for the value of entertainment: A few hours after part 1 was published, I received a comment from a doubting heckler who asked “What experiments have you done to prove that these things are true?” I assume that the questioner was asking for material and empirical evidence for the existence of God and consciousness, revealing an unwillingness to even step out of line with the world’s automatic and educated wordly assumption that both God and existence are purely material.
Evidence of Spirit can no more be found in its opposite, matter, than can the evidence of matter be found in its opposite, Spirit. Every conclusion made in Part 1 is based upon mental logic and its resulting mental conclusions. Those who recall, for example, high school geometry and its proofs will recognize that empirical evidence is not needed or used to prove the nature of what makes one triangle like to another, or what makes one angle like to another one. A geometrical proof, just like a spiritual proof, is a rational mental analysis. Mental proofs are presentations of logical sequences of thought. In geometry class it is never necessary to physically measure a triangle in order to prove a mathematical theorem about it. If the questioner had told me that she possessed a red car, it would make just as much sense for me to ask in return “What empirical evidence do you have that your car is red? I don’t believe it is red. Have you performed any material experiments to show that it is red?”
Universality revisited and reconfirmed
We ended Part 1 with a brief discussion about universality, the ever-present nature of the cause of existence. To grasp the discussions to follow, it is important to picture the operation of God as an ever operative and present principle. When we think of the divine Mind, or God, as cause, we can think of it as operating in the same manner as the principle mathematics operates. A simple easily understood analogy is the principle which establishes that 2+2=4. Here is an example of universal principle. 2+2=4 operates wherever you are, wherever I am, next door, in China, on the moon, in the next galaxy, under the ocean, or on the farthest away planet we can imagine, and there was never a moment when 2+2=4 began to be true, and there can never be a moment when it will cease to operate. 2+2=4 is, like God, universal principle. God, Principle operates with no sense of time or space. God, Principle, like 2+2=4, IS.
Moving from cause to effect
For every cause, an effect must follow. Here is what we aim to discuss: God, the universal divine Mind, being the cause of all that IS, must be seen as an effect which consciously IS, as discussed in Part 1. Remembering the ubiquitous nature of Cause, or God, there must also be associated with cause a ubiquitous effect resulting from that the great and only Cause, divine Mind, God. That resulting effect is, specifically, spiritual man. The causative knowing of Mind is made consciously manifest as man. Man consciously knows, and is the consciousness of Mind.
Before we discuss or diagram that further, let’s make it quite simple to understand by using a simple everyday example of cause and effect from the physical world. The illustration will logically show that cause and effect cannot be separated from one another. That seen and understood, it becomes clear that for God to exist without man as His effect, or for that man to exist without being caused by God, is a fallacy.
Let us consider a lug wrench operating on the wheel of your car, a wheel which is to be removed. The person turning the lug wrench is the cause of the action which will remove the wheel. The action emanates through the lug wrench, which turns. When the wrench is applied to the nuts on the wheel, the nuts have no choice but to obedient to the rotation of the wrench, and turn. Here is a simple block diagram:
That is a complete and simple illustration of the irrevocable relationship between cause and effect. But, observe what happens if we take the operator out of the picture. The cause is removed. The wrench is hanging on the lug nuts, but there is no operator, no cause, to apply rotation. Here is a simple diagram:
There is nothing to turn the wrench. Lacking a cause, the lug nuts remain stationary. Without a force to rotate that wrench, the lug nuts will never remove themselves!
Likewise, we could take the wheel, the effect, out of the picture. The wrench is being turned by the operator, but there are no nuts present to respond to the rotation being emanated from the operator. The wrench is rotating in the air, and nothing is happening. Here is a simple block diagram:
So are cause and effect tied to each other, and one cannot act without the other. God and man are linked together as cause and effect. Man’s animation can be likened to the rotation of the lug nuts. The operator who turns the wrench can be likened to God, the cause. The emanation from the cause is the medium between the cause and effect, the rotation of the wrench, can be likened to the action of Mind, knowing. That becomes easily seen when we draw the same diagrams with different names in the boxes:
That is also a complete and simple illustration of the irrevocable relationship between God and man. Let’s repeat the illustrations above. First, let us try to take God out of the picture. The cause is removed. Man lacks an active force to animate him. Without God, nothing is apparently happening because God is doing no knowing. Man would be neither animated or conscious. This is an impossible situation, just as we know that the wheel is not going to remove itself until someone turns the wrench.
Likewise we could try to take man out of the picture. God’s emanations are going out and being received by nothing, just like a wrench turning in the air with no wheel nuts attached to it. Nothing is being accomplished. God is acting with no effect and is animating nothing. No man. This we know to be an impossible situation, because we know that man exists, and that therefore consciousness IS.
God must be God to something. God’s causation must and does have an eternal effect, and that is man. Without man, God is God to nothing, and there would be therefore, no consciousness, and no awareness of being. Clearly, cause and effect cannot be logically separated. They are irrevocably linked as illustrated in this diagram, as shown above:
In our next segment, Part 3, we will go a few steps further and begin to explore the uninterruptable connection between God as Cause and man as effect. The next segment will discuss the questions “How is it that man can seem to himself to exist without God? Did God create the man who calls himself an atheist or a mortal, or is he an empty mental disguise overlying God’s real man?”