"Schopenhauer wrote a wonderful paper on 'An Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual' . . . He says that when you go through life, this character appears, that character appears, and it all seems accidental at the time it is happening. Then when you get on in your sixties or seventies and look back, your life looks like a well-planned novel with a coherent theme. Things have happened, you realize, in an appropriate way. Incidents that seemed to be accidental, pure chance, turn out to be major elements in the structuring of this novel. Schopenhauer says, 'Who wrote the novel? You did.' " ………………Joseph Campbell, "Mythic Worlds, Modern Words
Today I received a notification on my Facebook page from the official Joseph Campbell Foundation Facebook page and the quote is what I have started this article with.
This immediately resonated with two references in scripture. The first is from the Book of Jeremiah:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." …………Jeremiah 1: 5
The second is a verse from the Gospel of Thomas where in Christ when asked “when will the end come” by his disciples, responds with the following saying:
“……………."Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death." ………….Saying 18, Gospel of Thomas
In the first verse it is the voice of God speaking to Jeremiah and we can see the personality of Godhead being isolated from man and the second verse is purely a self-knowledge. Both are pointing to a fundamental truth
The writing of Arthur Schopenhauer, the German Philosopher, reveals a timeframe of instantaneous perception of events in our lives from moment to moment and how we attach a purely accidental nature of occurrence without assigning a value to the process of emanation. This fallacy is the result of residing in the purely materialist and physical nature of any specific event. The all-important dimension of interacting unitive consciousness and web of life in which all events are played out falls outside our limited perception.
This deeper understanding is possible today if we delve into the discipline of Quantum Cosmology. Do not be perturbed by the invocation of an area of science which most of humanity finds difficult to grasp. I will try to explain in a simple language what is basically involved. In quantum physics, which is increasingly applied to cosmology, any two fundamental particle such as photons (light particle) that are derived from the same source are correlated and their functions are identical but in opposition (here we are talking of a spin of the photon -Clockwise or anti-clockwise). This correlation is instantaneous and is not limited by the four dimensional space-time construct. If all the photons which are the most abundant entity in the manifest world and through which we observe any event and were created moments after (400,000 years after the Big Bang is a very small period) the Universe came into existence (Universe is 13,700,000,000 years old) and could be termed as the first manifest creation (this is coincident with the scripture) then all that is manifest and derived from this first source are entangled and correlated.
It is a misperception in human mind of events in a time frame which causes the classification as past, present and future. In the cosmos the light or the photons we see today coming from a Galaxy or a star from vast distance of millions of lightyears (a lightyear is the distance which the photon has taken to travel in one year, this is equal to 9,500,000,000,000 kilometres) are always in correlation.
This means what we see as something that originated in the distant past, remote in space is the very same thing that is a direct derivative of what happening at the present location and it will be the same that will cause what will happen in the future but we do not have the capacity in our perception to go beyond space-time. The universe does not exist is a four dimensional manifold but in a multi-dimensional enfolded structure.
The fundamental reality in the Cosmic domain is entirely different from the reality in our physical and sensory reality.
It is through an emergent phenomenon that we inhabit a place and time in this cosmos but this emergence is a pre-programmed ‘integral consciousness derivative’ to which we have no access.
The way to gain access to this higher level of consciousness is through spiritual plane which is resident deep within our consciousness which has the same construct as the deeper reality of the universe. Tools that are available are the scriptures, mythologies, contemplative existence and to essentially access the deeper knowledge revealed by science.
In Chaos theory the emergent properties of a system are basically determined by the initial conditions. In order to understand chaotic systems we need to appreciate the interconnectedness of all existence which has been pointed to us by Quantum physics and by the wise sayings of spiritual masters.
Let me end this article with an observation by a leading contemporary thinker, who is both a physicist and a System Theorist:
“Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated "building blocks," but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object's interaction with the observer.” …………………..Fritjof Capra
Love to you all.