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On the unity of all things

Written by Richard Geldard

Richard Wilbur, one of great living Emersonian poets, had this to say about  the nature of
poetry:
 "I think that all poets are sending religious messages, because poetry is, in such great part,
the comparison of one thing to another... and to insist, as all poets do, that all things are related
to each other, comparable to each other, is to go toward making an assertion of the unity of all
things."

We can alwys tell when a poet or writer is "Emersonian" by their grasp of  unity.
Richard Wilbur, one of great living Emersonian poets, had this to say about  the nature of
poetry:
 "I think that all poets are sending religious messages, because poetry is, in such great part,
the comparison of one thing to another... and to insist, as all poets do, that all things are related
to each other, comparable to each other, is to go toward making an assertion of the unity of all
things."

We can alwys tell when a poet or writer is "Emersonian" by their grasp of  unity.

This passage from Emerson's essay "Plato; Or The Philosopher" sets out the principle of unity
and diversity in things, the perennial tension between the One and Many:

" This defining is philosophy. Philosophy is the account which the human mind gives to itself of
the constitution of the world. Two cardinal facts lie forever at the base; the one, and the two: 1.
Unity, or Identity; and, 2. Variety. We unite all things by perceiving the law which pervades
them; by perceiving the superficial differences and the profound resemblances. But every
mental act,- this very perception of identity or oneness, recognizes the difference of things.
Oneness and otherness. It is impossible to speak or to think without embracing both."

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[Note: The following is an excerpt from Being Consciousness Bliss (Lindisfarne. the key to understanding reality is found in knowledge of the laws that govern the universe. a gradual disintegration of the personality has been observed. The useful Key shows in which essay or lecture the words can be found. Interested readers can find more on the subject of unity by searching for the word in his works and by using the concordance. examine his use of the word. which lets us know that we are alive and well. The Irey Concordance on the site is a remarkable tool. 2001) by Astrid Fitzgersld. We know from research that when human beings are deprived of sensory stimulation for any length of time. in some cases. We tend to believe in the sole reality of matter because our senses feed us with a continuous stream of impressions that our minds process into a perception of a solid exterior reality. Not only does it show every word in the Complete Works (except for articles and pronouns) but it shows them in context. We thrive on this input and experience great comfort in the never-ceasing flow of sensory information. "What is the purpose of this furious activity?" Some people maintain that our existence here is mere accident and that there is no greater meaning to life or any higher reason for existence. we might well wonder. Yet we treasure our 2/8 . We are hardly aware that our whole lives revolve around the senses. a valuable book which leans heavily on key quotations from Emerson in its exploration of the unity of all things] EXISTENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS Astrid Fitzgerald If we consider life on this earth solely as a physical manifestation.On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard As always with Emerson. regarding the universe as a blind mechanical mass powered by chemical reactions and biological proliferation. perception is altered and circadian rhythms disturbed.

We feel pleasure when we smell freshly baked bread. Everything we see. and our 3/8 . or listen to a great symphony." We know from reports of higher states of consciousness and mystical experiences that phenomenal reality as we generally accept it tends to disappear altogether. and our bodies are nothing more than a localized disturbance in the larger quantum field that is the universe. the experience of the phenomenal world changes drastically. or yellow. or lie in a fragrant meadow. can also change our view of "normal perception. We may find that the unified field currently sought by science is just another designation for the pure consciousness of metaphysics. here randomness and simultaneity rule.On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard senses and love the objects they perceive. there is no such thing as local or permanent color in nature. we are interpreting the stimulation of the retina in response to the refraction of light from the surface of the chemical or mineral particles that we call pigments. As we "see" deeper into the subatomic realm. outlines and surfaces become transparent. and are no longer seen. all of creation. sit in a comfortable chair. The cause. causes and spirits are seen through them. sometimes referred to as "the field of pure potentiality" or "the creative principle. Higher levels of experience. But the two are not separate in reality. When we "see" an object as red. breathe the ocean breeze. it gets curiouser and curiouser! Here the law of cause and effect is no longer apparent." which exists everywhere in the universe. We also know from research that when perception is altered by drugs or pathological chemical changes in the brain. such as clairvoyance. and the reverential withdrawing of nature before its God. here mind affects matter. All this reenforces our trust in the senses and our belief in the phenomenal world as something outside ourselves. Quantum physics seems to be on the verge of "proving" the existence of pure consciousness. We enjoy the sense of comfort we feel when we stand on a solid floor." Attempts in physics and mathematics to discover the fundamental laws of nature suggest that physical reality is a nonlocal process that lies outside of the space-time continuum and derives from something beyond space and time. here there are no divisions. We derive a sense of well-being from all this sensory input. At the quantum mechanical level. Yet we know from science that. Emerson’s observation in his essay "Nature" addresses this point: "If Reason be stimulated to more earnest vision. as it does in every human being. since our perception is not yet attuned to this level. consists merely of phenomena that have their origin in the noumenon. The best moments of life are these delicious awakenings of the higher powers. Even the memory of a pleasant event or the recollection of a beautiful sight will bring about a physical reaction of ease and pleasure. will most likely remain elusive to science. however. for example. blue. taste a fine wine. only energy and information exist.

The Upanishads declare that all this universe is maya . a void beyond time and space that expands by the force of the Logos. It is not caused by a separate material thing acting on our sense organs….the web of illusion . and wisdom. time. knowledge. Advaita propounds that there is only one consciousness." Advaita . which are information.On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard present state of mind does not penetrate the dimensions of space. The Vedas teach that the whole creation and everything we behold is held in our own prakriti or Nature. the will or desire to become manifest in time and space.is everywhere. clarifies our understanding of consciousness and mind in his voluminous notebooks. we get lost in phenomena and are totally unaware of this grand design. Paul Brunton. we believe in an inverse order of existence: we literally get the 4/8 . Human beings have their lives in this consciousness and by it cognize and experience the various aspects of consciousness. it is only a part of the truth. everything begins in the Absolute. In our ignorance.the Absolute . one of this century’s most dynamic spiritual thinkers. Here is a whole philosophy congealed into a single phrase: the world is an idea. This "One" is both noumenon and phenomenon and manifests itself in multiplicity as many different forms. and returns to the Absolute. If this were all the truth then it would be quite proper to call the experience a private one. Man’s world-thought is held within and enclosed by God’s thought…. This same Creative Principle . This suggests that maya exists in our collective consciousness. Yet another principle states that all actions take place in the mind. The Buddha taught that "All is Mind. But because the individual mind is rooted in and inseparable from the universal mind. awareness. The Creative Principle is a point. and causation." Eastern teachings propound that the Creative Principle . As we go about our human affairs.the nondual philosophy of consciousness .offering the image of the spider who spins his web out of himself and then uses this self-made structure as his world. but has no absolute existence. He writes: "The individual mind presents the world-image to itself through and in its own consciousness.lies hidden in the center of every human being.that "unmoving from which all movement comes" . These ancient truths are universal and manifest at every level of the creation. Our idea of the external world is caused partly by the energies of our own mind and partly by the energies of the World-Mind. is sustained by the Absolute. who successfully synthesized Eastern and Western ideas.declares that "One alone" exists. It is a generative idea.

This "dark matter" also corresponds beautifully to the ancient Eastern concept of avyakta prakriti . and architects and artists of the present day. the remainder is perfect. when they declare in the Eesha Upanishad. a principle that may be confirmed by the latest discoveries in astrophysics. This proportion has also inspired the builders of the Gothic cathedrals. the statement also describes the properties of the Golden Mean proportion and can be used to demonstrate this enigmatic mathematical/geometrical principle. This is perfect. without limit or bounds. "That is perfect. We might thus consider the expanding Golden Mean spiral as a symbol of the lawful evolution of human consciousness and its inward movement as a sacred symbol of the return of the individual to the source of being. This is quite evident from the fact that we expend most of our energy tending to the material world. in growth patterns of flora and fauna. All this suggests that human beings are intimately linked with this law of Unity and regeneration. who in the Timaeus elaborates on the relationship between the regular solids (three-dimensional forms relating to the phi proportion) and the elements. in viruses. in combination with the Fibonacci numbers. Take perfect from perfect." The ancient sages reveal the splendor of their seemingly unlimited knowledge about the nature of existence. These "divine proportions. 5/8 ." In its universality.unmanifest nature as well as to Vedic references to "the unseen remainder. devoting little time to the development of our minds and almost totally neglecting the care of our spiritual nature. which have led to the conclusion that space contains invisible matter that is far more abundant than visible matter. The Golden Mean spiral is most evident in the patterning of seeds in the center of a sunflower. Pure potentiality is everywhere. in vortices. in the structure of the human body. Perfect comes from perfect. the artists and thinkers of the Renaissance. and in galactic formations. and even throughout the intergalactic worlds.On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard whole picture backwards. {mosimage} The Golden Mean proportions appear everywhere in organic and inorganic matter. The Creative Principle or Void is beyond time and space. yet rests coiled up and hidden. The Golden Mean proportion (whose mathematical symbol is the Greek letter N or phi) has fascinated philosophers and architects from the Egyptians to Pythagoras to Plato. and in DNA. in the shell of the nautilus." as they are known.* can be found in our solar system. It may well be the matrix underlying the outward thrust of the ever-expanding universe.

On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard {mosimage} The Golden Mean or Phi proportion can be illustrated by a point on a line asymmetrically divided such that the shorter segment is to the larger segment as the larger segment is to the whole..to the highest principle in us. or stale emotions stored in memory . the manifestation of the universe does not affect or diminish in any way the Infinite or Brahman. the Self. By referring our inquiry further up the line . or that which alone is real. Robert Lawlor. It is the most intimate relationship. the only possible creative duality within unity.. The integrity of the proportion remains the same: the remainder is perfect. The point on a line (measuring one unit) in which this statement is true is expressed as . or pure consciousness. The sages teach that union with the Self is attainable to those who desire it.618. In other words.. puts it as follows: "In a sense. gaining knowledge and wisdom through exalted experiences. We are slowly beginning to realize that the information we receive through ordinary perception may not give us an accurate view of reality or at least not the whole picture. As human beings we have the ability to turn our inquiry inward and address our higher nature. outside of a direct rapport with the initial division of unity. Others have found ways and means to explore a vast universe within themselves. that proportional existence . Here in the light of consciousness resides the higher intellect or higher reason and all knowledge.bypassing the discursive mind. This asymmetrical division is what makes dynamic expansion possible. evaluations based on the dead past. yet the entire proportional universe that results from it relates back to it and is literally contained within it.the universe . The question "what is existence?" and "what is consciousness?" can never be fully answered by science with its reliance on the senses and sense-enhancing instrumentation. . the primal or first division of One…. Some are beginning to explore new paradigms within their fields. the Golden Proportion can be considered as suprarational or transcendent. Therefore the N proportion is the perfect division of unity: it is creative. It is actually the first issue of Oneness. what remains is another perfect rectangle." Thus the Golden Mean rectangle demonstrates geometrically and symbolically what the verse from the Upanishad states poetically and philosophically: when we take a perfect square which represents This or the visible universe which is the manifestation of the Fullness of the Absolute from the Golden Mean rectangle which represents That or the Supreme Brahman. as it were. the author of Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice. An asymmetrical division is needed in order to create the dynamics necessary for progression and extension from the unity. one might say. While we lack an 6/8 . since no term of the original division steps.can have with unity.

But these tendencies are just the observable phenomena of the interaction of "information" and energy and represent but a few glorious and extraordinary facets of the One Perfection. Any number divided by the following one approximates 0. particles. nature. We are told by the Wisdom tradition that in this expanded state of human consciousness . ---------- * Fibonacci series are a set of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two previous ones: 1.D. 13. 2. or some other concepts.A Seeker’s Guide by Astrid Fitzgerald. and a passionate student of the Perennial Philosophy who has applied its principles to her life and art for more than thirty 7/8 . all these seeming "realities" or matrices exist simultaneously on one level or another. conjuring up a magnificent and eternal differentiation manifesting as the invisible and visible substance we call the universe. The sages saw this search for truth as the highest form of inquiry. 8. Ouspensky. We also need to hypothesize for the time being that an evolution of consciousness is a real possibility. randomness. the "pure Reason" of Plato or the "freedom from ignorance" of the Vedas . The reductive modern idea of a fortuitous accident propelled by a blind force hurtling through space in an endless orbit does not hold up in light of many recent scientific discoveries in physics and the study of consciousness. with the one Self. superstrings. Adapted from Chapter Eight. waves. 5. etc. writer.618. chaos. 3. and the One Consciousness that lies behind them. Whether science explains existence in terms of energy. Copyright © 2002 by Astrid Fitzgerald Astrid Fitzgerald is an artist.On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard intimate connection with reality. and life. and any number divided by the previous one approximates 1. a small act of faith is required to bridge the gap until such time that we experience it for ourselves. these being a mathematical expression of phi or the Golden Mean.it is possible to know everything fully about everything and apprehend the world as it is.the "objective consciousness" of P. Part One of BEING CONSCIOUSNESS BLISS . the One Intelligence.618 ad infinitum.

The author of An Artist’s Book of Inspiration . Fitzgerald’s writing is based on the philosophy and practice of self-development. study groups.. as well as individual self-inquiry and reflection.. and Being Consciousness Bliss A Seekers Guide . 8/8 .On the unity of all things Written by Richard Geldard years. Artists and Creativity .A Collection of Thoughts on Art.