The logic of the universe
Spirituality for most people is an inward intuitive experience. In most writings on spiritual themes, there are some very good ideas and points that help us understand spirituality.
Spirituality can be intuited, and wonderfully so, but it also has to make sense. After all, the universe, source, is infinitely intelligent and logical in its nature. Of all that I have read and studied, only one person has approached spirituality from a purely logical basis, rather than an intuitive one, and that was Judge Thomas Troward.
Troward gave lectures and wrote several books. I have enjoyed his writings immensely and have taught classes based on his books. In these classes, I have endeavored to explain Troward’s logical approach in the most understandable manner, but his writings are confusing, long-winded and too lofty for most.
So I would like to share here my understanding of spirituality from a logical viewpoint:
Genesis: A beginning or origin of anything (Old English: via Latin from Greek; related to Greek gignesthai to be born).
Scientists look to one event as the beginning point of all that exists, the Big Bang. From one point comes all. Logic dictates that ultimately all must come from one, because if there are two points of origin, then what is it that allows or contains the two points? Could there be two Big Bangs? No. Having two “everythings” would be in conflict with the nature of the universe and not logical. Eastern philosophy and science are in agreement that everything came from one point.
Science regards the Big Bang as the origin of the physical universe. But what came before the Big Bang? Science does not really want to ponder this question as it must deal with the nonphysical. That which “existed” before anything is called by the Buddhists “the great no-thing.” It has also been referred to as “the void”, i.e. no-thing materially but all things potentially. The Hebrew Testament refers to it as “the deep.” “And the Earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2).
It can be hard to imagine this universe with no material things, and even no consciousness or awareness because there was no-thing to be aware of. The void had nothing to be aware of except itself. When the great no-thingness contemplated itself, conscious awareness (spirit of god) was born and original thought was created as a reflection back to and of itself.
If the Big Bang created the entirety of the physical universe, then what existed before the physical universe must be the nonphysical. Sound strange? Well, we already experience the nonphysical via “things” like emotion, love, inner senses, ideas, pictures in our head, dreams and thoughts, etc. In fact, all creation starts with a thought in the nonphysical. You can see for yourself that this is true of our human creative process: in our day-to-day human experience of the physical world, nothing comes into our experience without being a thought first either conscious or unconscious. That is to say, a deliberate thought or a nondeliberate thought, but everything in the physical plane originates in the nonphysical realm.
If, as I stated above, everything comes from the one source, then that which we are must be made of, and have the same attributes as, the one source too. In other words, our own creative process mirrors the same creative process of god-source. Then logic suggests that the thought of the Big Bang must have existed before the Big Bang could have happened.
As we move forward on our spiritual path, we become more aware and then we become better and better at creating consciously. It has been my experience that most spiritual awakenings happen intuitively. We understand our spiritual nature through an evolving inward sense of ourselves and our very nature. It also has been my experience that this unveiling of truth is logical and the universe is intelligent. It makes no difference how we come to understand our spirituality and our creative power, but it does make a difference how we use it in our lives.
The world is not broken, be in peace.
Jim Hatton is the author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon. Email 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Sally McKirgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.