Updated & Improved 6-23-20
BEING & BECOMING
The following paper is inspired by the writings
of Sergius Bulgakov from The Lamb of God.
God created the world out of nothing. “Creation out of nothing” signifies the absence of any foundation for the creation of the world other than God Himself, for there is only God. God, as the eternal creative potential, coexists with the nothing or the unmanifested creation which is the eternal fertile field from which God’s creative Ideas are actualized. The nothing is like a mirror in which the fullness of God’s potential is revealed; this reflection is the emanation of God’s Divine Being reflected in non-being. “And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehends it not.” (John 1:5)
Thus, God can contemplate, realize, and create the fullness of His Divine nature from “nothing.” In the Bible, God’s Divine nature is referred to as Love and Wisdom: God is Love and His Divine nature (Wisdom, in Greek is Sophia) is His Divine world or eternal Creative Life. Stated more correctly, God, the Creator is Love and Intelligent Light, and His Divine nature is Creative Life; Love, Light and Life are one and the same. Here the source of life is identical to life itself; God’s Divine nature is precisely the creative life of God which lives in God’s Divine World.
The temporal world is the space/time universe created from the unmanifested or non-being by the Eternal God. “Nothing” does not exist as something separate from God; it is not an abyss or a void surrounding God. God is the All in All so there is nothing outside of God; therefore, the nothing arises from God as He is also the nothing. Nothing is a relative concept which correlates with something already in existence, but something incomplete. In other words, nothing is the beginning of being, albeit incomplete being in the process of becoming. Nothing understood as the potential of becoming makes this the state of non-being from which intelligent beingness arises. Intelligent beingness in the state of becoming is Divine-Humanity in the making. Divine-Humanity is the Bride of Christ or the Church without walls.
Creation out of nothing is the calling forth of life in which nothing finds a place for itself as emerging life and becoming intelligence. The Divine nature of God exists as creative life in humanity in its becoming state, that is, only in becoming the fullness of God’s Divine Image, the Christ, actualized in Divine-Humanity; this is the purpose of Creation. From The Lamb of God, Bulgakov states, “The Godhead manifests itself through a process of self-unfolding in the subsequent multiplicity of being while maintaining its unity.” Out of the nothing God creates the seen and unseen universe including humanity which exists in a state of perpetual becoming corresponding to the definition of time as having a beginning, a continuous becoming, and a fulfillment; the Alpha and Omega. In creating the becoming world, it seems as if it has always been God’s intention to experience human life in order to reveal to humanity how a human being is also divine as the example of Jesus Christ clearly represents.
God experiences Creation through humanity. In this divine union, the Creator extends His Beingness into Creation by infusing Himself into an image of Himself outside of Himself in the time/space universe. From The Lamb of God, “In Himself God is thus the Absolute, but for the world He is the Absolute-Relative, existing in Himself but also outside of Himself. To go outside of Himself into His other, to place Himself in extradivine being and to repeat Himself, as it were, to make an image of Himself outside of Himself – this is the work of the Divine absoluteness as omnipotence.” This is the revelation of God outside of Himself so His love and divine nature are known and His omnipotent Being exists in relation to Creation.
If God, the Absolute existed without Creation and remained in solitude and silence, He would be unlimited potential residing in the non-being of the nothing; He would be the depth and silence of the Absolute where beingness is non-existent. He would not exist for anything or anyone outside of Himself, meaning He would not exist insofar as existence is to exist for another. God as spirit is incomprehensible and cannot be known directly. He is eternal, without beginning or end and is the ultimate origin of all things; Eternity contains the fullness of His life. He encompasses all things without being encompassed. God is inaccessible outside of His relationship to the world. Creation exists in God’s Divine Presence, but there is no place for the time/space elemental universe in Eternity itself. God in his Eternity creates the world for time, and therefore in time. Although it is not possible to surmount the abyss that lies between the Creator and creation, in His omnipotence, God Himself surmounts it because He is the Absolute existing for another – existing for humanity.
Being and Becoming
The becoming world follows a cosmic path in which human consciousness is created to reflect upon that part of God’s Divine nature in which we are still unconscious. This Divine nature is the foundation of the world’s being and is in a state of potentiality which humanity must realize and actualize. This cosmic potential of God’s nature is being actualized by humanity in the continuing ongoing process of becoming. In the beginning was the Word and that Word continues to resound from the inner depths of Eternity, and it will continue to reverberate until the Alpha and Omega are fulfilled. For humanity, our becoming consciousness is submerged in and modified by non-being (the collective unconscious), thus our personal unconscious slowly awakens and is being liberated from non-being. The becoming world, in its awakening, must follow the Way of Life until humanity, as a whole, fully reflects and actualizes God’s omnipresent Divine nature, meaning the Light (Christ, Logos, context), Life (Wisdom, Sophia, content) and Love.
In our human world, God’s Divine nature is the evolving creaturely life of fallen humanity. In other words, God’s Wisdom or Creative Life is in different degrees of awakening or becoming beingness; creaturely life in the state of becoming is creaturely Sophia. That which exists pre-eternally as God’s perfect Idea, in His self-revelation, exists in the world only in becoming, as becoming divinity. God established His Divine Creative Life not as an eternally fixed world but as a becoming world. God repeated Himself in creation, so to speak; He reflected Himself in nonbeing; one and the same consciousness is revealed in God and in creation.
The temporal world which exists in time as well as time itself can be understood only in connection with eternity which is their foundation; and conversely, eternity has its image or reflection in time. Divine creative activity is absolute creative activity, which does not have or need anything for itself outside itself. God created the world out of Himself, out of His essence, and nothing more. In order to be, nothing must arise having been established in God, who is one with the nothing as well. Creation out of nothing is nothing other than the calling forth of life in the temporal world of becoming being, in which one can apply the definition of time as beginning, continuation, and end. This nothing is the source for the infinite variety of forms in the world as well as the laws and principles governing them; in this sense it is also the proto-matter of the world in which the world is created. The becoming world must, in its becoming, follow the long path of cosmic being to the end before it can reflect in itself the countenance of God’s Divine nature, which, being the foundation of the world’s being, is only in a state of potentiality, which the world must actualize in itself.
The creation of heaven and earth is an act of God’s love, flowing beyond the boundaries of His Divine eternal Life into the time/space universe. This act is a metaphysical kenosis or a voluntary self-diminution of His Divine Being; in other words, along with His Absolute Beingness, God establishes a relative being with which He enters into an interrelationship with the world as God and Creator. This loving, selfless embrace expresses the sacrifice of the Creator’s love for the world. This is a love of the Absolute for the relative, in which the Absolute becomes the Absolute-Relative. God is not diminished when He goes beyond the boundaries of Eternity into a loving relationship with the world, “…in Him we live, move, and have our being.” Jesus Christ opened the door in which we creaturely humans can become conscious of the relative-absolute and can reflect within ourselves upon the miracle of the Absolute-Relative, a relation which defines our spiritual beingness.
Bulgakov explains, “The creation of the world is therefore not an inner self-positing of Divinity, which is God in the Holy Trinity, but a certain work of God consisting of a series of works as creative acts… God’s proper being belongs to eternity, where there is no beginning and no end, where the actuality of His self-positing is never exhausted, and thus the categories of time are totally inapplicable there. But the world, as a becoming world, belongs to time, which is precisely becoming.” As we know, Creation occurs in time, it has a beginning and an end, consequently, what we experience in the Absolute-Relative is a transition of God’s divine life from eternity to time, from the immobility of the Absolute to the becoming of the relative.
The love of the Creator is the divine inspiration in the creation of the world; it is God’s self-inspiration which is the Holy Spirit… “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2). From the Lamb of God, “The world is created by God in the Holy Trinity, and each of the hypostases reveals itself in the creation of the world in conformity with its properties.” The Father creates by the Word, “And God said, Let there be…” The Son, as the Word of God is the content of creation, in all its forms and aspects, and is identified with it as the Word of the All in All. The Holy Spirit, the third hypostasis, clothes in beauty the structure and order of creation. Bulgakov summarizes, “The Holy Spirit, as the accomplishment of creation, is the Creator’s joy in His creation: for the Father, it is joy in the manifested Word; for the Son, it is joy in the revelation of the Father in the world. The Holy Spirit is the inspiration of God’s creative activity in the creation of the world.”
The Holy Spirit reposes upon the Son in eternity as the love of the Father and the Son and proceeds outward into creation as the Father’s love for the Son. The Holy Spirit reposes upon the Son, the Logos of the world, to the extent that the becoming world can receive Him. By this action, the Holy Spirit actualizes the becoming world in the realization of its content. The life of the world is the Holy Spirit, while the Son is its foundation. The work of the Holy Spirit is to help the world, in its state of becoming, transition from incompleteness to fullness, that is, to encompass the fullness of Christ’s love and the fullness of His transfiguration. The Absolute descends from the throne of its absoluteness to the relative and the light of God’s eternity falls upon the world. Even though the world in itself is creaturely and non-eternal, in its relation to the Creator, it is co-eternal with God, and so are you and I.
It is the perceiving of light, life, and love which turns the soul into spirit, like elements into oxygen;
And it is this wind which exalts and then returns the wholeness to its ever-present origin.
Round and round and round in a great, endless cycle of night and day and pleasure and pain,
We sow and reap our lives upon the earth as the wind is gathering clouds and making rain;
And there is nothing better for us than to think of such true beauty and let it lead us to a higher place,
As we consciously transform our own dust and wind into the oxygen of grace.
Intelligent Light & Creative Life
The preceding paper titled Being & Becoming explains how Creation, the temporal universe, has its beginning in the spoken Word of God. There are unique characteristics in The Word which most people are unaware of – a more complete explanation of The Word is that it is the Alpha and Omega, meaning it has in itself not only the beginning and the end of Creation, but also the knowledge of everything which transpires in between. For example, in the Word there exists, simultaneously, the embryonic developmental stages early human life passed through in the first 3 days of creation, the descent into physical matter or Earth in the fourth day of creation, and the spiritual becoming of Divine Humanity in the fifth and sixth days which happens as we transform and ascend back into God’s Divine Nature. (See diagram below)
Today humanity is in the between which is a dynamic, ever-changing transitional point of space/time and matter as the past becomes the present in the becoming
Word. In this very thin evolutionary moment “atoms are transforming and transitioning” in the constant reconfiguration and restructuring of the next present moment; the becoming of humanity and the world happen every moment without fail. Everything, all elemental matter, all 4 kingdoms of the earth, all spirits and souls, from the Alpha beginning of Creation to the Omega fulfillment, is in a constant transitional state of becoming fulfilled according to the Word of God. Those who resist the divine creative impulse separate themselves from the light-stream and the life of humanity; they become increasingly godless and unconscious within.
The Alpha/Omega Word of God contains within Itself the fullness of the 7-days of creation which are also in a constant state of becoming actualized and fulfilled. At present, we are just past the mid-point of the fourth day of Creation; the Omega is the sixth day of Creation and the fulfillment and completion of Divine Humanity. Prior to the inception of Creation, God, the Absolute, gazed into the mirror of the void and the first thing God perceived was His own Divine Nature – pre-eternal Wisdom or the Creative Life of the universe, often referred to as Divine Sophia (Proverbs 8:22-36) or in the Kabala as Shekinah.
While gazing into the reflective stillness of the void God knew His ultimate goal in creating Creation was to create divine humanity which would represent the fullness of His Intelligent Light and Creative Life. This fullness of Light and Life is the marriage or union of Christ/Sophia or what is referred to as the union of Christ and divine humanity, that is, the manifestation of the Church of Christ. Thus, at the Omega point of Creation, the sixth day, Christ/Sophia will represent the fulfillment of Divine Humanity, and on the seventh day, God will rest and humanity will rejoice!
The feminine principle represented as Creative Life or Sophia was present in Mother Mary during the conception and birth of our Lord. Mother Mary is the purest and most exalted expression of the feminine principle in all of humanity; she too resurrected, overcoming death. For some, she is considered as the daughter of the Father, the mother of the Son, and the bride of the Holy Spirit. The presence of Sophia at the conception and birth of Jesus would signify a deep and meaningful relation between Christ as Intelligent Light and Sophia as Creative Life as well as between becoming humanity and the Divine Feminine principle of Creation.
The distinguishing difference between Divine Sophia (Creative Life) and creaturely Sophia (evolving human life or beingness) is this: Divine Sophia is considered to have been with God before the beginning of Creation (See: Proverbs 8:22-36) as His Divine Creative Nature or Divine World. Whether metaphysically speaking, or in spiritual reality, Divine Sophia is the feminine principle in and of Creation and humanity. When God spoke the Creative Word of Creation, without leaving Eternity, God and Divine Sophia were present in the world and in humanity as creative life.
However, as the story of Adam and Eve represents, when humanity fell from the Edenic state into the elemental world of duality or good/evil, in Divine Sophia’s oneness with human life, a part of her divine life or beingness also fell into the world and became trapped and vulnerable to the forces of evil and misguided will, and she suffers with humanity. The Kabala (Zohar) explains that Shekinah, the Mother, Bride, Daughter of God as the feminine principle, was the Garden whence the river of life flows forth, watering the Garden below. When Adam was expelled from Eden, Shekinah, as the Sister of Humanity was driven out also.
When humanity awakens spiritually, creaturely Sophia, the Divine feminine in humanity, is destined to be the Bride of Christ as the Church of redeemed humanity. In the Omega phase of fulfillment, the sixth day of Creation, creaturely Sophia as Divine humanity will become one in the Intelligent Light and Creative Life of God’s Divine Love. The spiritual awakening of humanity will break the worldly spell of godless secularism, sensuality, and willful greed which keeps her and humanity entrapped in the illusions of this material realm.
The paper entitled Emulating Christ (second paper) emphasizes the importance of evolving spiritually by learning to emulate Christ within, after having successfully imitated Him in one’s life. The evolving path ahead for humanity is to spiritually embrace and internalize the feminine principles of Creative Life which Sophia and Mother Mary represent – virtue, selfless love, and grace. In the future, the masculine and feminine principles will become spiritually androgynous or sexless within each individual soul; gender will become irrelevant as will race.
The Second Adam & New Eve
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ came into this world at the lowest point of our descent into the physical realm, which is the mid-point of the fourth day of Creation (the bottom of the bottom circle below). Christ Jesus came as the second Adam and Mother Mary came as the new Eve. Another way of perceiving this is Christ Jesus is the divine-human prototype and Mother Mary or Sophia-Maria is the human-divine prototype. God created Adam, the divine-human prototype, from the dust of the ground, in His image and likeness, and He created Eve from the androgynous Adam (not from the dust of the ground) so the male and female principles of the species would be intertwined and attracted to each other, and need one another to feel whole.
In other words, humans would need to harmonize and unite both the masculine and feminine principles within to become whole. The body of Adam was carefully crafted knowing that one day the archetypal divine-human form would be able to receive the Christ-Spirit. This exalted form is instrumental in the redemption of humanity, preparing those of humanity, who are able, to receive the Christ-Spirit within. Christ/Sophia is the image and likeness of God, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (Genesis 5:2). Christ/Sophia consciousness is the inevitable destiny for the Children of Light – the perfect blend between masculine intelligent Light and feminine creative Life i.e. divine beingness.
The teachings, the sacrifice, and the defeat of death which Jesus Christ accomplished in the world, set us upon a new ascending path for the spiritual awakening of humanity. Obviously, for the individual soul, the reality of becoming like Christ/Sophia spiritually, mentally, and morally requires more spiritual experience, understanding and personal transformation than a single lifetime can provide. I present this notion of living multiple lives because on three separate occasions in meditation I experienced a lucid dream-like image of myself living in different times – one image was a life way in the past as a spiritual teacher in an old monastery – although the view was from behind, I immediately identified myself in the scene I was shown; another life was around the time of Christ, and the last life was in “early” modern times as there were bookshelves and books in the library of the room I was in.
As a whole, the human race is evolving and rapidly changing. At present, I believe the world is in the phase represented by the parable of separating the wheat from the chaff (Matthew 3:12) as well as the parable of “For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…” (Matthew 10:35) This period of time seems to correspond to the prophecies regarding the Red Horseman of Revelations which represents the turbulent masculine forces of war, division and conflict. And as we all know, there are extreme divisions among people politically and racially around the world; and there is also a distinct ascension of the feminine principle; but at present, these feminine forces have a very militant expression to them. This is not the spiritual feminine nature humanity needs.
Sophia, metaphorically speaking, is revealed as the Creative Life of God’s Divine World; and God conceived in His Divine World the Idea of Divine Humanity as the purpose and fulfillment of Creation. As taught on this site, God is Consciousness which permeates Everything in eternity and in creation. Everything is conscious; elemental matter of the universe is conscious of its function only, whereas, any life form which has breath and spirit (in creaturely life, spirit has its seat in the blood) can be conscious as itself, from rudimentary stages of consciousness, to self-consciousness and even to oneness or divine consciousness. (See: Perception
re: evolving consciousness) The Creative Life is conscious beingness in its highest form which was present with God before the beginning as it is stated in Proverbs. In the Word, the Light of Intelligence manifests God’s grand plan, and it is the Intelligent Light (context) and Creative Life (content) which guides, manifests, and brings to fruition God’s Word in the Six Days of Creation in the fulfillment of Divine Humanity.
This ascending phase of redeemed humanity means we must awaken to the feminine principle in Sophia-Maria and embrace this reality which has been hidden as a result of the patriarchal religions. The patriarchal influence was pervasive in the initial building and early establishment of the Church, but we have evolved considerably since that time. God intends for both the masculine and feminine principles to develop and flourish together into the future so that we individuals become one-Humanity. Jesus Christ, the God-Man and Mother Mary as the woman-divine are the role-models for the spiritual Christian. Creaturely humanity must become spiritualized and divine in Christ/Sophia through the Holy Spirit and begin the ascending journey to the fulfillment of The Word.
Explanation of the Early Days of Creation
Each of the seven days is comprised of seven cycles and between each day is a night which serves as a rest, reorganization, and regeneration period. It is on the physical plane in the 4th day of Creation that humankind first appears in the physical universe, but before describing the appearance of humanity on the earth, the first 3 days of Creation need to be addressed.
To use an analogy which corresponds with quantum physics, in the billions of years since the beginning of this temporal, elemental, time-space universe, we have transitioned through the 3 primordial (invisible) elements of fire, air, and water in order to reach the (visible) earth phase or physical plane we are presently in now. Relative to our sight, the invisible, elemental creation is composed of synchronistic and perfectly balanced units of elemental matter. By contrast, our elemental world is visible because the units of matter are not balanced, but vibrate randomly, chaotically, and irregularly. According to quantum mechanics, the universe started at the big bang with an infinite temperature (fire) and infinite density meaning that all the elemental substance of the universe was contained in that initial burst or creative impulse. In less than a second, as the universe exploded into infinite space, the temperatures cooled to about 100 billion degrees.
As the universe cooled further, matter and energy began to decouple and the universe became transparent (air). Hundreds of thousands of years later, when temperatures had dropped to a few thousand degrees, the electrons slowed to the point where light nuclei could capture them to form atoms. These atoms would eventually form complex molecules which were necessary to sustain life (water). And finally, it was not until billions of years later that the heavier elements like carbon and oxygen, of which we are composed, were made from the burning of helium in the center of stars. All of these primordial elements precipitated into what we know as physical manifestation (earth) approximately 4.5 billion years ago; our presence on the planet is only a small fraction of that time.
There was a large block of time in the early phases of Creation before mankind actually entered onto the stage of life. This time was the early formative period for the universe and for the developing matrix of the human body. Although it took billions of years to traverse these first 3-days of Creation, it should be remembered that time is relative; time in the unseen is different than the march of time in the 3rd dimensional world. On the descending side of this wave of life (from peak to trough) were the phases or periods in which the universe was forming and condensing, that is, when the gases and quantum matter began to gather and coalesce into galaxies, stars, and planets.
As the universe was condensing, the matrix for the human body was beginning to take form directed by the Alpha/Omega Thought of the (Jehovah-Elohim) Creator which guided invisible units of elemental matter to configure the design for what would eventually be our nervous system, vital systems, organs, and flesh body. For humanity, the first 3-days of Creation were silent, dark, and unconscious like the 3 trimesters in the gestation process all human beings experience in their mother’s womb. These phases of physical development for the embryo in the stages of gestation are a micro representation of the macro experience humanity transitioned through in the first 3-days of Creation.
In the Absolute, everything is indivisible; the past, the present and the future all exist simultaneously as the eternal, but once Creation is manifested, time becomes divisible and moves repetitively through reoccurring cycles. God uses time as a means to create order in the universe through the cycles of time and through the different phases of life. The Creator uses time to contain the universal chaos and to create the illusion of impermanence through the cycles of life and death. Because of the existence of time, beings experience change, aging, death, and rebirth in the temporal Creation. All time cycles have involution and evolution in three phases: formation, growth, and perfection followed by a period of rest. Rest also has three phases: release, reorganization, and regeneration. God, the Omnipotent Oneness, commences a new cycle of destiny after a period of rest by reactivating Creation and releasing the renewed souls into its custody at the previous point of progress.
The left side of this diagram represents about 4-5,000 years since the beginning of civilization. At present, humankind is 2,000 years past the midpoint on the 4th day of Creation which is represented by the bottom of the Day 4 circle in the diagram. Jesus Christ was born into humanity at the low point of the fourth day in order to alter the destiny of humankind by sanctifying the flesh body through the forgiveness of our collective sins from the past. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the 7th day of Creation and His presence among us and the example He presented revealed to humanity our future destiny. He demonstrated in His life the divine nature that potentially exists within each one of us who awaken it and follow the Way of Life. That is why he said, “These things I do so shall you do also… come follow me.”