“Mankind cannot find the moment, the now,
Because they look in time.
The ‘now’ is not strapped perilously to the rail lines
Of past and future waiting for the trained to find it.
It is not to be found in time at all – unless
As a personal co-ordinate, an amalgam, a dy by dx.
In maths there is differentiation using two axis x and y.
The y axis is the now, eternity:
The x axis is time.
The particular person is literally a co-ordinate in time and space, a dy by dx,
I hope that the above poem opens this piece with the image of a man in the ‘in-between’ place, the place of meeting and coming together, the ‘jam’ where the Logos meets that which is written upon, where the lover meets the beloved.
In the question of mankind being an expression of ‘nature and nurture’, there is only Love from the One to the One within the appearance of matter as an apparent ‘other’, an other that needs twoness to exist in its vehicle forms.
These forms rely upon electricity to charge up awareness via positive and negative poles from the molecular right up to the nervous systems of more developed and animate forms of Life and of course, mankind.
It seems that all matter is the product of a conception and that any conception must necessarily contain all the elements that are described by the various prefixes that illuminate the process.
So we find the words precept(ion), reception, inception, exception, deception, accept(ion) and conception as a sequence that exposes the drama of possibility and necessity as an individual tries to understand their perception of being born and facing death.
Love is the field within which all matter appears and disappears. The rules for conception are simple wherever the drive of creation appears be it physical, mental or spiritual. Opposites are attracted, a conversation or an attempt at ‘knowing’ takes place i.e. a position and its converse are brought together, this being so whether the position is physical, mental or spiritual, and if the coincidence is fortunate then a fertilisation takes place.
Everyone knows about this process in the physical realm of vegetation and animality up to experiencing the marvel of mankind’s physical birthing. Everyone knows of their own culture’s ideals for protecting the process and guarding against disasters of breakdown of support for mankinds’ offspring development.
Love is the support; lack of love seems to be the disaster for any product of physical conception. However, because there is only One in existence, any such disasters are never totally irreconcilable and indeed, the mystery of True Love is often bewildering for mankind. (This perplexing rendition of Cosmic Love can be seen within the stories of the religions for example, whether it is the story of Moses and Khidr in the Qur’an or Arjuna and Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita).
To move on, the rules are the same for conception in the mental realm except that the opposites that attract are internal to an individual, their animus and anima, their left and right brain, their known and unknown, that which has been touched by life’s experience and that which is untouched.
If the inner forces of intellect and intelligence meet in loving tussles within an individual in response to a need to know how to meet a challenge set by Life and if the passion of that meeting of intellect and intelligence is fruitful, then a new conception is produced – a work of art, an invention, a scientific discovery, a business venture of service to mankind or an architectural wonder.
When, in the spiritual realm opposites meet, when God meets Himself as apparent other, in Love, yet in nothing other than His own creation in response to a need to know Himself, then a Cosmos is conceived of and born.
When the maintenance of that Cosmos demands, then certain individuals birth again within an actual reflection of that mystery of spiritual conception, Infinity touching finity for an instant, individuals with the ability to communicate to and help others with, the messages of God as it where, One to one.
This, it seems to me, is the promise and reality of the Abrahamic line of prophets and messengers and their heirs.
So, in terms of nature and nurture, it seems that an individual is capable of being two things at once, for we are in Our Creator’s image after all – we as individuals are both here and not here, our worldliness is a vehicle for our soul.
We are souls journeying through this Earth as part of God’s conceptual process in Himself.
As the Buddhists say:
‘I am spirit dwelling in the temporary vehicle of my body to obtain experience, expression and development’.
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