Great Chain of Being and Concentric Circles

Here is a post from a previous blog I had that I feel touches on some interesting ideas worth sharing again.

Inspiritus

For the last week, the concept of the “Great Chain of Being” has continued to arise in my awareness and I thought it prudent to share some of my thoughts surrounding this idea.

Traditionally, this concept is thought of as a linear hierarchy which ranks the various forms of creation into categories representing increasing “closeness” with God. It is also an idea which was applied to the natural world during Aristotle’s reign of thought, with the categorizing of organisms based on particular, physical traits.

This “chain of being” has provided a cosmology for Christians for well over a thousand years, providing a context of power, delineating how it flows from God all the way down to animals, plants, and minerals.

Upon further study of this idea, it had occurred to me that this hierarchy was painting an incorrect picture of creation. Specifically, it begins with the idea that God is “outside”…

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Love Thy Enemy — As yourself

"Love your Enemies and pray for those who persecute you.." - Matthew 5:44 A profound recognition has taken place in my mind, off the heals of a conversation with my ex-wife. The conversation didn't start off that well [there is still much to heal]. And in a moment of mutual release, the conversation was able … Continue reading Love Thy Enemy — As yourself

Blog Update – New sections and content

Love and Blessings! I had the day off from work today, and the weather kept me inside (lots of grey and rain). So I decided to capitalize on the opportunity to do some writing for my blog and re-vamp some of the sections to add a dimension of professionalism and to develop the launchpad for … Continue reading Blog Update – New sections and content

And it was Good

Romans 8:2828 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.Genesis 1:3131 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Over the last few weeks there has been a transformative shift in my consciousness. I would say this is due, largely … Continue reading And it was Good

Embracing Mystery

“The great beauty of life is its mystery, the inability to know what course our life will take, and diligently work to transmute into our final form based upon a lifetime of constant discovery and enterprising effort. Accepting the unknown and unknowable eliminates regret.”― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls In no small way, my life over … Continue reading Embracing Mystery