A Short Meditation on the Trinity of Reality
by Fr. E.S.Q.S.
A Short Meditation on the Trinity of Reality
One of the most fundamental ideas of Pythagorean Hylozoics a la HTL and LA is the trinity of reality: matter, consciousness, and motion. If you will study anything of Pythagorean Hylozoics a la HTL and LA, then this should be it. Without at least a rudimentary understanding of the trinity of reality, Pythagorean Hylozoics - and esoterics in general - remains largely an inexplicable enigma. What follows, then, is a short meditation on the trinity of reality and its relation to cosmogenesis.
The Trinity of Reality
Reality is One
The first and foremost point that needs to be explained is this: reality is one. In other words, there is no such thing as “multiple realities” or the like. That is nothing but empty and meaningless fantasy, science fiction. After all, if there are “multiple realities”, then they must necessarily exist – in - something else and then we must call this reality. Reality is a unifying concept. It cannot be many things. The notion of “multiple realities” is about as sensible as the notion of “multiple truths”. Reality is one. Truth is one. Reality and truth are the same thing. What is real is true, what is true is real; likewise, what is unreal is untrue, what is untrue is unreal.
Reality is Three
As much as reality is one, it is also composed of three equally distinct aspects: matter, consciousness, and motion. If we look at reality from one perspective, it appears as a unity of matter; from another, it appears as a unity of consciousness; and from still another, it appears as a unity of motion. They are, in effect, three different sides of the same reality. Everything is, simultaneously, matter, consciousness, and motion. Put another way, every form (matter) has a quality (consciousness) and a purpose (motion). Where the cosmos, our galaxy, is concerned, all matter is conscious and in motion.
The Diamond of Reality: An Analogy
Let us pretend, for a moment, that reality was a beautiful diamond. It is one whole thing. Now, let us pretend that this beautiful diamond has three facets. It is still one whole thing; however, now it has three equally distinct facets. One facet is blue, another is red, and still another is yellow. When we look at the diamond from one angle, it appears to be blue; from another, it appears to be red; and from still another, it appears to be yellow. No matter how we see the diamond, no matter what we perceive at any one moment, it is still one whole thing and it is still cut with three facets. The same goes for reality. Not only reality, but even every part of reality. For a man, as a diamond, has the same three facets; a woman, as a diamond, has the same three facets; a child, as a diamond, has the same three facets; a planet, as a diamond, has the same three facets; a sun, as a diamond, has the same three facets; and even a cosmos, as a diamond, has the same three facets.
The Three Fundamental Aspects of Reality
As such, the three fundamental aspects of reality, which make up the trinity of reality, are: matter, consciousness, and motion. They are found everywhere and in everything. They are fundamental in that:
A). they cannot be explained by being further simplified. They are absolute.
B). they must necessarily exist. If even one of them does not exist then reality, as we know it, ceases to exist.
That being said, let us take a moment to examine these two points.
In the first case, A, they are considered to be fundamental given the fact that they cannot be further simplified. They are absolute. What this means, then, is that they cannot be resolved into each other. For example, matter cannot explain consciousness or motion; consciousness cannot explain matter or motion; and motion cannot explain matter of consciousness. Any attempt to arrive at a resolution in this way is little more than philosophical legerdemain. They are absolutes. Matter is matter, consciousness is consciousness, and motion is motion. That being said, they are related as three equally distinct aspects of reality. See the diamond metaphor above.
In the second case, B, they are considered to be fundamental given the fact that they must necessarily exist. After all, if even one of them does not exist then reality, as we know it, ceases to exist. For example: if matter does not exist, then motion has nothing to move and, so, conscious has nothing to experience. Reality, as we know it, ceases to exist. If motion does not exist, then matter has nothing to move it and, so, consciousness has nothing to experience. Reality, as we know it, ceases to exist. If consciousness does not exist, then there is nothing to do the experiencing. Reality, as we know it, ceases to exist.
Cosmogenesis and The Three Fundamental Aspects of Reality
The matter which constitutes the cosmos, our galaxy, is taken from the inexhaustible storehouse of matter which has been called “primordial matter”. This primordial matter, the “Chaos” of the Greeks, is, as far as we know, infinite in quantity and exists outside both “time and space”. This primordial matter is the matter that exists between the cosmoses or galaxies. This primordial matter is unconscious; however, it has the potential for consciousness. For primordial matter to become conscious, it is required that it enters into the processes of “cosmic manifestation”. Thus, even now, we can see the very meaning and purpose of life: the growth and development of consciousness. That is the whole meaning and purpose of a cosmos. Anyone who is striving to develop is striving to fulfill the purposes of the cosmos. This has also been called, “The Will of God”.
However, primordial matter will do nothing in and of itself; rather, it requires to be put into motion. Primordial matter, without motion, is stagnant. It is unrealized potential. It is motion that ultimately realizes the potential. Primordial matter is put into motion by what has been called, “primordial motion”. This is a dynamical power which operates from within primordial matter, itself. When primordial motion begins to move in primordial matter, it creates infinitesimally small points of force which Pythagoras had called “monads”. That being said, the more modern term for the monad is a “primordial atom”. Thus, we have:
A). primordial matter
B). primordial motion
C). primordial atoms
Primordial matter and primordial motion are the two truly primordial things, seeing as they are before “space and time”, which originates with the cosmos itself. They are primordial in that they have always existed and will continue to exist, as far as we know.
Moving forward, then, a cosmos is a globe in primordial matter ultimately composed of an innumerable amount of monads or primordial atoms. Let’s just put it this way: “astronomical” would be an understatement of gross proportions.