The Childbearing Cosmos: An Analogy
by Fr. E.S.Q.S.
The Childbearing Cosmos: An Analogy
“’The Breath of God’, ‘The Breath of Life’, ‘Spirit’, ‘Pneuma’ - many symbols with one meaning: motion.
Life is motion. When motion ceases, existence ceases. All we know brother is constant change. Perhaps this seems a strange notion to you, so let me explain:”
Fr. E.S.Q.S. to a brother
After much consideration, I have decided to submit yet another article. This article follows closely upon my last article concerning the trinity of reality and, as such, I will assume that the readers here are already familiar with its contents. If you are not familiar with its contents, then I would advise you to read the first article through before starting on this one. That being said, this analogy will begin with a quick re-cap of the fundamental points as delineated in the last article before beginning. It is imperative that the student of Pythagorean Hylozoics has at least a basic understanding of the trinity of reality before proceeding much further into his studies, seeing as the trinity of reality is a key to unlocking the wisdom contained therein - this article will serve as a case-in-point, seeing as the whole article is based on at least a basic understanding of 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 Mother, The Son, and The Father
After getting the fundamental points out of the way, it is time to start in with the analogy. The first and foremost thing needing to be explained are the symbols of the mother, the son, and the father. Please try to refrain from speculating on their meanings at this particular juncture. I will explain them momentarily. These are not the usual Gnostic symbols; rather, they are meant to be understood in conjunction with the analogy. As such, do not confuse them.
To begin with, it is probably obvious enough that “the mother” = “matter”, “the son” = “consciousness”, and “the father” = “motion”; however, what may not be so obvious - at first - is that there is an interesting relationship revealed in these symbols when considered analogically: just as much as a son is born of the interplay between a mother and father, so too is consciousness born of the interplay between matter and motion.
Father and Mother
Motion and matter are like father and mother. They are two sides of the same coin. Motion is the active principle, which represents realization; whereas, the mother is the passive principle, which represents possibility. The mother (matter) carries the unfertilized egg - possibility; whereas, the father (motion) carries the seed - realization.
The Mother has the Egg
The saying that “the mother has the egg” indicates primordial matter, which is the material from which primordial atoms are made. Thus, in a sense, primordial matter is the egg; the female gamete.
The Father has the Seed
Likewise, the saying that “the father has the seed” indicates primordial motion, which is the force from which primordial atoms are made. Thus, in a sense, primordial motion is the seed; the male gamete.
Primordial Coitus and the Fertilized Egg
The mother (matter) without the father (motion) is stagnant; the father (motion) without the mother (matter) is impotent. They need each other. They are two sides of the same coin. If the mother (matter) or the father (motion) is not present, existence as we know it ceases to be precisely because existence consists of matter in motion - the grand interplay of the mother (matter) and the father (motion).
When the egg is fertilized - i.e.: matter is in motion - a child is born: the son (consciousness). Motion acting in and upon matter causes variation of form and it is variation of form which rouses consciousness. Variation of form, then, is constant change. Consider for example:
Fiat Lux (let there be light)!
What this implies is that, beforehand, all was darkness (or, in other words, unconscious). With the call for light comes the juxtaposition between light and darkness (consciousness and unconsciousness) - or variation of form.
The son (consciousness) is the product of the interplay between the mother (matter) and the father (motion). If we take away any one of these, existence - as we know it - ceases. If we take away consciousness (the son) - well, that’s a no brainer. If we take away matter (the mother), then motion (the father) has nothing to move and, so, is incapable of producing a variation of form. The mother has the egg - possibility. If we take away motion (the father), then matter (the mother) will not be moved and, so, there is no variation of form. The father has the seed - realization. In every single case, consciousness (the son) is ultimately eradicated because variation of form is negated. It is the same with people: you need a man and a woman to produce a child.
Once more, a son is born of the interplay of a mother and a father; consciousness is born of the interplay between matter and motion. This “interplay” then is, in a sense, “primordial coitus”. Please bear in mind that these are all symbols and analogies, not technical realities. These symbols and analogies are meant to help students grasp some of the more abstruse subject matters, such as the trinity of reality and the generation of primordial atoms and cosmoses. They are not literal. Thus, back to the matter at hand: “primordial coitus” produces the “fertilized egg” - the primordial atom. Thus, a primordial atom is a product of both primordial aspects of reality in much the same way that a son is a product of both a mother and a father, of their activities.
The saying “fertilized egg”, however, contains much more. Just as much as a fertilized egg is an individual in becoming, so too is a primordial atom an individual in becoming. Just as much as a fertilized egg is, as of yet, not an individual, so too is a primordial atom, as of yet, not an individual. The fertilized egg must undergo a process of unfoldment; of growth and development. Likewise, the primordial atom must undergo a process of unfoldment; of growth and development. The “fertilized egg” - the primordial atom - is, as of yet, only a potential individual.
The Cosmic Womb
Just as much as a fertilized egg cannot grow and develop anywhere in the body, neither can the primordial atom. The fertilized egg must, necessarily, grow and develop in the mother’s womb in much the same way that the primordial atom must grow and develop in the cosmos. This is what is meant in saying “the cosmic womb”. As the fertilized egg settles in the mother’s womb, it begins to undergo a series of processes and changes; likewise, as the primordial atom is involved into the cosmos, it begins to undergo a series of processes and changes - namely, involvation/evolvation, involution/evolution, and expansion. Without the womb and its processes, the fertilized egg is nothing; likewise, without the cosmos and its processes, the primordial atom is nothing.
Cosmic Processes and the Birth of An Individual
The purpose of the processes in a mother’s womb is to give birth to a fully functional child; likewise, the purpose of the processes of the cosmos, “the cosmic womb”, is to - in a sense - give birth to a fully functional self-conscious individual (i.e.: a primordial atom that is fully conscious and aware of itself, indicating the consciousness of atomic kind 1). Prior to this, attaining the consciousness of atomic kind 1 and - thereby - freedom from the processes of involvation into denser matters, the individual - the Self - has not been fully known.
Sexuality is Sacred
Thus, perhaps it can be seen now that - despite theological posturing throughout the ages - sexuality is sacred. Sexuality is an immensely down-scaled analogy of the principles and processes which serve to generate primordial atoms and cosmoses. The sexual act, itself, is like mimicking the “primordial coitus” of primordial matter and primordial motion. As the old saying goes - that old Hermetic axiom, “As above so below, as below so above”. Perhaps now, after considering this analogy, we can begin to free our sexuality - the sexual act and its proper functions - from the immense perversity of our day-and-age. It is about high-time that it were ennobled and seen for what it is, as opposed to being made a dirty and shameful thing that ought to be hidden away in dark closets.
Thanks for your time,