The process of creation of matter and spiritual life at the beginning of the universe is one of the greatest of mysteries.
Understanding its basic principles is important for understanding how enlightenment works, as enlightenment is the re-absorption back into the one, the divine source of creation.
An ancient Taoist text wisely states that those who wish to reach enlightenment must look for the place where creation originally came from:
WHOEVER SEEKS ETERNAL LIFE MUST SEARCH FOR THE PLACE WHENCE HUMAN NATURE AND LIFE ORIGINALLY SPRANG.
~ THE SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
Where we came from and why we are here are fundamental questions that lie at the heart of every quest for spiritual truth.
Throughout ancient spiritual teachings and cultures we find stories of creation, which if we look at closely share remarkable similarities. Creation gave rise to our universe, it gave birth to us, and is constantly creating the life all around us. We too are creators, as we bring children into the world. But we also have the potential to be spiritual creators.
The process of spiritual creation (in enlightenment) on an individual level is a replica of that on a universal level, as the fundamental principles are the same.
The Microcosmic and the Macrocosmic
Most cultures have a creation myth, which explains how they and the universe came to be.
Seen by some as a simple story to explain existence to primitive people, many of these myths which we find in ancient texts such as,
- the Rig Veda
- the Tao Te Ching
- on the temple walls of ancient Egypt
- in the legends of the Incas,
…are actually profoundly symbolic descriptions which can be understood on many levels.
It is now even postulated by scientists that the same principles that govern the movement of planets, also govern the inner workings of atoms. The same principles that make a spiral galaxy also create the structure of a seashell and unfurling of a fern.
This is why ancient spiritual people used natural symbols to convey universal concepts, and also why people – who don’t understand this intuitive language, nor the principles of creation – can easily write creation stories off as simple nature myths.
In reality, the principles of spirituality and the purpose of life are written into the very fabric of life and creation.
“IN EVERYTHING THAT IS LIFE IS THE LAW WRITTEN. YOU FIND IT IN THE GRASS, IN THE TREE, IN THE RIVER, IN THE MOUNTAIN, IN THE BIRDS OF HEAVEN, IN THE FISHES OF THE SEA; BUT SEEK IT CHIEFLY IN YOURSELVES.
FOR I TELL YOU TRULY, ALL LIVING THINGS ARE NEARER TO GOD THAN THE SCRIPTURE WHICH IS WITHOUT LIFE. GOD SO MADE LIFE AND ALL LIVING THINGS THAT THEY MIGHT BY THE EVERLASTING WORD TEACH THE LAWS OF THE TRUE GOD TO MAN. GOD WROTE NOT THE LAWS IN THE PAGES OF BOOKS, BUT IN YOUR HEART AND IN YOUR SPIRIT.
THEY ARE IN YOUR BREATH, YOUR BLOOD, YOUR BONE; IN YOUR FLESH, YOUR BOWELS, YOUR EYES, YOUR EARS, AND IN EVERY LITTLE PART OF YOUR BODY. THEY ARE PRESENT IN THE AIR, IN THE WATER, IN THE EARTH, IN THE PLANTS, IN THE SUNBEAMS, IN THE DEPTHS AND IN THE HEIGHTS.
THEY ALL SPEAK TO YOU THAT YOU MAY UNDERSTAND THE TONGUE AND THE WILL OF THE LIVING GOD.”
~ ESSENE GOSPEL OF PEACE
Scientists are just scratching the surface of the nature of matter and the fabric of the universe from the study of what lies within minute particles.
But many thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt the knowledge of sacred geometry was used to build temples to harness the same energetic principles and aesthetics found throughout creation, and many ancient religious symbols, such as the,