Man is Forms

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.  ~Ecclesiastes 1:9

I agree with Plato that everything exists from Forms and that Forms are the domain of God.  That God made man in His image, and God encompasses the Super Man.  When He created man in His image, he created a finite number of forms to carve out man and everything else in the lower waters, under Heaven.  And the Forms which are alive have their corresponding essence in the Upper Waters (see post on Matter and Antimatter:  Lower and Upper Waters, Day and Night), which is why Plato thought Forms existed in a ‘place beyond heaven’ (see below quote bolded).

In this context God is the Ubermensch as described by Friedrich Nietzsche, and is a goal for humanity to set for itself (wikipedia); God is the perfect Form as declared in Genesis 1:27:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Plato’s Forms:

Plato‘s theory of Forms or theory of Ideas argues that non-physical (but substantial) forms (or ideas) represent the most accurate reality. When used in this sense, the word form or idea is often capitalized.  Plato speaks of these entities only through the characters (primarily Socrates) of his dialogues who sometimes suggest that these Forms are the only objects of study that can provide knowledge; thus even apart from the very controversial status of the theory, Plato’s own views are much in doubt.  However, the theory is considered a classical solution to the problem of universals.

The early Greek concept of form precedes attested philosophical usage and is represented by a number of words mainly having to do with vision, sight, and appearance. The words, εἶδος (eidos) and ἰδέα (idea) come from the Indo-European root *weid-, “see”.Eidos (though not idea) is already attested in texts of the Homeric era, the earliest Greek literature. This transliteration and the translation tradition of German and Latin lead to the expression “theory of Ideas.” The word is however not the English “idea,” which is a mental concept only.

Starting with at least Plato and possibly germinal in some of the presocratics the forms were considered as being “in” something else, which Plato called nature (physis). The latter seemed as carved “wood”, ὕλη (hyle) in Greek, corresponding to materia in Latin, from which the English word “matter” is derived, shaped by receiving (or exchanging) forms.

The Forms are expounded upon in Plato’s dialogues and general speech, in that every object or quality in reality has a form: dogs, human beings, mountains, colors, courage, love, and goodness. Form answers the question, “What is that?” Plato was going a step further and asking what Form itself is. He supposed that the object was essentially or “really” the Form and that the phenomena were mere shadows mimicking the Form; that is, momentary portrayals of the Form under different circumstances.The problem of universalshow can one thing in general be many things in particular – was solved by presuming that Form was a distinct singular thing but caused plural representations of itself in particular objects.

A Form is aspatial (transcendent to space) and atemporal (transcendent to time). Atemporal means that it does not exist within any time period, rather it provides the formal basis for time. It therefore formally grounds beginning, persisting and ending. It is neither eternal in the sense of existing forever, nor mortal, of limited duration. It exists transcendent to time altogether.  Forms are aspatial in that they have no spatial dimensions, and thus no orientation in space, nor do they even (like the point) have a location.  They are non-physical, but they are not in the mind. Forms are extra-mental (i.e. real in the strictest sense of the word).

A Form is an objective “blueprint” of perfection.  The Forms are perfect themselves because they are unchanging.

The English word “form” may be used to translate two distinct concepts that concerned Plato—the outward “form” or appearance of something, and “Form” in a new, technical nature, that never

…assumes a form like that of any of the things which enter into her; … But the forms which enter into and go out of her are the likenesses of real existences modelled after their patterns in a wonderful and inexplicable manner….

The objects that are seen, according to Plato, are not real, but literally mimic the real Forms. In the Allegory of the Cave expressed in Republic, the things that are ordinarily perceived in the world are characterized as shadows of the real things, which are not perceived directly. That which the observer understands when he views the world mimics the archetypes of the many types and properties (that is, of universals) of things observed.

Plato often invokes, particularly in the Phaedo, Republic and Phaedrus, poetic language to illustrate the mode in which the Forms are said to exist. Near the end of the Phaedo, for example, Plato describes the world of Forms as a pristine region of the physical universe located above the surface of the Earth (Phd. 109a-111c). In the Phaedrus the Forms are in a “place beyond heaven” (huperouranios topos) (Phdr.247c ff); and in the Republic the sensible world is contrasted with the intelligible realm (noēton topon) in the famous Allegory of the Cave.

Plato emphasizes that the Forms are not beings that extend in space (or time), but subsist apart from any physical space whatsoever.  Thus we read in the Symposium of the Form of Beauty: “It is not anywhere in another thing, as in an animal, or in earth, or in heaven, or in anything else, but itself by itself with itself,” (211b). And in the Timaeus Plato writes: “Since these things are so, we must agree that that which keeps its own form unchangingly, which has not been brought into being and is not destroyed, which neither receives into itself anything else from anywhere else, nor itself enters into anything anywhere, is one thing.”

Plato’s main evidence for the existence of Forms is intuitive only and is as follows.

Human perception

We call both the sky and blue jeans by the same color, blue. However, clearly a pair of jeans and the sky are not the same color; moreover, the wavelengths of light reflected by the sky at every location and all the millions of blue jeans in every state of fading constantly change, and yet we somehow have a consensus of the basic form Blueness as it applies to them. Says Plato:

But if the very nature of knowledge changes, at the time when the change occurs there will be no knowledge, and, according to this view, there will be no one to know and nothing to be known: but if that which knows and that which is known exist ever, and the beautiful and the good and every other thing also exist, then I do not think that they can resemble a process of flux, as we were just now supposing.

Perfection

No one has ever seen a perfect circle, nor a perfectly straight line, yet everyone knows what a circle and a straight line are. Plato utilizes the tool-maker’s blueprint as evidence that Forms are real:

… when a man has discovered the instrument which is naturally adapted to each work, he must express this natural form, and not others which he fancies, in the material ….

Perceived circles or lines are not exactly circular or straight, and true circles and lines could never be detected since by definition they are sets of infinitely small points. But if the perfect ones were not real, how could they direct the manufacturer?

~Wikipedia

Subjugate to Forms, Archetypes were identified extensively by Carl Jung and are a sub-type of Form.  They are characteristics of the Form itself.  Archetypes can be further broken down into smaller characteristics like Personality Type (also identified by Jung), Appearance (identified by Socionics to some degree), followed by Traits or Quirks people can have (disorders, neuroses, or habits), finally arriving at the Person Him or Herself.  We therefore go from the Universal to the Individual or Specific, from the Form to the Person or Thing, as along a continuum, with Form being at one end and Person or Thing Itself being at the other end.

Each point on the spectrum, or subset, allows us a perspective to understand the thing in question, changing our viewpoint in order to see various nuances otherwise undetectable without changing our perspective.  For example, knowing that male man is a Form under God allows us certain understandings of ‘maleness’ that we might not derive from simply studying a certain man we know named ‘Andy’.  This man might be an archetypal father who shares characteristics of all fathers.  Along the middle of the spectrum and refining our man even more, he might be part of a group of the INTJ personality type who all carry certain understandable and consistent characteristics of perception and reasoning which help us to remember how to interact with such persons, understanding him as an INTJ father.  He will have a certain look or Appearance that reminds us of other males we have seen before (stocky and bearded).  The male in question may have developed some common inherited or acquired quirks or Traits, like a personality disorder, or the habit of cracking his knuckles.  Our man named ‘Andy’ may share his name with many other ‘Andys’, but he will have a distinct DNA blueprint and life experiences which make him completely new and induplicable even if he were to be cloned (due to the ‘experiences’ aspect of living).

Form is a hierarchical concept that is the mold from which all things exist.  Thing cannot exist without its Form.  And since nothing can exist without God, Form is from God.  Form is God’s stencil.  At each subset from Form to Person or Thing, there are reproducible aspects of the subject until we reach the endpoint, Person or Thing Itself, which is unreproducible.  Within this conceptual framework we can see and prove that no Thing can exist on its own without Form or without God.  Because if we look we can see that Person or Thing is like other persons or things that have come before it, and exist outside of time and space to the Person or Thing Itself.

This is an irreversible process, extending from God down to us.

It is impossible to start at a Unique Individual and create an intentional and different Unique Individual from it by ourselves.  We can clone ourselves which creates a copy of us, but it will still have a random difference based upon its life experiences.  We must always go back to Form for Individual Person or Thing to be created.  And Form comes from God.  To explain:  Andy can participate in creating another Individual, but his daughter would be a completely different Form than him, being a woman not a man, taking us back to the top of the hierarchy of Form.  As another example for Thing, a Table cannot produce another table!  But a table can be reproduced by the entity capable of understanding the Form of a table, like a carpenter.

Interesting that Jesus was a carpenter!

Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?  ~Mark 6:3

Before man discovered the wheel, Form for wheel existed, but it had not been made yet.  Wheel did not end up making a wheel, because wheel did not yet exist.  Man conceived of wheel in his mind, and made a wheel.  In this same way, man could not make man.  Nor can animal have made man, because animal is a completely different Form from man.  Only man can think in his mind–‘SHWB’ in the Hebrew–which means to shine in the mind.  Even though man can think higher than animal, man can still not produce other living creatures, man can only produce things.  Because the domain of Life is the sovereignty of God alone:

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.”  ~Genesis 3:22-23

A hypothetical hierarchy of Form:

GOD

Form

Man/Woman

Archetype

Personality Types

Appearance

Traits

Individual Person or Thing

For example, Male:

God, Man, Father Archetype, INTJ, *picture of Andy who looks like other ‘Andys’*, Narcissist, Andy Himself

Or example, Female:

God, Woman, Mother Archetype, ISFJ, *picture of Susan who looks like other ‘Susans’, Caretaker, Susan Herself.

Forms exist separate from space and time just like God does.  Forms, like all existence, were breathed into being.

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  ~Genesis 1:2-3

And Jesus was the Word that existed before all things:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  ~John 1:1-5

Paul states the theory of Forms well when he says:

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”  Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?…What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory–  ~Romans 9:20-21, 23

Another Reason I Know God and His Son Are Real

The Pyramids, Akiane Kramarik

Akiane Kramarik said she had a dream about this vision and painted it:

“…In one of my dreams I saw the image of white pyramids beaten by the ocean waves and surrounded by LIVE bubbles. Unlike most of my paintings, I had no idea what those symbols meant, but I painted them anyway. Today the meaning still remains a riddle…”

– Akiane

It is just another confirmation for me that God is real.  I know what the symbols mean because God revealed their meaning to me several years ago when I began studying His Word in depth.  I have blogged about the symbols in my blog here in my posts about Circles and 22/7.

Recently I traveled home and was confronted with some truths which were hard for me, yet healing.  In the midst of this, I stumbled upon Akiane’s painting above (I already was a fan of hers from years ago), and it was an awesome discovery because I felt God saying to me,
“Your thoughts about me are real, and I am real.  You can put your trust in Me.”
It was like a multi-dimensional hug from God made specifically for me because I am aware of the meaning of this painting.
The water is all around us, all life; the lower waters and upper waters encompass all life.  Our Universe was created from the waters.  Life is born from water.  But to be born unto the spiritual realm, God’s realm, we must all be born again of the Spirit.
The pyramids were made because the Egyptians knew the secret of pi, 22/7, the circle, from which all other geometric shapes are born.  They used pi as the foundation for making the great pyramids and the Babylonians used a slightly different version of pi, 25/8 to make their ziggurats and other structures.  Throughout the Bible, 22/7 is infused into the narrative if you know how to look for it.  The circle means God.  That is why ancient man made giant stone circle rings out of rocks that can only be viewed from the sky.  It was a message to God and a way to honor Him, and I believe, a way to show they were waiting for their Messiah.
The bubbles in the painting represent how the living water, Jesus Christ, merges with the circle of God, becoming one.  The water overlapping the pyramids means the water which encompasses us all can destroy even our greatest creations, even if we know the secret of pi and the secrets of God.  Only by being born again unto Jesus Christ and becoming part of the Living Water, and becoming like children in our love and joy, can we overcome the inevitable destruction to come, the second death.  And rise up into Heaven above.
~selah

Commitment to Man

But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.  ~John 2:24-25

This is exactly how I feel increasingly of late.  Yet if I say it out loud, people would call me a ‘jaded’ or ’embittered’ woman.  I see how men consistently are, and I am reticent to commit myself to any of them because most men I meet and know are of the world, even if they profess to be Christians.  Men unanimously exude the traits of selfishness and lust, and often thanklessness, way too often for me to want to be involved with them.  Combine that with their natural proclivity to be prideful (a typical male characteristic), and, well, you have a recipe for being ensnared in your life.

I am beginning to come on board with Paul’s line of thinking that if you are single, it is best to stay single in order to fulfill God’s will as much as possible.  It is nigh on impossible to find a male worthy of a Godly woman, and I propose that it is getting harder as time goes by and more and more people fall away from the church.

It gives me comfort to know Jesus felt the same way about men.  I feel validated.  The world may call me jaded, but I will accept that because I would rather be jaded with Jesus, than foolish with men.

 

 

Elijah Taken Up in a Tempest

I have heard of people being taken up into the heart of a tornado and carried away, so when I read again that Elijah was carried up in a tempest, the thought occurred to me that this was what happened to Elijah.  It seems everyone around knew that Elijah was going to be taken that day, as recounted in the famous Bible story of 2 Kings 2.

The Hebrew word for tempest is C’RH or C’arah, which means ‘hurricane’ or ‘whirlwind’.  Could it be that Elijah was a storm-chaser?  Elijah in the recent past had begged God ‘for his life, to die’.  I believe God wanted to make Elijah’s exit from this world an extraordinary one and led him into the heart of a divine storm for that very reason.  Tornadoes rarely occur inland in Israel.

A while before this, Queen Jezebel threatened Elijah’s life for killing her prophets of Baal, and distraught, he fled to Beer-sheba which means ‘well of the oath’, the Hebrew ‘shaba’ meaning ‘to be complete’ or ‘to seven oneself’, which is also the root word for the Sabbath, or Shabbat, the day God rested from His work.  He parted with his ‘young man’ there and went alone a day’s journey into the Wilderness, and came and sat under a ‘certain broom tree’.  It is likely this was a huge and remarkable tree which was also enjoyed by Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob.  It might even have been the tree where God revealed the initial promise to Abraham.  Broom tree in Hebrew is RTHM, rothem, and it means ‘to bind’.  The Juniper tree below is a likely candidate for Elijah’s broom tree.

Juniper or ‘broom’ tree

Here Elijah begged for his life, but not in the way we usually think of as in to save his life.  Elijah begged for YHWH, Yahweh, to take his life, that he might die, because, he said, “Enough now, Yahweh, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”  Enough in Hebrew is RB, Rab, and it means ‘abundant’.  This tells us Elijah felt his life had been abundant.  Then he slept and an angel ministered to him two times to give him strength for his journey, because he still had much to do before he could die.

He then journeyed in the vigor of that food for 40 days and 40 nights (the Biblical right of passage) until he came to the Mount of God, Mount Horeb, where Moses received the 10 Commandments and the Hebrew people became a nation.  He lodged there in a cave and God entreated him twice to tell him why he was there.  Both times Elijah iterated that he was the only prophet left alive and that they sought to take his life, that he had done his duty by Yahweh, and that he was alone.  Surely Elijah knew his death was inevitable and he did not want to die by the hand of evil ones.  So God, granting his plea, sent Elijah back by way of the Wilderness to Damascus to fulfill three tasks, the last of which was to anoint Elisha as prophet to take his place. (1 Kings 19)

Then a bit later in 2 Kings 2, Elijah and Elisha venture forth from Gilgal via Bethel, Jericho, and finally cross the Jordan River.  This is when Elijah was separated from Elisha by a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and taken up into a tempest, never to be seen again.

This is a journey of 22 miles:

-Gilgal 7 miles north of Bethel (this is not the Gilgal of Joshua near the Jordan, but the mountainous Gilgal

-Bethel to Jericho is approximately 10 miles (by guestimation)

-Jericho to the Jordan is about 5 miles

Walking a mile in 30 minutes means that it took at least 11 hours for Elijah and Elisha to get from Gilgal to the Jordan River, probably more because of descending the mountain of Gilgal and navigating Bethel.

This linked study does a remarkable job at looking into the meaning behind the name of the different cities and town the prophet and his student journeyed through:  The Journey of Elijah and Elisha and its Meaning .

The Journey of Elijah and Elisha Before Elijah was Taken Up

The only additions I feel necessary to make to the above referenced Bible study is that Elijah ‘took up his mantle’ and divided the waters and they parted in two.  Just like Moses had lifted his staff to divide the waters of the Red Sea in two.  To me this is a reference to God being two parts, ALHYM and Yahweh, Father and Son.  Perhaps three, if we consider the Holy Spirit is the one doing the dividing.  This is a clear reference to Messiah, because Messiah is the living water everyone was awaiting.  And God in Heaven separates the waters which encompasses all of life, known and unknown.

But why does Elijah go back across the Jordan to the wrong side to be taken up?  I believe it is because Elijah never really lived in the Promised Land, but was always a prophet outcast whom rulers sought the life of.  Like Moses, Elijah was unable to really access the Holy Land given to God’s people, though he lived there all of this days, being like Jesus ‘not of this world’.  Elijah’s name in Hebrew means “my God is Yahweh”, Yahweh being our word for Jesus.  Elijah died before seeing the Messiah come and therefore was not able to be taken up into Heaven from the Holy Land, but first had to cross back over the Jordan to near the same place Moses himself died.

 

Part 1. Matter and Antimatter: Lower and Upper Waters, Day and Night

It fascinates me how when matter and antimatter collide it produces photons or gamma rays, which is pure light.  This physical process is called ‘annihilation’, and a lot of energy is released when it happens.  Light can also be separated in a process called ‘pair production’, though we humans cannot do that very well yet.

But God can.  God is Pure Light.  This means He doesn’t exist in a momentary flash of light like particles do when they meet their oppositely charged partner.  He holds this process in Himself eternally, making Him perpetual LIGHT. (see GIF in this link).  In His miraculous way he keeps the flow of positive and negative energy colliding where He is.  Despite our efforts, we have not been able to harness enough antimatter to boil a cup of tea (http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/april-2015/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-antimatter.)

We are created in His image, therefore we are created from this Light Source.  And we become matter while our other side is held apart from us somewhere, because to meet with our particular antimatter would mean we become annihilated, to use the proper scientific term.

I believe the mystery of the Upper Waters which are created on the Second Day of creation are where God stores the antimatter, and perhaps the dark energy too, which make up most of our universe.  He separates ‘the waters from the waters’ which is a confusing statement until you consider it sounds almost completely similar to matter and antimatter!  Heaven-the Expanse-separates Light from Darkness because for us there would be nothing if there were no Expanse:  what makes us, and everything around us, would find its mate and annihilate into pure Light, then disappear.

Evil exists everywhere.  Satan wants to speed this process of annihilation along because he wants to create light himself.  He wants control over death, and he is bent on killing and destroying everything.  Does he not realize he cannot create perpetual light which is God?  No, he does not.  Most of those intent on evil are extremely myopic in their vision, if you think about it.  They cannot see the big picture, but only the part of the picture where they place themselves as king for a moment.  And satan is no different.

Man too would like to control life.  Which is ultimately why we are seeking antimatter.  Once we understand it we can control it and use it.  But what man does not see in his own myopia is that God in Heaven stands firmly between the two.  And with a Word can control our destiny in a flash, like He did with the Big Bang.

Illustration:

Genesis 1:  King James Version

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. [b below]

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  [b below]

(b) represents the waters (+) and (-) coming together at God’s command to create light, also called ‘annihilation’.  “Whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it.”  ~Jesus

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness [a below].

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  [a below]

(a) represents God dividing the light from the darkness.  And He called the light Day [matter] and the darkness Night [dark, or anti-, matter].  And this completed the First Day.  This is called ‘pair production’.  As I discuss in my Exegesis of Genesis the light and darkness here is more figurative than literal when one looks at the original words in Hebrew, and since our luminaries (the sun, moon, and stars) will not actually be formed until the Fourth Day. 

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Dividing the waters from the waters means dividing the matter from the antimatter, because if they do not stay divided they will annihilate (see video below).  God creates the expanse-Heaven-to separate these two opposing forces.  He is the gate-keeper between life and death not just for individuals but for all matter.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And the upper waters are not referred to again except in Psalm 148:4:  “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good….

 

 

 

Orphan

If you’ve had a narcissist for a parent, you are probably not afraid of dying and going to hell — you have lived hell on Earth. Narcissists cannot be satisfied and do a tremendous amount of damage to their children and partners in their relentless demand for a perfect outer appearance to reflect the perfect inner image that obsesses them. Kyrie eleison.

I realize this trip home that I am truly an orphan.  Adopted by a narcissist at birth I have never known the love of a mother.  Even though I met my biological mother at 18, and knew her for a time, she ended up estranging herself from me again.  Even though I gained a step mother at 19, she never liked me, being admittedly jealous of my relationship with my father.  And even though I had the closest thing to a mother in the form of a mother-in-law for 22 years, she never really accepted me into the family, always implying that I would never really be a part of them, in large part because I was an ‘illegitimate’ child.  After my divorce, that just became more obvious.

Although I am not a narcissist myself, I do believe that I have borderline personality disorder, certain loathesome narcissistic tendencies, and possibly some sort of dissociative disorder.  That is all I have become aware of as yet.

I knew from my teenage years that my mother had control issues, and I was able to resist her control of me much of the time which resulted in her further alienating me and being angry with me.  It was/is a no-win situation with my mother:  either allow her to rule you and do her bidding, or be abandoned by her.

Now that I see it is much more serious than her merely having a controlling nature, I have consciously embraced the reality that her leaving when I was a child was actually a blessing by God; raising myself with God’s protection was far better than enduring an entire childhood living under a narcissistic parent every day.

I am happy to be an orphan.  Praise you Lord.

20160425_154634.jpgGalveston Island

As soon as I can rouse my lethargic sister awake, I will leave here, say goodbye to my ‘mother’ forever, and I hope to never return to this evil place:  the Texas Gulf Coast.  This is going to be for me physical closure on my young life.  I still have much emotional work in front of me before I can have final closure, I know this intuitively.  But this is a first necessary step:  drawing a line in the sand between old and new me.