As mentioned earlier in this web site under the page labeled 20/20 Vision, this short book is only 26 pages long. I promised I would provide absolute proofs that this cosmology is true. Three chapters are inserted herein for that purpose. Chapters 1 & 2 of 20/20 Vision for 2020 give the basic cosmology for those unfamiliar with it, including math symbols for the basic elements of creation. Chapter 12 entitled Mathematics gives one absolute proof for this cosmology.
Changing the World
I have a vision for the year 2020. It is that seeds can be planted which will change the world. It needs to be changed because there are things about it right now which are harmful to people—things which bring them pain and suffering.
I woke up with the following words in my mind years ago. I wrote them down before I could forget them because I sensed they were important.
(a) There is a spiritual source of life. This source has been called by many names in many lands, including (in its unexpressed form) the ‘Silence.’ In an expressed form, as the Words of the Silence, this spiritual substance has again been called by many names, but names usually attached to a high god and not to people.
(b) People (and all living systems) are created in the image of this spiritual substance at the base of life, and even in the image of any level of material or expressed god that exists, from the highest to the lowest. They are themselves Words of God and are made to be creators, to create their world, and to create a world that is good and beautiful.
(c) Human beings have made some mistakes during their processes of creation. The world is not as it should be and can be.
(d) People are powerful spiritual beings, and are in process of rectifying their errors.
(e) The timetable for the restoration depends upon people coming to understand who and what they are, and upon the efforts they put into the work of restoration.
The last is very important. What I have learned in the ensuing years is that, when we were born, at our first and only true birth, nothing of our father-mother God was withheld from us, including the power of free will—the power to create. Of all the spiritual things we are blessed with the power to create and the freedom to do so must ever be considered sacrosanct and inviolate. Among other things, it means we must change the world through our efforts. And to do that we must come to know who and what we are so we can know we have the power to do so.
I have spent forty years trying to find what I could of the truth about creation through every means I could utilize including philosophy, mathematics, science, and comparative religions. The ancients spoke of the search for truth as a way to find gold. They compared the method to the way the scientists of old (ancient alchemists) literally extracted gold from ‘base metals.’ To this day gold is obtained by putting all the rocks and metals which gold in its natural state is mixed with into a container, adding mercury, and heating this over a flame. Mercury is a solvent which helps purify the mixture. Philosophy, mathematics, science and religion have major truths to convey; but they also have ‘dross’ in them—things which are not true. Even science and mathematics have current theoretical problems which are unsolved precisely because of prior movements into areas which have not panned out. The word solve is related to solvent and Mercury can help people find solutions to many puzzles. One of the things mankind must learn is not to disparage symbolism and metaphors of this type just because they appear to be outdated. This story of alchemy and its use of mercury as a solvent is an important one, and in a moment I will explain why.
I recently finished The Essential Wisdom: The Secret of Secrets. In that book I put all the data I was able to find relative to how the world is created, including proofs I found of our deep-seated spiritual nature.
The Essential Wisdom is different from all other books on this subject in that it offers, not only proofs for the spiritual cosmology which it depicts, but also furtherance of the concept of degrees of proof, including when, why and how evidence enters the realm of an ‘absolute.’ It is possible for proof to, not only be overwhelming in terms of relative evidence as the amount stacks up and increases the probability of the truth of what is being set forth, but also in terms of absolute, indubitable evidence. My major was philosophy which includes a branch called epistemology. A major goal of epistemology is to define the nature of truth and the attributes of evidence related to searches for knowledge.
All this is important, not just for theoretical reasons, but because of what this cosmology means in the lives of people. People are spiritual beings with the power to change the world. This is about encouragement and clear vision so that people can know about their true nature.
This short book entitled 20/20 Vision for 2020 is an attempt to extract the essence from The Essential Wisdom, the latter of which I call the textbook. 20/20 Vision is only 26 pages long and can be read in an hour. The many proofs that the cosmology at base of The Essential Wisdom is true are given at length in the textbook. 20/20 Vision gives a concise version of the cosmology, its soundness relative to truth-value, and related pages in its parent (e.g., EW35). This makes of 20/20 Vision both an essence and a type of index.
Why a short version? Because people are busy with their lives.
Their lives are busy, but they are also short. They are even sometimes pain-filled as well. I studied and concurrently wrote the 380-page textbook called The Essential Wisdom because I needed to know the truth and know it deep down and absolutely. I wrote it for me but I needed to know for the people I love too. I saw how much pain they were going through, and their pain was my pain.
This world as it is currently experienced can be changed. I am tired of pain and sorrow, especially when I know the world can be changed. Let’s do it. Let’s Change the World. And let’s do it now. The now is the only thing which exists. The past is a memory and the future is yet to be.
Mercury and Solutions
I. THE COSMOLOGY: The following is a brief synopsis of the cosmology which I believe to be a true one. I call it the hermetic cosmology because the essence of it was given to people long ago by a man called Hermes.
There are four attributes to creation but the first is not a ‘part’ of creation. It is the Silence mentioned in Chapter 1. Aristotle referred to it as the substrate. His mentor, Plato, called it a Form because he believed it to be the source for shaping the form of material bodies. He spoke of it as pure Being, pure Unity and pure Goodness. The substrate can be represented by the symbol for the infinite (∞). It contains an infinite number of potentials for the creation of beings and for the various types of being which make up the bodies of those beings. Another appropriate name for pure Being-Unity-Goodness is pure Spirit.
At the time of Plato the substrate was spoken of in the religions of the world. They called it the Deep as well as the Silence. At creation the myths speak of the Silence compressing a part of itself into a dot. There is an infinitely small point at the center of every system, including ourselves. This is our personal spirit. It can be symbolized by zero (0) or by a dimensionless point since it has no material extent at all. That dot at the center of our being remains pure spirit but is also the source for the substance of our bodies.
Creation, including our own, was not a one-time thing. It is ongoing. Our personal spirit is still attached to the substrate. Over time it draws from the Deep more and more potentials and ‘actualizes’ them. By actual is meant reality—matter. (The substrate and the personal spirit are real too, but they are not material realities.)
Actualization is the process of creating something. The process can be referred to as ‘soul-work.’ The soul of a system is different from its personal spirit. It is the totality of the potentials which are being actualized by a particular system at a particular moment in time. It is also the ‘wholeness’ of the parts as discussed in Sections III and V to follow.
In addition to a personal spirit and a soul, there is a third thing which every system possesses, and that is their body. Every system is a tri-fold being consisting of body, soul and spirit.
II. HERMES: I first learned about these four principles when I studied philosophy at SIU-E. Earlier I had researched astrology after realizing the signs of the zodiac had a depth within them capable of showing how the world was created. I did my master’s thesis on this subject. It was only later that I came upon the teachings of Hermes and they corresponded to what I had learned.
When Rome ruled the world one of the gods they worshiped was called Mercury. It was said of this god that he had a special star in the heavens. This was the planet we call Mercury.
In ancient Greece, long before the days of the Roman empire, the god/planet Mercury was called Hermes. According to legend this god once came to earth in the form of a human to help mankind. It was said he left behind twelve short ‘aphorisms’ in which he explained creation. Five ancient versions of these aphorisms are in The Essential Wisdom. In them Hermes says his name is ‘Chiram’ (‘Hermes’) ‘Telat Mechasot’ (‘one in essence but three in aspect’).1
Hermes not only has a spirit, a soul and a body; what he also says is that they are in one way different but in essence the same thing. Spirit is something which is sacred—even divine. It is one thing to look upon the personal spirit in this way—even the soul—but the body? If matter is divine, something has obviously happened to it.
Here is another important trinity: Hermes is composed of Being, Unity, and the Good. He is an ‘expression’ of the nature of the substrate, which in turn is pure Being-Unity-Goodness, much as Plato described it. The words good and god are closely related. Hermes was said to be a god. Plato claimed gods were naturally good. Gods were also seen as creators, actually creating the world from their own substance—the light of their being. In the aphorisms Hermes speaks, not only of people being creators, but also of the need for them to create wisely, with good intent (EW74-79). If Being and Goodness are in essence the same thing, then there is no way to create something and give it true Being if what is created is not also Good.
Here is another trinity he speaks of: Hermes says is he is a world and a solar system as well as a person. The ancients believed our solar system was the world so in one way there is nothing unusual for such an ancient cosmology to infer this, but why would Hermes say he himself was a world and a solar system? And if he (as a person) was these two what about ordinary people?
Relative to being a solar system, this strange idea has found its way down through the years. An early Christian theologian and philosopher by the name of Origen Adamantius (184-253) claimed that people were miniature solar systems. So also did the Swiss physician and astrologer Paracelsus (EW18). Perhaps they were influenced by the Hermetic aphorisms—or by astrology. Astrology is a map of the solar system, and yet a natal chart is also a map of a human being. As for maps of the world, an ‘atlas’ is what we call these. Atlantis was named after the god Atlas. Other than for psychics Plato is our only source for the knowledge of this sunken continent (EW198). Atlas was the world-god in Atlantis. He was also a solar deity.
III. THE KEYS TO CREATION: Of the twelve aphorisms the most famous is “That which is below is as that which is above and that which is above is as that which is below” (EW75#2). This is a statement of both the concept of levels and of their interchangeability. There are two ‘keys’ to creation. These are the personal spirit and the substrate. Together they produce part-to-whole levels in the world. As for their interchangeability, in a way the personal spirit is only a part of the substrate but, because Spirit cannot be divided, in another way the personal spirit is the substrate. The ‘part’ (the personal spirit) and the ‘whole’ (the substrate) are both different and the same. Presumably the substrate is the superior of the two, just as in the material world wholeness is over partness, but ‘as below, so above’ infers otherwise. Atoms are parts of molecules but atoms are themselves wholes, molecules are parts of cells but are themselves wholes. Cells are parts within your body but are themselves wholes, and so on.
Space has levels as well. Physicists refer to these as dimensions. Geometry is the study of space and there is no better way to understand creation than through this area of mathematics. What can be illustrated in a very visual manner through geometry is that dimensions (and their levels) are produced by the personal spirit relating to the substrate (cf. Chapter 12). Among other things, because of levels, each dimension has a definite limit and is a world in itself. And yet each is connected to a higher level potential. Dimensions are like steps on a staircase. Where one dimension ends—at its furthermost limit—another begins, and at a higher level.
IV. WORLDS AND SOLAR SYSTEMS: Hermes claims he is both a world and a solar system. If the two are integrally linked there will be some sort of proof. The goal is not just to make statements, but to provide actual proofs that the hermetic cosmology is true. In order to see if there is any relationship between worlds and solar systems one way is to turn to science. As it turns out there is some interesting data in regards to so-called ‘black holes.’
It was Einstein’s general theory of relativity which first predicted the existence of black holes. These are powerful creative centers which astrophysicists now know exist at the center of galaxies and solar systems including our own sun. Scientists believe these centers exist prior to the systems they create. What is interesting about these holes is that they are, in their essential nature, a ‘singularity’ in the sense of a true zero point. At the center of a black hole space is (literally) infinitely small, in other words, only a potential for a spatial extent. It is a zero-dimensional point. This zero point bears a relationship to spirit—and specifically to the personal spirit mentioned. In this case it may be of a primitive type and just beginning to create a world.
Zero is a spiritual singularity, but there are also material singularities. A material singularity is spatially extended but has a definite zero point limit at its outer edges. A black hole has a circumference a certain distance out from the center which is a stabilization point between in-going and out-going forces. It is produced in part by gravity. Scientists believe gravity is due to a curvature of space. From the hermetic perspective this curvature is an effect of gravity rather than a cause. Instead gravity is due to a ‘centripetal’ (‘in-pulling’) force produced by black holes. Black holes have infinite gravitational force at their centers. (In this case the word ‘infinite’ refers to the infinitely large.) At the central point of a black hole, where the pull of gravity reaches an infinite degree, nothing can escape. Relative to the outer edges of its influence, this tiny center produces a ‘world’ and one which has its own kind of end at a certain point out from the center. It produces an individual system. Unlike a zero-point spiritual singularity, a world is symbolized by the number ‘1’ a number which denotes a singularity. A material singularity is something which is both extended and separated and, because of that, stands alone. There is nothing external to a world. (And yet there are things external to the solar system and the galaxies.)
People think of a world as ‘the’ world but apparently, like dimensions, there are many worlds at many different levels of being. Two scientists discussed in The Essential Wisdom include Nassim Haramein and Elizabeth Rauscher. They believe black holes exist in all centered systems, including atoms, living systems, the earth, the solar system, the galaxies, and even the world as a whole. Using mathematics they discovered that all these systems have the attributes of a black hole.2 I do them an injustice when I try to concise the essence of their work but among other things they claim black holes can also be called white holes. That is because they both draw in light (which disappears into their center) and put out light, thus being a centrifugal source as well as a centripetal/gravitational one. In addition, they are better referred to as wholes rather than holes because the light created and put out is coherent and produces the attributes of the system being created (EW159-166). ‘Coherent’ means orderly, i.e., centralized and organized. Systems are ‘wholes.’ (There are two reasons to use the number ‘1’ to symbolize the system being created. As with its use for a singularity, the number one also denotes a whole.)
One is a material singularity; zero is a spiritual singularity. From the perspective of the hermetic cosmology the centralizing and creative aspect of each of these centers entails a personal spirit doing its work. These black-white wholes are one of many proofs, not only that worlds and solar systems are conjoined, but also that the personal spirit is real.
V. INFINITIES: All this is important because it verifies the hermetic cosmology, including what it reveals about our own infinite and eternal nature. There are now innumerable scientific proofs that there are infinities in the world, and of both types—the infinitely small (0) and the infinitely large (∞). In addition to the general theory of relativity as it attests to the existence of a zero point in space at the center of a black hole, the famous Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment proved there is, under certain circumstances, zero time as well (EW333). All the major formulas which physicists use today to define experience and create a cosmology, such as for instance quantum field theory, have infinities in them. Despite this most scientists continue to deny the real existence of the infinitely small and the infinitely large. It is as if they cannot see what is right before their eyes. And the proofs do not end with science. In mathematics thanks to Georg Cantor (1845-1918) we now know there are some number series which are infinite in extent—and an infinite number of these kinds of number-sets (EW113). As is discussed in the pages to follow, numbers have their own way of representing the world.
If you were not a ‘solar system’ you would not be a creator, and (thanks to your personal spirit) a free creator with the power to create your own life. As for being a ‘world,’ you would not be an individual if you were not (EW95-100). It is because you are a world that you are both (at one level) a singularity, i.e., a single, (whole) individual, and (at another level) a part of all-that-is. Through yourself straddling two levels, you can be both absolute and relative.
But there is even more. If you were not a world you would not be able to be complete and perfect and still grow (EW98). Despite its current flaws, there is evidence this world was made so as to be whole, complete and perfect.
But how can you be perfect and still grow? It has been said that perfection exists only in heaven. What the hermetic cosmology reveals is that there are many levels of perfection just as there are many dimensions, and for the same reason. Each dimension is a world, and worlds are intended, not only to be a singularity, but also to be whole. Heaven is not a place. It is a state of being. As for the comparative nature between heaven and earth, heaven is not a place of perfection and earth a place of imperfection any more than the third dimension is bad and the fourth dimension good. Each level is perfect and complete at its own level. The catch is that perfection can be actualized when and only when the level being currently actualized is whole. This is an important ‘when and only when’ and will be returned to in a moment.
The material world is created in terms of wholeness and partness. Every system has parts, plus an overriding wholeness. That wholeness is more than the sum of the parts. You are not just an aggregate of atoms. Per Hermes your wholeness is your soul. Furthermore soul is body, depending upon the level under consideration. (Thus an atom is a whole, but is a part of a molecule, which is a whole but is a part of a cell, and on and on until the ascending series becomes the wholeness which is a living system like you. But it does not stop there. You are a part of a solar system, a galaxy, . . and of the universe. As noted, you are both a unique singularity and a part of all-that-is.
All the above in regards to the hermetic cosmology and its use of the idea of levels would be food enough for thought, but there is more. Light emerges from the center of black-white wholes. What is fascinating about light is that it occurs in terms of levels. We experience it as white light plus the frequencies of which white light is composed. The latter are referred to as colors. White light has no frequency of its own. It is a composite (the wholeness) of the frequencies which make it up. Your soul can be viewed as composed of white light. The frequencies are the parts within that whole—the parts of your body. In the aphorisms Hermes not only speaks of light; he refers specifically to a ‘Light of lights’ (EW77, #8). This is the subject of the next chapter.
- The Essential Wisdom: The Secret of Secrets, aphorism #11, p. 79
- Haramein, N. and Rauscher, E.A. “The Origin of spin: A consideration of torque and coriolis forces in Einstein’s field equations and Grand Unification Theory” in R. I. Amoroso, B. Lehnert & J-P Vigier (eds.) Beyond the Standard Model: Searching For Unity In Physics: The Noetic Press, 2005, pp. 153-168. [Cf. also other works of these physicists as discussed in The Essential Wisdom (pp. 160-161).]
[Note to the reader: In between Chapters 1-2 and Chapter 11 the graph below of the astrological ‘domains’ is inserted. It gives the astrological signs and shows how these twelve are divided into three domains of motion and space plus a third referred to as the qualitative domain.]
It was while doing my master’s thesis on the signs of the zodiac that I discovered the domains.1 To bring back the domains is the number one task in astrology today and to understand these is the number one task in science. It was the correlation between the four signs in the domain of motion-change (especially that of the 1st and 3rd laws of motion as they related to Taurus and Libra) which led me to go back to school and initially study science. Science studies the changes (Scorpio) in motion (Aries) which the laws of nature depict.
I wanted to understand the way in which the world is created and I saw that astrology was a tremendous help. The domain of motion-change is very useful, but it is the qualitative domain which is the ultimate domain in all respects. I switched from science to philosophy because I became interested in metaphysics. The signs of the zodiac (especially those in the qualitative domain) show there are things beyond (‘meta’) the material world (‘physics’)—things which explain how motion itself comes into being from a spiritual substance.
Another reason I turned to philosophy was because I became interested in epistemology (how we know things), including the study of truth—how we know when something is true. In philosophy the two most important theories of how a person can find truth include the correspondence theory and the coherence theories. The correspondence route is used by scientists. They look at the world and see if it corresponds to what some new theory says is true.
The coherence theory of truth came about with the realization that life was orderly rather than disorderly. It states that, as you learn things, the pieces should all fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. Although most scientists do not think the world is naturally orderly, they all (paradoxically) look with suspicion at anything which does not fit with the rest of what is known about creation. The world is truly organic. It is composed of pieces which fit together in a coherent design. In searching for the truth, physicists hope that in the future a TOE (Theory of Everything) will be found wherein all scientific discoveries will fit together as a whole.
Compared to physics philosophy is like first base because it studies the nature of truth per-se. I am by nature a person who wants proofs as well as information. As I studied these things what I learned was that it was the quantitative domain which provided the strongest proofs that the cosmology depicted in the qualitative domain was real and true. That is because the quantitative domain includes mathematics. This discipline has an absolute, non-relative, non-subjective character to it which makes it stronger than science, although science does depend upon mathematics as a primary tool. (I am not accusing science of being subjective—only that it can make mistakes and mathematics keeps it on its toes so to speak.)
Logic is a sub-discipline within philosophy. It is important to science because it studies the soundness of arguments. ‘Metalogic’ is like a ‘step-back-and-look’ procedure which studies logic per-se. As with metalogic, ‘metamath’ is a philosophically oriented step-back-and-look procedure, and we will do just that in a moment by looking at very simple numbers like 0 and 1, plus a basic mathematical process known as multiplication. (‘Mathematical logic’ looks at the link between math and logic.)
Metalogic includes a look at the possibility that logic can entail absolute as well as relative proofs—the latter of which include the correspondence and coherence theories. The world is relative and relative proofs, as noted, can sometimes be subjective. The proofs connected to math are non-subjective ones. Most mathematicians agree that we do not invent zero, one or two. We discover their meaning. The very term ‘meaning’ has a qualitative component. The fact that we can ‘know’ the meaning in numbers like zero, one and two means there is a qualitative connection to the domain of magnitude—in this case number theory. It also means we have something about us which is absolute and non-relative. It is a philosophical truism that some aspect of whatever is known must be in the knower. (If you can know something is absolutely true, then you have something absolute inside you.)
Life is simple as well as complex and the beauty of metamath is that taking a step back and looking at the simplest numbers can be the most enlightening. No one has to be a mathematician or a physicist to think about 0, 1 and 2. Relative to zero point, children learn quickly to form a circle with something in the center while they sing ‘Ring around a Rose’ (actually Rosie since centers so often involve a living system). Children know what a center is and that it must be surrounded by things. They also know what it is to clasp hands with other children in the circle. (Folk tales and songs often carry collective memories. In terms of the Fall, this old song continues with, ‘ashes, ashes, all fall down.’) As for the adults who have left the simplicity of childhood behind, Pisces rules obfuscation. During the Piscean Age if others were fuzzy compared to an ‘expert’ the expert was superior—more intelligent. Mathematics and physics are filled with formulas, tables, and complex terms for simple truths which among other things help the experts reassure themselves that they are accomplished and special. The lesson to be learned is this: Do not be afraid of mathematics.
Below is a simple mathematical formula which expresses the way we are created, including the fact that we are spiritual beings through and through. It is an absolute proof (via the quantitative domain) which carries with it a meaningful description of reality (via the qualitative domain). This formula is accepted by mathematicians as a valid (true) equation (EW335). They just do not know what to make of it. Thanks to the ‘meaning’ aspect of the qualitative domain as it relates to the quantitative domain it is possible to understand the deep significance of this equation.
One is a material reality. It is the first ‘real’ number in the sense that matter is real. Zero is real too but not in the same way. It is a personal spiritual reality—the ‘dot’ at the center of each person. The dot is the link between pure Spirit and matter. Pure spirit, the substrate, is real too and is represented by the symbol for the infinite. These are the two ‘keys’ to creation. It is the relationship between these two which produces a whole—a material system—as represented by the number one. That symbol for ‘1’ is a symbol for us. (In addition to being 1 in the sense of being an internal whole, we are also an individual—a singularity—and that too is symbolized by the number 1.) Multiplication simply means the process of creation takes place by adding groups of sets.2 The equal sign (=) means the two sides are equivalent. This is a simple, absolute, non-subjective way to understand our own nature as a powerful spiritual being with the ability to create ourselves and our world from the substance of pure Being (EW104-106).
- I suspect they were known in antiquity and replaced by a ‘cardinal-fixed-mutable’ category when matter became seen as a ‘cross’ to bear.
- Spatially these sets are the dimensions. Qualitatively they entail hierarchically encompassing sets of, not just types of being (qualities), but also beings. Scientists either ignore hierarchy in nature or claim it is accidental. As for why the spatial dimensions themselves occur in a hierarchical manner with those below retained and encompassed, this is also left basically unanswered.