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19.2 Explorations

Now we have three degrees (spiritual/mental/physical), 9 sub-degrees, 27 sub-sub-degrees, and 81 sub-sub-sub-degrees, etc. As we go into the subdivisions we learn more detail, but the abundance poses some significant strain on our comprehension! Here I will sketch the 9 sub-degrees briefly. We will see that we can find some comparisons with existing theories of physics and psychology which will make it easier to understand.

We adopt a numbering system, starting with 1, 2 and 3 for the first three realms of spiritual, mental and physical, as in Table 19.1. Then 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 for the sub-degrees of 1. And 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 for the sub-degrees of 2, and so on. This gives the ninefold set, the ennead, of Table 19.2 for the 9 sub-degrees. In this second table I write first ‘A of B’ where A is the part from Table 19.1, and B is the sub-part of that part. This ‘A of B’ is therefore to be read as B being a further specification of A. In the final column, however, I change ‘of’ to ‘from’, since effects are more clearly like the final result than the instigator of something. For the same reasons, I have sometimes exchanged the words ‘action’ and ‘effect’. The meanings of all these in common language will be given in the next Part.


Table 19.1: Summary of the first three degrees.
Creation:
1: Spiritual degree
love in the spirit.
2: Mental degree
thoughts in the mind.
3: Physical degree
actions in the body



Table 19.2: The first ennead of the 9 sub-parts of the first 3 parts.
1: Spiritual degree love in the spirit
2: Mental degree thoughts in mind
3: Physical degree actions in the body
love of loving:
1.1
thoughts of loves:
2.1
effects from loves:
3.1
love of thoughts:
1.2
thoughts of thoughts:
2.2
effects from thoughts:
3.2
love of actions:
1.3
thoughts of actions:
2.3
effects from effects:
3.3


These are written in a square since there are obvious similarities along the rows. They could also be written linearly as 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 > 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 > 3.1, 3.2, 3.3: from the beginning of creation to its end.

Each of these nine sub-degrees describes substances of its own kind which act in distinct spaces. Within those spaces there can be contact between two objects of the same kind. These nine substances exist simultaneously and interpenetrate without collision. Note that ‘interpenetrate without collision’ is only a metaphor for the relation of the nine spaces.

Remember our discussion of Section 17.3, where we saw that when we talk, for example of 2.1 (thoughts of loves) as a substance of its own kind, we realize that only loves can be substances. Thoughts by themselves cannot be. Thoughts are merely the correspondences of different forms of the different substances of the mind. Those substances are forms of love or forms of dispositions derived from love. We should actually rewrite the above ennead table as in Table 19.3.


Table 19.3: The ennead again, showing the nine kinds of substances.
1: Spiritual degree spiritual substances
forming loves:
2: Mental degree mental substances
forming thoughts:
3: Physical degree physical substances
forming effects:
spiritual substances forming
love of loving:
1.1
mental substances forming
thoughts of loves:
2.1
physical substances forming
effects from loves:
3.1
spiritual substances forming
love of thoughts:
1.2
mental substances forming
thoughts of thoughts:
2.2
physical substances forming
effects from thoughts:
3.2
spiritual substances forming
love of actions:
1.3
mental substances forming
thoughts of actions: 2.3
physical substances forming
effects from effects:
3.3


We cannot yet totally understand what all these different substances and ‘formings’ are doing. After Part IV many of this chapter’s obscurities will be clarified and puzzles solved.

In the physical degree, the physical powers have passed through many stages of derived productions and have become almost the final or ultimate effect. In the physical stage, what started out as loves are no longer living or conscious but are ‘dead’ (not-living) and unconscious. Instead of ‘love’, we should therefore talk about ‘source’ or ‘governing principle’. Instead of ‘thought’, we should talk about ‘cause’ because cause is the middle between the love and the effect. Instead of ‘action’, we should talk of ‘effect’ or ‘events’. The physical sub-degrees and sub-sub-degrees can therefore be redescribed as in Table 19.4.


Table 19.4: An ennead again, showing the nine kinds of substances in all the sub-sub-degrees within just the physical degree.
3: Physical degree
actions in body
Effects from ends: 3.1
Effects from ends of ends: 3.11 Effects from ends of causes: 3.12 Effects from ends of actions: 3.13
Effects from causes 2.2
Effects from causes of ends: 3.21 Effects from causes of causes: 3.22 Effects from causes of effects: 3.23
Effects from actions: 2.3
Effects from actions of ends: 3.31 Effects from actions of causes: 3.32 Effects from effects of actions: 3.33



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