18.1 Spiritual, mental and physical operations
The reason for these three, we saw, is that they are images of the three components
of God. These components must act together if any results are to be achieved. The
basic principle of operation is this: love acts by means of wisdom in order together
to produce actions. They have distinct existences in the three realms, but the overall
effects of operation are similar (since all of creation is an image of God).
Table 18.1: Combining God with the three created
realms gives a set of four generative levels.
The best way of seeing the operation of substances in the three realms is as
multiple generative levels as discussed in Chapter 5. If we
place them in the order shown in Table 18.1, then we have
a generative sequence as we go down the list. These operations are governed by the
principle of Postulate 10, where the new life being received
is always in accordance with what has actually been done at each level. The successive
stages of operation are:
- God generates first the spiritual realm, where there are containing-substances
which appropriate and retain love. The particular existing containing-substances
select which loves from God can be appropriated and retained (by Postulate
- The spiritual realm (of loves) acts by producing new thoughts in the
mental realm, where there are containing-substances which appropriate and
retain ideas. The particular existing containing-substances select which ideas
generated by the spiritual realm can be appropriated and retained (by
Postulate 10 again).
- The mental realm (of ideas) acts, in conjunction with the loves from the
spiritual, by producing new effects in the final physical realm where
there are containing-substances which appropriate and retain actions. The fact
that there are such containing-substances selects which actions generated by
the spiritual+mental realms can be appropriated and retained.
- The physical realm (of actions) is the final effect of the chain and is
the bottom line or termination of all the processes. The set of effects which
actually occur is the ultimate selection of which results come to full achievement.