Living in Matter.
Life is organized. Living things are creatures and those creatures are creators. The organizing presence in any organism is its center of intelligence. There is a witness watching over and directing (navigating, choosing, selecting, preferring) which dictates its movement and development. The result is creaturehood and creatorship. One would expect that the immediacy of threats to the life of an organism would make it impossible for it to let go and allow instinct and the unconscious intelligence to hold the wheel, distracted from plant, animal or human concerns. Can it be that these life-forms enjoy a meditative state while consistently doing what is necessary to sustain life and grow? How much of this activity is involuntary?
Building Blocks and Laws.
When my son was a small boy, he and I would take turns creating them– and then destroying them. I would build a tower of blocks and my son would choose to embody some natural phenomenon and dash the tower to pieces. He might shake the table as an earthquake or blow a great wind like a hurricane. Sometimes he would bomb it with pillows or flying race cars.
One of the most exciting things for me was to watch him work to stabilize the first level to provide enough support to build a second, and the second to support a third, and so on. He learned quickly what worked and what didn't in terms of balance and support. Through this, he encountered natural law. What is initially built out of possibility will quite naturally set limits on what might be further possible due to the prevailing structure. What sustains is what fulfills. These patterns must be stable or otherwise everything that has been built could fall apart. The creative process, at least for that project, would be over.
Energy, balanced in proper form, will hold things together. This is a compelling notion, especially if you apply it to the idea of the origins of life or the big bang theory. Let's assume that possibility has somehow divided itself in two instantly by imagining it so. What was potential has now spontaneously actualized and become, energetically, two. What's more, they are energized by the compulsion to be more than possible, but actual. What are these two bundles of energy to do? They might bounce into each other. They might collide. One might remain still while the other circles it. They might remain still facing one another. They might spin together around an empty center. Regardless of the nature of the relationship, the relating itself is a bond. It is a bond that has led to a form– however long it might be sustained. It is a pattern of relating. The stability of the bond will vary.
How else are natural forms created? What sustains is due to what most works. It naturally arises out of what is most fulfilling and stable to all involved? What are these laws that allow for more and more? What are the laws that allow life to expand and refine itself? Is it the law of fulfillment? Fulfill what?
Laws and Principles are often symbolized as Gods and Goddesses. The personification of tendency. The power in naming natural law after various Gods and Goddesses. Mythology. These tendencies (if you prefer to call them that) exist independent of our fleeting desire to name or identify it.
Patterns of Spirit.
These forms have shapes, and those shapes have a structure. The structure is held together by what matters to the components. What matters to the components is fulfillment of their potential, given their inherent capacity. This is a function of biology, chemistry and geometry. Every element carries a pattern and these patterns, through sharing and combining, allow for building. The stability of a pattern allows it to be sustained. Hence, the relative lifetime of an organized pattern of life (organism).
These patterns repeat again and again, as behavior refines itself and block upon block find new ways of sustaining form. The patterns are acquired tendency– a way of expression– a way that has been discovered that fulfills. Though many forms of expression seem necessary, or even inevitable, they have come about, quite naturally, through a combination of experimentation and an overwhelming clarity of what tends to work, in terms of shapes and activity. Consciousness learns its behavior. All the processes that animate life through the sustaining of energetic patterns have developed and now exist as an acquired knowhow. These patterns are a developed prowess that is carried in consciousness.
We have looked at consciousness, spirit and matter. We have explored the principles of wholeness and possibility. We have shown how patterns of behavior can build sustainable organisms. What we have yet to focus on is how pure awareness imagines possible forms, actualizes those forms and then appears to take residence in those same forms– and, while exploring the capacity of activity and behavior in a particular form, comes to identify with the form itself. This is how the bulk of us human beings experience life. We walk around in these human bodies and identify heavily, having been given a name by our parents, that we believe ourselves to be limited to the form we seem to inhabit. We have egos. I'm not suggesting that we abandon the sense of self that we wield. I am, however, suggesting that we might recognize this fact as a means of understanding through an inner access to source (possibility) for healing ourselves or improving our circumstances to have them more deeply align with our individual human potential, distinct and diverse as it may be.
Pure awareness, housed in form (for all intents and purposes), navigating its way and participating in the greater fulfillment of possibility. This may very well be how Mother Nature arrives at such miraculous and awe-inspiring living beings and entities. Patterns of working together that show up as structural relationships that make use of very particular shapes. As we explore new territory, we necessarily both prove what works and explore what might. The experimentation continues. This experimentation has a few of us in what we might call the periphery, discovering new possibilities. These are the risks that some entities are compelled to take. It is in their most basic code to chart new and diverse behavioral territory.