verbal difficulties with the definition of life

Because of the psychological strength of preconceived notions. Our kind of conscious mind is splendid and unique. It causes us, however, to interpret all other kinds of life according to our own specifications and experiences.

There is no such thing , in our terms, as nonliving matter. There is simply a point that we recognize as having the characteristics that we have arbitrarily ascribed to life, or living conditions. For there is no particular point at which life was inserted into nonliving matter.


If we must speak in terms of continuity, which I regret, then in those terms we could say that life in the physical universe, on our planet, “began” spontaneously in a given number of species at the same time. Words do nearly forsake me, the semantic differences are so vast. In those terms there was a point where consciousness through intent, impressed itself into matter. That “breakthrough” cannot be logically explained, but only compared at once, that became a medium for life as we define it. It had nothing to do with the propensity of certain kinds of cells to reproduce–[all cells are] imbued with the set the conditions in which life was possible as we think of it; and at that imaginary, hypothetical point, all species became latent. The inner pulsations of the invisible universe reached certain intensities that “impregnated” the entire physical system simultaneously. That illumination was everywhere then at every point aware of itself, and of the conditions formed by its presence.


At the same time, Electromagnetic Energy units became manifest. The universe expands as an idea does, and so the visible universe sprang into being in the same manner. The same energy that gave birth to the universe is, in those terms, still being created. The Electromagnetic Energy units contain within themselves the latent knowledge of all of the various species that can emerge under those conditions. It is according to our relative position. We can say that it took untold centuries for Electromagnetic Energy units to “initially” combine, forming classifications of matter and various species and of the entire environment. In those terms the environment forms the species and the species form the environment. There were fully developed men and women–that is, of full intellect, emotion, and will–living at the same time, in our terms, as those creatures supposed to be man’s and woman’s evolutionary ancestors


However, as we begin to question the nature of time itself, then the “when” of the universe is beside the point. The motion and energy of the universe still comes from within. I certainly realize that this is hardly a scientific statement–yet the moment that All That Is conceived of a physical system it was invisibly created, endowed with creativity, and bound to emerge [into physical reality].


There is a design and a designer, but they are so combined, the one within the other, the one within and one without, that it is impossible to separate them. The creator is within its creations, and the creations themselves are gifted with creativity. The world comes to know itself, to discover itself, for the planner left room for divine surprise, and the plan was nowhere foreordained. Nor is there anywhere within it anything that corresponds to our “survival of the fittest” theories.

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