Full Chapter The Point or Circle

01 Creation of a Thought

Creation of a thought. Method of thinking by building within a point. Human thinking. Thinking done by Intelligences. Thinking which does not create thoughts, or destiny.

The point is the infinitesimally small circle; the circle is the point fully expressed.

The point is no thing; the circle is everything. The point is the unmanifested; the circle is the unmanifested and the manifested.

A point is the beginning of everything. It is the beginning of a perception by the senses, of a feeling, of a desire, of thinking and of a thought. Where thinking ends, knowledge begins, in a point. When a thought is issued it is issued as a point.

A point is the departure from the unmanifested and is the beginning of manifestation. Within a point is the unmanifested. A point is an opening from the unmanifested into the manifested. A point has no existence, but it is that from which existence comes. A point has no dimension, but it is that from which dimensions come.

A circle is completion and completeness. It is the one, the whole, the all, the all in one. The circle is made up of twelve parts and is one through all of them. It is the perfect extension of the point. The extension is made by point, by line, by angle, by surface and by completing curve.

The physical universe with its chemical elements, colors of the sunrise, sounds, waters and solid bodies, is built up of phenomena, the realities behind which are points and the lines, angles, surfaces and curves which are built from them. This universe is so built out because it follows the structures within the thoughts, of which it is the exteriorization.

Thinking builds within a point by point, by line, by angle, by surface and by curve, until the structure in the thought is completed. After the thought is issued, elementals, nature units, obeying the structural lines within the thought,build them out.

On the intelligent-side the doer builds within a point and on the nature-side elementals follow the pattern and build it from the point.

The principle of extending the point towards the circle has three applications that relate to the law of thought.

The first application relates to the creation of the thought, the aim, object, design and structure in it, and the thinking of the ones that do the thinking.

  • According to this principle thinking works from the intelligent-side with nature matter and thereby ripens into a thought.
  • Then the thought is exteriorized on the nature-side according to this principle, (Fig. IV-A).
  • Lastly, all nature-matter has to act according to this principle, because the units which produce the phenomena of nature must first have been in human bodies where they were affected by the thinking as they passed through.

Thinking works by the method of point, line, angle, surface and completing curve.

  • Thinking begins with a point because the Conscious Light when turned on matter acts thus.
  • When Light is directed upon nature-matter the matter is developed or built from points into lines, angles, surfaces and completing curves.
  • The object perceived is perceived as a surface.

On the physical plane, when the four senses perceive an object,

  • it is seen in the radiant state as a point,
  • heard in the airy state as a line,
  • tasted in the fluid state as an angle and smelled in the solid state as a surface.

Every object is perceived by means of coordinated acting of the four senses.

  • The sense through which the object is immediately perceived is the dominant one.
  • In the case of coal gas smelled in the dark, sight, hearing and taste act coordinately with smelling, which is however the dominant sense.
  • The dominant sense takes the lead in introducing the object for perception to the feeling of the doer in the body.
  • So a carriage is perceived by the sense of sight acting as the dominant sense, while hearing, tasting and smelling act coordinately.
  • By the sense an impression is made on the breath-form.
  • The breath-form, as the physical breath, resolves the surface to a point which is matter of the physical plane of the physical world.
  • The point represents the whole surface as which the outside object is perceived.
  • The breath-form transfers the point to feeling.
  • Feeling is inclined towards or averted from the impression.
  • Accordingly the passive side of the psychic breath breathes the point to desire and desire wants the carriage and does not want the coal gas.
  • A special desire, the one affected by the point, breathes to rightness and impresses it with the thing desired or disliked.
  • The impression which was received in the point of physical matter and then transferred into the psychic atmosphere, is now transferred to the mental atmosphere.
  • This impression is still a point of matter of the physical plane.
  • Desire then compels action by the desire-mind to turn Light of the Intelligence on that desire.
  • The Light turned on the desire unites with it.
  • This is the conception of a thought.

Now begins the process of building within the point which is within the thought.

  • The thought is on the intelligent-side, and the point within it, which is naturematter, is on the nature-side.
  • The conception will be developed through gestation when the amount of Light turned and held steadily on the point by the thinking is sufficient.
  • The desire and the Light become the thought, which is always on the intelligent-side, and the point becomes the structure within the thought;
  • this structure is of nature-matter and will remain on the nature-side.
  • The Light that is held by thinking enters the point.
  • Holding the Light extends a line of points within the point.
  • That line is the horizontal or matter or the manifestation line.
  • The point is thus extended within itself by the addition of other points.
  • They are points of nature-matter, from the life plane of the physical world, with which the mental atmosphere is in contact through the physical breath.
  • In each case there is a limit to which the horizontal line can be extended.
  • The limit of the extension is determined by the nature of the thought that is being created.
  • When the horizontal line has reached its limit it is stopped by the completing curve.
  • Then, as the Light is held, the initial point extends a line within itself.
  • This line, called the aim line, is extended within the point beside, so to speak, and along the horizontal line, at an angle from it.
  • The horizontal line, of which there is only one in each thought, is extended by the addition of points;
  • it is made up of point matter; it is not a line but it is points.
  • The aim line is built, not by point matter but by line matter from the life plane of the physical world.
  • Each successive line is built at a greater angle from the matter line.

So thinking builds lines within the point until they fill a standard angle, an angle of one-twelfth of the circle.

  • The aim line extends until it comes to the completing curve.
  • Then, while the Light is being held by thinking, line matter builds the next line and stops at the completing curve.
  • The completing curve thus is the limit of the standard angle.
  • The first standard angle is made up of line matter.
  • The second standard angle is built while thinking continues to focus and hold Light, and it is built of angle matter of the life plane of the physical world.
  • When the second standard angle, limited by the curve, is complete and the Light is held on the initial point, a further angle is built within the point.
  • It is built of surface matter.
  • The whole structure within the point is now three standard angles covering together ninety degrees.
  • It is a right angle or square bounded by one-fourth of the circle.

By this process of building within the point towards the circle, human thinking, in the heart and the brain, makes a thought for issuance.
When point matter, line matter, angle matter and surface matter are gathered into this structure within a thought, the thought is ready for issuance, (Fig IV-A).

Thinking which creates a thought is the functioning of the body-mind by its producing and arranging of points, lines, angles and surfaces, and by its holding Light on a subject of thought.

  • Real thinking is the proper functioning of one or more of the three minds in holding the Light of the Intelligence steadily on a subject of the thinking.
  • Human thinking, even at its best and when it is active thinking, is an imperfect functioning of not more than these three minds, and is only the effort to focus the Light and hold it on a subject of thought.
  • By far the greater part of human thinking is passive and is due to impressions received from objects of the four senses.
  • Such thinking is done involuntarily and is an insufficient, incoordinate and unbalanced functioning of usually only one, the body-mind, and never more than
  • three minds, that is, the body-mind, the feeling-mind and the desire-mind.

Thinking that does not create a thought is a thinking where the mind works according to rightness and free from the control of desire for attachment for the thing thought of.

In all instances where any definite thing is to be done, thinking goes on by the method of point, line, angle, surface and completing curve. This is the process of
human thinking. But it is not the process of the thinking that does not create a thought.

Desire urges it, but the minds do not mix desire with Light of the Intelligence.

  • The minds work on the subject of thought without being attached to it.
  • In such thinking the desire is not attached to the object which is the subject of thought.
  • Nor is it for selfinterest.
  • It must be a desire to serve, to learn, to know, to free the doer.

In human thinking the combining of points, lines, angles and surfaces into the structure is uneven, unequal, disproportionate, irregular and overlapping and so the structure is malformed, though it is approximately a fourth of a circle.

  • This is due to focussing improperly, to holding the Light by spasms and not steadily, and to the untrained and unskilled working of the mind.
  • Moreover, the mind is not free from the domination of desire, but is compelled, held back and obstructed by innumerable conflicting desires.
  • Nevertheless, thinking goes on and results in the building up of thoughts, because the Light of the Intelligence, when turned on the point, which is the subject of thought, develops it from points into lines, angles and surfaces limited by completing curves.

When the structure within the thought is thus built and the thought is ready for issue, the balancing factor comprises the manifested and the unmanifested parts of the thought, that is, the whole circle of which the structure in the thought is only onefourth or ninety degrees.

  • The balancing factor being both center and circumference, is also the point.
  • The balancing factor is conscience.
  • Conscience, which is the amount of knowledge on a given subject, puts its mark upon the subject of thought, the point of nature-matter brought in by the senses.
  • This mark is made by conscience from selfness and is impressed on the point at the moment when desire compels thinking.

Knowledge is of the knower, is the unmanifested side of the thought, and will be the unmanifested side of the structure in the thought.

The point is the center and the circumference between which all lines and angles are equal. When the thought is issued, the structure in it is only an angle of ninety degrees; when the thought is balanced, the structure will be a straight angle, or one hundred and eighty degrees, (Fig. IV-A).

  • This is an ideal, a potential state, and making that actual and real is balancing the thought.
  • The balancing factor extends through every point, line, angle and surface of the structure in the thought.
  • The structure when the thought is exteriorized is of three standard angles, and the balancing factor compels further exteriorizations until three other standard angles are added, so that the structure in the balanced thought is a straight line or angle of one hundred and eighty degrees.
  • Then the manifested side of the thought and its unmanifested side make the circle of three hundred and sixty degrees, which is the balancing factor and again the point fully expressed.

The aim as a line has two points, one connecting it with the object which is usually in the visible world, the other being the balancing factor itself.

  • The aim reaches away from the balancing factor, but it is as if the balancing factor said: You cannot get away. Your center point is myself.

The generation or the entertainment of a thought and its issuance may be aided, accelerated and strengthened, or may be impeded, delayed and weakened. The subject of thought is a point, the point brought in by one or all four senses.

Thinking, with point matter from the life plane of the physical world, builds this point into a line of points, and with line matter from that plane continues the aim line until the first standard angle is built, then builds with angle matter from the same plane the second standard angle, and with surface matter from this plane the third standard angle or surface.

  • By building this structure within the point, which is in the thought, the thought is made ready for issuance.
  • All this takes place with lightning speed.
  • By thinking with the same aim of the same subject, the same or some of the same lines and angles are worked over by the mind and so the structure is strengthened.
  • If before the thought is issued the aim is changed, the structure in the thought will be changed.
  • The thinking breaks down and replaces parts of the line, angle and surface structure.
  • The units which are broken down go back into the life plane of the physical world.
  • The substituted parts may not be fitted to the general intent of what remains of the original structure.
  • The thought is then weak.
  • If the aim is contrary to the original aim, the whole structure will be undone and the thought will be revoked.
  • Generally the aim remains, because it is the result of desire and of a lack of knowledge.
  • Aims mark the degrees of the understanding and indicate the amount of knowledge accessible to the present human being of the doer.
  • Aim is a name for a condition of a doer portion expressed in the mental atmosphere as part of a thought.
  • Thus aims, being doer conditions, are not easily changed.
  • Fear, anticipated failure, lack of confidence or other inhibitions may be present to influence the thinking, but the aim remains.
  • Whenever an impression which is in accord with the aim is made on feeling, the structure in the thought is strengthened,
  • And the structure ultimately becomes so strong that no inhibitions can stop it from becoming surface matter and being exteriorized.
  • Unless the feeling of an impression is somewhat in accord with the aim, there is no temptation to build out a thought.
  • If there is any temptation it indicates the presence of the aim.
  • Thoughts with the same aim will come back to be entertained.
  • Because the aim is there, thoughts will be worked over by the same kind of line and angle matter until there is an exteriorization.

In the structure in the thought the aim is a line, beginning at the center and pointing towards the object.

  • To attain the object, the aim, that is, the line, is built out into a design, that is, into the standard angle, with angle matter.
  • Upon the aim depend the means to the end.
  • The means are the design.
  • The angle matter depends upon the line matter.
  • The surface matter depends upon the angle matter.
  • The design tends towards exteriorization and so the surface is built on three standard angles with surface matter until the structure within the point is complete and the thought is ready to be issued.
  • The point in the structure is the subject of thought which is the condensed impression of the object of the senses.
  • The matter line, which is made of points, of point matter or fire units, is the beginning of the manifestation of the thought;
  • the aim line represents the aim and is line matter or air units;
  • the angle is the design and is made of angle matter or water units;
  • and the surface, made of earth units, represents the exteriorization of the design.

When the design is exteriorized from surface matter into an act, object or event, the balancing factor becomes actual and drives towards a balance of the thought.

  • Its range and field of action is the physical universe.
  • When a thought becomes a surface on the physical plane and it is only a quarter of a circle, it is not balanced.
  • The balancing factor is not satisfied until the structure is completed so as to have three more standard angles and be an angle of one hundred and eighty degrees.
  • When the manifested is equal to the unmanifested and the structure in the thought is resolved into the initial point and disappears, the thought ceases to exist and the desire and the Light in it are released.
  • When a thought is not balanced at the first exteriorization, the second right angle is not built out.
  • The structure in the first right angle remains until the second or balancing angle is built out.
  • The initial point has been exteriorized in the act, object or event, by the design, but the whole thought has not been exteriorized.

From the act,object or event the senses take in another impression which becomes a point, is carried through feeling and desire to reason, where thinking builds from that point for another exteriorization.

  • As the structure in the thought remains, thinking holds the Light of the Intelligence on it.
  • This causes matter from the life plane to go over the structure to revivify and possibly to change it.
  • The same aim and aim line are there, but the design or angle matter may be different.
  • At first the design followed the aim; now it may vary from it.
  • Formerly the man was conscious of his design; now he may not be, and usually is not, conscious of it, because the design is not necessarily the same.
  • Thinking makes it now as before.
  • But before, it acted under the impulse of a known desire, now it acts under the impulse of a different desire, which is influenced by the balancing factor as conscience.
  • The new design which is being built out may be exteriorized to the man in an anticipated or unanticipated event, happy or dreaded.
  • His former actions return to him as events and as conditions under which he lives.
  • The events and conditions through which he lives are just as much exteriorizations of his aim as was the first exteriorization.
  • But he does not know or even suspect it.
  • It may be and it usually is the fact that his thinking fails to build out an aim line and design angle that will build out the missing quarter circle.
  • So the exteriorizations go on until the matter line becomes a straight angle or an angle of one hundred and eighty degrees.

When feeling and desire are satisfied, that is, when they are no longer attached to a thing if it is pleasant, or repelled by it if it is unpleasant, and when rightness and reason are satisfied with this unattachment of feeling and desire, three more angles are added to the structure in the thought. When these three are completed the balancing factor is satisfied. This relates to the structure within the thought.

Human beings cannot now think without creating thoughts. Though their passive thinking does not create thoughts, it eventually compels active thinking, which creates thoughts, and these are not balanced.

Thinking that does not create thoughts and thinking that creates balanced thoughts is the kind of thinking done by Intelligences and complete Triune Selves in governing the visible world, and in arranging the sequence and the coincidence of the events in it.

  • While such thinking deals with objects of the physical world, these are not the primary objects of their desires.
  • Their desire is for regulating, for a continuance and sequence of exteriorizations of human thoughts under the laws of nature, so that the exteriorizations will tend to satisfy the balancing factor and be events from which the human beings can learn to become conscious as doers.
  • The Intelligences through their Triune Selves do not think with minds such as the doer uses.
  • They think with their seven faculties to bring about an adjustment of mundane affairs in time, form and solid matter.
  • They are detached from the acts, objects and events upon which they shed Light and which they cause to be brought about.
  • Usually the Intelligences and Triune Selves think without producing thoughts.

Their thinking is the ordering of nature, through their doers or through upper elementals which cause the four kinds of lower elementals and their four classes of units to bring about the changes of the world and in human affairs. This thinking of the Intelligences with their Triune Selves arranges fate or destiny.
It aids or impedes human thinking and the exteriorization of human thoughts, if this is required for the protection of humanity, by helping in the timely and preventing the untimely discovery or use of natural forces;

  • by aiding or defeating the perpetration of plots,crimes, uprisings and revolutions;
  • by causing the little events upon which depend the winning or losing of battles and wars;
  • by aiding in or preventing the finding of historical records;
  • by bringing on or retarding periods of general darkness or enlightenment, local or general crop failures and depressions or abundance, and cataclysmal destruction of the earth crust.

Generally they do not interfere with thinking, but through their Triune Selves they cause only the exteriorizations of human thoughts to be marshalled. They may interfere where individual thinkers would produce unseasonable events, or where the indifference of the masses or the corruption of officials would stifle a movement for real progress. Hence come some of the "accidents" of which history is full.

The Intelligences sometimes create a thought.

  • They do this through their Triune Selves when they want to create something in the physical world, so as to assist human beings in their progress.
  • They then order the lower elementals directly, without calling upon the upper elementals.
  • The object created may be anything from veins in the earth or from the changing of the course of a river to the founding of an institution of learning.
  • These, however, are not thoughts for themselves, and their thoughts differ vastly from human thoughts in that the preceding thinking is done with nderstanding
  • and accuracy.
  • Such a thought does not go through a slow and laborious gestation.
  • It is created and issued instantly.
  • Elementals may build it out according to the slow processes of nature or instantly by an immediate precipitation, when it is spoken into being.
  • In these thoughts the aim is unerring, the exteriorization is sure and the balancing factor is satisfied at once.
  • The thoughts of Intelligences resemble human thoughts in that they, too, build from a point, by lines, angles and surfaces.
  • The Intelligences order the elementals by thinking or by thoughts according to geometrical figures which elementals have to obey.
  • Such figures are points, lines,angles and surfaces related to certain points of the circle, which are related to the places, things and events to be connected with the exteriorization.
  • Such figures are few, but with them are produced complicated events, as with the four strings of a violin can be produced innumerable melodies, discords and harmonies.
  • The Intelligences think of the points, lines, angles and surfaces, and then matter of the world, plane and state with which the thinking is connected, forms itself ultimately into the act, object or event.
  • Sometimes the thinking is done through a human being who, however, does not know of the figure he is making and of its consequences,though he must be a willing instrument.
  • Such a figure affects elementals by means of the matter of which the figure is made.

Matter, units, and elementals are almost synonymous terms, used to indicate different phases of the thing.
The matter or elementals of which the figure is made acts on other matter or elementals by a compelling power coming from the form of the figure, and organizing them into the work to be done. The figure has in it point, line, angle and surface matter, that is, different kinds of elementals, units, which can
act on similar matter in the mass of the elements.

  • Human thoughts that are to be exteriorized are drawn into the figure and fit themselves to it.
  • Not all thoughts are ready to be exteriorized at all times.
  • It is by the knowledge of the Triune Selves that thoughts which can be exteriorized are selected.
  • Elementals print on the breath-form a copy of the points, lines, angles and surfaces of the thoughts selected for exteriorization.
  • Sometimes thoughts are exteriorized to prepare a political, religious or physical condition in the world under which the doers of generations yet unborn will live when embodied.
  • The fact that the world has been going on uninterruptedly is the best evidence of the knowledge of these Intelligences and of their Triune Selves.

The figures thought by the Triune Selves only guide the exteriorizations.

  • The figures make designs in which many thoughts are blended into one and thereby they are exteriorized as one.
  • The human thoughts in the figure are the power that compels elementals to exteriorize it.
  • They are the power that acts through the form of the figure on the elementals in the mass of the element.

When the thoughts are exteriorized in acts, objects or events, the persons whose thoughts are involved will invariably be at the juncture of time, condition and place, brought there in an orderly, natural manner. In obedience to lines of the figures, which are also copied on the breath-forms of the persons affected and transferred into brain and nerve cells built in by the breath-forms, elementals make certain impressions through the senses.
These produce incentive to action or inaction, which will result in an action by or a happening to the person, a part of whose thought is thereby exteriorized.

Another kind of thinking is done by the Great Triune Self of the worlds and by the beings of the form, life and light worlds.

  • They do not think with faculties nor do they think in the manner of human beings.
  • The thinking of the Great Triune Self of the worlds is at once feeling, thinking and knowing.
  • This thinking is used to coordinate the embodied portions of all the doers on earth.
  • It is done on the principle of the point, line, angle, surface and circle.
  • The beings of the form, life and light worlds work with individuals or sets of humans, under the direction of the Intelligences.
  • Their thinking usually is done from knowing, not from feeling, and it proceeds on the principle of all thinking, which is the extension of the point to the circle.

While it is now usually impossible for human beings to keep on thinking without creating thoughts, they must all learn to do so eventually.

  • The thinking that frees is a thinking which does not by attachment create angles and surfaces.
  • Men must learn to think without conceiving a thought about the things of nature on which they think.
  • The conceiving of a thought binds them to the object from which the thought was conceived.
  • This object is a point in the conception and is developed into a structure within the thought.

Thinking without conceiving a thought proceeds also by the method of point, line, angle and surface, but the structure developed by the thinking is not in a thought because there is no thought.

  • It is in nature and acts at once in nature by starting elementals, if the thinking is on the nature-side, that is, is on a subject of nature.
  • If it is on the intelligent-side, on a subject of the Triune Self or the Intelligence, no structure is developed, other than one of angles and lines leading to a
  • point; the matter is not nature-matter; it is matter of the Triune Self.
  • The terms angles and lines are metaphorical, abstract.
  • When the abstract point is reached it is a point of Light and with that at once a circle.
  • This is thinking on the Triune Self or the Intelligence without creating anything from the thinking.
  • But the result is illumination on the subject of the thinking and consequent knowledge.

The second application of the principle of the point working towards the circle may be seen in the development by which a thought, once it is issued, becomes

A human thought is issued from the frontal sinuses, on the light plane of the light world, but goes directly to the life plane of the light world.
Within the thought is, at that stage, the point of matter of the physical plane of the physical world.

  • It is the same point which the breath-form received from the four senses, passed on to feeling, which gave it to desire, where thinking developed a structure within the point by holding Light of the Intelligence on it.
  • The point is still only a point within the thought, but has within it an approximate, not a perfect, structure made up of the three standard angles of point matter, line matter, angle matter and surface matter.
  • This matter is from the life plane of the physical world.
  • The thought itself has no structure.
  • It is psychic matter and mental matter, matter of the Triune Self.

The force or active side of the thought comes from the embodied portion of the doer, drives the thought on and attracts to it nature-matter so that the point within the thought develops from itself outward into a surface, whereas it formerly had developed within itself.

  • The point attracts a point to itself to which other points attach themselves.
  • This makes the horizontal or matter line of points; it is points, not a line.
  • The matter extends until a certain limit is reached which is preconditioned by the point.
  • Then a line is extended from the initial point, beside and along the matter line.
  • This is a line, the aim line, and it is extended to a limit.
  • The limit is a curve, the completing curve.
  • The aim line makes with the matter line, an angle.
  • It moves gradually away from the matter line and other lines take its place until a standard angle of thirty degrees is reached by the aim line and is built out from the horizontal line.
  • The horizontal line is built with point matter, the first standard angle is built with line matter.
  • Then another standard angle is built into the first from the point, with angle matter.
  • The angle matter is increased until the second standard angle is completed.
  • It is limited by the completing curve.
  • To the second standard angle the third is added by the compacting of surface matter.
  • There are now developed from the point outward three standard angles, making a figure of one-fourth of a circle, (Fig. IV-A).

The horizontal line, made up of point matter, is in the fiery state, the aim line made up of line matter is in the airy state, the angle made of angle matter is in the fluid state, and the surface, made up of surface matter, is in the solid state of the life plane of the light world.

Thus a point of matter of the physical plane of the physical world, having within it a structure of matter of the life plane of the physical world, by virtue of the power of desire and the Light of the Intelligence, compels matter on the life plane of the light world to build out the structure of the figure which is in the point.

When the point has become a surface on the life plane, the surface builds from its lowest point, which is ninety degrees from the horizontal line, another and similar structure.

  • The surface builds from its lowest point by point matter, line matter, angle matter and surface matter, a surface in the solid state of the form plane of the light
  • world.
  • And that surface builds from its lowest point, by a similar structure, a surface on the physical plane of the light world.
  • That surface builds from its lowest point, by a similar structure, a surface on the life plane of the life world.
  • So surface after surface is built from the lowest point of the preceding surface until the structure is built through the form plane and the physical plane of the life world and through the life, form and physical planes of the form world and through the life, form and physical planes of the physical world.
  • On the form plane of the physical world the structure is a surface in the solid state of matter of that plane.
  • When the structure in the thought is developed outward to this extent the thought waits there until it can be exteriorized into an act, an object or an event on the physical plane.

This description of the structure is like a physician's prescription, an architect's plan, a chemist's formula; but if anyone can feel it, understand it, he will see from it the relation of the different states of matter on the planes and in the worlds and how they are connected, blended, linked, geared and work with each other. Point matter is present throughout every line, line matter is through every angle, angle matter is in every surface, and surface matter is on every solid.

The structure in the thought is exteriorized from the lowest point of the form plane.

  • It starts radiant matter to build out toward the circle.
  • It does this in the brain of the one through whom the thought will be exteriorized.
  • The point becomes a surface of radiant matter in the brain.
  • From a point in that is built a surface of airy matter which is breathing.
  • From a point in that a surface of fluid matter, that is, of blood in circulation, is produced.
  • From a point in that surface is produced the act, object or event through the action of the physical body.

Every act that is done, every event that happens, every object that is produced by human effort is called forth in this manner.

  • In this way a thought is built outwardly in conformity with the structure which is in it.
  • Thoughts clothe themselves with matter according to the pattern of the structure in them.

Thinking begins at a point, because the Light of the Intelligence goes in or goes out from a point.

  • When thinking directs the Light to a point the Light opens the point inward or outward.
  • It opens the point inward when the thinking is directed towards the higher planes of nature or towards the Triune Self.
  • But human thinking is directed outwardly, towards the physical plane.

The purpose of the thinking is outside and so it builds first within a point by point, line, angle, surface and completing curve, and then elementals give existence to thinking when they body it forth into nature, by building out from the point.

02 Method of thinking in fashioning nature

Method of thinking in fashioning nature. The forms of nature come from human thoughts. Pre-chemistry.

The third application of the principle of the point extending towards the circle may be observed when it is seen that nature, when it builds the exterior universe, follows the pattern in thoughts.

  • There is no other way for nature-matter to act.
  • Thinking and thoughts set the pattern, and the units, elementals in nature, have to follow it.
  • The points, lines, angles, surfaces and curves are exteriorized as the forms of the physical world, where they are not distinguished as points, lines, angles, surfaces and curves but are massed into the things which appear as physical objects.
  • Points, lines, angles and surfaces are everywhere. They are invisible.
  • Only a compacted mass of surfaces is visible, but not one surface alone.
  • As surface is built on surface, by combination of units, the structure becomes visible.

So the elementals of the four earth elements build up what expresses visibly, audibly, tangibly, in solid matter, what the thinking and the thoughts of human beings are.

  • These elementals build in this manner not only that which is the direct result of human effort but also that which is a distant and indirect result of human thinking, so distant that it is not attributed to it.
  • The elementals which received their impress from thinking while they passed through a human body build up organic nature, and there cause growth, expansion,
  • development and change, all according to the method of point and limiting curve, which is the circle. Fungi, lichens and mosses, buds, flowers, fruits and seeds, trunks and branches are all built by the method of expressing a point as a circle in bodying forth human thoughts.
  • According to the parts of the human body in which they were lodged as transient units they build out, under compositor units, plants such as an oak representing nerve structure, a cabbage representing a gland, a cactus representing a primitive state of the spine, a vine representing a blood vessel, grass or moss or needles of the evergreen representing hair.
  • Human thoughts force the units of the four earth elements to bring forth, to keep up and to destroy the bodies of the animals, according to the method of building out from the point toward the circle, the point expressed.

Plants and animals get their forms from human thoughts, though humans are not aware of this.

  • These forms are a distant though direct result of human thoughts.
  • The entities inhabiting these forms are in the case of short-lived animals as butterflies,insects and vermin, desires of the living, and in the case of mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes, desires cast off by doers after death.

The elementals which have passed through a human body build up also inorganic nature.

  • The only manner in which they can build it is according to the pattern set by human thoughts, the pattern of the point developing toward a circle.
  • In this way they make rocks, water and the air, and fill out all inorganic nature with phenomena, from starlight and sunsets, blue sky and thunder, to mountains and dust.
  • The building is done according to the method of the point and circle, under the direction of upper elementals ordered by Intelligences and their Triune Selves.
  • The last stages of the precipitation of matter into the things of inorganic nature are from the form plane.
  • The point matter or units in the fiery state of that plane develops by the method outlined into line matter, that is, into units in the airy state of that plane, then into angle matter, that is, units in the fluid state of that plane, and then into surface matter, that is, into units in the earthy state of that plane.
  • Then the solid unit from the form plane, by a similar development, grows to be the radiant physical unit.
  • To a point in the units of surface matter on the form plane, points are attached outward as a matter line.
  • The line begins to be what will become a surface, and thus a unit of radiant matter on the physical plane.
  • From the first unit extends another line which is the aim line, and to it other lines as line matter attach themselves and so become angle matter, by the addition, at the apex, of line to line.
  • Angle matter is a further step on the way to become a unit of radiant matter.
  • The angle matter is limited by the curve, which is the limit of the radiant unit, as surface matter in the radiant state.
  • A similar process is repeated by this unit, that is, by the surface of radiant matter, from a point out of which is developed a surface which is a point of airy matter and later becomes a surface of airy matter.
  • The process is then repeated by the unit of airy matter, from out of a point of which is developed a surface which is a point of fluid matter;
  • and then by the unit of fluid matter, from out of a point of which is developed a surface which is a point of solid matter.
  • From out of a point of solid matter is developed a surface of solid matter.
  • In every stage of the concretion from solid form matter into solid physical matter a point as point matter is the beginning and is by the addition of point matter extended into a line, the matter line, and then into an aim line, which being line matter attracts line matter.
  • Thereby the point becomes the apex of an angle which, growing, makes angle matter.
  • The angle matter then grows to be surface matter.

Radiant units will be termed pyrogen, airy units aerogen, fluid units fluogen, and solid units geogen, (Fig. II-F).

  • These four kinds of units are four main stations in the growth of units from the lowest state of the form plane into the lowest physical state.
  • The plane of pre-chemistry shows these four kinds, in each kind of a fourfold group, in each group a fourfold subgroup, and so on by fours.

To illustrate.

  • The geogen group consists of pyro-geogen, aero-geogen, fluo-geogen and geo-geogen units;
  • and the geo-geogen units have a fourfold subgroup of pyro-geo-geogen, aero-geo-geogen, and so forth.
  • The first stage of growth on to the physical plane as a point of radiant matter is pyro-pyro-pyro-pyro-pyrogen.
  • From this stage the unit grows into a pyro-pyro-pyropyrogen unit,
  • then into a pyro-pyro-pyrogen unit,
  • then into a pyro-pyrogen unit,
  • then into an aero-aero-aero-aero-pyrogen unit,
  • and so on until it is an aero-pyrogen unit.
  • Then it grows through corresponding intermediate stages until it is a geo-pyrogen unit.
  • Then it becomes an unqualified pyrogen unit.
  • After that it grows into a pyropyro- pyro-pyro-aerogen unit, and so on until it is an unqualified aerogen unit, then a pyro-pyro-pyro-pyro-fluogen unit, and so on until it is an unqualified fluogen unit,
  • and then the development is repeated in the same way until it is an unqualified geogen unit.

These systematic stages through which a unit passes all come into existence by the successive growth of point matter, line matter, angle matter and surface matter limited by a curve.

  • The result of the growth is always a single unit, not a combination of units.
  • It goes through all that before chemistry and physics can deal with it at all.

Among the traits which all units of whatever kind, group or subgroup have in common are these:

  • they have twelve points, the twelve points on the circle, and only four of these are actual, the remaining eight being potential.
  • The actual points of each unit are on the circumference at the matter line and at the lines completing each standard angle of thirty degrees.
  • These four points may become active and upon their activity depends the combining capacity of the unit with other units.
  • Every unit has a passive and an active side, that is, a matter aspect and a force or spirit aspect.
  • The passive aspect is the four points at which it can combine, that is, its combining capacity.
  • The active aspect is, among other things, its combining power, which is the power to use this combining capacity.
  • It appears as a power to take, to hold and to use other units.
  • The combining power is not specialized, so as to act separately from the combining capacity.
  • The trend of the unit is to develop so that the power will become so specialized.
  • Until the combining power is specialized the unit is a unit in inorganic or in organic nature, and can use the power mainly to capture and hold other units when the combining capacity is called on.

The activity of one or more points gives to a unit its special traits.

  • In a pyrogen unit one point only is active, the pyro point; the other three remain inactive as long as it is a pyrogen unit.
  • In an aerogen unit the pyro and aero points become active; in the fluogen unit the pyro, aero and fluo points become active;
  • and in a geogen unit all our points, the pyro, aero, fluo and geo points become active.
  • The distinguishing mark of each unit is the point which indicates its kind, that is, in a geogen unit the mark is the geo point, in a fluogen unit the fluo point, in an aerogen unit the aero point and a pyrogen unit has only the pyro point.
  • A pyrogen unit can combine only at its pyro point.
  • An aerogen unit can combine at its pyro point and at its aero point.
  • With a pyrogen unit it can combine only at its first or pyro point which is the point common to both units.
  • With an aerogen unit it combines at the second or aero point, which is the second point common to both units.
  • The fluogen unit can combine at any one of its three points.
  • With a pyrogen unit it can combine only at its own first or pyro point, which is the only point common to both units;
  • with an aerogen unit it can combine only at its own second or aero point, which is the last point common to both units;
  • with another fluogen unit it can combine only at their third or fluo or last common point,
  • and with a geogen unit it can combine only at their last common point, which is the fluo point.
  • A geogen unit can combine at any one of its four points;
  • with a pyrogen unit it can combine only at its own pyro point;
  • with an aerogen unit only at its own aero point;
  • with a fluogen unit only at its own fluo point
  • and with another geogen unit only at the geo point.

When units combine they do so at the last common point.

  • Not more than two units can combine with each other at the same time at the same point.
  • Units can combine, first, if they are of the same kind and also of the same grade of development in that kind;
  • second, if they are of the same kind and one of them is an unqualified unit of the same kind;
  • third, if they are of different kinds and both are unqualified units;
  • fourth, if they are of different kinds and one is an unqualified unit of its own kind and the other is in combination with an unqualified unit of its kind;
  • fifth, if they are of different kinds and each is already in combination with an unqualified unit of its own kind.

Though the combining units cannot be seen, their combinations can be seen or examined when they have reached the stage called "chemical elements".

  • The compounds of these enter into the make-up of all inorganic and organic bodies, into everything that grows and into everything that is made.
  • The combinations produce the phenomena of the physical world, starlight, sunshine, moonlight, lightning, rainbows,spectra, wind, thunder, rain, and the colors and shades of twilight, dawn and sunset;
  • the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets;
  • electricity, heat, cohesion, magnetism,gravity and some unknown forces;
  • the mineral, vegetable and animal realms;
  • human bodies;
  • birth, growth and decay of all things;
  • and all sights, sounds, tastes and smells.

** Units of the same kind form groups or series.**
For example, pre-chemically, lead is the end of one series which contains uranium, helium, radium and lead, and is the beginning of another, which is lead, mercury, silver and gold.

  • Then the gold turns into uranium and the series begins again.
  • These visible things are like platforms;
  • the curved stairs descending and then ascending, that lead from one to another, are not perceptible.

The place where these units are, from pyro-pyro-pyro-pyro-pyrogen units, which are the beginning of radiant matter, to the unqualified geogen units which are at the end of the grades of development of solid matter, is the region between the outermost stars and the center of the earth.

  • Radiant matter is in airy matter, and that in fluid matter, and that in solid matter.
  • Finer matter penetrates coarser.
  • Because of this interpenetration of units the outpourings of the sun may be directly inhaled and bodily exhalations be drawn into the sun.
  • Thus the physical body may be made immune to disease and endowed with youth.
  • A man sitting in a chair may actually be in contact with the farthest star.

Pyrogen is starlight, aerogen is sunlight, fluogen is moonlight and geogen is earthlight.

  • Earthlight or pure carbon is light, as is sunlight, only human eyes, chiefly because their focus is limited to one octave, do not see it as light any more than they
  • can see starlight in rocks.
  • None of these lights could be operative without the earth.
  • None of these things are true light.
  • They are only units in states of matter affected through the Triune Self by the Light of the Intelligence.
  • The difference in these kinds of light, so-called, is due to the capacity of the four states of matter on the physical plane of the physical world to transmit the Light of the Intelligence.

The stars, sun, moon and earth are foci in which the four states of matter on the physical plane are centered.

  • Of these centers or foci the earth is a solid body, and the moon is semi-solid, but the sun and stars are not solid bodies.
  • The four kinds of units are controlled through these centers.
  • The centers are connected, each with the one above or within it.
  • The sun is needed to bring and circulate starlight.
  • Without the moon there would be no contact with sunlight.
  • Without the earth there could be no contact with the moonlight.
  • The sun centralizes starlight and radiates it through the aid of the moon to the earth.
  • The sun pumps, through the moon as a strainer, all four kinds of light into and out of all animate and inanimate things and beings on the earth crust.
  • It breaks down, compounds and replaces them according to the points that allow the combining of units to become active.

If the eye had the focal power of four octaves, one could see these four lights distinctly.

  • He could see the free starlight, the free sunlight, the free moonlight and the free earthlight as units or as masses.
  • He could see the interpenetration of the starlight into the sunlight, and of the sunlight into the moonlight and of the moonlight into the earthlight.
  • He could see these four lights present through, and radiating in all directions from the solid-solid objects on the earth.

The less advanced units of each kind are in the starry spaces farthest removed from the earth; and the more advanced are nearer to the earth.

  • On the surface of the earth unqualified units of the four kinds predominate, though there are also units in the intermediate stages of development.
  • Geogen units are rarest at the stars and at the earth center and densest inside the earth crust.
  • A unit of the geogen kind is the beginning of solidity.
  • Geogen units are the beginning of every object of a solid nature, whether it be a human body or a layer of marble rock.
  • Without geogen there could not be anything solid.
  • Geogen units are the building blocks of the universe.
  • In some bodies the units are all of the geogen kind as in lampblack or in charcoal.
  • In other bodies the geogen units predominate, as in a tree where there are also fluogen, aerogen and pyrogen units.
  • In other bodies, as in phosphorus and sulphur, the geogen units do not predominate, but they are then at least the basis for the solidity of the mass.
  • The geogen units are the base on which units of the other three kinds are held. Geogen units are in fluids and in gases.
  • They are in sunlight and in starlight near the earth surface and, because sunlight and starlight like to combine with them, they make these lights available to things on the earth surface.
  • The physical, visible, sensible universe is built on the points of geogen units.
  • In the physical world geogen units play the dominant part.
  • It is a geogen world.
  • Other worlds and beings are in and through the geogen world and its beings.
  • For these beings the geogen world with its geogen people and things exists as little as they do for it.
  • Some of the geogen units get into these other worlds, but there they lack the significance which they have in the geogen world.
  • They amount to little.

But on the earth surface everything depends on them and their combinations.

  • Separation goes with combination.
  • Combinations of units can separate and after a while do separate.
  • Everything in inorganic nature and in organic nature is a combination and is divisible.
  • Combinations are dissociated in the inverse order of their combining.
  • The surface breaks down into angles, standard angles of thirty degrees;
  • the angles break down into lines;
  • the lines separate into points, and the original combining units are left.
  • When compounds are separated the combinations which helped to make them may continue.

At any of their stages the units can recombine.

  • The oftener they do so, the readier and fitter they become to recombine.
  • Their separation may stop at any stage.
  • The units may then remain where they are, for a short or a long time, from fractions of a second to ages, until they recombine.
  • When they recombine they act under the same system by point, line, angle and surface, that dominates their growth and their combination and controls their separation.
  • In this way all objects on the visible earth are built, maintained and dissolved.

If the limit of growth of any body or part of it is reached, the lesser units that make it are separated, carried away and carried back into the sun, or enter new
combinations. If the limit of growth is not reached, some of the units of the thing are carried away and others replace them, carried in by the stream coming from the sun.

The length of time units remain in a combination before they separate and enter new ones, or are unbound for a time, depends on various factors, as on their own condition, showing that they are unfitted for or have outgrown the combination in which they are;

  • on the governing unit of the compound if they are in one;
  • on whether they are undisturbed, like the units in coal left in the earth,
  • or are acted on by some outside force, as are the units in coal burning in a grate.
  • If they are compositor units they leave their compounds in nature to go into a human body, when the summons for them is issued.
  • If they are transient units, that is, units which are used by a human body but do not belong to it, they may remain in their compounds until these are broken up.

Solid objects, no matter how permanent they seem, are in a state of flux.

  • They are compounds of units which are in various degrees of development, from pyro-pyropyro-pyro-pyrogen to the various geogen combinations.
  • Of the units which make up the compounds some may be there for a long time, some for a shorter time and some are merely passing through.
  • This is as true of marble or glass as of the petals of a peach blossom.

The difference in the relative permanence of these things is due either to cohesion, that is, a property of geogen or structure units due to the presence of
fluogen or form units, or to the principle of typal form.

  • Cohesion keeps units in compounds in inorganic structures together, unless the property of a mass of other units passing through the geogen mass disrupts it.
  • Heat, which is a mass of pyrogen and aerogen units, disrupts the cohesion of a mass of units which make the compound marble.
  • Sudden changes from heat to cold, a certain electric current or the will of one who can see or speak through solid matter, could crumble it.
  • The cohesive property in units is that which keeps them together in inorganic things.
  • Organic objects, that is, those of cellular construction, are, however, not held together by cohesion.
  • Design or form is what keeps the units in the peach tree, its fruit or the peach blossoms together.

The purpose of the design and a certain limit of time, bring about the disruption of a part of the design and thereby break down the compounds of the blossom, of the fruit and of the tree.

The pyrogen, aerogen, fluogen and geogen units in the light, air, water and earth do the rest, liberating the units that compose the blossom, the peach and the
tree, and allowing them to form new compounds. So objects in inorganic nature are given permanence by cohesion, and in organic nature by the design or form.

03 The constitution of matter. Units

The constitution of matter. Units.

Objects that last for ages, such as marble rock or granite, are not permanent in their make-up.

  • They are in principle no more permanent than is a flowing river.
  • The particles in both are constantly moving, though the contours of the marble and of the river are more lasting.
  • There are streams of units which pass through marble, glass, bronze and all other solid objects in a constant flow.
  • They carry away here some and there others of the units making up these solid objects and leave other units in their stead.
  • Streams of units pass continuously through all the waters or fluids as through the solids.
  • They pass through the air and the radiant matter in it.
  • In no case are they visible, because human senses are not fine enough to perceive them.
  • These senses can at best focus on geogen units when concreted so as to be a solid physical object.

The general shape of a layer of marble or of a statue remains unchanged, because of the property of cohesion in the units, because the number of substitutions is small in proportion to the number of units making up the mass and because the substitutions are made so quickly.

  • It is like a regiment which remains the same regiment, though soldiers drop out and others fill their places.
  • The same streams which flow through inorganic matter and bring about substitutions of the units in a compound, also flow through plants, and animal and human bodies.
  • In these organic things the form is the distinct principle which preserves the outline, the limits.

As the streams pass through the geogen layer some of the units in the streams combine with or carry away some of the units of the layer, of the combinations, of the compounds and of the objects in the layer. So the streams build up, maintain and break down structures in the layer.

In inorganic nature the combinations may produce a perfect structure, an imperfect structure or a mass without structure.
A perfect structure is produced where the units enter each other.

  • They enter each other at points, those which are the last points common to both units.
  • The results may be that the units change each other, or that the parent units remain and an offspring grows from them or that the parent units disappear in the offspring.
  • In any case the result is a combination, not a growth.
  • At the combining point a line which is a new matter line, is extended by point matter, new line matter makes a new aim line, new angle matter is added and a new surface comes into existence which is limited by the curve.

An imperfect structure comes into existence when the combining units do not enter each other and no new matter line is formed, but their surfaces come together.

  • They adhere and the combination is superficial, not integral.

In the third case the combination has no structure, but is mass, amorphous.

Thus a diamond, graphite, and lampblack are examples of a perfect structure, of an imperfect structure, and of a mass without structure, made by units of geogen.

Similar manifestations of units belonging to pyrogen and its groups are,

  • starlight, which has a perfect structure, being a oneness built by self-generation from points ofform matter;
  • the stars which have an imperfect structure and are built by the coming together of surfaces of starlight;
  • and a flash of lightning which has no structure, but is made of pyrogen units brought into a mere mass.

A diamond comes into existence if all the combining units are of the same kind,that is, belong to the geogen group.

  • If the strain is of unqualified geogen units or of units belonging to the pyro-geogen group and the subgroups are all pyro subgroups, a white diamond comes finally into existence.
  • If the subgroups are not pyro subgroups there will be a shade of color in the diamond.
  • If the strain is of aero-geogen and the subgroups are all aero subgroups, a blue diamond results.
  • A yellow diamond appears when the strain is of fluo-geogen, and a red diamond is the result of a strain of geogeogen.

If the marrying units are of the geogen kind but belong to different geogen groups, other colored stones such as rubies, beryls, a variation of which is the
emerald, or amethysts, which are quartz, come into existence.

All things that are organic have a system on which they are constructed.

  • In inorganic nature only crystals show a structure.
  • Inorganic nature is made up of conglomerations of masses of units,
  • organic nature is made up of units which are built into structures, have a definite design and are governed by superior units.
  • All the units in a petal or in a grain of pollen have their governing units, and these are under the unit of the flower as a whole.

In a human body the units are arranged in hierarchies.

  • The lowest of the governing units is the breath link unit of a cell;
  • the highest is the sense of smell.

In the structure of a human body all the compositor units, that is, the breath link units, the life link units, the form link units, the cell link units in the cells,
the governing units of the various organs in the four systems and the four senses, remain throughout life, held together by the breath-form.
All other units are transient and come and go through food, drink, air and light, and also with the all penetrating streams which constantly bear them on.

Some of the units in nature act on or are acted on by others.

  • They function in this way whether they are single or are in combinations in inorganic nature, or when their combinations are in organic nature under a superior unit which operates the structure of which they form a part.

According to their functions there are causal, portal, form and structure units.

  • The causal units bring things into existence and cause the changes in them;
  • the portal units carry on the circulations of units in all things;
  • the form units hold things together in forms;
  • the structure units build solids and so make bodies for the other three to function in.
  • The causal are the pyrogen units,
  • the portal the aerogen units,
  • the form the fluogen units
  • and the structure the geogen units,
  • and each of the kinds has in it a group of four.

So the units of the pyrogen group function as pyro-causals, aerocausals, fluo-causals, or geo-causals; and each group has many subgroups of fours.

In a geogen unit work the other three kinds, the causal, the portal, and the formunits.

  • When a physical structure is built it can be built only with geogen or structure units.
  • They are the building material.
  • They make up the solid world; without them there could be none.
  • The form or fluogen units hold the structure units in place and keep things as they are, giving and maintaining the frame and the form of objects.
  • They hold also the portal and the causal units.
  • The portals and the causals work through the form units.
  • One form unit connects with another and so they form the mass of structure units, as a block of marble or a heart.
  • The action of the form unit is like that of a kaleidoscope in which the same bits of glass appear in a variety of patterns.
  • The form units are the units that give to a mass of structure units the character of gold or tin, or of a strawberry or a pepper.
  • The character is given by arranging the structure units in form.
  • A statue retains the outline given to it, because the form units in the mass of structure units hold that mass in the shape given to it by the sculptor.
  • The portal or aerogen units circulate through the form units.
  • They carry the causals around with them.
  • Without the portals the causals could not act on the form units.
  • The portals are life and carry life.

The causal or pyrogen units are contained within a portal, as the portals are within a form unit and form units in a structure unit.

  • They are the beginners, the generators, the changers and the destroyers.
  • If the form units are no longer able to maintain the form, the causals acting within the portals and the portals acting within the form units start the breaking down of the form and of the structure.
  • To have a structure there must be building blocks, the geogen units.
  • To hold the structure there must be form units in these structure units.
  • The bound form units connect with unbound transient form units which pass through the structure as water flows through a sponge.
  • Some of the unbound are caught and bound into the form units of the structure units while some of the form units in the structure are carried off.
  • The portals in the form units connect with the unbound transient portals which pass through the bound form units, and hold those of the portals which they need, while some of the bound portals are carried off with the stream of unbound portals.
  • The portals are the life of the structure.
  • The causals in the bound portals connect with the unbound causals which the ever moving streams of matter of the form plane carry through the portals which are held by the form units.
  • Some of the bound causals capture and hold some of the unbound causals and the stream of causals carries away some of the bound causals.
  • The causals remaining in the portals are the active causes that bring about every change that takes place.
  • They bring about the dissolution of the form when the form units are no longer able to maintain it.
  • Then the bound causals, making contact with unbound causals, relate them with the form units of the structure, and that is broken up.
  • The activities of the various units are based on the system of point, line, angle and surface limited by the curve.
  • Of the unbound units streaming through a structure which are caught by bound units in it, the causal are caught by the causal, the portal by the portal, the form by the form units, and the structure by the structure units.
  • The bound units which are carried out of the structure with unbound units, are taken in like manner, the causal by the causal, the portal by the portal, the form by the form units, and the structure by the structure units.

A geogen unit can catch a pyrogen unit only at the pyro point of the geogen unit, and that pyrogen point is the causal unit within the structure unit, (Fig. II-F).

  • In the structure unit the causal unit is the point matter, the portal unit is the line matter and the form unit is the angle matter, while the geogen or structure unit itself is the surface.
  • The same aspects are presented by the other kinds of units.
  • So a pyrogen or causal unit is point matter in a structure unit, but it is surface matter among the unqualified pyrogen kind;
  • there the point matter is a pyro-pyrogen unit, the line matter is an aero-pyrogen unit, and the angle matter is a fluo-pyrogen unit, and the geopyrogen unit is the final stage of angle matter before the unit becomes an unqualified pyrogen unit, which is a surface.
  • Though a causal or pyrogen unit is a surface in its own state it is only the pyro point in a structure or geogen unit or surface.
  • A portal or aerogen unit is a surface among the unqualified aerogen kind, but in a structure unit it is line matter and is the aero point.
  • A form or fluogen unit is a surface among its unqualified kind, but in a structure unit is angle matter and is the fluo point.
  • Structure units are the building blocks of the physical universe.
  • When structure units build perfect structures they build from these pyro, aero, fluo or geo points, in them.
  • What is built from pyro points is colorless, as rock crystals or colorless diamonds.
  • What is built from aero points is blue as sapphires;
  • what is built from fluo points is yellow, and what comes from geo points is red.
  • This is so with perfect structures in inorganic nature, such as stone crystals and metal crystals.
  • The variety of colors between the three primary colors is due to combinations of several units.

When structure units build imperfect structures they act as surfaces, but they act merely as surfaces and not from their points, that is, they do not enter each other.

  • Thus they build up a common mass, that is, a mass which is not a crystal or a cell, by merely adhering to each other.
  • Such masses as aqueous or igneous rocks are compacted by surface upon surface.
  • There the structure units do not penetrate each other, but merely stick together by means of the cohesive power which lies in their form units.
  • When the structure is organic, built of cells after a design, it is built by structure units which penetrate each other.
  • It is built by geogen point matter, which starts line matter, which develops angle matter, which becomes a surface, a living surface.
  • The surfaces or building blocks meet at points, their geo points, and from there build up cell structure.
  • They build it up on the system of the point, line, angle and surface.
  • The new surface is a new cell.
  • It separates from the parent cell at the geo point of the parent cell.
  • So one cell becomes two.
  • At the center of each new cell the development by point, line, angle and surface is repeated, until the structure of the body built by cells is complete.

The causal, portal, form and structure units not only build up structures, but are also the forces of nature.

  • There are four earths: the radiant, airy, fluid, and solid masses.
  • These are the passive or matter aspects of the four earth elements.
  • In that condition the matter aspect of the units dominates their active side.
  • The active or force aspect is streams of units which pass through the masses, and in those units the active side dominates the passive side.
  • The source of these streams is the form plane.
  • They flow continuously, though at some times they are more active than at others, and they flow in all directions at the same time.
  • Some of these streams, if they could be measured, would be found to be faster than the speed at which light is said to travel.
  • They travel so fast that as they pass through they do not ordinarily affect solid objects or even the two lower layers of geogen and fluogen.

Under conditions allowing contact these streams manifest as electricity, as light or as creative force, which are starlight; as heat, which is starlight and sunlight; as the force of flight, which is sunlight; as magnetism, which is moonlight and earthlight; and as gravitation, which is earthlight.

At certain times these streams appear as other forces, at present unknown.
The forces themselves are not vibrations, but they cause vibrations in the mass of passive units.

  • If the plexuses of the generative system were in contact with the forces of pyrogen or starlight, one could generate power in machines without fuel or other
  • outside means.
  • If the plexuses of the respiratory system were adjusted to the forces of aerogen or sunlight, one could fly and could impart to the body speed in traveling
  • through the air; he could produce heat without fuel by adjusting aerogen units.
  • If the plexuses of the circulatory system were in contact with fluogen or moonlight, one could have lightness of body and could rise in the air or move in the water, produce varying colors in vegetation and control the sap of plants.
  • If the plexuses of the digestive system were in contact with geogen or earthlight, one could increase or decrease his own weight and the weight in other bodies; he could precipitate the diffused geogen units into solid forms; he could magnetize bodies and cause them to attract or repel each other.

Fortunately this condition of human bodies does not exist at present. Any one of these forces would shatter the nervous system and possibly cause immediate death.
Before one may attempt to use any of them one must have his body under control and not be controlled by it.

The growth, and the combining and compounding of the pyrogen, aerogen, fluogen, and geogen units, are accomplished on the principle of the point developing by line and angle towards the circle.

  • Thoughts when they are issued are exteriorized by this principle because nature has to follow the pattern which is in the thought.
  • Not only in the immediate exteriorization of thoughts into acts, objects and events is this principle followed but also in the remote and indirect exteriorizations which are the phenomena in the maintenance of outside nature.
  • These are brought about by the transient pyrogen, aerogen, fluogen and geogen units which received their impress from thinking while they passed through human bodies.
  • They make a leaden sky, a coppery afterglow, the frosting on a windowpane, the gold in the earth and all the fauna and flora.
  • The extension of a point towards a circle is always the plan on which nature works.
  • The result of the growth is their development.
  • The units come as free units from the other spheres into the earth sphere and there, through the light, life and form worlds, into the physical world.
  • There they descend through the light, the life and the form planes to the physical plane of the physical world.
  • They pass as free units through all objects on the physical plane.
  • They are unattracted and unattached, but they are affected while passing through bodies.
  • Units do not affect other units and have no power over them as such.
  • The only things that can affect them and bring about a change in them are thinking and the Light of the Intelligence used in thinking.
  • The change is brought about in the units, whether they be of the spheres or worlds or planes, as they pass through bodies.

So the units of the sphere of fire are changed in their make-up and their activities until they come from sphere to sphere and world to world down to the solid state of the form plane of the physical world.

  • From there they grow out through the pyro-pyro-pyro-pyro-pyrogen stage, through subgroups and their subgroups, into unqualified pyrogen units.
  • Then they become transient units.
  • They become such only when they are attracted, caught and held by the breath link unit of a cell.
  • Their growth continues until they become geogen units of the unqualified kind.

In the meantime, while they are so growing, they make up the phenomena of nature and enter into the composition of the various chemical elements and of the bodies of plants and animals.

  • They return to bodies, where they are again caught by compositor units;
  • the pyrogens are caught by the breath link units,
  • the aerogens and their subgroups by life link units,
  • the fluogens and their subgroups by form link units
  • and the geogens and their subgroups by cell link units.
  • They remain transient units until they become compositor units.
  • They act as compositor units in nature in the building up and maintenance of the structures of plants and animals.
  • Finally they become organ units and manage organs, successively in the four systems, and then they manage the systems and are successively the senses
  • of sight, of hearing, of taste and of smell.
  • There ends their career in nature.

A sense of smell becomes the breath-form unit, which in turn is translated by the Triune Self to be its aia, when the Triune Self becomes an Intelligence.
The progression of the unit is always from the earth-fire to the earth-earth towards the goal of being an aia unit, (Fig. II-H).

Throughout the development of units in nature the principle that governs the growing, combining and massing is that of the point growing towards a quarter
circle or the quarter circle diminishing towards a point.

04 Erroneous conceptions Dimensions Time Space

Erroneous conceptions. Dimensions. The heavenly bodies. Time. Space.

Erroneous conceptions about the world in which they live interfere with men's understanding the worlds which penetrate it and the forces which keep it going.

  • The natural sciences do not lessen ignorance and error about things which are not perceptible.
  • They do not dispel the misconceptions of the sense-bound doer.
  • Among the erroneous conceptions are some that are connected with size, weight, solidity, dimensions, distance, form, originals and their reflections, sight, time and space.

There is no large or small except by comparison of expanse and volume.
"Large" and "small" are conceptions resulting from thinking which deals with certain perceptions through the senses.

  • These perceptions are made in the subdivisions of the solid state of matter on the physical plane.
  • In other states of matter, even on the physical plane, the perceptions are different.
  • Definite objects are less and less conceived of as large or small, and objects in the radiant state are not perceived as large and small at all.
  • If one could perceive the four states of matter intermingling in objects there would be no fixed conception of size.
  • The large could be seen as small and the small as large.

When one looks at objects one does not see how they are made or maintained, nor the forces playing through them and giving them qualities such as weight, cohesion and conductivity, and attributes such as outline and color.

  • One sees merely their color, their contour and their size in comparison with each other.
  • But if he could look at a geogen unit and see other units within it and streams of units passing through it, he would see relation instead of size.
  • If he could see the geogen unit held by another unit he would see action or cohesion, not size.
  • When thinking is focussed on extent and volume, one is prevented from perceiving the nature of the thing.
  • When men think of a thing the impression is of size and the thinking limits itself by such comparison.

Man must understand the universe through his body.

  • The farthest star is represented in the body and can be examined there, better than where the star is.
  • A star is no larger than its corresponding nerve center to one who can perceive the two, not that one measures as much as the other but the conception of size gives place to that of what the star and the nerve center are and of how they are related.
  • While one thinks of the universe as different from and as unrelated to his body, or of one as larger or as smaller than the other, he does not understand either. To one who sees the relation between them, sunspots are no larger than the heart-throbs by which they are caused.
  • The sun can be seen as small as a heart and a heart as large as the sun.
  • A star is like a nerve center spread out and the nerve center is as the star condensed.
  • The Milky Way cannot be seen as a whole unless it is seen as an extension and projection of the system of ganglia and nerve plexuses.
  • The human nerve trunks may be perceived as extending to the Milky Way, and that may be seen as the spinal cord.
  • To understand how physical things came into and pass out of being, the idea of size has to be abandoned.

From the form plane the physical universe may be like a speck.

  • The form plane is as much vaster than the physical plane as the ocean is vaster than the sponge in it.
  • Yet the matter of the form plane can be understood only by that matter of the form plane which is in some part of the physical plane.
  • The ether, that is, the solid matter of the form plane, can be perceived and dealt with from the physical plane only through a point.
  • The ether is entered through a point just as from a point or points in the ether comes the whole physical universe.

One who can see matter in its states on the form and physical planes will not conceive of objects as large or small. He will see that what seems large on one plane or in one state of matter is small on or in another, and that the small on or in one may be large on or in the other.

Gravity is a relation between states of physical matter.

  • So the weight of iron is the relation of the four states of radiant, airy, fluid and solid matter that make up a given mass of iron.
  • The relation may be changed by the medium in which this iron is placed, as inside the earth crust or in water on the surface or in thin air or on a mountain.
  • The center of gravity is the line of closest intermingling of the four states of matter in any body.
  • Each body has a gravity of its own, but the gravity of the earth is the standard for all things about the earth.
  • The line of closest intermingling of the matter of its four layers is between the outer and the inner earth crust.
  • The line of the earth's gravity changes from time to time.
  • Inside, beyond the earth crust, the action of gravity diminishes rapidly.
  • At the center of the earth there is no gravity, nor is there any in the region of the stars.
  • If the relation of the matter of a body to the matter of the earth as a whole is cut off, there is no weight.
  • Matter of greater density than that of the earth, that is, where the units lie closer together, has no weight if it is not related to the matter of the earth.
  • There is matter, such as that on the form plane, of greater density than solid earth matter, which cannot be perceived, has no weight and is not affected by the gravity of the earth.
  • When such matter is put into relation with the solid earth, the line of gravity will be transferred to that.

Solidity is a deception by the senses of sight and contact through smell.

  • There are holes in a copper plate as there are in a fabric.
  • But this deception can be dispelled to a certain degree by the aid of instruments.
  • Nevertheless the sense perception dominates the understanding.
  • Finer matter composes, permeates and flows through solid matter.
  • It produces the phenomena of solid matter.
  • Beyond this finer matter in the physical world is matter in other worlds that is still finer.
  • Some of the qualities of and the conditions produced by different states of the interior and finer matter are unintelligible, and if they were to be stated would appear as impossibilities, contradictions and nonsense.

Dimensions are spoken of as properties of space.

  • But space has no dimensions.
  • Matter has dimensions and only that matter which is in the three lower, the life, form and physical, planes of the physical world.
  • Its dimensions are among its characteristics.
  • The dimensions on the physical plane are called length, breadth and thickness.
  • These are really only one dimension, on-ness or surface.
  • Matter on the physical plane has the dimensions of on-ness, that is, an outside;
  • inness, that is, an inside;
  • throughness, that is, consecutive insides;
  • and presence, that is, being anywhere and everywhere at once.

The first dimension is on-ness.

  • On-ness is exteriority, the outward aspect of the things made up of matter and perceived by the senses as a whole.
  • It comprises length, breadth and thickness.
  • They are the first dimension.
  • Length breadth and thickness together are seen as surfaces.
  • All three are necessary to see a surface.

In-ness is the second dimension.

  • In-ness makes on-ness.
  • It holds surfaces together.
  • A bare surface cannot be seen because it has no thickness.
  • A thing appears as one thing, but even the simplest is many things.
  • In-ness makes the many appear as one.
  • In-ness makes tangible, visible, that which would otherwise be intangible, invisible.
  • In-ness is not solid, but it makes solid.
  • t is an aspect of the same mass which appears to have length, breadth and thickness, as having also interiority in a general way.
  • The exteriority is the thing as it looks, the interiority the thing as it is.

The third dimension of matter is throughness, which is to be known by seeing, hearing, tasting or smelling through matter, that is, perceiving all surfaces of the thing.

  • Throughness is sequence, or consecutive relation.
  • It is a continuity in the sequence and relation.
  • It is a quality of matter as going through a thing.
  • The first and second dimensions make the mass.
  • Throughness relates the various parts of the mass and goes through it.

Presence is the fourth dimension of matter, that is, matter is everywhere at once.

  • The other three dimensions are no interferences or obstructions to presence.

In on-ness, as an exteriority, appear results of activities of the other three dimensions.

  • Presence, throughness and in-ness, though they are dimensions, have not the characteristics of on-ness, and therefore the three aspects of on-ness do not aid in suggesting the properties of the other dimensions.
  • These dimensions are active, not inert as is on-ness.
  • Their properties are activities or forces and do not appear as or in on-ness.
  • Only results of the activities appear.
  • They appear in the first dimension as solidity, color, outline, shadow, reflection, refraction.

In-ness, throughness and presence are dimensions which physical matter has independently of its visibility and tangibility.

  • Unless the four dimensions of matter act coordinately, on-ness is not in evidence, that is, things do not appear as things.
  • Each kind of nature unit is a dimension of matter;
  • each class of elementals is a dimension.
  • The pyrogen units or causal elementals are the fourth dimension of matter,and the geogen units or structure elementals are the first dimension, or length, breadth and thickness.
  • There are units which are not elementals.
  • So the aia, the Triune Self and the Intelligence are units, but they are not elementals, and they have and are no dimensions.
  • Nor have they qualities which are predicated on dimensions.
  • An understanding of the nature of the visible world is precluded by ignorance of the dimensions of its matter.

As long as people are limited in their conceptions by the perceptions of their senses, they do not conceive what the universe can be behind, inside or apart from length, breadth and thickness. Even if in-ness alone were realized as a dimension they would see a universe which could hardly be identified with the visible world.

If one could sense on-ness alone, that is, without coordination of the other dimensions, it would have the substantiality of shadows.

  • There would be bare outline without color and without perspective.
  • The sun and the moon would be shadows.
  • This is one of the states through which the dead pass; their thoughts may give color and activity to the scenery.

If in-ness alone were sensed, there would be no top, no bottom, no up or down.

  • There would be no gravity, as in-ness is gravity in its relation to other states.
  • There would be no things solid to the touch.
  • Things would be where they are but one could not take hold of them.
  • Things would be sensed in layers in the mass.
  • A cigar could not be seen as a cigar, only as layers of matter without curve, and it could not be grasped.
  • There would be no moon, no sun, no stars, only matter in intangible layers.
  • A human body could not possibly be recognized.
  • It would be seen as layers, not of skin, bone, muscle or blood, but as layers of units.

If throughness alone were sensed everything would look like moving lines.

  • There would be no sun, no moon, no stars, no solid earth, no water.
  • But everything would be air and sound.

If presence alone were sensed, then according to the person who perceived, there would be either one mass of light, or everything would be points of light.

  • The whole universe would be like that, no stars, no sun, no moon, no earth, and no things and beings on the earth.

Thus appears this universe of the physical plane if it is sensed separately in each of its dimensions without their coordination. When the dimensions are sensed as coordinated there are perceived through the visible universe three interior universes, which four together make the physical universe, as the fourfold human body is seen as one body.

The visible earth is round and moves around the sun.

  • This is true in a sense.
  • But other statements could be made and be just as true, though at present they would be considered absurd.
  • The sun is not where it seems to be, and the planets are not where they seem to be.
  • The dimensions of matter and the state of the senses prevent investigators from perceiving where they are.
  • The sun and the moon may be seen inside the earth as they appear outside, apparently just as far distant from the inner as from the outer crust.
  • The stars may be seen at the center, apparently as far away as they are seen from the outer crust, and one perception is as correct as the other, for all
  • are perceptions of reflections of projections.

The connection of the dimensions with the states called radiant, airy, fluid and solid matter is apparent.

  • The elementals which are this matter have traits which are called dimensions.
  • Some conceptions can therefore be formed of the dimensions of matter in the solid state of the physical plane.
  • But when it comes to the dimensions of matter on the form plane and those of matter on the life plane, there is little that can be used as a stepping stone, a measuring rod or a comparison to aid in a conception.

When it comes to states of matter which have no dimensions at all, as the matter of the light plane of the physical world, and the matter of all the worlds beyond the physical, there is nothing, from the physical view, to go by.

  • Human conceptions do not take in what goes on in a world where matter has no dimension.
  • Yet men are in such matter at all times.

The conception of distance is connected with that of dimension.

  • Distance, from one point to another, is a term used to measure matter from one point to another.
  • Distance is the measurement of matter intervening between the two points.
  • Distance is the measure of on-ness, the first dimension, not of space.
  • The distance from the earth to a star is a measure of matter, as much as the depth of the water under a ship.
  • It is impossible to measure in a straight line, but for ordinary purposes the assumption that distance is a straight line is adequate.
  • Distance is a correct measure for everything that can be touched, but not for that which, though visible, cannot be touched.
  • Things that can be touched are made of solid matter.
  • There are things that look as if they were made of solid matter, but that cannot be touched, among them the sun and the stars.
  • Distant things look as if they were made like the things men know as solid, if the things have in them the same ingredients as the solid things.
  • So the sun and stars have in them chemical elements that are in the earth.
  • But the surfaces in the heavenly bodies are not compacted into a solid.
  • The stars are radiant matter, bodies; the sun is an airy body.
  • Being too far away to be touched these heavenly bodies give the appearance of solidity.

The idea of distance which is based on their apparent solidity is erroneous, because what is seen of these heavenly bodies is like a reflection in a mirror.

  • It is not even the first or second reflection.
  • What appears as a star may have been reflected many times before it appears in the focus where it is visible.
  • Again the idea of distance is based upon measurement made upon the earth crust.
  • The rules applicable on the earth crust are not always applicable when applied to measurements in other states of matter, such as what is called interstellar matter.

Form is another conception which prevents a ready understanding of the conditions of matter which is affected by thinking.

  • Matter which is seen has a form.
  • If it has no form it is not seen.
  • Even a God has to have a form to be conceived of.
  • He is conceived of as a Father, a Friend, a Creator.
  • The form in which physical matter is seen is on-ness, that is, as surfaces, and gives no assistance in the conception of what is form other than as on-ness.
  • So there is no conception of form other than as the forms that are seen.
  • Forms on the form plane and on the life plane are not like those on the physical plane.
  • In so far as they have other characteristics they are not conceived.
  • One of these characteristics is that the forms of matter there can sometimes be changed instantaneously.
  • Thoughts which have been issued and which appear on the nature-side fashion matter at once into forms and cause the adjustment of units into forms.
  • In the after-death states thoughts at once give form to matter, and there need not be the gradual development or gradual dissolution which the change of forms of physical matter requires.

Among the characteristics of on-ness, surface matter, is the property to reflect objects.

  • On-ness has this property by reason of the three interior dimensions.
  • Near the earth, the surrounding atmosphere, which is in the fluid layer, and beyond that, the air in the airy layer, have this property.
  • The fluid layer is semi-transparent and through it are seen directly some stars, the sun and the moon.
  • The airy layer is transparent and through it are seen some stars and the sun, not the moon which is at the border of the fluid layer.
  • Some stars, the sun and the moon and the planets are seen directly.
  • But of some of these various sights there are also visible reflections, which do not look like the things reflected.
  • Some of what are seen as stars are reflections of parts of the sun, and some are reflections of other stars.
  • The fluid and the airy layers not only let some pictures and light pass directly and reflect other pictures and light, but they also refract.
  • The planets are sometimes not where they are seen to be.
  • The stars are almost never where they are seen to be.
  • The sun and moon are not where they are seen to be.
  • The diameter of the sun is reckoned to be over eight hundred thousand miles.
  • This apparent size of the sun is largely due to the magnifying properties of the unknown media through which it is seen.
  • The sun may not be as far away as is supposed.
  • The distances assigned to the stars cannot be correct, because the media through which the measurements are made are not known, and reflections are taken
  • for originals.
  • When four stars are reflections of one star and all five show different spectra, this is due to the media through which the stars are seen.
  • In the media are present or absent certain chemical elements.
  • The chemical elements revealed by the spectroscope as present or absent in the stars, are added or eliminated during the passage of the reflection through the media.
  • Most astronomical observations and calculations are no doubt correct.
  • What is seen with telescope and spectroscope is actually seen.
  • But the inferences drawn as to the size of the universe and the distances, the reality, the movements and the constitution of the stars are not correct.
  • The better the telescope the more reflections can be seen with it, but there is no way of distinguishing whether a reflection is the first, second or one hundredth, or where in the media the mirrors are which produce the reflections, or where the background is by which the reflections are focussed.

Greatness and smallness and distance are not there in reality, but in relation to a background and a focus.
To be correct the real stars must first be distinguished from their reflections.
Then it should be understood how the real stars are projections of matter from human nerve centers.
Of these projections of radiant matter into the layers of fluid, airy and fiery matter on all sides of the earth crust, some are caught and focussed on different
backgrounds in the fiery layer.
Those are the real stars.
Other stars seen are mere reflections of these stars, thrown by the airy and fluid layers on the backgrounds in the fiery layer.
There may be many reflections of a star back and forth and they may differ in apparent size as well as in apparent composition.
The difference in size is due to a magnifying like that of a magic lantern.
The process is not quite the same, but the principle of projection is.
The apparent size of a star depends on the focus made by the background.
The backgrounds give the stars position and size.
Until they are caught by the backgrounds in the fiery layer they cannot be seen.

A star, irrespective of the size given it by astronomy, is a projection from human nerve centers.

  • Such a star is material, has a body and has properties, all of which are endowments from human bodies.
  • If there were no background there would be no projection seen, because there would be nothing to hold it in focus.
  • Different from these original stars which have bodies, are the stars which are reflections; they have no bodies, but are surfaces only.
  • The real stars are cosmic nerve centers, as much as those in human bodies, and act coordinately with their counterparts in human bodies.
  • The nerve centers in the heavens are extensions and enlargements of composite human nerve centers;
  • and the nerve centers in every human body are miniature patterns of the cosmic nerve centers which are stars.

The human body is expanded to the limits of the universe and the universe is condensed into every human body.

  • The matter between the stars cannot be seen, but it is of the matter of the human bodies.
  • The organs of the bodies also have their places in the heavens and interact with their counterparts.
  • The apparent movements of the stars are in phase with the actions of the nerve centers in the body.
  • The sun is the projection of all human hearts, and the planets are the projections of other organs.
  • The asteroids are parts of organs that no longer function.

The sun and the planets are seen directly, that is, they are not reflections.

  • Yet these bodies are not where they are seen.
  • Their apparent movements are not their actual movements.
  • The visible relation to each other and to the universe as a whole is not the real relation.

What the sense of sight reports of them is true as long as one looks at matter in the dimension of on-ness only.

  • The movements of a horse or of a ship, seen in the dimension of on-ness appear different from what the movements would appear when seen in in-ness, throughness and presence.
  • On on-ness a body has to keep on a surface, but if a body moves in in-ness it does not have to keep on the surface, any more than a fish does.
  • A fish moves, in a sense only, in in-ness.
  • If seen from the surface its movements are sometimes appreciated correctly and sometimes they are misconceived.
  • On-ness prevails on the earth crust, in-ness in the moon, throughness through the sun and presence with the stars.

The regular movements of the heavenly bodies, including the earth, are a composite of the phenomena of respiration, circulation and digestion.

  • The movements of the solar system represent the actions of the nervous systems.
  • All these movements are seen by the aspect of on-ness only.

Sight is the chief means for perception of outside nature.

  • Sight depends on earthfire in the states in which it is radiant matter outside and the sense of sight impersoned inside the body.
  • Man sees because he has in his service a fire elemental, the sense of sight, and contacts by means of it radiant matter in four conditions.
  • They are radiant matter in the object seen, radiant matter in the eye, radiant matter sent out by the sense of sight and radiant matter in the space between the eye and the object.
  • Seeing is the alignment by the sense of sight of the radiant matter in these four conditions.
  • The sense of sight focusses the eye and the focus makes the alignment.
  • When a house is seen its surface, like all other objects, sends out radiant matter, and the eye sends out radiant matter to meet this.
  • The sense of sight aligns both and seeing is the presence of the sense of sight in the four conditions of radiant matter.

Light does not travel at all, but its presence causes units of aerogen matter to move.

  • Some of their movements take on fiery aspects and produce the phenomena which appear as waves and the speed of light.

While radiant matter in the four conditions is always there, visibility of objects depends upon their being focussed.

  • A human eye is limited in its ability to focus.
  • Therefore people do not see in darkness, or through a solid wall, or beyond a certain distance.
  • For that reason also they cannot look beyond the earthy-earth visibility.
  • Clairvoyance, which is unconditioned vision, is rare and fitful.
  • Ordinary human vision is limited to on-ness, the solid-solid.
  • If man could focus on other states than the solidsolid he could see not only on the wall, but inside the wall, through the wall to any object beyond.
  • He could see in darkness as well as in light, and distance would not be a hindrance to focus.
  • Focussing is done by the sense of sight by using radiant-solid units, units of on-ness.
  • If radiant-radiant units were used all states of matter could be seen through, things could be seen where they are and as they are, at any time.
  • The universe would be seen to be different from what it is now seen to be.

Men measure time by the revolution of the earth on its axis and around the sun.

  • This measure suffices for mundane things.
  • Beyond that it is insufficient.
  • It is a measure of on-ness.
  • Time measured in in-ness or in throughness gives different results.
  • In in-ness there are no revolutions on the axis and around the sun, and so these cannot be used to measure time.

Time is the change of units or masses of units in their relation to each other.

  • As the earth as a mass turns, it changes its relation to the sun as a mass, and one revolution on its axis measures a day and a night.
  • Thus is time measured in the solid state of the physical plane.
  • It is there measured on surfaces on the earth crust.
  • In the fluid state time is measured by the change in the relation of units which are layers between surfaces.
  • There are there no days, nights or years.
  • Time is measured differently in the airy state, and differently again in the fiery state of the physical plane.
  • This is enough to suggest how limited is the application of the ordinary measure of time by days and years.

On the permanent earth, the Realm of Permanence, past, present and future make a composite, (Fig. II-G).
From the permanent earth the other three earths can be seen, though the permanent earth is invisible to mortal eyes, until they see what is called by Jesus, the Kingdom of God. The permanent earth is present throughout the physical universe.

Days and nights, lunar months and years, solar months and years, and the vast or small cycles into which all these can be multiplied and divided, are measures of time of on-ness on the fourth, the present earth.

  • There have been and still are two other earths, the third and the second, where time was and is reckoned as of on-ness.
  • On the third earth there is a sun and a moon.
  • On the second earth there is a sun and a moon, but not as they seem to look and act today.

On the first, and permanent earth, there is no sun and no moon as they are known today and there is no time as it is at present measured, (Fig. V-B,a).

  • There, the measurement of time is the instantaneous coming into or the going out of being of anything.
  • Accomplishment is instantaneous.
  • There, permanence is.
  • There is no change, only beginning and end for special creations.

The four earths are four stages in which the earth crust appears.
The measurement of time on the earth crust has changed, with the change of human bodies.
There are days and nights as soon as the bodies become male and female and subject to birth and death.

Space has no dimensions; matter has dimensions, and matter is not space.

  • Space has no extension, vacuity, boundlessness, or any of the attributes of matter.
  • Space is unmanifested.

The four states of matter making up the physical plane, (Fig. I-D), are in the form plane, and that is in the life plane, and that in the light plane of the physical world, (Fig. I-C).
The physical world is in the form world, which is in the life world, which is in the light world, and all are in the sphere of earth, (Fig. I-B).
This is in the sphere of water, this in the sphere of air, and this in the sphere of fire, (Fig. IA).

  • The sphere of fire is in space.

From the lowest state of matter, that is, from the solid-solid state on the physical plane of the physical world of the sphere of earth to the highest matter, that is, the sphere of fire, all are connected with the next higher state of matter through their unmanifested sides. The manifested sides of the planes, worlds and spheres exist in their unmanifested sides, and space is related with them through these.

Space is Substance, always unmanifested, without differences, the same throughout, without change.

  • When it manifests, that of it which is manifested becomes fire as the fire sphere, and so becomes matter and divides into units.
  • The earth does not float or move in space, it moves in matter, in a mass of geogen units which is interpenetrated by fluogen, aerogen and pyrogen masses. Space is not a thing, but all things exist because of it and in it.
  • From the viewpoint of space all the spheres, all that is manifested in them, all is seen as illusion, as unreal.
  • Space is through all these unrealities. They exist because they are in space.

Space is not in human thought, therefore there is no name for it in the language, but it may be approached in thought by thinking on a symbol.

  • The symbol is a circle divided by a horizontal diameter.
  • The diameter is the point extending into a line, which distinguishes ever unmanifested space from the manifestations in the spheres below.
  • In them matter manifests until it passes again into the unmanifested, and ultimately becomes Consciousness.
  • Then the point has become the circle.
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