"Unless you make yourself equal to God, you cannot understand God: for the like in intelligible save to the like. Make yourself grow to a greatness beyond measure, by a bound free yourself from the body; raise yourself above all time, become Eternity; then you will understand God. Believe nothing is impossible for you, think yourself immortal and capable of understanding all, all arts, all sciences, the nature of every living being. Mount higher than the highest height; descend lower than the lowest depth. Draw into yourself all sensations of everything created, fire and water, dry and moist, imagining that you are everywhere, on earth, on the sea, in the sky, that you are not yet born, in the maternal womb, adolescent, old, dead, beyond death. If you embrace in your thought all things at once, times, places, substances, qualities, quantities, you may understand God." ~ Giordano Bruno from his "Egyptian Reflection of the Universe of the Mind" ~ 1569
Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600), born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer.He is best known for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model: while supporting heliocentrism, Bruno also correctly proposed that the Sun was just another star moving in space, and claimed as well that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings. Beginning in 1593, Bruno was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges including denial of the Trinity, denial of the divinity of Christ, denial of virginity of Mary, and denial of Transubstantiation. The Inquisition found him guilty, and in 1600 he was burned at the stake.
I recently read two books by Robert Heinlein: "The Cat Who Walked Through Walls", which is the sequel to an earlier book, "The Moon is A Harsh Mistress". His books are full of witty wisdom, revolutionary revelation and practical philosophy. Many of the ideas of the so-called "New Age" movement were written by Heinlein, who was, ironically, a military and scientific man, as well as a scholar and fiction writer. Here are two of my favorite statements from these books....
"The Almighty-God idea came under attack because it explained nothing; it simply pushed all explanations one stage farther away. In the nineteenth century atheistic positivism started displacing the Almighty-God notion in that minority of the population that bathed regularly. Atheism had a limited run, as it, too, explains nothing, being merely 'Godism' turned upside down."
"The hardest part about gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. As long as that niche is occupied, evidence and proof and logical demonstration get nowhere. But once the niche is emptied of the wrong idea that has been filling it — once you can honestly say, "I don't know", then it becomes possible to get at the truth."
-- Robert Heinlein, from the book THE CAT WHO WALKED THROUGH WALLS
WE ARE THE SOURCE OF OUR OWN CREATION, DESTRUCTION, WISDOM, HATE and HAPPINESS.
ALL THERE IS TO KNOW OF GOD IS WITHIN US.
Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013.