Deus sive Natura


To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour. William Blake

I follow a rather interesting blog by a gentleman who humanizes the stories of the often forgotten pariahs of our world. Those whom the “awakened” among us pass-by on the way to a Deepak Chopra meditation, or the “entrepreneurial” bunch view as too stupid or lazy to solve the problems of their own existence, or even the “fitness” crowd view as too weak to defeat their personal demons. Judgmental aspersions aside however, the thought arose while reading about the voiceless that humanity has largely forgotten that there’s wondrous magic involved in the experience we disparage as mundane and I hope you’ll indulge my rambling on the subject. And as always amigos, feel free to jump in about anything at all.

Awareness of the conscious capacity for self reflection is a marvel indeed; the appreciation of which is often lost in the frenetic pace of daily routine. Homo sapiens sapiens – man is aware that he is aware.  There is an awareness of whatever thought or action with which we engage our consciousness. This awareness or ability to reflect on the fact that we are reflecting is the source of our inner voice that endorses or criticizes the acts and thoughts that occupy our being. A conditioned disregard of this inner Divine guide and a replacement with an assortment of external thought paradigms that largely exert a negative influence on the mind, I think it somewhat necessary to expand further. I consider two of the great deceptions perpetrated against humanity to be 1) the externalization and codification of “God” as something separate and distinctly apart from man and 2) the idea that mankind was inserted into a hostile world as punishment for disobedience. These propositions essentially conceal that there’s an inherent majesty in every human being and one doesn’t need to “be” or “do” anything to be special, has led to the unrestrained plunder of our Earth to facilitate a mechanistic, dominator culture that commodifies life itself and makes the default proviso for your existence, the status of wrong-doer.

Consider the position that you are not required to define yourself by some imposed external coordinate as the very nature of your existence is divine and contingent upon nothing additional. God, evolution, reptilians needing a slave race, or whatever you may choose to attribute your existence to, you are special. Whether the small “i am” or a fractal of the Grand Fourier Transform, your purpose here is to express yourself and the wondrous magic of your birth as a free entity upon the Earth. Just an observation, but I’ve noticed a concerted effort by sacerdotals and scholarship alike to suppress this supposition. Realization of your magnificence ought not be dependent on literacy, birthright, achievement, or adherence to some language specific doctrine outlined for an exclusive group. By externalizing ‘god” and making the abstraction of salvation dependent on adherence to a particular set of constructs, you effectively negate the ability of anyone to realize the inherent worth of their being without conforming to an external ideological matrix. Plus, I’m fairly certain there was something written along the lines of “Neither shall they say lo here nor lo there for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

A vengeful patriarch waiting to etch a ledger with your merits and demerits while adopting the “this hurts me more than it hurts you” attitude and maintaining a serious misogynistic streak is certainly not what I would consider as Divinity. The “awakened” group seems to have come to this realization, but how awakened can one possibly be when the very device that’s used to watch Inner Worlds Outer Worlds contains minerals mined in areas where arms and legs are severed to force relocation of tribal peoples? While the phone manufacturers vehemently oppose any attempts at imposition of measures to source and label “conflict minerals” as being too onerous on their summer home fund executive compensation packages, the awakened continue to buy without compunction. (Even the much cherished Apple Corp opposes these sourcing and labeling measures.)

As far as being inserted into the garden, the prevailing mindset is to dominate and conquer the environment to facilitate human advancement. We’ve been conditioned to view ourselves as outsiders traversing the natural world on an incessant quest for one experiential satisfaction after another. This has been quite detrimental to the human enterprise. (Some more on the subject here.)  Imagine the shift in environmental policy if we became cognizant of the feedback mechanism involved in being as much a part of the garden as the garden is a part of us. Evolutionary processes are not random events but guided towards increasing complexity. Why do we consider it the province of man to dominate these processes to the detriment of all else? Could it be that the idea of man’s exile into a hostile garden has fostered a lack of appreciation for the majestic nature of all other forms of life? Commercial and industrial interests have decimated the many natural ecosystems of this planet and the dominating capitalist ideology is etched over a Judeo-Christian scaffold.

Consider the following however. Organization carries an implication of intelligence and both evolution and the rhythm of the heavenly spheres are organized processes. The idea of an organized being arising from an intelligent system does not require a leap of faith but is instead a natural logical progression. If we begin with this premise, then one life system being dependent on another is also an acceptable corollary. Thus, you destroy the rain-forests, it just might have a bit of an impact on the air that we breathe

Nosce te Ipsum


Many traditions espouse the idea of the self being one with the All.  In Hinduism it’s Atman is Brahman, in the Christian tradition the Nazarene supposedly remarked, “I and the Father are one.” This is not easy to reconcile with our Aristotelian world of “A” and “not A” logic. There’s a nice Kierkegaard quote that can steer our inquiry however -“If you name me you negate me.”  By applying a linguistic bootstrap to something considered external to yourself, you prevent the possibility of said thing being one with the self or being anything else for that matter. The New Age has raised awareness that our conditioned individual experience of reality confounds our recognition of this perceptive foible. But, the term “new age” is a misnomer. Esoteric wisdom is as old as humanity itself and despite the claims to the contrary, there’s no such thing as 4 weeks to enlightenment.

Ever wondered how the term enlightenment is actually defined?  The state of having knowledge or understanding is usually tossed about, but understanding of what? The knowledge from antiquity suggests that it is knowledge of the Self. And, by knowing the Self, one knows God. Personally I would really prefer to use another term because in addition to externalizing and creating a separation, there are many conditioned responses usually associated with the term “god.” It’s a pretty loaded word and creates an entity subject to the constraints of both time and space.

So by knowing the Self does one gain a definitive insight into the grand synthesis of Spirit and matter or an insight into the schematics underlying omniscience? Terence McKenna defined omniscience as “the simultaneous regarding of all points within the space time continuum with equal clarity” and this is a good working definition. With this guideline, we can safely say that by knowing the Self, omniscience doesn’t result. There are limits to the magnitude of human perception. Then what? What does the phrase “know thyself” really mean? The wise ones say that it means is to develop an awareness of the sacred nature of your very existence.  Seek naught save a connection to the Voice of the Silence by practicing incessant self observation. Learn to see“god” in everything and everything in God. As above, so below as the ancient Hermetic axiom states. Whether eating, breathing, working or resting, develop a certain reverence for the day and its activities. As one begins to peel the layers of the onion, he or she starts perceiving the world from somewhat less of an egoistic perspective. An overall respect for life and empathy for humans and animals alike is another perk of this inner iridescence.

“For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.” – Khalil Gibran

Historically many have attempted to provide a linguistic characterization of The Transcendental Function, or the All, a phonetic string of letters that we can emit a small mouth noise to represent, and thereby produce a specific concept in the mind of another when used. The idea that we think in words has gained much popularity but is rather easily disproved however. Take the phrase “Luck runs out.” Chances are that you didn’t think of the quarterback Andrew Luck leaving a football stadium in a hurry. You applied some concept to it based on either the line of reasoning leading up to that point, or the mnemonic that you personally associate with the string of words “luck,” “runs,” and “out.” Multiple interpretations mean that the words serve merely as symbols to communicate the thoughts that underpin them. So we do not think in words but in some manner that lies outside the domain of language. Whether super string theory or the dance of Shiva and Shakti as electrons fritter in and out of being, these are merely words to express the same “mindspeak” concept. Our linguistic constructs merely elucidate abstractions.

If we ignore the anthropomorphic notions of God and discard the grey-bearded, judgmental monarch and his pitch-fork wielding rebel, the harmonizing of Spirit and science is a logical progression.  Science is merely a circuitous route to the former as it is a product of man’s quest to source his origins. Religions start from an intelligence and proceed outward to the experience of reality while science starts from the experience of reality and tries to see how far it can get without needing an intelligence.  The religion of science thus attempts to use experimental evidence to prove that there is no higher intelligence underlying the phenomena we experience as reality. A propensity for a certain conclusion has, and will continue to limit any inquiry into this area however. True science  would draw no pre-determined conclusions and seek only veritas.

Religions on the other hand, start with an abstraction and graft outlandish propositions to explain phenomena. The overwhelming influence of rationality as a reaction to the absurdity of exoteric, literal constructions of religion has led to a discounting of the non spatio-temporal aspects of our existence and an attachment of scientific practitioners to atheistic principles. But science places an inherent limitation upon itself by failing to acknowledge the panentheistic possibility of the universe itself being intelligent. You see here’s where the problem lies today. We need to observe things to define a process, but it seems the very process of observation creates the thing itself.

Before we look, on a quantum level the Dancer revels in indeterminacy, both “A” and “not A” simultaneously. However, the human being’s system of understanding is based on relativistic observation. Baby learns that a stove burns, warm embrace comforts, what color is red, etc., and compares every subsequent experience. Chomsky’s language experiments have shown that all humans are hard wired with a template for understanding and this thinking has supplanted the Tabula Rasa proposed by Locke. This learning by interpreting compiled sensory information acquired from the environment is facilitated by the brain. The brain processes information received through the senses and we gain an understanding of the organization around us. But what happens when this methodology becomes un-serviceable? The cosmic dance cannot be observed unless one peeks, so do we really have an objective universe? Or are we playing a cosmic game of hide and seek with ourselves?

I’ve really strayed with this post and hope that I haven’t alienated you too much. I started with an intention of relaying the sanctity of life itself and wanting to share this with those experiencing personal turmoil and rambled on. Gotta love all the seed bearing plants and herbs ;)  I’ll depart with this folks, “awakened,” “enlightened,” “saved,” “sheep,” or any label that you apply is a divisive limitation upon your experience since it separates you from what is. There are too many well fed mystics oversimplifying “oneness”, sitting in air conditioned luxury, and filling up with fuel fractionally distilled at gunpoint. Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions amigos.  The show is all yours to behold and there’s no moon if no one is looking. And remember, the same light that glistens through your eyes can be seen radiating through the cosmos.

One realizes there is an Other,

One yearns to be like the Other,

One learns that there is no Other, there is only the One.

-Thomas Keating

One love,



About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

18 Responses to Deus sive Natura

  1. What a rich post, so wholistic, and I loved every sentence of it. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds is an extraordinary film. I am inspired by what you said about the inherent symbolism of language also. Thanks for all this!

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      You are most welcome Monika and I thank you for the kind words. I am very pleased that the overall tone of the post found favor with you. I think we have been divided against ourselves for far too long based on ideology that is too judgmental.

  2. Henry,
    You have delved into some of the heavy duty stuff with this writing. This as I am looking out the window at a bright half moon.

  3. skywanderer says:

    This essay covers a topic of breathtaking scope and objective – needless to say, philosophy at its highest peaks by a profound thinker. A wonderfully challenging retreat for the mind.

    It made me associate to certain recent “scientific” claims behind which we may discover a version of pantheism. Since our knowledge of a beginning of the world – the Big Bang – scientists have been struggling to explain away the fact that such a grand event – and like all events anyway – had to have a cause – a conclusion that the observant and logic-wise quite apt folk psychology captured via the notion of God. To evade that conclusion however, science resorts to obviously fallacious claims, like that of Hawking’s in his book Grand Design:
    “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

    His statement comes down to a curious God-definition, whereby the cause of all there is equals gravity. Besides the fact that it includes a curious error equating gravity with “nothing”, his statement is an unresolvable self-contradiction because, evidently, something can only create itself when it already exists to begin with.

    The above is to demonstrate why I remain sceptical when I am presented with a version of pantheism, either when it is conveyed through a simplistic “new-age” version, in scientific contexts or within the most sophisticated philosophical frameworks like yours.

    As always, I am curious as to what you think … : )

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      You’ve had the reaction that I was sincerely hoping for Skywanderer. I would like to shatter any assumptions of certainty held by persons regarding any system of understanding. There’s a tendency for scientific practitioners to speak in definite terms regarding big questions but just like the 7 day version of Genesis, these are only models.

      I present my idea for consideration because I would like to make the case that organization implies intelligence, especially when galaxies and sunflowers display the same mathematical similarities. In my reality tunnel patterns throughout the universe provide better evidence, though circumstantial, of an existing intelligence than dogmatic language specific pronouncements of men regarding dress codes for women or eternal punishment schemes.

      I view the universe as a continuous process that is unknowable since it is reconstructed in our minds only after observation. And back to square one since the wave function only collapses when it is observed. The truth lies outside the realm of the observable which leads us back to the old mystic claim that All is Mind.

      Injunctive usage of language as in “how to do something” is excellent but as a descriptive tool it is quite poor. So, using words to describe thoughts is always inadequate since we can only approximate reality. When terms like “force” or “field” are used, I have trouble with any claim that such terms are definitive of anything.

      Man can only know himself. Ergo skepticism should be the goal of all but yet we cannot pretend that the predisposition of all things to come into a fulfillment of themselves is not worthy of consideration. We all possess a sense of self that innately strives for the higher sense of “the Good” when not warped by cultural cues.

      • skywanderer says:

        Henry, thank you, this is indeed a discussion after my heart. : )

        For now I would like to focus on this point:
        You wrote:
        “I would like to shatter any assumptions of certainty held by persons regarding any system of understanding.”

        I would hurry to agree with above if it would not lead us back to the same old quick sand., ie, if it wasn’t a self-defeating proposition. This is why:
        If you contend that there is no certainity as to any system of understanding, yet you claim this with certainity, it is evidently a self-contradiction.
        If your claim is assumed to be uncertain as well, that is our assuming that “only one can only know himself” is uncertain as well, that leads us to the conclusion that because uncertainity is uncertain, we do need to assume a truth that is certain.

        • Henry Jekyll says:

          As do I enjoy these discussions my friend. This was the type of exchange I was hoping for.

          By “only one can only know himself” I mean that the only certainty of our existence is the sense of “I-ness” that we possess. Everything else is a recreation of the noumenon in our minds based on light being interpreted by the brain. And this is a delayed process.

          The contention that that there is no certainty as to any system of understanding is not asserted as a facially correct proposition but rather but rather an assertion that no one can be certain of their assumptions. And this may or may not be correct, vis a vis Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment.

          If the very act of observation creates the phenomena then a being that learns by observation cannot know what exists prior to an observation being made.

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      I think you may find this interesting. Peter Russell is a physicist who has challenged the existing paradigm. He’s been relegated to the fringe but narcissistic elites rarely advocate new frontiers of knowledge that genuinely empower us serfs. :)

      • Forbid the ‘serfs’ ever discovering their power!
        Great descriptive phrase “narcissistic elites”. Paradigms are just paradigms–let’s play with your mind–or not.

  4. Henry/Skywanderer,
    Peter Russell concludes his presentation with reference to mysticism. So he, as far as he can see, comes to conclude that Creator/Source/God is within all people and all things. In my experience the writings which have had the most profound influence are ones such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and similar which describe that same concept of what some call the “spark of God” in all people and things. In other words, everything is God. This may be what some call pantheism. If pantheism equals the idea that all is one or all is Creator, then I am a pantheist, as much as I hate labels because this separates. Perhaps this discussion would be encouraged if I asked both of you what you have found to be the most sane writings you have come upon thus far, which would help me to understand you both more fully, as well as establish a basis for subsequent communication. Who knows maybe we can squeeze a book out of this talk!

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      Hey Jerry,

      “[T]he most sane writings” is kinda difficult for me to limit, but off the top of my head, I think the following 5 books have been quite impactful in helping me to construct my reality tunnel.

      Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
      The Kybalion – Three Initiates
      Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
      The Self-Organizing Universe – Erich Jantsch
      Sadhana – Rabindranath Tagore

      I can’t say that these have more or less merit than any other publication, but I like to think that these “found” me since no proactive effort was required on my part.

      • Henry,
        I like the “reality tunnel” reference-never came across that-must be your original. I haven’t read any of these books but have come across quotes from some of the writers, and agree with their observations. One could say that there are no “coincidences” when considering those writings that people come upon. It is fascinating how men and women are like snowflakes where every person is unique. I wonder if there is a site on the net where statistics have been compiled on the top ten lists of important books for people.

        Lately I have been leaning on the near death experience as “proof” of what has been conveyed in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and probably those books you mentioned. Many years ago, while reading Carlos Castaneda’s books I had some out-of-body experiences and went through the “tunnel”, (reality tunnel?) but the experience, although intense, was not nearly as event-filled as those reported by many NDErs. I believe the popularity of NDEs, as evidenced by the number of best-selling books in recent years, is an important phenomenon regarding the spiritual evolution of humanity.

        Given that all men, women and children who share their accounts are obviously being honest, the wisdom they received is important because it conveys ultimate truth. To borrow a poker phrase regarding NDEs, I’m “all in”.

        You may be familiar with a fellow named Bob Olson and his “Afterlife TV” on YouTube, where he interviews men and women who have gone through the NDE. Very interesting discussions for sure. What’s neat about his offering is that it is a break from reading-all one has to do is listen. Then there is the Near Death Experience Research Foundation ( whose site contains thousands of personal NDE accounts. Woody Allen said: “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be around when it happens.” My guess is that Woody has a profound interest in NDEs, as well as anybody who has any awareness of the phenomenon.

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      Jerry, I got the term reality tunnel from a lecture given by Robert Anton Wilson. I find NDEs to be interesting but what also struck me was the inability of many to describe the experience with language. It seems somewhat similar to the mystic claim that words can’t describe the experiences one has within deep meditative states.

  5. Hello Henry Jekyll,
    What words can’t describe—and more–I sense a need to share this with you. It conveys some of what you’ve written about ‘man’ being part and knowing it and what happens thereof–and other things as well. :)

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      Greetings White Buffalo,
      I’m pleased to make your acquaintance and thank you for commenting and sharing the video. Both the imagery and music are spectacular. The majesty of Nature is truly glorious to behold.

  6. mystic1muse says:

    How refreshing to see expressed such keen awareness of the glamours encountered in relation to things spiritual.

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