– Heartwood Path Waypoint 60.4 –
Understand The Universe's Creative Advance Into Novelty
Here, novelty is defined as the new forms and capabilities that somehow emerge in the universe. This advance into novelty refers to both consciousness in the interior realm of existence (from primitive sensations in “lower” plants or animals to advanced concepts in humans, for example) and form in the exterior realm (from atoms to molecules, to cells, to organisms, to ecosystems, for example). Evolution does not proceed by mere chance. Scientists have determined that the levels of organization are too complex to have occurred solely by chance. In fact, it is precisely chance that transcendence—the pull to add organizational depth—overcomes.
Everything in the universe is “pulled” to transcend through a mysterious force called “telos”—the power that leads everything to its ultimate end or object. Through this telos-driven transcendence all higher levels contain the essentials of the lower levels plus something extra.
Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains how the novelty is selected to endure (random positive changes create offspring with advantages and, therefore, the novelty is carried on to future generations) but Darwin’s theory does not explain how novelty emerges in the first place. Somehow, where Spirit is favorable, matter emerges; where matter is favorable, life emerges; where life is favorable, mind emerges; where mind is favorable, the Soul can be contacted; where the soul is contacted, the recognition of Spirit emerges. Each level transcends and includes its predecessors.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Advancing Into Novelty
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Advancing Into Novelty. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) and consider the expansiveness of the limitless universe, how the earth--finite and small-- is a part of the universe, and how you--whose problems are trivial when compared to the totality of problems on earth--sprang from the earth. Despite your relative smallness, ponder how the same forces that guide and shape the universe and the earth also affect you. Ponder the novelty of the earth floating in space. Think about what makes you a unique gift to the world. Write your reflections in your journal.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
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