DEFINITION OF MONISM
Since The New Arcanist is all about applying arcane wisdom to modern problems this is the first in a series of articles explaining some of the basic tenets of this philosophy.
Within arcane understanding there are several basic concepts that are necessary to consider. The first of which is Monism. So what is the definition of Monism?
The dictionary definition is, “The view in metaphysics that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to, or described by, a single concept or system.”
The way the arcane understanding relates this to the Universe is succinctly expressed in the Introductory Remarks of A Treatise on White Magic by Alice A.Bailey.
“There exists in our manifested universe the expression of an Energy or Life which is the responsible cause of the diverse forms and the vast hierarchy of sentient beings who compose the sum total of all that is. One life pervades all forms and those forms are the expressions, in time and space, of the central universal energy. Life in manifestation produces existence and being.”
The Secret Doctrine Definition
Further detail is given in The Secret Doctrine by H.P.Blavatsky
“There is one Boundless Immutable Principle; one Absolute Reality which ante cedes all manifested conditioned Being. It is beyond the range and reach of any human thought or expression.
The manifested Universe is contained within this Absolute Reality and is a conditioned symbol of it.
In the totality of this manifested Universe, three aspects are to be conceived.
- The First Cosmic Logos, impersonal and unmanifested, the precursor of the Manifested.
- The Second Cosmic Logos, Spirit-Matter, Life, the Spirit of the Universe
- The Third Cosmic Logos, Cosmic Ideation, the Universal World-Soul.
From these basic creative principles, in successive gradations there issue in ordered sequence the numberless Universes comprising countless Manifesting Stars and Solar Systems.
Each Solar System is the manifestation of the energy and life of a great Cosmic Existence, Whom we call, for lack of a better term, a Solar Logos.
The Solar Logos incarnates, or comes into manifestation, through the medium of a star system. This solar system is the body, or form, of this cosmic Life.”
Understanding is relative
As this ‘Absolute Reality’ is beyond intellectual understanding we tend to call this unknown something by different names according to our particular school of thought. Therefore, understanding as to the nature of this one life is purely relative.
Those of us who are absorbed in the physical aspects of life would think in terms of physical energy or vitality, of feelings or emotions and of mental force.
Those who are interested in a more metaphysical understanding might express their concept in terms of soul manifestation, but still thinking in terms of the personal, selfish reactions of the personality, would express it in terms of life or quality, and perhaps in terms of group will or power, group intelligence or consciousness.
However, even that is still separative. Therefore, the arcane student begins to think in terms of Spirit, Life, and the One. To them these terms have a special significance which is beyond the concepts of intellectual thought.
To the arcane master however, the nature of the Spirit or One Life is no longer a mystery. The source of the one life, the plane, or state from which that life emanates, the nature of spirit, its quality and type of cosmic energy, its rate of vibration and its basic cosmic differentiations are all areas of further study.
Implications of this understanding
There are vast implications that stem from this basic concept which we will discover and discuss on this site. But, for now, I present only one.
Beyond the relative understanding indicated above every individual has their own unique experience or understanding of divine expression. This Life source is filtered, not only through a particular set of individual energetic qualities, but also through independent different life experiences. If this concept were to be widely accepted then individuals and associations would desist in enforcing their own particular understanding upon others and instead encourage and acknowledge the individual experience of the divine. The results of this would have far reaching implications not only for the individual but internationally as well.