UNIVERSAL INTELLIGENCE

“The harmony of natural law…reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.”~Albert Einstein

There is something about the universe — an elegant order in the way everything fits and unfolds, an inexplicable beauty in its living patterns, and the mysterious depth and expressiveness of it all — that reminds us of the brilliance we see in the works of great artists, scientists, engineers, and saints.

Christians see a higher intelligence they call God’s plan, or the will of God. Taoists see a higher intelligence they call the Tao, the Way of Nature. Meditative traditions speak of cosmic consciousness. Most indigenous peoples consider all of nature to be intelligent and alive. Scientists speak of natural laws — and some are now researching what they call complex, adaptive systems — systems that respond to the world around them.

We live in a sea of information, a web of interconnection, a field of what some Buddhists call inter-being — a dynamic state of interactive, resonant existential communion. There are universal patterns, powers and wisdom at the core of our being, and the universe vibrates with our every act and thought. What happens in one place and time is linked to everything else far more intimately than we could ever imagine. Synchronicities and analogs abound. Certain patterns keep cropping up: We see branches in trees, rivers, roads, fields of study, computer circuitry. We see cycles in planets, electrons, food chains, wheels, the flows of water and carbon through the biosphere, and the recycling bin. It is no accident that we use the word vision to describe perception, imagination, insight and prediction.

There is an order that is larger than us, which has its own logic and direction which we are not in charge of. Working against this higher power will demand more effort than working with it, and will generate little, if anything, of lasting value except learning — which is always available — and sometimes catastrophe. This would suggest that we subjugate ourselves to this higher intelligence. However, experience suggests that we can, to a certain degree and with great caution, manipulate this higher intelligence for our own ends — which we do through science and engineering by applying natural laws and through religion by praying. But natural order is complex beyond our capacity to know fully, and if our manipulations are at all arrogant — presumptuous that we know what we’re doing — we will likely end up creating a mess like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A third strategy than total submission or manipulation is to respect, befriend, cooperate with and creatively move in harmony with this infinitely powerful and complex intelligence, to the best of our ability.

“Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.” ~Seneca

4 Responses

  1. Ron…Thanks for your positive comments…I find them reassuring !..

    I hope to eventually develop a unified theme with selected blogs which would be posted on my “Flow Therapy” page…I feel my readers would like a simple presentation easy to understand in a short period of time…recently one of my readers referred to my current blog as a ‘rain forest of ideas”…as Einstein said,”make it simple but not simpler”.

    Sid

  2. Sid, this article exemplifies the treasure trove of materials which you you have written and posted on your blog.

    I hope that some day you’ll republish an anthology of your
    favorite postings.

    Ron

  3. very nice writeup. I totally agree. nothing to argue about, you’re gonna have to try harder Mr Sid
    walt

  4. I am glad you posted this

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