ESSENCE & QUALITIES IN AFRICAN TRADITION
The following discussion on Essence and Essentials (Qualities) is foundational for understanding the “Home Base” of African Knowledge vs. Supernatural Information. As part of the design and order of the Cosmos and of all God-made Creatures and Creations, including each human, there is a Spiritual Elements Substance (Latin, sub, ‘under’—Underlies–and stare, ‘to stand’) underlying all perceptible or visible manifestations in the Cosmos, called Unconditional Love. In African Tradition’s Creation story of the Cosmos, the Amenta as well as the Nun (the Void, Nothingness) contains in its upper region the Cosmic Mind of God and the body of God. Springing from the Cosmic Mind, as the Substance of God, are the Spiritual Waters called the Ocean of Nun (Nu or Subjective or Body of God or Cosmic Hub or Tao by the Chinese) and its Intelligence. So, in African Tradition, “Nature” is the Cosmic Organism’s Unconditional Love in action, powered by God’s Laws; the home of God’s Laws; & a Web-like system of interconnecting, independently acting, and interdependently interacting God manifestations in accordance with their God assigned identities—and that Correspondence gives insight into the Unknown. In the Spiritual Cosmic Realm, from the Cosmic Mind or from a human’s Soul springs a continual manifestation of the Essence consisting of an Immaterial Actuality Virtual Image Idea. That Image contains a Disposition, within which is (among others) a “What and Why” message for what the Entity, in its mature state, is to do. At the proper time for it to undergo Involution, its next stop is into the realm of Ether. Ether, a quanta of Spiritual Energy and beginning Matter, constitutes the minimum amount needed for any Metaphysical or Physical entity to become involved in an interaction. In its natural, realistic, and most highly concentrated form, Ether is shiny, pure, upper air in the form of a subtle fluid of pre-matter consisting of a fine, flimsy, vapor mist of which “the Heavens,” the lintel’s (i.e. the Sublime) stars and planets, Nature, and natural laws are said to be made. The Immaterial Virtual Image Idea meets with Spiritual Energy and Ether (Matter) in the Astral part of the Metaphysical realm, is activated, and given Form to create a faint Notion of a Thing.
That Form has a Shape (consisting of ‘frozen’ Energy and Ether) that gives it a specific Payload Power–a manifestation of Force, or Energy—while neither Substance/Essence are Force or Energy (Ramacharaka, Gnani Yoga 127-137). The Form is like putting paint on the Idea so as to be its “Double” or “Shadow”. Similar to the Halo around the Sun, the Form (Halo) consists of Attributes (like rays of the Sun)—also called the Essentials of the Essence. Essentialsconsist of a “copied” Character, Characteristics, Traits, and Features. The Form’s Character is the Identical “what it is” Copy of the Virtual Icon Idea. The most consistent Pattern(s) of the Operations of the Essentials in action is its Trait(s). The most outstanding Trait(s) operation is its Feature(s). The most outstanding Featured Trait of the Character is the Essence “Trademark.” The Traits and Features constitute the Characteristics of the Essence because they represent and reflect the various changing and developing modes of the Soul’s Disposition expressions within a given context of that Essence. However, there are no dynamic Characteristics in its Essence parent because that Essence parent lacks Energy and Ether. Still, the Essentials’ Characteristics represent the dormant counterparts of the “what it does” and how it appears” of its Essence parent. The “what it does” depends upon Properties of the Essence to display an Entity’s “nature”.
The Nature of a Thing—the “It is”–is how each of its properties’ operations manifest. The Properties consist of a Thing’s Endowments (i.e. natural qualities) and Propensities (in-born tendencies, like a given human’s capacities, abilities, and language). Put another way, the Essence’s Virtual Icon Idea, with its Mind, is fashioned into a Pattern based on its Disposition’s message. Outlining that Pattern with Ether gives Form to the Pattern. The Pattern has the Virtual Icon Idea on its outside and the Spiritual Energy nourishment in the matrix (womb) on its inside—and the product is an Entity. A human’s every act undertaken involves a Moral Significance and Consequence—for every act deliberately conceived and purposed has its corresponding image in the mind—or Astral Soul. Right acts enhance “who one is” spiritually—i.e. ones “Self” (Spark of God) Soul–ones source of wisdom. “Who one is” in ones Astral Soul is the pattern of ones Behaviors. “What one Does,” if different from “Who one is,” is who one is becoming. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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