Kenosis to Gnosis
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Movement without moving in the ancient texts.
There's one recurring theme that gets mentioned again and again throughout the Gnostic gospels, and that is that the enlightened are at a state of rest. Here are numerous passages from the Gnostic gospels that mention this word.
The Gospel of Truth 36:30, "But from him who has no deficiency, no seal is removed nor is anything emptied, but what he lacks the perfect Father fills again. He is good. He knows his plantings, because it is he who planted them in his paradise. Now his paradise is his place of rest."
37:15, "And the will is what the Father rests in and is pleased with."
38:25, "Who, therefore, will be able to utter a name for him, the great name, except him alone to whom the name belongs and the sons of the name in whom rested the name of the Father, (who) in turn themselves rested in his name?"
The Gospel of Philip  15, "While we are in this world it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle."
 20, "The children of the bridal chamber have [just one] name: rest."
The Book of Thomas the Contender  40, "[Blessed is] the wise man who [sought after the truth, and] when he found it, he rested upon it forever and was unafraid of those who wanted to disturb him."
 5, "Watch and pray that you not come to be in the flesh, but rather that you come forth from the bondage of the bitterness of this life. And as you pray, you will find rest, for you have left behind the suffering and the disgrace. For when you come forth from the sufferings and passions of the body, you will receive rest from the good one, and you will reign with the king, you joined with him and he with you, from now on, for ever and ever, Amen."
The Dialogue of the Savior (1) The Savior said to his disciples, "Already the time has come, brothers, for us to abandon our labor and stand at rest. for whoever stands at rest will rest forever."
(65) Matthew said, "[Why] do we not rest [at once]?"
(66) The Lord said, "When you lay down these burdens!"
(67) Matthew said, "How does the small join itself to the big?"
(68) The Lord said, "When you abandon the works which will not be able to follow you, then you will rest."
The (Second) Apocalypse of James, 56, "For your sake they will be told [these (things)], and they will come to rest."
The Thunder, The Perfect Mind, "Give heed then, you hearers and you also, the angels and those who have been sent, and you spirits who have arisen from the dead. For I am the one who alone exists, and I have no one who will judge me. For many are the pleasant forms which exist in numerous sins, and incontinencies, and disgraceful passions, and fleeting pleasures, which (men) embrace until they become sober and go up to their resting place. And they will find me there, and they will live, and they will not die again."
Authoritative Teaching 30,"In this very way we exist in this world, like fish. The adversary spies on us, lying in wait for us like a fisherman, wishing to seize us, rejoicing that he might swallow us. For he places many foods before our eyes (things) which belong to this world. He wishes to make us desire one of them and to taste only a little, so that he may seize us with his hidden poison and bring us out of freedom and take us into slavery. For whenever he catches us with a single food, it is indeed necessary for us to desire the rest. Finally, then, such things become the food of death."
33, "But these - the ones who are ignorant - do not seek after God. Nor do they inquire about their dwelling-place, which exists in rest, but they go about in bestiality. They are more wicked than the pagans, because first of all they do not inquire about God, for their hardness of heart draws them down to make them their cruelty. Furthermore, if they find someone else who asks about his salvation, their hardness of heart sets to work upon that man. And if he does not stop asking, they kill him by their cruelty, thinking that they have done a good thing for themselves."
35:5, "She came to rest in him who is at rest."
The Concept of Our Great Power 45:20, "And they all have become as reflections in his light. They all have shone, and they have found rest in his rest."
The Paraphrase of Shem 17:30, "I have come in a great rest in order that he may give rest to my light in his root, and may bring it out of harmful Nature."
43:25, "After I cease to be upon the earth and withdraw up to my rest, agreat, evil error will come upon the world, and many evils in accordance with the number of the forms of Nature."
The Testimony of Truth 35:20, "And [they came to know] themselves, [(as to) who they are], or rather, where they are [now], and what is the [place in which they will rest from their senselessness, [arriving] at knowledge."
Aleister Crowley in his book the Tao Teh King made a similar statement, "He delivereth them from the restlessness of knowledge and the cravings of discontent. As to those who have knowledge already, he teacheth them the way of non-action. This being assured, there is no disorder in the world."
The way of non action that is described here is what the Taoists aim to achieve and is the ultimate spiritual state. Knowledge of the spirit leads to this spiritual state of rest or non action. In this state there is no disorder because there is perfect harmony.
69, "But he [who has] found the [life-giving word and he who] has come to know [the Father of Truth has come to rest]; he has ceased [seeking], having [found]."
Allogenes 53:30, "<And> the power appeared by means of an activity that is at rest and silent."
59:15, "but if you wish to stand, withdraw to the Existence, and you will find it standing and at rest after the likeness of the One who is truly at rest and (who) embraces all these silently and inactively."
66:20, "Nothing activates him in accordance with the Unity that is at rest. For he is unknowable; he is an airless place of boundlessness. Since he is boundless and powerless and nonexistent, he was not giving Being. Rather he contains all of these in himself, being at rest (and) standing out of the one who stands continually, since there had appeared an Eternal Life, the Invisible and Triple-Powered Spirit which is in all of these who exist."
The Apocryphon of John has an interesting quote about how people from a higher world aren't subject to cycles as well, "I have come to teach you About what is And what was And what will be In order for you to understand The invisible world And the world that is visible And the immovable race of perfect humanity. Raise your head; Understand my lessons; Share them with any others who have received the spirit, Who are from the immovable race of perfect humanity." Also the term immovable race is repeated at the end, "I have told you everything now so that you can write it all down And share it with your fellow spirits secretly For this is the mystery of the unmoved race."
There maybe other instances where the word rest occurs in the Gnostic gospels but there isn't a search function on them so it's hard to get all the instances where this word occurs.
The concept of rest in the Gnostic gospels is usually associated with resurrecting the soul and becoming it again, but why is rest important to the Gnostics? In the Book of Genesis, 3:17-19, the curse that God gave to Adam, for eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, was to work all his life. Certaintly work has been a major feature of our civilizations for the past 5000 years. But the Gnostics and the people in their books kept saying that they were in a state of rest. Rest is the opposite of work and if work is the feature that comes from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil then rest must be the feature of the Tree of Life. As explained on the page, A Real Creation Theory, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents the physical or the flesh so the Tree of Life represents the spiritual. When the word rest is used in the Gnostic gospels it is associated with becoming the soul. The Gnostics and the people in their books believed that they had eaten from the Tree of Life and certaintly if they had resurrected themselves then they really would have been in a state of rest. In Numerology the number seven represents completion and it is in this completion that rest occurs.
There's a passage in the Bible that also says that the enlightened are in a state of rest and it correlates with the passages from the Gnostic gospels on this page, Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Psalm 62:5, "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him."
Psalm 95:11, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"
This passage is clearly saying that God's domain is rest and that is the state that he exists.
Hebrews 4:1, "Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it."
Matthew 14:22 "Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid." 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water." 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!" 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?" 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God."
It's interesting that the Jesus walking on water story occurs right after the Jesus feeding the 5000 people story. These two stories are connected to each other. It's commonly acknowledged by Christians that the Jesus walking on water story has metaphors in it and it represents the state of the world and spirituality. Jesus going to the mountain represents that he is leaving the disciples behind in the world to defend for themselves. The water represents the material world and the boat represents those who haven't fallen into a state of ignorance. The Christians say that the boat represents the physical church, but it's bigger than that. The mountain represents Heaven because it's a raised area of land that connects Heaven and Earth. In the Tarot cards, the mountain always represents a connection between Heaven and Earth. That is why he is praying there. He prays to connect himself to Heaven. The wind and the waves represent the problems of the world that challenge the people in the boat. In the occult everything in the physical world is in a state of movement and everything in the spiritual world is in a state of rest. Peter sinking into the sea represents him sinking into the world and the wind represents movement. Jesus stopped the wind, which is the movement of the physical world and saved Peter. Alister Crowley made an interesting comment about water and rest in his book Tao Teh King, "Who can clear muddy water? Stillness will accomplish this. Who can obtain rest? Let motion continue equably, and it will itself be peace." The purpose of meditation is to create stillness of the water and make it clearer so that the higher world can be seen and discerned. The wind or movement of the physical world makes the water muddy so that most people will never be able to comprehend the higher world. Jesus walking on water represents him walking on the world and not sinking into it. Walking on water means that he is above the world and not in it. Peter sinks into it because he doesn't have the spirituality that Jesus has and he is sinking into ignorance. Only by faith, or knowledge of himself, can he stay above the world and not sink into it. Jesus walking on water is connected to the end of the astrological ages that Jesus feeding the 5000 represents.
Psalm 107:23 has a similar passage to Matthew 14:22, "Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. 25For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. 26They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. 27They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. 28Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 30They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven."
Very few people will understand what these passages mean. Being in the physical world is like being at sea with a storm and God's domain is one of stillness. When the storm was stilled, the people on the boat could find their way to the higher world, which is hidden by the movement of the physical world.
There are numerous passages in the Bible that talk about the importance of being steadfast. That word means immovable and it has the same meaning as being at rest. Being steadfast in prayer means being in the state of rest so that a connection with the higher world is made easier.
This is a description of what steadfastness means mentioned on this site and it is worth repeating here, "It is fixed or unchanging and solidly established so steadfastness is immovable, irrefutable, unchangeable, unalterable, and is completely and utterly dependable. That is a great definition for God as He says I am the Lord and I change not (Mal 3:6). If you desire to know more about God’s steadfast nature, particularly His steadfast love, read the Psalms because the steadfastness of God is mentioned 132 times of the 219 times it is mentioned in the Bible and it is almost always associated with His steadfast love being joined together in almost every single one of them. As mentioned on the page The Axis of the Universe, God is above space and time and all of the cycles of the Universe because he is at the center of all of those cycles and that is why he never changes, unlike everything in the physical world.
Hebrews 6:19, "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
The veil spoken of here is the body itself.
First Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
These Christians are being told to be in the state of rest, which is where the higher world resides.
The Hermetica also talks about the concept of rest. It's possible that the Gnostics got the idea of spirit being in rest from the Hermetica.
Corpus Hermeticum II.
 But if place is intelligible, it is intelligible not as god but as place, and if it were intelligible as god, it would be regarded so not as place but as energy capable of containing. Yet everything moved is moved not in something moved but in something at rest. And the mover is also at rest, unable to be moved conjointly.
The statement that it is an "energy capable of containing" is very interesting because all matter is energy and the second statement, "Yet everything is moved not in something moved but in something at rest.", is clearly saying that this field that lies underneath the Universe has no movement. Think of a brain that is at rest with lots of thought moving around inside of it. The thoughts cannot exist without the greater brain. There is a barrier to the Universe, but it is not in the Universe itself, just like thoughts have to barrier, but they are contained within the confines of the brain. This rest is the foundation of the Universe and it contains the entire Universe. It holds the Universe together and the Universe emerged out of it. Everything in the universe moves in cycles, but the spirit world is opposite, it is at rest.
Think about it, in meditation people are told to be grounded, centered and still. Does that make sense now? Meditation is about trying to get in touch with the underlying state of the Universe.
 "Thus, all motion is moved in immobility and by immobility. And it happens that the motion of the cosmos and of every living thing made of matter is produced not by things outside the body but by those within it acting upon the outside, by intelligible entities, either soul or spirit or something else incorporeal. For body does not move ensouled body, nor does it move any body at all, not even the soulless."
Those two statements from The Hermetica are echoed by Lao Tzu, "By non-action everything can be done."
 "Mind as a whole wholly enclosing itself, free of all body, unerring, unaffected, untouched, at rest in itself capable of containing all things and preserving all that exists, and its rays (as it were) are the good, the truth, the archetype of spirit, the archetype of soul."
Corpus Hermeticum VI.
 The good, Asclepius, is in nothing except in god alone, or rather god himself is always the good. If this is so, the good must be the substance of all motion and generation (for nothing is abandonded by it), but this substance has and energy about it that stays at rest, that has no lack and no excess, that is perfectly complete, a source of supply, present in the beginning of all things. When I say that what supplies everything is good, I also mean that it is wholly and always good.
The concept of rest is a prominent feature of the Chinese Taoist religion and this is something that the Western and Eastern religions have in common. The aim of spiritual practice in the Taoist religion is to achieve a state that they call Wu Wei. This is a description of that concept from Wikipedia, "Wu may be translated as not have or without; Wei may be translated as do, act, serve as, govern or effort. The literal meaning of wu wei is "without action", "without effort", or "without control", and is often included in the paradox wei wu wei: "action without action" or "effortless doing". The practice of wu wei and the efficacy of wei wu wei are fundamental tenets in Chinese thought and have been mostly emphasized by the Taoist school. One cannot actively pursue wu wei. It manifests as a result of cultivation. The Tao is a guide.
There is another less commonly referenced sense of wu wei; "action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort". In this instance, wu means "without" and Wei means "effort". The concept of "effortless action" is a part of Taoist Internal martial arts such as T'ai chi ch'uan, Baguazhang and Xing Yi. It follows that wu wei complies with the distinguishing feature of Taoism, that of being natural.
In Zen Calligraphy, wu wei has been represented as an ensō (circle); in China, the calligraphic inscriptions of the words wu wei themselves resonate with old Taoist stories.
Several chapters of the most important Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching, attributed to Laozi, allude to "diminishing doing" or "diminishing will" as the key aspect of the sage's success. Taoist philosophy recognizes that the Universe already works harmoniously according to its own ways; as a person exerts their will against or upon the world they disrupt the harmony that already exists. This is not to say that a person should not exert agency and will. Rather, it is how one acts in relation to the natural processes already existent. The how, the Tao of intention and motivation, that is key."
Rest or the Wu Wei is the main state of the spiritual realm, whereas movement is the main state of the physical Universe. The page called Flying Saucer Philosophy theorizes that Flying Saucers could actually work on the principle of being at rest, or movement without moving and these craft could be based on this occult principle. These craft are an application of this state of rest and are in a state of harmony instead of being in a state of violence and opposition like regular machines are.
There's a good statement from Laozi in Wenzi about how rest rules all the movements of creation, "Calm is the ruler of form and silence is the master of sound". To understand this statement and how it is actual science and not just philosophy think about how all matter in the Universe, from the galaxy and beyond all the way down to particles, all operate in frequencies or vibrations as this video mentions. The form that Laozi talks of is all the frequencies of nature. But all frequencies are created by the stillness of the point and this was elaborated in extensive detail on The Axis of the Universe page. In the Brownian Motion experiments there is plenty of movement going on in apparently still water and it showed that absolutely everything is in a state of movement, except in a Singularity. The Singularity is the cancellation of space and time and that is the true ruler of form. This ruler of form exists absolutely every in the Universe and in everything.
Inaction is also extremely emphasized by another ancient Taoist author Chuang Tzu in his complete works that can be read here. There are many quotes about the virtue of inaction and how all action is created by inaction. There are too many to list here, like with the Gnostic gospels, but here's a really good one, "The inaction of Heaven is its purity, the inaction of earth is its peace. So the two inactions combine, and all things are transformed and brought to birth. Wonderfully, mysteriously, there is no place they come out of. Mysteriously, wonderfully, they have no sign. Each thing minds its business, and all grow up out of inaction. So I say, Heaven and earth do nothing, and there is nothing that is not done. Among men, who can get hold of this inaction?" The statement that "all things are transformed and brought to birth" harkens back to the Prima Materia of Alchemy that transforms matter into something new, usually better. The underlying principle of matter, no matter what name it goes by, is in a state of rest while it moves everything else. The statement "Heaven and earth do nothing, and there is nothing that is not done" is very reminiscent of what The Hermetica said where "everything is moved in something that is at rest." The last part of this quote asks the question "who can get hold of this inaction?" Well Alchemy can answer that question, it is a being called the Rebis who was dealt with in a lot of detail on the two pages called The Gnostic Master Race and The Universe is the One Verse. The object the Rebis is holding in his hand is the Prima Materia.
Fritjof Capra, in The Tao of Physics, page 193, describes clearly how all apparently motionless objects are full of movement, "The tendency of particles to react to confinement with motion implies a fundamental ‘restlessness’ of matter which is characteristic of the subatomic world. In this world, most of the material particles are bound to the molecular, atomic and nuclear structures, and therefore are not at rest but have an inherent tendency to move about-they are intrinsically restless. According to quantum theory, matter is thus never quiescent, but always in a state of motion. Macroscopically, the material objects around us may seem passive and inert, but when we magnify such a ‘dead’ piece of stone or metal, we see that it is full of activity. The closer we look at it, the The more alive it appears. All the material objects in our environment are made of atoms which link up with each other in Physics various ways to form an enormous variety of molecular structures which are not rigid and motionless, but oscillate according to their temperature and in harmony with the thermal vibrations of their environment. In the vibrating atoms, the electrons are bound to the atomic nuclei by electric forces which try to keep them as close as possible, and they respond to this confinement by whirling around extremely fast. In the nuclei, finally, the protons and neutrons are pressed into a minute volume by the strong nuclear forces, and consequently race about with unimaginable velocities.
Modern physics, then, pictures matter not at all as passive and inert, but as being in a continuous dancing and vibrating motion whose rhythmic patterns are determined by the molecular, atomic and nuclear structures. This is also the way in which the Eastern mystics see the material world. They all emphasize that the universe has to be grasped dynamically, as it moves, vibrates and dances; that nature is not in a static, but a dynamic equilibrium. In the words of a Taoist text, The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness. Only when there is stillness in movement can the spiritual rhythm appear which pervades heaven and earth."
In the Hindu Bhavagad Gita there are also statements talking about how an enlightened soul is in a state of non action.
This one is really good, "One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the transcendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities." This inaction in action is seeing the spirit that lies inbetween the action of physical matter. Another two statements from the Bhavagad Gita, "Abandoning all attachment to the result of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertaking." "One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees." The self that does nothing in that last statement is the soul which is not subject to all the movements and cycles of the Universe. All movements are caused by disequalibriums trying to become equilibriums and the soul is already in equilibrium. Most people who read these passages won't have the faintest idea why these passages are significant.
In another Hindu book called the Isha Upanishad there are numerous quotes about higher beings being able to move in non movement, "The Self is one and unmoving, swifter than the mind: the devas (the senses) cannot overtake It as It darts before them. Remaining motionless It passes the running ones." Also, "It moves and moves not. Far away, It is near. Within all, it is yet outside."
The Isha Upanishad describes Brahman with these qualities that clearly say that he is above movement according to this website, "Brahman, though immobile and changeless, is described as “faster than the mind” and “superseding others who are running” because It is pre-existent everywhere, or in other words omnipresent at all pervading." Another description matches what was said in The Hermetica about the mover of everything is himself not moved, "That Brahman gives mobility to all, but is never caught in motion. Whether objects in the world are in motion derive their mobility from the power and brilliance of Brahman. Brahman, the center on which everything else moves, is itself not in motion. Through Brahman’s will acting in the causal sphere, both the subtle and the gross, both energy and the grosser from of energy called matter, are moved." Remember the two quotes from The Hermetica, "But if place is intelligible, it is intelligible not as god but as place, and if it were intelligible as god, it would be regarded so not as place but as energy capable of containing. Yet everything moved is moved not in something moved but in something at rest. And the mover is also at rest, unable to be moved conjointly.", "Thus, all motion is moved in immobility and by immobility. And it happens that the motion of the cosmos and of every living thing made of matter is produced not by things outside the body but by those within it acting upon the outside, by intelligible entities, either soul or spirit or something else incorporeal. For body does not move ensouled body, nor does it move any body at all, not even the soulless."
This statement from The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra, page 190, mentions how two Hindu gods, Krishna and Shiva, keep the Universe moving, otherwise it wouldn't exist at all, "Hinduism has also found many ways of’ expressing the dynamic nature of the universe in mythical language. Thus Krishna says in the Gita, ‘If I did not engage in action, these worlds would perish,‘and Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, is perhaps the most perfect personification of the dynamic universe. Through his dance, Shiva sustains the manifold phenomena in the world, unifying all things by immersing them in his rhythm and making them participate in the dance a magnificent image of the dynamic unity of the universe."
These paragraphs from The Tao of Physics, page 202, also mention that the Buddhist belief that all things in the Universe are really happenings, or movements, rather than solid things as such. This makes sense if absolutely everything in the Universe is a frequency or an oscillation, from the particle, up to all the cycles of life and nature, up to star systems, up to galaxies and beyond. This is what Fritjof Capra had to say, "One of the principal teachings of the Buddha was that ‘all compounded things are impermanent’. In the original Pali version of this famous saying,” the term used for ‘things’ is sankhara (Sanskrit: samskara), a word which means first of all ‘an event’ or ‘a happening’-also ‘a deed’, ‘an act’-and only secondarily ‘an existing thing’. This clearly shows that Buddhists have a dynamic conception of things as ever-changing processes. In the words of D. T. Suzuki, Buddhists have conceived an object as an event and not as a thing or substance . . . The Buddhist conception of ‘things’ as samskara (or sankhara), that is, as ‘deeds’, or ‘events’, makes it clear that Buddhists understand our experience in terms of time and movement. Like modern physicists, Buddhists see all objects as processes in a universal flux and deny the existence of any material substance. This denial is one of the most characteristic features of all schools of Buddhist philosophy. It is also characteristic of Chinese thought which developed a similar view of things as transitory stages in the ever-flowing Tao".
The concept of rest appears in a very unexpected place, which is in a book called The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies, written by Robert Kirk in 1691. This is what he said about them, "our busy and silent Companions also being called Siths, or Peope at Rest and Quiet, in respect of us." As was explained on the page called The Axis of the Universe, the beings that Robert Kirk seemed to be describing were of a higher world and they are able to appear in this world like a fisherman appears in the sea to the fish, but isn't of their order.
There are some interesting passages in Roberk Kirk's book that seem to described these mythological people in an advanced way, for example the homes of these otherworldly people are lit up without the use of flame, "having fir Lights, continual Lamps, and Fires, often seen without Fuel to sustain them."
Even more bizarre is Robert Kirk's description of the weapons these beings use, "These arms (cut by Airt and Tools it seems beyond human) have something of the Nature of Thunderbolt subtilty, and mortally wounding the vital Parts without breaking the Skin; of which Wounds I have obferved in Beasts, and felt them with my Hands." What Robert Kirk is describing here really sounds like science fiction rather than a fairy tale. This was written in 1691 remember.
Movement is essentially objects that are off center and out of balance revolving around the center in order to maintain a balance. If objects were in the center then no movement would occur because they would be in a state of balance. Howard Menger described what movement is on page 133 of "From Outer Space to You" with this statement, "the universe which is kept in motion because of its off-balance seeking an equilibrium (if it ever did reach an equilibrium naturally all motion would cease.)"
Most Man Made machines operate on the principle of creating disequilibriums in order to create movement as was explained on Flying Saucer Philosophy. An internal combustion engine creates disequilibriums in the combustion chambers which ultimately transfer that to the wheels, the aircraft creates disequlibriums to create movement upwards in its wings, rockets create chemical disequlibriums though their engines to move upwards, submarines create diequlibriums in water pressure to move downwards and hot air balloons create disequilibriums to move upwards. The movements in all these machines stops when an equilibrium is achieved. The movement occurs to bring a disequilibrium back to its origin of the equilibrium where it will find rest. The movement is a byproduct of the disequilibrium correcting the error. This should say something about the absurd inefficiency of Man made machines and why there needs to be something better. This is the principle of how the Flying Saucer works, it's about implosion and not explosion, it is about moving in a thing that is a nothing or a no thing that is already everywhere and that is the principle of movement without moving.
If the planets were in the center of the Solar System, they would not experience movement and would not experience cycles at all and they would essentially be in a state of balance without needing to cycle.
Gravity itself is a type of movement, if not the primary form of movement, where polarised matter wants to return to the center but is usually impeded by things like the ground. If matter was in the center of the Earth then gravity and the movement it causes stops. But even then that center is itself moving around the Sun's center and the Sun's center is moving around the galactic center. On a colossal scale even the galaxie's center of gravity is orbiting around what is called the Great Attractor. All the orbiting of the Universe is a byproduct of the disequilibrium of what is called everything being held in place by the nothing.
The very purpose of meditation is to become centered and still to access the higher realms. To access the Universe, or to become one with it, requires that someone becomes the center and then they become everywhere, because that center is everywhere.
Andrew Chumbley, in Azoetia, stated that true movement on the path is to be made only in the center, "Being of Infinite Mobility the Point is the Path and every Path a Point, ever tending towards a greater sublimation - to be realised as a Continuum of Omnipresent Direction." The word sublimation means a substances changing from one form to its last form without any middle stages, for example ice turning straight into gas without the liquid stage. In this context it means being at alpha and omega at the same time without the distance, speed and time in between. The word omnipresent means being everywhere at once which is what the point is.
The most efficient form of travel isn't traveling in a straight line from point A to point B but traveling in a point, as in not moving at all. If time, speed and distance are reduced to zero, then traveling in a point becomes feasible. This is travel by harmony and not disharmony.
Those of the center travel on the road, whereas those of the circumference travel in the hamster wheel.
Even particle physics confirms that there is a state of movement without moving on the quantum level as stated in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy, "the movement of particles of matter is not what it seems. Particles move in quantum jumps in which they disappear from reality and reappear in another position. The discontinuous motion of atomic particles gets so weird that completely imaginary components must be invented to describe their movement. It’s hard for us to accept such an alchemical explanation of nature, but our mechanistic concept of reality is completely false and has polluted all our thinking and beliefs. No scientific experiment in the history of physics has ever shown that hard material particles exist or can even move. However, now hundreds of experiments prove material particles move by being teletransported through time—disappearing from one place to reappear in another place without moving along a continuous path.
Where are these particles disappearing into? It could be none other than the void. It's like they get sucked into it and them reemerge like files getting copy and pasted from one place to another, like they are in some kind of computer.
This strange phenomenon in particle physics could explain a lot of strange events that go on in the world and in the Universe. It really is like the hand emerging from the clouds in the Tarot cards bringing raw potential into the world. Maybe it isn't just particles that appear and disappear into the void that lies beneath existence, maybe it's other things like DNA, ideas and who knows what else.
A good way to understand the concept of movement without moving is the fact that every movie is made up of many still images. Stillness underlies the entire movie and the movie's moving is nothing but an illusion. The thing that gives that stillness the illusion of movement is the spiral that is the film wheel with an empty center in the middle. Everything, like a movie or the Universe, is moved in something that is at rest and perfectly still. The same thing goes for every spiral in natures, from the movement of electrons around the nucleus of an atom, to a planet orbiting the sun, to the Sun orbiting the galactic center to the galaxy orbiting around The Great Attractor.
Another good way to understand movement without moving is to look at the Cartesian Coordinate System. Every single number on the Cartesian Coordinate System needs its minus counterpart in order to maintain a balance. This is a quality that zero has that no other number has. It can exist by itself without any other counterpart because it is always balanced and balance can only be achieved without going into imbalance that is numbers and the Universe. But if every number has a minus counterpart and automatically cancels itself out to zero then that would mean that zero lies underneath all numbers and doesn't have to be in the center of the Cartesian Coordinate System. It can exist everywhere and nowhere in it. The center that the zero occupies likewise can in reality exist anywhere that the zero is as well and this means that the center of anything is the center of everything. The potential for nothingness that a Black Hole is is everywhere in the Universe, like it is everywhere in mathematics. To access that zero that lies underneath all numbers and the center that it occupies, make the two one and the one become none. This will reduce the time and space of the Cartesian Coordinate System to zero so that any part of it can be accessed without moving. This is essentially what is meant by movement without moving. All numbers have the potential of having no time, speed and distance if they became what was hidden underneath them. Movement in a point is the most efficient way of traveling.
This Live Science article talks about the concept of movement without moving when it says the kinetic energy of anything is counterbalanced by a negative gravitational field, "Astrophysicists Alexei Filippenko at the University of California, Berkeley and Jay Pasachoff at Williams College explain gravity's negative energy by way of example in their essay, "A Universe From Nothing": "If you drop a ball from rest (defined to be a state of zero energy), it gains energy of motion (kinetic energy) as it falls. But this gain is exactly balanced by a larger negative gravitational energy as it comes closer to Earth’s center, so the sum of the two energies remains zero."
In other words, the ball's positive energy increases, but at the same time, negative energy is added to the Earth's gravitational field. What was a zero-energy ball at rest in space later becomes a zero-energy ball that is falling through space.
The universe as a whole can be compared to this ball. Initially, before the big bang, the universe-ball was at rest. Now, after the big bang, it is falling: light and matter exist, and they are moving. And yet, because of the negative energy built into the gravity field created by these particles, the total energy of the universe remains zero."
That article is basically saying that rest existed right from the beginning of the Universe and it still exists today and was never really supplanted by all the movement of the Universe. In other words it is the point and the Universe is the empty point. The rest is always the natural and original state of everything.
If someone is completely still they are still moving along with the planet through Space and the Sun is moving around the Galactic center and so on. On a micro scale there is plenty of movement within the body as well and on an even more micro scale there is movement everywhere on the atomic scale. That is one thing that Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity have in common, both have lots of movement or cycles. Anything that is polarised matter, or a something, will be in a state of movement, since it is imbalanced. Movement is a byproduct of imbalance trying to become balanced. Only something that is in a state of balance will have true rest and this means cancelling out the polar opposites and creating balance. That balance and the non movement lies underneath, or in between, all polarised matter.
Fritjof Capra, in The Tao of Physics, page 209, mentions something very interesting, which is that movement only has meaning if an object is moving relative to other objects in the Universe. If an object exists in its own reality without any stars, planets, or anything else that makes up the Universe, that object would not move at all. This object would exist in a void, but someone who was inside that object would still be able to move relative to the object itself, "According to the physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach, the inertia of a material object-the object’s resistance against being accelerated-is not an intrinsic property of matter, but a measure of its interaction with all the rest of the universe. In Mach’s view, matter only has inertia because there is other matter in the universe. When a body rotates, its inertia produces centrifugal forces (used, for example, in a spin-drier to extract water from wet laundry), but these forces appear only because the body rotates ‘relative to the fixed stars’, as Mach has put it. If those fixed stars were suddenly to disappear, the inertia and the centrifugal forces of the rotating body would disappear with them."
This happens, as Frijof Capra says, because everything in a time and space is really one and the same object, or better still comes from the same object, like the Prima Materia of Alchemy, "Thus modern physics shows us once again-and this time at the macroscopic level-that material objects are not distinct entities, but are inseparably linked to their environment; that their properties can only be understood in terms of their interaction with the rest of the world. According to Mach’s principle, this interaction reaches out to the universe at large, to the distant stars and galaxies. The basic unity of the cosmos manifests itself, therefore, not only in the world of the very small but also in the world of the very large; a fact which is increasingly acknowledged in modern astrophysics and cosmology. In the words of the astronomer Fred Hoyle, Present-day developments in cosmology are coming to suggest rather insistently that everyday conditions could not persist but for the distant parts of the Universe, that all our ideas of space and geometry would become entirely invalid if the distant parts of the Universe were taken away. Our everyday experience even down to the smallest The details seems to be so closely integrated to the grand-scale Tao of features of the Universe that it is well-nigh impossible to Physics contemplate the two being separated."
A projectile in normal time and space is moving towards something, away from something, past something, through something etc. If however that some projectile was fired in a void it would be moving towards nothing, away from nothing, past nothing, through nothing etc. How does that work? It works by that projectile not being subject to time and it being omnipresent, or here, there and everywhere at once in that void. The nothing that the projectile moves towards, moves away from, move past and through, is itself omnipresent and not affected by time and it is like timesing any number by zero, making that number zero as well.
It is important to point out that nothing in the Universe really expands, neither matter of any kind or energy. Rather, is is the fabric of space and time itself that does the moving. This would explain why the Universe is bigger in light years than its age in light years, which would violate the laws of Physics if it were just matter moving. This statement from Wikipedia explains it quite well, "The expansion of the universe is the increase in distance between any two given gravitationally unbound parts of the observable universe with time. It is an intrinsic expansion whereby the scale of space itself changes. The universe does not expand "into" anything and does not require space to exist "outside" it. Technically, neither space nor objects in space move. Instead it is the metric governing the size and geometry of spacetime itself that changes in scale. As the spatial part of the universe's spacetime metric increases in scale, objects move apart from one another at ever-increasing speeds. To any observer in the universe, it appears that all of space is expanding while all but the nearest galaxies recede at speeds that are proportional to their distance from the observer – at great enough distances the speeds exceed even the speed of light." As explained on The Axis of the Universe page objects like planets, moons, galaxies etc, don't orbit, but rather the gravity well that they are locked into does the moving and that gravity well is a void that itself doesn't move because it is nothingness and this a a good example of how objects move without moving.
This quote by the theoretical physicist John Wheeler puts it more simply, "Space-time tells matter how to move; matter tells space-time how to curve." This quote from Arthur Eddington describes the expanding Universe like this, "like a runner on an expanding track with the winning post receding faster than he can run." When he says "faster than he can run" he's not joking. As this article says 94 percent of the Universe will never be seen again because it is expanding faster than the speed of light. It's not the matter that's violating the cosmic speed limit, it's time and space, that acts as a foundation of all matter, that does the moving.
On The Axis of the Universe page it was explained in the Debunking the Dark Energy and Big Rip Fallacy section that if there was just one type of movement then the Universe would keep accelerating until time and space would rip apart. This goes completely against the Law of Equilibrium. If the Universe has an infinity or a donut shape to it then it would abide by this law much better. This would sole the problem of Baryon Asymmetry and would also negate any potential for a Big Rip because the matter and the movement invert on the other side with the middle, or the Axis of the Universe, being in a state of rest which is the cancellation of both the forward and backward. This rest drives all the movements of the Universe from the micro to the most macro because everything revolves around the rest and all its extensions that are the Black Holes and gravity wells of the Universe.
In the One Particle Universe, which is an extension of the One Electron Universe, an electron, representing time, cycles around the proton, representing space. They move together as they approach the center that is the Singularity and then exchange places with each other so that the electron becomes the space and the proton, now the Positron, becomes the time in an anti matter counterweight Universe. That movement in the atom is effectively zero as a result.
As was explained on The Axis of the Universe page everything is a vibration, from the micro to the macro, with the atom and its particles being the micro example. But every vibration has an up and a down and so this would suggest that the electrons and protons would have to get an equal amount of time in both roles. So effectively they both cancel out at zero.
This quote by Walter Russell puts it in a good way by saying that the ups and downs, Yins and Yangs, of a cycle are like pistons that drive the Sacred Engine that creates all movement in the Universe, "Light only seems to travel. It is but one more of the countless illusions caused by wave motion. Waves of the ocean seem to traverse the ocean but they only appear to do so, for waves are pistons in the universal engines, and pistons operate up and down. Wave pistons of light, or of the ocean, operate radially and spirally inward and outward, toward and away from gravity."
It's not just water waves, but any type of wave as well. Gravity waves are demonstrated in this picture. The fabric only appears to radiate out but in reality it doesn't move at all since it goes back to its original position afterwards. The fabric warps but doesn't really move and is essentially how everything in the Universe truly moves in non movement. The water particle and the fabric will end up back at square one in net zero where it started. Nikola Tesla's Oscillator, or Earthquake Machine, made use of this same type of science as well, except it created oscillations in solid matter instead of waves or gravity.
Going up and down isn't going forward but it enables it. A cycle is a circle that's split and then turned so that the bottom will transfer motion to another top that has been split off again and turned around. If the cycle wasn't split then the two motions would cancel themselves out into rest, since they are a zero. However the rest still lies underneath the apparent motion of the split circle called cycles. Going around in circles isn't moving and going up and down is an illusion of movement because it is the center of the pistons and the center of the cycles that do the movement.
This statement from Fritjof Capra, in The Tao of Physics, page 167, provides an example of what was just stated, "It is interesting that the germ of the theory of relativity was contained in a paradox which occurred to Einstein when he was only sixteen. He tried to imagine how a beam of light would look to an observer who travelled along with it at the speed of light, and he concluded that such an observer would see the beam of light as an electromagnetic field oscillating back and forth without moving on, i.e. without forming a wave. Such a phenomenon, however, is unknown in physics. It seemed thus to the young Einstein that something which was observed by one observer to be a well-known electromagnetic phenomenon, namely a light wave, would appear as a phenomenon contradicting the laws of physics to another observer, and this he could not accept. In later years, Einstein realized that the principle of relativity can be satisfied in the description of electromagnetic phenomena only if all spatial and temporal specifications are relative. The laws of mechanics, which govern the phenomena associated with moving bodies, and the laws of electrodynamics, the theory of electricity and magnetism, can then be formulated in a common ‘relativistic’ framework which incorporates time with the three space coordinates as a fourth coordinate to be specified relative to the observer."
Basically if someone is traveling with a Photon of light at the speed of light then the wave of the Photon cycles up and down, but in a circle instead of a normal wave. However, to someone standing still relative to that same Photon then the Photon travels in a wave or frequency. Both perspectives are true relative to where the observer is. Because of time dilation time comes to a stop at the speed of light so that is why the Photon cycles in a zero instead of a wave which cancels time and space. A Photon is the same age today as it was billions of years ago because of that. How does the Photon move? Because at zero time there is maximum space and that is what the next section of Omnipresence is about. The movement of the wave cycle is an illusion and the circle cycle, representing zero, still lies underneath it. Remember that statement from the Bhavagad Gita, "One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men."
To understand that in another way imagine an engine that is transparent so the pistons can be seen. If someone were to move with the engine the pistons would be going up and down and going around in a circle around the axis from another angle. But if that same transparent engine were to move past someone standing still then the pistons would look like they were moving as a wave. Both perspectives are true relative to where someone's at. The wave is simply a cycle who's center is on the move, but the up and down cycle and the wave are the same thing. They key to the whole thing is the axis or the center that the pistons and any other cycle one can think of cycles around. It's the axis that does the moving, as the Tao Te Ching says. Going around in circles isn't moving, but the stationary center does move. Think of a cyclone or a tornado, the wind goes around in circles, but the thing that makes it move is really the very low pressure of the center of the cyclone or tornado. In a similar way it's not so much the planet that orbits the Sun but the planet's center of gravity that orbits the Sun's center of gravity, the planet's just locked into that center of gravity that is a warping of time and space. So again the question is that if time stops at the speed of light, then how does light move? The answer is that the invisible center, which the cycles revolve around, does the moving, like the axis. The same is true with any other particle that makes up the Universe.
This picture demonstrates how a cycle, of which everything in the entire Universe, from a particle all the way up to a galaxy, is moved by something that is a rest. The point, or axis, is not moving as far as the cycles are concerned but it creates the cycles, which in turn move the axis forward along space and time. The point is above the cycles of the Universe and is invisible to anyone that is of the illusions of Yin and Yang, but it is there and very much in control of everything.
The images on the frames of a movie reel don't move at all, but the motion of the entirety of the movie reel emanating from the axis of it gives the illusion of movement. The point is that the only movement is from the center and not on the frames containing any of the images. The frames in that example represent space and the entirety of the movie reel represent time, with each frame only containing and extremely small amount of the total time. Likewise the numbers, representing time, on the circumference of a clock don't move at all, they just stay still and get pointed at by the hand which is again an emanation from the center of the clock. If the clock stands still the hands move around in a circle, but if the clock is moving, like the translucent engine, the hands will move in a spiral rather than in a circle. The numbers on the clock become degrees of amplitude of the cycle of time, but are really just representations of where the emanation of the center is pointing at any one moment in time. In the movie reel all frames may appear to be separate from on another, particularly if they are separated by many different frames, but they are really all the one thing because they are all part of the same movie reel. It's a complete illusion that the frames are all separate from each other. Likewise, the numbers on a clock are really all the one number, which is zero, because they exist on the one surface of the cycling clock.
In the Conservation of Momentum all movement has an anti movement going in the equal and opposite direction so that all movement essentially is no movement at all. This was put in a good way in this video, "If you have a group of objects, the motion of those objects, aka their momentum, collectively must always remain the same. If one particle with momentum bumps into a particle that is standing still, and both bounce away from each other, the amount of total motion for the two particles must equal the amount of the first particle on its own. No momentum can be lost. If you have a rocket on a launch pad with zero momentum, it can only give itself momentum by firing propellant in the opposite direction. Once you add up the amount of momentum imparted to the air by the propellant going down, and the amount of momentum given by the rocket going up, then the upward momentum and the downward momentum are equal, resulting in the same net 0 momentum you had to start with. This falls a little outside our expectations. After all, we as humans often stop and start walking around, seemingly without obeying this law. However, if you evaluate all the particles involved, this law is always kept. You would struggle to move anywhere without a floor to push against. Momentum imparted to the floor must equal the amount of momentum imparted to you, but in the opposite direction - you just don't notice it because the floor is so much bigger than you, the amount of momentum you give it does not move it in any noticeable way."
Movement without moving from a modern scientific point of view.
The Illusion of Distance means God is Omnipresent and Nowhere Present.
Something that's very much related to non movement is non distance.
There's a cryptic passage in the Corpus Hermeticum XI that says, "Consider this for yourself: command your soul to travel to India, and it will be there faster than your command. Command it to cross over to the ocean, and again it will quickly be there, not as having passed from place to place but simply as being there." If distance doesn't exist then there is no travel, there is only being there as the Corpus Hermeticum says. If everything in the Universe is the center of the Universe then this passage from the Corpus Hermeticum makes more sense. The circle is the distance and the soul exists in the dot, so it is already there anywhere in the empty dot that surrounds the dot.
This means that the soul doesn't need to travel anywhere, because it is already there, in fact it was there before any travel was ever contemplated. Instead the person's consciousness needs to travel from the circumference to the point which means a reduction of time, speed and distance until they are at zero. This is the purpose of meditation in essence.
Imagine a world created in the mind. The person who has imagined the world is present in all parts of it at once, but the same time is in reality nowhere present in it. The person who has imagined the world doesn't need to travel anywhere in it because they are already here, there and everywhere in it and not in it.
There's a quote saying "No matter where you go, there you are", which is hard to find the original source for, but it's a good quote. The consciousness of the individual, the soul, is the point that exists everywhere in the Universe, as The Hermetica stated. Travel for the soul is an illusion.
The third temptation that Jesus Christ was subjected to in Matthew 4 offers him every dictator's dream which is to rule the world. But this has hidden meaning in it as well that no one sees. The very high mountain represents the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds and this is what a mountain represents in the Tarot, it's where the gods lived in ancient Greece and it is where Jesus Christ prayed in the walking on water story. The devil is taking Jesus Christ up the mountain to go beyond time and space so that he can show Jesus Christ all the kingdoms of the world. People assume the devil showed him some kind of vision of the kingdoms of the world but this passage does not say that the devil showed Jesus Christ a vision of all the kingdoms, it says that he saw them all directly with his own eyes. If he was shown a vision then why not just stay at ground level? How is being shown all the kingdoms of the world possible? As explained on the pages called Flying Saucer Philosophy there is no distance, it is an illusion. Jesus Christ was already there, at every kingdom in the world because distance is an illusion. That is how the devil was able to show him all the kingdoms of the physical world at once. Jesus Christ telling the devil to be gone is him rejecting his lower nature and the false splendor of the physical world and at this point he is born again and ready to start his ministry. The center of the Universe is the only thing that exists and by being at the center, Jesus Christ was everywhere at once.
This idea that the devil is above beyond time and space turns up in a book called The Mysterious Stranger, by Mark Twain, where the devil is able to take children he had met on other parts of the world, "It was wonderful, the mastery Satan had over time and distance. For him they did not exist. He called them human inventions, and said they were artificialities. We often went to the most distant parts of the globe with him, and stayed weeks and months, and yet were gone only a fraction of a second, as a rule. You could prove it by the clock."
There are other parts of the New Testament which suggest that distance is an illusion, such as Jesus Christ appearing before his disciples out of nowhere after he was resurrected. In The Book of Revelation there is this interesting quote, "Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." The statement that every eye will see him doesn't mean that everyone will be watching him live on TV. It means that everyone will be watching him in person, right in front of them for the same reason that Jesus Christ could see all the kingdoms of the world. The statement that even those soldiers who pierced him and have been dead for 2000 years will see him clearly suggests that this event is happening in a higher realm that is above time and space. The clouds represent the barrier between the higher and lower worlds which block out the light of the higher realm. When it says that "every eye will see him" it isn't talking about the eyes, but the eye. In other words the All Seeing Eye. The last statement, "who is, and who was, and who is to come", is clearly stating that time and space has no significance to God. This statement is similar to what God said in Genesis "Before the world was, I am." God is in the center and is the center where there is no time, speed and distance.
There's a passage in the Gospel of Thomas that speaks directly about Jesus Christ being omnipresent, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." He sounds like he's saying that he's the Big Bang, doesn't he? If that center that he is still there then of course he would be omnipresent in everything that exists.
That statement from the Gospel of Thomas echoes one from Psalm 139, "Where can I go from Your Spirit; or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me."
Interestingly science itself says that it is possible to observed the entire Universe from once place, but that place requires being in the innermost layer from a Black Hole, as in being in the presence of a Singularity that collapses space and time. This video states that the Photon Ring of a Black Hole reflects the entire Universe and if someone was in this ring they would literally become an All Seeing Eye. Seeing all the kingdoms of the world at once is considered mythology but seeing the entire Universe is science apparently.
In addition to being able to see the Universe someone in the Photon Ring would also be able to simultaneously see themselves from all angles at once because of the way that light orbits near the Event Horizon.
Another interesting thing about a Black Hole is that is one was to fall into it and looked up, he would see the Universe shrinking into a point as is shown at 47 minutes in this video. It's almost like the Black Hole is undoing the illusion of inflation that the Universe is. At this point the circle of reality that is the Universe has shrunk back into a point.
It is said that God is omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere at once. But to suggest that he is everywhere in the Universe suggests that he is finite and is kept in the Universe's boundary, whatever that is. It is better to say that there is no distance because that would mean that God isn't within any boundary whatsoever and this overcomes any logic problem with being so massive in the first place.
A good way to say that God is everywhere is to say that he is nowhere since he occupies the nothing. In other words God is both omnipresent and nowhere present. Is someone present in their own thoughts in the world they imagine in their mind?
Another passage in Corps Hermeticum XI states that in order to understand God one has to be equal to God and that means being omnipresent in all time and space, "unless you make yourself equal to god, you cannot understand god; like is understood by like. Make yourself grow to immeasurable immensity, outleap all body, outstrip all time, become eternity and you will understand god. Having conceived that nothing is impossible to you, consider yourself immortal and able to understand everything, all art, all learning, the temper of every living thing. Go higher than every height and lower than every depth. Collect in yourself all the sensations of what has been made, of fire and water, dry and wet; be everywhere at once, on land, in the sea, in heaven; be not yet born, be in the womb, be young, old, dead, beyond death. And when you have understood all these at once - times, places, things, qualities, quantities - then you can understand god."
If that seems too hard then become present in the void that lies underneath all time and space and everything that's contained in them and that way it will be a lot easier to understand God.
The Universe started off as energy after the Big Bang and it still is in reality just tightly compacted energy. Now if there is no distance then that would mean that all of the energy potential of the Universe is contained in the smallest possible distance, called the Planck Density, and accessing this would give access to the entire energy potential of the Universe. In fact everywhere in the Universe is an endless reservoir of all the energy potential of the Universe if one could reduce time and space to zero and so access all the free energy of it.
Quantum Entanglement is clear evidence of there being a lack of distance in the Universe because it is saying that two particles, no matter how distant they are, can influence each other right away meaning that the signal or communication between them would be many thousands of times the speed of light which is impossible. Physics explains this away with the Superdetermination theory where the behavior of all particles in the Universe is decided in advance. These concepts are explained in this video really well. The problem with predetermination is that there isn't hard evidence for it and it creates the philosophical problem with being no freedom or free will in the Universe. The people who believe this really cannot think outside of the box and consider that maybe particles can warp speed to any part of the Universe, or just punch a hole in space and time.
As explained in the section "Zero is the only number that exists in non existence" zero lies underneath every single number and likewise the potential for emptiness that a Black Hole is exists everywhere in the Universe. This would mean that entangled particles would be able to access, or be part of the emptiness, that underlies all space and time. This is something that is not yet understood.
If this principle of reducing distance to zero could be done by Man then he could communicate or even travel faster than the speed of light. There would be well and truly no barriers to progress anymore. This would also mean if there were extra terrestrials and they could travel through interstellar space then they wouldn't be using radio signals but communicating in a way that was so quick that time becomes meaningless.
One way to understand how distance can be an illusion in a modern scientific sense is to compare time and space to a movie reel. Imagine if a frame becomes bigger, then it takes up more of the spiral of time of the total reel. If the frame encompasses the entire movie reel, then it contains all of the spiral of time in it and time no longer has to be in motion because it is no longer split up and separated. But at this point the frame can't go any faster or bigger because it has become the totality of the everything and the nothing of the reality of the whole. As a frame brings in more of the spiral of time, more gravity is brought in as well because as was stated before time causes gravity. There isn't an increase in total gravity, it's just that the frame is accessing more of the gravity. This would mean that the gravity in a Black Hole is exactly the same as the gravity of the Universe itself. The point is that time and space as a square and circle are exactly the same thing in reality, but only appear separate. That one square of space is a Singularity and anyone who occupies the Singularity is already here, there and everywhere in the Universe and doesn't need to move anywhere either.
These two quotes show an agreement between ancient mysticism and modern particle science on the two subjects of movement without moving and omnipresence, or distance being an illusion. The ancient quote is from the Upanishads and this is what it says, "It moves. It moves not. It is far, and It is near. It is within all this, And It is outside of all this." The second quote, from modern science, is from Robert Oppenheimer, "If we ask, for instance, whether the position of the electron remains the same, we must say ‘no’; if we ask whether the electron’s position changes with time, we must say ‘no’; if we ask whether the electron is at rest, we must say ‘no’; if we ask whether it is in motion, we must say ‘no'."
This is a quote from this video called The Universe is Not Made up of Particles states, "Particles are actually not what the world is made of! We talk about that. We use that all the time. And so when we talk about the Higgs Boson, it's a particle, it's a boson, which is as you will see is one of two major kinds of particles. However, that's just short of a sloppy approximation to the true underlying reality. Our modern idea - the idea that is centrally important to modern physics - is that the world is not made of particles but it's made of fields. A field, unlike a particle, is spread out everywhere throughout the universe. It's a number at every point in space and time. A particle has a location but a field is spread out everywhere and is vibrating, it's changing its value."
The thing that makes up everything is omnipresent and this thing vibrates at particular frequencies to create the happenings called Particles that create the illusions of things. A Quantum Field that creates a particles of one kind in one part of the Universe is exactly the same as a Quantum Field in a totally different part of the Universe that creates that same kind of particle. It is truly omnipresent.
Think of the particle as being one end or the other of the frequency and the Quantum Field as being the invisible center upon which that frequency vibrates around. That invisible center is everywhere in the Universe, but the particle exists in a particular place in space and time. Again that wonderful quote from Nikola Tesla needs to be repeated, "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
An interesting point was made by author Terry Pratchett about how darkness is omnipresent and therefore doesn't need to travel unlike light, "Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." The absence of any particle for that matter is omnipresent as well and if one can become none himself, he will become omnipresent as well. That omnipresence in fact exists at the center of any wavelength of particle in the Universe. When anyone says that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, they unintentionally mean the Nothing, or the No Thing, that is the Void, can travel faster than light, because that void is omnipresent. It is here, there and everywhere all at once. Everything is nothing with a twist and when someone, or something, is of the Nothing then they are of the everything. That is how to travel faster than light, by not traveling, but by already being there.
As this page has shown ancient sources seemed to have a very advanced understanding of modern physics in an age where such an understanding could not have existed. Were these ancient religions from the East and West tapping into some kind of antediluvian science that had somehow trickled down through the millennia throughout the ancient world? The ancient religions really hit the nail on the head with the two subjects of movement without moving and omnipresence.
The final word about time and space being illusions goes to Zen master Daito, "We were parted many thousands of ages ago, yet we have not been separated even for a moment. We are facing each other all day long, yet we have never met."