The concept for "Mystic Physics" sprang forth from a passage that I read in a memoir by Andre Vandenbroeck, entitled Al-Kemi. In this book, Vandenbroeck shares details from his experiences with R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz.
While the writings of Rene Schwaller are considered controversial within the field of Egyptology, Vandenbroeck puts a decidedly different spin on this enigmatic persona.
From Vandenbroeck's perspective (and based upon his personal encounters), Schwaller was more of an Alchemist than anything — completely shifting my perspective on his (Schwaller's) writings.
One quote that stuck with me was Schwaller's claim that "all science lies between the numbers One and two". This simple quote piqued my curiosity and led me to explore even older works focusing on Pythagorean Number Theory.
Although it has taken me close to ten years to digest certain aspects of Vandenbroeck's work, it does appear that Schwaller's comment regarding the relationship between science and number (or Science and Number) does have more than just a bit of merit.
To understand this mathematics of wholes, the concept of "Geometric Sectioning" can not only be a potent metaphor, but visualization tool as well.
By starting with an initial "whole", and sectioning it out, all manner of figures (concepts, objects, or entities) can be created, with complementary opposites arising simultaneously with the figures.
This is one way to explain the "world of opposites" we appear to inhabit. Since everything we experience has a perceptual element to it, it only makes sense to explore the nature of perception itself, along with the "cutting" power of our intellects.
While most people are familiar with the additive method of producing the "Whole" or "counting" numbers, there is another way to visualize this progression — using an altogether different process.
These numbers can also be produced by taking a Geometric Approach. By using a process of division (separation), the whole numbers can extend from an initial "Whole". One unusual side effect is that odd and even numbers arise simultaneously, perfectly paired with one another and held in relation to the initial Unity.
While the Eastern model of the Universe posited by Taoist philosophy is still actively applied within a wide range of disciplines including Traditional Chinese Medicine and the martial art of Taiji, a similar model found within the West has all but been forgotten.
I will be the first to admit that this is not surprising in the least — especially considering that I too would have overlooked this model as well without my previous exposure to the Eastern thought streams of Taoism and Zen.
The Western model of the Universe bears a striking resemblance to the Eastern model, particularly when the graphical depictions of the two models are placed side- by-side with one another. Just as the Eastern model of the Universe can be traced back to the Taoist philosophers of Ancient China, the Western model that we shall explore is often credited to the Hermetic philosophers found throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Egypt.
Both models can be interpreted as beginning with the concept of a “Great Void”, an Unbroken Whole from which the phenomenal universe naturally arises from. This concept of Unbroken Unity, representing the One Absolute, can be viewed as the initial state of Intelligence, Consciousness, or Perception that is the True Nature of the Universe.
The Taoist model begins with the idea of Wuji, often referred to as “the Great Void” from which all existence emanates forth. While it can be tempting to interpret this concept as a “void in space”, or physical emptiness, things get much more interesting when this concept is viewed from more of a psychological perspective.
Rather than representing an “absence of physical objects”, the idea of Wuji can be thought of as the “absence of concepts”, allowing for a form of emptiness that is truly Absolute in its nature.
Mutual Causality in Buddhism & General Systems Theory
Joanna Macy's book takes on the subject of linear causality head-on by introducing the concept of "mutual causality" that underpins the teachings of the Buddha, while drawing correlations from General Systems Theory.
Under this model, cause and effect arise simultaneously and can be thought of as two complementary aspects of the same event. For individuals seeking a different perspective on themselves, others, and the world around them this book articulates a unique perspective that is immanently practical for understanding how we perceive the events of the world.