October 18, 2010

God’s quantum-mathematics Urantian “joke”

One of the historically renowned quantum physicists, Richard Feynman, once suggested that all physicists should put up a sign in there office with a particular three-digit number on it that would remind them of how much science doesn’t know. Werner Heisenberg, of the famous uncertainty principle, declared that all the quandaries of quantum physics would shrivel up if this same three-digit number was ever explained!

In The God Particle by Nobel prize-winning quantum physicist, Leon Lederman, the same perplexing three-digit number is referred to as showing up: “ . . . naked all over the place. This means that a scientist on Mars, or the fourteenth planet of star Sirius, using whatever god-awful units they have for charge, speed, and their version of Plank’s constant, would get [the same three digit number]. It is a pure number.” Lederman goes even further: “Physicists have agonized over [this three digit number] for fifty years . . . I tell my undergraduate students that if they are ever in a major city anywhere in the world, they should write [this three digit number] on a sign and hold it up on a busy street corner. Eventually a physicist will see that they’re distressed and come to their assistance.”

Long-time readers may laugh aloud, as I did, when they learn that the mysterious number is 137.

To readers of less experience, 137 is the key number that would represent the primary distribution of the First Source and Center. In the Urantia Papers: number one representing the First Source and Center, number three representing the Paradise Trinity, and number seven representing the Sevenfold Relationship, God the Sevenfold. (Seven exhausts all possible combinations of the Trinity).

But how could the cosmic revelatory significance of number 137 be explained to a scientist like Lederman? He would have to read the Urantia Papers for years to grasp it. Even if he chose to do so, what value would the information be to his career? If he sought to disclose it publicly he would be disgraced in his chosen profession.

And therein lies the problem of the many experts of particular disciplines who are potential readers of the Urantia Papers. The quantum physics scientist peers at gauges and screens to study the world of the very, very small, and is baffled. A good student of the Urantia Papers might explain to her: “Of course what you are seeing here violates the precepts of what we know as time and space. You are looking into the emerging Unqualified Absolute. The puzzling transactions you see are simply the mind of God engaged in the cancellation of both past and future to ‘make room’ for time and space — the Universe Absolute.” However, would any scientist spend the months of study required to grasp this principle of how the Absolute “makes room” for the finite?

So, perhaps the lay reader, who is hungry to learn, may have an advantage over the deeply educated reader who is accomplished and focused in a single discipline.

October 9, 2010

Creativity: The Ultimate Secret revealed

Filed under: philosophy,Religion,science,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — LarryMullins @ 8:35 am

For many years I have made a living as an illustrator, graphic artist and by creative writing. I have taught many classes on creativity. I have told a few people the ultimate secret of creativity, but never published it until now.
When people would ask me, “How do you draw a picture?” I always responded with a question. “What is your telephone number?” A bit puzzled, people always responded with their number. I then would always say the same thing: “What was it that looked for that number, and where did it find it?” Of course, they can’t answer. The truth is, no scientist, philosopher or theologian can answer that question. We have no idea how the mind works. We do not know where the drive to create comes from, nor how it successfully manifests.

We do know that there are two stages to creativity: the inspiration, the gift, or the idea, is the first stage. Everyone gets inspirations. Lots of them. It is my belief that the most lofty of these ideas come from God, or more precisely, the Universe Mother Spirit. There is no problem with finding noble inspirations, normal human minds are invaded by them constantly. It is the second stage of creativity where most of us stumble. As T. S. Elliott put it, “Between the idea and the reality … falls the shadow.”

The ultimate secret, the difference between a creative artist and the average person is very simple. The creative artist shows up. Every single day. At the easel, the writing desk, the kitchen, the nursery, or the classroom. They show up, and they struggle to actualize worthy ideas into realities. I have no idea how the creative process works. I only know that if I show up, most days a miracle will occur. My role in this process is solely to cooperate with the mysterious flow and strive to follow guidance I am given. Some days I fail utterly. But some days are glorious, and even though I am only a small bit player in the whole process, I love it. because I know that, for some reason, the great Creator has endowed us with the power to allow the creative process to work, or to stop it cold by simply not showing up. Showing up is an important victory for me.

I can offer one other “secret” that works for me. It is based upon the advice Jesus once gave to a messenger who was to carry an important message. Jesus told him to carry his message fearlessly, joyfully. Because “… this night an unseen messenger will run by your side.” So, I greet each day thankful for a special angel who, along with other unseen friends, I imagine to be at my side assisting me in my efforts.

To some, I realize these notions may seem especially over the top, perhaps even a bit crazy. I remind them of the admonition of Zorba the Greek: “A man [or a woman, of course] needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.”

Dare to cut the rope.

Larry Mullins

August 1, 2010

The New and Everlasting Relgion of Jesus

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — LarryMullins @ 5:43 am

The group we now call Living the Teachings set about to learn and define the religious life of Jesus, and to discover how he lived it. We then sought to apply these ideas to our own lives. We discovered this process to be a mutual adventure, yet one that is profoundly personal and ongoing. More and more we discovered ourselves gravitating toward a religious belief. But not a religious belief like any we had known before. Not a belief of priests, and churches, and rules. It was more a personal religious belief that addressed the inner life of each individual . . .

The Urantia Papers provide new revelatory information about what it refers to on page 1467 as the “new and everlasting religion of Jesus.”
Some readers have protested that they “already have a religion.” They claim to be a Catholic, or a Methodist, or a Jew, or whatever. But the Urantia Papers generally use the word “religion” in a different context than we are accustomed. The Papers generally use the first definition of religion, as it was presented in dictionaries at the time and in virtually all modern dictionaries:

re-li-gion: 1. (a) Belief in a divine or superhuman power or powers to be obeyed and worshiped as the creator(s) and ruler(s) of the universe (b) expression of such belief in conduct and ritual.

Yet sometimes the Papers do refer to what they call formal religion , or organized religion. In this case they are generally discussing specific “religions” such as the Catholic, Methodist, and Jewish religions. This is the common definition most people are accustomed to. This is also what most people think of when the word “religion” is used. Formal religion is traditionally described in the second dictionary definition:

2. (a) any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy [the Christian religion, the Buddhist religion, etc.] (b) any system of beliefs, practices, ethical values, etc. resembling, suggestive of, or likened to such a system. [humanism as a religion.] [Compton’s 1997 Edition]

For most of us, our formal “religion” is an accident of birth. We may be Catholic, yet if we had been born into a Jewish family, we would likely be Jewish. If we were born in Syria we would more likely be Islamic. There are exceptions, but this is generally the case. It is similar to being born in Dallas and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, or in Washington D.C. and rooting for the Washington Redskins.

As we shall see, the “new and everlasting religion of Jesus” is not an accident of birth. It has never been attempted on a large scale. This religion is indeed new, and it is a profoundly personal religion. It is an inner life religion of the spirit that is defined by the individual believer by means of his or her relationship to the living Spirit of Truth. There are not, nor can there ever be, “gurus” who can authentically know your inner life better than you. In the personal religion of Jesus, we are all equals. The Living the Teachings concept is a group of individual believers who come together to share their own hope, strength and wisdom as spiritual equals.