The Star of Sophia is a healing mandala I created in 1982 as a tool to defeat our enemy, Evil (spoken to all-even those aligned with darkness). The Star of Sophia is a curative in that it attacks darkness at it’s core, which is ignorance, and seeks to replace it with the light of truth. The problem is complicated but the solution is simple when understood.
The root of our ignorance is deep. It lies buried in the limitations of perception and fallacies of logic. The two are closely related and to overcome them we must learn a new way to see and a new way to think. I will explain how we do this in due time but first I must start at the beginning.
Creation. Most people today accept the ideas of our 'scientific' cosmologists that fourteen or so billion years ago, the universe existed as a single point – the ‘singularity’ it’s been called by some ( God by others ). Then, the Big Bang. “On the first day God separated the darkness from the light…” From henceforth the (normally) perceivable universe has existed in a perpetual state of bipolar dualism. By the 1600s these dichotomies of our everyday perceptions had been completely described by Newtonian Physics. The subtle workings of the universe appeared to be firmly within our intellectual grasp until our technologies sufficiently advanced that instruments were devised which increased our perceptions a thousand fold and unexpected, even paradoxical phenomena began to be observed which Newton’s laws did not explain. So we learned that the accepted dogma of the day was not totally inclusive of all phenomena and a new physics was required. Enter Einstein in 1905. It took an “outsider”, someone who was not an academician with a vested interest (Einstein worked as a patent clerk while he was developing the Theory of Special Relativity) to have the freedom of thought needed to break the traditional molds without regard to censure or politic. Yet Special and General Relativity Theory, and Quantum Theory still were not inclusive. Each explains facets of experience that Newton did not, but fails to completely account for other phenomena. Recent developments in what is called ‘String Theory’ offers great promise of possibly unifying these divergent fields. The problem for scientists is that String Theory requires at least ten or eleven dimensions – suddenly the vise-like grip of these true believers worshipping at the Church of Reason and Materialistic Empiricism is breaking and the walls of the church are falling down upon them! Ten or eleven dimensions, perhaps scientifically unverifiable (by current instruments), is blasphemy! It’s, it’s…Metaphysics! Something they resolutely have refused to believe in, must less seek to validate. So, we have quite a predicament here. Such wonderful irony, I love it!
Now the point of the above is to illustrate that the evidence of our senses themselves now require us to open our minds to new ideas of truth and to possibilities previously denied as ‘irrational’, untenable.
The Church of Reason is the underlying foundation of science. Mechanistic, Materialistic, Empiricism has been deified as the first principle of “true science” based upon Aristolean precepts which no longer ‘hold water’ in the same way that Newtonian Physics doesn’t. This evil – empiricism, or, 'logical positivism' - is the sword by which the forces of evil have sought to ‘slay’ all the old demons and superstitions within the range of experiences that they classify as ‘supernatural’, including God and Angels. Using Aristotelian logic as the defining criteria of science, empiricism demands something to be made of matter that can be measured, and verified by repeatable experimental results, before it can be allowed to be called ‘scientific truth’, i.e., to exist at all. The fallacy of this 'logic' can be discovered by carefully studying the root meaning, the etymology of the words used to establish the precepts of logic, and the relation of those words and concepts to those which define an object as ‘irrational’. I have discovered that the inter-relationship of these concepts was not established by some demonstrable first principle that is beyond question; rather it can be shown that this house of (logical) cards is the result of perspective prejudice, purely intellectual bias.
I created the Star of Sophia as a mandala to aid in the meditation on these relationships of meaning, one to another. At the time I had recently finished reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, (ZMM) one of the most important works of the 20th century. In it he deals with the problems of meaning and produces a thesis on ‘Quality’ and the history of philosophical and epistemological error that has resulted in the alienation of individuals from that ‘Quality’. He shows how Aristotle’s logic reduced ‘Quality’ from being 'the source' of 'Truth' to become just an ‘attribute’ of 'truth'. Aristotle’s perversions remove ‘Quality’ (the ‘best’, the ‘Good’) from being at the center of the pursuit of truth (because ‘Quality’ is perceived mainly by ‘untrustworthy’ intuition or even ‘revelation’), and replace it with his dialectical methodology as the main means of arriving at truth. Pirsig points out that the pre-Socratic ‘sophists’ (from soph meaning ‘wise’) were known to teach rhetoric. Far from the mere ‘persuasive’ speech of Aristotle’s denigration, the rhetoric of the (truly wise) Sophists employed the use of Zen–like metaphorical paradox and allegory. Such language may be ‘persuasive’ and dialectically ‘illogical’ from an Aristotelian perspective, yet it is just as surely the most effective way to truly reach into the heart of the matter, once again, because the true nature of reality does not fit the Aristotelian mold.
After I first read ZMM I took a dictionary and began researching the meanings and sources of the terms used to describe the concepts of logic upon which scientific empiricism is founded. The chain of evidence is as follows: Something is logical/rational if it is ‘reasonable’ (or visa versa); reasonable if it is ‘plausible’; plausible if it is ‘reasonable’ to believe it to be true; reasonable to believe it to be true if is ‘logical/rational’. Notice it’s a closed loop. Whatever your preconceived prejudices are as to what it is ‘reasonable’ to believe is ‘plausible’, those prejudices will control your perception of truth, of reality itself even. Cross-cultural anthropological studies fully prove this point. Perceptions based upon logic have nothing necessarily to do with Truth (with a capital T), only with those elements of truth which conform to the laws of ‘logic’, and we have already established that ultimately, reality does not. Einstein’s friend Gödel proved mathematically that logic fails as a means to ‘prove’ all equations. He demonstrates conclusively that there are equations that cannot be proved. I also examined the terms defining concepts falsely ascribed to Sophism: Sophism is defined as a ‘specious’ argument designed to appeal to the emotions, yet the root of the word, ‘Soph’, means ‘Wise’. It is only after Aristotle that ‘wisdom’ becomes ‘specious’, and to appeal to the emotions is denigrated as being below the dignity (Aristocracy) of a nobleman. It (wisdom) is specious because it does not conform to the Aristotelian laws of logic, it cannot be dialectically dissected without killing it. Wisdom is life; it is alive; it is the One, the Truth that shall set you free. But Aristotle did not see it, because he was aligned with the forces of rebellion. Rebellion as old as the world now guised as rational enlightened thought based on logic yet rebellion just the same. He thought to create a way to set himself and those aligned with him ‘free’ from Wisdom. For as I said, Wisdom must come from intuition or Revelation – from God. Aristotle’s ‘science’, not just a rebellion against the religious power mongers, is actually rebellion against the authority of God. It is a rebellion started by ‘Lucifer’ that continues to this day under names such as empiricism, logical positivism, Darwinianism, Nazism, and here at the end of the millennium, most insidiously, 'Republicans'. One more example of truth turned upside down is the word “Solecism’ which is associated with ‘Sophism’ and defined as ‘specious’ as well. The root of the word, ‘Sol’, means sun, light. Both of which are metaphors, for God, and for Wisdom…
©2007 Thomas Theodore Welborn