If you choose to recognize my idea about one reality having three separate universes (Physical, Mental, and Spiritual), then each one has its own characteristics and measurements to describe (not define) reality. The Rule of Threes, as I call this way for me to make sense out of the seeming conundrum of the reality of what I can see verses the reality I cannot see, sparks thoughts about how I would measure what is real in each universe.
THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE — Reality in this universe is our platform for all that is physical and mental. When I think of the physical universe, it is what I can see and measure, the object of the mental universe’s observation about what it. It is composed of gases, matter, time, all living and sentient beings, and anything else you can think of. It is the literal ground on which we all stand and where humans find themselves alive for seventy or eighty years. The laws of this universe are natural laws and everything is subject to having a beginning and an end. In fairness, this universe can’t measure itself but is the measure of what is without human intervention. The physical universe is like the objective reality that we can all view. The mental universe is the microscope through which we can observe what is going on and apply knowledge and deduction to determine what is real.
THE MENTAL UNIVERSE — This is a deeper level of complexity to all reality. This universe contains sentient animals (Spiritual Apes) that have been lifted up by a higher form of existence from animality to rationality. Only someone with the power beyond the Physical Universe can do this. It is so far beyond our human rationality that it is a divine nature, one having three distinct person. This source of power enabled humans to receive human reasoning and the power to choose what they think is good for them, even if it not in resonance with the physical universe. This is the universe that has developed tools and languages to look at reality and find out what makes it so. This is good. Another dimension to this universe is that all humans must make choices that define who they are. Some choices are not consistent with their human nature and are more like animal nature.
In the mental universe, science and philosophy look at what is through tools developed to take apart the physical universe and ask questions about it. Humans use languages to communicate, the sounds and symbols that convey meaning from one person to another. Science, philosophy, chemistry, English, French, are all examples of languages. The problem with Science comes when they try to interpret what is real in the spiritual universe, one that does not use a language based on human nature but rather one originating from a divine nature.
THE SPIRITUAL UNIVERSE– All of this parsing of universes may seem superfluous. Still, it helps me explain the spiritual universe, the next movement of humanity in its collective, cosmic evolution from rationality to spirituality. Not everyone will understand any of this or even think about spirituality in La-La land. When I ask myself what kind of measures can measure the unmeasurable, the only answer that makes sense (as I know it) is love. Because of the Christ Principle, our destiny is not the grave, nor even what the world thinks love is. How do we know this? Christ had to empty Himself of His divinity and take us the lowly nature of a human both to tell us (Scripture, Apostles, Prophets in the Old Testament) and show us (Pentecost and the birth of the Church, the eternal living Body of Christ, with Christ as the head. Our destiny without Christ would be just natural, or just human, good as that can be for some. We are called to a deeper evolution, one where we must choose (belief) the Word (Faith) and do what we believe (good works). The product of good works comes from God, not humans. When we bring Christ into our hearts through prayer, good works (Chapter 4 of the Rule of St. Benedict) https://christdesert.org/prayer/rule-of-st-benedict/chapter-4-the-tools-for-good-works/
There is only one rule in the spiritual universe, just as there is One Lord. It is love. Read what is at the center of the hypostatic union.
The Vine and the Branches.1* “I am the true vine,* and my Father is the vine grower.a2He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes* so that it bears more fruit.3You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.b4Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.5I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.6*c Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.d8By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.e9As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.f10If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.g11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.h12This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.i13* No one has greater love than this,j to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14You are my friends if you do what I command you.15I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends,* because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.k16It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.l17This I command you: love one another.m
The World’s Hatred.*18“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.n19If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.o20Remember the word I spoke to you,* ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.p21And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,* because they do not know the one who sent me.q22If I had not come and spoken* to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin.r23Whoever hates me also hates my Father.s24If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father.t25But in order that the word written in their law* might be fulfilled, ‘They hated me without cause.’u26“When the Advocate comes whom I will send* you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.v27And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.w
How can the physical and mental universes of matter exist alongside the spiritual universe of love? By allowing each universe to be what it is intended to be, consistent with its nature.
I use the Christ Principle because it is the one focal point through which and in which all reality emerges and converges. It is a real, living being, both God and Human, who brings resonance to a dissonant secular world. uiodg