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3a, land, and air. And all these were subjected to the control of
lan, while man was actually dependent upon all below and around
im in being. For while he is the unlimited proprietor of his own
?r3on, the whole creation below his exalted degree is necessary to
3 subsistence and nourishment. And inasmuch as there is an in-
parable dependence of man upon every form in being, and of these
utually upon each other — so are the harmony and perfection of all
ings dependent upon the reciprocations of the vegetable and animal
n^doms and man, and of man and the interior and more congenial

Here, then, we rest satisfied. Man is created, and exerts a power
sr all creation. And the present developments of the whole Uni-
se are in accordance with all the associated laws that flow spon-
eoualy firom the Fountain of divine and living Principles. They

even the breathings of the Great Positive Mind which has flowed
Dugh the ten thousand avenues and forms of animated Nature, until
reatfaed into man the breath of life, and he became a living soul !

69. Now is revealed the whole use of Nature ; and now can be
eived the adapution of every part belonging to the whole Mass,
roduce a more exalted form — which, again, is adapted to the
Idiag of &r greater and eternal beauties. And all the laws and
is which have been heretofore explained, are now plainly under-
J as converging to the formation of man. Man, then, represents
roirersal progressive development which is an inherent and eter-
iw of matter : also he represents a resurrection of every gross
rial in being. And the saying that is contained in the Key is
rerified, that ^' Nature is the Cause ; forms are the Eflfects, and
is the Ultimate production ;" and that «* the Great Positive

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324 nature's divine revelations.

Mind^ as a Cause, uses Nature as an Efiecti to produce Spirit as an

These things are represented in every particle in being, and there-
fore can be comprehended by a proper investigation of the ru^en-
tal laws and principles of the Universe — without which no important
truth can ever be unfolded to the minds of the world*

The work of the present day of creation has been more distinctly
marked by unity of plan and composition, and the appearance of a
general end, cause, and efiect, than that of any previous day. A
superGcial view of the whole plan of creation of mankind, however,
would lead to many erroneous and repulsive impressions. But when
viewed with a scientific and reverential mind, the whole presents
a connected plan and a sublime and magnificent work, inasmuch as
every particle b a flowing of the interior qualities of previous exist-
ences : and each, again, as it ascends into higher forms, displays a
higher degree of the same interior excellences. And so from one
order of creation to another, in which the species are only mediums
of transferring inferior qualities to higher states, there is to be seen
the same united activity, the same potent energies, and the same
teeming beauties ; and as the confluence of all these establiabes and
constitutes the organization of man, man becomes the perfectioa and
representative of them all.

80 by these harmonious breathings of Nature, the work of the
present day manifestly becomes a higher example of omnipoten't and
divine Love and Wisdom. And this is the closing of the present
era — the consummation of the creations of the whole period, and of
the End contemplated ; and thus Nature represents a higher beauty,
a more perfect form, and a more comprehensive organization. These
things, when viewed in connexion with the united harmony of the
Universe, display wisdom which transcends the powers of human ex-
pression. Indeed, there is no mmd adequate to appreciate the wis-
dom here displayed, save the Great, Comprehensive Mind whoae
Essence pervades every particle throughout space !

And nothing is too low in the scale of being to be of indispensable
importance in the position it occupies. Moreover, nothing is so low
but that it is the perfection of something still lower. And the lowest
particle in being is only a representative of an endless use and adap-
tation. Nothing therefore is useless : for that which appears gross
and imperfect is in reality the only substantial source of subsequent
anfoldings. Thus a condensation of an inconceivable congregatioB

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of atoms produced oDiy the imperfect form of the earth. And it is
plain that if this condition had not existed, the vegetable kingdom
could DOt have been developed. And so the vegetable creation is a
substantial basis for the animal creation, even as the earth is for the
vegetable. And the animal kingdom is the only basis upon which
man could have been created, and therefore it is absolutely necessary
;o his being.

And bad not each of these been governed by the unchangeable
aws of Nature, nothing would have assumed order or refinement.
iui by the operation of these laws the whole creation gradually as-
ends, by imperceptible steps, to the perfect development of its own
iterior nature. Thus the germ of existence is in Nature, and the
nit thereof is Man. Thus the vegetable mirrors the undeveloped
Dalities in the earth, and represents the animal kingdom. This,
^ain, reflects the beauties of the vegetable kingdom, and represents
e formation of Man. And man exemplifies the perfect unfolding
' Nature^s interior qualities, and represents within^himself the united
id harmonious Universe.

From these correspondences it can be plainly seen that all things
)icb have form and distinct existence have an interior indepen-
ncej but that externally they are dependent on all things, and dis- .
y a universal use. And it would be as unjust to abhor any of the
rer kingdoms as it would be to have a prejudice against any of the
)erfect portions of the human organization. For forms are only
temportl combinations of material substances ; but the Cause (of
icb forms are the eflfects) is the mrift&Ze and therefore is eternal.
rl as forms, the uses of which the mind does not always compre-
df are the constant manifestations of Nature^ so they are the con^-
t and successive productions of her immutable and eternal prin-

nd tlie first and roost comprehensive attribute that is manifested
ese forms is divine Wisdom. And their unity and harmonious
»rocation prove that Wisdom is the higher attribute flowing from
^ountain of divine Love. Love, therefore, determines the univer-
^latioDsbip, and Wisdom the universal adaptation. So these at-
res are the highest laws of Nature, comprehending within them*
9 various modifications of the same principles as all 'flowing
the same exhaustlest Fountain wherein exists infinite tnteili-

U is the Vortex from which are unfolded successively the re-

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ceding waves of a united Universe. And one of these is an index
to the expanding sublimities of another ; and so their ceaseless flow^
ings comprehend the whole Univerccslura. And as these are the
Sowings of the general materials in space, so the earth constitutes a
similar vortex of power, which rolls forth succeeding waves from the
mineral to the vegetable, to the animal, and to man : and the breath-
ings of inherent qualities transcend Motion, Life, and Sensation, and
form a pure and exalted Spirit. The wave of development is not
arrested here, but it goes on throughout the unimaginable spheres in
the interior world, until it approximates and is responded to by the
Great Positive Mind. Thus are the concentric circles of material
creation unfolded — which correspond to, and absolutely prove, the
concentric circles of spiritual creation and spiritual, endless pro-
gression !

^ 70. Thus the great Vortex is a living, exhaustless Fountain,
wherein dwell infinite Love and Wisdom, and from which flow the
undefinable worlds which pervade the whole Univercoelum. And
these are formed by succeeding and expanding waves, the same
principle being distinctly manifested in every department of animated
Nature. The Universe, therefore, is an ocean of activity, even as
the Univerccelum is a boundless ocean of infinite Love and Wisdom.

The ThovghXs of the infinite Mind, therefore, constitute the laws
of Nature : and the results of these thoughts are the animated forms
in being, including the exalted form of man — which again form, on
a corresponding principle, the interior, spiritual existence. Nature,
tlierefore, is merely a Thought of the divine Mind, as forms are the
thoughts of Nature. Thus the universal laws are merely the infinite
expressions of the Great Positive Mind. — And thus are we brought
to associate our interior principle with the Thoughts of its own Pro-

And it is only by a clear comprehension of Nature's creations that
we can form any correct conception of even a Thought emanating
from the divine Mind. The laws of Nature are known to be un-
changeable ; and these are merely the expressions of divine Thoughts.
These laws, therefore, are emanations from the universal Cause; and
by resting upon their immutable and harmonious results, we would
be resting our interior aflfections upon the Thoughts of an all-perva-
ding, infinitely-perfect, omnipotent Mind.

It is seen by this that universal truth displays a universal corre-

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ipoodeoce. All tbiogs, therefore, are existing externally in forvM^

bat all realities are dwelling in the inUrvor^ and are the cause of the
form's existence. Thus it is necessary for the living principle of
man to have an external form : for the two mutually depend upon
each other. Without the form, the spirit could not be ; and witfaou
the spirit, there could he no form. Therefore the interior is the
reality, and the form is a useful, rudimental instrument, agent, or
medium, by which the spirit forms a connexion with the material

SiQ the animal and vegetable forms, are necessary for the unfolding
)f their interior qualities. The external coating of the earth is a form
lecessary to contain the interior, living Mass ; and without it, this
ifass would be in a chaotic condition. So it is necessary for the
>un to be clothed with a form like the planetary system, in order that
ne body may balance another, and that the whole may thus be in
nity and reciprocation. The Sun being the interior and producing
ause, its evolved forms constitute the united external Form. So the
hole Univercoelum is necessary as a Form — a Body — of the
rreat Positive Mind. This living Principle is the all-producing
ause, and the Univercoelum is the universal Effect. Thus the lat-
r {oxvoA an External, which is necessary for the existence of the
tenor. And thus the whole creations of boundless space are only

external Form assumed by the interior qualities of the divine

If, then, it is impossible to understand the uses of the minute forms
Nature, is it not more impossible to gomprehend the extent of an
inite thought? — and still more impossible to comprehend that
ought's Originator? It is not well, then, to doubt the existence
a use in any department of Nature ; for this would be evidence
t the subject is not yet properly understood. And it is only when
exalted and sweeping intellect puts forth all its powers to grasp
whole united plan-work of Nature's creations, that a very indis-
t idea is obtained of that which iafinitely transcends all adequate
ceptioD. So nothing is inactive — t^>thing useless — nothing ab-
itely imperfect ; but everything sustains an important position in
great architecture of the Univerccelum.

'bese meditations are the result of the breathings of the sphere of
5ef ,* in which my mind b situated, and in which all tffecU are made

Vhat is meaot by the " sphere of causes" the aathor explaiDS in his spiritual
ftUoBs, in a iobteqiieiit pan of this work.

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present And these effects are exemplified in every minute particb
constituting an inseparable chain of correspondences ascending to the
highest celestial spheres, which are illuminated only with divine Love
and Wisdom. Ail that is around, below, above, is to my mind an
harmonious congregation of forms and spheres, of laws and princi-
ples, which are in every particular displaying the original design of
the infinite and omnipotent Mind. So no thought is so extensive or
so profound as to comprehend the infinite expanse of divine creations.

Nature, at this period of creation, presents a most beautiful reflee*
tion of all anterior creations. And it is now evident that man is cre-
ated from the dust of the earth, and that he is the receptacle of one
of the spontaneous breathings of the Great Positive Mind.* This
rendered him a perfect form — a useful agent — a living soul. And
thus were male and female created ; and these were qualified to ex-
ercise an unlimited control over all the lower orders of being, even
as man feels his absolute dependence upon them. And so the whole
earth at this time represented the close of a distinct and pre-eminent
creation, even the peopling of the garden of Eden. As this repre-
sents the living beauties in the vegetable kingdom at this period, so
do the inhabitants thereof represent the perfection of animated forms.

Thus the grand Work is finished — the great End is accomplished.
Nature becomes an harmonious Whole — the congregation of parts.
And so the original expression which was made in view of the gen-
eral consummation of the present period of creation, is absolutely
verified. — And as Nature is a mirror wherein are seen all her interior
excellences, so this ultimate development of creation is a mirror
wherein is reflected the truthful expression that ^Uke evening and the
morning were the tixth iayJ*

^ 71. The germ of man has thus been discovered in the lower
forms of the animal kingdom, and traced through all of its progres-
sive stages of development, rising (rom the lower degrees through
the great body of the animal creation, with its many and diversified
oranchea and theu* modificadons, up to the blooming perfection of
the living tree whose fruit is the organization of man. And as man
b the fruit of the whole living creation, so is he the rudimental being
possessing those undeveloped endowments which have subsequendy
civilised many portions of the earth, and also opened to the mental
view the reality of an interior and more perfect world.

The present existence of man was within and near the portion of

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Asit which has since been termed Turkey, extending to the regions
of the Euphrates and Tigris, and joining in two distinct lines to the
locality whereupon was built Jerusalem. As was stated, the lower
tvpe was existing in sonoe portions of Africa, but these were as infe-
rior coroparattrely as were the felina and general mammalia of those
egioDS. The great body of those of the most perfect form, and
rhich were truly man, thus dwelt originally upon the borders and in
be interior of Asia. *

Their form was very large, their strength was in proportion to the
reat density of their osseous composition, and their motions were
oremed by the peculiar plan of their anatomical structures. The
nnal column was perfectly vertebrated. The sternum and intercos-
I portions were so arranged as to give great elasticity to the interior
id depending portions. They were marked by a peculiar gentle-
ss and humiliation, such as resulted from the more agreeable in-
nets of the lower and kindred forms.

There was still a slendemess and imperfect form of the limbs,
?se being somewhat bowed and still resembling the extremities of
i previous classes. Their mental constitutions (of which more will
-eaAer be said) were not intellectual- so much as social, but they
re characterized by great power of perception and memory. They

not display any noble moral qualities such as were manifested
[he subsequent races.

^fale and female thus existed, differing only in stature and strength,
iccordance with the plans of their respective organizadons. This
I the first class of beings that could properly be termed mankind :
tfaey DOW exemplified, though imperfectly, all that the human or-
fzation has in subsequent ages unfolded.

*he portion of the earth where they dwelt was at this time very
le, yielding forth many species of vegetation. Thus this portion
he earth was more adapted to the requirements of man than any
r ; and corresponding to its advanced condition were its animal

his, with the lower and kindred races, has been designated by
tomprebensive term Adam — as was their associate tribe com-
ended by the term Eve — these terms representing the first and
asis of the more perfect inhabitants.
Yeir disposiuons were exceedingly gentle and social, varying in

particulars, owing to the imperfect reproduction of their spe«
Asia was thus peopled for many ages, during which time no

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mechanical improvements were made. They bad do conceptioas of
the arts and sciences, nor of the intellectual attainments possessed by
the subsequent and higher orders of the same class.

At first, and for many continuous ages, they communicated their
ideas by expressions of the countenance and outward physical signs ;
and while they remamed unsophisticated by the art of clothing their
ideas in verbal sounds, they were free from all cupidity and absolate

After the consummation of many periods, they advanced in artful
attainments, and began to exchange thoughts with each other through
the medium of vocal, rudimental sounds, consisting of monosyllables.
At this age they were not acquainted with nouns, adjectives, and
verbs, and therefore their language displayed no distinct inflections.

It is well to observe the progress of their intellectual qualities, and
to notice the distinct results arising therefrom. It is well known to
the nicely-critical observer of natural physiognomy, that thoughts,
whether they arise from interior or external exciting causes, must of
necessity illuminate the eyes, the features, the whole countenance,
with the exact expression of their import. Such was the mode of
expression among the first inhabitants of the earth during their una-
dulterated condition. They expressed vividly and without suppres-
sion theif interior thoughts upon their countenances, and thus com-
municated with each other.

But when they had advanced a little further, and had partaken of
a little of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge, they began to conceal
their true sentiments, and to clothe them with an arbitrary vocal
sound — which possessed not the power of communicating the real
reality of their ideas and affections to each other, but rather was
liable to convey deceptive impressions.

It is well to understand properly the origin and rudiments of vocal
language ; but this we can not do without understanding the action
of sound upon the atmosphere, and its vibrations among the intricate
chambers of the ear.

The first khabitants^ did not possess perfect vocal powers. This
arose from a deformity of the trachea, larynx, and glottis. These,
when perfectly arranged, act in concert to produce the variations of
sound, according to the influence of the will upon the parts. If the
atmosphere had not been chemically so constituted, and composed
of particles of superior form and fineness to the particles of water,
sound would not have been known except as an indescribable seosa- ,

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tioo. This is established by the fact that the sound communicated
by the particles of water b very indistinct in comparison to that com«
manicated by the atmosphere. The particles of water are not so
perfect in form and refinement as the particles of the atmosphere.
Each of these elements has ascended above the angular and circular}
md holds an intermediate position between the spiral and vortical
'orms — having those forms that are adapted to the transmutation of
he lower and imperfect to the higher and more perfect forms.

The water, therefore, is a medium by which gross particles are
ransferred into its own composition, by its attractive power as owing
^ its spiral form. And the atmosphere, being a higher degree of the
ratery element, and having the vortical form, possesses a still greater
owcr of transferring the watery element into its composition. Thus
ne 13 so arranged that it is adapted to the perfection of the other,
^nd these must be considered as owing their origin to the mdimental

By this knowledge of the constitution of the atmosphere may be
iderstood the phenomenon of vocal sound. It is evident that when
e will excites the vocal organs, there is a communication of posi-
o power constituted of more perfect particles than those previously
rvading the same organs. And when the vocal organs are thus
cited, they become mediums for the descension of tbe will. This
oduces a corresponding action upon the particles of the atmosphere ;
d the first particles excited communicate their excitement to the
joining ones, and thus the action proceeds from one particle to
other, each particle modifying the same, until it arrives at the lab-
nth of the ear, where it becomes suitably modified to produce a
ration among the chambers of that organ, and an impression is
reby produced upon the mind of another. Thus it was only by

delicate modifications of sound, which is at first only an excite-
rit, that such a process as vocal communication was ever dis-

i 72. The inhabitants of the earth thus came into possession of a
r power, only in consequence of the unfolding of their mental fac-
ss, Tbe rudiments of vocal language are thus discovered. Their
ads, consisting merely of monosyllables, were imperfect — not so
sidered by themselves, but by subsequent nations which have
aged the grammatical laws of language.
«anguage» therefore, is a result of progressive development; and

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832 nature's divine revelations.

it existed in an imperfect condition ever since the development of
the law of Sensation. From that moment instinctive signs were em-
ployed by the animal creations ; and these continued to grow more
and more perfect until the establishment and present condition of the
human inhabitants of the earth. Vocal, verbal communication, could
not have occurred before this period : for previously the atmosphere
was too grossly constituted.

Not long after the introduction of verbal sounds as signs of impres-
sions^ the inhabitants became disunited in social affection in conse-
quence of the misconceptions conveyed by those sounds. They
finally could not enjoy each other's society ; for every expression of
the mind, which was originally pure and unadulterated, was now
clothed in a false sheath ; and this created disunity and confusion
among all the inhabitants.

Previously to this, mankind were in an innocent and pure condi-
tion ; but by the constant increase of these causes, they became dis-
united and repulsive to each other. This has been distinguished in
the original history as a state of depravity. It was in this manner
that their eyes were opened ; and thus they were enabled to seo their
own deceptions and imperfections. And having a new power of
conversing with one another, they clothed their real and imperfect
thoughts by false sheaths or deceptive aprons of obscurity.

Thus the whole race became dejected and depraved : not because
they had violated any constitutional faculty, physical or mental, but
because their faculties were wrongly and imperfectly developed.
Such is the origin of all deception — of all imperfection. From this
moment misery and impure associations had their origin. By con«»
tinned and ill-directed development of the faculties, vice and misery
increased. The inhabitants acted more and more against each oth-
er's interests, and thus became disorganized and rendered entirely
wretched and unhappy.

At the period when this wretchedness prevailed most extensively,
they were obliged to leave the happy associations of their former
days, even the beautiful Eden of the earth, and became dispersed
into other lands. Three distinct nations ultimately became estib«
lished as flowing from this rudimental fountain. One of these settled
in the interior of Asia ; another upon its eastern borders ; and another
in the lower part of Africa.

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