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THE ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE.
Macrobiotic practice and living is characterized as "living
in harmony with The Order of The Universe". This statement
implies that there is an orderly harmonious pattern and rhythm
to the whole cosmos and the evidence for this orderliness is everywhere
on earth and in the heavens, and also in the functioning of the
human organism. Furthermore, it seems implicit, at least to me,
that there is a conscious design and intent behind and within
this orderliness. In other words, the fact that the world, life,
the human organism and the heavens reveal a remarkable order and
pattern which is harmonious in every detail tells me that this
is not random, accidental; that it is actually intended and therefore
designed. Life, Nature, Humanity and Cosmos is of a piece, a magnificent
work of art and science.
It is difficult to deny the evidence of our senses and feelings
when we practice macrobiotics, even for a short period of time.
When we participate on a daily basis, as we do in macrobiotic
living through our cooking and eating, with the rhythm of the
earth as manifested in the seasons, our body responds to this
harmonious eating pattern in a manner which elicits profound positive
changes physically, emotionally and mentally- at least, it did
So the question came to me after ten or so years of macrobiotic
practice, "What is 'The Order of The Universe'"?
Around then I read a book by Jerome Canty, also at that time
active in macrobiotic teaching and lecturing, called "Sounding
the Sacred Conch" (he also wrote "Healing Naturally"
with Richard France) in which he is meditating on the logarythmic
spiral and he says that logorhythm means the 'rhythm of the logos'.
This hit me like a bolt of lightning, as the Greek word, logos,
In the Prologue to The Gospel of St. John, it says:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him and without him was not anything
made that was made."
I ought to point out here that the Bible is written by people
who were spiritual initiates. The meaning of this is that these
men and women had so worked on their spiritual development that
they were able to see into the spiritual worlds. Now, one of the
phenomena of the spiritual worlds is the Akashic Chronicles or
"occult script". Briefly described, the Akashic Chronicles
are the record inscribed spiritually of everything that has happened,
is happening, and WILL happen in the physical world (for there
is no time, as we experience it, in the spiritual worlds). This
means, among other implications, that the Bible has to be taken
literally on the one hand, and every word written in it taken
very seriously, while on the other hand, it cannot be read with
our normal, everyday habits of thought if we hope to gain any
insight from what is written there.
The above lines mean to me that the Order of The Universe
is the rhythm of the Logos, which is also called Christ. That
is, the Order of The Universe IS Christ.
In 1945, in a cave in Egypt, a bunch of scrolls which are
now called the Nag Hammadi Library were found by an Egyptian shepherd.
The Nag Hammadi are a collection of writings of the Gnostics hidden
when the Gnostics were pronounced as heretics by the Christian
Church around the first two or three years after the Crucifixion.
Among the extensive collection of writings found in The Hag Hammadi
Library is the Gospel of St. Thomas. In The Gospel of St. Thomas,
it recounts Christ as saying, "Split open a piece of wood,
and I am there; lift up a rock and I am there". This points
to me that Christ is indicating He is a living presence within
the very heart of Nature, both in the vegetation ('wood') and
the soil ('under a rock').
I now bring to your attention to Rudolf Steiner's accounts
of Christ, focusing on the sublimely wonderful, pivotal Point
of Time in the entire history of the Creation having to do with
the Earth and Humanity, the Crucifixion.
Rudolf Steiner (who was also a spiritual initiate and therefore
was able to investigate the Akashic Chronicle) describes how if
one were to view the earth with spiritual vision from a vantage
point above the earth prior to the Crucifixion then one would
have perceived the earth as a spiritual darkness, an empty place
lacking any spiritual life, a void in the deep.
During The Crucifixion Of Christ, He was nailed to a cross
along with two thieves. It was the policy of the Roman Authorities
that if a criminal was sentenced to die by crucifixion, and it
was deemed that the crime had some mitigating factor, then the
crucifixion was terminated by a 'coup de grace' after a short
period of time on the cross, rather than the criminal being simply
left to die on the cross, thus having to have a prolonged, drawn-out,
agonizing death, which would be the case in the judgment of a
particular heinous criminal and/or crime.
The duty of carrying out the 'coup de grace' was done by a
detail of Roman soldiers under the direction of a Centurion. On
the day that Christ was crucified and it being the decision of
the Roman Authorities that He be given the 'coup de grace', the
Centurion in charge of the detail was a man named Longinus.
When the detail arrived at the cross to which Christ was nailed,
Longinus decided he was going to be the one to administer the
blow to put an end to the sufferings of Christ. However, Longinus
was partially blind and he administered the thrusting of the spear
into the side from the left side of Christ, rather than His right
side. This meant the thrust of the spear missed Christ's heart,
thus fulfilling an Old Testament prophecy. The piercing of Christ's
side necessarily meant that His blood was coming from the wound.
Steiner describes that with spiritual vision looking at the
earth, at the time of the Crucifixion, what one perceives from
a vantage point above the earth, the 'black spiritual void' where
the earth is located in the spiritual 'landscape', the instant
Christ's blood touches the ground, is the earth immediately begins
to radiate spiritual light from its entire circumference into
the farther reaches of the spiritual cosmos. From that point on,
literally speaking, the physical earth is the physical body of
To further elucidate, I now take a look at the Last Supper.
Here Christ is with the disciples at the Feast of Passover. He
takes bread, blesses it, brakes it up into pieces to the disciples,
saying as He does:
"Take, eat, this is my body".
And he takes a cup of wine and after giving thanks and offering
it to the disciples, He says:
"This is the blood of the new testament, which is shed
Looking at this event macrobiotically it appears extraordinarily
significant that bread - the product of whole grains - is used,
as well as wine. I feel that interpreting this from the perspective
of macrobiotic theory means that Christ recognizes that whole
grains is the proper food for humanity (reinforcing what is said
in Genesis, Chapter 1, verse 29.) and he also says "Do this
in remembrance of Me". That is, whenever we eat cooked whole
grains we ought to remember Him. I suggest that in so doing we
immeasurably reinforce the body's harmonious response to the eating
of whole grains as our staple food.
Now, today in macrobiotic theory, we obviously do not recommend
people drink wine at every meal. The reason why Christ gave wine
is because wine at that time had the desirable effect of bringing
people who drank it into a stronger relationship with the earth.
Now, of course, we need the opposite, since humanity as a whole
today is strongly materialistic and wine (and alcoholic beverages
in general) acts, therefore, today, as a hindrance to our spiritual
Nevertheless, if we look at wine symbolically we can say that
is represents the sap of the vegetable; that it symbolically represents
the vegetable kingdom. Now, this is very significant in the light
of macrobiotic theory.
Although most people in macrobiotic teaching appear to not
teach it, the crux of macrobiotic eating has to do with the process
of digestion being the transformation/transmutation of food into
blood. In this process, one of the most significant processes
is the transmutation of the chlorophyll found in plant food into
iron used to create hemoglobin. (I go into this in great detail
in my book "The End of Medicine"). This whole process
then thus resounds magnificently in Christ's words "This
is my blood", since the earth is his body, whole grains the
product of his body and therefore eating whole grains is eating
his body and eating vegetables is creating the blood which is
the bearer of the Christ impulse in the human organism. Now, this
may make people uncomfortable, unsurprisingly, but at the same
time it is necessary for us to understand this if we are to truly
heal: living in accord with "the order of the universe"
is "living in accord with Christ", who is the Word,
who is with God, who is God.
Of course, the story doesn't end there. Christ has been since
the Crucifixion acting from within the Earth and Humanity, and
is the main and central impulse in the ongoing evolution of the
earth and humanity. A great deal can be said about what I call
the "ongoing Deed of Christ" but what I want to focus
on here is the question "Why did Christ do this?".
In order to understand why Christ sacrificed Himself on behalf
of humanity and the earth- that is, on behalf of everyone without
distinction as to race, creed, color, sex etc. - we need to take
a look at the story of Creation from the perspective of spiritual
science (the technical term Steiner gave to the investigation
of the spiritual worlds, Akashic Chronicle etc. out of developing
the ability, latent in everyone, to "see" into the domains
Additional Material - December 1999.
Now, let us talk about the origins of the word Tao. I refer
here to the book of Steiner lecture's entitled "The Festivals
and Their Meaning", in the Chapter "Signs and Symbols
of the Christmas Festival". "Above is the symbol
of the TAO - the sign that is the reminder of the conception of
the divine held by our early forefathers. Before Europe, Asia
and Africa were scenes of early civilization, these early forefathers
of ours lived on the continent of Atlantis, which was finally
submerged by the mighty floods. In the Germanic sagas of Nifelheim
or Nebelheim. the memory of Atlantis still lives. For Atlantis
was not surrounded by pure air. Vast cloud-masses moved over the
land. like those to be seen today clustering around the peaks
of high mountains. The sun and moon did not shine clearly in the
heavens - they were surrounded by rainbows - by the sacred IRIS.
At that time the human being understood the language of nature.
Today we no longer understand what speaks to us in the rippling
of waves, in the noise of winds, in the rustling of leaves, in
the rolling of thunder - but in old Atlantis it was understood
and felt as a divine reality. And within these voices of clouds,
and waters and leaves and winds a sound rang forth - TAO - THAT
I AM. The people of Atlantis heard and understood it, feeling
that Tao pervaded the whole universe. Later, Tao was expressed
by the by the letter T, upon which rests a circle, a sign of the
all - encompassing divine nature."
In another lecture, Steiner emphatically states that the true
name of Christ is I AM. Therefore the Tao IS Christ.
However, these are not the only names of Christ revealed by
Steiner. The same spiritual divine being referred to as Christ,
is also called Vishnu Karman by the ancient Indian, Ahura Mazdao
by the ancient Persian (these two cultures are pre-historical
cultures), The Logos of St. John's Gospel, Jahweh in the Old Testament,
Osiris of Ancient Egypt.
Thus, accurately and properly speaking, the way of life in
accord with the Order of The Universe, that is, macrobiotic way
of living, is the way of life in accord with the Tao, with Christ,
the I AM.
This essay was first published in the April 1999 issue of
"Macrobiotic Times" - see Resources Page.
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