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The Golden Mean as the Key to the Universe
From I was a young and hopeful mathematician I have been fascinated by the Golden mean and the Fibonacci Series, with its connection to plants and animals, but I lacked a good explanation for why it was found in all of nature, in all of the universe.
Plato said that the Golden Mean, Phi, is key to the universe. It has puzzled me over time as the interesting and beautiful structures following the Fibonacci numbers in nature aren’t explanation enough, there has to be a spiritual background. If the Golden Mean is the key, the Golden Triangle is the door. So, what is the spiritual explanation behind?
The Creating Trinities
The Fibonacci Series
The formula for the Fibonacci series is
Fi+1= Fi + Fi-1, where the initial conditions are i= 1, F0= 0, F1= 1
where the subscript describes the position in the sequence.
Notice that the new value depends on the previous two! This is the principle behind all creation. If it only depended on the foregoing, it would be a repetition, like the propagation of single-celled organisms producing copies of itself, but here the the growth factor is phi, the golden mean.
This means we get a sequence that looks like this:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, …
Growth from point to point in the sequence approaches a fixed value the further we get and this growth factor is phi= Fi / Fi-1 (~1.6180), which we also know from the golden section.
The growth is large, in mathematical language we call it exponential, which can be displayed graphically:
The formula is connected with growth, both with physical growth of plants, animals, planetary systems, galaxies, but also in breeding, sexual reproduction, see Fibonacci Numbers and Nature with many good examples and descriptions.
The Fibonacci Spiral
One of the most characteristic forms is the Fibonacci curve, occurring everywhere:
And the following two pictures show impressing examples.
And a galaxy:
What’s makes the formula interesting is that the next value depend on the two preceding values, not the last alone, this explains the growth in plants, where each step always builds on the already existing, and the new is not just a repetition of the previous, it’s bigger and better, with a factor of Phi, the Golden Mean.Here an example of plant growth with the number of leaves produced:
Here a collage with many examples on Fibonacci grows:
The Fibonacci Series and Reincarnation
I read a Theosophic text some years ago where it was stated that man through each incarnation spiritually was growing with the factor Phi. It sounded very interesting, but there was no explanation for why it was that way, but I remembered it, one day I might find out.
One day I found out that the Fibonacci series also described the sexual reproduction, and that was the beginning of the understanding.
The Fibonacci formula tells that one incarnation builds on the two previous incarnations, which following Steiner should be one female and one male incarnation. It sounded reasonable.
Hegel’s dialectic described as thesis plus antithesis, resulting in the synthesis, or with his own concepts: abstract, negative and concrete. You start with the abstract and put it up against its opposite, the negative and from these are the concrete formed:
So we have
Fi+1= Fi + Fi-1 where Fi-1= Thesis, Fi = Antithesis, Fi+1= Synthesis
If we look at the incarnations of a person, a is the first incarnation as a woman, b is the next incarnation as a man, it will be followed by a second incarnation c as a man, the synthesis of the previous two. Next incarnation d are as a woman and also the next incarnation e and as all incarnations hereafter will be between d and e, they will no longer alternate between the sexes, but all subsequent incarnations will be as a woman:
The Three Logoi
This is a definition by Rudolf Steiner on the three creative principles in the universe, also called the Logoi’s:
Here we have three definitions of Beings who bring about, who underlie a planetary chain. They are called the three Logoi.
1. The Third Logos produces by means of combining.
2. When out of one substance something else having new life comes into being, this is brought forth by the Second Logos.
3. Everywhere, however, where we have to do with a coming forth out of nothing, we have the First Logos.
This is why the First Logos is also often called the One who is immanent in things, the Second Logos the One who in the quiescent substance in things creates life out of the living, the Third Logos the One who combines everything existing, who puts the world together out of things.
Drawing by Steiner
These three Logoi always manifest in the world in and through one another.
The Third Logos in spiral form, Sam Tageuk or Gankyil:
See much more on this here: The Logos Walks the Earth
Fi+1= Fi + Fi-1 where Fi-1= First Logos, Fi = Second Logos, Fi+1= Third Logos.
First Logos gives the idea, Second Logos gives life and Third Logos gives the resulting form.
Video on the Golden Key
This is a beautiful video made on the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci series by Jonathan Quintin:
The Logoi of the different hierarchies as genders.
One problem within esoteric research is the belief that clairvoyant faculties are needed, but that is not necessary within most areas if there are enough leads through accessible sources, it’s a question about eyes that have learned to see.
The following methods are useful both with and without clairvoyant faculties, as deeper detective work may be needed to find where to look.
A prerequisite is that we need to get the necessary understanding within the area we want to research, an intuitive recognition of the person.
All physical activity tells about the spiritual reality behind it. It gives us knowledge we need to create the necessary hypothesis for the project. Many things we may think of as small details may contain vital information. Steiner leaves many small curious details in his texts that are difficult to interpret, but they are puzzle pieces that connects to other puzzle pieces.
Let’s take reincarnations research. It’s complicated as a great understanding of the souls involved is necessary if it should not be a guessing game. Many try without having the patience to make the necessary research, so they design a guessing system instead.
It’s actually a little like a criminal investigation where we create a profile to work on, like:
💫We create puzzle pieces with every bit of archetypal information we have on the incarnating soul.
💫Then we look for candidates matching this profile and we look for logical dependencies between the incarnations.
This is like putting puzzle pieces together, a picture is needed to make the theory possible. We are looking for the underlying patterns, morphological forms.
This is of course only possible if we have to do with persons who have a large footprint in history, like Arjuna, Gilgamesh, Zarathustra, Hiram Abiff, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Hypatia, Joan of Arc or Christian Rosenkreutz.
If we are looking at our own incarnations I think we need to have special knowledge about our own previous incarnation to get an intuitive understanding of our archetype and mission. With this information we may find even earlier incarnations.
Through Contemplative Inquiry we may find a starting point, if the spiritual world agree in your quest. It’s also possible, in the state of half-sleep, to ask if we have lived in a given year. The response can be given as Yes, No or a YesNo, for death or birth year. YesNo sounds like Yes and No is said at the same time, not as following each other.
Rudolf Steiner have written about the understanding of the individual, that the details is significant for understanding the personality:
We shall not easily find our way into the innermost nature of karmic connections if we do not pay attention — with the eye of the soul, of course — to the particular mannerisms of an individual.
Believe me, for the study of karma it is just as important to be interested in a gesture of the hand as in some great spiritual talent. It is just as important to be able to observe — from the spiritual side (astral body and ego) — how a man sits down on a chair as to observe, let us say, how he discharges his moral obligations. If a man is given to frowning, to knitting his brow, this may be just as important as whether he is virtuous or the reverse.
Much that in ordinary life seems to be quite insignificant is of very great importance when we begin to consider destiny and observe how it weaves its web from life to life; while many a thing in this or the other human being that appears to us particularly important becomes of negligible significance,
Generally speaking, it is not, as you know, very easy to pay real attention to bodily peculiarities. They are there and we must learn to observe them naturally without wounding our fellow-men — as we certainly shall do if we observe merely for observation’s sake. That must never be. Everything must arise entirely of itself.
When, however, we have trained our powers of attention and perception, individual peculiarities do show themselves in every human being, peculiarities which may be accounted trifling but are of paramount importance in connection with the study of karma.
A really penetrating observation of human beings in respect of their karmic connections is possible only when we can discern these significant peculiarities. From Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies – Volume I.
When I heard “Original Sin” mentioned I always wondered what it meant. I heard some longhaired explanations, but the only understandable was, that it was the sin we had to do because we were born on Earth, like killing for food, using aggressions in fight for life, and so forth. But still, I didn’t understand it fully, the problem was to understand what it precisely was we had inherited, and from where.
The original sin were our first karma.
What were that original sin in practice? When we started incarnating as humans, we were like animals with all the desires and ‘habits’ of animals. These habits consists of rules telling the animals how to act wisely in the world, in their natural habitat. But for man it became a hindrance, as our surroundings change constantly, we need to act wisely in the now, where the rules fight change through feelings like fear, anger, and so forth. These rules were our inherent karma we had to resolve.
Karma came from below, dharma from above.
So, the original sin is not a sin we made, we inherited it from being an animal, who were a creation of the gods, so the gods so to speak owe us, are in debt to us.
Karma as Rules
Our karma are expressed through rules, our opinions, that are based in previous not understood experience, in fear of the future. When we are children we learn the basics of life, and what we don’t understand fully, we create rules for, like: “when they begin drinking it’s my fault, so I should hide.” But when the child understand, it becomes wisdom, such misunderstandings dissolve. With time we put layers around these first rules and they become more and more convoluted, and through time we try to solve these riddles, try to unpack these packages, one layer after each other, like peeling an onion, until we open the last, and nothing is left.
The older the souls the more the children understands, old souls can even have difficulties learning rules, not accepting anything they can’t understand, and that may give problems with the adults and the other children. The first many years we recapitulate the synthesis of the experience of our previous lives, we take our karma and wisdom on us again. We solve our karma when we understand the rules or opinions we follow, and transforms them to wisdom. Thereafter we know, we don’t follow rules unconsciously any more. When there are no rules/opinions any more, we are living in the now, the now tells us what we need, in Goethean sense as in buddhistic sense. Christ came to take the original sin on him, as it was not our fault, and it meant that he would help us to bear the sin, to resolve it, and he did that when Jesus entered the death world, the astral world, went where no higher god had been before. The light of an “I” entered the astral world for the first time, previously an “I” had not been lower than the soul world. The original sin is related to grace, as grace is the gods gift as we weren’t ourselves responsible for the original sin.
Rudolf Steiner on Sin and Grace:
In human evolution there is something that is related to this as the North Pole is related to the South Pole. This sin which, in its consequences, is inherited, which represents sin in man of which he is not guilty in the real sense, must be counterbalanced by the possibility of re-ascent, also without merit of his own. Just as without guilt of his own, man was obliged to fall, so he must be able to re-ascend without merit of his own — that is to say, without full merit of his own. We fell without being ourselves guilty and we must therefore be able to ascend without merit of our own. That is the necessary polarity. Otherwise we should be obliged to remain below in the physical-material world. Just as we must place at the beginning of our evolution a guilt which man did not himself incur, so at the end of evolution we must place a gift that is bestowed upon him without merit on his part. These two things belong together. The best way of understanding why it is so is to think of the following.
What a man does in ordinary life proceeds from the impulses of his feelings, his emotions, his natural urges, his desires; he gets angry and does certain things out of anger; or he loves in the ordinary way and his actions are prompted by this emotion. There is one word only that can aptly express what man does in this way. You will all admit that in what a man does out of passions, out of anger, or out of ordinary love, there is an element that defies all abstract definition. Only a prosaic, academic brain would attempt to define what actually underlies some particular action of a human being. Yet there is a word which indicates the antecedents of the actions of a man in ordinary life — it is the word ‘Personality’. This word embraces all the indefinable factors. When we have really understood a man’s personality, then we may be able to judge why it was that he developed this or that passion, this or that desire, or whatever it may be. Everything that is done out of these impulses bears a personal character. But we are so entangled in material life when we act out of our impulses, desires and passions! Our ego is submerged in the ocean of the physical-material world, is anything but free when it follows the dictates of anger, of passions, or also of love in the ordinary sense. The ego is unfree because it is ensnared in the toils of anger, of passion and the like. … Therefore to speak of the existence of Original Sin and of Grace does not denote misunderstanding of the idea of karma. For in speaking of the idea of karma we are speaking of the reincarnation of the ego in the different earth-lives. Karma is inconceivable without the presence of the ego: Original Sin and Grace, impulses which lie below the surface of karma, [are] in the astral body. We can say with truth that human karma was first brought about because man had burdened himself with Original Sin. Karma flows through the incarnations and before and after there are happenings which introduce and subsequently expurgate it. Before karma — Original Sin; and after — the victory of the Christ Impulse, the fullness of Grace.
– See more at: The Concepts of Original Sin and Grace