by Glen Swartwout
How does the body of the creator manifest in the creation? The nature of this world is ultimately unique and individual for each perspective. Yet, like our unique source, we are inseparably linked to that individuality from whence we arise. Fractal beings from fractal beings. Life from life.
In the vortex of the Shekinah Glory, God the Father’s undeniably manifest presence on Earth, the souls swirl around as a cloud of smoke by day, and the light of glory shines through as fire by night. If we accept the ancient accounts, do we know our Father’s presence in this by his power? Or is it by his purpose? The Shekinah Glory guided and protected those who were escaping the slavery of Egypt…
And what of the Son, our Redeemer… Did he not make us all sons and daughters of God. He taught us how to pray… “Our Father…” and he adopted us to his Mother at the foot of the cross, through John…
Yes, we are made in his image. The blueprint is secure… indelible… perfect. Is this universe a holographic image of its source? Must we not make an act of creation, aligning our will with the divine compass in order to participate in our own redemption?
The little flower:
Before she turned 10, Therese of Lisieux had a high fever, seeming near death, but as she prayed to the Blessed Virgin, she saw a statue of Mary animate and smile at her. She was instantly better, not that anyone believed her experience… Therese had a good heart, desiring to do good, but did not feel called to do housework or make beds… And if she imagined that she wasn’t being appreciated for some reason, she would burst into tears. As the tears subsided, she would then cry for having cried.
At her Christmas ‘conversion’ at age 14, she experienced a shift, where she could now regulate her own emotions based on greater compassion for the feelings of others, starting with her father. He had said, about her childhood custom of putting a shoe out to receive gifts, “Thank goodness that’s the last time we shall have that kind of thing.” Up until this time, she would have had a tantrum, but I suspect that, through grace, she received this as a sign that she would be in a convent within the year, rather than as a personal affront. This formerly shy girl asked to join the convent, and after being turned down due to her age, went to the bishop, who refused to over-ride the decision. She went to the Pope, to whom she was forbidden to speak, yet she begged him to let her enter the convent, as two guards carried her away! Impressed with her courage, he interceded for her.
Experiencing dryness in her prayer life at the convent, she said “Jesus isn’t doing much to keep the conversation going.” She often fell asleep during prayer, and would note how much mother’s adore their babies as they sleep in their arms, so God must love her when she sleeps during prayer!
She thought, “Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” She smiled at sisters she didn’t like, and ate whatever leftovers she was served, showing outward gratitude even when she wound up being served the worst of the lot! She gave these gifts to those around her so congruently that they never even knew what sacrifices she was making inside… This is because her true concern was on how she could become holy, a saint…
In her own words, “I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by. Instead of being discouraged, I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new.”
“We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb laboriously up flights of stairs; in well-to-do houses there are lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus, for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: “Whosoever is a little one, come to me.” It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up [she had been made a permanent novice to ease politics within the convent]: I must stay little and become less and less.”
“I feel in me the vocation of the Priest. I have the vocation of the Apostle. Martyrdom was the dream of my youth and this dream has grown with me. Considering the mystical body of the Church, I desired to see myself in them all. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. I understood that Love comprised all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places…in a word, that it was eternal! Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: O Jesus, my Love…my vocation, at last I have found it…My vocation is Love!”
When she began coughing up blood, it took a year for others to realize how sick she had become. Despite tremendous internal suffering, she maintained a smiling and cheerful disposition toward others, so much that some questioned if she was really sick, or just faking it. Her one dream was to help us here on earth after her death. “I will return,” she said. “My heaven will be spent on earth.” She died at age 24. She saw this as a great blessing, as she always felt called to be a priest, and so she completed this life at the age that she could have been ordained had she been born a man…
Therese, “Little Flower” was canonized a Saint in 1925, and named a Doctor (teacher) of the Church in 1997.
Bellarmine took a position based on principles now regarded as fundamentally democratic, that authority originates with God, and is vested in the people, who entrust it to fit rulers.
Bellarmine also opposed severe action in the case of Galileo. In 1616, on the orders of Paul V, Bellarmine summoned Galileo, notified him of a forthcoming decree of the Congregation of the Index condemning the Copernican doctrine of the mobility of the Earth and the immobility of the Sun, and ordered him to abandon it. Galileo agreed.
When Galileo later complained of rumors that he had been forced to abjure and do penance, Bellarmine wrote out a certificate denying the rumors, stating that Galileo had merely been notified of the decree and informed that, as a consequence of it, the Copernican doctrine could not be “defended or held”. Cardinal Bellarmine was ambiguous about heliocentrism, personally noting that further research was needed to confirm or condemn it.
From his research grew his Disputationes, published in 1581–1593, the earliest attempt to systematize the various religious controversies of the time. It treats of the Word of God, of Christ, and of the Pope; the authority of ecumenical councils, and of the Church, whether militant, expectant, or triumphant; of the sacraments; and of Divine grace, free will, justification, and good works. Bellarmine also wrote for spiritual seekers The Mind’s Ascent to God (which was later translated into English as Jacob’s Ladder without acknowledgement of the source), The Art of Dying Well, and The Seven Words on the Cross.
Against the wishes of his noble family, Albert became a friar while a student. He excelled in the natural sciences, gaining encyclopedic knowledge. He related the findings of science with philosophy and laid the foundation for the proper use of reason in matters of faith, which his pupil, Thomas Aquinas perfected. He taught at Ratisbon, Freiburg, Cologne, and Paris. He was dubbed “The Great” and “Universal Doctor” by his contemporaries because of his holiness and knowledge, and he is the patron of natural scientists.
When he died, his body was placed in a temporary vault. After three years when the permanent tomb was complete, the body was in a state of perfect preservation with a delightful fragrance. Two centuries later a mausoleum was constructed. During the transfer the body was reduced to a skeleton, but still emitted its sweet perfume. After being placed in a glass case, miracles of healing and many visions were recorded.
Saint John of the Cross
Juan de Yepes, the son of a weaver, credited the Blessed Mother with saving his life from drowning twice as a child. After he was ordained, he met Teresa of Avila, who persuaded him to help her restore the original rule of the Carmelites. During this challenging endeavor, he was kidnapped and imprisoned for nine-months.
In Teresa’s words, “He was one of the purest souls in the Church of God.” It was here at Avila that the sisters witnessed many of his levitations during ecstatic prayer.
His mystical writings include The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night of the Soul, and The Spiritual Canticle. John’s works “possess the same authority in mystical theology as the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas possess in dogmatic theology.”
Following his burial, the friars observed a great light which burned for several minutes. His body was found intact when the tomb was first opened nine months later. Eighteen months after burial, upon opening the tomb, they perceived a fragrant perfume and found the body perfectly fresh and supple. One of the fingers “was then cut off… as proof of the preservation of the body, and when this was amputated, blood flowed profusely as would be normal in a living person.
After another nine months, the body was still perfectly preserved under a layer of lime. The perfume of the body filled the entire area. The body was exhumed and carefully examined in 1859, 1909, and 1955 and found perfectly moist and flexible.
Teresa of Avila
Born to a noble family, she was a very pious child, attempting at age seven to convert the Moors and suffer martyrdom. During her adolescence she was fascinated with romantic literature, and then a serious illness kindled her interest in religious life.
At the time she enjoyed many privileges that were allowed contrary to the original rule of the order. Then at age 38 she experienced a further conversion reading the Confessions of St. Augustine. Restoring rigorous interpretation of the rule, she attained heights of mysticism, with countless visions, and the phenomenon of levitation.
She was a reluctant writer, but left three spiritual masterpieces authored under obedience: her Autobiography, The Way of Perfection, and of course The Interior Castle, the title of which was given her by Christ.
The sweet fragrance which frequently enveloped her during her life, and which was so strong at the time of her death that the door and windows of her cell had to be opened, continued to emanate from her grave, and so many wonders were occurring there that curiosity concerning the condition of the body was great. The coffin was open nine months later. The clothes had fallen to pieces. The body was as fresh and whole as if it had been buried the day before. There spread through the whole house a wonderful penetrating fragrance which lasted for days. The body exuded oil.
Doctors examined the body and decided it was impossible that its condition could have a natural explanation, and that it was truly miraculous, as after three years without being embalmed, it was perfectly preserved, and a wonderful odor issued from it.
Theresa wrote in her Autobiography of her vision of her transverberation:
“I saw an angel close by me, on my left side, in bodily form. He was not large, but small of stature and most beautiful – his face burning as if he were one of the highest angels who seemed to be all of fire. I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also; and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God.”
Her heart was meticulously examined in 1872 by three physicians of the University of Salamanca who noted the perforation made by the dart. They unanimously agreed that the preservation of the heart could not be credited to any natural or chemical means.
The last exhumation of the body of the Saint occurred in 1914. The body was in the same condition as before including the flowery fragrance, while a tube of lead containing official documents was reduced to powder.
Teresa of Avila bore the title Doctor of the Church for many centuries by public acclamation. In 1970, she became the first woman to be officially added to the list.
Francis De Sales
Francis was born of a distinguished family but became a priest rather than following his father’s ambitions. Francis had saintly friends in Vincent de Paul and Philip Neri. His success in speaking, direction of souls, and conversions brought him to be appointed Bishop of Geneva. Out of humility, he declined the same position in Paris when offered.
His entrance into Heaven was announced supernaturally to many friends and relatives. At his autopsy the body was embalmed and the heart extracted. A clear oil exudes from the heart periodically. Ten years after death, his body was found to be still perfectly preserved.
His most most popular writings are Introduction To A Devoted Life and Treatise On The Love of God and he is the patron of writers.
Catherine of Siena
Catherine was the 23rd child of Jacomo and Lapa Benincasa. Both pious and wise as a child, she made a vow of virginity at an early age and received visions. At age 6, she saw a magnificent vision of Our Lord seated on a throne. When her brother finally pulled her from her ecstasy, she cried and said, “O, did you but see what I saw, you would never have disturbed me in such a sweet vision.” After this her thoughts, conduct and virtues were quite precocious, and she soon decided to join a holy order. Cared for the sick, visited and converted prisoners, distributed alms, and attracted disciples and friends to her mysticism, in which she exibits a wide range of miracles: stigmata, clairvoyance, visions, virginity, living on the Blessed Sacrament alone, healing, invincibility against fire, levitation, and incorruptibility after death.
These are a few of the officially declared Doctors of the Church who, among many other accomplishments and miracles, showed, like several hundred other declared Saints, signs of grace related to their biological bodies, even after death. Doctor means teacher, and these souls and their experiences have much to teach us about what is possible in this world and in the world to come.
What mystical truths can they reveal through their lives and their writings?
What are the types of miracles that occur? As we just saw broadly illustrated by Catherine of Siena, the full range of miracles we must account for in our Theory of Everything includes:
Protection of the biological body against deterioration after death: incorruptibility (over 250 Saints in varying degrees, mahasamati)
Biological life sustained without basic material nutrition: living on the Blessed Sacrament alone (Theresa Neumann…), breatharian claims
Restoration of life in part: instantaneous healing (Jesus…)
Restoration of life in whole: resurrection (Jesus…)
Protection of life against external forces: invincibility against fire (Daniel…)
Non-local resonance transcending both space and time: stigmata (Francis of Assisi, Padre Pio…)
Non-local resonance transcending space and numerosity: bilocation (Padre Pio…), multiplication of food (Jesus…)
Transcending of gravitation: levitation (Padre Pio…), walking on water (Jesus), ascension (Jesus, ), assumption (Mary’s body after her death), house of Loreto (Mary’s birthplace and home of the infant Jesus levitated and moved from Nazareth to Loreto, Italy in several stages between 1291 and 1294), New Jerusalem
Subtlety: entering or leaving an enclosed space (Jesus, Paul…)
Non-local consciousness transcending space: clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience
Non-local consciousness transcending time (reverse-time causality): visions, prophecy, immaculate conception
Material and sensory:
Oil: associated with incorruptibles, healing
Aroma: Sweet fragrance, rose (Mary…)
Light: Pigment-free photographic images on cloth (the Sudarium of Oviedo – Veronica’s veil, the Shroud of Turin, the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
The quantum dynamic behavior of all matter offers a foundation for understanding the science of the spirit. These observations include superposition, tunneling, entanglement, non-locality, teleportation, and time-reverse causation.
Bose-Einstein Condensates can have macroscopic extent and still function as a single quantum state, a single coherent wave function in which the individual atoms of the normal state of matter do not appear as individual localized standing waves, thereby bringing quantum behavior to a sensible and biological size domain. These behaviors includes Josephson tunneling (subtlety), superposition (bilocation), entanglement (instantaneous action at a distance) and Meissner fields (a strong degree of incorruptibility by outside forces).
Closely related ORMEs (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements) of the transition elements with high spin nucleii, found in living organisms at high concentrations (5% dry weight in brain tissue) are 4/9 non-local relative to their mass in the familiar states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma). They have been demonstrated to show levitation, invisibility, and teleportation. A brilliant flash of light can be associated with some of this quantum dynamic activity (Iridium). ORMEs have a sweet taste and oily texture. They are superconducting (capable of magnetic levitation) and superfluid (subtle).
Miracles do not, indeed, cannot happen outside the ultimate laws of the universe. They happen outside our model of those laws. A miracle is a natural process for which our scientific models lack explanatory or predictive power. It is our models, our faith, which requires healing, growth and maturation. By what mechanism might such miracles happen? That is what this site is fundamentally about… A new theory of everything, a unity-field theory, including life, healing, consciousness, spirit and God. Why include these in our operational model of our world? Because spirit matters! It is all that ever has…