Paganism at One with Science
The universe is slowly giving birth to the gods. In the beginning of its creation, 13.8 billion years ago, the universe was in a simple state, yet one of profound mass-energy potential. As everything expanded and cooled, matter formed and began organizing itself into ever more elaborate configurations: atoms, stars, planets, galaxies, and life. The increase of entropy in the universe globally has provided for the reliable growth of complexity locally — slowly at first, but at an accelerating rate. Over the course of universal, galactic, solar, geological, biological, and (biologically disruptive) social evolution, such increasing complexity has so far culminated, so far as we know, with the magnificence that is the human brain. Humanity is now setting into motion the next and more rapid evolutionary stage: technological evolution. Our universe will continue to grow and evolve into the far future, predictably realizing ever greater states of sophistication and intelligence. (In this way, the universe is something like a cornucopia, emerging from a point and ultimately producing an increasing abundance of life.) Living systems will eventually attain such astounding levels of knowledge and abilities as to be indistinguishable from the divine. Life is evolving into the gods, who eons hence will become omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and immortal. They will be our progeny, and they will range freely across vast distances of space and time, across dimensions, and across the colossal multitude of universes — the multiverse. From their positions in the far future, these gods will ultimately create the multiverse itself in an eternal cycle of creation. Deiwism is a religion based upon this insight. ‘Deiwos’ [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊, or DEY-woss] is the ancient, reconstructed, Proto-Indo-European word meaning ‘god(s)’. Deiwos, then, is the name of the collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped in this religion, and each god represents a different facet of the divine. The gods will wield exquisite control over the process of creation, encoding their essential nature, their very being, into the fabric of reality. Adopting thousands of different names in thousands of local languages, they have taken the form of archetypes to communicate with us through our dreams, nightmares, visions, fantasies, hallucinations, stories, and myths. They guide us, directly as well as indirectly, through a greater wisdom toward our shared and individual destinies.
Deiwos is the creator (demiurge) of the material world, although both Deiwos and physical reality are expressions of another, transcendent being — one that is beyond even such categories as ‘being’ and ‘nonbeing’. The supreme godhead, the mysterious matrix Who enables all of this to occur, is the goddess named Óljamma, the ‘all mother’. She is the sleeping goddess, and Her dream is the cosmos. She is the ultimate source of everything, including the gods. If Deiwos is the playwright of the cosmos, and we are all its actors, then Óljamma provides the stage whereupon the cosmic play is presented and even the very language wherein it is spoken. Óljamma represents, among other things, undifferentiated consciousness. Our conscious minds are a minute part of Her. The complexity of our brains allows us to receive Her signals of consciousness that are everywhere all around us, somewhat as a radio receiver intercepts radio signals. The greater the complexity, integration, and dynamism of an arrangement of matter and energy, the better the reception.
Within the omniverse of all possible universes, some universes are living, filled with the consciousness of Óljamma — such universes comprise the multiverse, or world oak tree (Dhoubnom Grobhos). Other universes, although still physically real, are nevertheless dead, devoid of consciousness — such universes comprise the vastiverse, or wasteland (Wástoudn). Every universe that evolves to contain the gods of Deiwos is inspirited with Óljamma’s consciousness, mediated by the messenger god Érjamon through the sacrifice of the giantess Jemá. We live in such a universe. All of our universe is conscious, and all things within it are conscious, to the extent they are complex, integrated, and dynamic. Animals are conscious; plants and trees are conscious; storms are conscious; even the most inert of stones are conscious, albeit at an extremely limited level. Within us, our individual consciousness extends beyond our brains to encompass every cell of our bodies. We share our consciousness with all of life and everything around us. Tersa [ˈtersɑ 🔊] (planet Earth) herself is quite literally a conscious being. Even the multiverse as a whole may properly be regarded as conscious and alive — a living, breathing tree of branching parallel universes. We share this one consciousness of Óljamma with everyone and everything, everywhere, with the planet, with the gods, and with the entire cosmos. We are all one within the goddess.
Dhoubnom Grobhos [ˈdhoʊbnɔm ˈgrobhɔs 🔊]: world oak tree consisting of the various cosmic realms, the multiverse, aggregate of physical universes that will evolve to include life and the gods. (Enlarge image....)
World Oak Tree: multiverse of dendritic parallel universes containing gods, ‘tree’ of these branching quantum histories. [Image created with Łukasz Kroenke’s Fractal Tree Generator]. (Enlarge image....)
Peridhóighos [pɛrɪˈdhoɪghɔs 🔊]: paradise, future interdimensional realm of Pltawí Matér and Djéus Patér, final abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), once they have individually achieved perfect enlightenment and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.
Altópolis Peridhóighosjo [ɑlˈtopɔlɪs pɛrɪˈdhoɪghɔsjɔ 🔊]: citadel of paradise, located in Peridhóighos.
Prqjótjom [prkwˈjotjɔm 🔊]: purgatory, future interdimensional realm of Néptonos, abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal sins and iniquities are still being purged from them.
Kémelom [ˈkemɛlɔm 🔊]: heaven, the oberverse (overworld), consisting of Prqjótjom (purgatory) and Peridhóighos (paradise).
Medhighórdhos [mɛdhɪˈghordhɔs 🔊]: midrealm, (literally ‘midenclosure’), our everyday world, the midverse, region between the netherverse of Nbhudhnóm and the oberverse of Kémelom, the physical multiverse between creation (Big Bang) and the metaverse (heaven, hell, and the gods), including our present epoch. Out of Medhighórdhos, the gods first emerge.
Posticita [pɔstɪˈgwitɑ 🔊]: waters of the afterlife, whereacross the elder god, Bhrghontí, ferries newly departed souls — to either Nbhudhnóm (as Dhwosos if they wish to fight against the creation), or Kémelom (as Anséwes or Djéwes if they wish to fight for the creation or else abstain from fighting).
Kréqa [ˈkrekwɑ 🔊]: limbo, future interdimensional realm of Jemá, abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal virtues and sensitivities are still being purged from them.
Ndhérom [nˈdherɔm 🔊]: inferno, future interdimensional realm of Wélnos and Pulwartí, final abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, once they have individually achieved perfect insensitivity and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.
Nbhudhnóm [nbhʊdhˈnom 🔊]: hell, the netherverse (underworld), consisting of Kréqa (limbo) and Ndhérom (inferno). The entrance is guarded by the dragon, Qrmis.
Wástoudn [ˈwastɔʊdn 🔊]: wasteland, the vastiverse, interdimensional region of dead universes, physically real but devoid of both gods and consciousness, those vast regions of the omniverse not included in the living multiverse.
Óljamma [ˈolˌjamɑ 🔊]: (literally ‘all mother’, supreme goddess, transcendent godhead, divine matrix, complete and undifferentiated consciousness, cosmic psyche, cosmic ground, goddess of the quintessence and of the final mystery — Her dream is the cosmos.
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