Updated: 16 May 2007

MASTER INDEX of articles written, posted online or recommended by Alex Paterson

INDEX OF SPIRITUAL articles written, posted online or recommended by Alex Paterson

ESOTERIC THEORY is an ancient and perennial alternative hypothesis as to the nature of reality to that held by most people in Western society. By definition, Esoteric means "intelligible to initiates only" and through the auspices of that process esoteric theory has survived largely intact throughout human history.

Esoteric theory postulates that the physical Universe as perceived by humans' five senses is but just a tiny aspect of a far more complex and vaster total 'reality'. The basic tenet of esoteric theory is that a 'Universal Consciousness' associated with a single infinite entity or 'Creative Principle' (God) underlies all reality, of which the Physical Universe is but just an aspect. Esoteric theory has a number of basic tenets which can be summarised as follows:


1. The VOID; a primordial emptiness of cosmic proportions and relevance, an infinite but un-manifested potential.

See: The VOID by Alex Paterson

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2. An UNDIVIDED WHOLE by definition implies there is no such thing as a part thereof. Most humans incarnating at the present time are unable to relate to this concept because their waking consciousness (EGO consciousness) is almost entirely focussed on the perception of 'separateness' that is fundamental to experience in this realm. As such, the concept of an undivided whole has no context in this realm until one experiences a conscious reconnection with SOURCE associated with some form of spiritual or 'holotropic' state. It is the destiny of all souls (points of consciousness) to experience this reconnection at some stage. Having experienced it briefly on a number of occasions as a child, I know I am the Universe in its infinite entirety, not just a separate aspect of it. (Alex Paterson 2000)

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3. OBSERVER EFFECT. Fundamental to contemporary Quantum Theory is the notion that "there is no phenomenon UNTIL it is observed". This effect is known as the 'Observer Effect'.

The implications of the 'Observer Effect' are profound because, if true, it follows that observation is fundamental to the existence of reality. Presumably OBSERVATION cannot occur without the pre-existence of some sort of consciousness to do the observing and as such implies that the physical Universe is the direct result of 'CONSCIOUSNESS'. In other words, the Physical Universe is nothing more than a very sophisticated 'virtual reality' in the 'mind of God'.

Phenomena that supports this notion are Hypnotic Trance experiences, Out of Body experiences (OBE), Near Death Experiences (NDE), Mind over Matter experiences (e.g. Yuri Geller, Sai Baba) and a host of other paranormal phenomena experienced by countless humans.

NOTE: The concept of the Physical Universe being based on 'consciousness' is in direct contradiction of contemporary scientific theory which maintains that consciousness is solely the result of the workings of a physical brain.

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4. PURPOSE. The whole concept of purpose presents an irreconcilable paradox which is beyond the resolution or understanding of the EGO mind. 'Purpose' implies a direction which, by definition, is a form of limitation if only because purpose and direction require the defining, and then ultimate negation, of all that is NOT part of the said purpose or direction. The physical universe displays order as evidenced by the laws of physics, which strongly suggests it is NOT purposeless. However, BEING infinite, the CREATIVE PRINCIPLE is beyond limitation. Purpose only has meaning in a paradigm defined by limits, such as the Physical Universe. From the perspective of the un-manifest infinite, purpose is meaningless.

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5. The VOID is at the other extreme of the spectrum to human experience in that it is total AWARENESS devoid of experience. The Void has no real context to normal human experience in this realm and cannot be understood until one experiences it.

NOTE: Even 'experiencing' the VOID is an oxymoron because the VOID is devoid of experience!

The VOID by Alex Paterson

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6. Other names for the Creative Principle include God, Goddess, Source, All that is, Spirit.

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MASTER INDEX of articles written, posted online or recommended by Alex Paterson


Alex PATERSON is a former airline pilot, now living in Queensland, Australia. He writes articles and advises on issues pertaining to aviation, politics, sociology, the environment, sustainable farming, history, computers, natural health therapies, esoteric teachings and spirituality.

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