Has God existed from eternity, and is God a personal being?
From eternity Darkness was everywhere.
In the Darkness was the Light; in the Light were Thought and Will.
But the Thought and the Will were not in the Darkness.
In the Light was the potential for all that is good, but in Darkness was the potential for all that is evil.
Unknown eternities passed.
Slowly, the Thought and the Will were drawn toward each other.
Slowly, the Light spread; it became brighter and purer.
It became dawn.
Again, unknown eternities passed.
The Thought and the Will came yet nearer to each other.
The Light spread more and more; it shone brightly and beautifully.
It became Morning.
Again, unknown eternities passed.
The Thought and the Will came nearer still to each other.
The Light welled forth everywhere; it blazed clear, fair and glorious.
It became day.
Again, unknown eternities passed.
The Thought and the Will became united.
Then arose from the Light, by the combined strength of the Thought and the Will, a flaming figure, a spiritual Being—God.
And in that moment God also caused twelve radiant figures—spiritual beings—to come forth from the Light. And these became the Helpers of God—God’s Servants.
And this was the beginning of time.
But no human being, now or ever, will be able to measure the eternities that have passed from the beginning of time until this, your day.
When God came forth from the Light, Darkness was vanquished but not destroyed. By the strength of Thought-Will, He drew the Darkness under the concealing waves of the sea of Light.
To segregate and to purify the evil and the impure, God causes Darkness to flow through His flaming Being in an eternally circulating wave-like motion. Gradually, Darkness diminishes; but when that day will come when all evil and everything impure has been absorbed by the Light and purified by God’s flaming Being is known to Him alone, Who is all-knowing.
When God came forth from the Light, He was perfect—all-knowing, all-loving, almighty. And He endowed His Helpers with much knowledge, much love, much power.
By the Thought and from the Light, He formed and created a vast realm, perfect in its glory.
By the Thought and from the Light, He formed and created abodes for Himself and for His Helpers.
Then God became the Creator.
But I can describe nothing of this realm and of these abodes, nothing that can be comprehended by human beings; for, compared with the glorious Kingdom of God, even the most beautiful region on Earth1 is misty and cold.
FOOTNOTES FOR THE ACCOUNT
1) Ardor refers here to the globe by the name mankind later gave it.
From Question 1
Light and Darkness, in a transcendental sense, are abstractions to mankind, but to God and to all spiritual beings they are realities—mighty, magnetically acting forces.
From eternity, primal Light and primal Darkness each possessed two opposite poles that reposed in a state of complete latency. Although Light existed only as a core of faint luminance surrounded everywhere by Darkness, the radiations of the two primal forces were of exactly equal strength.
Between1 the two primal forces, on the boundary between Light and Darkness, rested Thought and Will. Although themselves in a state of latency, they were throughout eternity equally exposed to the influence of the radiations from Light and Darkness.
After eternities of absolute inactivity, a change occurred in the equipoise of the primal state in that Thought and Will reacted with a slight agitation to the radiations of Darkness. This agitation was the first indication of a transition of Thought and Will from absolute inactivity to an awakening activity, since the vibration that took place brought the primal state out of its equipoise.
Gradually, through eons, Thought and Will moved further and further away from the radiations of Darkness and in toward the Light, whose radiations assisted them with a steadily increasing attraction that drew them toward the poles of the Light. Each time that Thought and Will followed the attraction of the Light, the Light gained in strength and in volume. After untold eons of continued attraction, the Thought and the Will reached the poles of the Light, which, at the moment of contact, were aroused from their state of latency. Simultaneously, the Thought and the Will awoke to a fully conscious and willed activity and unfolded a mutual attraction that, through untold eons, gradually drew each closer to the other. As the distance between them lessened, the Light gained yet more in strength, in volume and in radiation.
Attracted and guided by the Will, the Thought strove onward, but in each advance lay a temptation for the Thought to cease the struggle before the Darkness was completely overcome. Under the attraction of the omnipotent Will, however, the Thought struggled forward without cease toward the ever approaching Will, and thereby gained constantly in strength and in brightness, until after further eternities—with the meeting and harmonious union of Thought and Will—the Light wrested itself free from Darkness, raised itself victoriously out of it and above it, so that the Light surrounded and enveloped the Darkness which then slowly contracted, condensing into a dark core in the sea of Light.
By the perfect and harmonious merging of Thought (the female principle) and Will (the male principle) with one another, God arose as a personal Being, as the center of all that is.
This picture of the inert state and the struggle of Light, Darkness, Thought and Will must be understood in an abstract sense and not interpreted in terms of factual, earthly concepts of space, measure and time, nor in terms of known forms of radiation, inertia and motion. No further explanation can be given regarding the presence through eternity of primal Light, of primal Darkness, and of Thought and Will, for it would, at this time, be beyond human comprehension. Only this can be said: that Light, Darkness, Thought and Will were not created, but have existed eternally—a mystery beyond solving or comprehending by human thought at present.
A scientist on the earthly scene could no more lecture a young child meaningfully on philosophy than could a transcendental being advance a detailed explanation of eternal existence in hope of human understanding at this time. But when man has reached greater spiritual maturity, possibly one of God’s emissaries will undertake in an earthly life to explain the riddle of eternity and the mystery of the uncreated.
Had Thought and Will not succeeded in uniting, and had the combined strength of both not triumphed so that the divine Being could arise, then the energy and brightness of the Light would—at the moment Thought and Will were no longer able to attract and hold each other—once more have begun to diminish, while Darkness would have gained in strength and in radiating power until slowly but inevitably it would have absorbed the Light. Forced by Darkness, Thought and Will would then have drawn forth the latent poles of Darkness. These activated poles would then—through untold eternities—have slowly attracted each other until, at the moment of their merging, a being would have arisen who would in every respect have been the direct opposite of God.
But since the poles of the Light, now fused with Thought and Will, continued without cease to approach each other, the Light gained greater and greater dominance over Darkness, and with the emerging of God the possibility was forever eliminated that the poles of Darkness would evolve into a being the opposite of God in thought and action.
Primal Darkness (that is, chaos, or disorder and confusion) thus lacks its own guiding Will and creative Thought. It acts at random and has become destructible as a result of the victory of the Light. The Light, on the other hand, is governed by divine Thought and Will.
By Thought (that is, logos) an infinite diversity of changeable forms of energy and life are radiated. Above Thought stands the Will, as the highest concentration of the Light (the supreme, fructifying and life-giving energy), because as long as a thought of creating or of taking action remains only thought, it has but the possibility of coming to life—has the potential. However, the moment the fructifying Will acts, Thought unites with Will and changes from a state of becoming to a state of being; it becomes actual. But the Will is nothing without Thought as a constant basis for its activity.
Thought thus is the primary abstract female concept: intuitive, formative and creative; and Will the primary abstract male concept: fructifying, productive and dominant.
The twelve Helpers, or Servants, who emerged from the Light simultaneously with the personified Divinity, were emanated by God through the power of Thought-Will.
These twelve Helpers were in God’s Thought from the very moment that Thought and Will fused with the poles of the Light. As thoughts within the Divine Thought—united with it, yet independently conscious—they too experienced the struggle out of Darkness and therefore knew its dreadful power.
Since the Helpers emerged by the Will of God, He stands above them as the only perfect One, alone possessed of the full knowledge of life’s eternal energy.
The moment He emerged as a personal Being, God, by His Will, drew the Light into an eternal and unbreakable circulation and let it flow through His flaming Self. Simultaneously, He drew Darkness in under the circulatory waves of the Light in order thus to purge it.
Light as well as the Darkness consists of extremely fine particles that existed in a state of absolute inactivity for as long as primal Darkness and primal Light were at rest and in equipoise. But when the thought arose in God to eliminate the Darkness, the realization of this made it necessary for Him to bring the ether (that is, the Light, and the Darkness enclosed by the Light) into a vibrating, circulatory wave-motion. By strength of His Thought and Will, God thus brought the particles both of Darkness and of the Light into a rotating motion about one another. The larger or smaller the particles, the slower or speedier their vibrations or oscillations. Also, as determined by God, the smaller the particles,2 the stronger and greater their ability of mutual attraction, cohesion and adhesion.
Since the particles of Darkness—the smallest even—are larger than the largest particles of the Light, the vibrations of Darkness became slower than those of the Light, causing Darkness to precipitate in the streams of the Light during the great, purifying circulation through God’s flaming Being, which is why the purification and elimination of Darkness—by absorption into the Light—advances so inconceivably slowly. Only God knows when the power of Darkness will be destroyed by its total absorption into the Light.
And only God knows why Thought and Will, after eternities of exactly equal influence from the radiations of primal Light and primal Darkness, were drawn toward the Light in victory.
Within His all-encompassing Thought, God embraces time and space in a limited and in an unlimited sense alike. Since space (that is, the universe) is unlimited to the human mind and therefore has no identifiable stable center, God must be regarded as the center of all existence, of all creation. Wherever God, by strength of His Will, may be present as a personal—a limited—Being, He yet remains, by virtue of His unlimited Thought, for all time and at all places the center of creation, so that the eternal circulation of the Light is never broken.
The eternities that passed before the emanation of God are known only to Him; all other spiritual beings regard His emergence as a personal Being at the beginning of time. However, for the sake of accuracy it should be noted that time, as a term for the progression of events, began with the first faint attraction of Thought and Will toward the poles of the Light; in other words, with the transition from inactivity to struggle.
When time began, being became existence. Time, in the transcendental as well as in the earthly sense, is an expression of the progression of events. Spiritual beings measure time in terms of time-periods, not in earthly years.
When spiritual beings communicate with humans in messages concerning time, they normally make use of earthly terms.
Time, once begun by the Will of God, will never cease to be.
The terms Light and Darkness, describing the two primal forces, were chosen because these forces do in fact exist in the same relationship and contrast to each other as do earthly daylight and the darkness of the night, so familiar to humans on Earth. And, as the earthly night and day display numerous transitions from dusk to deep darkness and from dawn to bright sunlight, so do the two primal forces display a wealth of transitions and degrees of strength; however, these cannot be more accurately clarified or defined here. But in order to achieve at least a partial understanding of the primal forces, one should imagine both Darkness and the Light divided into three main categories, according to the size of the particles as follows:
1) material, or molecular Darkness (small particles); 2) astral Darkness (smaller particles); 3) spiritual Darkness (smaller particles yet).
1) Astral-material Light (very fine particles); 2) ethereal-astral Light (still finer particles); 3) ethereal Light (much finer particles yet).
The size of the particles is thus constantly decreasing. In relation to God’s Kingdom or to God, the scale of ethereal-material, spiritual and spiritual-ethereal Light is used. However, it should be remembered that all these designations, whether they relate to Darkness or to the Light, must be regarded only as a means of identification.
It is impossible to describe God’s Kingdom (landscapes, dwellings and so forth) or life as lived there, since all this is so inconceivably far beyond human comprehension, and because no earthly tongue possesses words that can even come close to describing these things.
FOOTNOTES FOR COMMENTARY
1) Ardor’s Account omits mention of the period when Thought and Will were inert with respect to Light and Darkness. When Ardor reached this point in his narrative he was unable to give the intermediary a clear understanding of this state. Further explanation was therefore deferred to the Commentary.
2) As soon as the particles escape human sense perception they take the forms of the four-dimensional world. Transitional forms nevertheless exist between the three- and four-dimensional states wherein the particles can be sensed at one moment and escape human sense perception the next, depending on whether a material or an immaterial influence predominates at that moment. Similarly, there exist forms in which the presence of particles can be recognized but not perceived. These particles then belong on the boundary between the three and four dimensional worlds and can deflect to manifest on either side.