Kosmos by Dennis Milner
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Kosmos is an Anthology of my Father in Law, Dennis Milners, books, The Loom of Creation and Explorations in Conciousness plus new research materials from both Dennis’ own work and academic research into proof of the greater reality of spirit, Gods multiverse.
Dennis Milner and his co-workers propose that our Universe is part of a living, evolving ‘Kosmos’ that ‘started life’ as an unconscious state of dormant energy. This energy stirred into activity and out of this activity there has arisen a succession of Universes, in which the Kosmos expresses and experiences itself. This desire to express and experience itself in ever-greater diversity is what lies behind, and causes all the developments that take place in the Kosmos.
The investigations of science have shown how the Universe and life on Earth have developed, the Kosmos viewpoint shows why it has all happened in the way that it has and the meaning and purpose behind it all. It offers new insights into:
The Creation versus Evolution controversy
The nature of ‘God’ and Intelligent Design
The Big Bang theory of the creation of our Universe
How the Big Bang came about within a larger pattern of evolution
The structure of the Universe
The evolution of life on Earth
The nature of atoms and a simple way to unravel their internal structures
A basis for the workings of homeopathy
The development of shape and form in the natural world
The meaning and purpose of our lives
Lecturing on Dennis Milners Book – Kosmos
In this 2012 Transformation Conference lecture I talk about my late father in laws (Dennis Milner DSc) Book – Kosmos, which is an excellent anthology of personal exploration and academic investigation into gaining proof of the Greater Reality. My late wife Anne introduces the history behind the book with Dolores Canon.
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Article based upon the information within Kosmos – An Evolutionary-Wholistic View of Creation
The theoretical physicist Paul Daniels has reviewed phenomena that show a creative power and self-organising ability in Nature and concludes that it is not possible to explain this in terms of molecules and inter-atomic forces and that there must be ‘something going on behind it all’. We thought that the mystic’s explanation of life/etheric, soul/feeling and spirit/thinking activities lying behind Nature might resolve these problems but the mystic’s explanations were vague. The most comprehensible account we found was by Rudolf Steiner. This was of a hierarchy of spiritual beings working in a ‘cosmic ether’, to implement the plan of a remote, awe-inspiring Godhead, in which a key feature is that all forms come about as the result of four ‘etheric forces’. But to determine whether our experimental results could be explained in these terms we needed a better understanding of these forces. While struggling to understand Steiner’s ideas, as conveyed by his accolyte Wachsmuth, we came across an expanded consciousness technique with which we experimented to see if we could perceive these forces for ourselves.
Working with an expanded consciousness technique
We found it comparatively easy to achieve an expanded consciousness state in which we got insights by images, feelings or words. These conveyed information that could be comparatively mundane, or seemingly from a source of great wisdom, depending on the nature and quality of our questing and/or what the ‘source’ seemed to think we needed to know. In these expanded consciousness experiences (ECEs) the other members of the group entered into an expanded consciousness state while I acted as a guide to try and understand and control what was going on. At first the insights were concerned with the inner problems and development of the group members but then we found we could ask questions about the etheric force activity in our experiments and it seemed we had established contact with intelligencies that could in some way perceive the workings of these forces and had a much larger and deeper vision of the workings of the Universe, so that, although we did not uncritically accept the viewpoint put forward in the ECEs, we ‘consulted’ them to see if they could help us. However, despite pursuing this ‘ECE dialogue’ for many months we could not get a satisfactory explanation for our results. Then an image that purported to be Steiner appeared saying that we needed to bring the Christ force into our work.
Harry: I have an image of Steiner. The link is very strong between him, or them, and us. But there’s something we’ve got to do. We have to open ourselves up and bring the Christ force into our own resources.
None of us had any religious convictions nor, at this stage of our work, any understanding of the Christ force, but the ECEs gave us information on the nature of the Christ force and the Christ path, as with the following selections from Harry:
Harry: If one mentions the Christ force and the Christ path one imagines all sorts of spiritual, mystical, holy sort of feelings but it’s not like that. It’s a very practical down-to-earth sort of thing. The Christ path is a very patient path: it just waits for people to join it. I get the picture that the Christ force doesn’t assert itself. It’s there but it fades into the background.
At first the ECEs had pursued Steiner’s viewpoint that everything happened according to the plan of a remote Godhead but after this our ECEs portrayed an all-embracing Godhead who evolves through His Creation.
Brian: We’ve thought about the Godhead being something untouchable, incomprehensible, unapproachable. But we don’t need to. We are tiny but the principles embodied in us are part of the Godhead, we are part of him, we contain all we need to know. It’s not that you go up and up and reach the top. He’s in evolution himself. He doesn’t know what is going to go on, in that he is as much involved in it as we are because we are him. All that goes on in this world goes on inside the Godhead. This is not chaotic, there is order, a specific way of things.
We found this idea of everything consisting of an all-embracing, evolving Godhead difficult to grasp, (even though we were given ECEs conveying various governing principles about how this worked – which we could not properly comprehend), so that we made little progress in our understanding until the idea of a creator Godhead was replaced by an ’Absolute’.
The nature and workings of the Absolute
Brian: I have an image of the Absolute and the Absolute is All, Everything. It is the Beginning and the End. The Absolute shakes itself, centres itself and creates Soul. Soul is desire – desire for perfection. Soul experiences desire because it is empty. Soul desires to know and be known, to love and be loved. One’s soul lies within waiting to be nurtured, fed, brought up and developed in the same way that the Universal soul within the body of the Absolute is developing and realising itself.
We could relate to these soul qualities of desire and love etc. but the problem was, on this basis how do all the physical phenomena of the universe come about? Then Ted had an ECE that portrayed the beginning of ‘physical activity’ by the Absolute.
Ted: I’m drawn back to the stage when all is one – a vast quiet nothingness. Then parts of it begin to move, parts of it arise and collapse. Then somewhere else a centre arises – for a brief moment the part that is outside witnesses the turmoil and with this comes the appreciation of the raw potential. It’s not a case of thinking about what can be made and then assembling the materials to do it. This happens the other way round. The Absolute gets to know itself and then it recognises what it can do. This is something that develops as it goes along.
According to this viewpoint everything is part of an ‘Absolute/Energy’ which starts in a dormant unconscious state that experiences a succession of impulses which cause eruptions’ of activity to take place in it (in much the same way that a baby experiences unconscious impulses that cause it to erupt into activity). In each eruption it activates, and gets some experience of, a part of itself. As the Absolute develops, becomes aware of, and learns to control, its eruptions these become a coherent rhythm of activity, as portrayed in one of Andy’s ECEs:
Andy: I saw a pair of strong hands and I held these. They were Christ’s hands and they were offering strength and support. I feel myself moving towards a vantage point where you see everything – a still centre. Then I saw a gateway into a garden. Christ led me through the gate and I left a part of me behind. This was the collection of prejudices, fears and weaknesses that would get in the way – Christ and I are sitting on benches facing each other. What do you wish to know? He says.
Guide: In recent months we’ve been led to a Godhead and given a variety of images. Were these steps along the way that we can now discard and concentrate on the Absolute?
Andy: I saw a revisualisation of these images. This seemed to mean that we dealt with each thing as it appeared under our noses. At the end of the sequence Christ stepped aside to reveal a powerful blaze of golden light so that I was face to face with the Absolute.
I see the Absolute with a great cloak of his creation spread out around him, and he takes everything in and fingers it all and I feel some kind of dissatisfaction, tension, impatience, the sense of something unresolved. He’s picking out all the unresolved things he wants to work on. Once he’s picked these out and identified them he lets everything go out again. I see the things to be worked on as little golden rods and they glow while everything else is grey. The Absolute finds these gold bars not as a few areas to be tidied up in a sea of perfection but according to what has gone before the next phase automatically presents itself, so that when the Absolute has dealt with these gold bars then another set of things will become prominent — Just then the central figure looked up and said, ‘Don’t talk about the stages ahead. I’ve got enough on my hands with this lot’. Then he began to swing round and the cloak slowly pulls after him and then he stops and the cloak continues to turn and it winds itself around him. Then he turns the other way and the cloak swings up and out and he stops again and it winds itself up the other way. He does a dance turning and swinging this cloak around him, and he goes on and on. The cloak gets larger as it works out from him, it gets more differentiated, breaking down into finer detail. And I heard him say, ‘I breathe into my creation’, and I saw that as he breathed a ring of beads appeared extending it out further. So by repeated impulses the Absolute is perfecting the creation that’s already there as well as advancing new creation. It’s an endless process. As fast as the Absolute is able to reach out and make a perfect creation there’s always more further out which is growing in a disharmonious way.
Guide: And just one of these turns is our Universe, everything that we know?
Andy: The age of our Universe is but the twinkling of an eye of this figure.
According to this ECE our Universe is one of a succession of Universes each of which develops out of, and realises new potentials in, the previous one, by which the totality (the Absolute) evolves. The idea of everything being part of a ‘total system’ of evolution is in accord with the findings of science, in the sense that during the last century Darwin showed that life on Earth has evolved and astronomers showed that the Universe as a whole has evolved so that everything can be considered to be part of an evolving system. If the fundamental feature of the Absolute/God/Creation, is that it is evolving, then any basic understanding has to be in terms of the principles of evolution and how these work, which we have tried to sketch out5. It will not be achieved by breaking atoms down into smaller and smaller particles.
This description of everything being part of a self evolving God/Absolute is not new, it was expressed in the ancient aphorism.
God sleeps in the mineral
Dreams in the vegetable
Stirs in the animal
Awakens in Man
According to this viewpoint God/the Absolute evolves through the stages of a mineral-like state, a vegetable-like state, an animal-like state and then fully awakens in Humanity. In humanity it/we are developing a conscious awareness of the nature and workings of everything and the conscious ability to exploit potentials for further development. But, according to the ECEs we are only at the beginning of this phase of evolution:
Brian: Evolution hasn’t really started yet, not proper evolution. Humanity will evolve to huge heights. It’s going to be an intimate working with each other at spiritual levels in a spiritual evolution. In the present evolution there have been a few individuals who have reached heights and brought some awareness of it back. What will happen is that everyone will be doing these things. Ordinary common people – this is the point of the group – we are ordinary people. All this stuff that we have begun to understand and expose is for mankind, everyone to work with. The point of this experiment is conveying this knowledge to other people. Not to influence society and not to make big noises, but to live it ourselves, to give it to our immediate acquaintances, to put it out the best way we can to people we don’t know, but aiming it low not high. It’s not to be esoteric, it’s not to be clever. Its point is to bring knowledge of this other world and this greatness to life. Our particular inclination is towards understanding and knowledge. This is what we are doing and what we are after. But there are hundreds of groups that are doing the same thing as us but in medicine, in poetry and art and literature and all walks of life, in business and warfare. In everything it is bringing it to ordinary levels and living these things – to mix these spiritual worlds with daily life – not in an orthodox religious way. It’s just a life that is lived, without thinking that this is an alternative or new way, but that this is the natural way.
The Workings of the Absolute Viewpoint and the Modern Scientific Big Bang Theory of Creation
At first sight it would seem that there is a conflict between these two viewpoints but this was resolved by other ECE imagery, that Brian was given:
Brian: I see a band surrounded by emptiness on all sides. It is a living band, it’s like a primitive creature, a Uroborus which is eating its tail — This has become a spectrum that forms a loop which is a series of spectra that go round and make a circuit. Travelling in the circuit is a flow going round and round. All the spectra are different, so that this circulation experiences different things as it passes through the various spectra. It’s not that this circulation has any form of intelligence or in fact, inquisitiveness or anything like that. It is just that it is dynamic and goes round the ring. There is no centre to this thing, but what you would call consciousness comes from the passage of this flow across the spectrum. The dynamic part lights up the different bits of the spectra as it goes round. Consciousness arises at the interface between the spectrum that gets lit and the flow that goes past it. As the active part flows on it lights up a different spectrum and the first lot die down. It’s not that they lose consciousness because they don’t actually have consciousness. Consciousness is a continuous thing. It goes round with the circuit. It’s entirely within — Now there is a tension and an explosion from the centre of the ring. The active flow has been dissipated and the spectrum has been shattered, fragmented. The activity likes to flow in channels, or it likes to flow. It then wafts around like a breeze in the morning. It passes over all the various fragments that have been dispersed and consciousness begins to arise at all these separate interfaces. Now I see it pull together again and I have an image of a little tiny hard grey solid sphere. This then blows up with tremendous force and violence. Then it is sucked back down and you’ve got this little ball again.
When it first becomes active, the Kosmos undergoes random eruptions, in each of which an aspect of its energy/self is activated. Then its activity evolves, to become a continuous circulation through the ‘spectra’ of what has been activated. At this stage it is seeking to carry on activating new aspects of its potentials but when there are no further aspects to activate the pressure of its striving to do so builds up, to create a primitive sort of ‘frustration’ and it ‘blows up’.
This is a manifestation of the punctuated evolution principle whereby evolution proceeds along established lines, in this case a continual activating of more and more different aspects of the energy of which it consists, until there are no more aspects to activate so that its pressure to evolve further is blocked and builds up until it causes it to ‘blow up’. It then changes to a new mode of evolution in which the energy finds an outlet by working through the already-activated aspects, seeking to evolve these further and when this has been carried as far as it can, it ‘closes down’ and the pressure to evolve builds up and generates an impulse for another cycle of development, as in the imagery that Andy had of the Absolute working through the cloak of his creation. Our Universe arises in such a cycle and scientists have traced this back to its ‘explosive beginning’, which has given rise to the Big Bang theory. But, according to the ECEs there has been a long history of prior development before this current Big Bang cycle. According to this viewpoint there is no creator following a pre-determined plan, creation comes about as the result of the Absolute expressing its desire and ability to be active and, in so doing, its activities take on a life and pattern of development of their own.
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