Essentialism Defined

Human beings have been created in the image of the Divine.  As images of the Divine, we retain our deep seated need and desire to understand and connect with that which is beyond us.  On an instinctive level, we know and understand that the natural world is also a Divine Creation.  Just as one can gain an understanding of an artist through studying her art, one can gain an understanding of the Creator through the study of creation.

Sadly, in these latter times, humans have forgotten the connection between the Creator and creation, and have seen the natural as separate from the Divine.  Even more sad is that many have forgotten the Creator altogether, and particularly in the West, have come to the conclusion that creation is all that exists.  This error extends even more deeply as prompted by the scientific world view to conclude that the ONLY part of creation that exists is the small portion that we can experience through our physical senses.  Technology has enhanced and extended our range as to how far our physical senses can perceive, but no technology can perceive that which is by its very nature beyond human perception.

The core of Essentialism is that all of creation exists because it was first conceived as an archetype in the mind of the Creator.  The astrological aphorism, “as above, so below” at its deepest level speaks to this.  Essentialism also teaches that substance, or what we can perceive with our senses or through technology, always proceeds from essence, that which was conceived in the mind of the Creator and thus, imperceptible through human means.  There is a natural humility to essentialism, in that unlike the hubris of rationalism, at the heart of essentialism is a deep understanding that there is much beyond our human ability to grasp.  An essentialist studies the natural world like an art connoisseur, to appreciate and come closer to the Ultimate Artist.

In the spirit of this humility, we must also realize that the English language is often ill fitted for discourse on these matters, so there will be times that the author of this weblog will fail to express ideas and concepts well, or even be mistaken.  Comments and discussions are quite welcome; however, please keep in mind that this weblog is not meant for debate, but for humble and honest discourse.  This weblog will be moderated accordingly.

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