"The cosmos is a single Living Creature which contains all living creatures within it.” — Plato
“The garden of the world was again enchanted, with magical powers and transcendent meaning implicit in every part of nature.” — Richard Tarnas
“The World Soul illuminates the universe and directs nature in producing her species in the right way.” — Giordano Bruno Philosopher
AS ABOVE SO BELOW
It is the same light experienced in different ways. The Sufis know that the Beloved, the source of all light, has both an immanent and a transcendent quality. He whom we love is both “nearer to him than his jugular vein” and “beyond even his idea of the beyond.” The Self, “larger than large and smaller than small,” has the same dual quality.
We see the rich tapestry of life and know that we are one Being revealing Ourself in so many ways.
"What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of the one thing." — Hermes Trismegistus, the Emerald Tablets
"The light hidden in matter breaks through and we stand in awe before our Creator. The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil." — Gerald Manley Hopkins
Through His light we can see life as it really is, in the uniqueness of our own experience of it and not just through the veils of our projections, and so taste the divine uniqueness of each moment. At the same time we experience this uniqueness as part of a greater oneness. We see the threads that connect together all of life; we see how each part reflects the whole.
"Whoever can’t see the whole in every part plays at blind man’s bluff; A wise man tastes the Tigris in every sip." — Mirza Ghalib
“Man himself has ceased to be the microcosm and his anima is no longer the consubstantial scintilla or spark of the Anima Mundi, the World Soul.” — Carl Jung
How can we redeem this relationship, recreate this connection in our imagination and inner work?
How can we return our light to the World Soul?
We know how this works in our own alchemical journey, and what we find beneath the surface changes our values in unexpected ways, how connections are then made and synchronicities occur that before would have been unbelievable. As we make these connections, we will begin to see that the world and our own selves both are more magical than we know.
The real work is always done by a small number of individuals. What matters is the level of participation: whether we dare to make a real commitment to the work of the soul. Unlike the alchemists living in their laboratories, we do not need to give up our ordinary outer life—everyday life can also be a necessary balance and protection against the strange delusions so easily created by the inner world.
We do need to recognize that there is a certain work that needs to be done, and that we can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch our collective dreams spin out of control.
“The Universal Spirit of Nature, the anima mundi or World-Soul responsible for all phenomena and which binds all life together.” — Thomas Browne, the Alchemist-Physician
The soul is all things together… And since it is the center of all things, it has the forces of all. Hence it passes into all things. And since it is the true connection of all things, it goes to the one without leaving the others." — Marsilio Ficino
Therefore it may rightly be called the center of nature, the middle term of all things, the face of all, the bond and juncture of the universe. The soul of the world permeates all of creation like salt in water. The physical world is the denser plane, and within it and sustaining it is the reality of the soul, which contains the Higher Intelligence that is the creative and ordering principle of life.
When we reconnect with our soul, the magic and meaning of life come alive both within us and around us.
And because we have denied the world its divinity, it is slowly dying.
"It is the father of every miraculous work in the whole world...Its power is perfect if it is converted to earth." — The Alchemists
In our individual alchemical opus we experience the effects of freeing the light, energy, and creative potential that lie within us. We know how this liberation can radically change our vision and experience of life. We are taken into a different dimension of our self, and life begins to magically open doors that before were closed or hidden. Of course these changes are not always what we may want—they do not fulfill our surface desires, but they have a deeper meaning and purpose. Something within us awakens and the life of the spirit begins. The alchemists understood that the individual is a microcosm of the whole, and that what can happen to each of us can happen to the world.
Who would not turn from lust to love?
The light of the soul is the spirit within matter that makes life dance. It awakens us to the simple joy of what is:
I am always thankful for this most amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite.
I who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay great happening illimitably earth.
This simple and radical truth was known to the alchemists: it is the light hidden in matter that will redeem the world. [source]