**ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE**

**©
Copyright July 2022, Edward R Close**

**Christians are encouraged to ask
God for things. In the Bible we find:*** "Ask,
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you:" - ***Matthew
7:7.**

And Jesus is quoted again in John 16:24, saying: **“ Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete”.**

__Asking and receiving__

One evening about seventy years ago, inspired by the
equations and powerful explanations of physical reality revealed by a man named Albert Einstein, I
stood on the bank of a pond on my parents’ farm in South Central Missouri,
looked up into the twilight of the gathering darkness of a warm summer evening,
and spoke to the God of my ancestors – the God to whom my mother taught me to pray
every night before going to sleep, the God who my father assured me heard every
word and responded in the most appropriate way to every prayer. I looked up, trying
to express the burning desire of my heart, and said aloud: “God, I want to know
*everything*!”

The immediate response I received exceeded anything I could ever
have imagined or can ever hope to adequately describe. I have written about this
before. The first time was in my first published book: *The Book of Atma*,
(Libra, 1977). [Used copies of the book are available on Amazon. For those who
might like a new copy, I still have a few]. Memory of this experience is described
on pages 48 and 49 of The Book of Atma, but you might want to read pages 43 to 49,
or more, to get a better sense of the experience in a more complete context.

Seventy years have passed, during which time I have studied mathematics,
science, the meaning of life, and explored the roots of consciousness. I have also
explored rivers, caves, and jungles, around the world. I have worked and lived
in a dozen states and half-a-dozen countries, published books, articles, and
papers; but I am still trying to explain what I experienced that evening. Why? It is human nature to want closure,
absolute certainty, perhaps even the ability to explain the inexplicable. But the
most amazing and inexplicable thing of all is the fact that *we, you, and I, in
this moment, exist as conscious beings, capable of learning and growing in physical
strength, mental acuity, and spiritual virtue, in a finite universe that is rapidly
expanding into infinity! Why and how is this possible?.*

How is it that we are conscious? And *what exactly is
consciousness*? For me, discovering that, because it is primary, consciousness
cannot fully explain itself was key to answering these profound questions. I have
to say that it was the essence of the answer I received that summer evening in
1952, even though it would take me years to understand, and even more years to discover
that one must learn to leave the body and be born again to embark on the path
of Self-realization. I know now that the spontaneous experience of expanding
consciousness I experienced that day in 1952 was not the first, or the last occurrence
an out-of-body experience (OBE) for me.

I had a near-death experience (NDE), a dangerous type of OBE,
in the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau of Egypt in 2010. When my research
partner, Dr. Vernon Neppe heard about it, he remarked that, while the question
of the meaning of the experience was an important one, at least for me
personally, the more important question might be: Why was I the only one, among
all of the people who entered the pyramid that afternoon, to have such an experience?
I know the answer to that question now,
but it is very difficult to explain. Part of the answer is that, with a
background in the study and teaching of mathematics over the course of several
lifetimes, I was consciously and sub-consciously aware of the history of mathematics
in human thought. In particular, I was aware that in 1931, an Austrian/American
mathematician named Kurt Gödel published two proofs known as the incompleteness
theorem.

Because there is some confusion about what the word
“theorem” actually means, I think I should provide a precise definition of the
word here, before discussing the incompleteness theorem in this context. The
words theory and theorem are sometimes confused because they sound very
similar, but, in fact, the meaning of the word theorem is almost the exact
opposite of the meaning of the word theory. A theory is a hypothesis, something
that may be true, but has not yet been proved, while a theorem is a logically precise
statement that has been proved mathematically. A scientific theory, even one
that is favored by many scientists, is still open to debate, challenge, and testing.
On the other hand, when a quantitative hypothesis, called a conjecture, has
been proved with mathematical logic, it is elevated to the status of a universal
truth known as a theorem.

__The Incompleteness Theorems__

Rigorous mathematical proofs like
Gödel’s
are tedious, even for many mathematicians, especially because of the narrow
specialization that is encouraged and institutionalized by the academic
structure of modern universities. However, no serious attempt to understand the
nature of reality can be undertaken without reference to the universal incompleteness
of logical systems proved by Gödel. That’s how important the
incompleteness theorem is. Fortunately, *why* it is so important, is not
that hard to understand. Defined as
everything that actually exists, reality is the pre-eminent logical system within
which all consistent logical systems must exist, and the truth of Gödel’s
incompleteness proof applies to all consistent logical systems, including
reality itself.

In this post, I will only discuss the
conclusions of incompleteness, without the lengthy details of rigorous proof. For
those of you who might like to work your way through the complexities of the mathematical
logic leading to the conclusions, I would like to recommend the little book
(barely over 100 pages) titled *G**ödel’s Proof, New York
University Press,*1986, by Ernest Nagel and James R Newman. It was written
for the “non-specialist”, in a very readable, narrative style, with historical details
that put the proof into proper context and emphasize its importance to modern
science and mathematics.

It is worth noting that when
Harvard University awarded Gödel an honorary degree in 1952, his
incompleteness theorem was cited as one of the most important advances in logic
in modern times. Einstein remarked to a colleague toward the end of his life when
his health was failing, that some days, he only bothered to go to the Institute
for Advanced Study at Princeton in order to talk with Kurt Gödel!
In my opinion, one of the most likely reasons for this was the implication that
Gödel’s
proof has on the idea of a “theory of everything” (TOE), an idea made popular
by Einstein’s successful combination of universal gravitational and
electromagnetic forces in one consistent system of mathematical logic in the
theory of relativity.

Despite the complexity of the
proofs, the universal truths revealed by Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are
really simple, as most profound truths are. Understanding the incompleteness of
consistent logical systems leads to the conclusion that in any consistent model
of reality, including the hypothetical TOE dreamed of by many theoretical physicists
past and present, contradictions will arise that cannot be resolved with the logic
of the system within which they are stated. Gödel’s proof dashed the hope of
ever developing a complete axiomatic system of mathematical logic, something that
was arguably the most important goal in the famous 23 Problems of Mathematics
listed by David Hilbert, who was considered by most to be the leading
mathematician of the time. The conclusion that no logically consistent system can
ever be complete is consistent with the accelerating expansion of reality
indicated by the red shift in the light from distant stars.

Red shift data implies that the
visible 3-D universe is expanding, with the most distant objects moving away
from us at velocities approaching the speed of light. The experimentally
verified equations of relativity imply that the maximum relative velocity of
accelerated objects in our universe is limited to speeds less than the speed of
light. This means that, even if we were able to travel toward the most distant
star at a velocity very near the speed of light, the edge of the visible
universe will have receded even farther than the distance we will have traveled
in the time taken to reach the point where the edge of the expanding universe
was relative to the Earth’s location when we started the journey. Finally, the
TDVP model, based on empirical data from the Large Hadron Collider, and verified
with explanations of Standard Model paradoxes and puzzles, implies that reality
occupies nine finite dimensions expanding into and out of the infinity of
Primary Consciousness. Thus, reality is Infinite, and human consciousness,
confined in a finite body, is incapable of comprehending it.

The way out of this “Catch 22” intellectual
bind, has been glimpsed by many during lucid OBEs, and the infinity of Primary
Consciousness has been fully experienced by spiritually advanced souls who have
transcended the currently prevalent zeitgeist. But even though memories of some
aspects of it may be retained by some after they return to “ordinary” finite
consciousness, the experience of the Infinity of infinities of Primary
Consciousness cannot be described in the finite terms of any language. Like
reality itself, logical systems of conscious expression are expanding into
infinity as reality evolves in ways that support the positive growth and
expansion of individualized consciousness .

__The Rubik’s Cube, a Simple Analog
Model of Reality __

An analog model is a model whose elements are analogous to
the basic elements of that which is being modeled. The analogy can be in the
form of miniaturized versions of the things being modeled, or in the form of finite
elements that relate to each other in the same way the elements of the things
being modeled relate to each other. The nine mutually orthogonal, one-sub-cube
thick planes of the cube are analogous to the quantal planes of the physical,
mental, and spiritual realities, and they interact, when rotated, in the same
way that the dimensions of those planes of reality interact with each other in
the expanding universe.

The Rubik’s cube, considered by most people to be just a toy,
or, at best, an infuriatingly frustrating puzzle, is, in fact, an amazingly
accurate analog model of the geometric dimensional structure of physical reality!
Ernö
Rubik, the Hungarian architect who built the first 3x3x3 articulate cube of
wooden blocks in 1974, called it the “Magic Cube”. He used it as a geometrical
model to teach mathematical set theory to students in his classes at the Budapest
College of Applied Arts, where he was a professor of Architecture from 1971 to
1979.

After being rendered in plastic and featured at the *Spielwarenmesse*
(Toy Fair) in Nuremburg Germany in 1979, the Rubik’s cube became available on
the world market as a novelty in 1980. In 1981, I bought one and took it with
me to Saudi Arabia, where I was employed as the environmental planner for the
industrial city of Yanbu at the west end of the trans-Arabia pipeline on the
Red Sea. During the Hijra month of Ramadan that year, because I was not yet
eligible for vacation, I was in Yanbu with some extra time on my hands, so I
spent some of it solving the cube. Fast forward 30 years, to 2011, after two
more trips to the Middle East, one in 1985, and one in 2010, I discovered that
the cube could be used to model the nine dimensions of the Hydrogen atom, the
simplest and most abundant element in the universe, an atom comprised of the
three dimensions of the electron, combined with the six dimensions of the up
and down quarks in the proton! This became the inspiration for the model I used
for application of the quantum calculus to describe the innate dimensional structure
of objective reality, including the dimensions of space, time, and
consciousness.

Reality, thoughts that make up individualized consciousness,
and equations describing the laws of nature, are of course not the same things
in the 3D-1t world of finite things, but they do reflect the same eternally
consistent innate logical system of Primary Consciousness, which is the mind of
God.

ERC- 7/2/2022

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ReplyDeleteAt the risk of being a nuisance Ed, though I won't worry this once, born and raised by truly loving christian parents, compelled by love is why I'd like to think I share this, my basic take so far. Everyone will have their own take, this is just an attempt to express mine up to now. I could stand corrected without injury, it just seems to help when people share in public anything positive these days. I don't mean to clutter your blog.

ReplyDeleteConsciousness is primary, unbounded by space and time. Gimmel gives meaning and purpose to s/t by its' orthogonal reflective workings of consciousness only. Awareness is found at the crossroads of s/t & consciousness, the intersection of our finite reality, horizontal orthogonal reflections of consciousness bound by space & time, and the vertical orthogonal reflections by gimmel of infinite eternal Consciousness. Such a narrow band of consciousness experienced at this junction can be expanded by awareness of the vertical/orthogonal nature of Primary Consciousness, to turn toward/into/up-down/searching for the truth of the matter so to say. This may sound confusing or difficult yet is simply accomplished by Love, the gift of Truths' Love. I see the symbolism of this in the love raised up/down on a cross, possibly the shape of an X, it matters not to me, and the Spirit of Love found unbounded now, left forever at the crossroads for us to more fully experience. Simplicity is love, then everything else. It seems simply natural enough to love, then everything else comes naturally.