The Essence of Dean Brown's Cosmic Laws
William C. Gough (with Dean Brown)
Dean Browns passion was physics, the study of Nature. As Deans life progressed he concluded that the fundamental structures of the world of matter, the world of the mind, and the world of the abstract were identical and interwoven. He then began his quest for the set of patterns in the universe that were truly invariant. Invariant means that which everyone can agree upon from all possible different viewpoints. They represent patterns in Nature that are observed to be invariant under all transformations. The result of this search was published in his 2002 book, Cosmic Law: Patterns in the Universe, which he jointly authored with his wife Wenden Wiegand (Brown & Wiegand, 2002).
A MODEL OF THE COSMOS:
Before we discuss the LAWS of the cosmos, lets review the model that Dean felt represented how the cosmos operates (Gough & Dean, 2002; Gough & Shacklett, 1999). Dean believed in a domain of unbounded potential, the Absolute, from which all emanations arise. The Absolute constitutes the source of everything in the physical world. The science of the Absolute has evolved from the ontologies developed by past cultures. These ancient traditions represent a universal wisdom since they have within them aspects that are invariant through time. In addition, such a postulate for a creative source appears necessary in modern science for two reasons: First, the creation of the universe via the big bang violates the conservation of energy -- a law at the foundation of modern physics. Second, all life began in non-life; therefore, every living thing could not have evolved from an ancestor. This is true since the universe started from nothing. Since life started from matter, and all matter came from nothing, i.e., from a non-physical domain, life must have started from "nothing" also. A well-known scientific concept for addressing this issue is Dr. David Bohm's implicate order, an order of undivided wholeness (Bohm, 1980).
THE MEGA-LAWS OF THE COSMOS:
So what are these eight mega-laws of the cosmos? Dean divided the eight Laws into two groups. The first four Laws are laws of form, static, grounded in the timeless Absolute. They are the eternal invariants. The second four Laws are laws of process. They are dynamic and operate in Nature. They deal with flow and with life in its most elemental essentials. The second set of four Laws of Nature are isomorphic to the first set of four Laws of the Absolute, i.e., as above, so below.
LAWS OF THE ABSOLUTE:
LAW I: The first Law is the Law of Nothingness. Dean considered this the greatest Law of all! Empires, galaxies, love affairs, languages, people come and go, leaving not a trace. There is a lot of comfort in this whatever we mess up, is erased and forgotten. In the long run, nobody knows or cares. Time heals, then forgives and finally forgets, forgets all.
The Nothingness is where we encounter the domain of eternal form. It is in the Nothingness where we can achieve effortless effort, and actionless action, and purposeless purpose. The Nothingness is a Vedic concept, from which derives Platos field of ideals, Jungs archetypes, and DeChardins noosphere. Timeless forms of aesthetics, ethics, logic, mathematics, and humanity reside here. Meditation returns us to this source of rejuvenation and creativity. When we are centered in this quite empty place, our perceptions are clearest, our hang-ups are diminished, and true essences come into focus. The quiet center of Nothingness is the place of infinite potential.
Concealment results in imperfection in the physical world. Dean stated that the power of forgiveness is based upon the fact that imperfection represents a cosmic principle of God. Therefore, we need to accept and love the inherent imperfection in everything and everybody. Imperfection is eternally with us. Not in all of nature are any two things alike. Ancient societies have honored the importance of imperfection. For example, the sacred rugs of Persia are always made with a deliberate imperfection in recognition of the inherent imperfection that god has created into Nature (Dean, May, 2002).
LAWS OF NATURE:
The laws of Nature deal with flow, and with life in its most elemental essentials. Nature is a process of ever-flowing im-balance. There are four stages. We are conceived and born, we attain the crest of our careers, we descend into old age, and we die and reform, preparing for rebirth.
From time to time we all have a primal urge. We are born with these impulses and carry them throughout our lifetime. One has the impulse to be a lawyer, another a nurse, another a musician, another a scholar, another a mechanic. The word urge comes from the Greek erg, meaning energy. Other primal urges include sex, ego identity, altruism, survival, hunger, and friendship. These are all creative energies that promote emergence, emanation, the bringing forth of Life in general, and of your personality, of your unique individuality in particular.
Everything that now exists in manifestation was once just a fresh-formed idea, weightless and without energy. Words are the ultimate reality. The magic word abracadabra means I create as I speak in Aramaic. Not only does Nature manifest itself from the Absolute, you and I create by the same process. We cast a spell to invoke magic. We are one, one with everything. To approach the universe, understand it, play with it produce effects through your pure center. Life becomes active and joyful. Just be centered, then you become nothing/everything you are in the emptiness of the Absolute, the domain of infinite potential.
LAW VI: The sixth Law is the Law of Sustenance. Everything that is living at this moment is living by the grace and the nourishment of Providence! Our food, our air and water, our care and attention all are undeserved gifts from an abundant and loving Nature. We are truly too poor and helpless to manage anything by ourselves. We are too innocent to take care of even our most humble affairs. The future is an infinite path, unwinding slowly ahead of us, and we are just beginning to creep along its way. The only sensible course is one of absolute trust, just as the newborn trusts its mother. This leads us to a great cosmic principle, Expect Nothing. Why should we trust Nature? Providence is abundant. The Universe has an unlimited bank account reserved in your name, particularly to be used for your enjoyment. But to draw on it you must write the check!
This brings us to the topic of love. In a treatise on Cosmic Law, love enters under the Law of Sustenance. Love sustains. God is Love. Love is unconditional. It cannot be defined. It can only be experienced. It is the ultimate nourishment. Love is the demonstration of supply increasing demand and demand increasing supply if love for one increases, then love for all increases.
LAW VII: Law seven is the Law of Dissolution. Everything that has a beginning has an end -- ashes to ashes, dust to dust. That which has form will return to the formless. Graceful de-construction is a blessing. It is necessary to clear our history and wash the slate clean. Successes as well as failures, equally, become limitations to further growth and evolution. Plan for the end of an enterprise before beginning it. As the Sufis say die before you die. Compose a good life, and then compose a good death. One of the most satisfying feelings is the sense of having attained full closure on a project or a lifetime. If we were completely deprived of the sense of completion, life would become pointless and sour. Completion of life is the time to turn over all the karma, good and bad alike, to the Universe.
LAW VIII: The eighth law is the Law of Return. Dean believed in reincarnation that we are impelled into the Absolute, from which rebirth emanates. He considered this the most creative part of your spiritual journey, where you re-member yourself back into another existence, another rebirth. In the domain of the Absolute, time does not exist, only Spirit. Since we are in Eternity, rebirth can be emanated into manifestation at any time and culture, past, present, or future, according to our choice. Here is where we choose our parents, our bodies, and our lifetimes mission. It is also where we fold our previous lifetimes experience back into fresh new innocence, with the memories we choose to bring with us. Some of these things are eternal and carry forth from lifetime to lifetime. There is a transcendence of love over death for sweethearts, for family, for friends.
Reincarnation research implies the possible existence of a spirit world as Dean Brown put forth in developing Cosmic Law. Dean has good company regarding a belief in reincarnation: Plato, Virgil, and Pythagoras among others. Modern physics and cosmology often hypothesize the possibility of realities outside of our physical space-time. Dean, as a quantum physicist, was well aware of these theories. He also understood the impressive research of Dr. Ian Stevenson, a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, who over his lifetime compiled thousands of cases involving children who remembered past lives in detail. These cases sometimes included the physical appearance of wounds that were consistent from lifetime to lifetime (Stevenson, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1996).
Here is an interesting story about Dean. Philosophy was Deans great love. He considered philosophy to be his most important field of study. He would talk about the work of C. S. Peirce, his favorite philosopher, with deep respect. Dr. Walter Semkiw, M.D. was doing reincarnation research to demonstrate that facial features, personality traits and even linguistic writing style remain consistent from lifetime to lifetime. Dr. Semkiw would hypothesize a past-life match, often with the assistance of the famous medium, Kevin Ryerson, and then check it out using historical documentation. He did this for Dr. Dean Brown and provided evidence that he was the reincarnation of C. S. Peirce! Compare the pictures published in Semkiws book, and you will be impressed by the similarities between the facial features of Dean and Peirce (Semkiw, 2003).
I have known Dean Brown for over two decades. He frequently spoke at our Foundation for Mind-Being Research meetings and contributed editorials to the FMBR Newsletter. Dean and I would get-together at either his home or mine and talk science and philosophy for hour upon hour. I treasured these discussions, we spent hundreds of hours together and I taped many of our dialogues. Together Dean and I wrote two papers that discussed the mysteries of the Absolute.
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Brown, Dean, (2002, May). Importance of Imperfection, FMBR Newsletter, Available on the web at: http://www.fmbr.org/editoral/edit01_02/edit8_may02.htm.
Barbour, Julian, (1999). The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics, NY: Oxford University Press.
Bohm, David, (1980). Wholeness and the Implicate Order, London/Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Gough, William C. (2006, January). Reincarnation, FMBR Newsletter, Available on the web at: http://www.fmbr.org/editoral/edit05_06/edit4-jan06.php.
Gough, William C. & Dean Brown, (2001, May). Measurement & Reality, FMBR Newsletter. Available on the web at: http://www.fmbr.org/editoral/edit00_01/edit8_may01.htm.
Gough, William C. & Dean Brown, (2001). "Resonance, Coherence, and Us," Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA, Sept. 1-3, 2001.
Available on the web without illustrations at http://www.fmbr.org/papers/resonant.php.
Gough, William C. & Dean Brown, (2002). "Domain of Unbounded Potential: The Science of the Absolute," Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA, Aug 31 - Sept. 2, 2002. Available on the web without illustrations at: http://www.fmbr.org/papers/absolute.php.
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