17.2 Spiritual, mental and physical
If we collect together the retained loves of all persons, then they may be said
to form a ‘realm’. Similarly, the set of all retained thoughts form another realm.
Again there is a realm of all the actual effects. In this sense, creation has three
realms: the first, a reduced and distributed image of divine love; the second, a
reduced and distributed image of divine wisdom; and the third, a reduced and distributed
image of divine power and action. More detail will come in Part
IV, but I now argue that these three realms should be identified
as the spiritual, the mental and the physical. So:
Note that, strictly speaking, since the spiritual is a part of the mind, we could
talk about ‘spiritual mind’ or ‘internal mind’ as well as the ‘external mind’ here
called the ‘mental’. For simplicity I have shortened the terminology.
- The spiritual realm contains the separate loves in creation, including
desires, loves, affections, motivations, purposes, dispositions, etc.
- The mental realm contains the separate carriers of wisdom, including
thoughts, ideas, understandings, rationality, plans, ideologies, beliefs, etc.
- The physical realm deals with all the separate final actions and
effects, including the entire sets of things we know from external observations
In this and the next chapters, I will argue that God, the spiritual, the mental,
and the physical are four levels of a generative structure. Before that we must
discuss what we really mean by a realm.