Abstraction and the Platonic Universe

A.H. Almaas mentions that each approach to the Truth traverses a path through a different universe, so to speak. The body of knowledge and experiences that take place during your particular Journey Without Distance depends on you, the set and setting of your life, and the means and modes used on your path. This body of interaction he calls the Logos, after the Greek concept. For example, communion with Mary may be a part of the Roman Catholic Logos, while this might happen less often to a Lutheran Protestant.

But regardless of the onramp to the Truth, one of the abilities that can develop quickly in a dervish is perception of the world of form and meaning that sits next to our own. This world is either nonmaterial or is “subtle matter”, as it is sometimes called. It is known as the “Platonic universe” from its mention in Plato’s books. It does actually exist, but its relationship to our world is that it is separated by what we call abstraction, which means that it occupies a sort of “higher ground” ontologically. That is, elements and entities and forms in the Platonic universe are “senior” to what we see around us, because all we perceive is a sort of shadow of these forms, which could not exist for us without their “grounding” in this abstract dimension.


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