The First Mystery: The Gift of Creation – Visualisation

The Fingerprint of God

 

In the introduction video, I said that God creates by setting the laws of the universe, in the same way as the creators of Monsters University set the maths to create the film. They don’t draw each cell like they did in the old days, instead they programme the maths into a computer that creates the film for them. Our world can seem very chaotic, and creation through evolution is at first glance chaotic. But our universe is an ordered one, in fact that is exactly why we can do science in the first place. At the heart of the universe are the fundamental laws, the law of gravity, positive feedback, electromagnetism, natural selection and only a few more. God uses these laws to breathe life into our universe.

 

For this visualisation we will look at one aspect of these laws. The law of natural selection tells us that nature will eventually evolve to use the most efficient means of survival. Also the non-living world does the same, it will always find the most efficient means of doing whatever it does. Be that forming a sunflower, tree, river or the galaxy itself.

 

God creates through these laws which he set at the beginning of the universe at the big bang. It is these laws that bring life and beauty to our universe. At the heart of these laws is a mathematical sequence called the Fibonacci Sequence, it goes like this:

 

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 ……….

 

Now if you like maths you may have noticed that the sequence obeys a certain rule. Basically you add together the previous two number to get the next number in the sequence. 0 + 1 = 1     1 + 1 = 2  1 + 2 = 3  8 + 13 = 21 and so on.

 

But who cares about any of that except some maths geeks. The wonder of this ratio is that it is found in everything all around us. Why does a snail’s shell look like a galaxy? Why do all trees branch off using this sequence? Why do the tubes in our lungs branch off using this sequence?

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lungsamazon river                 tree

 

The tree the lung and the river all branch off using the same sequence.

Visualisation exercise: create your own spiral and tree using the law of God

All you need is a piece of paper a ruler and pencil. If you are rubbish at drawing don’t worry, you can’t be worse than me. So to demonstrate my son Andrew has drawn a spiral and tree in the video below. It doesn’t have to be pretty it is the principle that is important.

 

Download some squared paper here to make it easier .fib spiral and tree

 

Below are two videos showing how to do it starring my son Andrew (or his hands at least).

 

While drawing the spiral and tree, think about how you are creating something by following the laws that have been set. When you are outside, look for the same patterns in nature. See the order in nature and you will see order in creation brought about by the law of God.

Andrew draws a spiral

 

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Andrew draws a tree

 

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At the end of doing the second video, Andrew saw another pattern and joined it together. If you watch the very end you can see him spotting it.  I suppose he understood the whole point.

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4 comments on “The First Mystery: The Gift of Creation – Visualisation

  1. Chrissie jupp on said:

    Really good stuff Hywel, my I pad kept switching itself off in the meditation. I suspect I could sort that out in settings. I got a lot out of this when you presented it in Christchurch and enjoyed going through it again, and to have it to refer to, I would like to share it too, when u give the

  2. Jill Pryor on said:

    Well, well, well. God makes maths interesting. More teachers should follow his lead;)

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  4. Chris Wood on said:

    takes me back to my schooldays & more latterly paintings & photography that often use the Golde Ratio for composition, which of course,if constructed as a rectangle & continually subdived by that ratio, would allow you too draw a Fibonacci spiral through the diagram

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