Metaphysics of the Divine Glance

The meaning of the meanings

“Will you follow where I lead?”

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

The Divine Glance is constituted by both subjectivity and objectivity. This seed of subjective-objective chaos must be actualized through an ordering. This is not to say through order as in a final state but through ordering as a phenomenological process. Each step toward order reveals subsequent contingent chaos that must be actualized into an ever-larger noematic field of meaning. Chaos is revealed only as it can be based on the state of the ordered process. This “ordered revelation of chaos,” analogous to an ordered revelation of flowering beauty, is our first awareness of objectivity. Subjective meaning phenomenologically ordered becomes objectively revelatory through the expansive integration of subsequent chaos.  Through the on-going ordering of each revelation of chaos, ever-more comprehensive relationships between focal points in the noematic field become apparent. These relationships eventually merge into categories that take on the form of a story. The story is an objective revelation that can be communicated to others in what is now a shared awareness of the subjective phenomenon.

That the seed of chaos in the Divine Glance “must” be actualized is in a two-fold sense. The first is that the gestalt “meaning of the meanings,” the story, logically will not be attained without actualization of the seed of chaos, and secondly, the Divine Glance compels us to do so through meaning which has been defined previously as the intentionality of desire and volition. The first is a matter of logic, and the second is a test of goodwill toward the Author of the Divine Glance and a matter of our volitional cooperation with grace.

As we actualize the seed of chaos from its potency, the phenomenological process itself actualizes our own being from potency. The process itself transforms conscious subjective meaning into existential objective reality through action cooperating with grace. We “become” through the process of “becoming” which is to say that we are both created and are being created. The actualization of our being from potency is our existential union with the embodied gestalt, and, even through the gestalt, to union with the origin of the Divine Glance itself. There is a shared meaning as defined above with the embodiment of the gestalt and with all embodied noematic influences. The devotional term for this sharing is a “union of hearts.” This sharing is possible through the subjective-objective nature of the phenomenon as defined at the start. Subjectively, we have our unique consciousness that cannot be shared where God dwells personally with each of us. Objectively, through phenomenological insight, structures of meaning are actualized that can be communicated through and with others as shared awareness.

Defined in this manner, the Divine Glance is recognizable ontologically as a “call.”  A call is both personal, that is to say subjective – and mission-oriented, that is to say objective. The chaos of potency is in the dual nature of the call. “I” (subjective) receive a Divine call to go forth in mission to others (objective). My subjective “I” must place objective demands on “others.”

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