The Progene of Unity

c) James Traeger/2000

Is there an ultimate code for the universe? This question, in various guises, has long been the grail search of scientists, mathematicians, mystics and esotericists alike.  For the scientist, it is in the search for the unified force theory, a goal since Einstein and the quantum theorists pointed towards energies that could link gravity and electro-magnetism with the strange and elusive fields that hold together subatomic particles. Such unification could do for science what the wheel has done for transportation. For example, imagine what consequences being able to convert electricity into gravity would have. Magic in one age becomes science fiction becomes science fact in the next. Similarly mathematicians have long sought a cipher which would support a proposition of their discipline made since classical times: that fundamentally the universe is made of numbers and that all patterns, from the spiral of galaxies to the piling of grains of sand one on another, could be described in a single unique formula. In parallel to these paradigms, mystics and esotericists have pored over ancient texts for millennia, looking for codes contained therein that are greater than the sum of their parts. It is thought that were such texts secrets to be revealed, huge powers would be unleashed. The code breakers would gain access to the holiest of holies; they would in Judaeo-Christian terms, come to know the most sacred name of God. It is even said that this was 219 characters long and known only by the high priest until the sacking of the second temple by the Romans in 50AD. It is said that this would be again made known to humanity at the time of the Messiah's coming.

In ancient languages such as Hebrew in which ancient texts such as the Torah were written, letters and numbers are interchangeable, so could there be some sort of pattern emerging bringing the mathematical/scientific and the spiritual/religious approaches together? In the end, it is easy to assume that both these strands are searching for the same sort of goal, the ultimate in meanings.  Such meanings would go some way to resolve the dilemma that we are either a random and freak occurrence of a basically purposeless and unintelligent universe or that we are here for a reason.  A unifying code would add weight to the latter. But this would only open another debate: were there to be some kind of ultimate meaning, what would we do with it?

What strikes me about this search for fundamental meaning is what sort of progene it represents.  The progene is our special New Humanity  model of thought-forms, a mental/emotional/ spiritual or 'mindset' analogy of the biological genes that go to make up physical DNA. The idea of the progene is the idea of ideas.  It is an attempt to unravel the mental, emotional and spiritual experience of human beings separately and in groups. If we can explain its fundamental genesis and potential in the same way that the international Human Genome Project is currently doing for our cellular chromosomes, we would indeed uncover a huge power. Were we able to codify the units of the progene, we would uncover the units of our thought; to see behind it and govern it with the same earthshaking potential that gene therapy may have for our treatment of physical disease.  Such things as true intention could be uncovered. We could for instance look behind what people are saying with honey coated words to discover their true malign intentions, or vice versa. All truths would be revealed. Perhaps this is what the ancients meant by 'judgment day'?

Returning to our diverse unification theorists, we can view their work progenetically. The 'progene' relates to the future possibilities of mind in a mirror of how 'gene' refers back to our past ancestry of body. What these unification theorists, be they scientific, biological, esoteric or whatever, are doing is creating unification in the mindset of future generations. Whether or not they will find their ultimate formulae, the search is on and the search itself has stimulated human culture to reach forward; to overcome the predictable destiny of genes through the empowering activity of progenes.  You could say that genes are Karma and progenes enable us to go beyond what is written down for us to blindly follow. 

So the unity idea may be as important as the unity itself. We can be very negative about our own species and blind to how our age fits in with those before and after, but I would assert that this unity idea has taken a disparate breed of dirt-scrabbling, desperate, barely-post-primate humanoids and turned us into a hugely successful, proliferating and unified (relatively) cohort of potential star travellers. And this happened in the blink of a universal eye (about 10,000 years at most). This is the unbelievable power of the unity idea and its concomitant search for meaning. It has galvanised us like a fury. It must be the idea of ideas, and the multidisciplinary search for a unified theory can then be seen as the search for the idea of the idea of ideas.

A simple conclusion therefore is that this idea of unity is hugely powerful in its revelatory thought- form. We don't need to be a nuclear physicist, Noble Prize-winning mathematician, or even on a par with that great 18th century Cabbalist, the Ba'al Shem Tov himself to experience the mindset of that moment when we feel at-one with the all and everything. It is felt in a simple, wordless moment, beyond the striving and struggling of earthly expression. In that sense, not only does our private meditative experience of this ultimate idea give us access to the 219 characters of God's name, but perhaps more importantly to the spaces between these characters as well.



The Progene of Unity

James Traeger--2000