Let’s look at some Spiritual Math.
0 + 0 = 0
You don’t get something from nothing.
1 -1 = 0
You have nothing if you undercut yourself.
1 + 1 = 2
You become more with another. But also become something new…(and hence can lose sight of oneself.)
Spiritual is all about motion. Math is a model to describe motion. Spiritual math is all about creating models to show us spiritual motion.
I have degrees in math, physics, and engineering. My favorite math teacher would scream at us. He would throw blackboard erasers to wake us up and equations to make us cringe. Once he tormented us with a hideous beast of a partial differential equation on the board, then he would show us how it would be a more straightforward abstract algebra matrix. The fear came from looking at it from an obtuse angle or making the problem too complicated in the first place. If you only shifted your perspective, everything could change, and life became simple again. At other times he would throw us a complicated abstract algebra construct to wrestle with and then scream it’s 2nd-grade math: erasers would fly, and he would reiterate that we have been doing it since 2nd grade. And to our amazement he would deconstruct it down to 1 + 1 = 2 again for us. To show we didn’t need to be a genius or have a tremendous amount of knowledge: instead, we had all the tools already to make sense of it all. I will always be grateful to Ron for being an excellent teacher, his lessons ever going deeper than the math.
It was funny that everyone thought I was smart only because I would ask questions that would unravel hours of work. I would only ask questions of what I didn’t understand, which was most everything being thrown around. To be smart is to understand, I wasn’t smart, rather I was brave enough to ask questions when I didn’t understand how something added up and I had good timing to ask the question at the right flow points.
I surprised people when I left academics, but I could see people being too busy spinning in the cogs while missing their own life. I also knew I didn’t have enough knowledge to be weighed successfully against their scales to climb higher in that system. I avoid most religions for the same reason. Religious frameworks are designed to keep people spinning within stories. It’s about holding life against the story or memorizing the stories rather than evolving the stories to life.
Understand that a Spiritual path isn’t a religion, it isn’t a story either; spirit instead is how you move in life. Because of this math surprisingly matches to spiritual concepts pretty well. So spiritual math isn’t as crazy as it might sound at first.
It took me a decade or two to understand and separate spiritual discovery from religion. Once I untangled away the stories being sold and bantered about, I was able to flow more spiritually in my life again. Don’t get me wrong, we use stories to show spirit, but the story is the challenge, and the spirit is the motion of life that solves the challenge presented within the story.
Many math concepts surprisingly can map to spiritual concepts.
- A derivative represents the spirit.
- An integral sums up your spiritual travels into the soul.
- Eigenvalues can reveal archetypes.
- Fractals represent the patterns of living.
So many connections exist in spiritual math.
Math is a model; it isn’t life itself. Powerful yes, we can map the world with it.
It may not map out joy, but it can give us insights into how to find ourselves.
So the simple truth is this:
If you are living your life gracefully then life is adding up, and you will have joy.
Advice for living based on a pretty simple piece of spiritual math that everyone can master.