Churches usually are based upon some creed or standards of belief. The Church of Theofatalism has its own belief system as described in five Principles of Theofatalism that are fully developed in Voices of Sedona by imaginary teachers brought together to advance the spiritual evolution of Homo sapiens. The affirmation of this Church is, “Feel good inside no matter what happens outside.” People who no longer find comfort or useful coping resources in their traditional faith may find this pathway a more effective way to deal with reality.
Principles are never created…only discovered…as shown in Voices of Sedona. These principles may be a new model for evolution of consciousness. But only if you ponder and review them, and apply them to your life and the events all about you over time long enough and consistently to rewire the mindful patterns in your brain. If applied routinely and daily in every situation, you will be greatly relieved of tension and suffering. You may also gain more health, wealth, and happiness although this is not part of the affirmation. Much stress and the pain of grief also would be alleviated, and the enjoyment of life would be enhanced far beyond normal expectations by applying them continually. But it takes persistent practice to make them a natural reaction to the stress and anxiety of life, because the evolution of faith takes a lifetime to complete and maybe more.
The Principles of Theofatalism are summarized here to stimulate readers to complete their full development in Voices of Sedona, to learn them and to make them a part of living twenty-four hours each and every day. There are only two rules to follow in their application to life: begin and continue.
1. Absolute Predeterminism: Everything that is or is not must be as it is or is not and everything must go as it goes, or it would be some other way. That includes belief and disbelief in this principle. Everything is happening exactly as it was meant to be throughout the universe, from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest and remotest galaxies. Each human life on planet Earth is a small but necessary element of the whole. Individual choices are driven by unseen forces incomprehensible to our conscious minds. The “I Am” that we are merely watches the mind/body as it manifests the will of God. [We cannot know what it is that we are because that would be like spinning around fast enough to see your own back.] This principle presumes a superior source called God that controls the will of Homo sapiens no less than all other forms of matter in the universe. Disobeying God’s will is meaningful only to the insane, because it is impossible. We must make decisions, and we are affected by their consequences through cause and effect, but the choices all were predetermined at the time of creation. The greatest challenge people face in life may be letting go of the wishful dream that things should be different. If they could be, they would be. You are right where you are supposed to be here and now. And so is everyone else…believe it or not.
2. Necessary Opposites: All energy of the universe is distributed about a neutral center, with equal power invested in opposing forces manifested in life events. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction in nature, and so in thought. The idea that everything sensible is changing, and everything is impermanent, must be balanced with an idea that permanence in some form also exists, so people invented the ideas of heaven, hell, and eternity. Since Homo sapiens manifest energy in thoughts and behaviors, they, and all material and spiritual forms, must conform to this principle. Inner peace and serenity can be found by spending time in the central null, but ultimately we must exist for life in some place and time distributed throughout the universe, as in the air molecules within a balloon. Sometimes this is a happy place, and sometimes it is tragic and painful. When all possible forces are applied to all events, the result in energy is neutral as they cancel each other out. Choosing to label events with value-driven adjectives serves to create necessary polar differences among people and nature. The opposites must exist in order to have the center. There must be predators and prey, peacemakers and warmongers, creators and terminators, or it would be different…believe it or not.
3. Unconscious Decisions: All decisions, though predetermined, employ the ranking of benefits and burdens and the values one ascribes to them, even though unconsciously. Stress from conflicts and ambiguity in making decisions are reduced by consciously listing all benefits and burdens for each choice and placing a value on them. All options are selected because the benefits are worth more than the burdens, even though they may be unconscious and seem to be unreasonable or even insane. Behavior can be changed only by changing the benefit/burden ratio of individual decision making in our value system. Since most of this process normally is unconscious and beyond conscious control, we can never be fully aware of our deepest drives and motives. Carl Jung concluded, “Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” As these drives and motives become conscious, perhaps new contents arise in the unconscious to take their places. They operate through a process as dependable as the rotation of the earth and its orbit around the sun…until they cease. Science may one day discover the secret to this process lies in the unimaginable complexity of our genes. Whatever their source, we can assume decisions and consequences that are not accidents or mistakes rule human life…believe it or not.
4. Indefinite Uncertainty: Absolute answers may exist only beyond infinity; among people there are only transient interpretations of inaccurate perceptions. Although there are apparent causes and effects, no one can tell which sources the other. No one can step into the same river or situation twice, and in the realm of spirit, there is imagined no beginning or ending; just a continuous flow of now. Everything comes to pass; nothing comes to stay. Human understanding is affected by inevitably imperfect perception and judgment that is scientifically unpredictable with absolute accuracy. Developing people seek avoidance of uncomfortable existential anxiety in transient relations with people, things, and ideas. But human nature requires living in an unavoidable state of existential anxiety about the unknown future, instant by instant, including the uncertain application of the other principles. Maturity may be surrendering the need for answers to unanswerable questions and accepting the stimulant of anxiety that creates new discovery. The anxiety of indefinite uncertainty calls people out of unconscious incompetence to work through discomfort toward painful growth and development physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Supporting each other in that divine process may be the greatest form of human service…believe it or not.
5. Immaculate Immanence: “Immaculate” means without flaw or error…pure, innocent, and sinless. And “immanence” means operating within, inherent, present throughout the universe. It is that environment in which we live and move and have our being, ImIm. If we live in wealth, health, and happiness, we may live without an awareness of our sustaining environment, which includes pain, suffering, and struggle. But some triggering event can give us a new and higher level of awareness from knowledge of its perfect existence. People might personalize immaculate immanence in the form of God in their own image, as though reflected in a mirror. But I am given to think of it as the morphic energy of the universe manifested in living genes, which neither can be created nor destroyed: ImIm. It embraces everything that happens to atoms, to galaxies, and to all forms of life on earth. This principle encompasses all that happens among Homo sapiens that we call both good and evil, plus all the polarities in nature, and develops toward a unity of perception that sees the one in all sets of opposites, including the opposing self and ego which comprises each of us…believe it or not.
The Principles of Theofatalism are mutually inclusive. None is separable from any other, and it seems that all must be taken together in order to feel good inside, no matter what happens outside. If any of them is skipped, doubted, or rejected, the whole system will be broken and ineffective, because one cannot reach the fifth principle, ImIm, without integrating all the previous ones. This is one example where the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts. Nothing need be added, as the Principles of Theofatalism describe all that is needed to feel good inside, no matter what happens outside.