To contemplate the notion of time is often to review the events which have occurred in a given time interval. These events may be those of a single day; perhaps a day occurring in the immediate past where the events are still remembered clearly. Perhaps a longer time span may be considered—even back toward the frontiers of one's recallable memory in early childhood. There are also the events and time span associated with the collective memory of a people; namely their history. And through the deductions and empirical data of various sciences one can look even further back in time to prehistory and even to paleological times when the earth was young. Still more remote are those times which astronomy associates with the formation of stars, galaxies, and perhaps the universe itself. It is toward this latter time, the beginning of the universe, that this essay will look. Such a time will, in fact, mark the beginning of time.
The modern concept of the cell has provided us with a perfect example of a trine in nature. The trine is composed first of the cell nucleus, second the enveloping cytoplasm, and finally the substances released from the cell into the body as a whole. The cell is a system in which an abundance of material forms can give an analogical, ultimate expression to knowledges and ideas contained in Swedenborg's philosophical works and in the Word.
Part V1. The Role of Bone and Muscle in Breathing