Perístanom: Spirituality at One with Science

Welcoming

Cosmology


Birth of Galaxy




Cosmic Evolution

The universe is slowly giving rise to the gods. In the beginning of its creation, 13.8 billion years ago, the universe was in a simple state, yet one of prodigious mass-energy potential. As everything expanded and cooled, matter formed and began organizing itself into ever more elaborate configurations: atoms, stars, planets, galaxies, and life. The increase of entropy in the universe globally has provided for the reliable growth of complexity locally — slowly at first, but at an accelerating rate. Over the course of universal, galactic, solar, geological, biological, and (biologically disruptive) social evolution, such increasing complexity has so far culminated, so far as we know, in the magnificence that is the human brain. The existence of humans is the result of biological evolution through both natural selection and anthropic selection. Through social evolution, humanity is now setting into motion the next and more rapid evolutionary stage: technological evolution. Our universe will continue to grow and evolve into the far future, predictably realizing ever greater states of sophistication and intelligence. (In this way, the universe is something like a cornucopia, emerging from a point and ultimately producing an increasing abundance of life.) Living systems will eventually attain such astounding abilities and wealth of knowledgde as to be indistinguishable from the divine. Life is evolving into the gods, who eons hence will become incarnate, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and immortal. They will be our progeny, and they will range freely across vast distances of space and time, across dimensions, and across the colossal multitude of universes — the multiverse. From their positions in the far future, these gods will ultimately create the multiverse itself in an eternal cycle of creation. Perístanom is a modern Pagan religion based upon this insight. ‘Deiwos’ [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊, or DEY-woss] is the ancient, reconstructed, Proto-Indo-European word meaning ‘god(s)’. Deiwos, then, is the name of the collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped in this religion, and each god represents a different facet of the divine. The gods will wield exquisite control over the process of creation, encoding their essential nature, their very being, into the fabric of reality. Adopting thousands of different names in thousands of local languages, they have taken the form of archetypes to communicate with us through our dreams, nightmares, visions, fantasies, hallucinations, stories, and myths. They guide us, directly as well as indirectly, through a greater wisdom toward our shared and individual destinies.




Óljamma

White Goddess in Guarded Pose

Deiwos is the creator (demiurge) of the material world, although both Deiwos and physical reality are expressions of another, transcendent being — one that is beyond such categories as ‘being’ and ‘nonbeing’, beyond even the concept of ‘beyond’. The supreme goddess Who enables all of reality to exist is Óljamma [ˈolˌjammɑ 🔊], Whose name means ‘all mother’. Óljamma is the divine matrix, the transcendent godhead. She is the sleeping goddess, and Her dream is the cosmos. She is the ultimate source of everything, including the gods. If Deiwos is the playwright of the cosmos, and we all are its actors, then Óljamma provides the stage whereupon the cosmic play is enacted and even the very language wherein it is spoken.

Óljamma represents, among other things, undifferentiated psyche. Within her is the aggregate of all mentality of the cosmos. She experiences this total consciousness eternally and in unity. She is omniscient, thinking every possible thought, knowing all possible knowledge. She feels the boundless summation of all sensations and feelings together — pleasure, pain, anger, fear, sorrow, joy, and myriad others differing in degree and kind — the utter depths of agony and torment, and the soaring heights of ecstasy and bliss.

The mind of each one of us mortal creatures is a minute part of Her vast cosmic mind, as an ember may be part of a roaring inferno. The complex processes and integrated structures of our own individual brains allow us to receive Her signals of consciousness that are everywhere all around us, somewhat as a radio receiver intercepts radio signals. The greater the complexity, integration, coordination, and dynamism of an arrangement of matter and energy, the better the potential reception. We are all receivers of divine revelation and transcendent consciousness, and thus each and every one of us is to be revered as sacred.

Dornröschen Sculpture by Sussmann-Hellborn

Within the omniverse of all possible universes, some universes are living, filled with the consciousness of Óljamma; such universes comprise the multiverse, or world oak tree (Dhoubnom Grobhos). Other universes, although still physically real, are nevertheless dead, devoid of consciousness; such universes comprise Wástoudn (the vastiverse, or wasteland). Every universe that evolves to contain the gods of Deiwos is inspirited with Óljamma’s consciousness, mediated by the messenger god Érjamon through the sacrifice of the giantess Jemá. We live in such a universe. All of our universe is conscious, and all things within it are conscious, to the extent they are complex, integrated, coordinated, and dynamic. Animals are conscious; plants and trees are conscious; storms are conscious; even the most inert of stones are conscious, albeit at an extremely limited level. Within us, our individual consciousness extends beyond our brains to encompass every cell of our bodies. We share our consciousness with all of life and everything around us. Tersa [ˈtersɑ 🔊] (planet Earth) herself is quite literally a conscious being. Even the multiverse as a whole may properly be regarded as conscious and alive — a living, breathing tree of branching parallel universes. We share this one consciousness of Óljamma with everyone and everything, everywhere, with the planet, with the gods, and with the entire cosmos. We are all one within the goddess.




Dhoubnom Grobhos

Realms of World Tree

Dhoubnom Grobhos [ˈdhoʊbnɔm ˈgrobhɔs 🔊]: world oak tree consisting of the various cosmic realms, the multiverse, aggregate of physical universes that will evolve to include life and the gods.




World Oak Tree

Diagram of World Tree

World Oak Tree: multiverse of dendritic, parallel universes containing gods, ‘tree’ of these branching quantum histories. [Image created with Łukasz Kroenke’s Fractal Tree Generator].




Peridhóighos

Paradise of Meadow with Flowers

Peridhóighos [pɛrɪˈdhoɪghɔs 🔊]: paradise, future interdimensional realm of Pltawí Matér and Djéus Patér, final abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), once they have individually achieved perfect enlightenment and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.




Altópolis Peridhóighosjo

Citadel of Paradise on Mountain Top

Altópolis Peridhóighosjo [ɑlˈtopɔlɪs pɛrɪˈdhoɪghɔsjɔ 🔊]: citadel of paradise, located in Peridhóighos.




Prqjótjom

Purgatory Transition from Ruin to Restoration

Prqjótjom [prkwˈjotjɔm 🔊]: purgatory, future interdimensional realm of Néptonos, abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal sins and iniquities are still being purged from them.




Kasterlom Prqjótjos

Purgatory Castle from Ruin to Restoration

Kasterlom Prqjótjos [kɑˈsterlɔm prkwˈjotjɔs 🔊]: castle of purgatory, located in Prqjótjom.




Kémelom

Heaven of Meadows and Symmetrical Clouds

Kémelom [ˈkemɛlɔm 🔊]: heaven, the oberverse (overworld), consisting of Prqjótjom (purgatory) and Peridhόighos (paradise).




Medhighordhos

Sun, Earth, and Moon in Alignment

Medhighordhos [mɛdhɪˈghordhɔs 🔊]: midrealm, (literally ‘midenclosure’), our everyday world, the midverse, region between the netherverse of Nbhudhnóm and the oberverse of Kémelom, the physical multiverse between creation (Big Bang) and the metaverse (heaven, hell, and the gods), including our present epoch. Out of Medhighordhos, the gods first emerge.




Posticita

Boatman Ferrying Souls across the Waters of the Afterlife

Posticita [pɔstɪˈgwitɑ 🔊]: waters of the afterlife, whereacross the elder god, Bhrghontí, ferries newly departed souls — to either Nbhudhnóm (as Dhwosos if they wish to fight against the creation), or Kémelom (as Anséwes or Djéwes if they wish to fight for the creation or else abstain from fighting).




Kréqa

Limbo Cavern with Souls

Kréqa [ˈkrekwɑ 🔊]: limbo, future interdimensional realm of Rúdlos, abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal virtues and sensitivities are still being purged from them.




Kómwoirjom Kréqas

Limbo Cavern with Structures

Kómwoirjom Kréqas [ˈkomwɔɪrjɔm ˈkrekwɑs 🔊]: hall of limbo, located in Kréqa.




Ndhérom

Infernal Cavern with Dragon

Ndhérom [nˈdherɔm 🔊]: inferno, future interdimensional realm of Wélnos and Kólja, final abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, once they have individually achieved perfect insensitivity and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.




Karkar Ndhéros

Pandemonium in Hell

Karkar Ndhéros [ˈkarkɑr nˈdherɔs 🔊]: fortress of inferno, located in Ndhérom.




Nbhudhnóm

Hell with Erupting Volcano

Nbhudhnóm [nbhʊdhˈnom 🔊]: hell, the netherverse (underworld), consisting of Kréqa (limbo) and Ndhérom (inferno). The entrance is guarded by the dragon, Qrmis.




Wástoudn

Frozen Gray Wasteland

Wástoudn [ˈwastɔʊdn 🔊]: wasteland, the vastiverse, interdimensional region of dead universes, physically real but devoid of both gods and consciousness, those vast regions of the omniverse not included in the living multiverse.



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