THE POWER OF THE THREE
The number three is by no means insignificant. It is like a refrain in so many spiritual and mystical currents. There is of course the Christian Trinity, the three Jewels of Buddhism (Buddha, dharma, Sangha),the Hindu Trimatuti (Brahma, Vishnou, Shiva), the divine trio venerated by ancient Egypt; Osiris, Isis and Horus. Celts had triskel (which translates into three rays) and the taoists worked with the three operating entities of the universe; that is, heaven, earth and man. For them, the Tao gives birth to the One. One begets two (Ying and Yang) and two begets three (Sancai: Heaven-Earth-Man). Ultimately, it is from the three that the universe can be generated.
I could go on and on, but I think we can already agree on the fact that this number three is not trivial and that it has resonated with man since the beginning of time. It is also found in the heart of humanity’s two greatest medicinal traditions. In fact, the Ayurveda considers three vital energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three doshas are held responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes of our body and mind. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on three combustion pits in the body and three levels of energy (surface, intermediate and deep).
My purpose here is to link all these visions together to discover the essential knowledge that lies behind this symbolic concept of the three.
Our current science recognizes the existence of four so-called core forces. The strong nuclear force, which is the most powerful and which man exploits in nuclear power plants, and then the electromagnetic, gravitational and weak nuclear forces. This model has been around for several decades. Indeed, researchers are looking for a unifying theory that would help to understand and explain where these four forces come from and what links them together.
But at another level of understanding and perception, there are really only three forces, or three powers in the universe. No other energy or process needs to be used to explain and define Existence and our experience with it.
There are three strengths: CREATION, PRESERVATION and DESTRUCTION.
From these three energies everything is possible!
THE UNIVERSE IS EXPRESSED IN A FRACTAL MODEL
Here is another example so that you can feel better how it works. If humans pollute waterways, the surrounding flora suffer and become sick. The wildlife that consumes these toxic plants is weakening and the entire ecosystem is dying. In the same way, if a person discharges harmful products (cf. poor diet and pollution) into his or her inner streams, his or her cells will begin to malfunction and, little by little, certain organs, which can be compared to ecosystems, will become sick.
At the scale of the universe, let us extrapolate the phenomenon we have just seen from the logic of fractal. We should be able to use the same principle to discover how the unique and primordial energy underlying all manifestations behaves. So that energy has to go through a structure based on the three. And it is, based on the experience and understanding that has been offered to me, based on the three strengths that I’ve already spoken about: creation, preservation, and destruction.
On the scale of men, life must pass through the prism of father, mother and child in order to offer all its wealth and to be able to unfold. You start to see the principle. It penetrates all levels of all dimensions.
LEARNING TO LIVE IN ALIGNMENT AND FOCUS
Since there is not a single point in the universe that can derogate from this Law, it is necessarily as active and present in us. In fact, according to the principle of fractal, the universe in its entirety and in its smallest detail is inscribed in the heart of man. So let’s look inside ourselves and have access to all the knowledge. Or as the Greeks had engraved on the pediment of the temple of Delphis, “know yourself and you will know the Universe and the gods”.
For us mammals, the first of the three strengths is our digestive system. This is where our energy and the resources that our bodies need are created. If you are not convinced, stop eating for a few weeks and observe your vitality and changes in the state of your body.
And finally, the third force, the destroying force, is at the level of our head. Is it not thought that makes us want things to be different from what they are? And if we want to change our reality, we have to abandon the old, let it die. It is being destroyed to give way to a new reality. Of course, this is neither right nor wrong nor tragic. It’s just the law that everything changes and nothing can be permanent (other than impermanence!).
So we have the digestive system for creative force, the heart for preservation, and the head for destruction.
RETURNING TO THE HEART OF BEING
In considering this, an irresistible urge comes to me. To Descartes’ assertion, “I think so I am”, I burn to reply “Love is therefore That exists”.
René was an inspired and intelligent man, but there is no logic in his formula “cogito ergo sum”. Though and being are, but that in no way proves that there is a “I”. In his defence, his era was that of the struggle for reason in the face of the darkness of religious darkness.
But we saw earlier that only impermanence is permanent and that Love is the element of stability between the forces of creation (belly) and destruction (head). So we get an equivalence between transformation, impermanence and Love. Three different ways of expressing the constant of the Universe.
By taking the time to let these findings permeate us, we open ourselves to a new life. An existence where we focus in the heart through the depth of our understanding of the Law. Fear has no place in such a light. Because what are we afraid of if not change? Change in small things like work, breakups, habits, or big things like illness and death.
Love is what raises, protects, sustains, nourishes and enables one to grow, as a mother naturally does. Have you not noticed that the Universe offers this to us at every moment? We receive a framework for evolution, we receive all the resources we need to live and grow safely on this earth Light, oxygen, food, heat, medicinal plants, beauty and an infinite array of other things are given to us unconditionally. This universal Love is comparable to a sun. It radiates in all directions and offers us a range of experiences beyond what we can imagine.
ULTIMATELY, ONLY LOVE IS REAL
The second aspect is “feeling”. There is only one possible way out of the never-ending illusions of thought. And it’s very simple, you can’t get it wrong, because there’s no other option to be in direct contact with the truth. And that “sense” exists through the body. When masters zens say “here and now”, that is what they are referring to. When you’re in the “feeling”, you’re not dreaming about tomorrow or going back to yesterday.
When these two conditions of « feeling » and of the heart are met, it becomes possible to come into contact with the flow of this energy that underlies the Universe. And as we have seen, this energy is Love.
Then, when you rise a little, you discover the triangular shape that forms the sides of the pyramid. We’re going from the four to the three, and that’s the transition from the materialistic to the spiritual perspective. According to spiritual perspective, we only need three forces to explain the world.
From top to bottom, the pyramid shows us 1, 3 and finally 4.
Note that 3 + 4 = 7. We return to this game of scattering light that gives us the 7 colours of the rainbow. To those who wish to return to water at the source, to cross the prism in the other direction and to dive into the centre of the heart. Once you get there, learn to feel and be patient. You will see over time that all beauty, power, joy and knowledge are there from all eternity.
Author: Pierre-Emmanuel Canon – Premananda