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Chapter XVII. All the Degrees in Trines.

THIS diagram presents the whole man in successive trines. The inmost A is drawn in three planes, also the spiritual sensual D, the spiritual corporeal E, the limbus F, the natural sensual G and the natural corporeal H.

The trinality of the natural body in its most obvious form of head, trunk and extremities is well known.

The natural sensual G is composed of the five senses, - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Some of these are more properly organs of the will and are called voluntary, others organs of the understanding and are called intellectual. 

The trinality of each of the senses is included in the doctrine that in every created thing there are three degrees, - essence, form, and operation, derived from end, cause and effect, all three of which are necessary in the constitution of any and everything, that it may exist and be preserved. For example, in the sense of sight there is the essential of sight, the organ of sight therefrom and the use of these which is actual sight.

The trinality of the inmost besides being manifest from the doctrine of trinality in all things and in each (AC 9825), may be confirmed by the following considerations. The inmost is the especial abode of the LORD in man. From this He forms, preserves and governs the trines below. Hence the trinality of the internal and the external man. And as there is an influx from the LORD immediately from Himself into each of the three degrees below this Highest, there must be a degree of this His Sacred Abode from which He flows into each of the lower degrees respectively,. otherwise there would be neither adaptation nor correspondence.

Hence we see not only the trinality of the inmost A, but even a subdivision of each of its three degrees into three lesser as each heaven has three lesser planes composing it, and each degree of the mind three lesser degrees, and we may conceive a degree of the inmost to be within each of the nine subdivisions of the internal mind. From each subdegree of the inmost within its corresponding subdegree of the mind there is an immediate influx from the LORD into that degree of the mind, thus there is an immediate influx into each lower plane of the heavens and of the mind, without. passing through the plane or planes higher than it. Immediate influx into each of the angelic heavens does not mean influx from the LORD into them without any medium, for such influx they cannot bear, but into each without passing through the higher. That neither the angelic heavens nor the inmost itself can endure strictly immediate influx from the LORD or even from the spiritual sun is plain from the Writings. (HH 120.)

A right understanding of this diagram exalts our conception of that Ladder or Way with steps set on the earth, and whose head reaches to heaven with the LORD above it and angels ascending and descending upon it. (Gen. xxviii, 12, 13.) "Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Ps. xvi, 11.)

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