The Seven Primordial Spirits or “Seven Main Ideas” within God.
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VII/18  Said Raphael: “That is only a corresponding picture of what I have told you about the creation, or rather successive formation, of a whole heavenly body.
 The great primordial spirits are really the thoughts in God and the ideas going forth from them.
 The mystical number seven is to be understood as that which is completely and primordially divine and godlike in every thought going forth from God and in every idea conceived and as if set out of Him.
 The Second Spirit is Wisdom, as the light going forth from love. This, too, you can see in the form of every being; for, to the more light a being responds, the more developed, definite and beautiful will also be its form.
 The Third Spirit, going forth from love and wisdom, is the effective Will of God through which the envisaged beings become a reality, so that they can really be and exist. Otherwise all the thoughts and ideas of God would be the same as your empty thoughts and ideas, which are never put into action.
 The Fourth Spirit, issuing in turn from the three, is called Order. Without this order no being could have a permanent and lasting form and, therefore, never a definite purpose. For if you harnessed an ox to a plough and it changed its form and shape, say, into a fish or a bird, would you ever achieve a purpose with it? Or suppose you wanted to eat a fruit and it turned into a stone before your mouth, – what good would the fruit be to you? Or you walked somewhere on a firm road, and the road turned into water under your feet, – could even the firmest road be of any use to you? – Look, all this – and inexpressibly more – is prevented through divine order, as the Fourth Spirit in God.
 The Fifth Spirit in God is called Divine Earnest, without which nothing would have any permanence, because this is equal to the eternal truth in God and gives all beings true stability, reproductive power, growth and eventual perfection. Without such a Spirit in God all beings would still be in a very bad way. They would resemble mirages, which appear to be real while they are visible; but only too soon do the conditions for their presence change because there is no earnest in them, and the beautiful and miraculous images fade into nothingness. They seem to be well arranged but, since there is no earnest in their foundation, they are nothing but empty and very transient apparitions which cannot possibly last.
 See, there we have already the five great primordial Spirits in God; let us now turn to the last two, and so listen to me.
 Where supreme love, supreme wisdom, the almighty will, the most perfect order and the firmest, unchangeable earnest are present, there must obviously be also supreme and eternally incomparable Patience. For without this everything would be precipitated and, finally, end in the inextricable chaos of the ancient sages.
 When an architect builds a house he must, besides all his qualifications, have patience, too; for if he lacks this believe me – he will never succeed in building that house.
 I tell you: If God did not possess this Spirit, no sun would have been shining to an earth in infinite space for eons and in the world of spirits it would look most peculiar, – quite unreal. Patience is the mother of God’s eternal, unchangeable mercy. And were it not for this Sixth Spirit in God, where and what would all beings be before Almighty God?
 If we do wrong in some way and thereby obviously expose ourselves to the devastating curse of divine love, wisdom and divine will, followed – evidently because of the preceding order – by His earnest, we are confronted with divine patience which must – and does – gradually restore the balance once more; for without this all ever so perfect beings would be subjected to the eternal judgment of doom.
 Divine patience, together with the preceding five Spirits in God, would, indeed, create on the heavenly bodies one or even countless human beings and also maintain them; but in that case an individual, or untold numbers of human beings, would live on for eons in the heavy flesh, and there would never be a final liberation of the soul from the shackles of matter. At the same time animals and plants, as well as men, would continue to multiply and in the end would populate the limited space on a globe so densely that no one would be able to make way for another. This is only assuming that a heavenly body under the control of infinite, divine patience, ever did mature to a state in which it could carry and keep plants, animals and human beings. Indeed, even the creation of a material world would be an infinitely slow process if it depended solely on the six already mentioned Spirits, and it would be very doubtful if a world would ever materialize.
 However, patience, as said before, is the mother of divine mercy and, thus, the Seventh Spirit in God is that very Mercy which we may also call meekness. This accomplishes everything. It directs all the preceding Spirits and within the proper time brings about the maturing of a world with all its creatures. It allocates a certain life-span to everything, and the matured spirits can look forward to an easy and complete deliverance and will be able to enter into their eternal freedom and the fullest independence.
 It is this Seventh Spirit in God that made God Himself take on the human flesh, thereby to deliver, in the shortest possible time, all the imprisoned spirits from the hard bonds imposed by the necessary judgment of matter. This is why His act of salvation – the new creation of the heavens and worlds – can be called God’s greatest act because therein all the Seven Spirits of God play an equal part, which prior to it had not quite been the case nor could it have been due to the Spirit of Order in God. Formerly this Seventh Spirit in God, now introduced to you, cooperated with the other Spirits only to the extent that thereby all the thoughts and ideas of God became realities; but from now on it works more powerfully, and the result is complete salvation.
 These are the Seven Spirits in God that you could not comprehend, and all that was created out of the Seven Spirits in God corresponds in each and everything to these Seven Spirits and contains them within. And the forever continuing creation and equally continuing act of creating is what the ancient sages of this earth used to call “the Wars of Jehovah”.
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