A”FORM”, A CALLING
The School of Form is very old, dating back to Plato and Socrates. Every few centuries, a new Great Philosopher starts writing about Form. Form has a magical attraction to some people. Philosophers from Aristotle to Aquinas declared that “God is Pure Form.” In my manuscript I have written many pages about definitions of Form. I am looking for a “few good people” who are interested in continuing the School of Form. The essential declaration is that Form is Eternal. Do you believe that Form is eternal? That forms existed before this universe and will always exist? That the relationships between Form, Space, and Forces are worth studying? There are two kinds of attraction to form, a scientific attraction, and a spiritual attraction.
I believe that people are attracted to, or connected to, the five different aspects of this universe. People are connected to Form, or Space, or Forces, or powers or energies. Naturally the people who are connected to Form are the ones who are attracted to it. Also students of metaphysics who are designers, directors of energies, and so on, are also attracted to form.
The Book of Form offers many answers to old questions. Who are we? Where are we? What are we doing here? What is this world? These questions have new and direct answers in this book This new work encourages involvement in the world and the continuing evolution of the world, rather than renunciation and rejection. Evolution is accomplished by continuing growth of knowledge and learning.
There is an attraction to Form which is like a Calling, almost like nuns and monks to a monastery. It is a mysterious power of attraction which is felt by members of the Family of Form. Some may feel scientific curiosity, some may experience philosophical attraction.
THE SCHOOL OF FORM The goals of the School:
to present the idea of “Eternal Form” to the spiritual community through lectures and manuscripts
to work out the metaphysical and physical science of the mechanics of form and forces and promote the ongoing study of Form
CONCEPTS OF FORM
Concepts of Form date back as far as Plato and Socrates. Plato wrote that there is a divine, perfect Idea that material forms strive to imitate, a paradisical form somewhere, that acts as a model for worldly objects. Aristotle also taught that these forms are “in things”.
Thereafter, for many centuries, Western philosophers patterned themselves after Plato and Aristotle. The early Christian philosophers, Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, taught that Ideas or Forms exist in the mind of God. Aquinas and John Duns Scotus taught that God is Pure Form or pure energy.
A modem writer, L.L. Whyte, takes a scientific point of view. He says “particles … tend to assume regular or ordered arrangements” and “The ‘form’ in the new sense of the underlying structural pattern is more important than it material components” (meaning particles) and suggests that there should be Professors of Form and courses on Form in future universities.
THE BOOK OF FORM
In the Book, Form is described as one of the five aspects called Form, Space, Powers, Forces, and Energies. It also states it is the nature of matter to make forms.
Note: it is interesting that Easterners perceive God as “Pure Space” or pure void, and Western philosophers refer to God as “Pure Form”.
I also claim that the Aspects have “families” and Chiefs on Earth. So members of the family of positive forces are attracted to positive thinking, members of the family of form are attracted to Form, and members of Space are attracted to the idea of “pure void”, and so on.
OLD SCHOOL OF FORM
The School of Form is very old, dating back to about 400 years before Christ, with Plato and Socrates. I will quote from S.E. Frost “Basic teachings of the Great Philosophers”. Plato taught that this world is “not real but a copy world” but there is a real world, a spiritual world of ideal forms. Everything in this physical world are copies of the, things in the ideal world. The “ideas” or “forms” are the eternal patterns for things in our world. Thus Plato taught there was a differ-ence between the ideal world and the world of matter, that matter was lifeless.
Plato’s student Aristotle also believed that Ideas or Forms exist, but that Forms “are not outside of and above things, but are in things …. here form and matter are one” and that the world we live in is the real world. Aristotle believed that the “first cause or the unmoved mover” is “pure form without any matter”.
This doctrine of forms of Plato and Aristotle had very high respect for many centuries. Many great philosophers patterned their work after them. Philo, the great Jewish philosopher living about the time of Christ, taught that “everything in the universe is a copy of an idea in the mind of God.” Plotinus, third century, taught that “soul is the form of all things”. All these early philosophers proposed that “the world is, a combination of an idea or form and matter.”
Thereafter the early Christian thinkers “sought to reconcile Christianity with Greek philosophy”, especially after Plato, since he emphasized the difference between the divine world and matter. Saint Augustine said that “the forms which he impressed upon matter were in God’s mind from the beginning of time”. Saint Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus both taught that “God is pure form”. About this time an opposing school of philosophy arose to propose that ideas or forms are not existent and the only real things are material objects. Thus the great early school of form began to recede. The last to speak of it was Francis Bacon of the sixteenth century who said that “by careful study man could discover the laws, causes or forms of objects in the universe”.
S.E. FROST JR. Basic teachings of the Great Philosophers
NEW SCHOOLS OF FORM
The Old School of Form generally emphasized that spiritual form and matter are two separate things, that objects made of matter are patterned after spiritual forms. This arose with Plato and was adopted by the early Christian church because it fitted in nicely with the early Christian doctrine of “contempt for the world”. However Aristotle taught that Form and matter are not separate and that this world we live in is the real world. That is why I say the New School of Form is philosophically more like Aristotle than Plato.
The “New School” takes this one step further by saying that physical forms ARE the spiritual forms, that spiritual forms became physical forms and will become spiritual forms again. In the old school Forms were conceived as spiritual objects or patterns which are somehow impressed on lifeless matter, and that material objects are mere copies, imperfect copies at that. But the New School would say that the original spiritual forms themselves descended and became material forms. That is why matter always becomes form, it was form, and it will always strive to become perfect form. And THAT is why the terms Form and Matter are used interchangeably.
Futhermore, Form, or matter is only one-fifth of the universe. The universe is made out of form, space, powers, forces and energies. Each is one fifth of the universe.
Eastern philosophers say that God is Pure Void (Space) and the early Western philosophers said that God is Pure Form. Other writers have variously depicted God as the creative power, as forces underlying the universe, or as “pure energy”. This is due to cultural differences each writer sees God as himself. Westerners are form-related and see God as Form, Easterners are space-related and see God as Void.
The New School of Form strives to see the Ultimate Reality as all these things, pure form, pure energy, pure void.
A modern writer, L.L. Whyte, takes a scientific point of view. He says “particles … tend to assume regular or ordered arrangements” and “The form” in the new sense of the underlying structural pattern is more important than it’s material components” (meaning particles) and suggests that there should be professors of Form and courses on Form in future universities.
L.L. WHITE Accent on Form
THE NATURE OF FORM
The reason that Form must have a representative is that Form has a nature of it’s own. One would tend to think that the evolution of Forms would be the concern of the Department of the (Creative) Powers. Certainly it is the job of the Creative Functionals to do the actual designing of objects in this society, but it is the concern of the Department of Form to advise and approve designs. Remember, the Department of Form means the “department of matter”. It is a mistake to assume that matter has no character or form. Matter always assumes a shape. That is basic to it’s nature. It is the job of creative functionals to bring out form, in accordance with it’s true nature. Also the old saying “form follows function” should be inspected. If Form has a true nature of it’s own, then it is more than a vehicle for function. This is seen clearly in art, where beautiful forms have no practical function.
I think it will be found that any design that disregards the nature of form will turn out to be a bad design. And it will be found that certain persons have a talent for knowing what a good form is. This will probably be some kind of advisor rather than an artist. And that is the way that the department of Form will start to exist in both manufacturing and science.
My assessment of the “five departments” is based on metaphysics and philosophy now, but it will be a science in the future. If I say that the world is made of five Aspects, called form, space, forces, energies and powers, that is philosophy. Each aspect has a character and a nature of it’s own, and each aspect must have a representative. This is more important than we can guess at this time. Modem science may disagree as to what the world is made of. But regardless of what the world is made of I do not think it is to far-fetched to say that there will be representatives of form, of space, of forces and so on in future administrations.
One reason the term Form is used instead of the word matter, is that all the aspects are part of matter. I mean that matter is made of physical forces, energies and substance. As far as I am concerned, “matter” is a conglomerate of substance, space, forces, energies and powers. So the substance aspect must have a name of it’s own, “Form”.
FORM AND SPIRIT
Why is the study of Form important to the spiritual community? If form is illusion, then it is not important. If Form is eternal, then it must be important. I call myself a Teacher of Form. I call myself a “channel” of form. And the teaching of Form is that Form is eternal.
There are visible forms in the eternal spiritual world. The visible forms of this world are in principle, like the forms in the spiritual world. The laws and forms of the physical world are like the laws and forms of the spiritual world. It is said that we are here in this world to learn a lesson. That lesson is law, form, forces, principles, behavior, relationships and consciousness.