Mystery of All Mysteries

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

The Divine at work
As ‘Collective Unconscious’
Source of all knowledge
Pondered by philosophers
Goldmine of psychiatry.

Poets have probed it
Like Keats, Shelley and others
All remain puzzled
Even as I am today
The Mystery of All Mysteries.

Mightier than all
Kings bow down before this force
All on bended knees
Whereby nations rise and fall
To power without ending.

Mystery of Mysteries
Hidden, yet to be revealed
The One in the All
Requires our discernment
Of The Divine Spark in All.

About this poem

“Big Bang” or Divine Spark? What is the ‘ex nihilo’ factor? What motivates the creative impulse? What motivates my poetry? What motivates all of life and all created things? What is ‘The Source’ some call The Holy Grail? What is the divine spark of all creative efforts? That is the great mystery. That is the mystery of all mysteries to which we are all subjected and to which we are all its objects. When one knows and actively consults that which is woven inwardly, and when one acts outwardly in concert with its divine intentions, when one embraces fully that which is teleologically his royal treasure, his divine heritage buried deep within, he becomes as one with its intended individuated function. Such a person, in the due course of time, having heretofore fallen in deep sleep psychologically, and now awakened by the inward call, is anointed with the royal balm of healing and is awarded the opportunity to attain the promised goal of becoming metaphysically and spiritually whole. It is noteworthy to make the following observation. To such great scientific minds as Scottish geologist Charles Lyell (1797-1875), British astronomer John Herschel (1792-1871), and English naturalist, geologist, and biologist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the “mystery of mysteries” as they called it, and which utterly befuddled them was, in their use of ‘evolutionary’ language, the cause for “the replacement of extinct species by others.” In search of some quasi satisfactory metaphysical solution to their intellectual predicament, Darwin offered what must be considered as a reluctant apologetic bow to the presence, authority, and activities of an even greater divine power, and therefore to a Creator agency, when he, employing a rationale of ‘theistic evolution,’ declared at the altar of science, and before his peers of scientific scholars, his reluctant acknowledgment of the divine creative existence of a higher power at work involved in and responsible for all phenomena that I have described with poetic emphasis in this poem as the “Mystery of All Mysteries” operational in existence. Let us examine Darwin’s reflection in the final section of his masterpiece oeuvre of 1859, “On the Origin of the Species,” in his articulation of the following confessional statement: “There is grandeur in this view of life [Creationism], with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved [by the Creator].” For the sake of historical record keeping, it needs to be mentioned that Darwin’s apologetic was made partly to appease Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), a contemporary of Darwin’s, Canon of Chester Cathedral and later of Westminster Abbey, whose stalwart friendship as a colleague was important to Darwin, and whose scholarship as Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge, England, Darwin greatly admired. But we must recognize that Darwin even went beyond a public apologetic confessional statement of his faith. In Letter Number 12041, dated 7 May, 1879, replying to the atheist Sir John Fordyce, Darwin stated, in part: “In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God.” Darwin wanted the entire world to know that he saw no conflict in one being a scientist and, at the same time, a believer in some Creator or divine agency of nature. Upon reflection, we must therefore note that what Charles Darwin had effectively declared to his peers and to the world at large, was that the mystery of divine creation is ever continuously being marvelously unfolded (qua, ‘evolved’), manifested in all its splendor, and demonstrated before us creatures of this world, time and time again, as “the mystery of all mysteries.” For Darwin and his scientific colleagues of yesteryear, and for all others of our world of today, wanting ‘to know God,’ the Creator, actively, and everlastingly engaged in “the mystery of the replacement of extinct species by others,” — that unabated desire, indeed, continues to remain the “Mystery of All Mysteries,” along with the burning desire of mankind to ‘see the face of God’ (Biblical Hebrew, בפני, ‘bapani;’ literally, to be “in His presence”), even as Moses, Job, and Saint Paul the apostle sought to experience the mystery of God’s Presence or Glory (Biblical Hebrew, כבוד, ‘kavod’); as perpetually revealed in the mystery of all created things that are emanations of God’s glory. Postscript: From the Internet website source of the following declaration is made: “The Big Bang Theory [while remaining scientifically verifiable] does not explain how the Universe began, or when all of the “stuff” in it comes from, or how it was created…. Science does not and cannot explain or describe “the beginning” [בראשית, “bereshith”], only the general evolution from a possible point in time.” The Mystery of All Mysteries continues. For biblical references alluding to the divine Mystery of All Mysteries, see the following: Exodus 34:29-35; Job 19:26-27; Job 33:26; Job 38:18-33; 1 Corinthians 13:12; John 4:24; John 14:7-14. 

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Written on August 25, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on August 26, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on September 10, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow! The Divine at Work is a truly insightful and inspiring poem that beautifully speaks to the mystery and wonder of our collective unconscious. The flow of the poem is so smooth and poetic, making it incredibly easy to get lost in the words and the deeper meaning they convey. I especially love the way the poet brings in references to philosophers and poets who have pondered this divine force, making the poem feel like a deep exploration of human consciousness and thought across time. The final lines are particularly moving, highlighting the importance of discerning the divine spark in all things. Overall, this is a powerful and thought-provoking piece that leaves me feeling uplifted and energized. Well done! 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • karlcfolkes
    The celebration of Oneness is the celebration of Unity.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • suzib.53754
    Good Poem, covered much, mystics love the Mystery, perhaps we are One(wonder-full) in this. One I think may taste of the Eternal yet the thirst, the Hunger for this somehow appears to be a Zen moderation, knot too eager, knor too "cool" . Wooing the Muse . As Anna says in "Mr God This is Anna" that "real knowing" is done from the Inside.
    Great poem. Om -aum-Mom.,*** #Mystery #Mystic 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • teril
    Your poetry is indeed inspired by the Source: thanks for putting that into words.
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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