An Esoteric Guide to Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form #4

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Now, later, GSB gets into some of these details.  For example he shows that:

LoF p. 40

  • Laws of Form - Theorem 13

This is his Theorem 13. Taken esoterically, this principle is seen in how ontology+epistemology (as a unity) flows from higher levels to lower; i.e. all existence and knowledge is derivative (generative based on higher order principles).  I.e. “As Above, So Below” (which is only half of the story).

Then we have his Theorem 14:

LoF p. 40

  • From any given expression, an equivalent expression not more than two crosses deep can be derived.

Esoterically, ACTUAL knowledge can be traced back to higher order realms.  That is, the indication of Theorem 13 can be actually carried out starting with ANY knowledge.  In other words, because all knowing is derivative, it can lead back to its origins.  But to discover this actually, for any particular knowing, we must, in the language of GSB, cross.  Esoterically, of course, this is recognition of the principle that transformation is an activity, and one that can be cultivated.  All of esoteric work is simply an elaboration of the injunction: cross.  This adds the second half of the story missing above: “As Below, So Above”.

This has further consequences.

LoF p. 41

  • From any given expression, an equivalent expression can be derived so as to contain not more than two appearances of any given variable.

This is GSB’s Theorem 15.  Esoterically, this is the principle of the archetype: knowledge instantiates the activity of archetypes, and these archetypes are ALWAYS a unity, that unity being given by their form of distinction.  Multiple instantiations of a given archetype in different areas of knowledge are not separated, but can always be seen as participating directly in that single archetype.  This is to say that an archetype can never be distinct from itself.  You can perhaps see how, from an esoteric point of view, this is implicated in the above discussion about hierarchy and transformation, and the relation between universal law and its expressions from the near the beginning of this exploration.

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