Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Great Dance

"In the plan of the Great Dance plans without number interlock, and each movement becomes in its season the breaking into flower of the whole design to which all else had been directed. Thus each is equally at the centre and none are there by being equals, but some by giving place and some by receiving it, the small things by their smallness and the great by their greatness, and all the patterns linked and looped together by the unions of a kneeling with a sceptred love. Blessed be He!"

He has immeasurable use for each thing that is made, that His love and splendour may flow forth like a strong river which has need of a great watercourse and fills alike the deep pools and the little crannies, that are filled equally and remain unequal; and when it has filled them brim full it flows over and makes new channels. We also have need beyond measure of all that He has made. Love me, my brothers, for I am infinitely necessary to you and for your delight I was made. Blessed be He! [...]

"All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than it looked for. In these seas there are islands where the hairs of the turf are so fine and so closely woven together that unless a man looked long at them he would see neither hairs nor weaving at all, but only the same and the flat. So with the Great Dance. Set your eyes on one movement and it will lead you through all patterns and it will seem to you the master movement. But the seeming will be true. Let no mouth open to gainsay it. There seems no plan because it is all plan: there seems no centre because it is all centre. Blessed be He!"

"Yet this seeming also is the end and final cause for which He spreads out Time so long and Heaven so deep; lest if we never met the dark, and the road that leads nowhither, and the question to which no answer is imaginable, we should have in our minds no likeness of the Abyss of the Father, into which if a creature drop down his thoughts for ever he shall hear no echo return to him. Blessed, blessed, blessed be He!"
~C.S. Lewis, Perelandra, Chapter 17, (1944)


Cool link of the day: More fractal images by Noel Giffin

4 Comment(s):

At Fri Dec 02, 04:15:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post. I've got to revisit the Perelandra books.

And fantastic fractal images!

At Fri Dec 09, 09:31:00 PM EST, Blogger egmthree said...

The "Dance" is part of that which Peter Kreeft calls the "Doxology" at the end of Perelandra. Prof. Kreeft calls the Doxology and the landing of the gods in "That Hideous Strength" his favorites of all Lewis writings and I couldn't agree more.

At Mon Sep 11, 04:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger KASPAR said...

You might enjoy this depiction of one particular Great Dance.

At Tue May 22, 07:46:00 PM EDT, Blogger Poetry said...

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