This afternoon I want to shift to think of the Trinity as a cosmological principle.

When we think about the Trinity theologically we get drawn to the dimension of relationality, personhood and the nature of love.

When we think about it cosmogonically, we are going to pay attention to lines of action, how it becomes a template who sustains new life.

The question that is upper most in all spiritual hearts is “How can I help?”  “How can I bring skillful means in my own being and action to a situation that connects the theological universe with the moral universe?”

To make this transition I am going to have to ask you to start with a clean slate, which means to forget everything you think you know about the Trinity. We are going to go into brand new ground. And if you keep trying to relate it back, it is just going to be confusing. And your whole anxiety about how does this fit with that is going to force you into your mind.

So, I’d ask you to approach what I am going to do this afternoon as handing you a hopefully helpful new tool, a new frame, a way of setting up things almost as a new program that you’ve downloaded that will hopefully allow you to run your universe in a slightly more interesting way.

This new way of framing is something that I call “The Law of Three.”

I call it “The Law of Three” but that’s not quite true. I first learned of this “Law of Three” from the Gurdjieff work.  George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff was a spiritual teacher in the first half of the twentieth century who  got on to the question of how do we become more mindful, alert, conscious people. And he developed the pioneering teaching on that.

Why is it that a religion which arguably formed around one of the most inclusive loving open-hearted compassionate thinkers always wind up expressing itself in formats that are rigid, exclusive and argumentative? Is there a missing piece?

To call yourself a Christian is a very high thing. It means your willingness in some degree to actually live this extraordinary high teaching of radically inclusive, non-judgmental Christian love.

So Gurdjieff went looking for the practices that would help make this possible.

What I found in the Work cut through all the sentimentality, the emotional pathos, the emotional manipulation, that is so much attendant in the Christian way of doing theology.  It put me in touch with practices that are proto-mindfulness practices.

Gurdjieff was not just a spiritual technician he was a cosmologist as well. He brought a teaching that was based around two laws: The Law of Three and The Law of Seven.

The Law of Three is known as the Law of World Creation – it tells you how things come into form.

The Law of Seven is the Law of World Maintenance – it tells you what happens once they get into form, how they progress, how they proceed.

They define jointly the path anything follows as they proceed into created form and beyond.

We’re not talking “law” here in the religious sense. We are not talking about the Ten Commandments, or Canon law. We’re talking more like the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a basic principle that describes and predicts how whole huge bodies of the natural world operate. It’s the kind of law that invites experimentation and validation. See where it gets you.