As Above So Below, or On Earth As It Is In Heaven?

“If a man contains within himself all the elements of which the universe is composed, it is not in this that his true perfection, his claim to glory lies. ‘There is nothing remarkable’, says St. Gregory of Nyssa, ‘in wishing to make of man, the image and likeness of the universe, for the earth passes away, the sky changes and all that they contain is as transitory as that which contains them. People said, Man is a microcosm…and thinking to elevate human nature with this grandiloquent title, they did not notice that they had honoured man with the characteristics of the mosquito and the mouse.’ The perfection of man does not consist in that which assimilates him to the whole of the creation, but in that which distinguishes him from the created order and assimilates him to his Creator. Revelation teaches us that man was made in the image and likeness of God.”

-The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

This is the difference between “As above, so below” and “On earth as it is in heaven.”
The first makes you a slave and a servant to the creation and it’s elemental spirits, forever bound by the passions of the senses.
The second makes you a ruler, a steward,and a shaper, of your thoughts, actions, and deeds in relationship with God and the created order. It is this soul, standing between the earth and the sky, the body and the Spirit, that lives according to the divine life within, flowing downward, inward, and outward.

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