Most of the Universe is either dark energy or dark matter. The reason such energy might in some sense be God is based on the Biblical teaching that God is invisible and yet holds everything together.[i] Just as we alone can experience our own bubble of awareness, God is the invisible reality that only He can directly experience. He is our transcendent ground-of-being – holding the Universe together much as the anticipated wholeness of an image holds our body mass together (by minimizing an expectancy mismatch). As the body mass accelerates (probabilistically) toward infinity in the fleeting instant prior to actualizing an anticipated image, so is the expansion of the Universe accelerating.
Dark matter, constituting about 25% of the total matter in the Universe, is not really dark – it is just invisible. Since God is biblically defined as light, dark matter may represent some of His “invisible qualities.”[ii] It is speculative but we need to start somewhere and develop hypotheses along these lines if we hope to understand what it means to be created in the image of God. How, for example, does our invisible spiritual nature parallel the way the Spirit of God oversees the physical Universe?
God is light. And light (to my knowledge) is connected to dark matter in ways yet to be fathomed by quantum physics. But is it purely coincidental that an image constitutes roughly 25% of one’s visual field – approximating the ratio of dark matter to the total matter in the Universe? This would mean that the visible Universe might represent the focal aspect of an image in the mind of God, while invisible (dark) aspects might represent less focal (less conscious?) aspects – just as, for the most part, we are less aware of what lies in our peripheral vision. Furthermore, insofar as an image is in fact fused with an awareness of our body mass, and insofar as in the momentary absence of this image the tendency of this mass to become weightless accelerates, we can say that the physical Universe may be to God what our finite body is to the overseeing self. And is it pure coincidence that physicists believe that dark energy is responsible for the expansion of the Universe – therefore paralleling the way the self and its body accelerate toward weightlessness in the incipient absence of a focal (finite) image?
We live and move and have our being in God. By His power the Universe is restrained from flying apart too rapidly or from scrunching together in a reversal of the Big Bang. And just as our minds control our behavior – by modulating the regressive release and channeling of energy via an image – God can be envisioned as creating the Universe by similarly curtailing a regressive, energy-releasing tendency. The creation of new galaxies and nebulae, bound as they are to the gravitational effects of black holes, may exemplify this ongoing potential for expectantly, creatively, overcoming nonexistence. It can hardly be coincidence that supernovae (the life and death cycle of stars in general) are analogous to the shift from parasympathetic (anabolic, life enhancing) to the catabolic dominance of the sympathetic side of the ANS, or that an orgasm occurs at the exact moment of this shift. Insofar as this catabolic dominance results in ejaculation, there is an intriguing parallel with the supernoval brilliance of a collapsing star and its consequent seeding of the Universe with heavy elements. The process corresponds to how, in an accelerating manner, mismatch between the anticipated and actual body mass widens and the body mass becomes correspondingly so regressively dense (as if the boundary were too small), that the system effectively implodes, achieving orgasm and the consequent seeding of the womb with DNA – paralleling the collapse and death of a star and the seeding of the Universe with heavy elements of the type that eventually lead to human life.
Conventionally, one of the root meanings of orgasm is “to die.” In a very real sense, just as a transcendent God “looks down” upon supernoval events, so we – in His image – “look down” upon our procreative organs and experience the orgasmic pleasure of an intense opposition between life and death. Similarly, dark energy is essential to the accelerating expansion of the Universe – but on a timescale that is vastly larger than that within which the brain does its orgasmic, accelerating thing. And while this invisible “dark” energy surely does not represent the full nature of God, it may well play an important role in His overseeing mind.