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Key Concepts to Deepen Your Relationship to God

Father and Mother Moon on key concepts

American scholar discovers in Father Moon’s early writings key concepts to understand your relationship to God and others

Andrew Wilson
Dr. Andrew Wilson. Photo (2015): FFWPU

Part 5 of “Rev. Moon’s Early Writings on Science”, a presentation by Dr. Andrew Wilson, Professor of Scriptural Studies at HJ International Graduate School for Peace and Public Leadership (HJI), New York, USA, given on a special online program 7th May 2024 hosted by HJI and the Higher Purpose Forum (HPF).

See part 1part 2part 3, part 4, part 6

To conclude this talk, I will go to the last section of Wolli Wonbon’s chapter on science, which elucidates the Principle in psychology.

In this section, Reverend Moon used the terminology “core entity” and “complementary entity”, which is something like what Exposition of the Divine Principle calls “subject partner” and “object partner”. They are terms that denote different positions.

As I explained before, an “object partner relationship” denotes the quality or closeness of a relationship. An opposite of “object partners” (대상, 対像 in Korean) are “counterparts” (상대, 相對 in Korean) – beings that are distant from each other and are set up to begin a relationship, but they are not yet perfectly giving and receiving.

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For example, in speaking about being God’s object partner: If your relationship to God is such that you only know God as the being who gave Moses the laws and commandments that you religiously follow as your duty for the covenant, you are not an object partner of God, but only a counterpart. If you only know God as the being who justifies you because you believe in Jesus and have received his saving grace, you are not an object partner of God, but only a counterpart.

To be God‘s object partner, you need to know God‘s heart, God‘s situation, God’s heartbreak, and God‘s joy. You have to be able to relate with God in a very intimate way.

Most religions don’t get past relating to God as a counterpart. If you only know God in faith, that God is giving you blessings, it’s not enough to make you God’s object partner; your position is that of a counterpart.

So, “object partner” and “counterpart” in Wolli Wonbon describe the quality or closeness of a relationship, and the “object partner relationship” is the one where the beings are totally united. They are resonating with each other. They are vibrating in time. Each being is living for the sake of the other being. Each one thinks less of itself and more of the situation of its partner. Their giving and receiving is smooth and flows effortlessly.

But among object partners, sometimes one is the “core entity” and the other is the “complementary entity.” I don’t want to use “subject” and “object” here – the terminology from Exposition of the Divine Principle – because it’s too confusing. I will stay with the terminology of Wolli Wonbon.

All living things are ordered systems of core entities and complementary entities. As core entities and complementary entities, they should be object partners with each other. They should give and receive well for the health and well-being of the organism.

Xylem and phloem
Xylem (blue) carries water from the roots upwards. Phloem (orange) carries products of photosynthesis from the place of their origin (source) to organs where they are needed (roots, storage organs, flowers, fruits – sink). Illustration: Nefronus / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC ASA 4.0 Int

Thus, arteries and veins relate as core entities and complementary entities for transporting nutrients through the body of an animal. Xylem and phloem relate as core entity and complementary entity for transporting nutrients through a plant. In the case of human beings, the mind is the core entity of the body, and the body is the complementary entity of the mind.

Hungry girl
Hungry girl. Illustration: Hungry Vectors by Vecteezy

For example, why do we feel hungry? That feeling arises because lack of food creates a gap between our mind and body, between our core entity – the mind – and its complementary entity – the body. It signals that they cannot become good object partners.

The mind, the core entity, needs to satisfy the desire of the body, the complementary entity, because without the body, the mind cannot exist. Our nerves cause us to feel hunger so that we’ll get serious about looking for food, so that we can sustain the life of the body.

The subject partner – using terminology from Exposition of the Divine Principle – needs to live for the object partner. The mind needs to live for the body, because without the body, the mind cannot exist.

Also, these circuits between mind and body, between core entity and complementary entity, are unique and different for different people. That is the reason why people have different preferences for food. Some people prefer shellfish, other people prefer steak, still others prefer vegetables. Their mind and body are engaging in action on different circuits.

Continued in part 6.

See part 1part 2part 3, part 4, part 6

Featured image above: Father and Mother Moon 20th May 2008 with the 5 handwritten volumes of Wolli Wonbon written in 1951-1952, during the Korean war. Photo: FFWPU

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