Table of Contents for Root Meanings

General notes:

  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 12 Apr 2024


  • The appearance of higher orders of complexity in systems.
  • The bootstrapping of higher orders of complexity.
  • The bootstrapping of higher orders of creation.
  • The bootstrapping of higher orders of expression.
  • The process by which a transcendent agency “breathes” itself into a system through the elements that are already part of the system.
  • Emergence occurs in all systems of sufficient complexity.
  • Emergence is both a horizontal process of self-organization, and a vertical orchestration of the One.
  • Emergence is evidence of higher-order agency.
  • Emergence is orchestrated by the intelligence of Divinity/God/Source.
  • Emergence works with and through pre-existing elements while bringing something new into expression.
  • Emergence brings new information and energy into creation beyond what can be completely accounted for in terms of pre-existing elements.
  • Emergent phenomena cannot be predicted based on individual particles or entities. Emergence requires a collective. Examples: Temperature emerges from the interactions of many molecules and a murmuration requires many starlings.
  • The intelligence which orchestrates emergence transcends and interpenetrates that which is emerging.
  • The horizontal and vertical aspects of emergence operate as a single process in which the horizontal provides continuous feedback to the vertical.


  • “Consciousness does not emerge from the physical universe. The physical universe emerges from Consciousness.”
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