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movement, of estrangement from the primal Source, in
virtue of which the universe is sustained in the process
of becoming, and of turning towards the primal Source,
in virtue of which the universe is released in being, may
be perceived as the metacosmical primal form that
dwells in the world as a whole in its relation to that
which is not the world—form whose twofold nature is
represented among men by the twofold nature of their
attitudes, their primary words, and their aspects of the
world. Both parts of this movement develop, fraught
with destiny, in time, and are compassed by grace in
the timeless creation that is, incomprehensibly, at once
emancipation and preservation, release and binding.
Our knowledge of twofold nature is silent before the
paradox of the primal mystery.

The spheres in which the world of relation is built
are three.
First, our life with nature, in which the relation
clings to the threshold of speech.
Second, our life with men, in which the relation takes
on the form of speech.
Third, our life with intelligible forms, where the relation,
being without speech, yet begets it.
In every sphere in its own way, through each process
of becoming that is present to us, we look out toward
the fringe of the -eternal Thou; in each we are aware
of a breath from the eternal Thou; in each Thou we
address the eternal Thou.
Every sphere is compassed in the eternal Thout
but it is not compassed in them.