Bruno, Giordano – Cause, principle and unity - 04 The Second Dialogue
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Giordano Bruno – from Cause, principle and unity
In short, you must know, then, that the world soul and the divinity are not present entirely everywhere and through every part, in the same way as some material thing could be - since that is impossible for any body or spirit of any kind whatsoever - but are present in a manner that is not easy to explain, save in the following way.
Please note that if we say the world soul and universal form are everywhere, we do not mean in a corporeal or dimensional sense, for they are not of that nature and cannot be found so in any part. They are everywhere present in their entirety in a spiritual way. To take an example (crude as it is), you might imagine a voice which is entire inside the whole room, and in every part of it: in effect, one hears it everywhere entirely there. Similarly, the words I am saying are entirely heard by all of you, and would still be if a thousand people were present.
And if my voice could reach all the world, it would be everywhere entire.
To you, then, I say, Master Polinnio, that the soul is not indivisible in the manner of a point, but, in some way, in the manner of a voice.
And to you, Gervasio, I answer that the divinity is not everywhere like the God of Grandazzo is in the whole of his chapel, because, though that God is present in the whole church, he is not everywhere wholly present, but has his head in one place, his feet elsewhere, his arms and his chest still somewhere else. On the contrary, the divinity is entire in any part whatsoever, just as my voice is heard entirely from all sides of the room.