The Physical Universe: the entire universe is called the Master Universe
“Do you believe there are other worlds in the physical universe just like ours?” my grandfather asked when I was twelve years old.
“Yes,” I answered, “I can’t believe we’re the only planet in the universe with people on it.”
That was the beginning of my search for answers to the universe. I’m not a scientist or an astronomer, but I am a truth seeker, and when The Urantia Book came into my hands, it not only opened my eyes to the reality of other worlds with life forms but also to the how and the why of it.
This paper is an abbreviated outline of the physical makeup of the Universe. We’ll begin where it all began.
The Isle of Paradise is in the center of the universe of universes. Paradise is material, energy, and spirit combined. Physically, it is the largest physical body in the universe. It is stationary, flat, elliptical in shape, and without time or space.
Circling paradise and in space are the three circuits of the Paradise satellites. Within each circuit there are seven sacred spheres, for a total of twenty-one worlds. It is from these worlds that much of the work is performed throughout space.
The Central Universe
Circling clockwise around Paradise and the seven circuits is the Central Universe, also called Havona. There are seven levels to Havona, and within those levels are one billion worlds.
The Seven Superuniverses
Circling counterclockwise around Havona are seven Superuniverses. Each Superuniverse has up to one trillion inhabited planets with atmospheres necessary for sustaining life. Our Superuniverse is the youngest of the seven to be created; thus it is still incomplete.
These two space levels together with the Isle of Paradise are what the spiritual beings who gave us The Urantia Book call the Grand Universe, but it doesn’t end there.
Circling the Grand Universe are four Outer Space levels, the first of which is just beginning to form material bodies, but as of yet no living matter exists. The Urantia Book refers to Grand Universe. plus these four space levels as the Master Universe.
Horizontal View of the Master Universe
As I understand it, if we could stand at the edge of outer space and look down at the upper surface of Paradise to get a horizontal view of the Master Universe, it would look like six elliptical-shaped inner tubes circling around a stationary object.. Havona might look like the inner tube of a small bike, the seven superuniverses the size of a large truck inner tube, and the inner tubes for the outer space levels would look larger and larger the further they are from Paradise.
Even identifying where each of the space levels start and end would be easy to see because there is empty space between each level.
Vertical View of the Master Universe
If we could look at the Master Universe from a vertical perspective, we would see something completely different. Here’s where it really gets interesting. According to The Urantia Book, it would “slightly resemble a Maltese cross,” with the horizontal arm of the cross representing pervasive space and the vertical arm nonpervasive space. That’s right, the physical universe that we live in is a horizontal extension of Paradise; it doesn’t circle over or under Paradise.
This concludes my very simple outline of the Master Universe. In the following papers, we’ll look at each level in more detail, but for an in-depth description, you might want to read and study The Urantia Book. You might come away with a different viewpoint, one that I’m certainly open to hearing about.