"In the beginning, the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
(Originally written for a Black Moon Publishing project that never got off the ground.)
A divine Word is an expression or incarnation of a limited set of principles out of the infinite possibilities open to the creative being. The creative being contains all the expressed principles within itself, so that the Word is God in all of its parts. But the creative being in itself is more than its Word, so the Word can also be said to be "with God".
The Word or Logos is not a static idea, is not something expressed once at the beginning of creation and remaining immutable thereafter. Rather it is a continuing act of creative speech; the vibrations of that speech stir up matter and cause it to assume forms that progressively express the divine intent. Each phoneme or syllable of the Word that is spoken causes corresponding changes in the material forms, building on what has come before. It is the continuance of that speech that maintains all things in manifestation. When the Word has been fully spoken and silence returns, then manifestation ends.
All beings that practice incarnation have their particular "Word", whether that being is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planet, or a god. Each being acts out its Word in time and space, freely and without restriction. At the same time it acts with other beings of its own type to perform functions within the Word and body of some more inclusive being.
From a Christian perspective, this last statement is unacceptably paradoxical; their concept of the Word as static and immutable prevents them from resolving the paradox, as does their belief that each of us has only one lifetime on Earth. Hence the Church has split into numerous sects whose rationalizations favor either individual free will or divine predestination. If we accept the principle of cyclic incarnation and a progressively developing, dynamic Word, then there is no paradox.
The Word of the more inclusive being always determines the context within which the Words of lesser beings can be expressed. For human beings, that context is determined by the being who incarnates as the planet Earth, who is our local "God". As God enunciates Her Word, the changing vibrations of Her voice cause changes in the organization of the spiritual planes, and these changes are eventually reflected in the four "material" worlds.
Human souls can not express their own Words unless the context set by God provides them with suitable conditions to do so. Therefore only those whose Words are compatible with the current vibrations of Her Word, or whose Words are so vaguely defined that they fit any context, will chose to incarnate at a particular time. The former are the initiates; the latter are the mass of men. This self-selection insures that the incarnate beings will automatically fulfill their functions within the divine body while still freely acting out their own Words.
From the divine viewpoint, this same process has a close physical correspondence in what occurs when sand is poured onto a vibrating surface. Most of the grains jumps around on the surface until they fall off the edge. The grains that remain are all of just a few sizes and shapes. And those grains, while remaining independent of each other, tend to form into patterns on the surface. Similarly the vibrations of the divine Word tend to push human souls of incompatible types to the periphery of Her area of work while organizing those that remain into patterns which reflect the vibrations. The internal structures of the souls, their "Words", are not affected directly by this patterning.