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Science Meets Spirit

Science Meets Spirit

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Science and spirit are not separate disciplines; understanding the true nature of reality reveals where science meets spirit!
Science and spirit are not separate disciplines; understanding the true nature of reality reveals where science meets spirit!

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06/16/2009

 
Science Meets Spirit
Science and spirit are not separate disciplines; understanding the truenature of reality reveals where science meets spirit!"Countries like ours are full of people who have all of the materialcomforts they desire, yet lead lives of quiet (and at times noisy)desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole insidethem and that however much food and drink they pour into it, howevermany motorcars and television sets they stuff it with, however many well-balanced children and loyal friends they parade around the edges of it...itaches!"Bernard LevinSooner or later everyone starts to ask questions about the nature of reality. We are curious about who we are; we ponder on the meaning of life; we look at the world and wonder what is our place in it. It is easy tobecome dissatisfied and confused with the contradictions betweenscience, religion and the mutually exclusive world-views with which weare constantly bombarded.Most religions teach that we live in a universe presided over by a loving,peaceful and all-powerful God, but fail to explain why immense humansuffering can be seen or experienced in life, particularly in ‘natural’ disasters such as a tsunami or earthquake.Classical science, with its mechanical view of the universe, has failed toexplain phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing or out of bodyexperiences, to name just a few. These phenomena are far too welldocumented to be dismissed, so they must be incorporated into aplausible world view.
 
 ‘New Age’ belief systems borrow from the eastern philosophies and talkabout the ‘wholeness’ of reality or that everything is ‘one’, but thencontinue to philosophise about the nature of reality in the ‘dualistic’ termsof ‘spiritual’ and ‘physical’. They are left with these seeminglyirreconcilable opposites which will never allow the true nature of reality tomake sense.This ‘dualistic approach’ is the same mistake that classical science madewhen trying to find the so-called spark of life that they thought wassomehow injected into inert matter.It may therefore seem impossible to find a way through the world’sminefield of beliefs and dogmas without wasting years studying systemswhich turn out to be unsatisfactory or even worthless; which fail toanswer any of the big questions about life and world events.Clearly there is something missing in the prevailing world view presentedby the mainstream sources.Einstein once said, “A problem cannot be solved using the same thoughtsor approach which caused it in the first place”.It is only since the advent of quantum physics that science has started torealise that a totally new and radical approach is needed to begin tounderstand the nature of reality.SPACETIMEFor centuries science had treated ‘Time’ and ‘Space’ as if they were twoseparate and absolute ‘entities’. Because of this error in thinking,scientists had wrestled unsuccessfully to make any real sense of reality.Genuine progress started to be made when certain scientists, startingwith Albert Einstein, challenged the normally accepted scientificassumptions. This eventually led to the realisation that ‘time’ and ‘space’ were intricately intertwined. It also meant that a new word was needed toexplain this concept and so they created the word ‘Spacetime’, which,without realising it, had taken science another step along the road todiscovering the ‘Wholeness’ of everything. It is this ‘Wholeness’ that theancient wisdom philosophies have been speaking about for thousands of years but fail to explain in words and concepts that are of practical use ineveryday life.To illustrate the advances in scientific thinking, please consider thefollowing quotations from some physicists:
 
"People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction betweenpast, present and future is only a stubborn persistent illusion."- Albert Einstein"Mind does not observe the past; it creates it. The past is only as real aswe make it."- Fred Alan Wolf."This universe has no beginning or ending, no outer edges in space."- Stephen HawkingMATTERThe quest of physics has always basically been to discover what matter is;what the fundamental building blocks of reality are actually made of. Oncethey had made the discovery of the atom, scientists representedeverything as being made of components which resembled coloured balls,albeit very small coloured balls. As the atom was examined further it wasfound to be composed of a nucleus with orbiting electrons, but they stillused the coloured ball imagery.The quest continued to find what these components were made of. Whatfollowed was the discovery that the atom’s nucleus was made up of twoother ‘bits’ which scientists called neutrons and protons. They have sincefound even smaller 'pieces of matter' and given them names like quarks,neutrinos and even more recently 'strings'.However the journey is not over because these 'pieces of matter' alsohave to be made of something, don't they?Unfortunately for scientists, as they examine 'matter' further they are leftwith what they can only call energy, and nobody is quite sure just whatthat is. Again it seems that science has moved closer to realising what theancient wisdom philosophies have always said, that all things are really'one', as illustrated by the following quotations:"It is not only possible but fairly probable, even, that psyche and matterare two different aspects of one and the same thing."- Carl Jung

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