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Science and spirit are not separate disciplines; understanding the true nature of reality reveals where science meets spirit!
"Countries like ours are full of people who have all of the material comforts they desire, yet lead lives of quiet (and at times noisy) desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside them and that however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motorcars and television sets they stuff it with, however many wellbalanced children and loyal friends they parade around the edges of it...it aches!" Bernard Levin
Sooner 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 to become dissatisfied and confused with the contradictions between science, religion and the mutually exclusive world-views with which we are 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 human suffering 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 to explain phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing or out of body experiences, to name just a few. These phenomena are far too well documented to be dismissed, so they must be incorporated into a plausible world view.
‘New Age’ belief systems borrow from the eastern philosophies and talk about the ‘wholeness’ of reality or that everything is ‘one’, but then continue to philosophise about the nature of reality in the ‘dualistic’ terms of ‘spiritual’ and ‘physical’. They are left with these seemingly irreconcilable opposites which will never allow the true nature of reality to make sense. This ‘dualistic approach’ is the same mistake that classical science made when trying to find the so-called spark of life that they thought was somehow injected into inert matter. It may therefore seem impossible to find a way through the world’s minefield of beliefs and dogmas without wasting years studying systems which turn out to be unsatisfactory or even worthless; which fail to answer any of the big questions about life and world events. Clearly there is something missing in the prevailing world view presented by the mainstream sources. Einstein once said, “A problem cannot be solved using the same thoughts or approach which caused it in the first place”. It is only since the advent of quantum physics that science has started to realise that a totally new and radical approach is needed to begin to understand the nature of reality.
SPACETIME For centuries science had treated ‘Time’ and ‘Space’ as if they were two separate 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, starting with Albert Einstein, challenged the normally accepted scientific assumptions. This eventually led to the realisation that ‘time’ and ‘space’ were intricately intertwined. It also meant that a new word was needed to explain this concept and so they created the word ‘Spacetime’, which, without realising it, had taken science another step along the road to discovering the ‘Wholeness’ of everything. It is this ‘Wholeness’ that the ancient wisdom philosophies have been speaking about for thousands of years but fail to explain in words and concepts that are of practical use in everyday life. To illustrate the advances in scientific thinking, please consider the following quotations from some physicists:
"People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, 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 as we make it." - Fred Alan Wolf. "This universe has no beginning or ending, no outer edges in space." - Stephen Hawking
MATTER The quest of physics has always basically been to discover what matter is; what the fundamental building blocks of reality are actually made of. Once they had made the discovery of the atom, scientists represented everything as being made of components which resembled coloured balls, albeit very small coloured balls. As the atom was examined further it was found to be composed of a nucleus with orbiting electrons, but they still used the coloured ball imagery. The quest continued to find what these components were made of. What followed was the discovery that the atom’s nucleus was made up of two other ‘bits’ which scientists called neutrons and protons. They have since found 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' also have to be made of something, don't they? Unfortunately for scientists, as they examine 'matter' further they are left with what they can only call energy, and nobody is quite sure just what that is. Again it seems that science has moved closer to realising what the ancient 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 matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing." - Carl Jung
"Quantum Physics leaves us with 'Quantumstuff', existing as a particle in our three dimensional world and appearing only when we observe it, and otherwise, existing as a wavelike entity not in our three dimensional world." - Norman Friedman "The difference between the old and the new physics is simple and profound; both the old and the new physics were dealing with shadowsymbols, but the new physics was forced to be aware of the fact; forced to be aware that it was dealing with shadows and illusions, not reality." - Sir Arthur Eddington
CONSCIOUSNESS There is much speculation about various levels of consciousness or altered states of consciousness, particularly under such topics as conscious creation, mind over matter and positive thinking. However, one thing that has become apparent is that consciousness is not a by-product of the brain. As Physicist Dr Jude Currivan has pointed out, "Despite a century of intensive research, science has been unable to produce any convincing evidence that consciousness is merely a product of the neurophysiological process in the brain." This begs the question as to whether ‘thought’ or ‘consciousness’ could also be described as ‘energy’?
If this is the case then the implications are tremendous.
Consider the following statements by leading physicists and other eminent people: "The knower is ever greater than the known, and the seer is greater than the seen. That which is known is contained within the knower, and that which is seen is in the seer; the vast expanse of the sky is in the mind, not outside, because the mind is everywhere and there is no outside to it." - Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
"I had come to suspect, and now felt compelled to acknowledge, that science and the physical world were products of human imagining; that we were not the cool observers of that world, but its passionate creators. We were all poets and the world was our metaphor." - Roger S Jones "Quantum theory essentially erased the difference between matter and fields, making reality a unit that exhibits the properties of both. This single, unitary stuff gave rise to the fantastically successful algorithm now used by physicists in all calculations involving quantum theory. But nobody knows what this unitary stuff really is. Most quantum physicists, of course, stop short of calling this unitary substance consciousness." - Norman Friedman "It is your mind that creates this world." - The Buddha
REALITY How do you experience your everyday reality? This is something often taken for granted, but it's worth pondering for a moment or two. You receive your day to day experiences through your five senses, which are Touch, Taste, Sight, Hearing and Smell. But do these senses tell you everything? Modern physics can show that the light and sound spectra extend far beyond what is detected by your eyes and ears. Even your sense of touch deceives you. Objects that seem so solid can be shown by quantum physics to be made up of atoms, which in turn are made up of even smaller sub-atomic particles, which appear to be made up of what can only be described as ‘energy’; and no-one seems to be quite sure what ‘energy’ is. Therefore, can you rely on your sight or your hearing or your touch to tell you about the true nature of the world you inhabit? Your senses only provide you with part of the picture of the true nature of reality and because of this you may make the wrong value judgments in your life.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that these concepts just belong in the domain of scientific theory, because they have dramatic consequences for your life. The consequences are so far-reaching that they require you to reassess everything you thought you knew about yourself and your world. The true nature of reality is not only stranger than you imagine, it is stranger than you can imagine.
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