Blurred Lines: Science and Spirituality

Some scientists are beginning to embrace spiritual philosophies while some religious leaders are recognizing the science behind spirituality. In this exciting new time of discovery we are considering possibilities that were in the fringe or fantasy category a few years prior. From discussions about quantum consciousness to real fear about the Singularity we find ourselves moving ever closer to a merging of science and spirituality.

I have spent many years with one foot in both worlds. My love for science and discovery brings a voracious appetite for news on the latest “eureka.” My life long quest for purpose drives me to soak up all I can about the spiritual philosophies around the globe and how they came to be. The quest is not without bumps, blocks and criticism. My science minded agnostic/atheist friends and family members pull one direction with their feet firmly planted, while some close to me in the spiritual camp faithfully attribute everything to an Infinite Intelligence they call God and pull the opposite direction.

Between the tug-of-war I seek a solution that satisfies both sides. Impossible? Maybe. Yet with each year it seems the rope gets shorter bringing the two sides closer and closer. This delicate dance of ideas and understanding tends to leave a dust trail of social change as well. When science brings information that changes the common understanding of something, social attitudes must also change.

When it was proven that the Earth is round and rotates around the Sun, thanks to Nicolaus Copernicus and others, there were hold-outs who tried to discredit the idea. Copernicus was a Catholic Cleric and the Church was involved in all aspects of celestial studies, so once the Copernican model was published with the blessings of the Church there was no stopping the theory from being studied further and finally proven. Martin Luther, John Calvin and Abraham Calovius were all vocal in their opposition of the Copernican theory. Martin Luther said of Nicolaus Copernicus and his ideas: “There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must . . . invent something special, and the way he does it must need be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth.”

With today’s statement by Pope Francis, “”If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” we see a monumental shift in philosophy once again. As science proves that the complicated interaction of our brain and body produce a variety of variations in our behavior, tastes and physical construct, then even the religious community must take a new look at what their definition of “natural” is. The argument that can be a double-edged sword is: If God is all-powerful and Omnipresent, then nothing is a mistake and all things are in Divine Right Order.  By measuring everything by that truth (at least for those in the spiritual camp) then all things, thoughts, ideas and events are of God.

On the other side, as science continues to reach deep into the most mysterious realms of our ancient past, there is a struggle to embrace the quantum aspect of consciousness and the possibility of its eternal existence. What came before the Big Bang is a nagging nuisance for some and an exciting lifelong quest for others. Quantum mechanics eloquently explains a lot about how matter forms and the relationship between our thoughts and material formation. This, however, insinuates intelligence that responds to us and acts as co-creator with us. That comes very close to the God philosophy.

As a spiritual-science student in the school of Life, I find these questions and discoveries to be somewhat of a personal Manna that nourishes my curiosity and drives me to explore and learn. The more blurred the line between science and spirituality becomes, the more exciting it is to be on this quest. It is these unattainable answers that motivate me and make the journey worth while.

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Autism, my son and drugs

Okay, a misleading title I know, but now that you are reading please stay with me.  I recently posted Parenting a teen with Autism on this blog expressing the pain and frustration of trying to do the right thing for my nineteen year old son.  At that time we were wrestling with decisions about drugs, diet, behavior modification, etc. in trying to help Jason through his transition into adulthood.  This post is a follow up on what has happened in the month since.

Following a visit with his new doctor, and after a lot of research into different medication options, we made the decision to put him back on Risperdal.  Part of the reason was based on the feeling that we were losing him in a sense. He stopped laughing, stopped communicating and seemed absolutely overcome with new ticks such as eye blinking and hand twitching. He wore a callous in the palm of his hand where his index finger rubbed from constantly closing and opening it.  It has been two weeks since we started him back on the medication and he is back to his social self.  We are still dealing with self abuse at times, usually when he does not get what he wants and is angry.  But in general he is happy and playful again.

I have advocated for trying natural ways to help him, whether herbal remedies or diet with some breathing exercises nothing seems to make a difference.  At this point I realize that my son is a very headstrong and independent being that does not want to be “made” to do anything.  Part of our approach in helping him cope now is expanding his communication as much as possible and helping him understand appropriate ways of expression without anger.  He has been using a Kindle Fire for over a year now that has language programs designed for Autism…but all he seems interested in is YouTube.  I allow this because he has to use the keyboard to spell out songs he wants.  This is helping him to better understand the association between written words, language and things he wants.  We will be starting some behavior modification therapy again soon, we hope to have better results this time.

I don’t know what another year will bring, or another month, or even tomorrow, but I do know that Jason continues to teach us a lot about ourselves and the mysteries of human social interaction with each passing storm.

Boobs…

The moment society decides that the human body is a beautiful, life giving, life nurturing temple of joy and a sacred gift we will begin to exist in peace and harmony with each other and the planet.  When the health of a child becomes more important than the health of a corporation, then maybe, just maybe we will actually move toward that Utopia we all imagine.

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By allowing dogma and tradition to cloud our judgement we have perverted our very essence as a Being and have actually begun to devolve into something that even our Creator can hardly recognize.  Wake up people, embrace the beautiful, the joyful, the diverse reality of what and who we are and the connectivity that shapes our future.

Whether breastfeeding, marriage rights or women’s rights, it seems that the world is quickly becoming a pressure cooker regarding whose rights are right and whose rights are wrong.

While I do believe that all of us are on our own personal path and all opinions are part of the great quest for understanding, I find myself growing impatient with the ongoing effort to suppress anything natural in favor of whatever can be monetized.  Be it religion, genetically altered plants, baby formula or oil we place value on the very things that move us away from our most natural state and in some cases the very things that may be our demise as a species.

The corporation with the money to press media and government to protect and support their efforts will always attempt to move society in their favor. This includes keeping the social morals controlled by their definition and by how it furthers their agenda.  They can control laws, religion and the economy…but only if we the people allow it.  We have separated ourselves into the haves and the have not, the “true” American or not, the conservative and the liberal, the beautiful and the ugly sometimes using the Bible to back our point.

Please watch this awesome video about society’s attitude toward breastfeeding.  Although the poet is referring to the United Kingdom, it is a small example of what I am trying to say.