Evidence-based Spiritualitybeta

April 18, 2016

It's hard for many of us, especially those of us with a science or engineering background, to talk about spirituality. Let's do it!

Spirituality is a difficult subject.  What does the word even mean?  How can we compare and contrast spirituality, or the existence of a spiritual, energetic, non-physical plane, with religion?  Why should we care to inquire?   

I have grown to care and to inquire because of my own personal frustration with the tools I have available to fight against the many injustices occurring daily - the wars that benefit a small elite, the corporatocracy, and the debt-enslaving money system that enables and propels practices both extractive and degenerative at a pace so fast (spending our future so fast) that we could very well destroy the earth before most people wake up.  One can feel very small when lining up against the inertia of the status quo.  

I have come to believe that we have a force at our disposal that trumps all others - our ability to align with all that is good... all that is Love, in the spiritual space of consciousness.  This last is a very difficult sentence to write for an engineer (me : )... so what does it mean?  How can we feel around this thing to define it better?  How can we use our scientific training to find evidence for this?  Here is an apt metaphor for my evolving view from ZenGardener;

       "Evil dies from its own corrupted aberration.  As in the human body, the protective immune system of the Universe will eventually disable and recycle these invaders." - Zen Gardner

Indeed, we can either be the (bad) bacteria that kill the earth and each other, or the immune cells that help to restore balance.  As immune cells we have amazing power, and I would further propose that our power to coordinate and force multiply lies in the spiritual realm.   

I will close this introduction with a quote from Eben Alexander, a non-spiritual neurosurgeon who experienced a near death experience that caused him to change his reductionist views;

We are spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe – we can come to know this fact by going within. Given there is but one Truth we all seek, it should come as no surprise that open-minded science that acknowledges all of the relevant empirical observations (including not only psychedelic drug experiences and epiphanies during meditation, but near-death experiences, shared-death experiences, precognition, after-death communication, death bed visions, out of body experiences, remote viewing, past life memories in children indicative of reincarnation, etc.) should help lead us towards that Truth. This will lead to a necessary synthesis of science and spirituality that is crucial to our evolution as a species and to the well-being of all life on our planet.


My goal for this Group thread is to further the synthesis of science and spirituality.  Thank you,  Jim H       

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By matttheconqueror on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - 6:03pm

There is more than we can measure

This is a topic I've given a lot of thought lately. Like many here I'm pretty hyper rational and I'm turned off by "woo woo" stuff by default. This is compounded by a rather painful break with organized religion  of my childhood 10 years ago that left me further antagonistic to anything "unscientific." 


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