Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Necessary Paradox

It seems that more and more these days, I find myself operating out of my science side and my mystical side, often simultaneously.

Last night, while submerged in my pool of exercise induced endorphenes, I began to view the paradox of the creation as "totally mystical" and simultaneously, "totally physical".

It led me to revisit the omega point institute, and to this story by Jonathan Bethel

"The entire human species is quickly approaching a quantum leap in our evolution. Every individual walking the face of the Earth is about to go through life changing events that will wake them up to a very strange new world. We are approaching a global rapture of unimaginable proportions, a translation into a higher dimension and a realization of a completely new paradigm.


Ancient forms of wisdom have been describing cosmological processes in a way that modern physics is now confirming; that is, they both agree on the origin of our universe and its infantile form.

In the sacred Kabbalah, it states that reality sprang forth from a singularity, Kether; modern physicists also concur about the origin of our universe from a singularity during the big bang. One of our sacred wisdom schools had the blueprint for creation all along. We just had to wait for our scientific know-how to catch up to balance this intuitive wisdom with logic. Furthermore, many superstring theorists describe our reality as comprising 11 dimensions, just like the eleven “sephira” or dimensions of the “Tree of Life” in the Kabbalah.

The sync between ancient wisdom teachings and modern science is now becoming very pervasive. Several books come to mind that do a great job of merging modern physics and spirituality- “Dancing with the Wu Ling Masters” by Gary Zukav, “The Tao of Physics” by Fritjof Capra, and “The Mind of God” by Paul Davies. Each is an excellent source for the marriage of modern science with spiritual wisdom.

By experiencing many of these viewpoints, we begin to see how a whole new paradigm of perspective is synthesizing out of the divergent viewpoints of science and spirituality.

It’s not hard to understand why the scientific worldview is so cold and devoid of any kind of spiritual ideology. Two discoveries that occurred within the last 120 years became the death knell for any kind of optimism about the human experience or any kind of spirituality within the scientific standpoint. The first was Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, and the other was Albert Einstein’s Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Natural Selection stipulated that we came from lower species and have evolved over long periods of time to get to our present stage of evolution. This seemingly ended all questions about any possibility of a creation by God, since it appeared that we were just the result of random mutations.

That we evolved from apes and lower species seemed obvious; consequently, most scientists concluded that there could never have been a divine intelligence or creation, and we are just the product of random happenstance.

On top of that, the Second Law of Thermodynamics of Einstein clearly made matters seem even darker. It basically stipulated, as the universe ages, it gains disorder and will eventually snuff itself out in a final heat-death. This is the final collapse of space-time, also known as the “Big-Crunch.”

This basically said mankind was headed for doom without any choice for our long term survival.

These two early discoveries seemingly painted a very dismal picture for the human condition, and science, consequently, pronounced God dead.

Despite this development, two scientists came forth to forecast the eventual enlightenment of humanity in a converging Omega Point.

The first appeared in the early twentieth century, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He was a paleontologist by profession and also a Jesuit Priest, an intriguing marriage of the intuitive and logical side of man. He surmised that our current evolutionary tract will terminate in an Omega Point.

In his belief, we will achieve complete immortality and unity with God in this singularity. Teilhard believed the earth’s layer of life, the biosphere, is extruding a layer of networked global thought, the Noosphere. This is apparently manifesting at the present time through our global computer networks. This noosphere is what will evolve towards the ever unified Omega Point.

Therefore, both evolution and creationism are actually correct. "

"During the second half of the twentieth century, science and spirituality began moving toward each other in perspective and sharing many of the same ideas. The battle between evolutionists and creationists was leading to the dawning of a new spirituality that utilized scientific fact.

It was as if the logical side of humans, which had divorced itself from the intuitive and creative side during the birth of science, started recently allowing a deeper intuitive pattern to invade the space of logic and rationality.

The mystic and the scientist were philosophically merging into one being."

Maybe I shouldn't have watched What the Bleep again.

And now, Down the Rabbit Hole is out.

Mostly though, it leads me to remember a book by Gregory Bateson,

and his Ecology of Mind.

And both sides of the Necessary Paradox.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I recommend The Reinchantment of the World by Morris Berman. He bases his book on the teachings of Bateson. I haven't read it since the late 80s but now have it on my summer reading list. Thanks for reminding me. Ro

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh.

I am excited by any attempt to reconcile science and the mystical.

Both are obviously present in my world.

I am not familiar with Bateman.

I'll put it on my list.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this story a lot. Thanks.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the job of the Shaman to remain with one foot in this world and one in the other.

Too much of either is out of balance.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that somebody else agrees with me. I have never been upset by
creationism and evolution happening simultaneously. God made the earth
and all that is on and around it. Evolution goes on.

11:52 AM  

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