Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World
Author: Steve Taylor
Pubpsher: Watkins Media Limited
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
It is often assumed that there are two ways of interpreting the world: a rational scientific way, or an irrational religious way. Spiritual Science offers a third alternative: a spiritual view of reality that transcends both conventional science and religion, and answers many of the riddles that neither can explain. The standard model of science has had little success in explaining such areas as human consciousness, the connection between the mind and the body, altruism and ‘anomalous’ phenomena such as near-death experiences, psi phenomena (such as telepathy) and spiritual experiences. But from a ‘panspiritist’ point of view – which sees spirit or consciousness as a fundamental essence of reality – it is possible to make sense of all these things. Steve Taylor puts forward the evidence for a spiritual view of reality, drawing on the insights of philosophers, physicists, mystics, as well as spiritual traditions and indigenous cultures. He systematically shows how a ‘panspiritist’ view can explain many puzzling aspects of science and the world, including evolution and the origins of life, and a wide range of other phenomena such as quantum physics, the placebo effect, precognition and neuroplasticity. Spiritual Science offers a new vision of the world that is compatible with both modern science and ancient spiritual teachings. It provides a more accurate and holistic account of reality than conventional science or religion, integrating a wide range of phenomena that are excluded from both. After showing how the materialist worldview demeans the world and human life, Spiritual Science offers a brighter alternative – a vision of the world as sacred and interconnected, and of human life as meaningful and purposeful. Spiritual Science explains how the standard materialist model of reality developed, and turned into a belief system. This belief system can only function by denying (or explaining away) a whole range of phenomena that are part of human experience. It is possible to be scientific without adopting this belief system – in fact, it is much more rational to do so.
For centuries the prevailing western worldview has been built upon the materialistic, mechanical model of Isaac Newton - a clockwork Universe composed of separate particles of matter interacting according to precise physical laws and existing within objective dimensions of space and time. This model has long succeeded in describing many facets of our multi-faceted reality, but increasingly since the revelations of Einstein and the paradigm-crushing implications of quantum physics, Newton’s world is quietly fading from view and being replaced by a more spiritual science. Topics covered include: Quantum Physics, Consciousness, The Holographic Universe, Morphic Fields, The Human Energy Body, Psychoneuroimmunology, Chi, Chakras, Meridians, Acupuncture, Auras, Telepathy, Psychokinesis, Remote Viewing, Precognition, Out of Body Experiences, Near Death Experiences, Entheogens, Death, Ghosts, Reincarnation, God, Tao, Brahma, Void, Infinite Consciousness, and Oneness
"If the intentions of the Christmas Conference are to be carried out, the Anthroposophical Society will in future have to fulfill, insofar as possible, the esoteric aspirations of its members. With this end in view, the School, consisting of three Classes, will be established within the General Society." --Rudolf Steiner, January 1924 A year after the first Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, was destroyed by fire, Rudolf Steiner reestablished the Anthroposophical Society during the Christmas Conference of 1923-24. At the very heart of the Society, he created "The School of Spiritual Science," whose specific task is to present the "esoteric aspect" and to lead its members to knowledge and experience of the spirit. The school was to have "sections" that represent various fields of human endeavor, including medicine and education, as well as three "classes," of which the First Class was to be established immediately by Rudolf Steiner himself. This short book collects articles (from the society's official newsletter) and lectures by Steiner in 1924 that introduce and explain the purpose of The School of Spiritual Science for members of the Anthroposophical Society. This book is an excellent companion volume to The Foundation Stone/The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy.
The writings of the Vedic scriptures are so important that they can create a veritable paradigm shift in human society, having the power to uplift, purify, and integrate human consciousness. Nithin Prakash Gukhool highlights how the information era has resurrected ancient India in this advanced study of Vedic lore. He pieces together three aspects of Vedic knowledge: Vedic philosophy, the esoteric energy kuṇdalīnī unraveled within the Vedas, and cutting-edge Vedic science relevant to the modern world—especially students. He also shares his knowledge of meditation through his own spiritual awakening, expounding on the latest findings on the scientific contribution of the rishis. Throughout his analysis, he explores why Vedic teachings are so relevant today. Find out why Hinduism and the Vedas are not merely a religion but elegant, scientific pursuits—and embark on a quest for truth with the knowledge and insights in The Spiritual Science of the Vedas.
Spiritual science uses concepts from different fields including metaphysics, transpersonal psychology, quantum physics, parapsychology and gnostic studies into a unified system that describes the multi-dimensional nature of man and the universe. Dr. Valverde attempts with this book to teach the reader how to unfold the real self in order to connect the individual with the universal life and power, enabling the person to manifest that power in his or her own life. The book introduces the concepts of the kingdom within, right thinking, meditation, living in the present time, emotional control, law of nonresistance, law of giving, faith, love, mission in life, how to reach peace, health and happiness, metaphysics of success, christ consciousness, wisdom and reaching perfection.
In part one, Carl Unger outlines and unlocks one of Rudolf Steiner's most essential works, Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos (CW 9). As a close personal student of Rudolf Steiner and a member of his esoteric school, Carl Unger gained deep understanding of Steiner's most profound works, especially Theosophy. For those who want to "crack" this book and are willing to work, Carl Unger's commentary will prove enlightening and help the reader penetrate beyond an intellectual understanding of Steiner's seminal work. In part two, the author guides the reader through the essential principles that underlay anthroposophic Spiritual Science. In his foreword to its earlier publication, Alan Howard wrote, "This little volume, though not the only work from Unger's hand, is the essence of what he did in this field. It is not everybody's book, nor, even for those who decide to take it up, an easy book. Each sentence builds closely on all that precede it; each is essential to all that follow. For those students, however, who seek a secure foundation in pure thought for the suprasensory realities of which Steiner speaks, and are willing to give it the study it deserves, this book will be a continuing reward and delight."
Old Christianity has certainly done a great service to this world though skimming over the surface of Jesuss guidelines. What is most needed now is a fresh comprehension of his real mind and human saga. Rather than reviving primitive Christianity, we must go forward from where we find ourselves. The Master said it bluntly to his early disciples, I still have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of the Truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. Jesuss modern disciples should become in this era of knowledge an overflowing source of inspiration and superior motivation to all men and women. Religion is only an exalted humanism until it is made divine by enmeshing the heavenly spirit with the human experience.
This slim but challenging volume of three essays supports and extends the basis of Steiner's philosophical and anthroposophical thinking. Students seeking a secure foundation in the supersensible realities of which Steiner speaks will find here a continuing source of inspiration. Unger was asked by Steiner to work further with the spiritual scientific theory of knowledge. This volume is the essence of what he did in this field.