There are two parts of my mind. One is devoted to searching for understanding through spirituality, the unexplainable and the mysteries of our existence. The other Loves finding truth that is revealed through science and systematic research of the observable world.
These two ways of viewing the world aren’t at odds with one another if I respect that they are two very different ways of examining our existence. The desire to connect the two and create some cohesive theory is tempting but it usually results in nonsense that doesn’t do either type of study justice.
To paraphrase one spiritual author “can’t we just leave quantum physics alone?” I’m happy with the law of attraction, just as I’m happy with the law of gravity. We don’t need to make connections where they do not exist but what is difficult is having many lenses through which to view the world and holding space for their contradictions to arise. These uncomfortable contradictions that arise in our awareness are just part of the process of searching for truth.
I recently began some shamanic healing and the next day I came down with a cold. It wasn’t surprising. Deep energy work often coincides with me getting a cold. I spoke to my friend who is helping me through this, she called to ask how I was feeling-because she knew that people often go through this. While I’m curious as to why this happens, I understand the idea of purging the soul and that manifesting in a purging of the body, but I don’t think that very much would come of me making a formal scientific inquiry into the correlation between energy work and getting a cold. It just wouldn’t get us that far.
Similarly I think that we have to resist the urge to use every new scientific discovery to legitimize our spiritual beliefs. Yes, there was a big bang, and are many dimensions, but do we really have to use this to prove that a higher being or spiritual planes exist? I don’t think so. I think that belief is enough and an age old endeavour to better understand our existence can take many forms but we don’t have to tie them all together. The whole point is that there are so many different ways to view our lives, to view our souls and to view the world we live in that we are cutting ourselves short to pretend that any one of these viewpoints can see everything, or that we need to create a unified theory that ties together all of the lenses that we like.
How do you feel about the many ways we view the world? What do you choose? Do you agree or disagree with what I have to say? I would love to hear more.
Finally I want to explain the lack of pictures in my blog posts. I don’t want to scare anyone off by having lengthy essays but I think that long form writing is essential and while I could plaster each posts with pictures I prefer the simplicity of unadulterated written word.
Lots of love!