Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Where Science and Spirituality Converge

Nonduality, “is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness.” Philosophers and sages have come to the realization over thousands of years that there is only one substance — and we are all part of it. Whether it’s called Awareness or Consciousness or even God, it is understood to be constant and unchangeable, this essence of all existence. 

  Then, there’s Science. This practical and pragmatic application of thought and beliefs are now arriving at the same conclusion: the Universe does indeed consist of a single substance, presumably created during the Big Bang, and all sense of being (Consciousness) arises from it. 

  If we are all individual expressions of a single entity, then is there a point where Science and Spirituality converge? 

Deepak Chopra

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Redefining God by Andrew Cohen

Redefining God

Using the word God is always tricky as it's a very charged term that means different things to different people. I like to use that word to represent the idea of an absolute principle. In an evolutionary context, we could choose to describe that absolute principle as "the energy and intelligence that initially created and is continuing to create the universe." In the way that I understand it, that driving force is more an impulse than it is a divine being. In that impulse, there is no predetermined plan at work. It is a directionality, a momentum, a reaching towards. This definition of God does not depend on any kind of metaphysical belief or faith. All we need to do is look into the truth of our own experience and what science has revealed to us. 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution has given rise to 3.8 billion years of biological evolution, which has given rise to tens of thousands of years of cultural evolution. We're on a moving train. We're all part of a process that's going somewhere. We don't have to believe in a metaphysical deity to feel the drive of an evolutionary impulse as a tangible energetic presence in our own experience at different levels. At the lowest level, the sexual drive can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse. At a much higher level, the uniquely human compulsion towards innovation can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse. And finally, at the highest level, the spiritual impulse, which is a compulsion towards higher consciousness, can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse. Something miraculous is going on here and it's trying to happen in and through all of us in every moment.

—Andrew Cohen

Thursday, April 14, 2011

To Learn From Animal Being

Nearer to the earth's heart,
Deeper within its silence:
Animals know this world
In a way we never will.

We who are ever
Distanced and distracted
By the parade of bright
Windows thought opens:
Their seamless presence
Is not fractured thus.

Stranded between time
Gone and time emerging,
We manage seldom
To be where we are:
Whereas they are always
Looking out from
The here and now.

May we learn to return
And rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our locked minds,
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.

May we enter
Into lightness of spirit,
And slip frequently into
The feel of the wild.

Let the clear silence
Of our animal being
Cleanse our hearts
Of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness
So that our minds
Might be baptized
In the name of the wind
And light and the rain.

~ John O'Donohue
from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

Monday, April 4, 2011

Essential Nature

Ultimately all suffering is caused by the pain of separation from our essential nature. Just as a tree or a bird in the wild has a natural expression of its potential, we as humans have the potential to be intimately connected to our own natural expression. We also have the gift of being conscious of ourselves in the process. This gift of consciousness can lead us through the conditioning of our minds to our natural state of being.

Much, if not all of our suffering, is generated by our conditioning and beliefs that separate us from who we are. The threats that we continually face as we go through our day are usually not a threat from the world around us, but our own internal dialogue and beliefs about how life should be.

There’s nothing we have to change about ourselves. In the sense that I am this type of person and I need to more of that type of person, or I am deficient in these qualities so I need to improve myself to be more like that. What is really required is often just a reorientation to our experience.

In almost every instance the family we are born into is unable to provide the unconditional love and nurturing we need to grow in a natural way, so we find ways to adapt. We adapt to our early family experience by using the capacities we have available to us at each developmental stage to, not only survive, but to get as best we are able the love nurturing and attention we need and desire to grow. We also develop feelings of deficiency – if I was more like what my father expects me to be like I would be worthy of the love I don’t receive.

Conditioning permeates all areas of our lives: our beliefs about food, politics, morals, the roles we need to adopt, the purpose of life or goals we need to aspire to, and most significantly, what our relationships should be like. How should I think and act towards others, how should they treat me, how should this person, friend, partner, husband, wife, child, behave towards me.

The bottom line is that through all of this conditioning and trauma, we loose touch with our essential nature.

Monday, January 17, 2011

You Are Not Accidental

"You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. Thats what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you. The stars and sun and moon, the trees and birds and earth - everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which cannot be filled by anybody except you. This gives you a tremendous joy, a fulfillment that you are related to existence, and existence cares for you. Once you are clean and clear, you can see tremendous love falling on you from all dimensions. " Osho