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The Science of Spirituality

As the world enters the next stages of technological revolution, what we are beginning to unravel about the universe is rapidly propelling us to the frontiers of the unknown.  Now, and in the years to come, all of our bodies of understanding will be profoundly changed.  What we did, what we made, what we believed and what we valued are all undergoing fundamental transformation.  What we measure, still, is what we can see, what we can touch, and what we can replicate.  These measurements are no longer appropriate and effective for the world into which we are moving.  We are only beginning to realize that we need to learn how to measure different things differently if we are to thrive as people and as institutions.

Recently, we have heard a lot come through the pipeline as it relates to the Theory of Everything, String Theory and the Akashic Field.  All, in essence, claim that every point in space is connected with every other point; and every thing with every other thing. Other theories are gaining more mainstream traction, too.  The growing field of Evolutionary Panpsychism, for instance, posits that consciousness is universal and applies to all things.  This thinking represents a revaluation of the natural world in which human and non-human are one.  If our thinking shifts to view the world so holistically – with no duality between humans and nature – what are the ethical consequences? Will this eventually serve as a source for more compassionate and ecological values?

Many believe human communication and interaction is limited to our sensory channels.  Our views and experiences are restricted by our own senses.  The human, for instance, only sees within a small portion of the light spectrum.  The five senses are the key instruments that we have in life to perceive the world and make our way within it.  We are just beginning to learn how to unleash our higher – or heightened – forms of seeing and hearing that could link us to the greater universe of consciousness, just as our outer senses connect us to the external world.

We are learning that we are linked by more subtle and encompassing connections as well.  For all of human history, the wider universe of waves, frequencies and vibrations was virtually unexplored…until now.  Here are a couple of examples:

  • In the laboratory, modern people display a capacity for spontaneous transference of impressions and images, especially when they are emotionally close to each other.
  • Reliable evidence is becoming available that the conscious mind of one person can produce repeatable and measurable effects on the body of another.
  • Intercessory prayer and spiritual healing, together with other mind- and intention-based experiments and practices, yield impressive evidence regarding the effectiveness of telepathic and telesomatic information- and energy-transmission.
  • The chanting of monks and the sounds absorbed in the womb from the mother have long been known to affect the physical being, but imaging research is now confirming the effects on the brain and development.
  • Questions about what is happening to bee populations around the world – populations vital to the food chain – often center around the effects of confusing signals in the environment, disorienting them.
  • New forms of therapy are emerging which are being used as personal tools for growth, transformation and healing: sound healing, consciousness healing, transcendental meditation, magnet therapy, chakra clearing and balancing, out-of-body experiences, clairvoyance and ascension, pranic healing and seichim (learning how to harness personal energy systems and living light energy).

The fusion of cosmology, quantum physics, quantum biology, neuroscience and parapsychology (among many other factors) are now beginning to reveal that our bodies and minds are not just biochemical systems. This convergence of seemingly disparate fields of study may in fact provide a physical-scientific basis for universal consciousness. Further, it demonstrates that certain spiritual or transcendental states of collective consciousness could have a valid basis within scientific circles. This delicate interplay is also dramatically altering our traditional notions of time and space.

What we are seeing is that a new form of spirituality is arising, not out of ideology, but out of scientific hypotheses and applications, especially as science gives more nods to the non-linear, non-rational and non-tangible.  Concepts like virtual, interconnected or appropriate (appropriate technology (AT) is designed with particular consideration to the environmental, ethical, cultural, social, political, and economical aspects of the community it is intended for) could likely gain a new significance. The “science of spirituality” will continue to evolve, especially as the lines between the two become increasingly blurred.

Shifting Definitions of Time

Time, like energy, is becoming a precious resource.  Just as no entity has the luxury anymore of frivolously wasting energy, no entity will have the luxury in the future of failing to value time.  The dimension of space will govern much of the innovation and application of products and services of the future, and the coupling of time and space will define one of the most important areas of that growth.

We are increasingly seeing endeavors that seek to compress, alter, amplify or eradicate real time in real or virtual space.  That space might be the human body, the community, any place we might visit or work from, a warehouse – just about any physical or imagined place.  We are learning more about how to manipulate time, and how to apply that to all manner of existence, enterprise or activity.

It’s tempting to think of time as a linear sequence of events best captured by a straight line…but physicists have never felt constrained by such a definition.  Biological entities require a non-linear formulation of time because their existence is characterized by rhythms and cycles rather than linear processes. This may be increasingly true for businesses as well.

The increasing focus on time as a value-added proposition will have numerous significant effects on society.  Speed and multi-tasking (although its impact on memory is highly contested) will become of paramount importance, and that will alter the human resource talent that many organizations need in order to survive and thrive.

New theories of time will increasingly shape our thinking as we move through the emerging Virtual Economy.  As the 21st century progresses, we will be faced with alterations in this dimension that challenge our body rhythms, our business practices, our psyches and our personal behavior and expectations.

How do you see the element of time changing in your workplace, in your homes or in your day-to-day lives?