New Spirituality



The New Natural Science

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote that “For all men begin .  .  .  by wondering that things are as they are.” A central problem in achieving scientific respectability for the field of spirituality is the words we use to describe what we are talking about.  Science uses terms that describe hard, physical objects and forces; things we can touch, see, and measure: subatomic particles, cosmic rays, the electromagnetic force, gravity, neurons, and genes.  The field of spirituality or consciousness, however, has not yet come up with a word to describe itself that sounds scientific.  The word “spirituality” sounds religious, which is out-of-bounds for science.  “Consciousness” is better, but this term...

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A Metaphysics for the New Age

“Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose “From your thought springs your reality. From your ideas your future emerges.” Neale Donald Walsch, Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge   Thoughts become things. Radiate positive vibrations and watch the universe reverberate in kind; we create our own reality; think high thoughts and your world grows brighter; focus on the negative, and your fears materialize. Thoughts inside attract things out there. Tomorrow’s God will come down to earth and be part of us, as humankind awakens to find that its concept of a...

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Reversing the Copernican Principle

In his book, Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics has Betrayed the Search of Scientific Truth, Jim Baggott sets out six principles that he believes should serve as criteria to judge a credible scientific theory.  One of these is the Copernican Principle, which he describes as follows: ” The universe is not organized for our benefit and we are not uniquely privileged observers.  Science strives to remove “us” from the centre of the picture  making our  existence a natural consequence of reality rather than the reason for it. ” In my interview with Jim Baggott on October 21, 2013 (Conversations Beyond Science and Religion) we talked...

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Looks Like Heaven will Need to be on Earth After All

Many religions speak of a better place far off in another spiritual dimension where humankind will find peace and tranquility; where the mind rises to enlightenment, and the soul reaches Nirvana.  Others look to the Second Coming when a messiah will appear on Earth and establish the Kingdom of God.   In this kingdom, presumably, humankind will finally be united as one, brotherhood will reign, and there will be peace throughout the land.             In each one of these utopian worlds, people will necessarily be the actors in the story.  And the only way for this story to be worthy of a place called heaven is...

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Beyond Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth

Eckhart Tolle, in his popular book, The New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, denigrates the physical world we live in as a secondary reality; a distraction from who we really are -- pure Being. But Tolle errs. The physical world, this three-dimensional place we inhabit, is a reflection of being, and the failure to appreciate the incredible improbablity that such a world exists, may lead someone, such as Tolle, to ponder instead the inner world of Being as constituting ultimate reality. It may be, but this ultimate reality has an unknown power to project a three-dimensional world of form that we should honor, not denigrate. ...

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