01.01.2013 Spirituality

Science versus God

2012 was just the beginning and now let's seize each moment as an expression of the Divine, says Jeremy Ball

Well, it is January and here we are, we have lived through the fabled year of 2012. And where to from here? I will share something of Science with you to explain our role in the New World and where we can go to spiritually from here.

Today, science and spirituality converge together in the most part, whether some scientists realise it or not. There is an amazing science avatar, Nassim Haramein, who is working on the island of Kauai to prove scientifically that we are all interconnected and can access infinite knowledge. This may sound laughable to people on a spiritual path, but for science this is revolutionary.

I am defining science as how we humans understand and explain how life works; from a biological viewpoint where we attempt to explain the life sustaining processes in the body and nature around us, to geology where we attempt to understand the processes that have shaped our planet. It also covers the scientific field of astronomy where we seek to understand the physical movement of, and relationships between, celestial bodies, to psychology where we attempt to unravel the mysteries of the mind and how thoughts and emotions affect our physical wellbeing and can be used to influence others. One could say that the ancient science of astrology seeks to understand the relationships between the forces of astronomy and psychology.

Anyone who has studied science to any degree with an open mind, will discover that all of these scientific fields of study and research overlap to an amazing degree and each discipline, or field of influence, has an effect on the other.

Geopathic stress affects psychological mood, as does atmospheric pressure. The resonant patterns of sound emanating from the earth's crust change the physical manifestation of water molecules flowing above, which, in turn, alters the reactions they will undergo. Proximity to the sun, albeit a fraction further away or closer, dictates when a flower will bud and mature and also has an effect on its evolution. The speed at which a car is driven not only dictates how quickly it can stop in the wet but also how many words can be read on a billboard to create an impulse... and on and on with the interconnections and one field of Life.

The other thing I learnt while studying my BSc in Chemistry at Bristol University in England is that scientists are constantly being proven wrong. Not only are their theories advanced as the intricateness of life is come to be understood at a deep level, but, more importantly, they are shown that their "science", their explanation of life, is only proven true within certain parameters. Or rather they are explaining one tiny portion of life in semi isolation from the great ocean of life. When this rock pool is exposed to the sea beyond, the whole experience changes in ways both subtle and profound.

A great example of blowing open the world of "normality" by a higher understanding, where normality simply amounts to what we have agreed to accept as our limitations both good and bad, was brought to us by the most spiritual of scientists, Albert Einstein. Until he brought this understanding to the world with his Theory of General Relativity in the first decade of the 20th century most people thought of our world as mechanistic and definite. We get a sense of his spirituality in this excerpt of a meeting between Einstein and the great Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore in Berlin on July 13, 1930.

Excerpt taken from Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein Met Tagore.

EINSTEIN: Do you believe in the Divine as isolated from the world?
TAGORE: Not isolated. The infinite personality of Man comprehends the Universe. There cannot be anything that cannot be subsumed by the human personality, and this proves that the Truth of the Universe is human Truth.
I have taken a scientific fact to explain this: Matter is composed of protons and electrons, with gaps between them; but matter may seem to be solid. Similarly, humanity is composed of individuals, yet they have their interconnection of human relationship, which gives living unity to man's world. The entire universe is linked up with us in a similar manner, it is a human universe. I have pursued this thought through art, literature and the religious consciousness of man.
EINSTEIN: There are two different conceptions about the nature of the universe: (1) The world as a unity dependent on humanity. (2) The world as a reality independent of the human factor.
TAGORE: When our universe is in harmony with Man, the eternal, we know it as Truth, we feel it as beauty.
EINSTEIN: This is the purely human conception of the universe.
TAGORE: There can be no other conception. This world is a human world - the scientific view of it is also that of the scientific man. There is some standard of reason and enjoyment which gives it Truth, the standard of the Eternal Man whose experiences are through our experiences.
EINSTEIN: This is a realisation of the human entity.
TAGORE: Yes, one eternal entity. We have to realise it through our emotions and activities. We realised the Supreme Man who has no individual limitations through our limitations. Science is concerned with that which is not confined to individuals; it is the impersonal human world of Truths. Religion realises these Truths and links them up with our deeper needs; our individual consciousness of Truth gains universal significance. Religion applies values to Truth, and we know this Truth as good through our own harmony with it.

But why I am sharing all this science with you now? In truth I am not sharing science with you but the awareness that our science, as advanced as it may be, is but the crust of ice on the outside of the fridge. We are attempting to explain the dust around the sun's rays when there is this great majestic being of light to dive into and let explode through us. We are fascinated with the froth upon the waves when there are 622 million trillion litres of water to soak in and through us (the estimated volume of the Pacific Ocean is 622 000 000 000 000 000 000 litres), a number that makes even the US Budget deficit look insignificant. We are studying the algae on the beard of Poseidon rather than letting the deity himself have his way with us.

As wonderful as the Maya were and in touch with the pulse of the cosmos, even they knew just a fragment. And as incredible as the Christian saints and seers were, they were just hearing the rumbles from outside the stadium. As in tune as the indigenous elders through the ages have been, they were just touching the outside of the void.

As my friend and teacher Miguel Angel Vegara tells me, there is a 21.12.2012 (zenith of the Mayan Calender) happening in every moment; there is cosmic wave and opportunity in every second. We need to start each day and each moment as if it were our first, as Miguel says, "with zero, in front of us, zero behind us, zero to each side, zero above and zero below". In this way, we treat each moment as a fresh opportunity to express the divinity in fresh and higher form, to allow her to work through us. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whenever questioned about prophecies and astrological dates, understanding the significance of these dates better than anyone shrugs the question off and answers that each moment is an opportunity to live from the highest virtue; each fall in virtue an opportunity to stand up again.

Your 2012, your energetic portal occurs with each opportunity you have to interact with your brothers and sisters, your fellow human beings.

In August 1998, I made my first sacred journey to Kathmandu and over the following 14 years I travelled to about 50 countries in search of their sacred places and sacred people, returning to countries like India, Nepal, Tibet and Peru on many occasions. I have sat in circle with indigenous elders, listened to and been healed by shamans in six continents and have attended so many spiritual gatherings and ceremonies that most I cannot recall. I have wailed and shed tears and given charitably and howled with joy. And what I have learnt through all this, through all this outer and inner exploration is that the whole universe exists inside of me. That is, in one breath, a very fanciful and a very simplistic statement. Simply put,it means if you don't fix the shit here it doesn't matter where you run to in the world, it still stinks, at least once you have got over the initial excitement of change and variation. And also it means the whole world is transformed by this resonant particle of the self sending its purified song out into creation.

But how to fix the mess inside, how to dive into the inner worlds and succeed were neuroscience and surgery and cosmetics and fad food have failed? How to draw the opposing parts of oneself together and love them and nurture them and heal them? Well that, too, is surprising because it comes with the realisation that you can't. You can't fix it but you can let go and let God in. You have to let yourself be washed away in a tsunami of Divine love, being helpless, you call out for help and the Divine will answer.

Once you have allowed the Divine to flow through you, cleanse you and you are in constant Divine connection, pick a project for 2013 and beyond and help. Help your fellow human beings, care not of the karmic gain, but rather of the love you have for their soul and all life everywhere.

For sure 2012 was just the start of the unfolding of the Presence returning to our world. As Sri Bhagavan, founder of the Oneness University has said: "2012 is the beginning of the Golden age, which itself will take another 100 years to completely unfold."

My column for 2013 will focus on people living today who dare to shape the world, who dare to allow the ocean to flow through them rather than to cling to the familiarity of the froth. Everyday heros, shaping the New World.

Jeremy Ball

At 26, following a “shamanic intervention”, Jeremy closed his business and left London to visit sacred sites and elders, later creating Transformational Tours and SacredFire.

When not roaming mother earth, you will find Jeremy at home in Byron Bay's hinterland, playing with his children and planning the next adventure. jeremy@transformationaltours.com.au