This reflection is entitled...
The Need for a Radical EmpiricismTo understand the nature of the universe in which we live, we must also include the evidence of our subjective inner experience. In other words, true science must include the journey of the heart toward knowing truth ~ William James
William James, the great 20th century philosopher/scientist, profoundly observed that the science of the future must depend upon what he called a "radical empiricism."
In other words, our journey to understand the history of the universe, we know , must not depend only on our five senses and our scientific instruments. A genuine Unified Field theory must combine the objective observations of the scientist and the subjective knowing or consciousness of the mystic.
"To understand the nature of the universe in which we live, we must also include the evidence of our subjective inner experience. In other words, true science must include the journey of the heart toward knowing truth."
In other words, If we cannot find truth within ourselves, or trust the inner knowing that is the essence of our true self, ~ we can never fashion a reliable science. For a science divorced from the heart will be misinterpreted by a mind that is afraid to comprehend its own essential knowing ~ much as Bose & Einstein misinterpreted the obvious attraction of light photons as "a spooky tendency to want to travel together" when, in reality, they had found the Unified Field ~ whose principle property, which effects atoms, photons and even galaxies, is the urge to unite.
It is Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest, paleontologist and explorer of the soul, whose life's work was the reinterpretation of christianity in the light of evolution, who stands impatiently at the summit of man's quest for the ultimate truth ~ proclaiming to all that this primal urge to unite is god and love.
As such, God is love, the ultimate life force ~ an evolutionary process with which we all participate as co-creators.
To Teilhard, not only is love the most universal, the most powerful and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces ~ but it is also the primal and universal physic energy.
And it is Teilhard who wrote in his last unpublished work "Le Christique" ( The Promised Land ) of the inevitable consequences when this truth appears: "Sooner or later there will be a chain reaction ~ for the truth has to appear only once, in one single mind, for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze ."
By fully surrendering to love that truth has not only appeared in my mind but I prove it every day, as a psychotherapist, by jump starting my clients hearts. I do that by having them take responsibility for love, rather than running away from it, and healing themselves in the process.
As such,Teilhard's truth can be summed up with this axiom;
The basic underlying and uniting force of the universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness ( The Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but ALSO beneath our deepest fears.
Nobel physicist, Erwin Schrodinger believed that mind by its very nature is singular and one ~ that consciousness is not confined to separate, individual brains ~ that it is ultimately a Unified Field.
Noted Physicist John Hagelin wrote in 1993 ~ "If you scratch below the surface and get to the molecular atomic and sub-atomic worlds , you find that these worlds are not material worlds. They are worlds of intelligence and ultimately worlds of consciousness"
My work is, in essence, the reinterpretation of Teilhard de Chardin in light of the current coming together of mankind ~ as it slowly surrenders to its innate urge to unite and makes a painful shift from ego consciousness to soul consciousness.
As an example of our present need for a 'radical empiricism' let's use the before mentioned Bose-Einstein Condensate .
Bose and Einstein discovered evidence of a primordial urge to unite existing even within the subatomic particles of energy that make up light, but they were blinded to the implications of their discovery by "scientific" prejudice.
Picture, if you will, some gigantic scientist peering through his trusty microscope at you and your lover ~ someone you have chosen to spend your life with ~ and dismissing your deep soul connection and union as a mere "spooky tendency" to want to travel together.
Has this scientist seen the full picture of you? Or has he missed an important subjective part of the picture?
And if so, was there a glitch in his microscope, or were his perceptions limited because of his preconceived beliefs or his state of consciousness ?
Clearly, our beliefs and level of consciousness as observers determines our ability to accurately comprehend what we observe . It also determines the degree to which we consciously experience the Unified Field of love. An open heart , as such, is as important for accurate scientific inquiry as is a powerful microscope ~ if not more important.
It is only through the heart that one sees clearly ~ what is essential is invisible to the human eye.
Science will surely remain one-eyed and lacking in depth-perception until it acknowledges the equal validity of subjective, sensory and spiritual experience. And it will continue to record the letter of mere mechanics, and miss the true spirit that brings it all to life, until it comes to recognize the universal urge to unite ~ even within the molecule itself ~ as being the universal attractive force of love.
No one describes this scientific impasse more tellingly than Lincoln Barnett, author of The Universe and Dr. Einstein:
"A theoretical concept is emptied of content to the degree that it is divorced from sensory experience ~ for the only world man can truly know is the world created for him by his senses. Beyond that point he stares into the void ."
We are rapidly reaching the point where psychology, science and religion are all becoming aware of the growing need for a radical empiricism.
Let me use the findings of the recent Nobel Prize winning researchers , Politzer, Gross and Wilczek, to prove my point. They won the 2004 Nobel prize in physics for their studies of the " strong Force " ~ the powerful and mysterious energy that holds the nuclei of atoms together.
They explained the mystifying qualities of the strong force, which holds together the fundamental building blocks of nature, called QUARKS, to form protons and neutrons ~ two of the basic components of atoms.
Now, this is when it gets interesting.
Independently, they developed the theory and the mathematical equations to show that Quarks are held together by the strong force which, unlike any other force in the universe, gets stronger as the quarks get farther apart ~ a concept now known as "Asymptotic Freedom".
The simplest analogy is to a rubber band encircling two objects. When the objects are close together, the rubber band fits loosely. But as they are drawn apart, the rubber band stretches, trying to pull them back together.
Now, here is my take on these findings as applied to my Unified Field of Love and Soul Consciousness.
The strong force in the atom is the urge to unite which is the principle property of my Unified Field. It is the same urge to unite that Bose and Einstein found when they discovered that photons (light particles) have a tendency to travel together versus act randomly ~ which eventually led to the discovery of the laser.
It is also the same urge to unite that Teilhard de Chardin speaks of when he wrote ~ If there were no real propensity to unite , even at a prodigiously rudimentary level, indeed, in the molecule itself ~ it would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up in the ' hominized ' or human form.
It is also the same urge to unite that loved ones feel when they are separated from each other ~ and the further apart the stronger the pull to be back together.
Since I'm a twin, I can really relate to this urge to unite when I was sometimes separated from my twin in early childhood.
This would also seemingly explain how the urge to unite would increase as the Universe continues to expand.
As such, it is a force that is stronger than Gravity!
Thus, the one constant of the universe would no longer be light at 186,000 miles per second for even light particles ( photons ) are subject to this force field of love ~ this driving urge to unite which exists not only beyond time and space but also deepest within ourselves.
And this would also explain why mankind is in the process of uniting while we seemingly are dividing and pulling away from each other.
And finally, on an individual level , it would explain the power of love, altruism and social cooperation and how we can no longer resist our innate pull and urge to unite versus separate.
Then we have Mike Purton, writing in the Guardian on 12/02/04 of the greatest religious discovery of the 20th century:
"Physicists call it entanglement, and it describes the state of two or more particles once they have interacted with one another. From then on, irrespective of time and space, a correlation will always exist between them. What happens to one will affect the other - even if they are now at opposite ends of the universe ...For if matter emerged from energy in the singularity of the big bang, it would seem to follow that all the particles of which it consists are in that state of correlation. They have not become entangled, but at the fundamental level they have never been - and can never be - separated."
In summary ~ the great dawning and, I would add, inevitable realization of psychology, science and religion is that our separateness is an illusion measured by the state of our consciousness and that our ultimate reality, once again measured by the state of our consciousness, is the realization that we are all united and part of a loving and indivisible whole ~ and we resist it at our peril.
As such, those who we love deeply become part of us forever. Starting with my twin and beloved grandfather ~ every person I have deeply loved still lives in my heart . A thread of love that exists beyond time and space.
Or, as Longfellow so eloquently writes, "The thread of all sustaining beauty that runs through all and doth all unite."