There is a better way: The lost Science
We have for so long, individually and collectively looked to and depended on our rational mind to solve problems. We have relied on our right brain to guide us in meeting challenges and strategizing our future. This science has given us the amazing benefits of technology. This mechanistic reductionist world view however has had its drawbacks, and now maybe the ‘hens are coming home to roost’ so to speak. We see dysfunction reflected in social unrest, in war, in climate change and in the 64.7million items of antidepressants – an all-time high – which were dispensed in prosperous and first world England in 2016 alone, that’s 3.7 million more than 2015 (NHS figures, as reported in The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/29/nhs-prescribed-record-number-of-antidepressants-last-year
The rational right brain sequential approach to living has had many negative side effects, side effects which cannot and should not be ignored any longer. A general feeling of disconnection now permeates many peoples subjective experience of life, and this is manifesting in greater and greater levels of anxiety, depression and panic attacks, an angry warning light not to be either medicated away nor ignored.
From ambition to meaning: What has been left out from the modern scientific method has been the human experiential side. While we have a mind, it is our hearts, connected as they are to a field of shared human compassion and experience, which gives real meaning to life.
The modern scientific world has made a fundamental assumption one which creates a perversion of perception. The assumption it has is that the whole is nothing more than its parts. If we understand and manipulate the parts we control the whole. This approach ignores the fact that the part or particle is entirely dependent on the ‘Field’ – and the ‘Field’ is the whole.
Albert Einstein — ‘The field is the sole governing agency of the particle‘
The most fundamental field is an interconnected, non-local, non-physical Field to which everything owes its primal existence to and is dependent on for its very survival. Everything in creation is intimately interconnected with this Field. We are not units of production and consumption, merely eking out an existence in a uni-dimensional ‘survival of the fittest’ world, where ‘might is right’ and ‘greed is good’. This worldview has its price in mental, physical and ecological dis-ease, and I would suggest is unsustainable.
There is however, another way; a better more sustainable and happier way. Science may well provide the answer, however it is a different science; not a new science, but a very old, persecuted and ignored science, practiced by many ancient cultures for thousands of years – it is an Intuitive Science. While sadly this has, in our practice, and dare I say worship, of mechanistic reductionist science, not only been side-tracked, but actively and sometimes extremely aggressively discouraged.
It’s now time to bring back the natural ease of life as experienced in original indigenous cultures, and combine this technology with the advantages of modern mechanistic technology.
While the accepted mainstream pursuit of science, in the last few hundred years, been conducted through the medium and focus of observation, measurement, mathematics and repeatable, logically predictable and understandable experimentation, this largely forgotten Intuitive Science is neither mechanistic nor reductionistic in nature. While it does incorporate a certain element of observation it is more focused on the medium of listening. This listening is done not through external technology, but through an internal technology of sensitivity and connection to the ever present primal ‘Field’.
In a 1976 book “The Metaphoric Mind: A Celebration of Creative Consciousness” by Bob Samples, he states:
‘Albert Einstein called the intuitive or metaphoric mind a sacred gift. He added that the rational mind was a faithful servant. It is paradoxical that in the context of modern life we have begun to worship the servant and defile the divine.
This quality — invention — is what led Einstein and others to view the intuitive qualities of the metaphoric mind as a “sacred gift.” It is enriched by an infinity of knowings, and it ceaselessly repatterns these to a compound infinity of possibilities as it wanders across the face of the world.’
János Plesch in the section Albert_Einstein#Posthumous_publications, “When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”
Albert_Einstein#Out_of_My_Later_Years_.281950.29, “Our age is proud of the progress it has made in man’s intellectual development. The search and striving for truth and knowledge is one of the highest of man’s qualities – though often the pride is most loudly voiced by those who strive the least. And certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve; and it is not fastidious in its choices of a leader. This characteristic is reflected in the qualities of its priests, the intellectuals. The intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools, but is blind to ends and values. So it is no wonder that this fatal blindness is handed from old to young and today involves a whole generation.” (Out of My Later Years, p. 260)
In a demonstration of the intuitive vs rational mind, see Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon, when Kit and Nikola Tesla are speaking, and Tesla reveals the original intuitive grasp of his work, and the dumb show of rationality he adds to it later for “public consumption” …Let us
Let us now rekindle our interest and study of this ancient science – this Intuitive Science and find the meaning our hearts so long to find in these modern times. Let’s now move from ambition to meaning. *
Carl Jung wrote “thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie” (Modern Man in Search of a Soul; The Stages of Life, 1933).