Three Schools of Thought
In my experience there are three schools of thought around the spiritual path. There are those that embrace it, those that disregard it and those that are undecided. The people who embrace it feel comfortable communicating with electromagnetic energy and the spirit world. Often they are people who have been able to do it all their lives. Perhaps they embraced it at an early age. There are many who try to ignore the communication when they are young and come back to it later in life. There are others who make it a life- long denial. Whichever camp they fall in, these people are very intuitive and sensitive to the energy of people and places around them. Somehow their minds are wired to be sensitive to the electromagnetic energy of the world around them and they sense things that other people do not feel. They are more tuned into their subconscious, left brain, the part that is sensitive to electromagnetic energy and the messages it conveys. The more they use this innate skill, the more powerful these skills become. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those that disregard it. Often they are not sensitive to the electromagnetic energy of the world around them. They are very right- brained, logic driven people who look for reason in all that they do. Because they are not consciously sensitive to electromagnetic energy, to them the world of insights, intuition and spirit does not exist and so they dismiss it when people talk about it. Then there is the range of people who are open- minded enough to consider the evidence available that points to the fact that electromagnetic energy communicates with us in the physical world all the time in the form of insights, intuition, signs and spirit interactions. It is to these undecided people who are open to the idea of spirit, yet may be sceptical of it, that this blog is addressed.
A healthy scepticism
I fall into this latter category. I have been drawn to spirituality all my life. Ever since my elder brother spoke to me when I was a young child of philosophy, spirituality and psychology, I have been fascinated by the power of the human mind and how we interact with the world around us. I have been drawn to study many global religions, traditions and cultures as well as native traditions from America, Australia and Africa and found that they have a huge amount in common with the Islam, Judaism, Christianity (the Abrahamic religions), Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism with regard to the structure of the universe and the nature of spirituality. To me they say the same things in different ways and I fail to understand why they argue over what is fundamentally the same truth. Religion is not the sole custodian of spiritual teaching. In fact much of religion has no spiritual relevance at all. Spirituality cannot be limited to any particular religion or teaching. Even my beloved science, which I had carved a career in at Cambridge in Biochemistry and Neuroscience, talked about Quantum Physics and the parallels with spiritual teachings throughout the world. All kinds of books such as The Tao of Physics, The Field, The Holographic Universe, Blackfoot Physics, The Dancing Wu Li Masters and our own Nourish the Flame Within discuss this science- spirituality connection.
I have been exposed to an intellectual spirituality, as many people have in our modern world, with dashings of experience that tell me my intellect is pointing in the right direction. There is simply too much evidence as far as I am concerned for there not to be an electromagnetic and spirit world with which we interact and communicate.
Yet how can it be proved? This is where the intellect must take a leap of faith and build some trust. It is precisely this fact that makes the open- minded person sceptical, suspicious that they will be taken for a ride, duped, have the wool pulled over their eyes and taken advantage of. Indeed, the profession of spirituality is full of charlatans that prey on the needy and the hopeful. This is not Spirituality. Every profession is full of those with integrity and those that want to make a quick fortune at any cost. Choose carefully. Making a poor choice does not negate the electromagnetic, spirit world and the power and validity of intuition and insight. It simply undermines your trust. Finding good teachers will deepen your trust in something that you intuitively know to be true. At least, this is the experience I have had. We also have the throw- back to witch hunts and the fear Religion has instilled in its congregations that plague our consciousness as a society and inform our prejudice and scepticism. All of these historic episodes influence our conscious acceptance of a spirit world. There is mounting scientific evidence to support these notions that people throughout time have experienced.
The Limitations of a Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is a powerful tool, trained to think, analyse, consider and ponder endlessly, from the moment it wakes up to the second it falls asleep. No matter how hard you try to use it to connect to the higher vibrations of electromagnetic energy, it will not happen. The subconscious mind holds the tools to connecting to these higher vibrations of electromagnetic energy. It is your ability to consciously listen to the subconscious that requires cultivation. To experience spirituality, you have to place the conscious mind aside and feel it through your subconscious senses. Meditation, contemplation and prayer are three ways in which you can calm the conscious mind and develop the skill of listening to whatever the subconscious is picking up from the electromagnetic information all around you. There are many other ways as well, including drumming, Reiki, dancing and movement, chanting and singing, sound and silence to name a few.
Which path should you take?
The path you are drawn to take- the kind of answer the conscious mind hates because it is too vague. You can only truly answer it with your subconscious mind, through hunches, insights and intuitions that guide you through your life. There are as many paths as there are people in the world, as each person takes an individual journey that brings them closer to the truth. My journey is unlike any other person’s path. We may walk with people for a while (teachers, mentors and guides). Ultimately, it is each person’s responsibility to discover their journey, using the full power of the brain, both conscious and subconscious, as well as the intellect, intuition, intention and choice to find the way.