Have you noticed how hard it can be to understand the language of certain disciplines? Science is full of technical terms and complex terminology that can be impossible to grasp. Different religions use words and ideas that are often incomprehensible to outsiders, while philosophers discuss concepts and make distinctions about things that are almost impossible to distinguish without years of study and contemplation.
It’s funny how words used to convey thoughts create barriers to understanding.
Camps become polarised and separated by ideologies that can create aggressive opposition by others that feel threatened and ostracised.
If you cut through the barriers of words however, you might just find that they are all reaching for the same truth- coming to the summit of the mountain as it were from different sides. They all seek the truth- if you understand that many of the words mean the same things you no longer see the differences that cloud the truth but begin to see the mystery that is the truth.
Each path to the mountain top starts at the base. If you are there, the top seems so far away and other paths of differing views seem so separate from yours. As you reach closer to the truth you become more intimate with other paths, converging and merging as the truth comes more clearly into view. If you reach out to others, you may find you reach the summit sooner and with more friends to share the experience.
I am trained as a scientist but it was only when I began to study religions and philosophies and expand my general scientific knowledge that I began to realise that they all study the nature of reality and the wonder of Nature itself.
Meditation is very similar to authentic prayer. The eastern concept of karma (the science of cause and effect) can be seen in science, psychology, history, geography, sociology and anthropology. The power of core values in life coaching is termed Kidi in Japanese Zen. Biology, Chemistry and physics describe scientifically how inter- connected all things are as they are experienced by deep meditation. Modern western medicine complements eastern ancient arts of acupuncture, herbs, Ayurveda and energy healing. What world religions call God, One, the Word the Yogis call Om, the Taoists and Buddhists the Void, the Hindus Brahman and the American Indians the Great Spirit. Quantum Physics describes the same reality that Buddhists and Taoists have discussed for centuries.
In short, all the schools of thought are searching for the truth. Let’s work together and help each other to discover this One Reality. Let’s focus on what binds us rather than what divides us and in so doing we will find the answers sooner. Nourish the Flame Within is our attempt to distil these ideas into a single experiential guide – a chance to discover the truth through many possible paths- each of which leads to the Summit of Truth.