These pages contain many references to science and particularly, quantum physics. Why do I feel – as I do – that physics is critical to a spiritual journey? It is because I, frankly, do not put much stock in faith. I prefer to reason my way to the Truth.
Someone who bases their beliefs on faith is, in my opinion, approaching their spirituality in a lazy manner. They accept what someone has said or written without sufficient questioning and in the process, they open the door to the possibility of being misled. Too many people in the world have allowed that to happen. I do not want someone else to do my thinking for me. Thinking is my privilege and my responsibility. It is my only real power.
“What is faith? Is it to believe that which is evident? No. It is perfectly evident to my mind that there exists a necessary, eternal, supreme, and intelligent being. This is no matter of faith, but of reason.” Voltaire
Physics is all about the way things are at the most fundamental level of existence. It provides me with a foundation on which to build my understanding of my spirituality. I start with what exceptional theoretical physicists have proven and build from there. The tool I use is reason. For example, one of the essays I wrote on this web site, The Illusion of Separation, illustrates how reason based on physics confirms the spiritual theory that you and I are, fundamentally, One. Therefore, I accept the premise of non-separation without relying on faith. I discard premises that I cannot reason through.
Perhaps one might argue that I put my faith in physics or in the physicists who conjure up their theories. That would be false. Those theories have stood the test of a great deal of logical study, reason and in most cases, actual physical experiment. Yes, they are only theories. They might be proven wrong one day. If that happens, I have the responsibility to revise my beliefs.
John McLean, who used to be the senior minister at the spiritual learning center I attend, Unity of Bellevue, says that spiritual study is “grownup work.” It surely is. The basic concepts are simple. For example, “Human beings create their experience by the activity of their thinking.” It is a simple, straightforward idea that is, nevertheless, difficult to grasp and use. Our ego-minds work overtime to trick us into thinking that what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and feel with our other senses is the sum total of existence. It is an outright error in judgment to think that. Reason it through and you will see for yourself. However, whatever you do, do not take what I have said here on faith!