The world's religious believers have, as a group,
been cautious about making changes towards a more sustainable planetary
future. Considering they are the majority of humanity, this will
have to change.
Harvard University's Forum on Religion and Ecology
is the largest international multireligious project of its kind.
The overall aim of its work is to find what connects rather than
what separates us in terms of religions and ideologies. The environmental
crisis, especially the loss of biodiversity, highlights our need
to connect with the common ground of our interconnectedness with
all of life and the need to highlight our deep respect for the sacredness
of all of life.
The new science of consciousness researched at
the major universities of the world including Harvard, Stanford
and UCLA shows scientifically that we are inextricably related with
the total universe. It shows that the universe is a self referential
living biological process and brings together physics consciousness
and healing in a way which links science and religion.
Most of our great religious figures, appeared
in an axial development two and a half thousand years ago REF 1.
Around this time, we see the development of Judaism, Buddhism, the
philosophy of Socrates and Plato Zoroastrism Janism and also the
foundations of monotheism were laid in the west. In the East, the
inclusive compassion of the Buddha which states seek your salvation
within yourself with diligence was established.
The spiritual belief systems were enculturated.
They were born of a need of small nation states, to find meaning
in life and to maintain bonds within the community.
The individual at that time in history was subservient
to the collective whole , run by emperors, Caesar's and Kings. In
the East, the situation was no different The priestly caste system
worked in tandem with the aristocracy, creating a ruling theocracy.
True spiritual independence for the individual person was unheard
of, as a nation played power games with other nations, vying for
land and territory.
Life and death and survival, were key preoccupations
in this patriarchal world and the collective archetypes were imbued
with powerful symbols of survival, death and rebirth, capped by
the God or Buddha Redeemer figure embodied in the priesthood.
The ancient wisdom, which held the key to the
true nature of the human being and human psyche was lost in two
separate historical events.
The first was the burning of the greats Alexandrian
library in Egypt Ancient and modern sources identify four possible
occasions for the destruction of the Library:
1. Caesar's conquest 48 BC;
2. The attack of Aurelian in the 3rd century;
3. The decree of Theophilus in 391;
4. The Muslim conquest in 642 or thereafter.
Although the actual circumstances and timing of
the physical destruction of the Library remain uncertain, it is
however clear that by the 8th century, the Library was no longer
a significant institution and had ceased to function in any important
The second, was the occasion of the Council of Nicea in 325 AD,
under the auspices of Emperor Constantine when the authorised version
of the Bible was born.
About 50% of the biblical texts were discarded
at this time. Only recently have some of these texts, been recovered.
A notable example is the Dead Sea Scrolls, which documents the traditions
and spirituality of the Essenes who lived around the time of Christ
Twenty-five biblical texts were thus taken out of our references
during that time an additional 20 supporting documents, such as
the book of the Secrets of Enoch, were also removed. REF2 These
documents, express an individual spirituality, based on the inextricable
connection, between the human being and the living universe through
the compassionate heart. This spirituality was more loving and feminine,
then the patriarchal Pauline doctrine of Christianity, which expressed
an external God and the notion of sin, evil and hell.
Religion and Globalisation
What all this means is that, firstly, we have
lost the ancient traditions and wisdom, which could have given a
more inclusive expression of humanity,in relationship to all the
Secondly, the ancient wisdom is still contained
within the traditions of the indigenous people of the world and
in ancient storehouses such as the pyramid s of Egypt is,and the
ancient temples in Tibet. This is the depth and wisdom inherent
in the human heart and also our deep connection with the symbols
and meaning of the flora and fauna of nature in terms of totems,
shamanistic symbols. Flowers such as the Lotus etc etc which by
their very nature reach us to higher spiritual levels of experience
and consciousness. In fact all the great religions have within them
these esoteric or hidden messages.
Thirdly, the current religions in the world as they stand, still
live by the ethos and cultural proclivity in which they were proclaimed,
2 1/2 thousand years ago, and have not yet risen to face the enormous
changes of a more inclusive, interconnected global society, which
we now live in.
Science, Religion and Conciousness
Science itself is gradually unravelling the nature
of consciousness, and a deep relationship with the infinite intelligence
of the self referential biological universe, particularly through
the science of process physics.
The new quantum physics, which is the basis of
the new biology, and the new medicine, reveal the following points
- Evolution is not a random
event, but has purpose in it. In this respect, the universe is
a biological self-referential evolving creative system.
- Darwinian evolution, is false. We live in
a co-operative living matrix, in which everything maintains itself
at the expense of everything else.
- Materialistic science is dead,not only literally,
but also theoretically. The universe is built and exists on energy
in a quantum non local field.
- Humanity exists to cooperate in communication
units and systems. We are all cells in a loving matrix.
This understanding of consciousness,
comes from the thousands of experiments, which prove ESP.
REF3 Remote viewing, psychokinesis
synchronicity and the effects of mind on the environment. This is
in addition to the ability of the mind to create coherence with
heart and brain, in order to cure virtually any illness under the
Compared with the 1960s, we now have access to
consciousness and spiritual studies and information, which stretch
back thousands of years. This is all accessible now, through the
Internet and through videos. The key ultimately is kindness. We
need to be able to tolerate and try and love each other and at least
care about each other, as we all live on only one planet.
The ability of thousands of people in coherent
meditation to affect critical mass in terms of positive changes
in society has been documented in many transcendental meditation
is evolving a collaborative social network that orchestrates, monitors,
and validates the effectiveness of peace-engendering events, such
as local and global meditations and prayers, peace concerts and
dances, and other practices. Dr. Roger Nelson's of Princeton University
sees CommonPassion.org as a continuation and expansion of the Global
We Need A New Vision to Unite
Can our religions make a quantum jump at this
time, when our planet is at tipping point and severe mutilation
of all living species, including human beings, could occur.
What is needed is the awakening of a new consciousness
and creativity to the challenges posed by the deep crisis that humanity
now faces. We are at the summit of 6.5 billion years of evolution.
The biosphere is a panoply of beauty and creativity with the mountains,
Sunscapes, moonscapes, wild forests and the enormous biodiversity
offlora and fauna. It is only in the past 20 years, have we at last
realised through science our deep kinship with all living species
on the planet. And this comes with the dread realisation, that our
biosphere and planet are now on the sixth phase extinction of biodiversity,
which is occurring at 30,000 species a year.REF4The last time that
this occurred was 65 million years ago, with the extinction of the
dinosaurs. Humanity is now an endangered species.
The religions of the world, now have to deal with
new scenarios which are global, and ecological and in which our
very lives are threatened.
Can our combined humanity reach a place and common
ground, where our religions can come together to enhance human values
and express a deep regard and love for all humanity and living species
and an affirmation of and celebration for all of life.
Can we indeed become responsible stewards of
the planet, seeing ourselves as inextricably part of the great conscious
cosmic network of life in which each one of us has a unique part
to play in creating higher awareness, higher consciousness, creativity
and love of life.
We need a new vision to unite humanity.
Indeed, this vision is happening in various fields
around the planet. We only have to look at the earth charter, which
is an expression of a new form of global governance, based on deep
respect for the sacredness of life. This ties in well with the many
citizens movements, which seek for a more equal representation of
the voices of the people that they may be more clearly heard and
There is also the development of new disciplines
and understandings of religion and ecology, science and religion,
holistic medicine, holistic education, involving the environment
and also ecological economics, especially the work of Hazel Henderson.
A new religion or a new consciousness will need
to encompass a Meta paradigm which brings together a more unified
understanding of our place in the universe.