we believe that a great transformation in human consciousness has
begun; that our evolution now requires spiritual growth; and that
spiritual growth requires conscious choices.
OUR MISSION: to
assist individuals in creating meaning and purpose, creativity and
health, joy and love. We call this authentic power - the alignment
of the personality with the soul.
A scientist is a seeker of truth. For millennia
the truth of human experience lay outside, in the world around us,
and that is what scientists discovered. The first scientists were
those who explored the use of tools, such as a sharp edged stone
to cut, a stick as a lever, and especially those who had the courage
to explore fire. Can you imagine the courage it required to approach
a tree that had been struck by lightening and was still burning,
feel the heat, be burned, and then take a still-burning stick into
a cave and discover that it warmed the cave? Perhaps those discoveries
were not all done by a single individual, but knowledge accumulated
through multiple explorations of the remarkable, terrifying phenomenon
called fire allowed the last step to be taken - using fire.
Millennia later Isaac Newton (1642-1727) brought
the exploration of the external world to a new level of utility
and accuracy by quantifying it, and modern empirical (limited to
the five senses) science was born.
His experiments with optics, gravity, and objects
in motion freed thought from dogma by creating the ability to understand
physical phenomena with numbers and, therefore, to predict physical
phenomena. Moon landings, the international space station that is
under construction, and deep space probes that are being planned
are all possible because of Newton's discoveries.
Now an enormous and unprecedented transformation
in the human experience is underway. Our perception is expanding
beyond the limitations of the five senses. We are becoming aware
of ourselves as more than bodies and minds, molecules and enzymes.
We are becoming aware of our lives as purposeful and our experiences
as meaningful. Our focus is shifting from exploration of the outside
world to the exploration of interior experiences and their relationships
with the outside world. This is the new frontier of human inquiry,
and all seekers of truth are being drawn to it.
The new frontier is the nonphysical reality of
love and compassion, wisdom, and authentic power - the alignment
of the personality with the soul. It is understanding the dynamics
- now made visible by our expanded perception - that underlie physical
appearances, sustain them, and make it possible to change them permanently
(such as the war, starvation, and brutality that pervade our collective
experience and the anger, fear, jealousy, and power struggles that
pervade our individual experiences). The new frontier challenges
us to leave behind the comfortable and familiar self-image as victims
of our lives - always praying for the best, hoping to avoid bad
luck and hoping to be blessed by good luck - and replace it with
a new and more accurate self-image of creators of our experiences.
Exploration of the new frontier is an inquiry into self-mastery
- the use of emotions to discover the sources of our painful experiences
and destructive behaviors and the conscious use of intention to
change them. It is also the use of emotions to discover the sources
of our blissful experiences and constructive behaviors and the conscious
use of intention to cultivate them. This is very different from
the five-sensory orientation of traditional science, but I am sure
that you will recognize the following quest that all scientists
everywhere and at all times share
Scientists of the soul are seekers of truth - courageous, intelligent,
open, and always willing to experiment.
When the Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei (1564
- 1642), first looked at the moon through a telescope he built,
he was surprised to see that was filled with craters. Until then,
the moon had been considered perfect. In fact, it had to be perfect
because, according to the belief of that time, all celestial bodies
were perfect. Many refused to look through his telescope and risk
witnessing for themselves that their belief was false. Galileo was
condemned by the Inquisition because many of his discoveries brought
into question the Church-approved version of truth. He escaped death
only by disowning his own discoveries, discoveries that he knew
to be true.
Long before Galileo and Newton, the Greek scientist,
Plato (428? - 347 BC), made an equally remarkable discovery. Our
experiences of the world, he said, are not as real as they appear.
They are more like shadows on the wall of a cave. To experience
the real world requires coming out of the cave and into the light
that creates the shadows. Plato used the idea of a cave as a metaphor.
He did not intend to say that his contemporaries were literally
living in a cave, and they understood that.
Metaphors can be very helpful because they utilize
familiar images and common understanding to convey meaning in clear
and simple ways. For example, if someone says that you are as beautiful
as a flower, you understand that she does not think that you actually
look like a flower, but you also understand that she thinks you
are very beautiful. If someone says that you are as strong as a
bull, you understand that he does not think that you actually look
like a bull, etc.
Years after I wrote The Dancing Wu Li Masters:
An Overview of the New Physics, I discovered that the concepts of
quantum physics can be used, and wonderfully used, to explain authentic
power and how to create it. My spiritual partner, Linda Francis,
and I began experimenting with a workshop called Scientist of the
Soul. After giving several of them, with great success, we shifted
our attention to other ways of presenting authentic power in a workshop
format. However, the attraction of using the concepts of quantum
physics to explain authentic power has returned to me even more
strongly, and with it an insight that I want to share with you.
(My initial reservation about discussing authentic
power and the soul in the same context as quantum physics was giving
the impression that science can prove the existence of the soul
or nonphysical reality. It is futile to imagine that any five-sensory
inquiry (such as empirical science, including quantum physics) can
prove the existence of nonphysical reality, and therefore, the existence
of Divine Intelligence and your soul because the lesser cannot demonstrate
the existence of the greater. Mathematicians would say that a subset
cannot be used to prove the existence of the set. Yet nonphysical
reality, the soul, and the living Universe of wisdom and compassion
are becoming part of the human experience for millions of individuals
as humanity transits beyond the limitations of the five senses.
My concern was that those who are yet depending
upon others, such preachers, peers, politicians, and parents to
validate their experiences would leap at the possibility that experts,
such as physicists or anthropologists, could validate beliefs that
they want validated rather than validating them (or not) through
their own experiences. In other words, that they would continue
to defer to an obsolete definition of a scientist (five sensory)
rather than become scientists of the soul; that they would allow
experimentation with physical circumstances in a laboratory by others
to continue to take precedence over experimentation with the circumstances
of their lives by themselves. Striving for authentic power (becoming
the authority in your own life) because others have demonstrated
that it is possible is driving with the brakes on.
Authentic power is the alignment of your personality
with your soul, and your soul cannot be quantified (measured), bottled,
or put on display (except by you as humbleness, forgiveness, clarity,
and love become characteristics of your personality). It is not
observable, much less demonstrable, by empirical means. Proving
the existence of nonphysical reality is as impossible as proving
the existence of God. Nonetheless, there are numerous effective
and engaging ways to use the concepts of quantum mechanics (not
the results of quantum mechanical experiments) to illustrate authentic
power, how very different it is from our previous understanding
of power, and what is necessary to create it.
The scientist of the soul is a new kind of scientist
that the new multisensory human consciousness makes possible. It
is a scientist who explores her experiences, both collective and
individual, with courage and the clear intention to free herself
from her fears, cultivate her love, and give the gifts that she
was born to give. The physics of the soul requires exploring in
meaningful and verifiable ways the fundamental connection between
intention and experience, and makes each of us responsible and grateful
contributors to Life. It is a science that seeks not to validate
concepts in the old way, but to reveal the effectiveness and power
of awareness and conscious choice, and how to use them in the most
constructive and healthy ways pos.