The condemnation of spiritual practices is rampant among those who herald modern rationalism as their saviour. However, some of their standard rejections are not actually applicable to the beliefs that many spiritual people have.
Sometimes spiritually-conscious individuals and their principles are referred to as woo-woo. This is misguided. Of course there are some beliefs that have no scientific or rational basis, but this can also apply to the rhetoric that manifests from the metaphysical views that are disguised as orthodox ‘science’.
One example is materialism, or the ‘belief’ that everything in the universe is fundamentally made of or can be reduced to lifeless matter. Ironically, this is a metaphysical position, because it attempts to explain the essential nature of reality; however this view is not in any way proven and doesn’t account for life at all. In fact, there is strong evidence that implies that the universe is fundamentally non-material, interconnected and even potentially ‘alive’, as represented by the quantum sciences.
So in contrast, those who truly look objectively and critically at the evidence, regardless if they consider themselves spiritual or not, consider the dogmatic narrative of mainstream science as woo-woo too.
In any case, there are three modern misconceptions of spirituality that need to be addressed so that true critically-thinking minds are not misled when investigating their own relation and connection to spiritual ideas and concepts.
Misconception #1: The Belief in a Personal Conception of God
Most spiritual people do not believe that God is a ‘conscious being’ who looks over us and laughs at the turmoil and destruction that occurs on planet earth. They do not believe that God has the power to intervene in our free choice. It is also ludicrous for them to believe in a vengeful and sadistic God.
In fact, true religious fundamentals don’t even imply this absurdity.
Therefore, spirituality does not advocate this misconstrued conception of God. In spiritual mindsets God is simply a term that can be used interchangeably with consciousness, existence, reality and nature. It is a word to describe all-that-is; the source of everything.
It may be ‘naturally self-creating’, as illustrated through sacred geometry, and in-and-of-itself ‘consciousness’, however that doesn’t intrinsically infer that it’s ‘self-aware’. God is purely the interconnecting factor between all things and self-awareness then manifests in complex creatures such as humans.
In addition, whatever we personally prefer to call the interconnecting fabric of reality – such as God, Source, Consciousness, Quantum Probability Field – isn’t really that important. We just need to acknowledge its all-encompassing nature, and that God is not outside of us, it is us.
The truth is, whoever decides to embrace the quantum principles of entanglement and non-locality can also believe in the spiritual concept of God. This might just be the right catalyst to open a closed mind to their inherent spiritual nature.
Misconception #2: The Rejection of Science
Spiritually-inclined people in general do not reject science, unlike many scientifically-inclined people who reject spirituality. The former actually embrace science, at least in its true form; they view science and spirit as two sides of the same coin. The fact remains that many people, no matter their philosophical preferences, understand that the mainstream narrative of the scientific orthodoxy is delusional at best and harmful to our planet and society at worst.
Science is meant to be an objective and independent analysis of the classical and quantum worlds, however this has been shown to not occur. Corporate funding, taboos, biases and establishment pressures have all influenced the direction of careers in science and the areas that scientists feel ‘safe’ and ‘supported’ to study and advocate. This happens in basically every discipline too and is the obvious reason why it takes so long for ‘accepted science’ to undertake its necessary paradigm shifts.
For example, the material world is not fundamentally real; quantum physics clearly illustrates that it’s an illusory manifestation of a deeper order of energy, vibration, force and information. However, old school thinkers and internet trolls continue to argue black and blue that everything is physical and not connected. They falsely say they have debunked any alternative theories and ridicule anyone who doesn’t believe their dogmatic beliefs and hypocritical assumptions.
Regardless, many minds, both spiritual and scientific, have moved on. Eventually they’ll have to as well, as arrogantly believing that they’ve answered all the big questions and are now just filling out the gaps is not sustainable. It’s one of the biggest delusions in modern day science.
Ultimately, most spiritual thinkers do not think that science is irrelevant, just the dogma and some of the practices of the orthodoxy, including their ‘unscientific’ assumptions and the current meta-paradigm they ‘believe’ in.
Misconception #3: A Lack of Rational Thought
Just because someone believes in something more encompassing than the inert and purposeless realm of matter, doesn’t mean they haven’t thought rationally about that belief. Simply, many people have had a consistent array of hyper-natural experiences happen which reflects to them that something more than the manifest world is going on.
Examples include: so-called random thinking which manifests as reality; knowing true information intuitively; feeling when a loved one sustains a serious injury or in unfortunate circumstances passes away; telepathic experiences between close friends or family members, particularly twins; out-body-experiences (OBEs); near-death-experiences (NDEs); deep meditation; religious ecstasy; psychedelic expansion; and having a dream or premonition before it eventuates in the future.
All this represents an interconnection between the internal and external realms.
Therefore, a common principle in spiritual circles is that everything is one and the same. This is illustrated by the concept of quantum non-locality. More evidence supporting a holographic model of the universe could also reinforce this truth. Yet, how can one rationalize an ongoing entanglement in their daily human life, given that our superficial experience is so seemingly separate?
Symbolism is one method. Symbolism is the ‘conscious’ awareness of external symbols that inherently reflect interconnected information and is a rationale that many spiritual people embrace. They are consistently aware of their interrelated experiences which demonstrate that chance is not a reasonable candidate to explain the phenomenon. The critical and rational mind has been engaged, chance has been ruled out, and the only answer left is ‘infinity to one’, or interconnection.
In addition, some people are okay with just ‘feeling’ their spiritual nature, and there is nothing wrong with that either. Our instinct and intuition are perfectly good tools for contributing to our understanding of reality. However, for many spiritual people, engaging the rational aspect of the ego is a complementary and necessary approach on the never-ending journey of self-empowerment and enlightenment.
Ultimately, for the record, those who condemn spirituality are not the only mindset thinking critically.