Can Science and Spirituality go hand in hand?
The Complexity of Energy Fields
Only for the last 150 years has the word energy
been correlated to lightening, wind blowing, and
other natural phenomenon. Energy had not
been put into a similar category until the mid
1800’s (Bodanis 11). Science currently
describes energy in measurements of joules.
Movement, thermodynamics, chemical reactions,
and other properties of velocity and vibration
can all be neatly classified by these criteria.
In science, if there cannot be a controlled
experiment that can be replicated with the same
results every time, it did not happen, and it is
not plausible. Mainstream western science
does its best to stay clear of anything related
to spirituality. It cannot be true so why
even look for it? Why science would not
want to find answers seems like an unreasonable
irony. If a person wants to have a “good”
reputation or be taken seriously such spiritual
things cannot even be mentioned among
colleagues. Why bury our heads in the sand when
it is becoming more and more evident that maybe
the universe does not behave exactly in the
manner it “should?” A survey given to
general psychology students found 47% believed
there was strong evidence for
We live in the physical
world and we have a body we can think of as
physical. However, it would seem there is
more going on in our world than just
When I look at the
world I see it through slightly different eyes
than most people. I see the aura of
everyone I come in contact with. I see
bright energy emanating from everyone.
Everyone appears to have different intensity,
colors, and patterns of that energy. This
was not clear to me at first. As a matter
of fact, auras looked like heat shimmering off
the road at first. As I studied it, it
became clearer and clearer as time went on.
I cannot turn it off and I have come to accept
it. Is seeing believing? It
certainly is for me. I can move this
energy with my mind and, sometimes, I just
experiment with all the ways it can be
manipulated. It also has a distinct
“feeling” to it. I have a rock that feels
like electricity every time I pick it up.
Yet, energy fields are not exclusive to people.
The life force of a person or a plant is visibly
different than the energy of a rock or plastic
cup. My story is very similar to Rosalyn
Bruyere, a 58 year old grocery checker turned
energy healer who says that there are fuzzy
halos around everything she sees (Bruyere
72). It is also similar to my friend
Melissa Jackson of
My friend Melissa Jackson also sees energy and
auras. For her, this is a skill she says,
“anyone can develop” (
There is a technique called Kirlian photography which can capture the image of the aura field or, as some call it, bio energy. The process of photographing people in the proximity of high frequency, high voltage, and low current electrical field has caused its fare share of controversy (Schmeidler). Eldon Case and Willard Fadner studied this process on inanimate objects and concluded, “The major mechanism of Kirlian Photography is common electrical discharge and resulting corona just above the film” (Case). If this is so, why can amputees observe their missing arm’s energy using this process? Why can parts of leaves be cut off, yet its energy is still found in the shape of the missing part? Why would the color be different from person to person or of these aura fields if its simply radiation from the electricity? Of course, the radiation is going to add to the energy released by the device or energy cannot be created according to the first law of thermodynamics (Brown 158). It requires an open mind to make unbiased experiments, which is probably why they chose to use inanimate objects rather than organic specimens. Is there a way this energy is being used in everyday life?
Energy healers have been using nonphysical energy fields to heal people for thousands of years. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “Many small studies of Therapeutic Touch have suggested its effectiveness in a wide variety of conditions, including wound healing, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, and anxiety in burn patients” (Energy medicine). Why would people go to “healers” if the healing was not working? We don’t continually go to a mechanic who doesn’t fix our car do we? No, if the mechanic does not fix our car we go elsewhere. Why would it be any different with a healer? Let us look further into some good research being done.
There have been advances made recently in the correlation of intent and manifested reality. The expression “mind over matter” may send humankind on its way to discovering the truth about how the universe works. In psychology, it is known one can change their reality by changing their thinking. However, it would seem there is more to this than can be explained in these simple terms. Reality is not something that is already there. Reality is also created by intent and our experience of reality is ours for the choosing. Even in terms of neuron connections that are made in our brain the connections can also colors our experience of reality.
Dr. Masaru Emoto conducted a study on intent with surprising results (Eng). Dr. Emoto took water from a local dam, had a monk bless some of it, and then froze it (Eng). The crystals that formed with the blessed ice were radically different than those not blessed (Eng). He tried the experiment on ordinary distilled water bottles, but instead of the blessing, he placed words beside the water bottles before it crystallized (Eng; “What the Bleep Do We Know?”). The water bottle with no words looked ordinary compared to the other ones (Eng). Dr. Emoto attributed mental intent as the driving force in the physical changes of the water crystals (“What the Bleep Do We Know?”). Another scientist was doing his job by daring to experiment and search for answers others would consider ridiculous.
Dr. Fred Allen Wolf
(Physics department UCLA) said, “This leads us
to wonder, are people affecting the reality they
see? You bet you they are. Every
single one of us affects the reality we see.
Even if we try to hide from that and play
victim, we all are doing it” (“What the Bleep Do
We know?”). In the summer of 1993, there
was an experiment done in
When scientists began to measure the universe, it came up short, about 25% short, according to a NASA document (NASA). This means that 25% of the mass of the universe cannot even be accounted for. Albert Einstein discovered that empty space was more than nothing (NASA). He went on to figure out that time and space are also fields of energy (NASA). The nature of this energy is described by the quantum mechanics describes the universe as filled with virtual temporary particles that come in and out of existence (NASA). These particles also include protons electrons in atoms, which also come in and out of existence. According to quantum physics, electrons are in a multitude of places until someone actually measures them. They then go from a wave function to a particle due to the measurement. How is that possible? It is a mathematical certainty according to Schrödinger’s equation (Brown 212). This is proof positive our universe does not work the same on a microscopic scale as it does macroscopically.
Could dark matter be the existence of some kind of energetic field that may be kind of universal consciousness? Ervin Laszlo thinks it is and he describes it as the akashic field (Laszlo 56). Laszlo says, “… we have been suspecting that the mysterious field implied by time- and space- transcending correlations in cosmos and consciousness may be an information field at the very heart of the cosmos” (56). We know little to nothing about consciousness, and to this day it can’t be found within the human’s physical construct. If we are conscious, can anyone prove it? No. At best we may be able to prove we exist, but not where we actually reside in time and space. Science needs to work to find these answers, because science is concrete and deals with facts and evidence.
It is clear science has needed to address issues that have come up in spirituality for quite some time. It is the job of science to study phenomenon that cannot be explained. However, for reasons that might lead to ridicule, many have chosen to turn a blind eye. It seems there are now enough questions that can be deemed non-spiritual (which ironically do relate spiritual matters) such as dark matter and unexplained “real” events in quantum physics. At last, some research is now being done. It is not nearly enough to legitimize what are called pseudosciences, yet there is that potential to do so. Metaphysics studies auras and unexplained energetic fields not known to science. The hope is that eventually there will be enough evidence by legitimate experiments to prove unexplained phenomenon once and for all. When this happens the world can open their eyes to a brand new day. Just imagine the possibilities for the new sciences to immerge from this kind of research. Someday there may even be devices that can heal us through manipulating our energy field.
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