Deep Wisdom: The Marriage of Science and Spirituality

By Gregg Braden

During the last years of the Cold War, I had a front row seat as a senior systems designer in the defense industry to one of the most frightening times in the history of the world, and the thinking that led to it. During the last years of the most potentially lethal, yet undeclared, war in human history, the super powers of the United States and the former Soviet Union did something that seems unthinkable to any rationally minded person today. They spent the time, energy, and human resources to develop and stockpile somewhere in the neighborhood of 65,000 nuclear weapons — a combined arsenal with the power to microwave the Earth, and everything on it, many times over.

The rationale for such an extreme effort stems from a way of thinking that has dominated much of the modern world for the last 300 years or so, since the beginning of the scientific era. It’s based in the false assumptions of scientific thinking that suggest we’re somehow separate from the Earth, separate from one another, and that the nature that gives us life is based upon relentless struggle and survival of the strongest. Fortunately, new discoveries in the fields of genetics, biology, physics and archaeology have revealed that each of these assumptions is absolutely false. Unfortunately, however, there is a reluctance to reflect such new discoveries in mainstream media, traditional classrooms and conventional textbooks. In other words, we’re still teaching our young people the false assumptions of an obsolete way of thinking based in struggle, competition, and war.

While we no longer face the nuclear threat that we did in the 1980s, the thinking that made the Cold War possible is still in place. This fact is vital to us all right now for one simple reason: For the first time in human history the future of our entire species rests upon the choices of a single generation–us–and the choices are being made within a small window of time–now. The best minds of our time are telling us that we must act quickly to avert the clear and present danger of a host of new crises that are converging in a “bottleneck” of time covering the first years of the 21st Century.

The journal Scientific American released a special edition (vol. 293, no. 3, September 2005) to bring the world up to speed on the critical situation we find ourselves in today. The title, Crossroads for Planet Earth, says it all. The way we solve the simultaneous crises–such as our response to climate change, the unsustainable and growing levels of extreme poverty, the emergence of new diseases, the growing shortages of food and fresh drinking water, the growing chasm between extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and the unsustainable demand for energy–will chart the destiny, or seal the fate of our global family that is estimated to reach a staggering 8 billion by 2025.

The key here is that the way we address the greatest crises of human history is based in the way we think of ourselves and the world. Clearly, the thinking that led to the war and suffering of the 20th century is not the thinking that we want the delicate choices of our survival based upon!

Developing a new level of thinking is precisely what we need to do today and the magnitude of crises that face us may prove to be the catalyst for doing just that! The emerging bridge between the sciences that tell us how the universe works, and the spiritual traditions that give such knowledge meaning in our lives, plays a vital role in the new thinking that heads off the darkest possibilities of our future. But while the crises of the moment may be the catalyst for such a shift in thinking, something even deeper is emerging.

The new shift in thinking is the gateway to human transformation. And because of the sheer number of people involved in the shift, and the growing magnitude of the crises that are driving us to change the way we think, we are standing on the threshold of human transformation at a level unlike anything ever before known on Earth.

The spiritual traditions that I’m describing are the core principles of ancient and time-tested understandings–principles now confirmed by 20th century science that include the interconnected nature of all things, the power of the human heart to positively influence the magnetic fields of the earth and all life, and the cyclic nature of life, climate, civilization and change. The spiritual traditions of our ancestors got these principles right and embodied them at the core of their lives in their time. It’s the marriage of these holistic principles with the best science of today that help us to tip the scales of life, balance, and peace in our favor, in ours.

While the specifics of spiritual principles may vary from tradition to tradition, the essence of their message does not. It’s simple, direct and states that we live in a world where everything has meaning, and is meaningful to everything else. What happens in the oceans has meaning for the climate of the mountains. What happens in a river has meaning for the life that depends upon the river. The choices that you and I make as we express our beliefs in our living rooms and around family dinner tables have meaning for the people in our immediate lives, as well as for those connected through the fields of the human heart coherence living halfway around the Earth.

By crossing the traditional boundaries that define the science, religion, and the history of our past, we are shown the power of a larger, integrated, and holistic worldview. I cannot help but believe that our destiny and fate as a species are intimately entwined with our willingness to accept the Deep Wisdom of a spiritually based science. It’s all about the way we think of ourselves, our relationship to the Earth and to one another. When the facts become clear, our choices become obvious.

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Gregg Braden is a New York Times best-selling author, a former Senior Computer Systems Designer for Martin Marietta Aerospace, former Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum, and the first Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems. For over 25 years he has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to bridge their life-giving secrets with the best science of today. He is the author of Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny and Fate (October 15, 2011). Gregg Braden will be a presenter at this year’s Celebrate Your Life conference taking place on November 4 – 7, 2011 in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. Click on the following link to learn more: www.CelebrateYourLife.ORG

73 comments

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

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President of the United States: Urgent Request for UN Intervention to Stabilize Fukushima Reactor Unit 4. http://change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-urgent-request-on-un-intervention-to-stabilize-the-fukushima-reactor-unit-4

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

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Mel M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

Love is the marriage 2012 between human mind and heart. http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/those-who-would-control-humanity-are-rapidly-losing-their-ability-to-do-so

Juergen Friedrich

@ Dot.A -- Thank you for friendship. I tried to contact you by personal message, but failed. Maybe later.

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

Ops to Gregg Braden~ [wrong name mentioned] Your blog is attracting so many good minded people!!! Compliments to YOU!!!

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

Whew, Juergen Friedrich * You are brilliant! And your Star shines brightly, especially on the Deepak page~ The reference you made to John especially struck my heart, as his WORDS kindled a passion within my own understanding, and now, you so eloquently explain the power for us all,.... [ the knot analogy is also inspired! ] Thank you for commenting here, as the Care2 community is 'better' for your 'words' shared here! Looking forward to reading more of your Care2Comments!

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you Juergen. The fishing net metaphor is brilliant!

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Juergen Friedrich

WORDS, WORD, WORDS, and each is carrier of spirituality . . . .

John says, "In the beginning was the WORD and the word became flesh and dwelt among us..."

In our every day's communication the WORD works as a means of confirmation that our community depends on 'small talk' as well as on transfer of 'important messages'.

Mankind is a huge spiritual body with many individually distiguished ambitions. Our will has its source in our belief, carried along by lots of WORDS. Now it is time to coordinate the POWER OF WORDS beyond national borders. The solutuion is salvation by cultivation of climate worldwide. This can only succeed by means of APPLICATED LOVE to each other. The practical operation in matters of climate is to be negotiated by WORDS, spoken and written down.

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

The Hundreth Monkey - concept - and our world is gathering this 'concept' of wholeness of US, for the benefit of all tribes, all peoples, all creatures, all plants, and inanimate life for the planet. A planet of peace in the heart of the earth* (in our hearts as well) In peace we can step forward into the future of problem solving together, with our hearts as well as our open minds aiming for resolution.