meditation this time has been contributed by a guest
essayist. He is Dr. Theodore St. John, a Naval officer
and nuclear physicist. It is heartening when a scientist
with his credentials shares his understanding that there
is some truth which cannot be measured in the laboratory.
His piece supports the contention of this site that,
while the world thinks in terms of either/or, the spiritual
world functions on the basis of both/and. JWS]
can give a tremendous feeling of certainty. You can
find truth by asking the right questions, making the
correct measurements and conducting the appropriate
experiments. The scientific method is reliable and verifiable.
We can all trust a reality that doesn't change, that
obeys the laws of nature, and that isn't subject to
religious beliefs or superstitions.
what do you do when you have a mystical experience --
a past-life memory, an out-of-body or near death experience?
What do you do when you see a spirit or have a vision?
If you are a seeker of truth, you have no choice. You
have to accept that there is more to reality than your
measurements have revealed.
you study advanced physics, you will discover that your
measurements actually create your reality. If you design
an experiment to measure the physical (particle) nature
of energy, for example an electron, that is what you
will measure and you will conclude that the electron
is a particle. But if you design your experiment to
measure the ethereal (wave) nature of the electron,
that is what you will measure and you will conclude
that it is a wave, like light. In this way, science
demonstrates that when you change the way you look at
things, the things you look at change!
the clear line between "objective" and "subjective"
becomes blurred. It is no longer a simple matter to
distinguish between contradictory phenomena, and the
certainty that normally comes with science vanishes.
You must finally realize that there is a truth beyond
our ability to measure. When you open to that truth,
you find yourself lifted into a higher awareness where
you can see the unity in the opposites. You wake up
to the realization that the apparently conflicting aspects
of nature are One, and that your need to separate them
into opposites was merely the first step to a higher
that you have experienced another aspect of reality,
you realize that there is infinitely more than your
instruments can measure. Ironically, the act of measuring
was the very thing that collapsed the energy into either
a particle or a wave and therefore resulted in a conclusion
that was only a half-truth -- the surface of a much
that new beginning, you are ready to explore the enchanted
realm of a more profound truth, one that does not reveal
itself to the simple tests of physics, but only to the
insights of metaphysics. You are now ready for Spirituality.
St. John, Ph.D. (Physicist)
Posted Nov. 1, 2004