Religion and science have long been considered opposing forces in our society. While some people argue that religion is merely a collection of fairytales that are causing division and conflict in the world, others assert that ancient spiritual texts contain a science that encompasses neurology, psychology, and physics. In this article, we explore the intersection of religion and science and how we can bring them into alignment to benefit everyone.
Neurological theory suggests that the brain operates through a system of neurons that send electrical signals and functions in pathways, with a creative pathway (right-brained) and an intellectual pathway (left-brain). We naturally favor one pathway over the other, and the key to optimal brain functioning lies in balancing both thought processes. Similarly, the physics of bioelectrical fields suggest that two energies are required to create an electrical field, and balancing these energies optimizes the bioelectrical field, which, in turn, affects the electrical signals within the brain.
Jungian theory adds to this by asserting that everyone possesses masculine (animus) and feminine (anima) qualities within their psyche, and individuation – the uniting or bringing forth of opposite qualities – is the mystical heart of all religions. However, each religion defines one of the two possible paths to wholeness or holiness and proclaims that its process is the only way to reach God. This is where dogma gets entrenched.
The spiritual texts that many atheists dismiss as fairytales are, in fact, metaphorical explanations of neurology, psychology, and physics. Spiritual practices are designed to strengthen one or the other energy or brain pathway. To bring religion into alignment with current science, we must understand that each person needs to find the religion that is best suited to develop their weaker element of mind or spirit. When this happens, religion will become a science that benefits everyone.
In conclusion, religion is an advanced science that, when understood correctly, can help us develop a more holistic understanding of ourselves and the world around us. By embracing the intersection of ancient spiritual texts and modern scientific knowledge, we can bridge the gap between religion and science and promote a more inclusive, compassionate, and rational society.