I am fresh off my co-host interview with CSU professor of mathematics, Jim Stein, and I want to share with you some theories about what lies beyond the parameters of proof by science. Science avoids explaining what is not measurable and attempts to strictly define an objective reality to the universe. The necessity for repeatable results in science has limited its understanding of subjective phenomena such as emotions, memories, and spirituality. Consciousness has been reduced to some by-product of chemical processes in the brain. Is it so that matter precedes mind, or was all matter birthed from the divine mind?
Jim Stein distinguishes himself from scientific, atheistic materialists by accepting the existence of the unknowable. In Goedel’s Incompleteness theorem, which is mentioned in the interview, we uncover the existence of truths that can not be verified by science. The mystics have been asserting the existence of the unknowable for many years, and the spiritualists often say of the divine that it is beyond the human capacity for understanding, but scientists have a tendency to argue that that which cannot be measured does not exist. If there exists true facts that science cannot prove, then paranormal phenomena may simply exist in those realms outside the limitations of science. If science measures only the objective material realm, then perhaps the paranormal exists in the anti-material realms.
Goedel’s Incompleteness theorem reminds me of Alan Watts explaining “You can’t see inside your own eyes, and you can’t touch the tip of this finger with the tip of this finger”. Where is the one who experiences sensory information as you? We know where our body is, but if our body is the instrument then where is the musician? Science is historically dismissive of subjectively valid experiential data, but that does not prove that experience doesn’t exist. Memories are often subjectively true, although an objective account of the events may differ and miss out on the individual perspective. Once you consider that each individual experiences a unique subjectively valid reality you begin to question the obsession with objective truth.
In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna explains to Arjuna the nature of the anti-material body, and it’s access to the superior forms of energy in the anti-material realms. Krishna shows Arjuna his true form that exists outside the confines of material existence, and is connected with the divine mind, or Godhead. When one explores these subjective realms, one can gain personal insight or receive visions. These subjectively valid experiences cannot be measured, but have been taught as a spiritual methodology for contacting God directly.
My life is riddled with coincidence, synchronicity, revelations, mystery, and meaningful chance encounters. I don’t have an explanation for the mechanics of these experiences, but nevertheless they enrich my life and reinforce my sense of purpose. Occult means ‘hidden’ because the subjective experiences felt by initiates needed to be kept hidden or else people might think they are crazy. Mystery schools of antiquity guarded their secrets under threat of death to anyone who would leak their information to the public. This can also be taken metaphorically to mean that anyone who would expose their subjective experience would fall victim to death by objective criticism. Science is wonderful at measuring the material realm and making accurate predictions about future events, but it cannot validate subjective experience or travel to anti-material realms. These awakenings must occur within the individual and no one can do the work for you.