Every waking moment of our lives we are immersed a world we perceive with our physical senses. From our work, to our families, to our social lives, to our bills and debts- all of the major issues and events that seem to dominate our lives take place in the world we touch, taste, smell, hear, and seemingly most importantly, see. We become so immersed in it, that for many, this world of the senses is the only world that is real. How can there be anything beyond what we can touch, taste, smell, hear, and see?
Western culture in particular is dominated by this type of perception. Even in an age of Quantum Mechanics and String Theories and New Age thought in pop culture, we are still dominated by a materialist view of the world. This has much to do with the fact that even the more “abstract” theories like Quantum Mechanics still hold fast to the belief of gravity as being the “supreme force” that drives everything, which is fundamentally materialist in and of itself,as gravity is the mysterious force that pulls things down into increasing weight and density. The gravitational model is in fact far from being actual scientific consensus, although it has long been promoted as such.
Since the Enlightenment era and the “discovery” of the Scientific Method, materialist science has sought to rescue humanity from the darkness and superstition of dogmatic religion. However, in its seemingly unending quest to prove religion wrong, science became dogmatic in its own right, declaring that physical matter was the be-all-end-all of existence, and that consciousness mysteriously arose out of matter as some sort of freak coincidence caused by chemicals and electrons. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake outlined this with his “Ten Dogmas of Science” from his book, “The Science Delusion“.
At the turn of the century, scientists like Nikola Tesla and Viktor Schauberger tapped into what Tesla referred to as the “Ether”- the driving current of nature and the electrical matrix that composes and creates what appears to be a physical reality. These areas of groundbreaking (albeit little-known) science have shown that the base of matter is an electro-etheric substance known as plasma, and that the entirety of the physical world is no more than vibrations of light. Likewise, there are recent studies that have been conducted that show that our entire reality is somewhat akin to a hologram or a computer simulation, which of course means that there needs to be a “programmer” to create the simulation.
However, the general public has been kept so entrenched in empirical world of the senses that to many, these ideas are at best seen as abstract concepts that serve no practical function or purpose in their daily lives. Likewise the quantum-gravitational model of the “deeper reality” that is presented for public consumption is so abstract, relativistic and impractical that it will tend to leave most either turning away and scratching their head, or believing that one’s own perception truly is what determines the structure of reality.
Indeed, most folks are going to be familiar with the sorts of sciences that dominate the fields of medicine and energy, which are very much based in the physical world of matter, and are heavily invested in that paradigm. The materialist science paradigm right down to the “Big Bang Theory” is heavily invested in the maintenance of the explosion-based energy paradigm. Likewise, the “nature-as-machine” model of mainstream biology is well-suited for the industries of pharmaceutical and surgery-based medicine. Likewise, we are given the sort of mechanics and engineering which are specifically designed for operation within this specific paradigm.
Those who wish to move towards Self-Actualization need to be able to see past the world of the physical senses in order to access the deeper reality of the Spirit. For a small segment of the population who are psychically attuned, seeing these subtler dimensions is as easy as seeing the hand in front of you, but for the rest of us, it takes focus, imagination, and the ability to believe such a reality even exists.
I want to take a moment to differentiate the act of “believing” to having a “belief”. Believing is an active process. If no believed things were possible, the great breakthroughs of science would never have happened. A belief, on the other hand is a thing, it is not active; it is static. A belief is what happens when we take what was believed, and build a wall around it, saying we should go no further. Believing is a living process, while a belief is a static, dead thing. Science is not dogma and dogma is not science.
The act of believing takes imagination. The ability to see with the imagination and the mind’s eye in meditation, prayer, and ritual takes focus. Now, there are ways to access other realities that take less effort, like through use of entheogens, i.e. psychedelics. Indeed that was my first introduction to the subtler realities. But even then, one has to believe in the spiritual nature of things, otherwise these experiences are subject to being “explained away” as “hallucinations” caused solely by neurochemical reactions and the like. This is the nature of materialist science and the thought patterns it has created in the modern mind. Even the powerful spiritual reality of the near-death experience has been subject to materialist science’s attempts to “explain away” that which doesn’t fit into its worldview.
As new studies into the nature of energy, consciousness, and matter progress, the ability of mainstream science to ignore what doesn’t fit into the box of the five-sense reality, becomes weaker and weaker. While there may be some nefarious motives for maintaining a public blindness to the subtler dimensions, I suspect most of this is driven by ego. The scientific establishment and those tenured within it have built their careers on this belief system and for it to be completely discredited would be a tremendous blow to their ego identity and the beliefs it is attached to.