There are concepts which are so vital that if missed, we will never possess a full understanding of life. These are known as watersheds. They are life ingredients without which we are left with many questions, much confusion, and a lot of pain and suffering. This post will examine such a vital concept.
The rise of our advanced civilization stems from our predominant scientific worldview. Our adherence and attraction to science has, for many, relegated spirituality to the sidelines of personal preference. This is because the scientific worldview came after the institutionalized tribal worldview that dominated our world prior to the renaissance and it mistakenly sees spirituality as going backwards.
Western scientific logic bases reality on that which is empirically provable. This is great as far as it goes, but it fails to address or even denies reality that falls outside of empiricism. For example, logic itself cannot be empirically measured. Mathematics is not manmade, but discovered, and it is used to calculate scientific reality, yet even mathematics is not empirically based. If we cannot weigh, smell, or measure the number three, then what is “threeness” based upon? Even scientists use a worldview beyond science to make science make sense. That worldview is non-empirically based reality, or spiritual reality.
Logic tells us that “A cannot equal non-A” without being arbitrary. We are told objects cannot be in two places at the same time. We are essentially given a description of the world as understood through the scientific lens and for most of us, that is good enough. Logic tells us that non-scientific/ abstract ideas are not reality because they are seen as double-talk. This leaves far more questions than answers.
Quantum physics is now challenging the scientific lens and thus opening up new ways to understand our world. The same has always been true for spirituality. Throughout all spirituality there has been a reoccurring theme of “Both-And” that has disrupted the “Either-Or” of the scientific worldview. Both-And is also known as a unitive perspective, non-duality, or singularity. Even the Higgs-Boson particle separator landed half way between super symmetry and chaos theory.
In Judaism, the very beginning of understanding anything is known as the Shama, or to realize that the Lord is one. This goes beyond mono-theism into helping the student realize that everything is connected by, from and to a single Source. Jesus himself corroborates this in Mark 12:28-29.
Buddhism teaches that all suffering comes from our gravitating to one side or the other in all categories, and instructs people to learn the middle way where the two are not opposites but one and the same.
Solomon’s wisdom teaches us:
“Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.” (Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 ESV)
Here is a great example of one of Jesus’ teachings on this.
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].” ~Gospel of Thomas, v.22
So this universal principle goes beyond teaching us about moderation and avoiding polarities. It is guiding us to begin looking at everything as connected, as one big thing, even if we only grasp a part of it. The puritans and reformers get there via their grasp of sovereignty, the mystics get there via contemplation, the eastern mind through meditation, and now the scientific mind through quantum mechanics. The trend line is proving that we are all heading the same direction as our consciousness rises.
Scientific logic separates us from our enemies. Spiritual reality shows us our enemy is our brother.
There are too many examples to put them all here. Just know that when we split the world (or any aspect of the world) into small categories, we diminish some aspect of this major watershed concept. To the degree that we are able to see things as one and connected, to the same degree we are able to take hold of God. The unavoidable by-product of this transcendent experience is a dramatically different humanity and trajectory for our world.
Pay attention to the things you divide, then open your eyes to see how they are connected.