Making a case for an underlying unity of science and religion would be
pointless were it true that science had already ruled out any basis for the
beliefs underlying religion. Unfortunately, many people, not just scientists,
believe that it is true. There are strong voices among
scientists who fervently proclaim that science has, indeed, proven that
all religious beliefs are unfounded—that religion is simply keeping alive
baseless superstitions and other nonsense. At first glance their arguments are compelling. They invoke the
scientific method. They tell us that none of religion’s claims have been proven
in the laboratory. They assure us that their arguments rest firmly on factual
scientific discovery. They speak with utter conviction. You will no doubt be
surprised, therefore, and possibly affronted, when I say that the people who
hold such absolute views are simply true believers in their own religion: scientific
Scientific materialism rests on the belief that everything there
is or ever will be springs from the interactions of matter and energy—and
from absolutely nothing else. Despite the existence of enduring major
scientific mysteries, such as the origin of life and the nature of
consciousness, scientific materialists believe that it is only a matter
of time before all as-yet-unexplained phenomena will be explained
by—and only by—the interactions of matter and energy. This expectation is an
article of faith among those who embrace scientific
materialism. It is their credo. Given science’s undeniable success
over the last three centuries, scientific materialism’s matter-and-energy-only
hypothesis is very convincing to a lot of people.
Science’s means of exploring reality—the scientific method—is the
oracle of the age. Using the scientific method, scientists have uncovered
myriad laws governing the operation of the physical world. It is no
exaggeration to say that the application of those laws over the last two
centuries has transformed civilization. Unfortunately for other religions,
the religion of scientific materialism is in the ascendant and very
influential. Not just many scientists, but also a huge percentage of people in
the world, are unknowingly members of the church of scientific materialism
because they have embraced the credo: Everything that is, or ever will be, is
the result of matter-energy interactions and nothing else.
But make no mistake: The idea that everything that is and ever
will be springs from the interactions of matter and energy—and nothing else—is
a belief, not a proven fact. Despite the efficacy of the scientific method, it
is not the case. Scientific materialists would have us think that science has
applied the scientific method to all possibilities for nonmaterial realities
and proven them all false. Rather, science as an official body has become so
convinced of the truth of scientific materialism that it simply doesn’t explore
alternative possibilities. The bias
toward material explanations for all phenomena is so strong that it nearly
eliminates the possibility of funding for any scientific inquiry that attempts
to explore realities other than the material. A vocal portion of scientists
dismiss out of hand, or, worse yet, hold in disdain, even the suggestion that
there may be nonmaterial solutions to unexplained phenomena. Embracing such
a suggestion is not, to put it mildly, a path to a successful career in
Although it is true that science has by no means disproven the
fundamental beliefs of religion, failure to disprove does not automatically
make religion’s beliefs true. How, then, can we decide whether or not
there is any truth to religion’s claims? One way we can evaluate
such claims is by comparing the testimony of those who have had profound
transcendent experiences. When we look beyond the superficial variations of
language, culture, and vocabulary such people use to describe their
transcendent experiences, we find a compelling consistency.
Another way to evaluate the veracity of religion’s claims is to
study the remarkably similar ways in which the saints and sages attained such
transcendent states. At the heart of all religions you will find men and women
who practiced a universally effective science of religion. The
science of religion is a collection of disciplines, usable by anyone, which,
when performed with determined focus and intention, inevitably result in
personal transcendent experience. From personal transcendent experience come
the revelations that give meaning to all religions. The disciplines that bring
personal transcendent experience deserve to be considered scientific because
they provide consistent and repeatable results when practiced
I hope that you [find] personal inspiration in The Physics of God.
Practices of the science of religion that lead to inner awakening—most notably
meditation—will allow you to experience a joy beyond anything you’ve ever
known. We are far more than we know.
Joseph Selbie makes the complex and obscure, simple and clear. A
dedicated meditator for over 40 years, he has taught yoga and meditation
throughout the United States and Europe. He is known for creating bridges of
understanding between the modern evidenced-based discoveries of science and the
ancient experience-based discoveries of the mystics. Selbie maintains several
blogs, including Intersections, which explores how spirituality connects with
culture and science. He also authored The Yugas, a factual look at India’s
tradition of cyclical history; and a sci-fi/fantasy series, The Protectors
Diaries, inspired by the abilities of mystics. Joseph is a founding member of
Ananda, a meditation-based community and spiritual movement inspired by
Paramahansa Yogananda. He lives with his wife at Ananda Village near Nevada
City, California. For more information, go to www.PhysicsAndGod.com.
All over the world, there are universal symbols understood
by every culture, religion, class system, race and creed. These symbols are
powerful subconscious drivers of our understanding and perception of the world
we live in and the forces we interact with, as well as who we are as human
individuals. The actual definition of the word “archetype” is an idea or
original pattern/model from which all things of the same type are
representations or copies. The ancient Greek root of the word is “archein,”
meaning “original, old,” and “typos” meaning “pattern, type, model.” Thus,
an archetype is an original pattern from which all other similar persons,
objects, ideas, concepts and themes are derived, copied, modeled and emulated.
Jungian psychology, an archetype is an inherent idea or mode of thought derived
from the experience of the species/race and present in the individual and
collective unconscious. Carl Gustav Jung, the famed psychologist, utilized
these symbols as a means for understanding the path to personal enlightenment,
the way the world works, the way the human psyche works, and how to empower,
heal, or achieve goals and desires. There are human and animal archetypes, in
fact, Jung once said there were as many archetypes as there are typical
situations in life, and they constructed a type of formula for the functioning
of the subconscious, and have the distinct characteristic of showing up
throughout human history in the same form, with the same meaning. He defined
twelve in particular that played a large role in the development of our psyches
doesn’t matter what culture, religion, geographical boundary or language
spoken...an archetype is the same anywhere around the globe, for it represents
the language of the collective detached from the intellect and judgment of the
conscious mind. Often, we don’t even think about how we got to behave, act and
think the way we do, or what molded our personalities, until something happens,
usually tragic, that makes us realize we are not happy, fulfilled expressions
of our deepest selves. This is where archetypes can be an incredible learning
Hero – sent on a quest to pursue his/her destiny. Comparative mythologist
Joseph Campbell spoke and wrote extensively of the “Hero’s Journey” found in
many great novels and movies, including “Star Wars.”
Self – Our individual persona seeking to become completely realized, usually
via the Hero’s Journey.
Shadow Self – Our opposing, amoral, instinctual, primitive side associated with
– The main guide of the self on its journey.
Persona – Our masks we wear to show others and hide who we truly are.
– Our female and male psyches, roles and desires.
– The perfected Self.
– Mother Earth.
– The change agent.
– Our primitive past of humanity.
– The wise ones among us.
– The nurturer.
– The protector.
– The one who knows how to transform, who has hidden knowledge we seek.
Fool – Our confused, faulty Self.
– The one we assign blame to.
are just a sampling of the many archetypes we may already be familiar with,
including the enemy/adversary/Devil, who often stands in the way of the Hero
achieving his/her mission, and thus, destiny. Because Jungian archetypes are
often used to help understand a spiritual and hidden dimension to our
existence, they can also help to explain layout of that dimension, and give us
insight and guidance as to how to overcome any obstacles or blocks we face on
our journey. But Jung was not the only person to develop a list of archetypes.
We now have so many others to work with that can help empower us in ways even
Jung may not have imagined, all existing in the deepest parts of who we are as
Jung posited that the
collective unconscious was akin to a storehouse of information, myths, stories
and symbols that all humans have access to, and is a necessary part of the
human psyche. Think of the collective
unconscious as a universal reservoir that allows all humans to quench their
subjective, symbolic thirst for meaning, especially when it comes to those
things that are not objective, empirical or direct experiences. Thus, any
symbolic theme in that reservoir can ease the thirst of any culture, albeit in
different modes of expression on the surface (think of using a blue cup dipped
in a sink as opposed to a green cup – you get the same water, but via a
different color cup).
book looks at the history and meaning of archetypes, their use in literature,
philosophy and psychology. But it also takes a deeper look at how these shared
symbols of the subconscious can play out in our daily lives, for better or
worse, and how we have the power to use them to both our detriment and
advantage. As millions of people flock to television shows like “The Walking
Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” or movies like the “Star Wars” franchise, they may
be totally unaware of the powerful attraction these characters have over them,
and the book will take several examples our of popular culture to dissect the
archetypes present in each character, and why we become such rabid fans. It’s
all about what is happening in our subconscious mind as we view these shows,
and fall in love, or hate, with these characters!
Understanding the different aspects of our psyche, our persona,
is what archetypes allow us to do, empowering us to take control of how we let
them manifest in our love relationships, finances, career goals, health and
Archetypes are indicators
of the stories of our lives...and the good news is, once we become aware of
them, we can work with them, even change them, to tell a different, more
empowering story. The book will offer tips, tools and exercises specifically
designed to help the reader create that new story, as well as insights from
people in the fields of psychology, recovery and spiritual growth who use
archetypes in their own work to help others heal, grow and succeed in life. It
also features intriguing glimpses into the minds of writers who create
characters often based upon archetypes that resonate with readers, and how we
are all influenced by these symbols in our popular culture, our politics, our
religious traditions and our relationships with others.
of us, by changing and working with our own individual archetypes, can change
our own lives. And, by doing that, we begin to add to the collective to create
a more loving, empowering, compassionate world and counteract the symbols of
evil and greed, power and corruption. It’s all about putting archetypes to use
at home and in the world to shift the paradigm. And
it all begins...within.
Marie D. Jones is a best-selling author of nonfiction books exploring the paranormal, spiritual, scientific, and metaphysical realms, including 11:11 The Time Prompt Phenomenon and Mind Wars. She is also a novelist, screenwriter, and producer with several projects in development. She has appeared on radio shows across the globe, including Coast to Coast AM, NPR, and the Shirley MacLaine Show; has lectured widely at paranormal and metaphysical events; and has appeared on television’s Ancient Aliens and Nostradamus Effect series. She writes regularly for a number of paranormal/metaphysical blogs and magazines, and lives in San Diego, California. Her website is www.MarieDJones.com.
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we at New Page
Books have learned about the passing of Jim Marrs.
An award-winning journalist
and author, Marrs, a Graduate of the University of North Texas went on to
become well known as the author of Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, the
basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK, Rule by Secrecy, and Alien Agenda.
With New Page Books, he went on to write PSI Spies, The True Story of
America's Psychic Warfare Program. A luminary, a requested guest on
numerous TV and Radio shows, and an amazing truth-teller, he will be missed by
all who knew him.