Spirit and Science are Two Doorways to Knowledge
Too often, modern-day society thinks of science and spirituality as opposites and more often than not, spirituality is dismissed as a path to knowledge. Yet, when one thinks about it without prejudice, both science and spirit are literal doorways to understanding and learning. Science is a methodology of using information gathering to hypothesize solutions to questions and using rigorous testing to determine firm conclusions. Frequently, science leads us to ambiguous results and more questions. Much of knowledge is uncovered that way, in which what is learned leads to more questions. This is not a problem of science, but rather, a natural aspect of learning. The conclusions that we draw today may be over-turned tomorrow with better forms of testing or more specific ways of examine a given problem. Science is supposed to be a process that is followed without bias and prejudice, yet it often is full of biases and prejudices when different scientists compete with their different hypotheses. This is also not a problem of science, but rather, a problem of human beings in wanting to be right and eliminating opposition to one’s beliefs. Science is only useful when it is practiced with an open mind and without bias. One should also hold conclusions as current laws with an openness to future refinement or changes due to future discoveries and testing.
Likewise, spirituality should be thought of as an every-day endeavor in the exploration of knowledge. Unlike religion, spirituality deals with open-minded exploration and the discovery of faith through unexplained experiences that seem to be beyond the human ability to explain. Many of these experiences can also find future explanation and that possibility should always remain open. Personal revelation fuels faith far stronger than rules and principles that are enforced by other people such as is the case in religion. It is not to say that religion is wrong, but it only becomes a practice of true faith when one experiences a connection to the given religion through personal revelation. What separates spirituality from science is that the spiritual lies in a realm where, at any given point in time, appears to be beyond the scope of science for understanding. Such concepts may be approachable by science in the future, and one should remain open to that possibility. Science is just a methodology, not a religion in and of itself. Too many people treat it that way.