#16. Merging science and mysticism

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

– The Golden Rule

Why is there a timeless universal acknowledgement of the profound truth as stated in the Golden Rule? Most people resonate with this statement and recognize the deep significance. In various ways references to this run through the world religions:

Christianity

Judge not, that ye be not judged… 

Matthew 7:1

Confucianism

Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. 

Analects 12:2

Buddhism

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. 

Udana-Varga 5,1

Hinduism

This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you. 

Mahabharata 5,1517

Islam

No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. 

Sunnah

Judaism

What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest iscommentary. 

Talmud, Shabbat 3id

Taoism

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien

Zoroastrianism

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself. 

Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

This is more than a moral or ethical principle of reciprocity: it is an unfailing law.

There are several layers to understanding the karmic principle from the mundane to the mystical.

At a basic level, following this law provides stability and harmony when a culture holds this truth as a goal. If not, then we see societies where ‘I, Me, Mine’ become the mantra and ‘every man for himself’ is the guiding principle. The consequence of this type of thinking is always the same: self-serving, eventually leading to greed, manipulation and oppression, the downfall of a balanced and caring society.

Aside from the fundamental karmic fact of ‘as ye sow, so shall ye reap’, there is a more profound and significant basis here. Science and mysticism are merging and giving us clues now to what is really happening in, and as, the world we live in.

A quote from Prof. Rudolf Tanzi of Harvard Medical School, co-author of ‘Super Brain’:

“…countless top scientists have now concluded, it is consciousness that creates matter, not the other way around.”

In fact, matter is not matter at all – but waves and these waves are consciousness – intelligence!

And…from French physicist Bernard d’Espagnat:

“The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with the facts established by experiment.”

Science is now confirming the message of enlightened seers, saints and sages – this world is not as it appears to our unawakened senses. And it is possible to awaken our spiritual senses and see through to Reality, but a laboratory is not necessary – the real laboratory is in our own consciousness, accessible through meditative disciplines. For when we awake we apprehend the interconnectedness of everything; we understand the enigmatic statement expounded in the Vedas thousands of years ago, ‘Seeing, the seer, and that which is seen are one’.

We then grasp the real meaning of the Golden Rule. Following the Golden Rule is in essence putting into practice the fundamental merger of science and mysticism: what appears as ‘other’: people, things, externals, is, in truth, YOU. It is all your innermost consciousness appearing to be different and separate from you. We are fooled by our ‘separate’ physical bodies and seeing the world through our physical eyes. We falsely interpret this and believe we are confined and localized to our bodies and that our identity lies within these bodies. We identify with the body and appear to live ‘in them’ and everything and everyone is ‘out there’. Yes, these physical bodies are our vehicles, temples, and serve as our reference point in this world, but enlightened mystics (and now science) tell us something that is difficult to believe, and almost incomprehensible to our limited view. The lofty mystical statements that sometimes sound cliché, make some of us wince or at least seem way over our head, now have a real practical application and reality. The real meaning of the golden rule, therefore, pertains to the reality of our existence – what we call ‘others’ is not entirely accurate. What you ‘do unto others’ you are in truth doing to yourself. We are playing what appears to be separate parts. But in truth, in the essence of our being, we are one divine Self playing all the roles.

The ego self, the personality or the sense of individuality, does not particularly like this – it is the primary obstacle to Self-realization. In Sanskrit it is called Ahamkara:

Ahamkara – the making of the limited egoic self or ‘I’ with its twin delusions of ownership and agency. That which makes us think of ourselves as (a) independent ‘subjects’ of consciousness whose awareness is ‘our own’ private property rather than a portion of the universal or divine awareness and (b) makes us believe that our ego or ‘I’ is an independent subject or agent of action separate and apart from action, rather than a part of the power of action immanent with the divine awareness.

The ‘I, me, mine’ objects to the dissolution (crucifixion) of what is perceived as individual identity/ego. This is the illusion though, the personality-ego is a transitory and temporary reference point, built by culture, education and storehouse of memory. We always have been and always will be one with divine being, we are not the ego, we are not the mind, we are not the body. This awareness and its realization puts us to the test because we can no longer hold the same notions of life, the world and success. Name, fame, ego, wealth, power all melt away under the light of truth here. We are not here to serve ego, but to serve our larger real Self and kindness to all, service to all, respect to all, is the culmination of the realization of one-ness.

Humility is then the natural state, not a goal because nothing is higher or lower, no one better or worse, no one more and no one less ‘God’, and this pertains to the animal kingdom as well. Ancient Vedic scriptures say that the dawning of the next enlightened age will be evidenced by two things: 1. Human will stop killing human, 2. Humans will stop killing our companion beings on this planet (animals).

#15. A Continuation of Sutra #14 “Get into the Gap”

If you have not read brain sutra #14, please stop here and read it before reading the text below.

Did you find the gap? And were you surprised by what you found? Were you able to identify habitual patterns of thought regularly sneaking across the gap?

Did you notice that reactions to things, people and events around you occur at an unconscious level? It is really not that anything outside of us produces the reactions but rather it is what is happening in these gaps that is the key. In the gaps are all the potential reactions to externals – when we are not conscious of the reactions they are mechanically driven and the chemicals (neurotransmitters) are released in specific proportions relative to our perception and our translation of externals. There are chemicals released when we allow thoughts of fear, anxiety, depression, worry, and doubt just to name a few. There is of course chemistry for love, compassion, awe, kindness and all the virtues. The brain will create and reinforce pathways too as thoughts and emotions are experienced over and over again. The more we allow a certain thought or emotion to be present the more established the pathway in the brain becomes just as if you learned to play a musical instrument. Brain imaging shows parts of the brain devoted to playing a musical instrument increase in size, connections and activity – it is the same way with thoughts we habitually think.

The so-called placebo effect too is the result of what happens in the gap – when we believe in something, when our mind is thoroughly convinced, the chemistry of the gap responds accordingly, and real measurable results occur. It is not a phenomena, magic or mystery but rather is the measure of how powerful our mind-body connection really is – sages tell us mind and body are not separate but that the body is an extension of the mind.

The Gap is Where Health or Disease Begins

Scientific proof of the power of the gaps chemistry has been well documented in the work of Dr. Fuad Lechin of Caracas, Venezuela. Dr. Lechin discovered that many diseases are the end result of the cellular gaps whose chemistry has gone awry. He researched and developed an approach to some of the most devastating of all illnesses, including severe autoimmune and certain types of cancer. His approach is to first carefully measure the chemical imbalances at the gaps (neurotransmitters, stress chemicals and neuro-hormones) and use this information to design the appropriate adjustments to the gaps chemistry. This is not a blind symptom-based approach but rather uses physiologic data along with psychological indexes including depression profiles and ‘non-coping’ reactive stress patterns. The treatment uses short-term inexpensive common pharmacological substances aimed to bring the gaps back to chemical homeostasis. He has proven his methods over decades of research and thousands of case histories time and time again. Dr. Lechin himself, after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, applied this approach and within six weeks of treatment (designed to manipulate the neurotransmitters in the gap) he was free of the illness. His classic text, ‘Neurocircuitry and Neuroautonomic Disorders’, is profound in knowledge and implication. Unfortunately much of his work has been largely ignored outside of Venezuela. This information however, reinforces the immense importance of the gap and what it can mean to intervene at this level. The various practices outlined in these brain sutras can guide us to access our own ‘inner’ pharmacy and direct it accordingly.

As presented in the previous brain sutra (#14), in the gap between our thoughts lies pure potentiality, a connection to the creative source within, prior to any manifestation – this is the silent field of all possibility. This momentary and largely imperceptible pause between our thoughts is like a cars transmission going into neutral before shifting gears. This pause correlates with the bodies pause between communication networks, the chemistry in the gaps between the cells sending and receiving messages. The chemistry will express as *the molecules of emotion* depending on the thoughts that produce the activating or inhibiting messages across the gap. In pause mode the gap is in neutral – the same potential exists here between the cells that exists between our thoughts. If we can learn to recognize these gaps and intervene at these subtle moments we literally have the opportunity to BREAK HABITUAL PATTERNS.

The ‘habitual patterns’ used in this context refers to all the subconscious conditionings that form our ego identity and motivate our actions and reactions. At the core we are unconditioned spiritual being, but as we express through mind and body our thoughts and emotions manifest correlating to our individual chemistry.

Among persons experiencing addiction a common slang phrase is, “I have a bad habit”, meaning they have a significant addiction. The words ‘habit’ and ‘addiction’ used in this way refer to the same thing. This also applies to our own individual chemistry in the sense that not only is the experience of ‘ego identity’ a habit, but also an internal addiction to our own chemistry. In other words we will tend to support those relationships, thoughts, emotions, beliefs and attitudes, whether they are in our best interest or not, as if we are addicted to them. This is because our individual chemistry defines us, supports us and is the sense of who we are. We therefore, strive to maintain the chemistry of our ego identity because without it we have no reference point for this definition of who we are.

Have you ever wondered why a certain attitude, behavior or relationship cannot be overcome even when we clearly know better and we know it is not serving us? Do we tend to just chalk it up to bad karma, past lives or challenging astrological influences!? No, it is simply due to chemistry. When we worry, or when we are fearful or anxious, we have a certain chemistry. When we are in love we have a specific chemistry. When we are angry or depressed we have corresponding chemistry. What we experience as love is in reality the strong internal chemistry we have associated with the person we are ‘in love with’. It is the chemistry and the association with the person that makes us choose them as the object of our ‘love’. A parent ‘bonds’ with their child due to the chemistry of oxytocin (a bonding chemical). When we are repelled by a person or thing, too, this is a chemical reaction driving us. We see this manifest on large cultural scales as well – the perception of ‘that person is different from me’, is chemistry and can go back generations, leading to racism, religious intolerance, even resulting in genocide.

We must be on guard too when we engage with people whose words we accept as authority on any given subject because just as there is the ‘placebo effect’ there is a ‘nocebo effect’ as well. Nocebo is defined as that which creates a harmful effect. Therefore, a negative comment, diagnosis or prediction from a person we view as ‘expert’ can have a deleterious effect on the chemistry of our gaps and produce a harmful effect in itself.

The chemicals composing the average size human body are worth approximately $160.00!                            – DataGenetics

Does this mean our thoughts and emotions are reduced to being just a menagerie of chemicals and electro-chemical reactions? The answer is, yes. But that is not to take anything away from the joys, romances, wonder and poetry of life, human dynamics, dramas, or anything else of our amazing experience of this world. This dance of the ‘molecules of emotion’ is a dance orchestrated and choreographed by chemistry. However, we do not want to miss the ultimate goal of our human experience – and that is to eventually wake up to our spiritual identity beyond the chemistry. This can be accomplished by applying enlightened information as we understand that we do not have to be at the mercy of the chemistry of our bodies. We can use ‘consciousness technologies’ to first observe what is happening and then secondly, to change the outcome in the gap.

The spiritual path is just as it says: it is a trail where we end up discovering our real identity. We are unconditioned consciousness (spirit) and with this awareness we can learn to work with the mind-body’s chemistry, correct it and dissolve the habits and conditionings.

The tools we have been given are spiritual technologies and are used for this purpose. Throughout these 15 sutras the main points and practices have been delineated. The methods are fairly simple but do require diligent practice, patience and time to see results – results are guaranteed though, some sooner, some later (and some instantaneous).

In summary from the previous brain sutras:

1. Practice being conscious-awake and present.

2. Make your subconscious transparent.

3. Practice superconscious meditation.

4. Learn to observe the gaps.

5. Intervene at the gap when you identify a problematic thought, emotion or pattern.

6. Practice the ‘virtue’ repetition exercise described in brain sutra #14.