Working with energy is science with other means of proof
In our Western society, science consists largely of applied technology based on a materialistic idea of reality. Only that which can be proven, repeated, tested and the like, usually only in a laboratory environment, really exists. Everything else does not exist and is not scientific. This is called the materialistic worldview. The word materialistic refers to the fact that it is only matter, that is, matter the existence of which can seemingly be seen and demonstrated.
However, in my opinion what matters in science, also in the so-called materialist scientific practice, is not about the question whether something exists or not in a materialistic sense, but about the rules of proof that are used to accept the existence of something. For example, it took a long time before forces that could not be seen or measured were accepted as real! The rules of evidence determine whether something can exist. How often has it turned out that a phenomenon that could not exist according to the rules of evidence ultimately had to be accepted. Every scientist knows that a scientific statement always has a provisional character. But not all scientists behave like that.
I believe that materialistic science is a wonderful resource in the field of matter. The materialistic view of science has given us an incredible quality of everyday life, in addition to a number of particularly dire problems. There is no doubt that each of us here in the west lives more comfortably than any of the kings of yore. Just think of the healthcare system from a few thousand years ago, or even 100 years ago.
But in our zeal to accept as science or even as real as only what with materialistic rules of evidence is real and real, we may be shooting ourselves in our own foot.
It basically starts with science that is not based on materialistic rules of evidence, such as law, and essentially all science called Alpha science. For example, there is no single instrument that can determine the fairness or correctness of a judge’s judgment. Yet in most cases we know what is right and what is right. That is not scientific in a materialistic sense, but there is no better and we just make do with it. Yet it cannot be said that these areas of knowledge do not meet high standards of rationality and logic.
Thus, there are other areas of knowledge that have existed or been rediscovered for some time, that do not conform to materialistic rules of evidence, yet are operative in their application. This is, I think, of great importance: being open to the possibility of acceptance when something is working, and therefore has a result, while it cannot be demonstrated with materialistic evidence that it really exists in a materialistic sense. That is not easy, as the history of science shows.
I have come to the (preliminary, i.e. currently) conclusion that science is mainly about accepting designs on reasonable grounds that can be accepted as working in a rational approach. Rules of evidence are necessary for acceptance, but they do not necessarily have to be materialistic in nature.
In Buddhism, for example, if all enlightened masters report on a particular experience, it may be assumed to be real, real, even though it cannot be materialistically proven scientifically.
My own contribution consists in the unfolding of a world view that has a high degree of coherence for me. I am not thereby saying that it is completely correct, let alone that it is the only one. I give it because for me it is the way I have learned to see. It may also help others. It can be considered that the fact that we are each individually unique in our developmental history means that the path that everyone walks is also. In my view, no prescribed collective path is possible or conceivable on which personal development can take place. For me, this is why religion, in whatever form, has become less and less attractive. The problems associated with upscaling and institutionalization distract from the individual and his unique development. That is not to say that a pearl and diamond cannot be found in all movements. The basic notions of all religions have these, depending on personal taste and preference.
My idea is that everyone should seek their own path or allow themselves to be found by their own path. Willingness and surrender are perhaps the most important qualities. The will is presumably only an obstacle. On this site, I want to tell you about parts of my path, especially from a cognitive point of view. This is best presented through this medium. You can make the connection at deeper levels yourself.
My most important observation in the field of non-materialist scientific practice is that I see what we call reality can be divided into four parts. They look like this, often with all kinds of different names.
||Brain / mind
I have mentioned this division into four in a number of different schools above. The first column is the general picture, the second a Christian notion. The third gives the division of Kabbalah, the fourth a psychological one and the fifth that of the enneagram. In wisdom teachings these levels keep coming back. The idea is that development is necessary at each of the levels. We humans are an organic whole of body and mind, where one cannot live without the other and ideally development should go hand in hand.
In my own process I have studied a number of topics that also fit into this scheme.
4th level Shamanism and Non-dualism
3rd level Meditation and Qi Gong
2nd level Kabbalah and Enneagram
1st level Feng Shui and Geopathy / Dowsing
I will touch on these topics below in reverse order, so from bottom to top.
The 1st level
Chinese wisdom distinguishes 3 types of happiness: Heavenly happiness, human happiness and environmental happiness.
Heavenly happiness is what a person receives at birth. He has no influence on this.
Human happiness is what he makes of it throughout his life. He can choose to do it right or not. Free will plays a role here. Man has some influence on this. However, it takes special and generally long-term effort to change this.
Environmental happiness is the influence of the physical environment on well-being. The environment can literally be against it. Everyone knows the feeling that you come in somewhere and “it doesn’t feel good”. It feels negative. Suppose someone lives and lives there for years! What influence do you think such a thing has? On the environmental happiness you have maximum possibilities of input.
The idea behind Feng Shui and Dowsing is that the environment can be made in such a way that it offers maximum support for well-being and the development of the higher levels. These are, as it were, basic conditions that must be met if they are to develop.
The 2nd level.
Kabbalah and Enneagram are typical examples of development strategies at the level of the human mind. They are in the world of Yetzirah, the world of form. This is also the world in which psychology and psychotherapy are located, where cognition predominates. It is the world in which constructionist models make the world (more) intellectually understandable. This is where most of our scientific knowledge resides. The world religions, although they come from one level higher, are now also here. Kabbalah and religions do refer to the highest level, but their elaboration takes place here. You will find extensive information about enneagram elsewhere on this site under enneagram and a book written by me.
The 3rd level
The 3rd level is the mythical level of fairy tales, of the Great Stories, of the parables of Jesus, of the Buddha. This is the level where ordinary logic no longer works like that. I share meditation in all its possible forms. Meditation is beyond the brain. In a sense the same applies to Qi Gong. It is, with other equivalent forms, a physical form of meditation connecting different levels, the highest of which is the 3rd level.
The 4th level
This is the level where words don’t work anymore. In essence, what happens here can only be “seen” in flashes. It is the area where there is only Divine Energy. In the shamanic tradition, this is where processes such as Fire Ceremony, Depacho, Illuminati, Soul Retrieval and Extraction work. In this tradition, it is said that only at that level is real change possible, precisely because this is the level that controls and informs everything below.
The top of Atziluth, the Kether of Atziluth, the level of the Ein Sof, is in my opinion also the level of non-dualism, actually better the non-two. In non-dualism, everything is one, a term that is now lightly and much misused. Non-dualism exists in both the East and the West, although at present the Eastern variant of Advaita Vedanta is best known by living teachers who are realized and embody non-dualism. Famous examples from the last century are Ramana Maharshi, Krishna Menon and Nisargadatta Maharaj. Living teachers today are many. In the book Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita by Dennis Waite, hundreds of names of living teachers worldwide are mentioned with their “lineages”.
There are also strong features of non-dualism in the Christian tradition. Medieval mystics such as Theresa of Avila, Ruusbrouck and John of the Cross are clear examples of Christian non-dualists. But Jesus can also be seen in this way and the gospel of Thomas can be read more comprehensibly in a non-dualistic view. A book about this has recently been published: Charles Steur: Non-dualistic Christianity, (2012 ed. Elikser). In this book, the writer shows, on the basis of many texts, that Jesus can be seen as a non-dualistic mystic. The element of non-dualism, sometimes very hidden, can be found in all religions. For example, a poet like Rumi, rooted in the Muslim tradition of the Sufi, is non-dualistic.
What non-duality means for daily life can perhaps be summed up in one word: “Love”. The understanding is a flash, but the explanation takes many pages.
I have been intensively involved in some of these areas for the past 10 years. Not all equally intensive, but some very deep and others sufficient to be able to work with and say something about it.
I did a full training in shamanic energy work traveling to Peru to learn from the original shamans. If you want to read more about shamanism, click here.
A second field in which I have received training is Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese energy theory that deals with the energy of places, (houses) people and times. It is a cognitively very complicated and completely rational interplay of rules that should lead to the optimization of the happiness that man achieves in his environment. Knowing more? click here.
A third area in which I have studied is geoatic research. In English this is called Dowsing. What it is is accessing knowledge that you normally cannot access, but can access with the right methods and resources. If you want to know more about dowsing, click here.
The last form of energy work that I mention here and that I have studied is Qi Gong. Qi Gong also comes from China and mainly focuses on physical well-being and well-being. More about Qi Gong can be found here.
After a number of years, the special thing about energy work seems to be that it makes intuitive sense. Unfortunately, this is difficult to explain.