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Threads of Unity in the Great Divide Between Religions and Science

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In our modern culture, we have a variety of warring factions.   In science, there are wars between theoretical positions while various religions state their way is THE WAY and all other ways are falsehoods.  This philosophical dualism is behind the many wars occurring on our planet.  

Interestingly, the origin of the term religion is the French religere meaning to unite again.   According to this definition, could there be an underlying unity behind the multitude of creatures, tribes, nations, and land features?   Is this the reason we are said to live in a uni-verse?   Could this also reflect how we each have a multitude of cells operating as one body--our body?  Is the variety of religions any different?

For example, in biologist's James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, the Earth operates as a single organism populated by a wide variety of animals, plants, and fish.   Hence, the atmosphere is maintained in a balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen by the breathing in of carbon dioxide by plants and the breathing out of oxygen which animals breathe in.   The animals then breathe out carbon dioxide for the plants.   Plants, animals and people are in a symbiotic relationship that creates a working atmosphere. Diversity in function is the foundation for a well functioning unified system.

Can we have a similar diverse unity between the various religions and science?   Many philosophers, scientists, and spiritual people think so.  One of the primary theoretical positions speaking to this is the holographic universe, put forth independently by physicist David Bohm and neurologist David Pribrim.

In the holographic theory, the universe we perceive is called the Manifest Explicit Order which arises from a mysterious place called the Unmanifest Implicate Order. This Unmanifest is sometimes described as an infinite sea containing the wholeness of the whole and the wholeness of the part. E Pluribus Unim.   It is also the place of all potential.   Your reading this writing exists throughout infinity as a possibility waiting to unfold, as is my writing it.   My writing and your reading has made it manifest.

As an egg existing in a woman's ovaries awaits the sperm which will initiate its formation into a human being, this reading has existed as potential in the Unmanifest and has been made manifest by the co-creative combination of my writing and your reading.

This Unmanifest Order has been described throughout most Scriptures and spiritual teachings.   Genesis 1:2 describes it as such:

And the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And God said, "Let there be Light'"

Likewise, the Hindu Rig Veda states,

         "Darkness enfolds darkness in the beginning with no distinguishing form.   All this was water."

Or, the Native American tribe in South America, the Kogis, state of their Sea Goddess, Aluna:

            "She was when She was, darkly."

And, in the Stanzas of Dyzan:

            "Darkness radiates Light and Light drops one solitary ray into the Mother's depths."    

Could it be that each of these creation stories is speaking to what Bohm and Pribram are calling the Unmanifest?   More importantly, could the integration of these creation stories begin the process of uniting all religions into a harmonious whole?   Could this bring forth peace on our planet?  

My speaking it means it existed as a potential and became a reality.   Could it be that we human beings can shine our light into that ocean of potential and bring forth a new world?   Perhaps in our many colors, our nationalities, religions, philosophies and so on, we can see the relationships of diversity and the ocean of unity in which we all live, move and have our being?  

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