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A New World Picture

Science with a new horizon

We live in an age in which science seeks constantly to extend the limits of human knowledge ? from the world of the atoms and elementary particles to the world of the planets and galaxies. Quantum physics describes the regularities inherent in the depths of our micro-world, just as astrophysics describes the phenomena in the macro-world above us. We have reason to delight in the ingenious ability to think and create that science displays, because it gives us so many new technical facilities and resources that contribute to improving people’s physical existence.

We can see that the ground-breaking sciences give us a fantastic insight into the manifold and wonderful reality of Nature. But they also raise the question of the causes of physical phenomena. What has actually shaped evolution on our planet from the “star dust” of its initial stages to our highly developed civilisation? Can an evolution that is so advanced that even the best human brains cannot understand it in depth really be created by the chance play of blind forces of Nature? And the question is not merely how has life arisen, but why?

These great questions - why and how - gain strength and become increasingly important to both researchers and other seekers.

The limits of natural science

In his search for answers to these questions, science in its present form, despite its ingenuity, meets a very clear limit. This is because it to such a great extent takes physical realities as its starting point. According to Martinus, science cannot be satisfied with looking downwards into the physical micro-world and outwards into physical space if it is to find the answers. We need a science with a new horizon, where attention is directed towards the principles that lie behind the physical realities and form the basis for the world of consciousness.

People already work with the dimension of consciousness within psychology, philosophy and other humanistic sciences. But here consciousness is as a rule limited to including the human sphere. From the perspective of spiritual science, consciousness is, however, connected to everything that exists. Only with the aid of spiritual science is one able to describe and explain both the spiritual and the material dimension. The task of spiritual science is thus to explain systematically the structure of consciousness and the spiritual world - from the micro-worlds to the macro-worlds.

Who is reality?

Since consciousness is a characteristic of living beings, everything of both a physical nature and a non-physical one that exists at all is actually an expression of life, explains Martinus. Everything is thus a conscious or unconscious result of the creative ability of living beings. We will gradually understand that there is a complete and well-ordered spiritual structure behind all the physical phenomena, and it is from the world of consciousness that the physical world is formed - not the other way around.

This of course sounds rather abstract, but on closer study of spiritual science one realises that it holds the key to the logically substantiated understanding of the whole that people are looking for.

Natural science has until now tried to answer the question "What is reality?". But now we must get used to asking "Who is reality?". This question creates the starting point for a new framework of understanding; we begin to see reality from a new perspective. It gives us a new horizon for scientific work. We begin to direct our focus on the consciousness and the intentions that lie behind the reality that we experience, and that the sciences research into.

The sea air near the sea - the sciences merge

It is interesting to see how in certain areas materialistic science approaches the same realisations as those described by spiritual science. People working with classical physics previously believed that all the phenomena of Nature, from the micro-world to the macro-world, could be described quite unambiguously by means of objective models, where the results are independent of the observer.

After the emergence of the theory of relativity and quantum theory at the beginning of the twentieth century, people realised that the analysis of the physical world to a greater extent had to be built on probability and relative data. Thus it became evident that the individual events in the physical world can be described from several different perspectives, and it is the researcher who chooses his or her particular perspective from which to base his or her descriptions.

The astrophysicists of our time have had to presume the existence of so-called "dark energy" in order to render their models of reality logically cohesive. It is interesting to compare this with spiritual science’s explanation that it is energies of the spiritual world that fill the apparent empty space of the universe and of the world of the atoms. We must, however, leave it to future research to find out if we are dealing with the same energy phenomena.

Martinus said that natural science and its ingenious methods of working can be described as the "sea air near the sea". When the methods of natural science are eventually combined with spiritual science the result will be a comprehensive science that can uncover not merely the relative truth about life, but also the absolute truth.

Towards the clear light of intuition

The spiritually scientific world picture must be verified from a logically substantiated, theoretic explanatory model that explains the fundamental spiritual principles of reality - and thereby the more profound causes of both the phenomena of life and matter. It will give the empirical end results a completely new dimension of explanation. It is of course a great demand to place on the sciences, and it cannot be fulfilled as yet. The consciousness of researchers and all others is not yet developed to a level where it is possible to see the true principles of reality. But Martinus has given us a foretaste of how the research of the future will be carried out.

On the basis of Martinus’ analyses of reality we can create an initial theoretical understanding of the deeper meaning of life. Such an initial theoretical understanding can in itself completely change our experience of life and of our own reality making it more optimistic. In order to progress from a theoretical understanding to a more profound insight, the faculty of intuition has to be developed in the human consciousness. Many scientists, artists and others are already to a certain extent familiar with this ability as something that, in glimpses, can lead to great leaps in knowledge and awareness.

Further growth of the faculty of intuition demands, according to Martinus, that the individual researcher and seeker-after-truth does not develop merely his intelligence but to an equally great extent his humane and moral characteristics to an ever higher level. In other words, a well-developed balance between intelligence and humane feeling will constitute the foundation for a higher intuitive consciousness in the human beings of the future - and future researchers will feel love and respect for all living things.