The Old and the New

The wonder of science is that it keeps us humble and reminds us that we don’t know so much more than we do know. I remember one of my professors telling us: “half of what you think you know is not true. But the problem is that we don’t know which half that is!”.
We have seen “crazy ideas” such as the movement of the earth’s continents and the idea that invisible germs can cause disease become accepted as scientific facts. We have also seen accepted facts, such as the existence of mysterious “N” waves, which were thought to be similar to radiation, disappear.
The old accepted ideas are breaking down now as new scientific understandings mesh with ancient wisdom. Modern neuroscience has validated the insights of those ancient masters of consciousness, the Tibetan monks and Jewish rabbis who meditated for much of their lives and meticulously recorded their insights. For example, the ancient Jewish rabbis described two types of consciousness which precisely match what we now loosely term as left brain and right brain thinking.
A new paradigm is coming. It will be as profound as the shift in thinking from the earth being the center of the universe to the earth being a solitary planet circling a star existing in a universe of stars. We will all play a part in creating this new understanding of consciousness heralded by the insights of the near death experience.

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