Bringing science to life – the true purpose of science

Bringing science to life – the true purpose of science

We think of science today as all those inventions, innovations and advances that make our lives better, more efficient, healthier, safer and also exciting. Science brings us technology, medicines and modern comforts. It is very useful, practical and it supports life as we know it. Life without modern science would seem backward, hard and lacking much of the entertainment and convenience we have today.

So, is that the purpose of science – to serve us in our ever-expanding demand for a better life, a better future, to make it all easier?

Is science simply a series of tools that we use for our own benefit and purposes? Do we really understand and appreciate what science is, or is there a deeper understanding on offer, a deeper level of science for us to live?

Let’s start at the beginning. Science, in all its glory, has existed since before the beginning of time. Science is timeless. Science is within the very essence of the universe itself, science just is, science is universal, science is way, way more than human.

When human beings speak of science, or connect in a scientific way, we are actually connecting to a way of being that is at the core of life itself. In this way we are connecting to a quality, to an aspect of the universe, that is intrinsic to the very nature of the atomic world. And more than even this, we are connecting to the forces and qualities that govern that atomic world and all that lives within that realm. Science is actually the study and the living of everything from that point of perspective. In other words, it is the livingness of ourselves from a point of truly knowing not only who we are, but what we are part of. To be connected to our essence, and to live from there, while being connected to all that we are part of simultaneously, is to be scientific in one’s approach to life.

So, what does this look like? What does living scientifically look and feel like – how does it work?

To be a scientist in the truth of that word, is to seek not only a sense of how the universe works, but to also delve into the inner and outer forces that flow throughout the many realms that one studies or connects to. This means that the true scientist is always exploring many aspects of the ‘same thing’, while seeking an understanding of how they are connected. Science is more so an exploration of space, or the inter-connectiveness and correlation between all form; it is the study of the body of ‘God’.

Where religion offers communion with God, the fostering of a true relationship with the great being we are intrinsically a part of, science is more a study of that Being in all its aspects, all its parts and their modes of connection. It is important to note here that the true scientist does not separate him/herself from the study, quite the opposite, for as quantum physics clearly shows, the observed and the observer cannot be separated, as one affects the other. In fact, the scientist of life lives and breathes all that is studied, and understanding and true knowledge can only be fully embraced when these are felt and lived. In this way true science is always subjective and cannot be objective, which flies in the face of the supposed scientific method we are generally presented with today.

It is through this subjectivity that truth is unfolded. Yet that same truth is seen through the lens of each person in a particular manner. Truth is unfolded through each vehicle (person) differently, or rather, it is through each person’s scientific exploration, pieced together, that the ultimate truth and factual sense of all that is of the universe is found and known. Science is not an individual study, it is always the result of true connection between the many and the many lenses, each gaining a differing angle upon the studied phenomena, object/s or force/energy. An individual scientist is always building upon the observations and insights of previous scientists or contemporary fellows. One could also say that Science itself cannot be separated from its equally important counterparts of Philosophy and Religion. This will be explored in a future article.

Science, despite what it commonly perceived today, is not a series of rules nor a body of information.

This is the corruption of science.

No hard and fast rule can ever have its basis in science, for all the laws and truths within science always relate to the many realms that make up the universe, and so have differing expressions within each.

A particular force or a law within the physical realm for example will play out differently upon another realm, or within a different aspect of the universe. What we see and experience on the temporal plane is but a mere minute part of an always greater expression within numerous other planes or locations within the universe or universes.

It could also, at this point, be exposed that our concept of time, and in particular that of linear time, is somewhat limited to the particular physical plane of existence that we tend to focus our attention upon. If we are to truly study science or become the true scientist (which we innately are within), then we must abandon our limited adherence to the world of linear time. Science is the study of the multi-dimensional body of the universe, which is indeed timeless.

Bringing science to life is a discovery of the living nature of all that we study. This means that nothing is stationary, nothing is unchanging, and nothing is not alive. This requires a newborn respect for all that we study, for what is being offered here is indeed a true relationship with all that is experienced. How we approach scientific study will affect us, as we affect it. To blindly think that we can objectively study anything is to ignorantly ignore the truth that underlies the entire nature of the universe. It is always our responsibility as scientists, as human beings and as living multidimensional beings ourselves, to honour all life in whatever expression that takes or presents, as an equal.

The word ‘life’ here is used to incorporate all scientific study, for as stated earlier, everything in the universe is alive. And so, whether we are studying a person, an animal or plant, a bacterium or virus, a physical force, a celestial object, a chemical process, a nuclear process or a psychological process, it is all not only alive, but it is also an expression of the living, breathing universe, making its way into our awareness and our being. As such, we are indeed having a relationship with that object or phenomenon, we are indeed communicating with that expression, that part of the universe or that aspect of God.

God, we must remember, is the name we have given the living universe, or the greater being that we are part of. That almighty being, in its all-encompassing awareness and energy, excludes nothing from its embrace and emanation. This is why all that is within the body of the universe is absolutely interconnected and at one with every aspect of the entire universe. And this is why it is all alive, all expanding, and why each spark contains the spark of God within.

No matter whether we study the atom or the galaxy, we ultimately find the same thing; and that thing is not only within that, but it is within the studier, it is within us.

And so, we come to the conclusion: Science is more than a mere study, it is an inner journey of unfoldment as much as it is a journey that takes us into the seemingly unknown, for all that is sought is already known, and all that is beyond ourselves is found deep within. Indeed, science is nothing more, and nothing less than the study of ourselves.

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  • By Paul O'Hara, BSc (Zoology , Biology), DipSecTchg(Science)

    I run my own organic store and café in the beautiful town of Wanaka, New Zealand. I have love of all things in the natural world and the heavens above.

  • Photography: Cameron Martin, Video and Photography