Current Update as of September 10, 2006
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
(Published by Inner Traditions)
Book Summary by Clayton Montez. M.A.
While searching for your niche in the world, try looking under Ervin Laszlos TOE (theory of everything). Jam-packed with a visionary blend of new research in the major empirical sciences physics, biology, cosmology, and consciousness Laszlo TOE nails evidence that support what mystics have been claiming for centuries: we are instantly and enduringly interconnected with everything else in the universe.
Findings at the cutting edge of modern science imply that the cosmos is pregnant with meaning for our life. We are not isolated from everything else in the universe, but an integral part of it. The insights of technological science are coming together in the belief that Intelligence is involved in the formation of the universe and that there is mind and purpose that guides us to realize our human potential.
two recent books, Laszlo explains how the quantum world of sub-atomic
particles connects, organizes and unites our world. In the first
book, Science and the Akashic Record, An Integral Theory of
Everything (Inner Traditions, 2004), he describes the existence
of all matter, living and inert, as rooted in vacuous space.
The Akasha is the most fundamental of the five elements of the cosmos; the others being vata (air), agni (fire), ap (water), and pritihivi (earth). Akasha is the womb from which everything emerges and into which everything will ultimately descend. Although it holds the other four elements within itself, it is at the same time outside of them, for it is outside space and time. The contemporary Indian sage Radja Deekshithar advises that we can experience Akasha through spiritual practice.
researchers concur with a parallel notion that the Akashic record
encompasses the four major fields in science: the G
field (gravitational, the EM field (electromagnetic),
and the strong and the weak short range fields. In the A
field, space and time do not separate things.
TOE taps into the notion that space is the fundamental medium of
to Laszlo, space itself more exactly, the vacuum that
fills space is not merely a backdrop or container for the
motion of matter, but the very stuff or substance from
which the matter that populates space and time emerged, and through
which it continually interacts.
Therefore, Laszlo reasons that our existing physical-biological universe was built upon the former physical universe and that it will someday provide the groundwork for a physical-biological-psychological universe. As universes mature toward life and consciousness, so too will organisms contained therein become super-evolved.
next book, Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos: The
Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality (Inner Traditions,
2006), brings his TOE in hand with a look at sacred oneness and
a comparative analysis with leading researchers.
Within the roundtable discussion of Cosmos, the following excerpts from leading scientists and researchers share their hold on Laszlos TOE:
Stanley Kripner and Brian Conti ~
is finally knocking on the door of spirituality. Throughout the
ages religious traditions searched inward rather than outward for
answers to the questions of intention and purpose of human existence.
fundamental assumption of an objective non-living universe in which
life happens by accident is fading in light of a new view that life
is seen as the natural self-creating and recycling metabolism or
process of the cosmos itself.
Christian de Quincy ~
great world traditions tell us that in nothingness the world was
born. In order to truly comprehend what this means, science extends
spiritual thoughts of the plenum void into the realm of zero-point
energy (ZPE) the domain of the quantum vacuum. It is the
source of all physical reality.
Laszlo merges the concepts of spiritual void with ZPE under the quasi-eternal, or possibly eternal, Metaverse. It is a manifest universe that includes information and consciousness as well as energy.
The following summarizes the seven stages of evolution according to the rise and transformation of the Metaverse:
Laszlos great unifying, integrative insight for his Theory of Everything is information. His TOE hammers two significant insights on the function of information: Interconnectedness and Hierarchy.
Scientific discoveries involving non-local quantum fields posit that the entire universe began as a minute quantum system. Since any parts that once belonged to a quantum system remain connected or correlated no matter how far apart they may be separated in space, then the entire universe must be connected at a very deep level.
However, hierarchy explains the nature and structure for interconnectivity if it is to be practical. Unlike the typical perception of top-to-bottom relationships, Laszlos hierarchy is the universal structure that embraces parts and wholes, and through the dynamics of evolution creates systems out of chaos. The entire universe, including us, is interconnected through hierarchy.
Since Rene Descartes seventeenth century outlook on the mind-body duality schema, mind, consciousness, and spirit were the domain of theology and philosophy. Science framed theory and experiment to explain physical phenomenon only. Consequently, science could not answer questions of deepest import to human interest.
incorporates certain mental phenomena such as transpersonal mind-to-mind
resonance and remote reception known since the 70s
as non-local phenomena into the non-locality aspects of quantum
The new paradigm in science heralded a radical departure from the monistic, materialistic world view towards a new way of looking at old problems. Nevertheless, it lacked a unifying vision that would seamlessly integrate the individual contributions into a comprehensive overarching theory of everything.
the last 50 years, Ive studied an important subcategory of
non-ordinary states of consciousness, which I call holotropic (oriented
toward wholeness) states. This area of study has been subsequently
incorporated in Transpersonal academe.
Laszlos TOE supports the latter condition where we can see the world beyond the senses in a holotropic state of consciousness. Each of us appears to be a microcosm continuing in a holotropic way, the information about the entire macrocosm.
Taking his cues from the Hindu Upanishads, Russell anchors Laszlos TOE to Brahman, the source of the cosmos. Whereas, Laszlo refers to the A Field or Akasha as the source of everything that exists, and in which the memory of the cosmos is encoded, Russell suggests that the nature of this ultimate source is consciousness itself.
Material mind sees alternate realities as having no basis in reality, according to Russell. We never see the physical world directly. Everything we know, perceive, and imagine, every color, sound, sensation, every thought and every feeling, is a form appearing in the mind. It is all an in-forming of consciousness.
Referring to the Sanskrit translation of chitta as mindstuff consciousness carrying the meaning of mental substance Russell contends that which takes on the mental forms of images, sounds, sensations, thoughts and feelings is mindstuff rather than matter stuff. For example, the smell of a rose does not exist without an experiencing mind, just molecules of a certain shape.
our whole experience is a construction of the mind. It is the domain
that creates matter, rather than exist as a product of matter. Russell
adds, What appears to us as fundamental dimensions and attributes
of the physical world space, time, matter, and energy
are but the fundamental dimensions and attributes of the forms appearing
In conclusion, Russell remarks, If our own essence is divine, and the essence of consciousness is to be found in everything, everywhere, then everything is divine. In this I find a personal reenchantment of the cosmos.
Laszlos vision of many universes successively created and destroyed to produce a more informed and amazingly coherent universe parallels the following Sufi vision of creation:
scientific-spiritual worldview is of great importance to our daily
lives, informing the choices we have to make continuously. Our choices
can have a positive or negative influence on the functioning of
the coherence that is in and around us. Within us, good coherence
means good health the optimal functioning of our bodies.
The long-standing opposition between science and religion will soon be dissolved by the discovery, on the one hand, that objective reality is only a projection of consciousness through the medium of energy; and, on the other hand, by the recognition among spiritual seekers that the search for meaning is an ongoing quest, and therefore does not demand a blind acceptance of orthodox dogmas. As the two converge in the search, Laszlo raises hope that objective reality and truth are one!
conclusion, the mechanistic worldview of European origins posits
a narrow passage for modern society in search of meaning and purpose.
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