Spirituality and science – a necessary partnership

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Spiritual living

Spirituality and ScienceI spent a weekend in London recently attending the Spirit Release Forum‘s conference. The speakers had some fascinating stories to tell.

Catherine G. Lucas, founder of the Spiritual Crisis Network, talked about her personal experience of what is termed spiritual emergency – when spiritual awakening accelerates at such an intensive pace that the individual finds it extremely difficult to maintain their normal, daily lives. Catherine found herself returning from a visit to Egypt in a wheelchair, her body completely overwhelmed by the powerful energies running through it and her mind open to previously undreamed of realities and dimensions.

Sadly, this type of experience is often diagnosed as a mental illness and the “sufferer” is heavily medicated which halts the process immediately but also leaves them stuck at that crisis point. Catherine was eloquent in her assertion that you cannot separate the two; that usually any mental disturbance involves some sort of spiritual awakening, and spiritual emergency induces symptoms of mental illness. The key was to recognise this fact, and to support the individual to work through the awakening process to completion and integration, while providing them with a safe and supportive environment in which to do so.  Every breakdown can lead to a breakthrough she says. You can read more about her journey and how to support others through similar ones in her book In Case of Spiritual Emergency.

Dr Tom Zinser, a clinical psychologist, explained how his conversations with a channelled spirit being revolutionised the way he worked with his clients – many of them diagnosed with multiple personality and dissociative disorders. He found that he consistently ran into impenetrable blocks with conventional treatment, and the only way he could facilitate true healing for his clients was through addressing issues of the soul. This included past lives, spirit attachment, psychic interference, dark spirits and soul fragment retrieval among other things. He documented and tested the advice received from this spirit being regarding the problems of individual clients over a period of 25 years, and his conclusions are published in his excellent and accessible book Soul-Centered Healing.

Dr Zinser said in his introductory talk that he had moved from an ego-centred to a soul-centred approach to healing thanks to the accuracy and results-based evidence he had gathered from his contact with the spirit realm. He felt no real progress could be made in the medical world until there was some kind of official acceptance that these spiritual considerations were real and an essential aspect of mental health. A conversion was necessary, he stated firmly.

I heard much the same statement from radical scientist Rupert Sheldrake in April, when I heard him talk about his most recent book The Science Delusion. Empirical science has hit a brick wall of its own making, and until it can admit that it does not have all the answers, and free itself from its materialist limitations, opening up to spirituality, we cannot move forward effectively or harmoniously.

We are seeing now in so many clearly visible ways a global spiritual emergency, and I believe that, as always, crisis is already facilitating the  necessary change of attitude and approach. People like Tom Zinser, Catherine Lucas and Rupert Sheldrake are bravely helping to make that possible and I offer them my heartfelt thanks. Let’s support each other through this process, knowing that we are moving towards a planet and people-wide place of integration and wholeness, with soul at the centre. Together we can turn breakdown into breakthrough!

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Semele Xerri

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