We think of science and spirituality as two distinct
domains—completely different from each other. Science is
experimental, practical, rigorous, empirical, materialistic,
objective, and intellectual. Metaphysics is spiritual,
experiential, abstract, mystical, ephemeral, internal, not
replicable, imprecise, subjective, otherworldly, impractical,
and impossible to prove.
Yet throughout history, science has led great intellectuals
to spiritual epiphanies. As we study the workings of atoms
and molecules, cells and organisms, stars and planets,
energy and matter, we come face to face with the order and
beauty inherent in it all. Scientific discovery inspires awe.
Albert Einstein said, “Everyone who is seriously involved
in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is
manifest in the laws of the universe—a spirit vastly superior
For the past few years I’ve been on a fascinating quest
to understand and describe how energy creates matter,
mind creates things, and thoughts create facts. I began
my inquiry believing that energy fields were a byproduct
of material conditions, the way a bar magnet produces an
electromagnetic field around it. I considered the point of
view of materialist scientists to be plausible.
They explain consciousness as an “epiphenomenon”
of matter, hypothesizing that as brains became more and
more complex over the course of evolution, they eventually
produced this byproduct we call consciousness. Elaborate
human brains produce the consciousness we call mind and
the electromagnetic fields we measure with technology like
magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalograms.
In the words of researcher Marvin Minsky, Ph.D., “Mind is
what brain does.”
On my quest, I read more than 400 studies and
interviewed more than 100 experts and found that this idea
that energy fields are a byproduct of physical matter is the
opposite of what the evidence shows. Studies demonstrate
that energy fields come first and then shape matter.
One of the most fascinating demonstrations comes from
research on water. A 2015 study published in Explore: The
Journal of Science and Healing reported that when water is
held by a healer, the angle of the molecular bond between
the oxygen and hydrogen atoms changes. When “blessed”
water is used to sprout seeds, more germinate. The resulting
plants grow bigger and faster than those raised using
ordinary water. Consciousness, acting through an energy
field, shapes matter.
Science led many founders of quantum physics to
discover the great universal field of consciousness. This
group (several of them Nobel Prize winners) includes
Einstein, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, German
theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg, German physicist
Max Planck, Austrian-Swiss physicist Wolfgang Pauli,
Danish physicist Niels Bohr, and Hungarian-American
theoretical physicist Eugene Wigner. These pioneers did
not perceive energy, space, time, consciousness, and matter
as separate entities, but rather as flowing together at the
junction of quantum physics.
“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a
force,” Planck said. “We must assume behind this force
is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This
mind is the matrix of all matter.” The deeper scientists delve
into the workings of matter, from the tiniest subatomic
particles to enormous galaxies, the more they notice the
synchronous coordination characteristic of consciousness.
The essential message of science from Einstein onward is
the primacy of consciousness. Change your consciousness,
and you exert an influence on the material world. Prayer,
belief, faith, compassion, love, kindness, and goodwill are
hardly insubstantial sentiments. As consciousness acting
through energy fields, these qualities influence the material
reality of your life.
How science is uniting body, mind, and spirit
Science and Spiritual Experience
HEALING, SCIENCE, AND SPIRITUALITY
DAWSON CHURCH, PH.D., AUTHOR OF MIND
TO MATTER (HAY HOUSE, 2018) AND THE GENIE
IN YOUR GENES (ENERGY PS YCHOLOG Y PRESS,
2008), IS A GENETIC RESEARCHER AND AN
ORDAINED NEW THOUGHT MINISTER. HE SHARES
SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS ON GENETICS AND
SPIRITUALTY AT DAWSONGIFT.COM.