Back to reading non-fiction, this time recommended by scientists whom also respect, yet I don’t know personally. I’m loving a book titled A New Science of Heaven.
At 400 pages, it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea. However, the vastness of the topic may light up for you anyway. The cover blurb is “How the science of plasma will transform humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe.”
It may sound like a stretch to say that the new science of plasma physics sheds light on spiritual experiences. Yet knowledge from recent advances in this little-known area of science matches “accounts surviving down the ages from mystics, meditators, people who have survived near-death experiences, inspired sages and shamans, and experiences from dreams and trance states.”
The materialistic view of the world of course dismisses all that oral history. The author of A New Science of Heaven, Robert Temple, acknowledges that scepticism is reasonable, yet he understands how those altered states of shamans and seers over the millennia may have “accessed awareness of the elusive and apparently immaterial ‘Other World…’
He shows that “advances made in the physics of complex plasmas in recent years provides a mathematical and physical basis to describe the soul, or spirit.” And “the ‘Other World’ is material, but it is a different kind of matter.” I’m only partly through the book, because it’s worth digesting slowly, letting my worldview expand all the while.