In the minds of many people spirituality is seen as unscientific, and thus as a load of babble that does not actually mean anything. After all, it cannot be proven scientifically speaking, and thus can only be wrong. No amount of maths, or physics for that matter, can show the concepts proclaimed by spiritual people, so why even bother? I would not say that I am a highly spiritual person, neither particularly religious (organised religion as such is a horrible concept). However, I do believe in certain aspects of spiritual teachings, and at the same time, call myself a man of science. How can that be?
After studying several different scientific methods, as well as several spiritually inclined methods, for change and exploring the power of the mind, I have come to realize that both, spirituality and science, are metaphors. A metaphor is defined as “an indirect comparison between two or more seemingly unrelated subjects”(wikipedia.org). So science is our metaphor for what we think is really happening, when in actual fact of the matter, we are only interpreting results and speculating anyway.
Furthermore, spirituality is often said to be quite in-congruent within itself, hence it cannot be taken seriously. Well, not to defend this, but let’s look at science. Newtonian physics might work well for explaining the things we can see with the human eye, big objects, stars. Yet, on a quantum level, Newtonian physics are useless, and we enter the domain of quantum physics. These two mindsets, and mathematical rules do not fit with each-other. When combined, they give non sentical predictions. So science within itself is in-congruent!!
Any metaphor has its application, and also its inbuilt boundaries. Yet we try to stretch certain metaphors to explain virtually everything, and thus go beyond their limits. This is true for science and also for spirituality. Each metaphor has its application and use, and as such we should make full use of them. The really intriguing question is what is your own metaphor or that of your friends, co workers, because at the end of the day, all we do is live in our metaphors, and as you know, everything is a metaphor.