Just when the world has decided to become less religious, science, which has beaten the secular drum for decades, may change its tune!
Some of our greatest scientific minds now suggest with confidence that there is an intelligence behind the order of the universe.2 The scientific tide is shifting; there may in fact be a God after all. But wait—is it too late?
According to Pew Research Center,there is a global decline in religion: 23% of Americans have no religious affiliation3 and 35% of adult millennials (Americans born 1981-1996) are religiously unaffiliated.6
A National Geographic report states that the new world religion is no religion. Nones, the religiously unaffiliated, make up about ¼ of the US. In the past decade, Nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline Protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.4
For the first time, there is a global decline in the religiously minded. According to a 2016 Huffington Post article, for the first time ever there are more atheists and agnostics than believers in God in Norway and the UK!5
Religious affiliation is declining in Iceland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, South Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, Chile, and throughout South America, Latin America, and even parts of Africa.4
All told, the latest Pew Research Center estimates that in 2010, there were 1.1 billion nonreligious people worldwide.7
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While science has stripped itself of anything related to metaphysics, spirituality, or religion, the gap between science and spirit may be closing. While much of the scientific community is holding tightly to a belief that there is no superior intelligence in the universe, quantum theory is forcing a change, albeit slowly.
The idea that there is an intelligence behind the order of the universe has been around since Vedic times, and was present at the dawn of quantum physics. Max Planck, father of quantum physics, says, “Behind the force that holds the vibrations of the atomic nucleus together, we must assume the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.” That intelligence, he says, is the matrix of all matter.2
Albert Einstein wrote this in a 1936 letter: “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 to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modern powers must feel humble.”2 In German, the translation for the word spirit is more precisely “mind and intelligence.”
David Bohm, who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, suggests that the vibrations of our universe are not random—the are coherent and intelligent. He suggests that we are informed clusters of vibration in space and time, interacting and coevolving with other clusters of vibrations both locally, here and now, and nonlocally, throughout the universe.
These clusters of vibrations are described in Vedic texts from 5000 BCE, which say that underlying all matter, such as the elements of air, fire, water, and earth, is space or akasha. The understanding of space or akasha is that all the elements—all matter—come from vibrations of an intelligent, conscious vibrational field called the Akashic record.
Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future.8
The field described as akasha in the Vedas has been researched in quantum physics as grand unified field theories, zero point field theories, universal quantum field theories, and others. All of these theories suggest that an order or intelligence organizes these clusters of vibrations into matter: from the smallest atoms to the billions of galaxies.2
The consciousness or intelligence Planck, Einstein, and Bohm describe is not empty, passive, or a vacuum state, as once thought. Rather, it is a space filled with forces and vibrations, such as gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear forces, and more. The Akashic field had to be filled with something in order to vibrate and be intelligent and manifest as matter, or, as the Vedas say, into the elements of air, fire, water, and earth and then into more complex realities.
For example, if these clusters vibrate in the frequency of the visual light spectrum, our brain interprets them as shapes and colors. All sounds, tastes, touch, and smells are vibrations of the field that our brain interprets for us.
Ervin László, a two-time nominee for the Noble Prize, author, and president of the international think tank the Club of Budapest, wrote about the relationship of Vedic science, the Akashic records, and quantum theory in detail in his book The Intelligence of the Cosmos.2
Laszlo makes the case that the consciousness described in Vedic texts is not an individual consciousness. It is not “my consciousness.” It is not produced in the brain, just like TV shows are not produced in the TV. We do not produce consciousness; we display it. It does not cease when we die. Consciousness is a reflection, a projection, a manifestation of the intelligence that “in-forms” the world.2
Scientists who hold the belief that the universe is random and consciousness is an energy produced by and only in our brains are slow to accept the new evidence-based data supporting a major shift in our thinking of how the universe works. It is hard to dispute that consciousness pervades everything and that quantum unified fields are organized with, from, or by a higher intelligence.
Consciousness is believed to be the higher intelligence behind the extreme order of the universe. Calculations suggest that if proteins on earth were randomly mixed together in an attempt to make the DNA of a common fruit fly, it would take more time than was available since the Big Bang. In other words, there is no way life, the earth, a fruit fly, or the universe are random events.
Physicist Fred Hoyle says that the probability that a new species would emerge through a chance mutation of their genes is comparable to the probability that a hurricane blowing through a scrapyard would assemble a working airplane.
It is not possible for this world and others to exist randomly, as once thought. Call it order, intelligence, mind, consciousness, creator, supreme being, Akashic record, or God!