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visionary science

There is no need for science to be opposed to spirituality. In fact, the most influential scientists in history found inspiration in their research through dreams, meditation, and visions!

Mysticism As A Key To Scientific Breakthroughs
Mystics are visionaries. That’s what gives them the edge in scientific research.

Newton, Faraday and Einstein were all examples of mystics. Most of their research occurred, not in a laboratory, but within their visionary consciousness.

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  1. To fill your mind with facts and questions…then to relax and allow the answers to bubble up from the subconscious is truly a time honored tradition within science. One of my favorite stories is that told by Till Kekule who discovered the structure of the benzene ring:

    “…I turned my chair toward the fire place and sank into a doze. Again the atoms were flitting before my eyes. Smaller groups now kept modestly in the background. My mind’s eye sharpened by repeated visions of a similar sort, now distinguished larger structures of varying forms. Long rows frequently rose together, all in movement, winding and turning like serpents; and see! what was that? One of the serpents seized its own tail and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. I came awake like a flash of lightning. This time also I spent the remainder of the night working out the consequences of the hypothesis.”

    Kind of in the realm of geeky chemistry types but it is interesting what can be distilled and extracted from the swirling phantoms and unknowable darkness of the Jungian unconsciousness. It’s not all just beavers shaking hands with Mennonite maples in the sugar bush.

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