Since I posted my first articles over a year and a half ago, this blog has received about 4,500 views. I am reassured by the steady growth in readership and how some of my oldest posts are still receiving a lot of attention. This article will provide a bit of a summary of what is going on with it. It will conclude with a topic near and dear to my heart: a change in direction of the blog that is reflected in a new subheading. It is now subtitled: Science, Spirit and Mind: Toward a Unified View of Our World.
The Countries Readers Come From
Readers come from over 70 different countries. I cannot be more specific since certain countries appear to block the tracking that is necessary to gather this data. For example, I know I have readers in Iran since we sometimes talk via email, yet Iran does not show on my blog statistics. Other locations readers come from that I find particularly interesting include a large number from the Russian Federation, and some from Egypt, Lebanon and Azerbaijan.
Besides the US, here are the five countries from which the biggest groups of readers and followers come, (#1. Being the largest):
2. South Africa
5. United Kingdom
The Five Most Frequently Viewed Articles
1. Hyperemesis Gravidarum. A monograph written for physicians, but many others read it too.
2. Five of the Biggest Mysteries Facing Modern Science.
3. Dealing with Overweight. Part 2: Unfortunate Cultural Stereotypes.
4. A Life Changing Idea. My personal favorite and also the first article of this blog.
5. If an omnipotent Creator exists, and He chose to speak to us, how would we know it was Him?
Other articles that get a lot of views: the Grief eBook, both the Remote Viewing and Remote Influence book chapters (all three found in header, above), and all the articles that describe non-traditional treatments for common illnesses listed under the category Healing tips and prevention strategies (in the column to the right).
A Change in Focus for this Blog
Up until this point, this blog has had a several areas of focus. One focus is a number of articles describing purely medical topics, often with some helpful alternative approaches to common diseases. A second area of interest is found in a number of articles discuss alternative healing methods, particularly what are often labeled “mind-body healing” and “energy medicine.” But the focus I consider most important involves articles I put in the categories of The Cutting edge of Science and The Scientific Evaluation of Psychic Abilities. As I mentioned above, I revised the subtitle of this blog to reflect a change in direction to emphasize this theme. I will be including occasional articles on other topics, but I will be mainly directing my attention to efforts to develop a unified view that integrates our understanding of science, religion and spiritual concepts. A brief description of my rationale follows.
The answers that many of us were raised with to what might be called “ the big questions of life,” are failing us. More and more of us are finding our answers from the past to be unacceptable. For example, the view of the world as exclusively material and mechanical at its core (sometimes called a scientific reductionist view) is being increasing challenged and found wanting by modern scientific research. Also, the common religious view of a God Who exists completely apart from us, and Who created the world as a test for us, is also steadily losing modern followers. Unless I am completely mistaken, more and more of us are looking for answers that are more satisfying, which address all important aspects of our experience, and do not include inherent contradictions.
In my opinion, the deepest questions we face in approaching satisfying answers are: “What is The Truth?” and “How do we know The Truth when we see it?” But these questions present a problem we have had great difficulty in coming to terms with. The Truth is a moving target. Now I do not mean that The Truth is relative. What I mean instead, is that our understanding of The Truth has always been limited, and will always be incomplete. The history of the evolution of human ideas is a process of acquiring ever more information and new insights and incorporating what we find most reliable to pass on to future generations. In this way, our understanding of The Truth continues to grow and develop. But when we fail to appreciate our limitations, and we think we have found absolute answers, our ideas tend to become solidified as unchallenged dogma, and our progress falters. We can even regress.
Perhaps our biggest hurdle to overcome is that the new story now needed must contradict some very widely accepted truths. But change is essential to our progress. We know a great deal more about our universe and about the human mind than was known when many of our current beliefs were first written down and passed on to us. The new story must incorporate both what science has found about the objective reality of our world in the past, and the new information constantly being uncovered. It must also be capable of accommodating the ancient wisdom that we verify as reliable through our own personal experience. This new story must include our increasing understanding of the fundamental unity and interconnection of every part of our world, as well as the spiritual nature of who we are.
Do we have the humility that will allow us at acknowledge that we are still far from a full understanding of the deep mysteries of our cosmos? Do we have the courage to question cherished beliefs when they no longer fit our experience? Whether we are scientists studying sub-atomic particles, ministers presenting our understanding of sacred writings, or spiritual adepts expounding the insights of our deepest meditative states, we are all describing one reality. What is true for any one of us must, at the most fundamental level, be true for all. This, then, is the premise this blog will concentrate on. Only a single, unified view that accepts all of our experience as valid can heal what is now a much divided collective consciousness producing unnecessary suffering for many individuals, and for mankind as a whole.
I would love to have your input on where this blog is going, on any of the articles it contains and especially its new direction.
My best to all,
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