Nothing seems more disparate than science and spirituality. In the West, we are conditioned by thought norms and culture to see these two entities as separate and unmitigatedly pitted against one another, never really meeting or crossing paths. Scientists are often heard saying that what is observable and empirical is diametrically-opposed to the spiritual or religious, and that metaphysics and physics are especially different in their philosophies, ideals, and realms. Likewise, spiritual and faith-based leaders are often put at odds with science due to faith inherently involving things which are not directly observable with the senses. The belief in god-like beings or forces which operate outside the realms of science seems completely logical to some, whilst those who claim science as the only empirical way, posit that what is not observable or subject to the Scientific Method, is implausible and even folly.
But what if metaphysics and physics are not opposites? What if we made room for the idea that these two seemingly opposing entities are not only linked but form two halves of a circle and cycle, a balance that the Universe itself holds and maintains?
This article explores those questions, theorizing that metaphysics and physics are not diametrically-opposed, nor are they defiant of each other. Through exploring quantum entanglement, the components of physical things, and the First Law of Thermodynamics, we see how these scientific concepts create arguments for and in support of emotions that the Universe itself holds, reincarnation, and past and future life realities.
What is the difference between Metaphysics and Physics?
In order to explore their similarities, it is first necessary to define more precisely, the meanings of metaphysics and physics.
Physics is defined as
“the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics, distinguished from that of chemistry and biology, includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.”
Metaphysics is defined as
“the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.”
At first, these two things seem to have little to do with each other. After all, science rests on what is provable, observable via logic or direct evidence, and is concerned with experimental replication that provides empirical data. Metaphysics, on the other hand, is more to do with existence, our emotions, our memories, what we feel deeply, and what we are accustomed to believing as a result of culture and accepted philosophies. But perhaps, “never the twain shall meet,” does not apply to metaphysics and physics. We shall see.
A Universe with Emotions?
Science has demonstrated that two particles that are joined together, a duo, act in concert. If one spins clockwise, the other spins counter-clockwise. The concept of Quantum Entanglement is as follows: “In quantum physics, entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances. Spin [means movement] as an axis of rotation, but actual particles do not rotate. Entanglement occurs when a pair of particles, such as photons, interact physically.” Science has also demonstrated that if these particles are removed from one another, even by light years, they will continue to affect each others’ behaviour and the separation holds no sway over their connectivity. One could argue that in terms of the universe and physics and metaphysics, this demonstrates a duality of existence, and the connection of one entity with another that does not become broken by time or space, distance or division across light-years. It takes only a little bit of thought to consider that two particles, joined in actions, might indeed be the Universe’s way of showing love and connection, the duality of spirit and energy. Indeed, it is arguable that for every emotion we hold, the Universe has its counterpart. While the Universe may not demonstrate emotions on a human level or with the same actions, it is rather humanocentric and arrogant to say that the only emotions and feelings that are factual and viable are those of human beings. After all, we are only one of the Universe’s creatures, are we not?
That's a Eureka Moment Right There!
Reincarnation as Universal
When we examine something like flowers and botany, or phenomena such as a supernova, we see that these, like all things, have a birth, a lifespan, and a death. When a flower dies, its components are broken down and return into the earth. Its chemical makeup is replicated in the seeds it bears and a copy of the flower returns when the growth cycle begins anew. When a star explodes, we see that all of the star’s components, the elements it has created through nuclear fusion, and the hydrogen that form its make-up are scattered and create other stars that have the same make-up, function, and lifespan. So, if we think about it, is this not a similar argument created when we speak of reincarnation? Some might say that this is not reincarnation so much as it is the creation of “offspring,” and the furtherance of the “species.” However, science has shown that the components of a flower and a star are the same across the creation of those flowers and stars that follow. It has also shown that the behaviour of stars and flowers are the same, with a few variances, as they were before, yet evolving. Reincarnation holds that our consciousness remains whilst we evolve on a spiritual level. We may be human or non-human, but we remain eternal, living on. If one thinks for a moment, we see that this idea of reincarnation, a concept seemingly belonging only to metaphysics, is also one of physics. In other words, mirrors upon mirrors, worlds upon worlds, everything reflects everything else.
The First Law of Thermodynamics and Eternal Being
The First Law of Thermodynamics holds, as a central tenet, what is called “The Law of the Conservation of Energy.” “The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form of energy to another.” In other words, when a stick of dynamite explodes its chemical energy becomes kinetic. The physical force that it exerts upon the surroundings is a manifestation of that kineticism. What this means in more simplified terms is that the energy contained in the Universe, an isolated and complete system, can never be destroyed, and no more is created than that which is already contained within. So, if you look at these terms metaphysically, the physics of energy becomes an argument for eternal consciousness. Our bodies are made up of energy. Our thoughts and emotions have been shown to give off energy and our brains have electrical charges that are part and parcel of our existence. So, taking it a step further, what happens when we die? Where does the energy of our thoughts and consciousness go? The Law of the Conservation of Energy states that in an isolated system, such as our bodies or brain, that energy cannot be destroyed. Therefore, it takes only a bit of room to speculate that this, in turn, demonstrates metaphysics and physics, science and spirituality, are not separate and opposing entities, and the concept of life after death, our eternal consciousness, is demonstrable via science.
For too long, we have been taught that disunity exists between metaphysics and physics and that things such as reincarnation, ghost activity, and emotions are scientific only as a reduction to chemical reactions and observable disillusion. Yet, one might argue that not only are metaphysics and physics two halves of the same circle, but that they are also dependent upon each other and demonstrable throughout the Universe, in terms that are not always human, but no less valid. If room for these concepts is made, we might begin to heal some of the disunity that has existed between science and the spiritual, physics and metaphysics. In healing that seeming disparate relationship, we may begin to heal things in ourselves, and better understand the Universe. After all, science tells us that we have barely scratched the surface of knowledge and that there are places in the Universe where what we hold as scientifically-lawful, is turned asunder, with those laws defied. Hence, if we know only a minuscule portion of what is there to learn, then we may indeed find out that concepts once held as strange and merely the stuff of imagination, is quite real and demonstrable. Imagination itself is energetic. And without the ability to imagine, perhaps imagination itself being spiritual, science nor the spiritual would be where they are today, as part of our lives, hopes, dreams, and knowledge.