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A hopeful approach for the future of international relations.

Redirect teen rebellion towards idealism and self improvement.

Read excerpts from unpublished book: Science, Religion and the Search for God —Bridging the Gap.

Poems of society, the human condition, and spiritual discovery.

Our student activities and curriculum materials instill an environmental, cultural, and global perspective, and integrate various academic disciplines.

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Archives 2002:
Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003:
Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life
Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004:
Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

Archives 2005:
Vol. 4, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Standing up for Humanity
Unity in Diversity

Thought and Imagination
Imagination and Healing
Lessons of Katrina
Intelligent Design or Evolution

Archives 2006:
Vol. 5, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-Violent Political Change
Sustainable Development
Legalizing Torture
Living Without an Enemy
"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"



August, 2002
Vol. 1, number 8


Chapter I
The Search for God
(conclusion) Part 5

from the unpublished book
Science, Religion, and the Search for God: Bridging the Gap

by Richard Sidy

When scientific and religious orientation unite in the honest, unselfish pursuit of truth, humanity will be aided in opening the doors to higher awareness. The ability to think and to feel are divine qualities on a human scale. They help develop the ability to participate more fully in the wonderful relationships in the many aspects of life. These faculties of sensitivity and thinking must be developed systematically and purposefully if an individual is to realize the fullest measure of wisdom. They must be developed in a balanced way in order to develop one's full potential and to be of greater service to society and to nature.

As humans develop higher faculties, they gradually develop God-consciousness, which is an experience beyond faith and reason. God-consciousness unites a person with the God within and within all things and results in greater knowledge of humanity and the Universe through real experiences.

The search for God must keep pace with the evolutionary unfoldment of human potential. We see that current social, economic, and environmental crises are evoking great and heroic acts from people. When people act selflessly for a high ideal or principle, when they maintain their integrity in the midst of corruption, and when they sacrifice personal comfort in order to serve humanity, they are great examples of the inner divinity in action. Fortunately, more and more people are demonstrating such behavior in spite of increasing problems, pessimism, and cynicism about the future. Such people lead by their example and help others overcome hardships and hopelessness.

Scientific awareness is expanding to the point where the most advanced scientists stand in humble awe before an ever-growing view of the Universe. In searching for the origin and laws of matter, energy, and life, scientists are crossing the threshold from the visible world of matter into the invisible world of energy. They are beginning to develop instruments sensitive to even the subtlest of invisible energies. When science applies its research to the benefit of humanity, there will be greater enlightenment. Rather than spending millions on research to serve materialistic purposes, such scientists may eventually investigate the spiritual causes behind existence. This will broaden the approach of medical science and change people's attitudes towards birth, life and death.

New scientific research will make spiritual truths knowable and remove ignorance, fear, and doubt from people's minds. Scientists who are in awe of existence will develop more responsibility in the application of their knowledge. No longer will they use science for war, for greed, or for activities which poison the earth. On the contrary, scientists of conscience do work, and will continue to work to solve the problems of our earth in order to restore health and well-being to our planet. Such science will be an essential tool in man's spiritual search for meaning in life.

If we accept that spiritual truths underlie material reality, then any search for truth is a search for God. If we accept an expanded concept of "God" as an all-pervading energy of intelligence, love, life, law, organization, and creativity in the Universe, then we will accept that there are a variety of valid ways to approach God. The more these approaches work together, the greater spiritual wisdom man will develop.

Science and religion are central to the development of God-consciousness because they balance two predominant characteristics in human nature. People must use the emotions and the mind together in order to develop as a balanced human beings. When science belittles religion and religion fights against scientific investigation, they are giving up their ability to influence each other in a beneficial way. Such conflict divides human nature and creates divisions in society.

People cannot work with only one hand nor reject a part of human nature. Scientific orientation helps human progress by developing knowledge, objectivity, and reason. Religious orientation helps human progress by developing the desire to serve others, to love, and to create unity. Without this balance, one can not progress. One-sidedness limits success and may lead ultimately to isolation, loss of a greater purpose and failure. Without each other, science becomes selfish materialism and religion becomes selfish fanaticism.

Through science and religion humans can go beyond science and religion in the search for God. These two orientations are as two feet upon the path of the eternal search for God-consciousness. Together they create striving and service. Together they create devotion to high ideals and the sense of responsibility. Together they may lead to the realization that life and labor in the world must serve a spiritual purpose. As human consciousness expands and as the awareness of the Universe expands, the concept of God will expand. Thus will the search for God be never-ending.

Eventually we may succeed in breaking the walls between our self-consciousness and our Divinity, experiencing that God is within us and within all beings. Then will the search for God change into living God and working to manifest God. When science and religion succeed in putting all people on the path to perfection, then our planet will become a sacred planet instead of a planet of pain and suffering.


Read Other Selections
March: Preface

April: Chapter 1, Part 1

May: Chapter 1, Part 2
June: Chapter 1, Part 3
July: Chapter 1, Part 4
August: Chapter 1, Conclusion






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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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