Reclaiming Your Power From Science and Education


The following is an extract from Marcus T Anthony's book The Coming Consciousness Revolution. The book will be released in early 2016.

Despite all the myriad and wonderful advances in science in the last several centuries, a great knowledge gap remains. And it remains hidden, hidden because many who hold positions of power and influence in mainstream science and education are too stubborn to admit what we do not know and understand.

Modern science arose from what we call the enlightenment. It is appropriately named, as it delivered humanity from the darkness of much medieval superstition. Yet ironically the other meaning of the word “enlightenment” comes from the world’s great religious and spiritual traditions. Though its meaning may vary slightly from one culture to the next, the essence of the word is seeing through the blindness of mind and its attachment to those things which create suffering – and delusion.

So which enlightenment is truly enlightening? Science or spirituality? I believe that this is not a simple dichotomy. As Neils Bohr once noted, the opposite of a profound truth may not be a lie but another profound truth. Both science and spirituality have much to teach us – and much to learn from each other. They can each inform the other of its tendencies towards delusion; and especially the bad habit of what Ken Wilber calls “category error”, where we employ an inadequate way of knowing to understand something that requires a completely different cognitive modality to understand the thing being investigated. I like to use the absurd example of walking into an art gallery with a calculator and believing that punching numbers into the machine is going to deliver an “understanding” of a Picasso, da Vinci or a van Gough. This is a laughable category error as “calculation” simply cannot deliver an adequate understanding of art. Yet both the scientistic and the spiritualistic amongst us make equally foolish attempts to understand things via the wrong way of knowing.

A great problem in the modern error is that mainstream dominant science and education have generally failed to acknowledge the limits of reason, and of empirical inquiry. This is a hubris that is both self-limiting and dangerous, for it has tended to obfuscate knowledge and knowledge processes that are absolutely essential to the deepest understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a species. It has severely clouded our understanding of consciousness, where the single-millimetre resolution of the fMRI scan has revealed but clunky correlations of mind – even as neuroscientists congratulate themselves for the poorly-reasoned extrapolations which dominate the field.

All this has created a great deal of confusion about the general nature of life and the universe we live in. The general public, unable to directly participate in or understand the intricate procedures of these scientific investigations, has come to defer to the often sloppily substantiated conclusions which science has delivered about the place of human beings in the universe, and the relationship of mind and nature (or lack thereof).

All of us, regardless of what segment of society we see ourselves as belonging too, must acknowledge how this power game has stolen our freedom to think, feel and choose for ourselves. And it is now time for us to reclaim that power. We must reclaim our power from science and education as it exists today. Our civilisation has been led into a dark, mechanistic abyss, one from which we must make our escape – and soon. For there will be a great, great price we will all pay if we do not acknowledge the situation and learn to stand in our power.

For too long we have placed science and scientists on a pedestal. Slowly, as science and empirical knowledge have become more detailed, more advanced and more mathematical, we (the lay folk) have in turn became convinced that our own personal intuitive perceptions are invalid. We have deferred to the authority of science as a collective culture, losing sight of the fact that, as practiced today, science is a culture. The irony is that the word “culture” has often been derided within the hard sciences as being irrelevant to empirical investigation of the cosmos. But paradigms and their preferred ways of knowing tend to become implicit and ultimately invisible, much as the water may be invisible to fish. Paradigms are impersonal, pervasive. Everywhere, always (until transcended by another paradigm).

This is an important distinction. We must not arrogantly reject science and reason, believing that they have nothing to offer us. We must not imagine we are above its knowledge claims. We must recognise where science and its preferred ways of knowing is legitimate, and even superior to personal insight. We must accept where science wields legitimate power above personal insight – above intuition. We must acknowledge what science has shown us in the past three hundred years, and about the way the mind can deceive itself.

Yet such self-deceptions are difficult to fully root out. I believe that many false teachings are ironically based on collective self-deception and remain part of mainstream science and education, despite the increased awareness of such things. The mind is a trickster. It cannot know itself, as mystic Leonard Jacobson likes to say. As long as we retain only an intellectual understanding of self-delusion, we cannot rise above it. Scientific detachment is a good start, but it is not enough. We need to become masters of the mind by developing the capacity to witness it from a higher but relaxed vantage point. Meditation and mindfulness are needed to take us to such places.

So science needs introspection even as introspection needs science.

In the end the power that you and I must reclaim is personal. It does not belong to science. Nor does it belong to spiritual institutions. It is between you and the cosmos. And ultimately even this I-Thou separation is likely a delusion, as many of the non-dual traditions have bespoken.

Being against science is a mistake. We live in a world where science holds much power and sway. It is advances in science that will likely be at the heart of the Coming Consciousness Revolution. We all need to keep abreast of scientific developments and accept the gifts that science has to offer, even as we stay critical of its limits and tendency towards arrogant self-delusion.

Science has told us that we cannot trust ourselves. It has told us that we must defer the power of knowing to its leaders and to its instruments of knowing. But now it is time to reclaim our power. For if you cannot trust your own mind, then you are by definition a being without autonomy. This must change with the Coming Consciousness Revolution.

Marcus Anthony

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is

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  1.' Eyes Road says:

    What a huge film the matrix was I still love to watch it now and again
    Thank You excellent line

  2.' Valarie Wyse- Barber says:

    Ma’atess Love

  3.' The Messenger says:

    Its in plain site…. But people think they need someone to tell them what their souls already know….

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