This article from Februray 2016 caught my eye, and I hope it will interest you, too. It's called: Physicists Examine Consciousness & Conclude The Universe Is 'Spiritual, Immaterial & Mental' by Arjun Walia. The Urantia Book helps us to grasp the idea of the universe as mind-made and mind-managed; in fact, The Urantia Book is the only religious bok on the planet that can explain this article adequately. We'll expand on this idea in our blog, below; but first, here are couple of snippets from the article:
"Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a "mental" construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: 'The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.' Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual." ("The Mental Universe" ; Nature 436:29,2005)
"In 1984 a study took place at three different gatherings of over 7000 people who did meditation each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks. The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985). The results were quite eye-opening. 'Time series' analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-existing trends, drifts in data or cycles.
"The 7,000 people meditating created a Field Effect of harmonious coherence that spread throughout the collective–which, it is believed, helped to reduce acts of terrorism.
"This effect is called the "Maharishi Effect", and has over 600 scientific studies conducted in 33 countries and in over 250 independent research institutions. The evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having social, political and economic benefits to the world. Positive correlations for numerous health benefits to the individual were also observed and confirmed."
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The Appeal of The Urantia Book
As a Urantia Book student who has no specialized knowledge of science, I do have quite specific personal knowledge and experience with the reality of God, an experience that anyone can gain if they so desire. The Urantia Book is so special and so accessible for this world in that it draws readers from all walks of life, all educational levels, all ages, all socio-econimic levels, and assists - through revelation - any and all of these reader/students to comprehend the universe, to appreciate the cosmos, and to accept the reality that the universe is one complete WHOLE, of which we are all a part, through the ministry of mind. It is a whole that is a reflection of the wholeness of God - and the circular nature of God.
2:2.1 Even your olden prophets understood the eternal, never-beginning, never-ending, circular nature of the Universal Father. God is literally and eternally present in his universe of universes. He inhabits the present moment with all his absolute majesty and eternal greatness. "The Father has life in himself, and this life is eternal life." Throughout the eternal ages it has been the Father who "gives to all life." There is infinite perfection in the divine integrity. "I am the Lord; I change not." Our knowledge of the universe of universes discloses not only that he is the Father of lights, but also that in his conduct of interplanetary affairs there "is no variableness neither shadow of changing." He "declares the end from the beginning." He says: "My counsel shall stand; I will do all my pleasures" "according to the eternal purpose which I purposed in my Son." Thus are the plans and purposes of the First Source and Center like himself: eternal, perfect, and forever changeless.
If you look over this article above, you'll notice it has quite a bit of pretty technical information regarding quantum physics. I admit this is not my strong suit - maybe it is yours, in which case you will probably glean even more from that information. But the article also explains how what I will call the "collective mind" can influence events.
The power of mind in the prediction of physical phenomena in the universe is spoken of in this article; but also, minds united in prayer can make a difference in the same way. And that is astonishingly good and hopeful news for our world, and is proof that there really is a spiritual component - a minded component - that is in charge of all that we see. But my main takeaway from the article is that, according to scientific discovery, this quote from The Urantia Book is true:
1:6.7 To assume that the universe can be known, that it is intelligible, is to assume that the universe is mind made and personality managed. Man's mind can only perceive the mind phenomena of other minds, be they human or superhuman. If man's personality can experience the universe, there is a divine mind and an actual personality somewhere concealed in that universe.
Science, religion, and revelation
Here are a few other passages from The Urantia Book regarding the relationship between science and religion - a relationship that must be recognized before any coherent understanding of the material universe can be appreciated fully. The importance of recognizing the Universal Father as the unifying factor in all of creation is the key, and the (relatively) small step that has to made, before science and religion can truly be co-ordinated for the benefilt of all.
Revelation - such as that given in The Urantia Book - is how we can sidestep centuries of searching to reach that vital co-ordination NOW.
1:7.5 Ultimate universe reality cannot be grasped by mathematics, logic, or philosophy, only by personal experience in progressive conformity to the divine will of a personal God. Neither science, philosophy, nor theology can validate the personality of God. Only the personal experience of the faith sons of the heavenly Father can effect the actual spiritual realization of the personality of God.
101:2.8 Science yields knowledge; religion yields happiness; philosophy yields unity; revelation confirms the experiential harmony of this triune approach to universal reality.
102:3.10 Science seeks to identify, analyze, and classify the segmented parts of the limitless cosmos. Religion grasps the idea-of-the-whole, the entire cosmos. Philosophy attempts the identification of the material segments of science with the spiritual-insight concept of the whole. Wherein philosophy fails in this attempt, revelation succeeds, affirming that the cosmic circle is universal, eternal, absolute, and infinite. This cosmos of the Infinite I AM is therefore endless, limitless, and all-inclusive—timeless, spaceless, and unqualified. And we bear testimony that the Infinite I AM is also the Father of Michael of Nebadon and the God of human salvation.
103:6.2 When man approaches the study and examination of his universe from the outside, he brings into being the various physical sciences; when he approaches the research of himself and the universe from the inside, he gives origin to theology and metaphysics. The later art of philosophy develops in an effort to harmonize the many discrepancies which are destined at first to appear between the findings and teachings of these two diametrically opposite avenues of approaching the universe of things and beings.
103:6.5 A logical and consistent philosophic concept of the universe cannot be built up on the postulations of either materialism or spiritism, for both of these systems of thinking, when universally applied, are compelled to view the cosmos in distortion, the former contacting with a universe turned inside out, the latter realizing the nature of a universe turned outside in. Never, then, can either science or religion, in and of themselves, standing alone, hope to gain an adequate understanding of universal truths and relationships without the guidance of human philosophy and the illumination of divine revelation.
103:7.3 But as ascending man reaches inward and Paradiseward for the God experience, he will likewise be reaching outward and spaceward for an energy understanding of the material cosmos. The progression of science is not limited to the terrestrial life of man; his universe and superuniverse ascension experience will to no small degree be the study of energy transmutation and material metamorphosis. God is spirit, but Deity is unity.
Read more in the section called: Philosophic Co-ordination
and also read more in this section called: Science and Religion
The power of prayer
The article above mentions experiements with prayer and meditation that have proved to be beneficial. Any Urantia Book student knows how important prayer and meditation are; Jesus himeslf was a regular prayer - a regular meditator. Prayer is truly powerful:
144:4.9 Prayer is the sincere and longing look of the child to its spirit Father; it is a psychologic process of exchanging the human will for the divine will. Prayer is a part of the divine plan for making over that which is into that which ought to be.
146:2.7 When you have become wholly dedicated to the doing of the will of the Father in heaven, the answer to all your petitions will be forthcoming because your prayers will be in full accordance with the Father's will, and the Father's will is ever manifest throughout his vast universe. What the true son desires and the infinite Father wills IS. Such a prayer cannot remain unanswered, and no other sort of petition can possibly be fully answered.
Said Jesus: 144:2.2 "Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of the soul toward the spirit; prayer should be the communion of sonship and the expression of fellowship. Prayer, when indited by the spirit, leads to co-operative spiritual progress. The ideal prayer is a form of spiritual communion which leads to intelligent worship. True praying is the sincere attitude of reaching heavenward for the attainment of your ideals."
180:2.4 How long will it take the world of believers to understand that prayer is not a process of getting your way but rather a program of taking God's way, an experience of learning how to recognize and execute the Father's will? It is entirely true that, when your will has been truly aligned with his, you can ask anything conceived by that will-union, and it will be granted. And such a will-union is effected by and through Jesus even as the life of the vine flows into and through the living branches.
Hence, the proven success of prayer when used for the betterment of civilization.
As regards time:
The article above states: "Time as we measure it and know it, doesn't really exist."
Ftrom The Urantia Book:
189:1.3 Mankind is slow to perceive that, in all that is personal, matter is the skeleton of morontia, and that both are the reflected shadow of enduring spirit reality. How long before you will regard time as the moving image of eternity and space as the fleeting shadow of Paradise realities?
118:1.1 It is helpful to man's cosmic orientation to attain all possible comprehension of Deity's relation to the cosmos. While absolute Deity is eternal in nature, the Gods are related to time as an experience in eternity. In the evolutionary universes eternity is temporal everlastingness—the everlasting now.
103:7.5 Animals do not sense time as does man, and even to man, because of his sectional and circumscribed view, time appears as a succession of events; but as man ascends, as he progresses inward, the enlarging view of this event procession is such that it is discerned more and more in its wholeness. That which formerly appeared as a succession of events then will be viewed as a whole and perfectly related cycle; in this way will circular simultaneity increasingly displace the onetime consciousness of the linear sequence of events. Time, space, and experience are man's greatest aids to relative reality perception and yet his most formidable obstacles to complete reality perception. Mortals and many other universe creatures find it necessary to think of potentials as being actualized in space and evolving to fruition in time, but this entire process is a time-space phenomenon which does not actually take place on Paradise and in eternity. On the absolute level there is neither time nor space; all potentials may be there perceived as actuals.
12:5.2 Space is not infinite, even though it takes origin from Paradise; not absolute, for it is pervaded by the Unqualified Absolute. We do not know the absolute limits of space, but we do know that the absolute of time is eternity.
See our topical on Time and Space here for many more Urantia Book teachings about time and space
This world and our sojourn here is a "test of time" that has a beginning and an end
Consider: once we reach the realm of the Central Universe:
26:9.3 The test of time is almost over; the race for eternity has been all but run. The days of uncertainty are ending; the temptation to doubt is vanishing; the injunction to be perfect has been obeyed. From the very bottom of intelligent existence the creature of time and material personality has ascended the evolutionary spheres of space, thus proving the feasibility of the ascension plan while forever demonstrating the justice and righteousness of the command of the Universal Father to his lowly creatures of the worlds: "Be you perfect, even as I am perfect."
Step by step, life by life, world by world, the ascendant career has been mastered, and the goal of Deity has been attained. Survival is complete in perfection, and perfection is replete in the supremacy of divinity. Time is lost in eternity; space is swallowed up in worshipful identity and harmony with the Universal Father. The broadcasts of Havona flash forth the space reports of glory, the good news that in very truth the conscientious creatures of animal nature and material origin have, through evolutionary ascension, become in reality and eternally the perfected sons of God.
1:7.7 ...neither space nor time can be absolute or infinite. The First Source and Center is that infinity who unqualifiedly transcends all mind, all matter, and all spirit.
In other words, time truly is an artificial construct, as we are taught in The Urantia Book...necessary for our growth in the evolutionary universes, but ultimately, non-existent in eternity. And when you really think about it, the individual who has discovered the connection between God, themselves, and the cosmos is an individual who knows that time can be transcended, even while here on earth, because the spirit-conscious person lives in eternity NOW.
32:5.1 There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. We are all part of an immense plan, a gigantic enterprise, and it is the vastness of the undertaking that renders it impossible to see very much of it at any one time and during any one life. We are all a part of an eternal project which the Gods are supervising and outworking. The whole marvelous and universal mechanism moves on majestically through space to the music of the meter of the infinite thought and the eternal purpose of the First Great Source and Center.
As regards an individual life, the duration of a realm, or the chronology of any connected series of events, it would seem that we are dealing with an isolated stretch of time; everything seems to have a beginning and an end. And it would appear that a series of such experiences, lives, ages, or epochs, when successively arranged, constitutes a straightaway drive, an isolated event of time flashing momentarily across the infinite face of eternity. But when we look at all this from behind the scenes, a more comprehensive view and a more complete understanding suggest that such an explanation is inadequate, disconnected, and wholly unsuited properly to account for, and otherwise to correlate, the transactions of time with the underlying purposes and basic reactions of eternity.
See the Eternal and Divine Purpose
And all of this, dear reader, is to encourage you to accept the challenge to open and expand your mind through the study of The Urantia Book. We frequently publish blogs that have to do with Jesus and his matchless life and teachings; but there is also in The Urantia Book a view of reality that can enormously help each one of us to really grasp the meanings and values behind all that we see around us - on earth and in the heavens. And once we get this glimpse into the mind of God and his divine purposes - once we understand and accept the Fatherhood of this same God and our sonship with him, we can only become happier, more productive citizens of the world as well as eternal citizens of the cosmos.