Dilbert: “…. is a logical conclusion of the scientific method.”
Dogbert: “But science is based on the irrational belief that because we cannot perceive reality all at once, things called ‘time’ and ’cause and effect’ exist.”
Dilbert: “That’s what I was taught and that’s what I believe.”
Dogbert: “Sounds cultish.”
Reflection is written around an idea of synchronous interrelationships that is both very old and very new. Old in that it appears in ancient spiritual traditions such as the Net of Indra. New in that it appears in the mysterious workings of quantum mechanics.
What if that idea is real at a human level? And can be observed, not in the vastness of a Hindu universe, nor in the infinitesimally small world of atomic particles, but rather in us, each day, in our interactions with the events and people of our lives?
Reflection explores this in two different ways, in two different sections. One is at a personal level. Feelings. The other more philosophical. Thoughts.
[Just received a nice review by Toby Johnson, a scholar of comparative religion who studied with Joseph Campbell (of Bill Moyer’s NPR interview series, Power of Myth): Read Review]
Feelings — Personal Stories
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you just might find you get what you need.” — Rolling Stones
On a personal level, the author explores the idea with stories of illness and health, marriage and divorce, children and step-parents, career opportunities and failures, sporting victories and losses, and helpers and those they help.
The result is surprising insights into the hidden harmonies of the sometimes joyous, sometimes painful events and relationships that make up our lives.
“I love the character in the book and his adventures.”
“Thank you for writing this book and offering if for review, since it has helped me though a time of transition in my life.”
“The accounts and the stories are so genuine.”
“I am not quite sure how to say this without sounding trite… The book is just what I needed … My stepgrandfather was strict, in the Prussian sense of the word. I was raised in the same vein. My childhood was spent in terror of the man … Now I understand it all. Now I can forgive. Forgive him. Forgive myself. For this I thank you. I owe you a great debt.”
“… when I read about the disharmonious experiences that can follow the conflicts between shoulds and needs–especially on a beautiful day. I was hooked…”
“I am already using the teachings of your book to change my life and the life of those closer to me – wife & friends.”
Thoughts — Religion, Science, Global Webs
Calvin: “This whole Santa Clause thing just doesn’t make any sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists, why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist, what’s the meaning of all this?”
Hobbes: “I dunno… isn’t this a religious holiday?”
Calvin: “Yeah, but actually, I’ve got the same questions about God.”
From Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes collection, ‘Yukon Ho!’
On a philosophic level, the idea can be seen as a spiritual core. A basic phenomena behind the most fundmental beliefs. It makes it possible to see that spiritual core through the layers of dogma built on top.
As an idea it provides answers to classic questions such as are we governed by free will or destiny? does God exist? and if so what is nature of God? why do bad things happen to good people?
The conflict between science and religion is examined, with the thought that the two might come back together in the not too distant future.
“I love what you have done. You have taken a highly mythic abstract idea, the Net of Indra, and you have rendered it on the canvas of reality. It was your frank discussions of your personal and business relationships, wherein you explored the concept of Reflection, that breathed life into the Net of Indra.”
“It changed the perception I had about science and religion.”
“I hope one day to discover the plate tectonics of Reflection.”
“I understand the story of Cain and Abel in a new light. I will try to be more like Abel.”