The Blend of Science and Spirituality Within:
exploring the Medium's struggle at the meeting ground
by Amanda Linette Meder
Hello! today we are answering a reader question on the blog.
It's about how to embrace science and spirituality together as a practicing medium.
Since a lot of my readers are educated folk, you may not be too surprised to learn that I have a lot of members with veterinary degrees, advanced certifications in marketing and business, and earth based science like degrees. Lots of biologists, and the like.
It's a fun group and while this is not all that surprising to me, it is to some, so let me explain:
To be interested in pursuing science, you have to be a curious person. And most science-y folk aren't just curious about their one singular field, they're curious about all fields, they jump around, explore everything, and quite frankly, they just aren't afraid to question the unknown. It's just part of the daily job for most of us. Enter spirituality.
In addition to this 'curious nature of the scientist,' a lot of science folk spend a great deal of time alone, working on their experiments. As you may also know from reading my blog, being alone, is really the most common time for someone to receive a spirit visitation (mostly, because that's just when you're paying attention).
Because of this, it's not unusual at all for me to receive an email from someone, somewhere in their lab, who, around one or two in the morning working on a project saw a professor or a colleague walk by their office door, only to call out, and find no response.
So here we go. Balancing the science with also being a medium.
I have been following your Facebook page for quite sometime. I know that initially you started your career in science and made your way to spirituality after accepting your gifts. I was wondering if you have a blog or if you could write a blog about balancing your spiritual side and your scientific side or how you view spirituality vs science etc. I am a biology major, licensed massage therapist, lover of the scientific method, but also I am a medium and energy worker. I want to really step into my spiritual healing business but I am having a hard time with grappling between these two sides of myself. I bet many others out there are in the same boat. Your opinions would be well received.
- Lindsey L.
Thanks for writing. All of what you've mentioned is true - I was in the scientific field before becoming a medium professionally, though I, like most have been sensitive my entire life.
I believe all mediums who walk today are in this very boat, and the question you are asking, is a question, about as old as time itself.
Being in biology, I suggest looking to some of the early ecologist founders and their thoughts on the matter, who, at the time of the dawn of modern ecology/biology were putting up their big scientific ideas against big Christianity. Though many of the early ecologists were indeed Christians, a lot of their findings countered many of popular beliefs held at the time and they had to stand up against that. So you might imagine their inner worlds, were pretty complex.
Reading the original Origin of Species by Charles Darwin himself can help point to this.
Though written in Victorian English (re: it's wordy), you will see in his writings, the wrestle Darwin had with his inner self, his wife, and with his own faith. It's woven throughout just about every volume he put out. Most people never read the original works of what they study (in some cases, its because the original works are in German, so that can make it difficult, as well), but for this one, I do promise it's worth it, just to at least check it out at the library once. Then to plop down with a cookie and some tea, and open up to any page.
Darwin wrote most of his later books from his bedroom because he had ailments and stomach problems of unknown origin that frequently plagued him. Being an empath himself most likely, I have always wondered, if it was not worry or an oversensitivity to the criticism of his peers that bothered his so much.
As we know, worry can cause gastrointestinal distress (here's an article from Harvard Health that discusses this more) and what we know from Darwin, is that he had a lot of that - worry - on his mind due to the paradox he lived in every day.
Anyway . . .
Poets, scientists, ecologists, religious scholars of all kinds, have asked the same questions that you ask, and that I continue to ask today.
All have come to different conclusions, most of those being that somewhere: the two worlds meet in between.
Go back and forth between the poets and the scientists as you do your reading.
A little Rumi, then a little Rilke, and then switch back to a little Thoreau and a little Muir. By going back and forth between the poets (the mediums, the conduits, of that time), and then reading a bit from the scientists, the ecologists, you'll eventually find yourself at a place of understanding of your own, as I have, too.
But here's what I can tell you from my own search:
If you follow the lines long enough, the two worlds do meet and continue to meet, wherever and whenever you look. This is why so many have found themselves unsatisfied with modern science and with modern religion, and vice versa. Because the real truth is somewhere in between them both.
For this reason, it's important to be flexible, especially when encountering someone a bit more dogmatic than yourself. I try to listen as best I can, and when I do that, I always learn something and often, they do from me as well. I've found listening to someone's ideas in earnest, even if I don't necessarily agree or have a different view, opens the door to the other person, being more compassionate to hearing mine.
Many of the greatest inventors of our time testify their invention coming to them in a dream, or by talking about that what they received, being received from Spirit. If you look for examples of spirituality influencing science, and of science influencing spirituality, you'll find them plentiful and abounding.
There are two great podcasts, WNYC Radiolab and OnBeing with Krista Tippett I want to recommend, as well. One a bit more science focused, and one a bit more spiritual focused, but both of these shows focus on asking and attempting to answer this very question you ask, just about every week.
Each show is very thought-provoking and each set of producers is very intentional about making sure information is presented as unbiasedly as possible (i.e. they don't ask or encourage anyone to choose a side, they just present the ideas as they are, from either point of view, for one to consider in their private thoughts).
For myself, reading the works of Thoreau, especially Walden, has helped me come to see that the two sides of the moon are less linear than once thought.
But as you know, being a scientist yourself, there is no such thing as ultimate proof. All we can ever have is a pretty solid theory. Even evolution is still but a theory.
My hypothesis is this: the human being contains both sides within themselves - the body and the soul - the science and the spirit. So I believe we need both. And I believe that the job of the medium is to be the example of how to live life at this meeting ground, which is why I do think that most of the greatest mediums of our time have been both scientist, and poet, alike.
Amanda Linette Meder
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