Spirituality and mysticism are generally regarded by modern thinkers as being backwards and ‘unscientific.’ And yet, it should be understood, that spirituality was the very first science.
Pythagoras – considered by many to be the father of mathematics and music – was a deeply mystical person, who believed in the inherent oneness of all things. All of the Grecian philosophers who have so heavily influenced the tenor of Western thinking, were all deeply religious people, often members of spiritual Mystery Schools.
Taoism was the scientific system of ancient China. Martial arts, calligraphy, poetry, art, craftsmanship, mathematics, herbology, medicine, and many other inventions we take for granted simply would not exist in the forms we know them today without it.
If we go back even further, to our hunter-gatherer roots, shamanism and animism were the prevailing world views. And yet, if we were to place their wisdom against our own biologists, we would find them to have a knowledge of botany and animals that would rival that of many naturalists and botanical experts.
Even if we were to take many of the modern scientists who have become the demi-gods of our time, we find that many of them were alchemists – like Isaac Newton – or were members of Freemasonry, a secret tradition that has kept alive rituals and esoteric knowledge almost unchanged since the dawn of man. David Bohm, and other Quantum Physicists, were deeply influenced by dialogues they shared with the Dalai Lama, Krishnamurti, and other Eastern mystics.
Science did not exist in spite of spirituality – spirituality is science.
We cannot expect to have a fully comprehensive view of the universe and ourselves until the two are re-united.