There is one world. We have one life. We have one chance to get this right. Pause your life for a moment and think about this.
We look out at the world, and see a place of unending wonder. One part of us wants to attribute the wonder to a God overhead; another part of us hears the voices of the scientists who say it all began when a tiny, infinitely condensed seed exploded, scattering matter to the far reaches of the cosmos, where it gradually formed into stars, galaxies, planets, and then, somehow, life itself.
Our minds are split between these two stories: one tells of a powerful God beyond our senses; the other of a powerful explosion beyond our understanding.
But there is one world. One mind. The central quest of life is to seek a vantage point where both stories can be understood across a broader canvas.
Here’s how it can be done:
Both science and religion are right in one way, but they have misplaced the source of the mystery.
Religion is right that God is the source of the world, but this God is not outside of us, but rather, as the Hindus say, deep inside of us.
Science is right that the universe exploded with infinite energy but they have mistaken the source of the explosion and the nature of the energy released. The energy did not come from a distant cataclysmic event far outside of us, but from a creative explosion from the core of our being.
The universe began not from an infinitely condensed particle but from an infinitely powerful creative mind; we know this mind, because we are part of it. The source of the world’s wonder is the infinite dreaming mind of God.
This view takes God down from the sky and re-locates the source of creation in a power over which we have direct knowledge: the power of the mind to dream.
The mind of God cycles through time, expressing itself through the generations of life, a cycle that continues until the only self-conscious creature ⎯ humans⎯ come to realize the truth of the perennial wisdom: we are truly one, and together we dream this world.
I have held this view for over 40 years, and its truth grows stronger with time. Staying on this course, striving for the highest dream, is the only truth I know.
Our journey here is not a solo venture; together we must together break down the walls separating science and religion and begin the task of building a home where science can fulfill its vision of explaining the physical world, and God its dream of world united.
Is this the generation that will be up to the test? This is our one life. Our one chance to get it right.