Science vs. Magic: A Staged Conflict?
Submitted by Thoth
Contributed by Subilluminatus:
Science and magic. Two sides of the same coin. Some would even say they’re just different names for the same thing.
Today, the mystic and the scientist are often bitter enemies. There is no end of condecension some scientists will heap on any metaphysical idea that belies his understanding of the universe’s workings.
Often the more teaching he’s had the more rigid his views. It’s not at all uncommon for a scientist to actively dismiss findings that damage the reigning paradigm. Many reflexively bristle at the mention of any kind of mental or spiritual exertion over the environment.
On the other side the mystic too displays much hostility to his opponent. The mystic will often show disdain for any attempts to analyze their practices and how they work.
To them, these mysterious phenomena are the will and action of (insert supernatural being/concept here) and there is no more to be understood about it. To probe further is an insult. The effect of both of these mentalities is an automatically limited picture of the world around them. But this was’t always the case.
During times past magic and science were taught and practiced together without the harsh schism that lies between them today. Unlike today, in the first great civilizations the office of priest was also that of chief scientist. It was recognized that this reality we live in was too layered for either mysticism or science to cover it all by themself.
And in order to earn the right to commune with the lofty beings of creation a priest had to first understand as much about the world as was possible. In Kemet, the ancient land that would later become known as Egypt, a priest not only was the spiritual leader of a people but also it’s best academic.
Entering the priesthood required university type schooling in the arts and sciences. In ancient Mesopotamia medicine was advanced to the point where they were capable of surgery and specialization. Yet there were two equally respected types of healers:The asipu, whose treatments were mainly mystic, and the asu, whose treatments were mainly clinical.
There was no divide and both these practitioners would be called upon depending on the situation. These civilizations accomplished things that astonish us to this day. We praise their architecture and physical accomplishments but their fascinating sense of the world unseen usually gets skipped over.
Were these same great people’s esoteric practices, which was at least a full half of their knowledge base, all primitive nonsense as is suggested? With what science has shown us today maybe that stance needs revising.
In Western societies we are generally told that the dismissal of the mystic and the complete acceptance of science was a linear progression and a sign of advancement. This is more likely cultural bias than reality. On closer inspection the decline of mysticism and belief in the unseen may have been the result of systematic destruction as much as advancement.
Educated and competent people all over the world have reported cases of metaphysical activity. Kirlian imaging shows that constant energy fields exist beyond our 5 senses’ ability to detect. Some people can resist the burning effects of intense heat on the skin through seemingly nothing but force of will.
The mind has yet to be located anywhere in the physical brain. In short, there are numerous indications of things we cannot perceive but are scientifically known to exist. So why do otherwise intelligent individuals deny certain phenomena around them to the point of irrationality?
It’s one thing not to believe something is paranormal, it is another to vehemently claim that it can’t be. Perhaps it’s done because we’ve been conditioned to do so whether it’s the logical reaction or not.
The motivations for blotting people’s awareness of what they can do and what forces exist around them can be seen as far back as the dawn of civilization. The less a person knows the easier he is to manipulate. In the first civilizations the ruler was not only monarch but the ultimate natural authority known as a priest-king.
He and the high priests were the only ones allowed to enter the chambers of the temple where they were granted knowledge by the beings from above, who/whatever those beings were. The average citizen in turn received knowledge from the priests. Or more accurately they recieved what the priests chose to teach them.
In those times the witholding of a simple scientific principle behind his feats could make a priest seem to possess astounding powers he didn’t. Perhaps today the witholding of mystic knowledge behind what we see makes us believe we don’t have astounding powers we do.
There is historical basis for a belief in a conspiracy against mystic and paranormal knowledge. The book of Enoch says that in the past Watchers, beings from the heavens, came down to Earth and taught men magic and astrology along with the physical sciences.
The Lord felt this was knowledge Man shouldn’t have and punished the Watchers severely for it. In the book of Revelations God says that sorcerors will "have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone". Pretty harsh deterrent. The now infamous Salem Witch trials of the United States show another example of the aggressive extermination of occultic practice.
This doesn’t sound like mysticism faded away because we learned there was nothing to it. It sounds more like it was forcibly removed. But the war between science and the supernatural may be more a program put out for the general populace and not something practiced by the elite themselves.
Billionaire bank founder J.P. Morgan attests that one needs astrology to amass his level of fortune. The aristocratic Bavarian Illuminati, composed of scientists and men of high office, based itself on the esoteric ritual system of past mystic societies. The ceremonial rites of some elite clubs drip with magical connotations.
But the occultic habits of the rich and powerful are usually passed off as meaningless eccentricity. Whether that’s the case or not the sheer success of these people alone warrants a closer look into the possibilities.
It’s an apparent contradiction. Those who believe in the metaphysical are publically called any manner of names from "kook" to "pseudoscientist" to "crazy". While simultaneously yet secretly the most powerful and successful men in the world have been practicing the mysticism since the beginning of history.
Maybe there’s something more to them than is let on. And perhaps the power and enlightening effect of these esoteric sciences is exactly the reason we’re not supposed to know about them. Things don’t usually stick around that long without a reason.