Book 1 – Frontiers of Knowledge: Scientific and Spiritual Sources for a New Era
I have organized Frontiers of Knowledge into four parts with twin aims: helping the reader navigate through a large number of topics and themes, and giving me an organizational construct within which to present my perspectives on the new insights and expansion of reality. The parts are as follows:
- Part 1—Science and the Exploration of Reality
- Part 2—Evidence Supporting New Views of Reality
- Part 3—Integrated Concepts of Reality
- Part 4—Endgame
Part 1—Science and the Exploration of Reality—begins with a chapter on the exploration of reality, initially from the perspective of science, the primary vehicle we use today for its exploration. I highlight how the scientific method varies greatly across scientific disciplines and that each of these disciplines has its own culture for creating a cohesive core of knowledge and procedures. A side effect of these scientific cultures is that they create barriers or biases against new and/or anomalous phenomena. For radically different phenomena from those that are normally accepted, the bias is understandably very high. Eventually, however, scientific disciplines go through “scientific revolutions” in order to incorporate such phenomena.
The next three chapters of Part 1 provide overviews of scientific anomalies: puzzles and strange phenomena existing in five general scientific fields. Chapter 2 addresses those observed in quantum physics and cosmology (the physics of galaxies and the physical universe). Chapter 3 explores their occurrence in evolutionary biology, as well as examining the mind and its brain functions. Chapter 4 covers consciousness: first, those I label as first-order anomalies and next, those related to the concept of the human soul. I end Part 1 with a summary that includes my framework of reality and sets the stage for the rest of the book.
Part 2—Evidence Supporting New Views of Reality—starts with chapters 5 and 6 that present overviews of NDEs and reincarnation investigations, respectively. Both of these subjects are being investigated by frontier scientists and others using systematic and scientific approaches. These researchers have developed information relevant to the first two existential questions: the nature of reality and what happens to us when we die. For example, the evidence for out-of-body experiences (OBE) in NDE is very strong. It is at the level that many would consider scientific proof. The validation of OBE also supports the concept that our mind can exist outside of the body; thus strengthening the strong evidence for reincarnation’s validity. My goal is to develop and highlight the interlocking and overlaying patterns in the scientific and spiritual information as credible structures for a new knowledge paradigm.
Chapter 7 introduces the development of spiritual hypnosis in the latter part of the twentieth century, including the breakthrough between-lives regression methodology that explores the spiritual realm. Chapter 8 presents highlights of between-lives discoveries of this realm. Together they afford us a new and expanded view of “heaven” and help provide information relevant to the third existential question: What are the characteristics of the spiritual realm?
Part 3—Integrated Concepts of Reality—includes three chapters that integrate scientific, consciousness, and spiritual knowledge concepts to explain the scientific anomalies I introduce in Part 1 with information I present in Part 2. Chapter 9 is an overview of the human subtle-energy system that includes multiple subtle-energy bodies or fields. It relies heavily on information from two books by leading energy-healing practitioners who have developed the ability to sense subtle-energy fields and work with these fields to heal patients.
Chapter 10 covers a wide variety of unusual conditions under which psychological processes can create physical effects in the human body: prayer healing, healing by hypnosis, and the stigmata phenomenon in which marks appear on the body at regular intervals. These phenomena cannot be explained using existing scientific theories, and they provide strong evidence for the existence of mechanisms that do not fit within our current mainstream scientific worldview. I have developed a preliminary model to explain the “mechanism” through which these strange physical phenomena can be created.
Chapter 11 expands the exploration of reality through two advanced concepts of physics: parallel universes and the multidimensional nature of the universe. I end this chapter with ideas about the creation of the universe from spiritual sources and the thoughts of theoretical quantum physicists who have grappled with the deeper implications of consciousness in their field of study. From both, I introduce the speculative idea that the observers behind our universe’s creation are souls with highly evolved levels of energy consciousness.
At the beginning of Part 4, Endgame, chapter 12 returns to the idea and goal of developing unusual consciousness and spiritual phenomena into a knowledge discipline that explicitly includes the role of consciousness, in both human and spiritual realms, as part of an expanded description of reality. In chapter 13 we come full circle. In it, I summarize the book and offer the best answers available for the five fundamental questions I have posed here. I close the book with a brief epilogue in which I share a few personal experiences around the recent death of my older brother that incorporate some of the book’s key concepts.