A book delivers a message of harmony in a world torn between science and faith.
Hunt (Solar: Why Our Energy Future Is So Bright, 2015, etc.), dissatisfied by the dichotomy between traditional religion and scientific atheism, has chosen to follow a different path, pairing a spiritual awareness with a respect for modern science. His work is an attempt to tie these two facets of existence together and to provide the reader with spiritual direction in an age dominated by science and reason. Throughout, he draws upon philosophers, scientists, and the Scriptures of the major world religions. He begins with an examination of panpsychism, a belief in an all-pervading consciousness within the universe. This lays the framework for a spiritual viewpoint for all of creation. Hunt then addresses the “ocean of being,” which is not God per se, but which provides a distinct tie among all things. The ocean of being is known to humans through experience, and Hunt’s belief system is indeed experiential in nature. Hunt strives to share with his readers a sense of interconnectedness with the universe and ultimately declares, “You are…the entire universe, the wave and the ocean at the same time. You are God. You are Brahman, you are Source. You are all of it.” In this well-written and definitively erudite work, Hunt goes on to admit that the average person does not feel like this day to day. Understanding one’s place in the universe is a dual exercise in humility and empowerment, as individuals comprehend their inextricable place in the whole of creation while also realizing the extent of that cosmos. Naturally, these cogent musings bring one to the key question: is there a God? Hunt equivocates but clearly sums up the issue with “God is love, and we are it. This is all the spirituality we need.”
This engrossing work defies the New Age stereotype by offering a lucid and intelligent discussion of humanity’s place in the universe.