A Texas architect offers his second book, a blend of contemporary physics and New-Age beliefs that abridges his first work on the same topics.
This volume cites some of the amazing and mysterious findings of contemporary physics to facilitate an understanding of spiritual principles and ideas undergirding New-Age beliefs. While this may sound like an arduous undertaking, the Austin author’s engagement with his subject and his ability to write of these complex and demanding issues in clear and appealing prose make for a usually stimulating read. Cross (The Architecture of Freedom, 2014), whose background includes teaching high school physics and being an ecologist, goes beyond the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to discuss the possibility that there may be many more than four dimensions. But because of limited perceptions, humans can see their experiences only through their own “viewports.” These cannot detect the magnificent scope of seemingly infinite possibilities for personal growth and understanding that align with the truths unveiled by science. Other worlds just like this one may exist: “In this universe, all worlds lie together within a unified, multidimensional soup, where everything is so deeply enfolded that all possible outcomes are instantly adjacent and available.” Cross writes with enthusiasm about the incredible and magical potential of the universe. The author attempts to convert the astounding and difficult-to-grasp insights of physics into New-Age beliefs that in many cases seem to pale in comparison to ideas that constantly challenge common perceptions and convictions about humans’ experiential reality. Cross lays out his argument with lucidity, especially when talking about physics, but he fails to make true rhetorical bridges from the scientific principles he examines to the various New-Age spiritual beliefs he explores. But because his subject matter is so varied, he perhaps prefers to let the reader make the conceptual connections from the evidence he cites. He discusses such topics as Taoism, Buddhism, gnostic Christianity, manifestation, channeling, out-of-body experience, and precognition—a great swath of subjects that he uses to support his thesis.
An ambitious, often intriguing attempt to show how New-Age spirituality reflects the mysteries of physics by an author whose understanding of science and religion underscores his argument.