Until recently, mainstream science has not recognized the field of spiritual science because the consensus has been that science and spirit (soul) are like oil and vinegar — they do not mix. Science is all about facts and evidence relative to the hypothesis, theory, and actual proof. At the same time, it is said that the spirit and the soul cannot be proven and are solely based on faith.
However, thanks to pioneering work by the likes of Dr. Ian Stevenson at the University of Virginia’s Medical School Division of Perceptual Studies, spiritual science has gained serious momentum since the late 1960s. With over 2000 well-vetted scientific case studies on reincarnation (previous lives/past lives), near-death experiences, and altered states of consciousness, their cutting-edge scientific research over the past 50-plus years has positively increased the awareness and acceptance of spiritual science worldwide. This includes the well-respected Dr. Peter van der Veer at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the spiritual science master’s program at Bircham International University, spiritual scientist author and lecturer Steven Taylor, and the work being done at Fellow One Research, to name a few.
Uniting spirit and soul with science
Concepts like the spirit and soul, as well as the human body meridians (energy lines) and chakras (energy centers), are not new, going back thousands of years, especially in Asia and other parts of the eastern world. Also, long-established global native cultures, including the Aborigines in Australia and Native Americans, have strong spiritual foundations. Recent research in South Korea and studies at the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) have provided valid scientific data showing that meridians are real. The eastern medicine practice of acupuncture is based on the meridians, and growing scientific evidence indicates that acupuncture is a valid means of providing real medical solutions. The 5,000-year-old Ötzi the Iceman’s tattoos are thought to be a primitive form of acupuncture.
Body type science research seeks to answer many unknown questions, including why there are so many standard body type one (BT1) people worldwide who have nearly identical default muscles/muscle mass development, etc. Yet, so very few achieve professional athlete success, fame, or the like. We know that talent and presence, along with ambition and hard work, no less, are key variables. But what is the source of talent and presence, and how are they defined? Why do some people have talent and presence and others do not?
Defining talent and presence
Presently, the body type science theory is that talent and presence are sourced from the soul. Talent goes hand-in-hand with skill and ability. Although skill and ability can be learned, talent cannot. Presence relates to charisma, charm, and being able to hold the energy under pressure (i.e., “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” coined by president Harry S. Truman), all of which are more inherent and less learned. The soul is the infinite, immortal, aggregate essence (soul energy) of who each human being really is. In other words, when your physical human body is dead, the soul lives on, taking with it all the experiences from each life lived.
Some human beings have talent and presence, yet others do not because both are built into individual soul energy. As part of the theory, soul energy equates, at least in part, to star power (talent) and IT factor (presence). Any experienced pro-athlete recruiter or Hollywood agent will tell you that star power and IT factor are very real, but they cannot scientifically tell you why. It will be interesting to see how things unfold as spiritual science research grows.
Marc Nelson is a scientific researcher.