Religion, Philosophy and Science = Revelation

If we consider the dominant approaches to tackling life’s big questions there are three that we use most often – Religion, Philosophy and Science.

Some people are more focussed on religion, some on philosophy, some on science and some use a combination of all three. However, it is rare to see a simultaneous combination of each. In fact, in some circles this unification is frowned on and discouraged.

So let’s explore this a bit more.

The traditional religious approach interprets a given scripture for guidance on the challenge or task at hand. Universal Medicine pioneers a different approach.

Like religion, the philosophical one asks us to contemplate our current lives through a range of existing models proposed by past authors and thinkers (Plato, Goethe, Nietzsche etc). Universal Medicine pioneers a different approach.

The scientific approach focusses on evidence and fostering understanding by reducing a topic to its component parts. This reductionist system asks us to look for the definable, the measurable, the experimentally repeatable, even if we have to segregate life into multiple compartments to achieve this. Universal Medicine pioneers a different approach.

Each traditional approach seems to lead to an oppositional standpoint and people are encouraged to fight for what is right, different, or better (in their view). The result is that each approach has become a separate study in its own right and we have become reliant on the ‘learned ones’ (clergy, professors of philosophy or scientists) to help us to fully understand what is meant.

The result is that people become disempowered and end up talking (and at times arguing) about the same issues but use such different language and constructs that the likelihood of finding an agreement is minimal.

The other outcome is that people become subservient to those with ‘greater knowledge’. More often than not, these people with ‘greater knowledge’ are not living examples of what they share but examples of someone with a good memory.

This is where the approach of Universal Medicine becomes so distinct.

How can groups of anywhere between 150-300 people from different religions, different levels of formal education, different professions, different cultural backgrounds, even different levels of competence with English meet and over the course of a day come to some strong alignment on matters of religion, philosophy and science?

This seems crazy to consider but this is a normal experience at a Universal Medicine workshop.

This begs the question “how does Universal Medicine work with religion, philosophy and science that enables this unification to occur?”

For Universal Medicine the religious approach is less about interpreting and recalling theological text and more about a discussion about what does and doesn’t leave us feeling connected to that which is sacred and equal within all.

As such, any discussion about religion is not about the past but about what does, and doesn’t, honour that sacred part within all, right now. In this way it is always current and with the times.

For Universal Medicine, the philosophical approach starts with the possibility of this sacredness and asks us to ponder in a very practical way a broader outlook on life.

In a recent example, a group explored the concept of time and how we put the past behind us and prepare for the future ahead. We place it in a straight line. Yet ponder for a moment if life might be more cyclical than it is lineal.

Do we not have day/night on endless loop; is this not complemented by seasons cycling around each year; do we not move with the cycle of the planet around the sun or the moon around the earth? If we consider reincarnation, then are we also not on an endless loop of birth, death and re-birth?

If this is possible, the philosophical and religious question becomes why have we turned life into a straight line, what cycles are we continuously repeating and are they there to show us about what is sacred within?

For Universal Medicine, the scientific approach is about YOU as a living science. The fact is that you experience life daily and can test any concept, theory or philosophy and verify its value almost immediately.

When we do this one of four things will happen. We will:

(1) confirm if an approach works for us

(2) force an approach to work for us until it fails

(3) confirm it doesn’t work or

(4) deny its value until such time that it presents to us once again to consider.

There are no winners, no losers, just all of us on the same path of learning with and from each other.

And so, here is the magic, the discussion about religion, philosophy and science all happening at the same time so we can talk about that sacred aspect of ourselves and the endless loop of learning we are presented with.

Then we can study ourselves as a science and see firsthand what we are learning, what we are forcing, what we are dismissing and what we are avoiding.

With absolute responsibility we can consider that we will be presented with the same lessons until we learn what is there to learn.

The religious debate is not about if we pray on a Saturday or Sunday, the philosophical debate is not if we exist at all and the scientific debate is not about disconnecting life from the sum of its parts.

It turns out that we need religion, philosophy and science to more fully understand life, but we need them without the dogma and we need them simultaneously and not compartmentalised – but truly lived.

by Joel Levin

Further Reading:
Esoteric Teachings and Revelations – A New Study for Mankind
Religion
The Way of the Livingness: Understanding True Religion

636 thoughts on “Religion, Philosophy and Science = Revelation

  1. When I was at school, I loved the science subjects and I loved the art subjects. It was considered essential to split these up, to choose one or the other. It divided people into groups that decided they could not understand each other. I felt this was not true as I found all these things interesting and a part of life. I love the way Universal Medicine embraces all these essential parts of life and does not separate anyone from anyone or consider one part more valuable than another.

    1. Amanda this is so true – the school system is set up so that we are forced to choose one or the other. It makes absolutely no sense when we know how deeply inter-connected these subjects are.

    2. I to find it interesting that we split the subjects up so individually when there is such a connection between them all- the patterns and beauty in nature as studied in science also is part of art and the geometry in maths also fits into this.

    3. such a valuable insight, subjects are split and so people are not taught to interact with life in a holistic way

    4. It’s interesting to observe that we start to ‘separate’ things into subjects / areas etc. from a very young age when we start school, and then how this separation continues well into adult education and beyond. I too love the way Universal Medicine presents everything as part of the whole, which feels a much more natural and encompassing way to approach life.

  2. What a powerful and clear blog Joel – it was an absolute joy to read it. My whole life I thought that I was not intelligent because the way I was feeling and seeing the world was not fitting to this mentioned dogmas. For me it was always important to truly life what I was knowing otherwise it was only theory and that I could not really understand. Therefore I love it what you wrote: “It turns out that we need religion, philosophy and science to more fully understand life, but we need them without the dogma and we need them simultaneously and not compartmentalised – but truly lived.”

  3. that Universal Medicine is able to present tangible and understandable presentations about science philosophy and religion is extraordinary, and a tribute to the deep well of wisdom that the presenter draws upon, and with such wisdom we are all inspired to reconnect with a deeper and more profound part of ourselves

    1. Absolutely Chris an ageless wisdom that has been there from the beginning as evident in our history and still very much needed and relevant today.

      1. And interesting enough that most people can recognise and understand it when presented with clarity and relevance to life, hence the unification of a group of people from completely different backgrounds.

  4. “It turns out that we need religion, philosophy and science to more fully understand life, but we need them without the dogma and we need them simultaneously and not compartmentalised – but truly lived”.
    Yes agreed wholeheartedly Joel, what a divine gift to truly live and feel from our inner knowing these three compartments; rolled into one; shown the way by Universal Medicine.

  5. Beautiful Joel. As with everything Universal Medicine presents the parts cannot work in part, everything, including ourselves are designed to work in whole with each and every other part and not separated on its own. Introducing religion, philosophy and science into life, as you’ve so clearly explained them, makes much more sense of life than it ever did following one or two or none and shunning the others.

    1. So true Leigh – everything presented and lived by Universal Medicine is inclusive of everything and everyone in every moment through the unifying truth of us all and this brings so much more light to each aspect we may choose to observe.

      1. When religion, philosophy and science all come together in one body, and that body is then treated as a whole, rather than its fragmented parts, something beautiful happens, and the sum of the parts becomes greater than the whole.

  6. So true – religion, philosophy, and science are all about life, and we are the ones who do life, yet I used to think in the past that I had no authority to talk about these subjects, and I felt very disconnected from them. When we make it about our lived experiences we all have something to say, and we always find a common ground.

  7. I have never had an education experience that has really ignited me, however when I hear Serge talk about life, people, relationships, science, philosophy everything in me wakes up and pays attention.

    1. I am with you on this Kristy. My learning at Universities usually killed all joy in the subjects I studied, but the way Serge Benhayon presents, that has re-ignited the true understanding of how everything fits in and makes sense in the grand scheme of things.

    2. Whatever I have heard Serge present, he always brings it back to its relevance to people and our relationships with each other and with life, the world and the Universe. Learning in University often loses that all importance spark and we can become even more disconnected to ourselves and to people, getting lost instead in dry knowledge and helping to create and even colder more disconnected world.

  8. In my experience, religion, science and philosophy are one and the same…it is simply the bastardised versions that attempt to make them appear different from each other.

  9. To be aware of every part of life brings the greatest understanding of it. So it is great to feel and see that all fascets of life are connected and not compartmentalized as it is seen in the world right now. Religion, Philosophy and Science complement each other, as being a true way to live.

    1. I agree Benkt, people say we need to look at life holisitically but the reality is to do this we need science, philosophy, and religion

  10. Thanks Joel, i really feel that seeing ourselves as a living science is a living from within. a fact that modern science and religion often misses in the constant search for something outside ourselves.

  11. Before there are any subjects, topics, faculties, perspectives, approaches etc there is one life – it is wise to consider this unmutable fact as the common ground for any exploration of life and therefore, to always come back to it and integrate the insights, understandings and knowledge one might have gained by delving into any area.

    1. “Before there are any subjects, topics, faculties, perspectives, approaches etc there is one life ” – I love this Alex…a crazy how we break life up and make it more complex, you have offered the true power of simplicity.

  12. On the point about giving our power away to those who we deem are more learned or gifted than ourselves, I have observed how this dynamic can actually be the encouraging factor in a person taking on their own course of study to become the learned one themselves, but is this from no longer wanting to feel dis-empowered or is it from a genuine desire to serve humanity in all it shapes and forms?

    1. This is very true, you see it in all sectors and settings, even with some esoteric students. A language gets created that is exclusive to a certain group. It creates an immediate us and them, and a way of limiting where a conversation could really go.

  13. I have noticed too how the specialised language for each subject becomes more and more exclusive, alienating anyone who doesn’t speak it or who has not been trained the same way. Universal Medicine does not do this. Their language is inclusive as we cannot fully evolve without bringing everyone with us. So any language that deliberately sets out to divide cannot truly serve humanity.

    1. Great point Amanda, I recently went back to studying and noticed the language they used was difficult to understand in parts. I knew there was another way that could present their subjects in a more simple and accessible way that supported the students and made them feel included.

  14. Beautiful Joel. The separation of religion philosophy and science is a deliberate fragmentation and reductionism of the one living truth so that the truth in each of these parts is lost. Deliberate so that people are no longer able to discern the living truth within themselves in full. Thanks to Universal Medicine and the Ageless Wisdom the unified true will be restored and can now be remembered and reawakened in all once more.

  15. Beautiful Blog, this is so confirming of the truth of religion, science and philosophy. It is true living that they are united, as they are all part of the whole that life is.

  16. This is an exquisite piece of writing reviving the realness of religion, philosophy and science beyond the confinement of intellectual interpretation we have settled for for a very long time. I hadn’t stopped to appreciate this, but it is truly amazing that what Universal Medicine presents makes sense from all these three angles, as well as to people of various ages, culture, professions, background, nationalities – proving itself in its name-sake.

  17. A perfect breakdown and summation of the 3 pillars in life… and as you have shown, how deeply connected and entwined they are… enabling us to move through life empowered embracing them for what they truly offer us…. rather than being at their mercy in the form and force they currently possess.

  18. Your final two words capture it all Joel ‘fully lived’ … that is what is missing with many philosophical, religious and scientific presentations, they are mere words, often great ideas not but lived and not lived in the whole they are all a part of. For all three are intertwined and any attempts to separate them diminishes them. But truly lived in a way that honours the whole, that is something entirely different a simple lived way of life.

  19. I love the equation Joel – Religion, Philosophy and Science = Revelation. Another equation I have grasped from Universal Medicine is God = Religion + Science + Philosophy. God combines all three into a perfect oneness, however mankind specialises in separating each from the others through argument instead of looking to cooperate and collaborate and investigate what each has in common.

  20. Hi Joel, the way you have presented the equation – Religion, Philosophy and Science = Revelation – simply makes sense for how can there possibly be any true revelation without any real lived understanding these three components.

  21. What Universal Medicine offers is not only empowering but also inspiring as the approach comes from an understanding and honoring that every single one of us has equally within a sacredness that is who we are in essence. And with this understanding we are not only equal in essence but through our sacredness we are unified. When religion, philosophy and science are also centered on this understanding and honoring, it serves to guide us all to explore, deepen and understand our relationship with this sacred part of us, each other and the way we live in world we live in, so we are supported to live in connection to our sacredness as we move through the universe we are all equally a part of.

  22. Thank you Joel. The simplicity of religion, philosophy and science and the cycle of life. “feeling connected to that which is sacred and equal within all.” Beautiful.

  23. It does seem rather odd that something so basic and cornerstone to our lives such as the true purpose and meaning of it, should become the exclusive foray of a relatively certain few who are educated in a particular fashion, or that it should become a topic for arguments. Life is life and we are each equally a part of it and therefore surely it must be our collective experiences that make up the science, philosophy and religion of human life on earth?

  24. The unification in this article perfectly represents the content matter you are writing on. I almost feel my body release as I read about the fact that we don’t have to pick one thing Science, Religion or Philosophy. It’s so unnatural to have all your focus on one of these key components to life. It reminds me of how we tend to favour the brain, we give it all the focus and in that we bring disharmony to the body. There are many organs in the body and when we connect to their equal value by balancing up the choices we make, we may begin to have a body that reflects harmony. In this our mind will have a living experience of harmony internally that may bring a depth to our approach of a harmony externally.

  25. We need religion, philosophy and science truly lived and not compartmentalized – hear hear Joel, and when we bring them together we can more clearly see life as the whole it is and has always been. And that’s the gift of what Universal Medicine presents.

  26. Spot on Joel, if religion, science and philosophy aren’t truly lived we end up with a lot of knowledge that doesn’t empower or evolve anyone. What Universal Medicine presents is a one unified truth that is very powerful, very accessible and when you live these simple principles in your life you experience a greater understanding of yourself, life and others – a true approach to life in every way.

  27. “It turns out that we need religion, philosophy and science to more fully understand life, but we need them without the dogma and we need them simultaneously and not compartmentalised – but truly lived.” Most definitely. It is easy to sit in an ivory tower and pontificate, but when living the principles you outline you can inspire others. It’s about more than just knowledge, which can easily be regurgitated.

  28. Universal Medicine brings religion, science and philosophy out of their ivory towers and makes them relevant to everyday practical living and accessible to everyone.

  29. Unlike reductionism, which results in discord and separation the principle of a one unified truth as presented by Universal Medicine promotes and results in harmony and brotherhood.

  30. Before Universal Medicine I used to think science, philosophy and religion contradicted each other – but how can it be so if they are all about understanding the truth? How can a ‘truth’ be true if it is not one-unifying from every angle? Universal Medicine has supported me enormously to see the lies I have been accepting all along so that I connect back with the truth within us all and that is not a belief or a theory, that’s what it is.

  31. ‘There are no winners, no losers, just all of us on the same path of learning with and from each other.’ Yes there is no need for competition or comparison just each of us helping those around us to come to a deeper understanding of different aspects of life.

  32. We need the combination of all three to reveal the life lessons that are essential for us to learn to live soulfully and work with each other to bring brotherhood to everyone equally.

  33. Now this is the way to discuss these big three structures or pillars of life. You take out the right, wrong, better worse, mine, yours etc etc and bring it back to a relationship with truly feeling. I have found this is the way with everything and the moment you dip your toe into opinions, right and wrong etc then the conversation will never end with a unity but more an opposing corners on some parts and an agreed stance on other, in other words a trade off. I have seen and been involved with courses and discussions through Universal Medicine and in the community at large and this is a way of living that works every time. Caring, respecting and understanding people regardless of the topic is truly the way to bring this together, bring in a headline and make that important and you loose people. Everything comes back to people and if your opinion is more important then we won’t truly go anywhere.

  34. The way this article has been written opens us for a level of understand that asks for a humbleness within. For it takes the willingness to let go of the dogma associated around Religion, Science and Philosophy to be able to see and feel how all three are absolutely intertwined. One cannot be with out the other two parts.

  35. I can remember living my life in desperation of wanting a connection, to something, so I tried to do this through both mainstream religion and philosophy, but neither, by themselves, brought connection. This was because I had bypassed the most important aspect of Religion, Science and Philosophy. I had by passed connecting to myself. Instead constantly searching for answers and reasons to life, wanting to understand why we did and do what we do. Choosing to no longer bypass myself, I now daily receive all that religion (connection) has to offer, appreciate the science of how my body feels in situations, and accessing the deeper philosophical understanding behind my behaviors. I could not in any way be the still, present and loving person I am today without the consolidation of all three, through connecting to my body.

  36. Brilliant article Joel. You bring such clarity to the very real and practical understanding of the 3 pillars of life, which supports us to bring them into everyday living.

  37. By accepting our lives are cyclical and not lineal it brings an understanding that we leave nothing behind but rather keep coming back to it until we master it – this in turn allows us to learn with far more wisdom and clarity and see the potential in every moment.

  38. I love how you break down each of the three – religion, philosophy and science into how Universal Medicine deals with each. “It turns out that we need religion, philosophy and science to more fully understand life, but we need them without the dogma and we need them simultaneously and not compartmentalised – but truly lived.” Hear hear Joel.

  39. I love how life is purely a cycle of movements, choices and expressions. Seeing life as a lineal cycle also shows the depth of our connection to the all and how each smaller cycle is then finely interconnected on a much grander scale showing that all facets of our lives are a series of movements made from a connection of energy we are then connecting too. A very cool way to explore, understand and learn from our cycles of life and why we choose certain ways of living.

  40. And so we have the ‘lived way’, The Way of The Livingness, that encompasses Religion, Philosophy and Science, not as paths of lineal knowledge, where those with “a good memory” as you say, or ability to associate and recount the ideas of others so oftentimes hold sway…
    The true marker of wisdom on this earth, is the one who is truly universal – who embraces and lives the embodiment of the three, and recognises the fact that we all, essentially within, have access to the same, no more and no less.

  41. The disempowerment of which you speak Joel, is endemic. We are not enough in the eyes of the catholic church, for example – ever ‘stained’ as sinners (with Jesus the only exception, and likely a few popes and cardinals in their own minds at least…). We are not enough if we cannot debate the virtues of Nietzsche versus Satre…
    Really? What true use is this, if one still lives a daily existence of dismissing the beauty of one’s wife, or of controlling those under one’s leadership influence, or abusing one’s body with substances?
    Without love – the unifying factor behind it all – being lived, embodied and expressed, we are lost and disempowered indeed…

  42. We also need to question the intelligence that drives the segmentation and reducing of all of these. I have heard great intellects speak and have the capacity to cut down the arguments of others but when it comes to their ‘living science’ they don’t have it together. We need to question this in life- what good is an intelligence that can recall great information but does not support a way of being that works.

  43. To be honest, growing up I was never really interested in Religion or Science but Philosophy seemed kind of cool. This blog really explains the remarkable level and depth of community conversation that regularly takes place at a Universal Medicine event. The richness of angels on subjects such as time, space that I over looked my whole life comes to the fore front. I am now an a fan of all three of these things, Religion, Science and Philosophy – as they make no sense as individual subject matters but a whole lot of sense together.

  44. A great article Joel bringing together in a clear and simple way the three aspects of The Way of The Livingness a religion that encompasses every aspect of daily life, and all people.

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