Hard factual data is not the only thing that should be valued as useful knowledge
On Nov 5, I wrote in this blog that:
I know that President Obama will win the 2012 electoral college tomorrow by almost as wide a margin as in the election of 2008.
My editors unpublished the post because it may have seemed too much of a pro-Obama “personal/ideological rant.” To my mind it was a rant in favor of magical thinking. It used objective data but the entire point of the article was that using objective data in combination with magical thinking gives you a better grasp of the whole truth, or holistic truth.
Using this combination I came to the conclusion more than two months before the election that President Obama would win big! I had used the same kind of thinking in February of 2007 to know that Obama would win the 2008 election in the first place
In a post on Feb 11, 2012 entitled Barack Obama and "The Magic of Reality" I wrote:
“. . . there were a lot of us who felt that Barack Obama's election to the American Presidency in 2008 was going to be a magical happening. Summing up that pre-election prediction of magic I wrote: ". . .many of the folk I knew arrived at their conclusion in a very non-analytical way.
"Ralph Collins (a friend) said: 'Obama has a divine wind at his back.'' Another friend, Ronald Avila Taylor, said . . . 'a miracle is going to happen.' Oprah who seems to discern spiritual things said he was 'the one.' Obama himself said very early in his campaign. 'There's something stirring in the air. You can feel it!'
To give credibility to something stirring in the air is to give some credence to magical thinking. To some extent all of us give such credence. Now we have the science to give us valid reasons to respect our hunches, gut feelings, intuitions, premonitions, intentions and faith. In the last few posts I have been discussing this science as it is laid out by Edward Bruce Bynum Ph.D in Dark Light Consciousness.
During the 20th century, science advanced to the point that intelligent thinkers could move beyond limiting the spheres of knowledge to the clockwork universe. We can still be intelligent, non-superstitious people and give credibility to the workings of an entire intangible universe not governed by Newtonian laws of causality.
This intangible universe is called the Unified Field of forces by quantum physicists. The Kingdom of God, we say in Christian traditions. The super-conscious mind integral psychologists call it, the divine source of all energy say many Eastern religions, and a world of infinite possibilities say spiritual self-help gurus.
The clock-work universe is enfolded in, entangled with, and is constantly being affected by this infinite, intangible field of forces. We don’t know much about how; but physicists like David Bohm are giving us indications that we are on the road to learning more.
Post-Newtonian thinking suggests that a complex phenomenon, like an election, can be more deeply understood if we take into account both the data from the tangible clock-work universe (Nate Silver’s 538 blog is the source I like best) and the knowledge we get from the intangible field of forces in which the clock-work universe is enfolded (my best source for this knowledge is the Spiritual Intelligence Action Research Project).
In short, hard data is not the only form of knowledge. Poets and song writers know things; and so also do athletes, for example. Take a great basketball player like Michael Jordan. Once everything in the clockwork universe has been taken into account –body conditioning, practice, athletic talent, opponent’s abilities and placement on the court –once all of this has been taken into account magical thinking gives additional forms of knowledge.
The great basketball player “knows” that his or her shot will go in the basket. The more the athlete knows it the greater is the probability that the ball will actually go in. If someone does not want to call this knowledge because the ball might not go in, then they have reduced the likelihood that it will.
The poet T.S. Eliot knew that “We (humans) shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” In short, he knew that the human race came from oneness and will return to oneness.
For a data-driven society to ignore other forms of knowledge is for it to limit the ability to see and realize truth. Despite Senator John McCain’s lead in the poll in early September 2008, Obama seemed to know he was going to win. Those of us who had a spiritually intelligent view of the power of magical thinking also knew. Obama won: 349 electoral votes to 173.
Data from the clock-work universe said that the 2012 election would be a dead heat Obama 47% and Romney 47% said pre-election polls. Five days before the election, Obama adviser David Axelrod said “I’ve known him (Obama) for 20 years. We've worked closely for 10 years. I've never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now.”
I think it was spiritually intelligent or magical thinking that prompted Obama to remark “I’m sort of a prop in this campaign.” That’s the way it is when your premonitions have given you clear discernment that powers outside the clockwork universe are working in your favor. I think that Obama knows what Michael Jordan or T. S. Eliot would know. This is knowledge that data cannot give you; but it is knowledge that gives you a better grasp of the truth. Many of us are learning to trust and use it effectively.
George Davis is author of the new spiritual spy novel, The Melting Points, about three women pursued by danger as the clockwork universe melts around them. Just published is the 40th Anniversary Edition of Coming Home, Davis’ novel upon which the Academy Award winning, Jane Fonda, Vietnam War film of the same name was based.