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Beginner’s Guide to Metaphysics – Part 8: Science and Mysticism Unified

“Human beings have always tried to make sense of the world around them. In modern times we often look to science to give us explanations for the way things are. Way back, in the distant past, our ancestors probably would have turned to the spirits and what we would now call magic as a source of information. Today, in Western societies, this way of thinking has been devalued. Magic, has often been contrasted with both science and religion. However, magic is similar to science in the way that if offers an explanation of the world, although it uses the medium of spiritual connection, which cannot be observed or measured in a laboratory; the cause-and-effect relationship between an act and its consequence is spiritual, rather than scientifically validated and observable. More recently, there has been a shift from comparing magic and science to looking at the different ways of thinking. All human beings are capable of exercising two ways of thinking: these are logical analytical thought, the thought required to work out a complex mathematical formula, for example; and analogical thought or magical thinking, the state of mind required to enter a trance, such as a shamanic journey. Both can be examined and understood through a scientific world-view.” From Anthropologist, Dr. Susan Greenwood’s encyclopedia work – Witchcraft: A History

For an example, Nikola Tesla had extended communication with the Hindu, Swami Vivekananda at the end of the 19th century, and incorporated a great deal of Vedic metaphysics into work with free-energy physics. The separation of science from religion and mysticism has been a true travesty of the modern era, and the fact that they are incompatible is utterly false. In order to understand this link between mysticism and science, psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung’s studies into collective consciousness, Archetypal Symbolism of the mind, and Synchronicity events, are a good starting point in bridging the gap of the information.

In order to understand mysticism and religion from an empirical standpoint, it is important to understand the mechanisms of the analogical thought-process. As discussed in Part 1, those who judge a Mystic by his or her symbols are falling for the first pitfall–the first archon in the way of true gnosis on the subject. Rather, the quality of a person’s religious philosophy cannot accurately be determined by their modalities of expression, but rather, by the cause and effect of these modalities. Principles enacted for detrimental and villainous purposes are “Evil,” and principles enacted with love and constructive altruism are “Good.”

In this regard, from a scientific, empirical perspective, a Luciferian Satanist and Roman Catholic can be, for all intents and purposes, theoretically working for the same greater good, depending on the individuals in question. Furthermore, the archetype that Lucifer represents is present in many different theologies (such as Prometheus of Greece), and these different representations represented the “Light Bringer” (the translation of the name “Lucifer,” after all) which was, up until Catholicism, always considered a positive thing. Furthermore, the archetype of the Light Bringer was around long before the idea of Lucifer in the Catholic Church, so which came first, the chicken or the egg?


The intention is not to endorse Satanism, but simply explaining the triviality of many of these “wholesale” statements of good and evil. As with science, the results of a study do not make the information good or evil, but rather, the context that this information creates, and the effects that come from it, and only this, is what can be considered the defining line of good and evil.

As a final point on the matter, the Left Handed Path and Right Handed Paths of Buddhism can be considered. The Left Hand/Right Hand path is a recurring dichotomy in occult philosophy, and in the West it is predominantly misinterpreted as “Left equals Evil” and “Right equals good.” Basic physics can best explain the fallacy of this black-and-white thinking. In terms of the atom, the positive charge of the proton and the negative charge of the electron simply cannot be considered in the context of “good equals positive” and “bad equals negative.” The same can be said in regards to metaphysics, as positive and negative energies are simply modalities of existence.

Rather than eliminating one, it is important to find the metaphysical balance between the two; because, in a general sense, balance creates divine or “goodness,” and imbalance creates error or “evil.” In Buddhism, the Right Handed path is considered the orthodox, traditional path to Buddhahood, and while they consider their method the most effective, they acknowledge that their Left Handed counterparts have the same likelihood of being correct. The Left Handed Buddhists, considered as Tantric, incorporate Yoga, sex, entheogenic use, et cetera, into their esoteric rituals and metaphysics; and instead of demonizing this, the orthodox Buddhists recognize different people’s needs for different ways to Buddhahood. The important thing is what the path is being used for.

Authors Note: If you, the reader, have not read this entire 8 part series, Beginner’s Guide to Metaphysics, it is highly recommended that you do so in order to fully comprehend all the information addressed here. If you have read all parts of this brief yet comprehensive dive into ancient metaphysics, then congratulations, you are well on your way down your own path! Lastly, the dedication and application of the reader’s self into attempting to digest this information proves more than anything else that they are seeking a deeper, more authentic view of the world around them, and this is something that is undeniably commendable. May you choose illumination over the darkness.

[accordion title=”Beginners Guide to Metaphysics – Continued” close=”0″]Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Eastern Mysticism: Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism
Part 3: Witchcraft: Paganism, Voodoo and Native American Mysticism
Part 4: Abrahamic Mysticism: Catholicism, Kabbalah and Islam
Part 5: Gnosticism
Part 6: The Mystery Initiations of Greece and Egypt
Part 7: Secret Societies: Freemasonry, Illuminati and Bohemian Grove
Part 8: Science and Mysticism Unified[/accordion]


Anthony Tyler
A journalist and author from Anchorage, Alaska, Anthony Tyler aims to twist the knife in both phony new-age ideals and scientific materialism by drawing attention to the rich heritage of esoteric science throughout history. Far from being “satanist,” the esoteric (i.e. occultism or comparative religion) marks the beginning of mathematics, astronomy, psychology, medicine, and even politics. Esoteric science represents a cache of little-known knowledge detailing how to decipher the human's unconscious mind--and the unconscious mind is essentially everything that the human mind is not considering at any given moment.

2 Replies to “Beginner’s Guide to Metaphysics – Part 8: Science and Mysticism Unified

  1. Do you feel that magic(k) is a sub-category of metaphysics? If so, or if not, where do you think it belongs? I am not talking about the magic(k) teens and wanna-be-but-don’t-really-want-to-work-for-it-types dabble in, but that which is studied and taken seriously.

  2. Hmmm, that is a good question that deserves quite a lengthy explanation. to keep it short, I would say yes. Magick is a subcategory of metaphysics. But I think that’s a bit over generalized. i think how the Taoists spoke of the Tao is how I would speak of the magician’s relationship to metaphysics. but the nuances inferred by the Microcosm and Macrocosm tend to skew a one-size-fits-all definition of magick. This is why I can’t simply leave the definition at that. if i had to pin it down, i would say magick is symbolic knowledge–it is the application of the metaphorical truth, whereas modern science is the application of the literal truth. the difference between quality and quantity as described in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. i’ll stop there…. Haha. Have you read any of the chapters in the novel I have been releasing here on the Vagabond? It is a lengthy analysis of the very question you asked and many more. here is Chapter 1

    There is a prologue, but the first chapter really dives into your question.


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