Monday, September 29, 2008

Author of The Sage Age is Coming to our Writing Podcast

MaAnna Stephenson, author of The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom (ISBN: 978-1-933449-63-0) joins me, Yvonne Perry, on Writers in the Sky Podcast this Friday, October 3 to discuss how her expansive new work combines knowledge from the physical sciences and the intuitive arts to present a visionary perspective that harmonizes diverse disciplines into one body of knowledge.

I (Yvonne Perry) had the pleasure of editing this book, and I have to say I've never read anything like it. If you are looking for a feel-good new age book, this is not your book. If you are looking for scientific facts to support some of the reports and finding of the new age community, read on.
Scientists reading this book and wanting to know why energy workers and intuitive practitioners inaccurately use terms such as light, vibration, and aura, will be surprised to learn that there is scientific support for what the intuitive tries to explain by using a spiritual language. It has been confirmed by experiments that show the subtle energies of the aura surrounding all living things hold the key to breakthrough understandings in biology and chemistry. An aura could be the electromagnetic field known to surround all things.

If you are a believer in psychic phenomena, you may be pleased to find that there are scientific terms, theories, and ideas that while they do not support such things as life after death, spiritual dimensions, or the ability to transfer energy, they make it impossible to disprove them.

Some of the greatest breakthroughs in science have come from controversy where one party decides to disprove the other only to find out that the theory they shunned was correct. It could be that their language and terminology was clouded and one term meant something entirely different to the other. Perhaps one called it light and the other called it frequency, but they were both speaking about the same thing.

One party not being able to explain to the other has been a problem between the scientific and new age community for years. Those on the spiritual side have a hard time understanding why everything has to be proven. Where’s the faith in that? they ask. And yet scientists can’t prove some of the things they accept as common truth; things that are now being proven incorrect as new pieces to the mystery of the universe begin to unravel through the exploration of quantum physics, atom smashing with the new large Hadron Collider at CERN, simultaneous dimensions, and string theory.

History and the church have influenced societal beliefs and scientific research. If science attempts to bring forth information that rocks the foundation of religion, it will be fought with tenacity. Just look at how the religious, right wing minority has prevented stem cell research in America. Perhaps in our present age--the sage age--we are better prepared to examine ideas and theories without fear of punishment or rejection. This is the only way to learn the truth about anything—do the research, form a theory, and see if it holds up against the research others are doing.

Psychics or physics? Which is correct? Both and neither—depending upon which side you are on and what terms you use to describe your experience. The author doesn’t lean toward one side or the other. Being both a shamanka (female shaman) and an electronics expert, her expansive new work combines knowledge from the physical sciences and the intuitive arts to present an unbiased perspective that harmonizes these diverse disciplines into one body of knowledge. This book is sure to open the dialog and get both communities talking—hopefully to instead of about one another.

The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom was featured in an article on the genre of New Thought in the September 22 issue of Publishers Weekly. The book will also be shown in several upcoming expos including Frankfurt, Germany and five U.S. regional shows.


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