Sunday, August 1, 2010

Noetic Science, Hermetics, and Self-Awareness

Can one dream and wish their life true?

A current, popular science is gaining momentum, illuminated in mainstream popular culture by author Dan Brown's novel, The Lost Symbol. Is it possible for one to realize their life in any scenario they wish, just by focusing one's intention and will upon it? Is it true that, as human beings, we are masters of every facet of our life?

As a student of such diverse philosphies as Hermetics and Taoism, such a "science" is hardly new. However, science is mainstream; its definition is one to illuminate the esoteric and forbidden knowledge in an effort for the entirety of humanity to understand how existence works. It is sold, therefore, en masse. Whether or not this spreading of knowledge pertains or has any connection to the theory of Memetics, it is important for the individual to understand who he is and what place in existence he ... exists. Most world religions, though commonly possessing certain core beliefs in accordance with the ancient Hermetic statement Know Ye Not That Ye Are Gods? also erode belief in self-empowerment and attempt to pursuade their adherents to throw faith in a deity for such a purpose.

However, as Director Cassandra Vieten of the Institute of Noetic Science defines in her Huffington Post article "What is Noetic Science?", self-empowerment is no longer something that belongs in the realm of magic, eastern mysticism, or sorcery. Noetic Science promotes the human achievement of self-actualization; that, we are gods. Human beings possess the mental and spiritual capacity for abstract thought. We create our gods; we have the power to create our own universe. This fundamental ideal follows the biblical question of the conception of Adam and Eve: why had god, after zapping the first couple into existence, cease direct creationism and allowed humans to procreate themselves?

As Director Vieten defines it, Noetic Science is "A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experience." This notion is primarly focused upon the intention and will of any individual, or, even groups, to bring about even miraculous results in the physical universe. Collective reasoning, collective thought, collective objectives (human consciousness) are rounded out and brought into realization - no matter how challenging the objective could be.

In my Artemus Dark novels (represented by the Cherry Weiner Literary Agency), the central theme is, of course, magic used as a fundamental human experience and ability. Even though Artemus Dark - sorcerer, paranormal investigator - lives in a world where will and intention is categorized as the use of "magic," the true science of self-empowerment also runs hand-in-hand with physics and modern technology. Human beings have become gods. The mythology behind this pretense is that "the gods had died, shedding their blood upon the universe and granting mortal man powers to control his fate." The entire series focuses mainly upon the magical side of Hermetics, which arguably, provides the esoteric base for Noetic Science.

So, has science itself begun to embrace the ideals of ancient philosophies? As we grow and learn more about our environment, and learn more of our own capabilities as human beings, we begin to realize agnosticism. The ages-old battles between science and religion become less volatile. Even Islam and the Christianity agree that the "Kingdom of God is within you."

Noetic Science now grants us at least one concept: self-empowerment is no longer a mantra for Eastern gurus or salespeople.



  1. Fascinating post! I have a similar concept in my books. i.e. magic is science and science is magic. I definitely believe that the mind holds incredible power. Otherwise placebos and voodoo wouldn't work.
    Also, in my brief stint as a financial advisor, the boss did a bunch of training on realizing goals and stuff. It did nothing for me as a salesperson, but it worked wonders on my writing career.
    As for the extreme religious/ science people...well, they'll always find something to bi*** about.

  2. So I have finally found a name for it. Noetic Science. When I was very young and on the streets I had a rock solid internal mantra. My world would be different, I would make it so.

    Nice to have a neat label for it at last.

  3. Man has always looked for ways to be God, and that won't change. I wonder if that is part of what separates us from cats. I merely want to be God, but my cat knows she IS, :D.

    Great piece and very thought-provoking. Still mulling over it.

  4. Noetic science will be very much in vogue when it begins to approach the definition of science, ie. has research results that are reproducible in double blind tests, by other researchers, and stand the test of peer reviews.

    Until that happens, it's a collection of methods that may or may not work for individuals; while I myself place much trust in the subconscious, science this noetic science is not.

  5. Besides, any post that has 'Dan Brown' and 'Science' in the same sentence must be a contradiction in terms.