What is the role of science in spirituality, spirituality in science, and the role of both in our world today?
Science is said to be the process of looking outside and observing the world in order to learn more about it, and in doing so, use it to our benefit. Spirituality is said to be process of looking inside, and in doing so, learning more about ourselves individually, and also the essence of who we are as a collective whole. Both play a deep and important role in our lives, each and every day.
(To make an important distinction, spirituality is not the same as religion. Most religions have spiritual characteristics to them, but spirituality and religion are still separate entities. Spirituality is the exploration and discovery of life's truths through one's own exploration of himself or herself. Spirituality is one's connection to the consciousness or energy that lies at their very essence and gives life to a person.)
Yet so far both have been mutually exclusive in study and application. If you look closely, you find that spirituality without a scientific basis is unfounded. Without a scientific methodology, we will be hard pressed to separate experiences that are truly grounded in spirituality and experiences that are simply grounded in someone's conditioning and cultural belief blueprint. Likewise, without a spiritual basis, science can easily become irrelevant. What is the point of observing and learning so much about the outer world if we cannot relate it to our inner experience?
So what is the role of spirituality in science, and science in spirituality. Most importantly, what is the role of both in our daily lives?