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Evolution of Consciousness

The World As Spirit

The Thoughtful Guide to God

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Evolution of Consciousness

Written by Howard Jones

Those who claim knowledge of the mystical will always be confronted by the sceptical attitude of those who deny the very existence of the spiritual realm. Claiming to know universal truths by mystical insight alone will not suffice to convince the rationalists. If such a spiritual world-view is to be more widely accepted it must be substantiated by sensory data supported by coherent argument that is compatible with scientific knowledge. To insist on the truth of events that defy not only science but even common sense is not logical in a rational world.
This book seeks to provide a realistic reassessment of the role of religion. It describes a mass of empirical evidence for the existence of another dimension of life – and death. It provides a scientific interpretation in simple terms for continuing discarnate survival of the soul and the phenomena of psi. It shows how human consciousness as part of a holistic cosmic spirituality has evolved through human history. From this emerges a tenable hypothesis of consciousness in incarnate and discarnate existence, for such an approach provides credible evidence for belief in an afterlife.


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Reviews of Evolution of Consciousness

In this book Howard Jones is attempting to explain how a case for religion can be accessed via a study of consciousness and spirituality. In earlier books too, the author is concerned with religion and God, not as an entity, but as a dimension of life that we cannot escape, that cannot be grasped, but needs to be searched and researched to be satisfactory. This book traces a trajectory of development of understanding of what the author calls a cosmic spiritual energy that underlies the structure of the material universe. Starting with Plato, and via St Augustine, Copernicus, Freud and Rupert Sheldrake – and many philosophers, scientists, artists and psychologists – he lists historically what each new person and age contributed to a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of this cosmic energy. It feels like a rising tide of wealth of information that is presented. The cosmic energy is called many things, but it is never not attractive, and draws attention to itself. The book reads like an encyclopaedia of the great and the good who have consciously contributed to this accumulated wealth. The point is not so much to show only what they have achieved, but what is there for everyone alive today to add, using the forebears’ incentive. Having this collection of materials and insights is a fascinating basis for continued study in the field of consciousness. This is the kind of book that should be in school libraries and homes as a basis of understanding how the universe functions.

Dr. Verena Tschudin, co-author of Seeing the Invisible (Penguin), Reader, University of Surrey, England, and Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, England. Also, former editor of De Numine, the magazine of the Alister Hardy Society.

The World As Spirit

Written by Howard Jones

This book aims:

• To highlight the spirituality within religions to define a concept that different religions of both East and West can relate to

• To show that this spiritual concept is also to be found in philosophy and psychology, as well as in science and both mystical and dogmatic religion

• To show the connexions between science in the 21st century and spirituality

• To balance the materialism, determinism and reductionism of science with Idealism (the world as spirit), Indeterminacy (which gives us our free will) and Holism (the interconnectedness of all that is – of all peoples, of humankind with Nature, and of all matter with cosmic spirit)

• To interpret mind and soul in rational and scientific terms Tel: 0161 973 0077

Reviews of The World As Spirit

Clearly, we live in an increasingly complex, confused, and chaotic world, one in which
advances in science and technology have run well ahead of our ability to morally and
spiritually adjust to the “progress”. Howard Jones cogently explains why we need a
change in direction, a new philosophy – one that will close the gap between our
destructive materialistic ways and our spiritual needs. It is a gap or void which
organized religion has been unable to fill. He explores the “cosmic spirit” in religion,
science, and philosophy and offers a unifying worldview. It is a philosophy that
replaces the materialistic thinking prevalent in the world today with an attitude of
hope, tolerance, patience, purpose, love, and service.

Michael E. Tymn, Author of The Articulate Dead, and Vice-President of the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies.

This is another in a series of books by the same author that all point to new directions of being and thinking in our world.

Howard Jones moves easily between science, religion, philosophy, ecology, psychology and many other discreet ways of knowing and brings them together to build new visions. The World as Spirit is a deep well of background information, each item used to build on the last one to lead readers to better understanding of the synthesis they make. The sense of building a pyramid comes to mind, with each brick resting on another, but the end is not a final and static brick. On the contrary, Jones shows that we do not stand alone on the top of something solid, but are linked together in a unity with all things; that we are not solitary beings but totally interconnected in the all-encompassing spirit. With the hundreds of sources given, it is possible to see that neither science nor idealism are complete systems in themselves, but each takes us further into new realms of holism.

The book is characteristic of Jones’ wide spirit, always looking for ways of integrating one view into a bigger one, and seeing how one aspect affects another. The words synthesis, holism, unifying, and spiritual are not on every page, but every page speaks of them and leads one to understand better what they represent. In each of his books one encounters the accumulated wisdom and insights of a person with wide views, and one feels to be holding a summa in one’s hand, and then another book is published and the mind is further expanded and the body becomes more integrated in a vision that is not ‘out there’ but right here.

This is a book for any reader, young and old, learned and unlearned, familiar with any of the topics addressed, and not; it is written in a very accessible style, without jargon or necessary pre-understanding. Each reader can find new connections and insights, a bigger view than so far reached, and encouragement to continue in the path of ever greater or deeper thinking, feeling and acting for the greater good of all creation.

Verena Tschudin, former editor of De Numine, the magazine of the Alister Hardy Society; co-author of Seeing the Invisible (Penguin); Reader, University of Surrey, England; and Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, UK.

An impressive and erudite study covering many themes explored by Network members over the years. The first two chapters explore the development of science and the history of the relationship between religion and science. Jones finds both conventional religion and orthodox science wanting. He sympathises with the Dawkins view of the narrowness of dogmatic religion, but advocates a philosophy of spirit rather than matter. He also explains the significance of physical research and parapsychology, which is usually ignored by mainstream science. A pivotal chapter explores the implications of quantum physics before an analysis of the need for a new philosophy going beyond determinism and materialism by embracing holism and the central idea of a universal spiritual energy or Cosmic Spirit. The third part explores the nature of the soul and elaborates on the implications of the presence of a Cosmic Spirit in philosophy, science, medicine, religion, mysticism, nature and creativity. The author draws on a wide range of reading to illustrate and reinforce his argument. A key figure is Sir Alister Hardy, both as a scientist and explorer of human consciousness. The book also contains an environmental dimension drawing on the work of Thomas Berry as part of the necessary new philosophy. The main premise, with which I am in complete agreement, is that ‘our individual consciousness is part of, and resonates with, the universal consciousness of cosmic spirit’. This means that when we think, imagine or act, we are impacting on global consciousness. Readers will be enriched by this wide-ranging exploration of the necessary elements of a new philosophy.

Network Review, Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, Summer 2011.

In this book, Howard Jones takes his reader on a rollercoaster ride through science, philosophy and religion. It is at times a challenging read as he brings his wide-ranging material together to suggest a fascinating New Story, a new vision for the future’

‘… a vision derived from reason and the senses that is compatible with many different world-views both secular and spiritual. … a natural or rational yet spiritual philosophy without recourse to the dogmatic theology derived from revelation, because this is too controversial, individual and subjective. The vision could equally be described as a secular plan for global social harmony.’ (xv)

Jones begins with an overview of the development of science from Aristotle to Max Planck. He critiques the western dualist view of mind as separate from matter and Man and Nature as separate from God and advocates a holistic view, inspired by philosophies and religions from the East, which are seen to be in tune with the natural world, through concepts such as the tao, li or wu wei. His contention is that western religion has become formalized and de-spiritualized.

He considers the concept of God and suggests that a view of God as pure spirit or ‘cosmic consciousness’ would eliminate the barrier between theists and atheists, paving the way for an integrated worldview. This would include psychic and spiritual events as part of the natural world in an enlarged understanding of the whole.

There are multiple references to a vast collection of writers and at times the work reads like a series of mini book reviews. This offers a huge range of informed suggestions for further reading in the different fields considered.

Inevitably in a work of such scope there are generalizations such as ‘There is no essential difference between messages claimed to have been received by the prophets of religion and messages claimed to have been received by a medium from discarnate spirits, a kind of spiritual or mystical insight that we can describe as “intuition”’ (p. 32) with which readers may or may not agree.

Part II ‘The monistic world-view’ begins with a particularly challenging chapter on Quantum Physics, but hold tight and persevere as it holds the key to the main argument. Very briefly (I think) the quantum field energy or zero point field (z.p.f.) fills the spaces between subatomic particles and so is inherent in everything in the universe. Jones identifies this as cosmic spirit, which leads to a holistic view of the universe, as everything is connected on a Quantum level. The cosmic spiritual energy field also enables psychic activity and communication with discarnate spirits. Just as the Newtonian materialist view of the universe has been overtaken by Quantum, so must the corresponding materialist view of ourselves. We each have within us this z.p.f. or cosmic spirit. We touch it in spiritual experience, meditation and prayer. It is our soul and it is eternal.

Humans are formed of this spiritual energy with ‘Darwinian inheritance but shaped by Lamarckian experience’. We make who we are by our choices, through using our Will. The title of the book is a reference to Schopenhauer’s The World As Will and Idea and Jones suggests that ‘… we and the world are Spirit that we embrace through Will.’ (p.86)

Part III develops the concept of ‘Cosmic spirit’. Alister Hardy is acknowledged as an inspiration, through having recorded both spiritual and psychic experiences and having grasped the essential underlying spiritual truth that’ … the visible world is part of a more spiritual universe from which it draws its chief significance’. Ben and Judy Korgen’s ‘Rolling Wave Insights’ website is highlighted ‘as a clarion call to all those who care about the future of human kind and the planet…’ as the holistic world-view leads to a reconnection with Nature.

The World As Spirit links science and spirituality in a new way and I thoroughly recommend it.

Marianne Rankin in De Numine (Autumn 2011), Journal and Newsletter of the Alister Hardy Society,

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The Tao of Holism

Written by Howard Jones
Monday, 31 March 2008 16:07

The Tao of Holism is about wholeness of living. While it is directed at individuals, it aims to inform and empower people to influence society and governments to live coherently and prudently within our environmental resources.

There are facts and recommendations for personal physical health and suggestions for achieving spiritual wellbeing of mind and soul. It describes the importance of myth and tradition in our lives, and discusses some of the challenges in resolving our current societal and economic problems, and the shortcomings of our current educational philosophy in the West.

It represents a quest for individual fulfilment that is compatible with social cohesion, economic stability and environmental preservation.

Abandoning the quality of life that four centuries of science and technology have given us to return to some primitive life-style is not a realistic option. But there are serious and urgent problems that we must solve if we want our children and grandchildren to be able to live happily in peace and harmony, and awareness of the universal spiritual dimension of human existence is surely our best hope.

Published by O Books in February 2008

ISBN 978 1846 940804. To buy a copy visit your local bookshop or


Reviews of The Tao of Holism

This book is truly a polymath's work, written for a public that has much information but not necessarily the ability to connect the pieces. Under simple headings such as 'The body' or 'Environment' he collects the most diverse topics and seamlessly relates them in a no-nonsense style of writing. He can range from the abuse of power to C.diff., GDP and the politics in Ladakh and put them together to make it clear that they do relate in the Holism that is the great concern of someone who has seen a vision of a society as perhaps once understood 'naturally' but now needs to realise that the 'global village' is not just a nifty expression, but a reality that we can no longer ignore.
Read this book and find yourself constantly saying, 'of course, that makes sense'.

Dr. Verena Tschudin, co-author of Seeing the Invisible (Penguin), Reader, University of Surrey, England, and Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, England. Also, former editor of De Numine, the magazine of the Alister Hardy Society.

What Howard Jones is offering is a total design for living harmoniously with everything and in all ways, the way of harmony with the spirit that dwells in all things, and consequently the way of harmony with all people and all beings - a highly ambitious project after my own heart! Howard Jones brings a lifetime of study and an extraordinary breadth of scholarship to his task. He deals with most of the key issues facing humanity, and erects clear signposts to the holistic way.

Malcolm Hollick, formerly foundation Principal of Findhorn Foundation College; now member of the Steering Group for the University for Spirit Forum in the UK.

The Tao of Holism is synonymous with the title The Path Leading to a Holistic View of the World. This is a book that would give a deep thinker a sound foundation for understanding why our big problems rose to prominence and what we need to do to solve them. It reveals a seemingly endless collection of examples showing how a holistic view is superior to the breakdown view in almost every facet of life. The author reveals an exceptional talent for moving horizontally toward breadth without sacrificing scholarship. Everything he suggests comes from a full career of reading, writing, thinking and dealing with people. The Tao of Holism can serve as a stand-alone manual to prepare a deep thinking person for life in the future. It can serve as a reference book in which it is easy to link needs for information by topic with the 404 references that nourish the book. It can serve as a mother lode of knowledge and insight that connects with peripheral sources that feed it and the practical applications it nurtures.

Dr Ben Korgen, Retired Oceanographer, Colleague of Sir Alister Hardy F.R.S

The Tao of Holism is valuably, readably encyclopedic.

Manohar, De Numine

This is a book of warnings and a chronicle of impending disasters, but has a message of hope overall. It will inspire and inform anyone seeking a holistic lifestyle and has enormous relevance to our current world situation.

Ros Ogden, Paradigm Shift

This book is about a way of life which appreciates that everything is interconnected, a perspective that would seem to be essential for the future survival of life on this planet. However, it is a concept that eludes us in many areas of life. Howard Jones explores the effects of holistic approaches, and the lack of them, in many subject areas. It is his bringing together into one big picture that makes this such an impressive book. He weaves effortlessly through the complexities, bringing it all together, warning and inspiring in equal measure...

Bill Anderton, Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit Bookshop, Gloucester, UK

[Tao of Holism] is about a way of life which appreciates that everything is interconnected, a perspective that would seem to be essential for the future survival of life on this planet. However, it is a concept that eludes us in many areas of life. Howard Jones explores the effects of holistic approaches, and the lack of them, in many subject areas. It is his bringing together into one big picture that makes such an impressive book. He weaves effortlessly through the complexities, bringing it all together, warning and inspiring in equal measure.

Bill Anderton, Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit, Gloucester.

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The Thoughtful Guide to God

Written by Howard Jones
Monday, 31 March 2008 16:06

The Thoughtful Guide to God presents a rational approach to notions of God and soul for those who are disenchanted with organised religion. Reviving concepts of the divine that go back to the earliest human civilisations of both East and West, it shows how ideas have evolved from early scriptural revelations, through the rationalization of the Greek philosophers, to the developments of modern physics.

Few works bring together ideas from so many disciplines – from religion, philosophy, psychology and science, with all the supporting detail. Packed with references for further reading, it provides a bridge between science and religion, and between many of the different religions of the world.

All the terms and concepts are explained so that they are accessible to the general reader. The discoveries of Newton and Galileo, through to Einstein and contemporary scientists, and the ideas of God from a number of Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Hindu thinkers, are presented with brief biographical background to put these personalities in context. Their thoughts are fused with those of Greek and later philosophers that have shaped society in Western Europe to provide a unifying concept of the divine as Communal Soul – a one-world view which it is essential should convince more of the population in the materialist West if Earth and humankind are to survive into the 22nd century.

Published by O Books

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Reviews of The Thoughtful Guide to God

This is a serious, well researched and well-argued book on a topic that is of great importance today, with the damaging antagonism between arrogant materialist scientism and furious religious fundamentalism which is speeding us downhill towards disaster. This book is, in my opinion, a very sober assessment of the situation at the beginning of the 21st century; after all the variations on the God-concept we have had over the past several centuries/millennia.

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This book is subtitled, appropriately, Making Sense of the World’s Biggest Idea. Given that it is written by a mathematician and scientifically-trained teacher, it is a bold attempt to bridge the gaps between science, philosophy and religion and is the culmination of Jones’s many years of research (mostly into medicine but also into all three broad topics just mentioned). Jones has resolved what for many are divisions in thinking and understanding into a seamless unification of thought and experience which might be described as a one-world holistic spiritual approach to living. As thoughtful as the title claims, this one is thorough, with excellent background, history and depth, and is just right for the kind of person who sees, feels and perhaps has already begun to find the fusion of consciousness that shows the way out of the confusion of our times and towards a way of being that is positive, without being naïve, and profoundly informative, without being pedantic. If you have a brain, heart and soul, and the interest to see where they become one, this book is a must.

Chris Erasmus, Odyssey Magazine, South Africa

This thought provoking and engaging book delves into an enormous subject with a rational but holistic approach. Bringing together a cross-section of ideas from religion, science and philosophy, it is an in-depth study of the divine that will appeal to theologians and lay-readers alike. Howard Jones is a trained scientist who spent many years carrying out research in medicine. He communicates his spiritual values with academic aplomb and provides a much needed bridge between the often conflicting worlds of science and religion. The book considers the nature of God, looks at the ideas of ancient and medieval philosophers and offers a scientific exploration of mind and soul. Healers will be particularly interested in the chapters on the nature and manifestations of soul and the concept of universal spirit which include references to spiritual healing and other complementary therapies.

Helen Denton, National Federation of Spiritual Healers for Healing Today

[This is] an interesting book. It is written by a thinking, feeling man who has studied widely in many disciplines (medicine, nutrition, music, mathematics, philosophy, history, religion). He has thought deeply about the ideas he has encountered and their impact on his own life. . . Dr Jones synthesizes a lot of disparate information for us, from the properties of subatomic particles to the origins of the division of the Sunni and Shi’ite Moslems; from the rise of the three major religions to the value of eating local produce. He is a strong advocate for protecting and cherishing the planet, and a crusader for proper diet. The author . . . would have us recognise (with myriad examples) that all philosophy, religion and even empirical science, leads back to a holistic, basically benign, natural world of which humans are a part and that, as Dr. Jones puts it. ‘creative inspiration is an activity that derives from resonance with the universal spiritual field’.

Barbara Ardinger for PanGaia magazine,Nov 06 – Jan 07.

[The author] has amassed an impressively broad and extensive body of evidence from both science and religion to support his thesis that reason, science and religion are not mutually incompatible. In these respects it is a thorough academic survey.

From review by Dr Malcolm Hollick, author of The Science of Oneness (O Books, 2006) in the Scientific and Medical Network Review, No.93.

The wide scope of this fusion of theology, philosophy and science makes this an important contribution to a study of the Divine that is easily readable by the non-scientist.

Dr. Verena Tschudin, co-author of Seeing the Invisible (Penguin), Reader, University of Surrey, England, and Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, England. Also, former editor of De Numine, the magazine of the Alister Hardy Society.

This book takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through the history of ideas – almost all ideas. Howard Jones traces the thought underlying religion, spirituality, mysticism, philosophy and science in both West and East from the earliest times to the present day. His aim is to present the relationship between mind, body and soul from a scientist’s point of view. Scientific and spiritual views of the human experience are brought together, as Jones attempts to offer a life-enhancing view for people in the modern world, many of whom have rejected formal religion yet are seeking a rational, spiritual alternative.

From review by Marianne Rankin, Chair of the Alister Hardy Society, published in De Numine, No.42.

I just felt I had to drop you a line to say how very much I am enjoying ‘The Thoughtful Guide to God’. It is so readable, informative and thought provoking. Congratulations on an excellent book. I look forward to reading every page.

Personal communication: Chris Lawrence, GreenSpirit member

I think the book is extremely well written, is really informative historically, and is a source of a lot of good sense about current dilemmas and unknowns - especially the question of the prospects for a convergence between religion and science through research on psi and survival. I greatly admire the philosophy behind what you're doing. It's very important.

Personal communication: Professor Peter Wadhams, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.

This is indeed a thought provoking book! So thought provoking that it is difficult to respond to it without writing a whole book in reply! You write well and the subject matter flows along in an easy to assimilate style. I was extremely impressed with the sheer scope of the book. It covers such a vast historical canvass and takes in a huge range of subjects encompassing almost all fields of human and superhuman endeavour. I like books that are filled with facts and information and yours most certainly fulfilled that criterion.

I thought your chapter 6 on “manifestations of soul” was particularly interesting. You made out a very convincing case for the reality of the supernatural and for the importance of a big range of spiritual phenomena. I’ve often read dismissive statements about psychic phenomena saying they are all frauds or were long ago refuted. You provide good reasons for concluding that this is not so.

I liked your section on page 233 about the studies of the effect of prayer on hospital patients. You did a very good job of marshalling and organising a very large range of evidence. Probably the most important sections of the book were chapters 7 and 8 where you explain the concept of universal spirit, cosmic spiritual field, etc. and relate this to scientific discoveries, like the zero point field, and to spiritual phenomena. I found all this fascinating and applaud your effort to derive a sensible conclusion from the data in an inductive, scientific way.

Personal communication: Professor John Walton, Department of Chemistry, St Andrews University, Scotland.

Making sense of God by Michael E. Tymn While I have read much of the material presented in this book over the years, I have never seen it all tied together in such a clear and informative manner as Dr. Jones has done. He has taken things that were bits and pieces of history to me and woven them together so that I now see the complete warp and woof of the fabric. He covers the whole gamut, beginning with the nature of God based on scriptures from various religions on through the ideas of medieval philosophers, and then on to post-Renaissance thought and scientific investigations concerning the nature of the soul. "This book has been written to try to reconcile world-view derived rationally from science and philosophy with those originating from mystical insights to develop a coherent approach to the concept of the divine," he explains in the Preface, noting that while scientists have mainly involved themselves to explain Creation without invoking the notion of God. "Three great systems of thought - religious, philosophical and scientific - converge in portraying the physical world as simply our conscious sensory experience of it, Jones offers, going on to say that our sensory impressions are simply mental impressions or images, the exact nature of which we can never know. Jones' discussion of religious concepts offered a number of things I was not aware of but also served as a reminder and refresher of things I had read but which had been buried deep in my subconscious. For example, he tells us that the preparation of the new Latin version of the Bible by Jerome was primarily an attempt to convert the pagans who still made up the majority of the population of Rome. He goes on to explain that political rivalry between the Greek and Latin theological empires in the years after 1054 ensured that the break between the Greek and Roman churches was maintained. There is a discussion of newer religions, such as the Church of Latter Day Saints, Adventism, Christian Science, and the Baha'i faith. In the Epilogue, Jones mentions how he was raised in a nonconformist Christian family and confirmed in the Church of England before drifting away from orthodoxy while training as a physical scientist. "I effectively became an atheist as defined by Western religious belief, though still obliged to attend church services with my wife at the time," he says. It was through "mystical enchantment" that he was first brought back to a belief in God, even if it was a belief much different from his earlier belief. "I have now become totally convinced of a spiritual reality that is part of our everyday existence," he ends. "...I feel reassured in my belief by the fact that there is now scientific theory that, again for me, underpins and rationalizes that which would be otherwise a plausible but unsubstantiated theological hypothesis to account for those psychical and mystical events that are usually described as paranormal or supernatural." As the subtitle suggests, Jones makes sense of the world's biggest idea – God From a review of The Thoughtful Guide to God posted 20 April 2009 on Amazon by the author of The Articulate Dead

Michael E. Tymn, Editor, Journal of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies

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