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Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite
Return to the Absolute: Bridging the Gap between Physics and Consciousness by Calvin McCoard is a fascinating exploration of the concepts of physics and relating them to spirituality. The first section explains the concepts of quantum physics and electromagnetism in simple words. Terms like local balance and imbalance, duality, relativity, and the Absolute are put across in a way that will give readers a fresh perspective. The author explains that the concept of the Absolute and all things moving toward universal balance are fundamental to many belief systems and philosophies worldwide. He talks about some of the world’s oldest religions like Hermeticism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Kabbalah, Islam, and Christianity. He also asserts that consciousness cannot be limited to biological entities. Instead, it is an all-encompassing force that permeates everything in the universe. Finally, he brings the conversation back to personal experiences from his everyday life.
The subject matter of the book is complex, but Calvin McCoard makes even abstract concepts easily understandable to the layperson. The vocabulary is straightforward and the illustrations are thought-provoking. The writing style is narrative, and readers are taken on a journey into the author’s life. The book does not force readers to accept a particular interpretation of the world. Instead, the author systematically begins by explaining universally accepted facts, principles, and concepts and then goes on to substantiate his arguments with evidence from various religions and philosophies. This book will be an exciting read for anyone inclined to ponder questions about human existence. I recommend Return to the Absolute by Calvin McCoard for its abstract illustrations, concise subject matter, and gripping premise.