Yes, I know that the whole "touchy-feely" stuff is awkward to approach at first. I, as a straight man, found it odd to feel like I needed to be more emotionally aware of myself. But I pushed myself beyond my discomforts and societal opinions about emotionally aware men.
I may have come off a bit too "New Agey". When talking about "conscious awareness" it doesn't need to mean some sort of profound spiritual awakening. It can be as simple as acknowledging how our technology is helping us come to this new global perspective. Sure, we all have opinions. Some valid, some not. The validity is YOUR perspective of which you are equally free to have. But if a person tries to discredit or invalidate another's opinion rather than establishing their own for conversation sake, then it's really wasted time.
It's that sort of "push back" that I see less and less of these days. People are more open to listening to the opinions of others even if just to see if their opinion sparks a new idea.
The things that I have been reading about over the last 3-4 years, anywhere from ancient knowledge to quantum physics, has lead me to believe we are on the cusp of an understanding where science and spirituality exist as one again. There is really no need for division anymore and those rigid in their beliefs, be it science or faith, need to open their hearts and minds to one another.
I mean everything I say or I wouldn't say it. How you view that is completely up to you. I'm not here to convince you of my views, I only present them as my own unique life's perspective.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin