INTRODUCTION TO METAPHYSICS
We often get asked “What is Metaphysics” – what is it that you teach.
I set out below a brief description, plus a link to download our Introduction to Metaphysics module which is the first module of our Diploma.
Metaphysics is defined as the branch of philosophy that examines the true nature of reality, whether visible or invisible and the study of existence. Metaphysics includes the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, and fact and value. Basically, metaphysics is the philosophical study of being and knowing. It is very closely related to spirituality, but it is not a religion. Metaphysics answers the question “What is?” It encompasses everything that exists, as well as the nature of existence itself. Metaphysics covers many subjects, such as mysticism, ESP, dreams, astrology, meditation, self-help studies, parapsychology, energy healing, positive thinking, spiritual counselling, and much, much more.
We have all asked the following questions, at some point in our lives:
Who am I? Why am I here? What is the true nature of the world I see? Is there a God (i.e. a creator or source that made or is making me and the world I see? Is there life after death? (and life before birth?)
These core questions have given rise to philosophy, religion, science, and spirituality. Metaphysics is the study of the principles underlying these and all other aspects of what we perceive as physical reality.
Exploring and understanding the history of metaphysics and metaphysical thought can be a valuable process if it is used to evaluate the true nature of your own knowledge and beliefs, and how that affects your personal study of Metaphysics.
It is important to realize that much of what we accept as “truth” or “fact” may indeed be ideas and theories formed by random people thousands of years ago. Just because an idea or philosophy is handed down generation after generation does not make it true or even applicable to everyday life.
As you explore the history of metaphysics later in this manual, I ask you to test any statements and proclamations you may encounter. Even though they were thought of and written about by some of the most respected and admired philosophers and scientists, keep in mind that it is not “knowledge” unless and until you can experience and validate the truth of these ideas yourself. I have moved the History of Metaphysics as well as the Doctrine of Being to the back of the manual, as it is quite arduous and not as interesting as metaphysics itself. 🙂
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