There are 2 major instances in my life which led me, ultimately to metaphysics, though I didn’t know that that was what it was called at the time. The first was a feeling or memory that I carried as a little girl that I had been “here” before. It was a kind of “knowing” that I have always existed and I would always BE. I couldn’t tell you why, my family had little spiritual connections let alone religious.
My first introduction to God was through the Catholic Church; the only reason for that was because my mother wanted my sister and me to go to a private school, so I was there up until about the 2nd or 3rd grade. If you know anything about Catholicism, you know I didn’t get the “belief” I have now from there.. lol! My experience with the Catholic Church wasn’t bad at all, like I said, I call it my introduction to God to which I’m very grateful.
The second instance was when I was hit by a car as a pedestrian at the age of 19.
I won’t go into detail here, but while lying in the street I had an out-of-body experience that was very real and very vivid.
From then on, I started asking questions…….
If you’ve ever asked the questions:
Who Am I really?
What am I doing here?
Where did I come from?
Am I more than my body?
What is my soul?
What happens when I die?
Have I lived here before?
How can I find inner peace?
And most important of all: Who and what is God?
Then I would say that Metaphysics sets out to answer these questions in a very specific way….You may have heard the term “metaphysics” and while you might have an idea of what it means, you may not fully be able to explain it or define it. That’s because metaphysics is not a term that is easily defined.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines metaphysics as, “a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology.” In case that makes no sense to you, let’s define some of those words within the definition: ontology is the study of reality; cosmology is the study of the origins of the universe; epistemology is the study of knowledge and belief.
What all of that means is that metaphysics is a study that goes beyond science, and attempts to understand the workings of the universe that cannot usually be explained by science. It is a very spiritual practice, but without the structure of religion.
There are those that want to lump together Metaphysics with the New Age movement, but that would be a mistake. If you’re talking about Crystals, ESP, Astrology, Psychic Ability etc., then you’ve moved from Metaphysical study to New Age. There is nothing wrong with these concepts; however they have little to do with true spiritual enlightenment and tend to have a distracting effect on the new seeker of truth.
At the core of metaphysics is the study of energy and the idea that everything in existence is made up of energy. God is energy, humans and animals are energy and even inanimate objects and thoughts and words are energy. For that reason, God is in everything and EVERYTHING is connected. The belief that the structure of all matter is comprised of energy is a largely held theory of Quantum Physics.
Do you remember in science class the saying that Nothing Ever Dies, it Only Changes Form?
Another key aspect of metaphysics is that reality is nothing more than perception; therefore we are all creators of our own realities. Taking that concept even further, metaphysics recognizes that everything is an illusion and that even though we live in accordance with a set of universal laws (some of which include the law of attraction, the law of cause and effect, and the law of belief) we have the power to affect those laws and change them, but most of us allow our belief systems to limit such power.
The understanding is that the soul grows spiritually by experiencing ALL things. All things include different races, genders, social- economic conditions and domestic roles. However, unlike some Eastern philosophies, it is not a common belief of the metaphysical practitioner that the soul/consciousness would reincarnate as an animal.
In order to even conceptualize the possibility of reincarnation and past lives, one must first believe that consciousness continues on after our physical body dies (in most religions this is true, but how that soul lives on is debated). Without having first having that belief, it negates even the possibility of reincarnation. The bible dictates that we “be perfect even as our father in heaven is perfect”. That is a tall order to fulfill in one lifetime, so the wheel of past lives and reincarnation must continue to turn until we have grown from a consciousness standpoint and are closer to the point of merging with “all there is” or in other words, being perfected.
Early references to reincarnation in the New Testament were deleted in the fourth century by Emperor Constantine, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
The Catholic Encyclopedia itself states, in regard to the Fifth Ecumenical Council of 553 A.D., that “anyone asserting the belief in the preexistence of souls (reincarnation) would be excommunicated.”
Many documents and historical writings have been edited out of our modern Bible, in addition to those deemed inappropriate by the Catholic Church in the fourth century.
“During the first 300 years of the early church, reincarnation was widely accepted by many of the early Christians, including Origen, whom the Encyclopedia Britannica hailed as “the most prominent of the church fathers with the possible exception of Saint Augustine.” In addition, the Gnostic gospel, Pistis Sophia, quotes Jesus as saying that “Souls are poured from one into another of different bodies of the world.”
Metaphysics is the discipline that studies what is beyond the material, while religion involves a system of unbending beliefs that incorporates more of an organizational or hierarchy structure. Metaphysics is more individual in its path, where as religion is more organized and structured by its leaders. Metaphysics in and of itself is not a religion, nor does it denounce religion in any way, it is but a means of understanding the inner, esoteric meanings of life.
Apart from its being a book of great historical and biographical interest, the Bible from the metaphysical standpoint is, from Genesis to Revelation, in its inner spiritual meaning, a record of the experiences and the development of the human soul and of the whole being of man. Every word, every name, every act illustrated within the pages of the bible is a blueprint for the complete enlightenment of the individual soul.
What I have learned on my spiritual journey is that WE have within us a power that is greater than anything that we shall ever contact in the outer, material world, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.
“Mind, all Mind is right here. It is God’s Mind, God’s creative Power, God’s creative Life. We have as much of this Power to use in our daily life as we can believe in and embody.” -Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
The study of metaphysics can transform a person’s life, positively affecting his or her health, wealth and overall happiness. With love, creativity and the belief that “anything is possible” at its core, metaphysics can be a fulfilling and worthwhile practice.
Let me say here that I’m not pretending to know everything there is to know about metaphysics, this article is sort of an introduction to the subject and by no means the end all be all of metaphysical science. My purpose in sharing this with you is simply to inform and inspire you to look for your own answers, question old beliefs that may not be working for you, and provide one possible tool to help.
How does your spiritual beliefs help you in your life and business?
To Your Health- Mind, Body and Spirit!
Sources– Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby-The Quimby Manuscripts,”In God’s Truth” by Nick Bunick, fromthestars.com/page48.html