A Simple Guide To Everyday Metaphysics
At one point or another everyone has heard the word "metaphysics" being thrown around. Sometimes with so much gravity and sincerity that it forces an eye roll, and other times with all the depth of a wading pool. But, this fundamental explanation of the universe always seems to capture our attention, and not matter how much we agree or disagree with the delivery, there can be a nagging quality about what we know or don't know about it that's hard to shake (more on that later). So, in the interest of curiosity, I'd like to give you the basics of metaphysics and how it (theoretically) runs through everything and everyone, everywhere.
" . . . seed and fruit cannot be severed . . ." Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you follow any type of religion or spiritual thought, whether you realize it or not, you've already acknowledged one of main laws of metaphysics, the law of causation, or the way one thing leads to another until it circles back to you, "reaping what you sow." Followers of metaphysics have decided to take full responsibility for their lives, believing that their physical world is simply a reflection of the way they think and act. No more blaming, no pointing the finger. Author and lecturer Wayne Dyer's book "The Power Of Intention" portrays your life as the ultimate act of creativity, stating that the clearer your mind, the easier it is to bring what is inside of you, outside. And, what's clouding your mind? Your attachments to status, jealousy, money, relationships . . . the list goes on. As he puts it, once you learn to reconnect to source, or for some, the universe, the fun really begins. But, how do you connect? Read on.
"It helps me chill out and focus." Susan Sarandon on meditation
Connecting. This is where good old fashioned discipline comes in, and for followers of metaphysics, the highest form of this discipline is meditation. Think of it as tuning in to the best radio station ever, all good-all the time. How do you do it? Go somewhere quiet, clear your mind and just sit there. Sound simple? It's not. Once you try it, you'll realize the power of the "monkey mind" or those thoughts that just won't stop racing through your head; "did I make that deposit in time?", "what's for dinner tomorrow", "I need a job". When this happens, don't fight it, just let it play out, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Of course, sitting meditation isn't the only way, any activity that quiets your mind is a good start; exercising, knitting, cooking.The point is to make the time and incorporate some form of it in to your life. Now that you've begun clearing your mind and connecting, it's all blue skies from here. Right?
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." African Proverb
Not quite. Think about this, if you ever had a rock tumbler as a kid, you never started with two smooth stones. You took two of the ugliest, roughest stones you could find, let them knock up against each other, and voila! Well, if you believe the first rule of metaphysics, we are naturally attracted to, or nagged by, things that balance us out and make us better, and more than likely, it's going to be something or someone that rubs you the wrong way. Why? Because you can't grow within your comfort zone, and while the intention is not to glorify adversity, it is part of the equation. In metaphysical circles it's called "affinity", but you probably know it better as "life", and whether you like it or not, it's what smooths us out.
" . . . the most powerful forms of giving are non-material." Deepak Chopra
So you're gaining all of this great insight. Now what? Spiritual teachers from Buddha to Louise Hay all agree that the best use of your energy is to give like there's no tomorrow. Deepak Chopra describes the universe as a constant exchange of energy; giving and receiving. Give freely without worrying about return, according to metaphysics, you will get it back. That's how it works, even with money. The word "currency" even comes from the Latin word "currere" which means to flow. Get it? When you receive a gift, whether it's a smile or an opened door, receive it with gratitude and appreciation, because you're watching metaphysics in action. And while this one may seem a little counter-intuitive, it's the glue that holds the hold thing together.
"Things are only impossible until they're not." Jean-Luc Picard
Say tuned, more to come . . .Enjoy . . .