Yes, many of the ideas and theories that metaphysics deals with seem weird – even crazy – until they prove to be true.
The secret force of the universe?
Thoughts affecting water crystals?
Sounds crazy. Right?
Need I remind you that some of the world’s greatest thinkers offended the beliefs of their contemporaries and were mocked and sometimes killed before their “crazy” theories proved to be true. And not all that long ago, we called space travel and many of today’s advanced forms of technology science fiction.
Take the example of the Monarch Butterfly. From egg (four days) to caterpillar (two weeks) to chrysalis (ten days) to adult (two to six weeks) to death, a total life cycle of less than ten weeks. Can you imagine the result if the caterpillar were resistant to change and capable of thinking, “This isn’t possible”?
In her book, When the Heart Waits, Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions, Sue Monk Kidd reminds us that the Greek word for soul is psyche, and is often symbolized as a butterfly. She says that the fullness of one’s soul evolves slowly and we’re asked to go within to gestate the newness God is trying to form. “Would the posture of the cocoon allow me a way to shed old embedded patterns of living,” she asks, “and move into a more genuine humanity where the authentic self breaks through?”
Simply put, metaphysics answers the question, “What is?”
You’re probably wrinkling your forehead and saying, “I ask that question all the time.”
Exactly. We all do.
When we wonder about and have an opinion about reality, we are in a metaphysical point of view.
Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy closely related to spirituality, but not tied to any particular religion. It answers any question about reality that cannot be answered by scientific observation and experimentation.
“Contemplation lifts our consciousness into an atmosphere of receptivity, into a consciousness where miracles can take place.” ~ Joel Goldsmith
If you’re interested in an easy way to understand metaphysics, go no further than Dr. Seuss. His children’s book “Horton Hears a Who” raises questions about the theory and nature of knowledge, and his book “Green Eggs and Ham” questions the relationship between beliefs and experiences. Add to that “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” by Crocket Johnson. The overarching theme of this book is deciphering reality.
The short cartoon video below defines and helps take some of the weird out of philosophical discipline of metaphysics.
For an even deeper understanding of metaphysics go to whatismetaphysics.com.