Have you ever come across the word ‘metaphysics’? I’m guessing many of you have not heard of such term as metaphysics refer to the studies of what cannot be reached through objective studies of material reality.
And according to the Oxford Dictionary, metaphysics is described as a branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things which include abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, and space. The word is derived from the Greek meta ta physika (after the things of nature) that refers to an idea, doctrine, or posited reality outside of human sense of perception.
That said, the studies of metaphysics consist of the relationships between the mind and matter, substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Hence, metaphysics is to be considered one of the four main branches of philosophy, along with epistemology, logic and ethics.
It is essential for us to study metaphysics as it is the foundation of philosophy, and without an explanation, understanding or interpretation of the world around us, we would not be able to live life to the fullest potentials, nor have the knowledge to eradicate sufferings and live a life of true happiness and abundance . In addition, without the knowledge, we won’t be able to know and realize our life’s true purpose. This is because the degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct, the degree to which we are able to understand and comprehend the world, and act accordingly.
Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes irregular and any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live. In other words, without the correct understanding and ignorance of the Truth, the meaning of life cannot be fully comprehended and thus, suffering continues to persist and be experienced.
At the same time, through studying metaphysics, it provides the knowledge and the understanding of how the conscious and subconscious mind operates that provide the insight into the understanding of life as Human Being. Our mind governs our life, without the proper and deep understanding of our mind, we will never be able to understand the mysteries of life, enlightenment, and our True Self.
Having that said, in my teachings and guidance, I emphasize the importance of self-realization and seek to understand our true nature.
And in my teachings and workshops through guided meditations, I will often ask my students to question the fundamental nature of our beingness, and to examine one’s thoughts and emotions through mindfulness and concentration.
The questions to ask oneself can be like: WHO AM I? WHAT AM I? WHY AM I HERE? This can stimulate one into thinking and exploring one’s true purpose and potential in this lifetime. The aim of the teaching is to impart the understanding of our true nature, knowledge and wisdom of the Absolute Truth.