Many people around the world regardless of culture, race, ethnicity or any other dividing factor are able to naturally pickup on the whispers of the universe and/or earth and/or spiritual realm. For them, guides like this are typically a step backwards since they have walked with the unseen all of their lives. But sometimes a bit of structure is needed especially for those who may not have the aforementioned ‘gifts’. ~Tony
Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy investigating the fundamental nature of reality and being. Simply, it answers two basic questions: “What is there?” and “What is it like?” A person who studies metaphysics would be called either a meta-physicist or a metaphysician. Metaphysics is a multidisciplinary field of study. It is difficult to specialize in all fields, so a basic knowledge of all included areas is recommended. With a little effort and research, you’ll be able to learn everything you want to know about metaphysics.
Learning the Basics
Introduce yourself to some basic metaphysical concepts. Start by understanding the basic concepts of physics, math, logic, and philosophy. It seems difficult but introductory level books and Internet research can help. These fields are all crucial to your learning about metaphysics in general.
- Understand the philosophy of mathematics. Do not simply solve sums. Understand the concept of numbers and patterns in the universe.
- Gain a sound understanding of concepts related to physics. Concentrate on Einstein’s theory of relativity which explains how motion works by moving at constant, relative speeds between different inertial frames of reference.
Learn how to tell whether an object is abstract or concrete. Metaphysics deals largely with understanding the difference between concrete and abstract objects. A concrete object is something quantifiable – a thing that you can physically touch or see. An abstract object is less definable because it is not something represented physically, but something embodied by an idea. For example, a number is an abstract object because it correlates to the idea of counting or measuring something. The physical thing being counted is a concrete object.
- An abstract object does not exist in any particular time or space (such as ideas, mathematical objects, and fictional entities). Abstract objects are often called “particulars” or “universals.”
- Morality is considered causally inert because being good or bad doesn’t cause something to happen. It is merely an idea that qualifies or categorizes a thing.
- Metaphysicians are mostly concerned with the nature of objects and their properties.
Study quantum physics. Quantum physics posits that objects have a dual type of nature – what is known and what is not known. Simply, one cannot determine every unknown aspect about a particular object because there is always something beyond human knowledge, something unknown.
- Quantum physicists believe that determinism was proven incorrect with the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle claims that there is a limit to what one can know about things; therefore, nothing can ever be fully known.
Research cosmology and cosmogony. Metaphysical Cosmology is the branch of metaphysics that deals with the origin and development of the universe. It addresses questions about the universe beyond the scope of physical science.
- Cosmology is the study of how the world/universe operates. An example of a question cosmologists try to answer would be, “What is the purpose of the cosmos?”
- Cosmogony is the study of how the world/universe originated. An example of a question cosmogonists try to answer is “Did the Big Bang event create the idea of time itself?”
Consider whether you believe in determinism or free will. Determinism proposes that every event — including every human decision and action — is the “inevitable and necessary consequence” of prior occurrences.
- Determinists believe a human being’s future depends on present and past events beyond the individual’s influence. In philosophy it is believed that human decision is based on past events.
- Since metaphysics is related to the study of questions about existence, creation, and what it all means, there is a clear link with religion. Deciding whether you believe in determinism or not is a key factor in furthering your personal understanding and study of metaphysics because this is the foundation of how people interact with the world. If there is no free will, then humanity’s relationship with the world is much different than if they do have free will. Your study of metaphysics hinges largely on how you personally understand this one aspect.
Study the relationship between metaphysics and religion. Since metaphysics often focuses on the origins of the universe and the connection of humans to the universe, religion often comes in to play. Scientifically, the study of metaphysics deals with much more than just the religious aspects; however, those who want to teach and understand the more abstract elements of metaphysics usually do so under the umbrella of religion.
- Religion attempts to provide a metaphysical understanding of human existence, so the two are closely related.
Studying Metaphysics in Your Free Time
Read articles on the internet. One way to learn about metaphysics in your free time is to spend some time browsing the topic on the internet. Of course, you’ll need to be careful about where you get your information – make sure you only read articles from reputable sources.
- Any article from a .edu URL should contain information that was fact-checked by an expert in the field.
Follow metaphysical organizations. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge about metaphysics, try to get involved in organizations that deal with this area of study. At the very least, you should read the organizations’ websites to stay up-to-date on new ideas in the field and information about further learning.
– Such as visiting www.metacenterchicago.com on a regular basis to stay on top of metaphysical oriented news from around the world.
Subscribe to newsletters. Many professional and academic organizations create regular newsletters that they send out to all of their members containing information regarding news in the field, updates on society issues, and interesting publications on the topic. You may have to pay a fee to get the newsletter, but it is a great way to get more information on a topic you’re interested in.
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Attend conferences. A great way to learn about a topic is by attending conferences hosted by organizations that are devoted to the study of that particular topic. To learn more about metaphysics, try to attend some conferences aimed at understanding metaphysical topics.
– Have you attended any of our online or offline classes? Did you know Super-Human Training Session 3 is June 9th, 2018 in Chicago?
Read primary texts. Primary texts are the foundational texts for any field of study. These are the books and academic articles that other scholars and researchers build on in their additional analyses of the topic.
- For metaphysics, some important primary texts to familiarize yourself with include Dr. Delbert Blairs – The World Within and Man, Woman and Child and others such as Aristotle’s “Metaphysics,” Plato’s Phaedo, and The Nature of Metaphysics by D. F. Pears