Welcome to Day 1 of the "What Is Metaphysics" E-Course.
Today's lesson is: "What exactly is Metaphysics?
Metaphysics refers to the branch of philosophy that attempts to understand the fundamental nature of all reality, whether physical or non-physical. It seeks a description so basic, so essentially simple, and so all-inclusive, that it applies to everything.
A metaphysician is someone who studies the true nature of reality, or someone who is simply interested in discovering what underlies everything.
People are always getting confused between spirituality, metaphysics, and quantum physics. Even I, myself, sometimes use these words interchangeably. Spirituality is the process of becoming closer to the God that you are, whether you realize you are that God or not. Spirituality is all about becoming closer to your soul, that spark of consciousness, or piece of the One that is within all of us. The downside of the word spirituality is it is closely associated with religions. Religions can be very limiting, because they have a set system of beliefs which you are not to question or expand upon. Don't get me wrong, they can also be empowering, it really depends on the person. Metaphysics is very closely related to spirituality, but it has nothing to do with any religion. It is more to develop you own set of personal beliefs, which resonate with you, then to follow somebody else's beliefs. Therefore metaphysics does not have all the limits and associations that spiritualit y has.
Metaphysics is not really a science, but the science most closely related to metaphysics is quantum physics. Quantum physics is the leading edge science that is scientifically proving timeless metaphysical principles. Quantum physics is the "physics of possibilities". It is believed that quantum physics is where metaphysics and physics will merge.
Lastly, it is believed that the word "metaphysics" is based on the organization of some of Aristotle's books in the Library of Alexandria. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle produced a number of works, which together were called the "Physics." In the Library of Alexandria, the works of Aristotle were organized in such a way that another set of Aristotle's works was placed right after the "Physics." These books seemed to concern a basic, fundamental area of philosophical inquiry, which Aristotle, himself, called "first philosophy." So early Aristotelian scholars called those books ta meta ta physika biblia, which means "the books that come after the (books about) physics." This is simply where the word came from, but the timeless principles studied in metaphysics originate back before history even, as you will soon come to learn.
I look forward to talking to you tomorrow, in Day 2; tomorrow's lesson will be "Why Should I Study Metaphysics." Till then, may you enjoy infinite love and happiness.