Why Should I Study Metaphysics If I Want To Be Creative?
Terence Mckenna, once said to a group of us in a lecture, “ The world is not just strange, it is stranger than strange.” And now it is changing in front of as if we were in a magic show. Technology has made much of this possible with instant coverage available to half the world’s population. New species of life are being found virtually every day. Even repeating physical natural phenomena are wonders to behold( gloriamatutina) At the same time not just cyclical changes but structural changes are abounding in economics, our climate, and the cultural barriers separating nations and people. Old patterns and explanations are falling apart and the new ones have not arisen. So where does one turn?
Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality which contains a continuous expression of the novel and strange. It is the pursuit of the great why and how of the universe. The skeptic often stands on labeling ideas as quackery because there is no scientific proof; but lack of proof is not proof of absence. The great metaphysical questions of how our minds work and their connectivity to other forces are often answered in ancient wisdom texts, channeling, and psychic observation. Yet the absolute scientific proof lags although quantum physics is closing the gap. So here is why we should study metaphysics….
Firstly, it encourages one to stay curious. Curiosity is about living life as a question. It does not accept answers like “that is the way it is.” Curiosity seems to carry a built in intent to find out more, and that goal opens a doorway to the answer or the next clue. You might say that curiosity is organizing energy patterns that we have yet to scientifically understand, but can observe in our daily life. We don’t know for sure about the nature of the collective unconscious or levels of consciousness in other realms, but we can speculate that they exist. This awareness seems to have been with us through the ages. Just look at the questioning nature of the people of great accomplishment.
Secondly, curiosity greases the wheels of boldness and action, leading to accomplishment through pathways that are often unforeseen. Among the greatest quotes is that of W.H. Murray, from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The study of metaphysics helps to give us courage because we see examples of accomplishment and can realize that forces other than luck, that we have yet to understand the science of, are brought in to play. When we do this, we slowly begin to change our internal decision making model and can experience a whole new level of creativity.