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3 different metaphysical systems

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posted on May, 8 2011 @ 01:55 PM
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1. Boethius:

God is the Eternal Providence of all things.
Providence defined as "looking forth" more so than "seeing beforehand," the difference being seeing beforehand would indicate that the events are pre-planned, while looking forth means God sees all things from the point of Eternity. This would mean God is not the absolute creator of secondary acts, but is part of them in light of his eternal nature


Goodness is strength, evil is weakness.
All things strive towards goodness, including wicked minded individuals. They seek what they think is good but do so through crime rather than through virtuous labor.


Regardless of the chance events of fortune, virtuous people are happy, wicked people are miserable.
Evil people may be rich, but they are not happy. Whereas a poor person may be happy. It has nothing to do with "fortune" or fame but rather with virtue or vice. The more "Godly" a person is, the happier they are regardless of fortune.


2. Plotinus

Three levels of reality: One, Intellect, Soul
It will be explained later why "three" is an important number in metaphysics. Suffice to say that reality consists of an agent (soul), a plan (intellect) and a reality-based action (one).

The Soul is the higher part of the body.
The soul is the lowest of the three levels of reality, being the controller of the body, or when looked at from the supreme soul, controlled of the universe.

The intellect, or more accurately "intellectual-principle" is the natural laws of the universe.
The mind is the psychic power of the soul, the "will" which generates work and force and movement. The divine mind is the ordered plan of the universe (Providence)

The One is the absolute most simplex and eternal "thing" that exists.
The One can only be described as the most absolute, supreme, reality. Eternal and Immutable. This is the "ground" of all things, its essence, its matter, its soul-nature. The soul of the soul, if you will. It is the supreme origin and thus the only true "action" or "force" of reality.

Each thing has these three levels as a part of their being namely: body, mind, soul.
Just as reality is divided between One, intellect, and soul, so the body is divided into three parts. Commonly called "body, mind, soul," where the body is physical, the mind is psychic and the soul is spiritual or containing of the life essence. If we think of a person as a one, intellect, and soul, then the soul is the controlling agent of the body, the intellect is the body's ability to Reason Intellectually about matters, and the One of a body would be the eternal essence (personal soul as opposed to supreme soul).

The personal soul is the One, in this metaphysical system.

3. Attan-ism

All things are impermanent: form, feelings, perceptions, experience, consciousness
The five "skandas" of Buddhism, namely anything that has form, feelings, perceptions, experience, and consciousness has an impermanent status as a being, furthermore its life consists of suffering and ignorance. Described mainly through the notion that consciousness is an attachment to other, which creates desires, which causes ignorance and suffering in the individual.

Only Wisdom, the purified mind, is perfect
The mind attaches to objects in what we call consciousness. The only way to reverse this is to achieve inward-consciousness of the mind in meditation, by which the mind is purified of attachments, becomes un-attached, and the hidden nature of the soul (the light) shines forth as the recognition of the true nature. It is important to note that the purified mind is equal to nirvana/enlightenment.

Life should consist of making the mind perfect through meditation
Since the purified mind equals the supreme goal (a state of peace and tranquility with no suffering) the day to day activities of life should consist of making the mind pure through meditation, as opposed to making the mind impure through detrimental physical activities (like drugs or things that lead to depression and mindlessness).




posted on May, 8 2011 @ 02:40 PM
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So we identify the three different metaphysical systems; it's all done; 'BAM' what can we do with it?!



posted on May, 8 2011 @ 03:09 PM
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Hi


Good thread


My metaphysical system is as follows :

God is what you make of it, and impossible to make a mistake!


As simple as that


Love and light
Sat Nam



posted on May, 8 2011 @ 08:09 PM
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Originally posted by the_0bserver85
So we identify the three different metaphysical systems; it's all done; 'BAM' what can we do with it?!



Life should consist of making the mind perfect through meditation



posted on May, 8 2011 @ 10:46 PM
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Meditation.....good ! try it, love it, like it, still do it three times a week.....good for your mind.
BUT I still have a mortgage and bills to pay.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 08:45 AM
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Originally posted by the_0bserver85
Meditation.....good ! try it, love it, like it, still do it three times a week.....good for your mind.
BUT I still have a mortgage and bills to pay.


Minimalism helps: smaller home = smaller mortgage.

By making your life more 'divine' (simplex, as the one, self-sufficient, constant) your life becomes less wild and chaotic and more predictable. Many people think of this as 'boring' but the proper definition is stress-free.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by eriathwen

Hi


Good thread


My metaphysical system is as follows :

God is what you make of it, and impossible to make a mistake!


As simple as that


Love and light
Sat Nam


I disagree. You can make up as you go, but karma is guaranteed, you can not escape karma unless you are like the lotus floating on water. That is real freedom. Just doing as you feel will perhaps be satisfactory for a time but it is not flawless. And what if "doing as you feel" involved committing acts of evil? Will you say that is part of your philosophy?




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