Leaping Over . . .


Welcome to my blog!
May 13, 2006, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Philosophizing, Uncategorized

Ohmygod! My first blog. I'm writing. I can't believe it. I am the master of resistance, the queen of procrastination. I find more excuses to not do my work, my life, my anything than Carter has little liver pills. But I'm here, and  I have found my way to the place to start writing, which is all I really wanted to do anyway.

I returned late last night from a 4-day run in California where I taught "Managing Emotions under Pressure" (for Fred Pryor/CareerTrack Seminars) for the first time. What a trip!

Talk about getting people to take responsibility for their emotions! To notice when they are acting like victims. To stop taking care of other people's emotions and worry instead about their own. To notice when it's easier and more comfortable to stuff our faces with brownies or play video games than to start or continue to follow our path.

It's endlessly fascinating to watch people get so caught up in their beliefs that they are totally closed to anything new. To run scared from a word, like "metaphysical." Apparently, either you are a Christian or you are metaphysical, at least according to one evaluation comment.

What does metaphysical mean, anyway? I sure toss that word around a lot, but would be hard pressed to define it. Let's ask dictionary.com. Like metaphysics, man (I paraphrased that one). "1) Based on speculative or abstract reasoning. 2) Highly abstract or theoretical; abstruse." That sounds pretty scary. Let's only believe in stuff that's absolutely concrete. Like quarks and photons and other real physics stuff.

OK, so what's "metaphysics"? Ah, now we're getting somewhere:

  1. Philosophy. The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value.
  2. (used with a pl. verb) The theoretical or first principles of a particular discipline: the metaphysics of law.
  3. (used with a sing. verb) A priori speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment.
  4. (used with a sing. verb) Excessively subtle or recondite reasoning.

Maybe it's the subtle part that scares people – perhaps they are afraid that we metaphysical types will put something over on them. Or maybe the fact that we are willing to look at both science and those unexplainable explanations scares them — that we are so open minded.

My friend Eileen pointed out that perhaps those who are scared of metaphysics are simply less conscious, less plugged in to the mysteries of the universe. Perhaps they are younger souls, and as a result, the mysteries of the universe are more simply more mysterious to them. Thus, they are to be neither pitied, nor condemned, but encouraged to strip away their beliefs and look at the world with the wonder of new eyes, unfettered by the constraints of the past.

Belief is a scary thing to me. Dr. Brad Blanton (www.radicalhonesty.com) maintains that his only belief is that pygmies steal his luggage. He has worked hard to dispel all beliefs, and I think he's on the right track. Eduardo has a new blog (www.innersource.org) and says it much better than I. Someone asked me yesterday if I wanted him to change his beliefs. I pointed out I wasn't saying that at all. I simply wanted him to QUESTION his beliefs, to see if they were serving him or getting in his way.

More on this later. Thanks for reading 🙂

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