Thursday, September 29, 2011

Metaphysical Tools and Criteria

Metaphysical tools for decision making, such as creative flashes, intuition and insight can be more useful than traditional, rational decision making tools such as statistics and quantitative analysis. Metaphysical criteria for a good decision, such as results need to be compassionate, free of fear, and in the best interests of all concerned, can produce better, more sustainable decisions than traditional, rational decision making criteria, such as effectiveness and efficiency.

That’s because our essence is metaphysical and the more we come from essence, the more we appreciate and actualize the truth of our being. As spiritual beings having earthly experiences, metaphysical tools and criteria give us access to spirit and all Its miracles, love and blessings, and all that it knows, which is everything.

This is not to say we need not use traditional decision making tools and criteria. As long as we believe we are here, they have a place. It is to say, however, that for most decisions, especially value-laden ones involving things like politics, metaphysical tools and criteria will work better and need to take precedence.

The ‘oneness’ metaphysics always speaks of is not a physical fact, but a metaphysical fact, arising from a shared essence and purpose. Everyone, even the T party, wants to escape the ego illusion and awaken to their spiritual reality. Yet everyone, including MoveOn types, fears loosing their sense of individuality – hopes, dreams and values - that comes from believing we are egos; separated from one another, even ourselves and God.

That is why we resist using metaphysical tools and criteria, clinging to rationality instead; even when we sense rationality alone is inadequate. Everyone fears the all-encompassing, ego denying, unconditional love of spirit. So, we are ambivalent, caught in a cosmic approach/avoidance conflict fearing ‘sin’ and its consequences, but clinging to it because we fear the loss of our unique specialness in spirit’s all-encompassing, unconditional love more.

Yet what we know, deep within, what our still small voice constantly proclaims, is that we need not fear God’s love, nor cling to sin and rationality to maintain our separateness. Even tho we believe we are here as beings separated from spirit in a separated world, we can still experience the reflection of ourSelves when we use metaphysical tools and criteria.

No matter what we do or say. No matter what we believe. No matter what crimes and sins we commit – which is not to suggest it’s OK to sin and commit crimes. Spirit’s love, which we can barely understand or express in the ego’s illusion, but can approximate using metaphysical tools and criteria, corrects the ego’s illusion. Were our decision makers to choose this love, which is wholly present and available within everyone right now, the illusion of guilt and innocence, sin and blessing, of choice itself, would disappear! We would still be here in the world, but everything would be different, reflecting the love we chose to identify with.

Whenever I am tempted to blame anyone for anything, to see someone as enemy or savior, it’s because I’ve allowed my decision maker to identify with the ego, not spirit, fallen back into the comfort of rationality, instead of the troubling ambiguity of metaphysics, and thereby made ‘sin’ and separation real. In fact, the decision maker’s choice to identify with the ego is the ‘original sin’. But it is not ‘sin’ because it never happened, it is all part of the ego’s illusion of separation from spirit. Making sin real comes from my decision to identify with sin [ideas leave not their source], not from an inherent evil or sinfulness; and from my fear of God’s love and the loss of my special, separated ego self.

If the ego world is a learning laboratory, [and I think that’s a wonderful way to look at it] in which I can experiment with and develop the skills I need to awaken from the ego illusion, such as relying more on metaphysical tools and criteria than on rational ones, learning to choose to identify more with my Self than my self, then whatever happens, whether judged ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in ego terms by my self, is an opportunity to learn, practice and grow spiritual muscle.

Accepting my place in the learning laboratory and actually learning how to rely more on metaphysical tools and criteria, is a never ending process, a metaphysical discipline. Following this discipline, I become a metaphysical spiritual warrior monk, practicing all day long each time I stay mindful and take responsibility for what happens in my life and for my interpretations of what happens; paying attention to my own consciousness, how my mind works, and how I let the ego manipulate me; while not looking for excuses to blame and shift responsibility outside myself. So I learn that the blaming I constantly indulge in, is not a sin, but a mistake that will not bring me what I want.

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