Philosophy

My intentions for the blog

I haven’t yet written a great deal in The Metaphysician, although I have a fair bit of stuff that I’ve gathered over the years about humanness and soul-making that I would like to put onto the blog.

The blog is not intended as a place for systematic theology or philosophy, but is more in the nature of an exploratory building of a mosaic. I may include apparently random thoughts and quotations – as the fancy takes me, as the ideas come into my head and heart – but my hope is that these bits and pieces will reveal patterns in my thinking that are currently obscure to me.

Why do this in a blog? Well, there’s something stimulating about taking a risk and exposing one’s thoughts and feelings to others, inviting comments and hoping that others will join in the exploration. I don’t do bungee jumping, I don’t want to walk naked from Lands End to John O’Groats, I don’t even do extreme ironing. Opening a spiritual and intellectual exploration is about as exciting as my life gets.

It may come to little or nothing. It may build into something rather bigger than I could do by myself. But, ultimately, I’m doing this to please and educate myself. Not a lofty ambition, but I don’t feel qualified to do more. I’m not a scholar or a theologian or an artist or a psychotherapist. I have (as someone once said about someone else) a great deal to be modest about. So, for what it’s worth, here it is. Patterns may emerge from the chaos – and I’ll be happy with that.

As a friend said to me in an email today about himself, ‘I move more easily in a pragmatic, poetic, intuitive knight’s movish sort of way among ideas – lazy and half-baked by comparison [with systematic and rigorous scholars].’ That’s more my style, too.

I want to include material from a wide range of sources – the arts, poetry, mystical works, philosophers and thinkers such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, psychology, science of all kinds, the exploration of near death experiences… I really want to explore our humanness, soul-making, the spiritual life, the life of the mind.

So, here’s to the knights move!

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It’s a start…

This blog is dedicated to exploring the proposition that:

What the Bahá'ís do believe is that we have three aspects to our humanness, so to speak, a body, a mind and an immortal identity – soul or spirit. We believe the mind forms a link between the soul and the body, and the two interact with each other. [Shoghi Effendi, Arohanui, p. 89]

I like this statement by 'Abdu'l-Bahá (from Some Answered Questions, pp. 208-09):

Spirit is the lamp; mind is the light which shines from the lamp. Spirit is the tree, and the [tag]mind[/tag] is the fruit. Mind is the perfection of the spirit and is its essential quality, as the sun's rays are the essential necessity of the sun.

There's much to be explored about our humanness. I hope readers will join in the exploration.

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