Metaphysics – “1. The branch of philosophy that investigates principles of reality transcending those of any particular science, traditionally including cosmology and ontology 2. All speculative philosophy” – From the Funk & Wagnall’s Standard Desk Dictionary
Does it seem odd to you that the metaphysical is relegated simply to the realm of philosophy, even speculative philosophy?
I ask this because the metaphysical, by definition, includes your consciousness, spirit, soul, will, thoughts, emotions, intentions, impressions, memories, and more. The metaphysical you, is the real you. You are a complex composite of such things as what you value, your experiences, your aspirations and even your doubts. The actual reality of your life, and all that makes it worth living, is of the metaphysical. I believe the metaphysical, is actually the spiritual aspect of life, in juxtaposition to the physical.
Your body is not metaphysical, but physical. It is also not you, but is essentially a vehicle you use to move about in this world. Like other vehicles, human bodies range from those in showroom condition, to those ready for the junkyard; but no one gauges a person’s worth by the condition of their vehicle.
The “metaphysical”, spiritual you, is impossible to show anyone else in the literal sense. No matter how deeply you may care for someone, there is no way for you to lay that part of your being out on a table, as it were, so that everyone could see it, touch it, smell it’s aroma or otherwise sense it physically and exclaim, “Why yes, their love is real; there it is on the table”. Yet to you, there is nothing more real than the impact your love for another has on your soul.
Even the shallowest of ponderings will reveal to us that there is nothing more real to us, and nothing more important to us that these things which exist completely outside the realm of the physical world.
Perhaps this is why the Lord of both heaven and earth has told us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”, (Matthew 6:19-21).
You are investing your heart in spiritual things already when you do what is right by your family, friends and even strangers. You understand the value of “good”, even if you’ve never considered that “good” transcends the physical. There is no “good” in the physical world, only in the spiritual. There also is no eternal here, but only in those things which are spiritual. Hence, Jesus’ admonition.