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METAPHYSICAL THINKING IN AFRICAN TRADITION

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 21st-September-2017

Because early Africans so enjoyed Earthly living, they were dedicated to reaching the After-Life. The After-Life was inferred from observations in Nature that nothing dies but, instead, all Real entities make transitions from one plane of existence to another. Inferring “Transition” processes apparently came from noticing their acts of focused attention start with Awareness–which flows into Interest. Sustained interest intensifies into Attention. Focused Attention flows into Concentration which, in turn, slides one into Contemplation. “Contemplation is to Knowledge, as digestion is to food”—i.e. it is the way to get life out of the Source (creator of the creation). These transitions occur when boundaries dissolve between the Thing focused on and ones mind. In that process of ones Selfhood uniting with that Thing, one slides into a “Non-Self” whereby one “Knows” it by “Feeling” it without Thought.  Yet, difficulties in putting the “Felt” into words led early Africans into alternative paths for arriving at “Knowing”. Those paths are Figures of Communication (FOC)–like Metaphors, Analogies, Allegories, and Personifications. Conveyed within FOC are ingredients of a transcendental reality, lying beyond words, symbols, ideas, signs, or thoughts. Very Ancient African priest-astronomers, using Astro-Mathematics they invented, arrived at Cosmic Knowledge, enabling them to infer the Heaven After-life had Spiritual Elements as its Essence. After-life’s feature is Unconditional Love, the Supreme Cosmic Life Unifying Principle. Its natural urge is by itself, reproduce itself, to become what it makes. Its emanations include attribute Archetypes (African, “Seed”) as Life, Beauty, Goodness, Happiness, Wellness, Perfection, Universal Truth, Reality, Divine Consciousness, Death, Natural Order. By being Spiritual (Immaterial) Energy, each of these contains in-folded Dispositions with Divine Plans to be manifested by each human on Earth. Such Divine Messages are conveyed by Virtual “Ideas” and given Form and Energy by adding layers of Ether (flimsy Matter). The resultant “Idea-Forms” are recognizable as Percepts and Notions—both being Seen and “Felt” by a human’s Mind’s Eye. 

To this process, “Philosophy” was applied —i.e. the discipline of thinking which leads the mind to understand the Essence of Existence. Ancient African Sages dealt with these Messages by converting them into Symbols and Principles–processes constituting a microcosm of a human’s own Subconscious of "Transition" changes. Essence pieces, passing from one place or state to another, especially in a natural, regular, or orderly way—is Poetic Logic. It provides humans a natural way to think about Spiritual and Metaphysical entities. Ancient Africans saw Metaphysical Poetry thinking as happenings of the invisible, intangible Spirit Mind, of which, in humans, there are seven subdivisions. Humans’ Spirits, as a complex, are like systems and organs roughly equating to those of the physical body. By “seeing” the “big picture,” the top three are God-like–called “First Wisdom”—i.e. knowledge of the Cosmic Organism and its Powers in Wisdom form. Since “First Wisdom” (displayed by Spiritual Common Sense and its Critical Thinking) and the Spiritual Elements (with their mosaic network off-springs) share the same nature, they fashion Right Life Living concepts. Metaphysical Thinking is constant striving to rise above and beyond ones “Conditioned” mind so as to always head towards ones Highest (Divinity) Self. Much of it is directed towards discovering, through “Feelings” beyond ones Thoughts–“Hidden” “ME/WE” aspects. Such requires Mind Control, starting by stopping the mind’s fashioning of unwanted thoughts, imaginations, and Acquired Emotions (Ashby, Book of Dead p343). 

Doing thoughtful Reflections then involves locating Spiritual Elements’ Attribute Essence aspects of the issue at hand. Next, starting with that issue, Contemplation proceeds by ones Selfhood dissolving into the issue’s universal truths. Now, one gradually expands Reflection inside the Truth of Essence for it to enter into Infinity Knowledge which opens new doors or provides solutions. But to cultivate ones Common Sense and its Critical Thinking into their best usages is by modeling the Processes of Nature. That African Tradition trait puts one on the path by making the most of ones Talent to display the best of “ME/WE” benefits. “Alligators” on the path become mere challenges to handle and to enhance living “the best me in the best “ME/WE” life I am able to design.” Hence, African Tradition’s Metaphysical Thinking consists of Poetic Logic. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com

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