Trivium, Language, Symbols, Metaphysics and Reality – Power of Consciousness (Pt.5) and Philosophy (Pt.2)

Philosophical Metaphysics – Categories of Being


What can the purpose of words symbols tell us about how they reflect aspects of reality? Word symbols are powerful. They are the basis of actual “magic” in our lives, as my previous posts have been demonstrating in the series on the Power of Consciousness: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Philosophical Metaphysics is an important subject to understand. Part one of Philosophy is here.

We use words to describe and categorize what we see and understand about reality. Word symbols and language are at the core of philosophical metaphysics as first demonstrated by Aristotle. Aristotle described a model or framework to structure and classify the various aspects of reality. These are known as Categories of Being.

Philosophical metaphysics and language are crucial foundational blocks in progressing with the Trivium Methodology.

Word symbols are important. They are used to represent, reference and correspond to something. We can invent words to reference something real that actually exists in objective existence, but also something imagined that only “exists” in our subjective consciousness. Just because something can be imagined in the “light” of our mind’s eye, does not necessarily mean it exists in the light of reality. Perception is not de facto reality. Perception in consciousness does not dictate an automatic reference for existence in reality.

The real things we can reference with word symbols and language are objective in reality. The basics of this are as follows. Things 1) exist in themselves, either as particular primary substances (iron, KrNel) and universal secondary substances that are said of primary substances (metal, human); or 2) they exist in something else, as being conditionally accidental, that are dependent on the substances and may or may not be present in some primary substances or another (green, red, blue; tall, short; wide, narrow).

I will skip the technical specifics of understanding this for now, as it involves complex terminology that would take long to explain clearly and divert from the purpose of this introductory material. This flow chart will give you an idea of how it works though.

Some aspects of reality can easily show themselves, such as a physical object (primary substance, particular), it’s grouping-order categorization (secondary substance, universal), or colors, size, shapes, etc. (contingent accidents that are dependent on substances). Accidents are non-substances, not existing in themselves, but exist and seen through the primary of secondary substances.

If something is in reality, we can objectively, demonstrably point to it, either as a being in itself, a being said of a being in itself, or a being present in one of the former two.

The conceptual things we can reference with word symbols and language, that don’t exist purely in themselves or in another, can also be real, but they can be unreal. Words describe aspects of reality that are there, or we imagine they are there. This is where it gets trickier. It’s easy to see a color or size present in something else, but some of these accidental qualities can be measured, some of them can’t but we can see them expressed in reality in some form.

And some things are purely fictional from our imagination in attempts to invent answers to questions about reality, about our origins, about the universe’s beginning, about our purpose, etc. We can easily fool ourselves with trying to invent answers to questions that create a gap, void, abyss and darkness in our attempt to understand reality. When we invent a question with no answer, it creates a gap, and makes us uncomfortable, uneasy, insecure and fearful of that unknown aspect of reality. Then we scramble in imagination to invent an answer to fill that gap of comprehension created by the question.

For example, actions exist in reality, but they aren’t a color, they don’t have shape or size, they are dependent and contingent upon something to create them into existence. A causal agent, a particular primary substance, is required to create, manifest and generate an action into existence. Prior to that creative act, the action did not exist. Actions are not permanent accidental properties and qualities, like the color green is for a plant. A color is created and remains, it persists in time and space for recognition and identification. Actions are created but do not persist in time and space for them be recognized and identified. Regardless,actions are objective, demonstrable.

With that basic understanding, we can proceed to understand the importance of language to further grasp and make sense of reality and higher order constructs, models and frameworks to reference the variability, diversity and multiplicity of the complexity within reality. Truth, existence, reality and the universe is complex, despite some truths being simply explained, some are not so simple.

Stay tuned for the next post which will get into the meaning of words more. Words are primarily created to describe and reference reality/existence. They are very important, as I have been previously talking about through my posts on Word Symbols and “Magic”: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

One comment

  • Jo

    The metaphysical factor is diversion and another institutional theology being only belief systems of projected opinions
    Metaphysics is not science but projected matter of opinion without possibility to measure, reconcile, repeat and predict as can not be tested, measured and reconciles in processing input for truthunder the teachings in of natural law profiles teachingnatural law plagiarised by Hermes

    It is just as inaccurate to say that religion without the supernatural is not religion as it is to say that philosophy without metaphysics is not philosophy at all. – Charles Francis Potter

    Good place to start is the principles, the natural law principles and were plagiarised by Hermes

    Simply all of ALL being ‘G’od the eternal 8th ‘G’enerative principle or the Way, Creator, Higher power etc

    Kybalion,The Hermetic Philosophy

    (Religion not theology)
    (Philosophy not metaphysics)

    Religion and Theology—between Philosophy and Metaphysics. Religion, to us, means that intuitional realization of the existence of THE ALL, and one’s relationship to it; while Theology means the attempts of men to ascribe personality, qualities, and characteristics to it; their theories regarding its affairs, will, desires, plans, and designs—and their assumption of the office of ”middle-men” between THE ALL and the people.
    Philosophy, to us, means the inquiry after knowledge of things knowable and thinkable; while Metaphysics means the attempt to carry the inquiry over and beyond the boundaries and into regions unknowable and unthinkable, and with the same tendency as that of Theology.
    And consequently, both Religion and Philosophy mean to us things having roots in Reality, while Theology and Metaphysics seem like broken reeds, rooted in the quicksands of ignorance, and affording naught but the most insecure support for the mind or soul of Man. We do not insist upon our students accepting these definitions—we mention them merely to show our position. At any rate, you shall hear very little about Theology and Metaphysics in these lessons.
    But while the essential nature of THE ALL is Unknowable, there are certain truths connected with its existence which the human mind finds itself compelled to accept. And an examination of these reports form a proper subject of inquiry, particularly as they agree with the reports of the Illumined on higher planes. And to this inquiry we now invite you.
    “THAT which is the Fundamental Truth—the Substantial Reality—is beyond true naming, but the Wise Men call it THE ALL.” –The Kybalion
    “In its Essence, THE ALL is UNKNOWABLE.” –The Kybalion
    “But, the report of Reason must be hospitably received, and treated with respect.” –The Kybalion
    The human reason, whose reports we must accept so long as we think at all, informs us as follows regarding THE ALL, and that without attempting to remove the veil of the Unknowable:
    (1) THE ALL must be ALL that REALLY IS. There can be nothing existing outside of THE ALL, else THE ALL would not be THE ALL.
    (2) THE ALL must be INFINITE; for there is nothing else to define, confine, bound, limit or restrict THE ALL.
    It must be Infinite in Time, or ETERNAL. It must have always continuously existed; for there is nothing else to have ever created it, and something can never evolve from nothing; and if it had ever “not been,” even for a moment, it would not “be” now. It must continuously exist forever, for there is nothing to destroy it, and it can never “not-be,” even for a moment, because something can never become nothing.
    It must be Infinite in Space—it must be Everywhere—for there is no place outside of THE ALL. It cannot be otherwise than continuous in Space, without break, cessation, separation, or interruption, for there is nothing to break, separate, or interrupt its continuity, and nothing with which to “fill in the gaps.”
    It must be Infinite in Power, or Absolute, for there is nothing to limit, restrict, restrain, confine, disturb or condition it—It is subject to no other Power, for there is no other Power.
    (3) THE ALL must be IMMUTABLE, or not subject to change in its real nature; for there is nothing to work changes upon it, nothing into which it could change, nor from which it could have changed. It cannot be added to nor subtracted from; increased nor diminished; nor become greater or lesser in any respect whatsoever. It must have always been, and must always remain, just what it is now—THE ALL. There has never been, is not now, and never will be, anything else into which it can change.

    In care for truth

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