Introduction


Statement of Intent

This book contains a distillation of the most useful, unique, and interesting ideas of a new Immanent metaphysics. This fresh view of metaphysics is presented with the ultimate intention of enabling the development and evolution of all artistic culture and life. This book represents a personal search and research into those concepts believed to be of maximum value in understanding key areas of metaphysics and philosophy. It attempts to provide the philosophical and metaphysical foundations necessary for people in a western culture to enhance the quality of all life.

Rather than attempting to be a final work on the subject, this book is intended to provide potent seed ideas and concepts for further reflection and development. The ideas and concepts presented are points of departure for deeper consideration, meditation, and evolution. This book is primarily a summary of those ideas and concepts which are at the foundations of the Immanent metaphysics. It contains only as much text as is needed to gracefully outline those notions which are of maximum significance and importance.

The Format of Presentation

It is inherent in the nature of the Immanent metaphysics to emphasize clarity, precision, and essence. Therefore, to provide the greatest possible value, a large portion of this book has been formatted as a series of related 'aphorisms' or statements of principle. Although this is not the usual prose form of philosophical literature, it has the significant advantage of ensuring clear access to essential concepts and ideas. Individual aphorisms allow maximum emphasis on essentials in a minimum of text. As such, this book will contain no exhaustive (and exhausting) explanations, metaphors, or statements of implication.

Clarity and exacting precision are necessary to reveal and avoid hidden assumptions and implicit expectations about essence. This is best facilitated by direct positive statement. As such, this book does includes no material consisting only of background explanation and description. Metaphor is used minimally. While such content aids understanding in the short-term, it often results in long-term misunderstanding (times change, and such external references do not keep up). Also, having to wade through too much of this type of content would obscure the essential ideas and concepts of this metaphysics.

By focusing only on those ideas that are of primary significance and importance, the text may seem to some readers to be more intense, dense, and 'technical' than standard prose. In recognition of the need for deep clarity, a certain amount of special terminology must be allowed for. The selective use of appropriate terminology frees the reader (and the author) from painful error, misunderstanding, and confusion. While a simplified and non-specialist terminology may be preferred for general audiences, the hidden and implicit complexity of a "common language" format precludes the distillation of essential notions into precise expressions of concept. Although ultimately the Axioms of this metaphysics are very simple, a full knowledge of their meaning, implications, and applications, is much more involved and complex.

The emphasis on precise expressions of meaning is not, however, to be construed as an attempt to prove, logically or analytically, the general validity and applicability of the any of the assertions herein. This work is a summary of the those ideas of the Immanent metaphysics which have been found to be interesting and which are known to be practically useful. It is not an attempt to "convince" anyone of anything. Readers who are looking to be convinced that some metaphysical proposition is 'absolutely true' will need to do their own work to determine, prove, and validate their own ideas of truth.

The process of learning and the finding of Truth is more effective when one searches for what is true, rather than for that which is false. It is far less useful and meaningful to "be convinced" of something, or to spend all of one's time to try to find a way to disprove or contradict some assertion that is disliked. Such rejection is usually based on a misunderstanding, and thus fails to attain anything other than a common confusion. It is far more effective to consider, for each assertion made, the insight that it offers, and the manner in which such insight may be applied. It is hoped that the reader will recognize (and eventually come to trust) that there is a reason for every word and statement, every particularity of phrasing in these aphorisms.

To search for meaning is to find it.
To fail to search for meaning is to be without it.

A Readers Covenant

The author asks that the reader not attempt to simplify this material for re-presentation to others. Beyond a certain natural point, a concept cannot be simplified further without damaging its essence. Most of the content herein has already been distilled to the maximum extent possible and cannot be further simplified. Each word of each statement has been carefully considered and selected for maximum correctness and utility of meaning. The omission of a single word, via misquoting, or even a slight change of ordering, can subtly damage and distort the intended meaning.

Distortions of significance (a loss of clarity when attempting to oversimplify an idea) can occur in ways that remain unnoticed, even though they eventually cause much misunderstanding, and if unchecked, mis-application. Therefore, the tendency (and the common desire) to simplify these concepts must be avoided. Keep the aphorisms intact. To realize the best possible long term benefit of these ideas (in our culture), leave the aphorisms and essay concepts as is, unchanged.

How to Read this Book

The aphorisms in this manuscript refer to one another and are mutually interdependent. Some aspects of the meaning of each aphorism will only become clear when reading other areas of the text. As such, the reader is encouraged to always continue forward and develop comparisons, rather than become 'stuck' at any particular point in trying to understand one individual statement. The reader should not expect to immediately comprehend all of the aspects of the various meanings and implications of each statement made. Reading through the entire manuscript more than once is necessary to complete understanding.

Although the aphorisms have been sequenced in such a manner as to encourage a gradual building of understanding and concept, there is no requirement that they be read in a specific order. The reader is encouraged to occasionally skip around and read those sections and areas of the book that seem 'more interesting' in the moment.

Even though the reader may skip many sections in following their interests, those sections that are chosen for reading should be read very slowly and with total feeling and thoughtfulness. Do not try to 'skim' or read quickly through any part of this text. Skipping text is not skimming text. Approach each statement with full attention and when you are otherwise at peace of mind. Consider the meaning (and phrasing) of each statement fully and completely from multiple viewpoints before proceeding to the next.

By design, aphorisms implicitly contain several meanings and concepts in addition to those ideas more overtly stated. In most cases, individual assertions can be interpreted in more than one manner, and many of the statements presented have carefully considered and multi-layered meanings. Wherever possible, each interpretation and connotation has been considered (and assured) to be metaphysically valid in multiple contexts.

Each individual aphorism is intended to be a basis for deep reflective consideration. Such meditation will reveal insights into concepts and aspects which are (for brevity) merely implied. It is better to read a little bit at a time, at some consistent interval (a few aphorisms at least once daily), than it is to attempt to read many pages at once in one sitting (as with a normal book). It is a good practice to meditate for a short interval both before and after attempting to read any portion of this book.

Also, to get more value from the content, the reader is encouraged to consider each passage on more than one occasion, at varying times of the day and season. In re-reading (within a changed context), one is likely to find that points which seemed confusing at first are now much easier to understand. Due to the integrative nature of this metaphysics, some of the deeper and more mystical aspects and implications will only become apparent on multiple meditative reflections and re-readings. Some connections between ideas, reflections, and continuations will only be known when one has read far enough into the text to have encountered alternate ends of the same thought.



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