A positive path for spiritual living

7-19-20 Talk Notes: The Overpowering Reality (Rev. Mark Schindler)

Excerpt From "The Over-Soul" by Emerson

"The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-Soul, within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other… that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents…”


“…our objective is to discern the Truth and prove it. The Truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new spiritual principles…”

Preface to Books by Charles Fillmore

Metaphysics: A Very Misused and Misundertood Word:

Classic Definitions:

•Meta = after or beyond

•Physics = the study of matter and energy

•Metaphysics = beyond the study of the material or physical

•In philosophy: The study of being, first causes, what is real and that which does not change.


Pop Culture Examples of Metaphysics:



When Physics and Metaphysics Work Together:


“We cannot always foresee how basic scientific knowledge will translate into a concrete benefit, but that is part of the point. We don’t know. We find stuff out because it is empowering, it is better to know. Knowledge has a way of cascading, leading to more knowledge, greater insight, seeing patterns in the fabric of reality we had not considered. Knowledge is beneficial for its own sake, even if one bit of knowledge is not itself directly useful. The indirect benefits are incalculable.” Dr. Steven Novella