The common denominator of these and all similar subjects, of course, deals with an exploration of Reality. In the idealistic sense, the question becomes how does such knowledge benefit human life on this earth, both individually and collectively? If this is the aim of such interests, it is why most professional Metaphysical Practitioners regard Metaphysics as a Spiritual Philosophy of life. All but a very fewpractitioners in Metaphysics today have a pivotal point of some sort of Spiritual Philosophy in whatever system or teaching ofMetaphysics they are engaged. It is important to understand this, especially when reviewing the legal technicalities of being aprofessional Metaphysician.
If we were to travel from one metaphysical teacher or organization to another, we would find people engaging in different things, all under the label of Metaphysics. This could be a wide range, such as yogis, mystics astrologers, positive thinking teachers, meditation teachers, grapho-analysts, spiritual healers, self-help teachers, etc. The range is wide, but the basic denominator is the search for truth, purpose and meaning in life, which cannot be isolated from basic spiritual questions. All of these fields, therefore, are regarded as part ofMetaphysics by the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona, in regard to its Doctoral Degree and to its other programs and affiliations with its students and graduates.
It is not the position of the university or its parent body, International Metaphysical Ministry, to take one phase of the study of Metaphysicsover another. It is the belief of the universities that there are many paths humans may travel on the way to finding Truth. There is an old proverb which states “No matter what path a human may travel, it is My Path; no matter where he walks, it leads to Me”
In a more absolute sense, we like to think of Metaphysics as dealing with the basic questions of life, i.e., the relationship of man, mind and the universe. This leads to answers to the age-old questions of anyone who has truly paused to reflect on life—”Who am I; what am I; where have I been, and where am I going?”
The success of Unity and Religious Science stimulated the birth of many independent churches and teaching centers along metaphysical lines. Because of a common shared spiritual philosophy held by Unity, Religious Science and many independents; the term New Thoughtwas adopted to denote a metaphysical religious movement. From this was born the International New Thought Alliance, which brought together various metaphysical groups. In more recent years a new organization bringing together New Thought oriented organizations was formed called Global New Thought.