THE AIM OF PHILOSOPHY

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THE PRESENT MOMENT ILLUMINATES THE WAY TO FREEDOM OF ACTION.

IN THE NOW, YOU ARE FREE TO ACT CREATIVELY INSTEAD OF REACTING HABITUALLY, FREE OF LIMITATIONS AND DOUBT.

The second year of courses in the School of Practical Philosophy are Freedom, Presence of Mind and The Way of Action. These three courses are grouped together as the Aim of Philosophy.

Without awareness in and of the present moment, it’s impossible to see the way forward. We cannot act freely, so we react with knowledge from the past or desire for the future. Either way, we are simply recycling experience. The thing is to be, here and now, instead of constantly becoming something other than what we are.

Only the individual can desire, only the individual can labour, only the individual can know, and only the individual can choose. The Aim of Philosophy aims at awakening the individual’s ability to transform their world by enacting their sovereign freedom in the present moment.

Read more each course below:

4. Presence of Mind

THE TOPIC OF PRESENCE OF MIND INVOLVES A CONSIDERATION OF WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE PRESENT AND HOW TO STRENGTHEN THAT CAPACITY.

Presence of mind is the working surface of practical philosophy. Presence of Mind involves a consideration of the faculties of mind that are available to us. The course also deals with the relationship between the past, present and future, and the relationship between cause and effect which arises out of this relationship.

The course addresses these questions:

  • What does it mean to be really present, now?
  • What is contained in the present?
  • Can philosophy work at any other time than in the present?
  • What are the powers and capabilities of a human being living in the present moment?
  • What can be learned from the past to prepare for the future?

The course deals with these topics:

  • The mind & presence
  • The present moment & pure being
  • Teachings of adversity – using wisdom to extract nectar from poison.
  • Relative existence and Absolute Existence
  • Plato’s cave – coming out of the dark & discerning Illusion
  • Releasing powers of the mind and heart
  • Power of thought
  • Power of decision
  • Power of love

5. Freedom

THE AIM AND PURPOSE OF PHILOSOPHY COULD BE SUMMED UP IN ONE WORD – FREEDOM.
WHAT DOES THE WORD ‘FREEDOM’ MEAN TO US?

The topic of freedom is a broad one and will form the basis for our consideration and practice this term. The desire for freedom is common to everyone. So it is a most important topic for consideration.

The course addresses these questions:

  • What is the true nature of freedom?
  • How may freedom be experienced fully and constantly?
  • In what ways is freedom lost?
  • How does this apply both to individuals and to societies?

The course deals with these topics:

  • Freedom, Truth and Love
  • Freedom and the Play of Life
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Dialectic and Freedom
  • The Journey to Freedom
  • Emotional Freedom
  • Freedom and the Heart
  • Valuing Freedom
  • Freedom from Tyranny
  • Freedom and Humanity
  • Freedom and True Being

6. Way of Action

THE WAY OF ACTION IS SAID TO BE ONE WAY IN WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL MAY EXPERIENCE AND BECOME UNIVERSAL.

We tend to spend all day long engaged in action. But what does philosophy say as to how this can take place in a way that is not binding but liberating?

The course addresses these questions:

  • How can we act without any pressure from within or without?
  • What blocks or hinders action?
  • What is the effect when we properly attend to anyone or anything?
  • Is there a way of acting with complete freedom?
  • What creates, sustains and completes an action?

The course deals with these topics:

  • The Way of Action
  • Three Aspects of a Human Being
  • Three Ways to Realisation
  • Stages of Action
  • Motive force
  • Knowledge in Action
  • Flow
  • The Sustaining Power of Love
  • Ideas About Discipline
  • Duty and Happiness
  • The Completion of Action
  • Art in Action

Why do I come to practical philosophy? To enhance my day to day living, to give my life more purpose and meaning.
- John

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