COURSE of STUDY, four cycles of lessons

To understand Self and our relationship with our Creator and our fellowman is the quest for Enlightenment sought by young and old, rich and poor, artist and scientist, educated and illiterate, devout and irreligious, leaders and followers throughout time.

The School of Metaphysics was brought into the world in 1973 as a place where all people of all backgrounds could come to study, learn, teach, research the ways to live in harmony with the Universal Laws that govern creation. Our ideal remains the same today. We are dedicated to aiding any individual to become a whole, functioning Self.

Our purpose remains true to our origin as accelerate the evolution of humanity.

This ideal and purpose is accomplished through teaching lessons in the step-by-step development of the mind. These lessons afford a means to unfold human potential and quicken individual soul progression. They are scientific for they are rooted in principles that apply to anyone, any time, anywhere. This is the universal nature of what we teach. Mental exercises and spiritual disciplines accompany each lesson, enabling the student to build and refine his ability to ask questions and answer them. The disciplines are artistic for they rely upon the individual's desire and expression of will to flourish. This also means that each student progresses at their own rate of speed.

The only prerequisite for this course is a desire and willingness to change.

This course is different from what you have learned to think of as education. It is progressive, thought-provoking, challenging, and exciting, for it is about the most fascinating person in the universe....


A Four Cycle Course of Study

for developing and mastering essential life skills

The First Cycle of study introduces you to Universal Law teaching the concepts and skills needed to effectively use these laws in your life. As you study, you will come to understand situations and circumstances from their point of origin – your thoughts. This awareness enhances your ability to respond in your everyday life and to knowingly initiate the fulfillment of your desires. Responsibility is explored spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically thus increasing your sense of freedom and creativity. You learn how to better direct your mental attitudes as well as your actions bringing goodwill, health, and prosperity into your life.

The weekly lesson material teaches the structure and function of the mind. This series focuses on development of the conscious, waking mind and control of the physical body and senses. In addition to the Universal Laws, you will be studying lessons on the power of the will, mental healing, the projection of love, creativity, relaxing and recharging the body, life force energies, dreams, visualization, communication, emotions, and much more. Through assigned spiritual and mental exercises you will develop skill in concentration, memory, listening, visualization, and meditation. Stillpoint FocusTM becomes the foundation upon which every mental skill is built.

In our lessons, a distinction is made between concentration and meditation. Concentration consists of trained attention freed from distractions and focused on your chosen interests. Meditation is a special form of concentration in which the attention has been liberated from restlessness and focused on listening to your Higher Self or the Creator. Meditation is concentration used to expand Self awareness of your relationship with your inner Self and all of creation. The rewards of meditation are apparent as one examines the lives of the creative geniuses and spiritual masters of the world. The greater the accomplishment, the greater the attunement with the higher levels of consciousness. Ultimately, meditation is a going within to the inner levels of consciousness, an attunement and alignment of the entire being to the Creator within Self. The first two stages of meditation - expectant listening and expectant observation - are practiced during this cycle of lessons.

Energy work comes in many forms, all springing from breath. Learning how to breathe is a fascinating study in reflective consciousness. You learn that what ties the soul to the body is breath. Here is the key to wealth, prosperity, and abundance in all its manifestations. Breathwork becomes a key to communication, emotional acceptance and control, vitality and longevity, mental clarity and command. Forty life forms are taught during this cycle of lessons that, when practiced daily, keep the mind and body healthy and in sync.

In-depth study in the significance of nighttime dreams begins in this series and continues throughout the educational program. You will become versed in the language of the mind, a language foreign to most. Our research has revealed two universal principles which guide dreaming: every dream is about the dreamer and every person, place and thing in the dream represents the dreamer. By learning to consciously interpret the messages from your subconscious mind, inner knowledge is accessed and can be used in your waking life causing greater harmony between your conscious and subconscious minds. Exploring head and heart intelligence frees the mind to directly experience the soul opening the door to experience in the inner levels of consciousness beyond the physical plane.

Students have applied what is learned in this series in a wide range of endeavors. High school and college students have improved their grades by using increased concentration while artists and writers have learned how to move beyond creative “blocks” by knowing how to set the mind into directive action. Some students have conquered insomnia by learning to relax the mind and body and control the senses, others have overcome speech impediments to become accomplished public speakers by learning to control the expression of thought and emotion. Some have accelerated their career opportunities by applying principles learned, while others have enhanced ability in sports or cultural skills through visualization. According to their individual needs and desires, students discover they can more fully direct their mental powers toward improvement and success in any endeavor. Most students discover a greater inner peace which reflects in their relationships with others. All students experience greater Self mastery, enjoying more fulfilling lives.

When the student has completed all assignments, papers, and laboratory requirements, his instructor recommends him to the National Education Committee which awards the Respondere Degree.

I cast the gaze of my inward eye
To follow hers into the sky,
up through heaven, to the Lord
Where omniscience is stored.
As my mind was still I could see
Just for a flash, true reality


The warmth of forgiveness shines like the sun. It burns away the clouds of despair. It drives the current of thoughts with ever new expansion. The flame of awareness glows ever brightly and expands our thoughts toward union with our souls.
–Patrick Andries

As I was growing up I didn't like to read. I couldn't find books that would interest me. Until one day my roommate was in the School of Metaphysics and I picked up a book he got from the School . It was an assigned book he had to read. That was the first book I read completely in years. I thought it was great. It opened things up for me and changed my life. BF, Kansas City

Since starting classes in the School of Metaphysics, I have improved my concentration, my physical health, my memory, my ability to imagine and visualize, and many other things. I have avoided what might have been serious car accidents by remaining calm and concentrated. I no longer have a problem with connections in my nervous system. I have learned to enjoy the present moment and friends have told me I seem more relaxed. I have more energy and I am doing much more for people from teaching to creating art than ever before. I know what I want, what I need to be happy and fulfilled, what is in my way, and what I need to learn to meet my needs and give more to others. That is the greatest thing I have learned and am learning. I am aware of habits I never knew about that have caused pain and limited me, such as worry, scattered thinking, and doubt. I am learning to control my thoughts and change these habits. I have discovered talents, strengths, and abilities I did not know I had such as intuition, nurturing and teaching. I have used what I have learned to help me earn a 3.8 GPA in college, to create ideal jobs working for the Park Service and studying old growth forest to be financially prosperous. What the School of Metaphysics has taught me has great value. JD, Springfield

From regular attendance of classes, I have learned how to drive better, how to heal quickly from a serious rear-end auto accident, to teach other adults how to learn to use reasoning and problem-solving, and how to clearly communicate thought in word, image, text, and demonstration. Through classes I have also learned the structure of Mind and how to use this knowledge in developing the expertise in counseling others to develop insight and teach others to learn how to motivate Self and satisfy the inner desires of the Soul. PR, Tulsa

I've gained patience in my interactions with an active daughter. I'm able to pass on to her some of the understanding I've received through the classes. Because I know myself better I can teach her how to learn about and love herself. My confidence in my ability to create my life the way I choose has increased and I'm learning to greatly value what I have to offer to my self and others and how to share that. MH, Grand Prarie, TX

During the studies I was able to increase my wages by six dollars an hour. I am more satisfied at home and on the job. My relationships with people have become more real and I communicate on a deeper level with others. I also understand myself and others better. I now know how the thoughts I have influence the world I live in and I have been able to achieve a better state of health. LJ, Norman, OK

The course in applied Metaphysics that I am participating in has helped to raise the quality of my life. The exercises in visualization and will power have aided me to rid myself of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. I have abused all of these and now I am free to live a much healthier life. My employers have appreciated my work because I am more efficient, quick, and accurate. Through public speaking, teaching, and appearing on radio and television I have gained more self confidence. Aside from all the wonderful practical uses, I also have built a strong spiritual base for myself. I'm much more peaceful than I once was and I have a stronger relationship with my God and my religion. My understanding and love of the Bible and all the Holy Works of the world has increased. LR, Kansas City




I am reaching into my soul, my spirit, I Am.
This sacred place of worship formed by earth, stones, trees and wind lifts my heart.
I feel the vibration of creation resonating.
Imagination is a blessing from God.
As I use my imagination wisely I know
my reason to exist.

–Christine Andrews

At the School of Metaphysics every week I have helped people to heal themselves through healing energy projections and talking with them to aid in identifying the mental attitude causes of the illness. This is something I've been so grateful to have learned. It has been great to be able to keep myself quite healthy and full of energy, but it has been even more rewarding to see people heal both short and long-term disorders and create health. The last person that I aided was a woman who was severely depressed, who had contemplated suicide. She got a Health Analysis from the College of Metaphysics and in Des Moines we offered her healing energy. In two weeks we saw a major change in her level for happiness and willingness to be part of life again. This is incredibly powerful and I know of no place else that offers this type and quality of healing education. M.H., Des Moines

I have learned more about myself and how mind works in the past three years than in the previous 27 years of my life. This is an educational organization that aids people to reach their highest potential. One of the greatest things the school has taught me is the importance of service. KG, Palatine

The Second Cycle of lessons explores the inner levels of the lower subconscious mind offering instruction in understanding and use of its abilities. Lessons in visualization explain the integral relationship between the waking mind and the inner recreative faculty. Expertise is built in transforming daydreaming into directed imagery for the fulfillment of desires. The creation of thought is defined and practiced as the essence of clear communication, and the student learns to project and receive thoughts with control thus becoming consciously aware of the power of influence, whether his own or that of others. Intuitive sciences including thought form creation, amplification, resonance, and reception are experienced bringing previously mysterious abilities out into the open. Through experiencing telepathy, clairvoyance, or psychokinesis on purpose, the student removes misconceptions he or she may have learned thus freeing self from the doubt and fear such ideas spawn.

Out-of-body experiences are investigated as the student learns to utilize the refined, inner level bodies as a vehicle for experiencing. Both inner and outer projections of consciousness introduce the student to existences beyond the physical body. One way this is practiced occurs during dream states, where the student learns how to induce, continue, and replay dreams. Command of what is commonly called lucid dreaming is gained and precognitive dreams are explored.

Further instruction in ever-deepening meditative states brings greater communion with the Higher Self and all of creation. The student learns to exist within, apart from the physical body and sensory experience, by harnessing the life force energies that feed the inner levels of the subconscious mind. Concepts of energy transformation as demonstrated in the lower chakras aid in understanding the relationship between creative mind and substance. This enhances the student's ability to produce wholeness and health in Self and others.

In addition to lesson material and spiritual disciplines, advanced study includes a wide variety of reading material. In-class study of the world’s Holy Scriptures in the language of mind include the Bhagavad Gita, a portion of the world's longest poem, the Mahabarata, and the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Application of what is learned occurs out of the classroom through laboratory work. Leadership skills are developed in several areas of service to the community where students live, and graduate teaching is a requirement for earning the Qui Docet Discit degree awarded at the end of this series. Students studying in this cycle are eligible to apply for full time study at the College of Metaphysics.

The Third Cycle of lessons continues the exploration of subconscious mind into the more subtle energies and consciousness of the nonphysical mind. Memory is developed in the inner levels of mind resulting in direct glimpses of past experiences. In subconscious mind the Akashic Record is found and can be accessed for learning and growth. Imagination in the inner levels develops "second" sight, vision of what is unseen by the conscious mind. The capacity to perceive lines of probability are refined as the means to interpret images is learned. For both intuitive memory and intuitive imaging, expertise comes in proportion to the desire and willingness to practice. The benefits in life run the gamut from knowing which person to marry and why to knowing how to bring agreement between your "head" and your "heart. In fact, the entrainment of the inner and outer self, the subconscious and conscious minds, is taught through this cycle. The student discovers his/her soul mate. The Fourth Cycle

Dream work evolves becoming increasing lucid. The student begins to distinguish the origin and purpose of dream communication. Dreaming becomes a familiar means for access to subconscious levels of existence, and the need for sleep decreases as the ability to consciously assimilate experiences improves. Visualization evolves beyond a series of techniques to an integrated command of thought. Increasingly each thought is created consciously, with purpose, and previously imaged thoughts can be viewed, reviewed and sometimes altered on their way to physical manifestation.

The third and fourth stages of meditation are experienced as the student learns how to create the states of consciousness described as expectant experiencing and expectant identity. Stillpoint FocusTM applied toward the direct experiencing of subconscious mind empowers the student to know Self in ways not possible previously. Now the student can harmonize his own mind and harmonize his mind with others' minds to deeper understanding, connection, and communication. The parent now knows the child, the husband/wife the spouse, the employee the manager, and so forth.

Applying intelligence and energy toward creating balance and wholeness brings greater understanding of the power to heal. Freeing the mind to perceive existing causes and initiate new ones, opens the door to permanent healing. Pranayama (breathwork) is now integrated in the functioning of subconscious and conscious minds as a whole, functional unit. Talents previously taken for granted are now accepted by the maturing conscious mind and the individual's dharma, what he has to offer the world, becomes clear.

In addition to lesson material and spiritual disciplines, advanced study includes a wide variety of reading material. In-class study of the world’s Holy Scriptures in the language of mind include the Dhammapada and the Tao Te Ching. Application of what is learned occurs through service to the community and graduate teaching. A Masters thesis and oral examination complete the requirements for earning the Doctorate of Divinity. Upon successful completion of all requirements, formal application is submitted to the Board of Governors who award this certificate to qualifying students.

The stillness of the pond is reflective of the stillness of my mind. Every once in awhile there are waves reflecting my thoughts. Every once in awhile there are rings reflective of my creations. Dear God, I pray that my mind remain still so that I can hear you in every person and in every form of creation.

–Dr. Sheila Benjamin

In October of 1993 I moved from my homestate of Colorado to Springfield, Missouri. My sole intention was to study in the School of Metaphysics. I was uprooting my entire life because I wanted to study human consciousness and develop my own potential. The School of Metaphysics was the only education that seemed it would provide all that I was looking for. I have received all that I expected and much more. CA, St. Louis

Metaphysics always made sense to me, but I was at somewhat of a loss in knowing how to apply it to my life. I understood many of the concepts, but it was only when I began to learn to tie all of these concepts together than life really began to make sense for me. Having actually taught this process of self-discovery to many, many people is worth all of the money in the world because I know that I am making a difference in their lives and in the world. What more can a person ask for? DL, Indianapolis

Om. Shanti. Om. Peace.
I feel the Divine Vibration flowing through my body.
I smell the incense of burning wood and decaying leaves.
I hear the Divine Sound of rushing waters.
I perceive the Divine Light in the
Center of my Being.
I savor the Silence of the Divine Presence.
– Karen Low

Everything has been worth it. Every moment spent in meditation. Every moment shared with another seeker. Every service to aid someone in need. Every smile, embrace, thought. The world has changed because I have changed. I reach in every moment for the completeness of consciousness I know I am capable of– the superconsciousness that connect us all. When I fall short, I am free to perceive why and adjust, coming back into the Light. More and more I remain there. More and more I know I AM.

The Fourth Cycle of lessons introduces the student to the principles which cause the laws of the universe to function. The impetus from which the universe was initiated, the scientific big bang and spiritual creation, is the pouring of transcendent energy into arrangements of space and expansion through the field of time. As soon as this energy enters the field of time, it breaks into pairs of opposites of duality. The one becomes two. With two we discover three ways to relate; one dominates, or the other dominates, or the two are balanced. Thus the two opens the way to the three. Out of these three manners of relationship all things within the four quarters of space are derived and the multiplicity of creation is born. The revelation of consciousness pursued in this final series enables the many to become one.

Focusing on the origin of consciousness and its expression in the superconscious levels of mind, this series offers instruction in transcendent consciousness resulting in realization of the whole Self. Most people live but a fractional image of what exists. The quest to know what gives life, breadth, and depth culminates in the individual evolution as a creative center from which universes and all things come. Advanced instruction in meditation teaches the student to exist beyond vibratory creation, becoming the creator of vibration. The enlightened consciousness sees the diverse and the unity in everything, never losing the sense of form. Consciousness becomes reality for the master or mystic whether in waking or dream states. Knowing the secrets of visualization and the qualities of thought which govern higher energy transformation prepare the thinker to exist and live in all levels of consciousness simultaneously. The integration of awareness in every level of expression of energy produces the transcendent states characterized by the arousal of what is known in the East as Kundalini.

From the periodic chart of elements to the Biblical lineage of Adam to Jesus, from the DNA structure of the physical body to the mystical teachings of the Upanishads, this series explores quantum physics from its metaphysical origin. By uniting the precepts and reasoning of Western science with the yogic and intuitive teachings of the East, the student develops a universal consciousness of humanity’s shared purpose for existence.

When all requirements for this series are fulfilled, including an assigned thesis and a Doctoral dissertation, the candidate makes formal application for oral examinations. Upon successful completion, the Doctorate of Metaphysics degree is awarded by the Board of Governors.

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