Modeling is part of how our minds work – we form inner pictures of things and how they work, and of how things connect together.
Modeling is essentially a way of simplifying complex situations so that we can handle them more easily and “get to grips with them” better. It is the essence of the scientific method, but there is no reason why we should not use it for modeling the spiritual – it is a very complex and confusing field, where we need all the help we can get. In fact, most of the theoretical spiritual teachings are composed mostly of models of different aspects of “reality”. For example, the articles I have written on the Constitution of Man and the Structure of Reality
There are a number of different viewpoints from which to construct these models
- traditional esoterics (theosophy)
- modern esoteric (Lucis trust, Alice A Bailey books)
- Christian and other Abrahamic religions
- Buddhist and Hindu
- Modern psychological
- New Age / mystical
- Postmodern / academic
In two of the pages I have made (the Constitution of Man and the Structure of Reality) I based the model on modern esoterics (Alice A Bailey). However, each type of religion and each flavour of psychology also contains a model of "man" and a model of "reality" and I think it would be interesting to bring these out into view where they are implicit in the viewpoint of that group.
As I develop the site more, I hope to return to this, as there are a number of different topics where we can do spiritual modelling, hopefully for all the different approaches above.
- personal relationship to God/soul/spirit
- structure of the person
- structure of external reality
and it may be interesting to compare the model implicit in the different religious and spiritual traditions, particularly the relationship of the self to the spiritual, which is expressed in very varied forms – as the soul, the spiritual, to a higher self, or to a teacher or God