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Newly-formed Metaphysical Society
exploring all things ‘beyond the physical'
By Kathryn Lucariello, Carroll County News Thursday,
February 23, 2006
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EUREKA SPRINGS - In its simplest sense, the term “metaphysics,” coined
by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, means “beyond the physical,” and that
is the core subject matter of a new group that recently formed in Eureka
Springs: the Arkansas Metaphysical Society.
Started by three members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist,
otherwise known in Eureka Springs as the Christian Science Society and
Reading Room, the metaphysical society is a separate, non-related group
that meets weekly to discuss whatever metaphysical topics come up.
Jim Young, Marsha Havens and Carol Peacock said they were sitting
around one evening talking about spiritual subjects and realized they
“wished for opportunities to talk more and with others,” Carol said.
Thus the idea for the Arkansas Metaphysical Society was born.
Carol said the purpose of the group is to “further explore
consciousness, the opportunity for a group of individuals to enlighten
each other with their own ideas and results of explorations.”
“Getting together with people is inspiring, individually and
collectively,” said Marsha. “It's exciting, delving into areas we haven't
“It's inspiration, insight and enlightenment,” Jim said.
The three said metaphysics informs everything they do, from Marsha's
starting her Eureka Thyme gallery with 100 inspired artists who magnify
the sense of divinely inspired love, to Carol's inspired paintings, to
Jim's photography and writing.
Topics in the group arise spontaneously and range from the meaning of
evil, to how thoughts create reality, to spiritual healing. Group members
have suggested future topics such as soul retrieval, metaphysical healing
and the Akashic Records.
A fundamental principle of the discussions, however, is that a person's
experience is a matter of perception.
“Metaphysics is a very simple shift in perspective,” Jim said. “Someone
hollers at you, and you can say, ‘They abused me,' or you can say, ‘That
person is crying for help.'”
“Metaphysics is how we interpret actions, also,” Marsha said. “One
person can think a roller coaster is fun and exciting; another can think
it's stressful and bad.”
Participants come from all walks of life and a variety of healing and
spiritual backgrounds, among them chiropractic, massage therapy, Eastern
mysticism, Reiki healing, inspired art and those from traditional
“Those in the group have an insatiable curiosity, an openness, a thirst
for understanding, and maturity of great magnitude,” Jim said.
“There's an openness and trust among all these people and they're
letting out their true feelings with no fear of doing that,” Carol said.
“We are all each other's teachers,” said Marsha.
The group meets every Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the
Christian Science Society at 68 West Mountain in Eureka Springs. All are
For more information, call Ronnie Young at 479-253-5065.