How to start
An introduction to Veritas
The Veritas Society is a community which discusses, studies, teaches, and learns the metaphysical arts. We permit and encourage many different approaches, or paradigms, to the metaphysical arts here. This results in a community with many different views, with interaction between the arts, and with sharing of ideas between the arts.
Our community has three major components, a set of discussion forums, an IRC chat room, and the Veritas wiki. The discussion forums contain the majority of community interaction, and provide a mechanism for asking questions, discussing topics, or getting feedback. The chat room allows more rapid interaction, as well as live practice sessions. The discussion there will depend on which members are watching the screen when you arrive. The Veritas wiki has a large number of wiki pages describing topics in the metaphysical arts, containing references to more information, and containing learning guides such as this one.
The metaphysical arts
The metaphysical arts are any of the arts or practices which deal with the direct interaction between the inner mind and the external world. Some interested newcomers arrive unsure whether or not such things as this actually exist, or have confusions about what they are based on representations in media. In this case, the first thing you should know is that yes, these arts are real, and they describe realistic and objectively observable phenomena. Science has thoroughly proven the existence of the metaphysical arts beyond astronomical odds to anyone interested in looking into the evidence of this. Not only that, but the abilities of the metaphysical arts are experienced and clearly observed by practitioners on a regular basis.
It can also be helpful to discard impressions about the metaphysical arts that you've gained from books, television, movies, and games. Representations in media are designed to be overly colorful and dramatic. The metaphysical arts have the potential to be extremely potent and life-changing, but they also require much practice.
Choosing a path
Three of the major categories, or paradigms, of the metaphysical arts are Psi, the Body Energy Arts, and Magick. To help you decide which paradigm interests you most, you can read the article Should I Study Psi, Magick, or Chi.
Starting in psi
Click on Psi articles for an index of articles arranged to help you begin your study in this paradigm. If you have any questions, please visit the psi discussion forum. For a complete list of Veritas articles on psi, click here.
Starting in magick
Click on Magick articles for an index of articles arranged to help you begin your study in this paradigm. If you have any questions, please visit the magick discussion forum. For a complete list of Veritas articles on magick, click here.
Starting in chi
Click on Body Energy Arts articles for an index of articles arranged to help you begin your study in this paradigm. If you have any questions, please visit the body energy arts discussion forum. For a complete list of Veritas articles on the body energy arts, click here.
Getting more assistance
Veritas currently has two programs designed to give you more assistance, or more structured and formalized learning. The first of these programs is the Mentoring Program, which matches students with more experienced members with similar interests who can help guide their learning, provide some structure to their learning, and answer questions that arise from reading and practice of the arts.
Our second program for more formalized learning is the Veritas Courses. In the Veritas courses, a Veritas teacher guides instruction through a specific syllabus with lectures, discussion, and practice exercises. The courses are designed to be fairly thorough and comprehensive over their subject area, and as such, require a more serious commitment than study by other methods. To ensure this commitment, membership in the courses is available by filling out an application form. To apply for a Veritas course, watch the news section of the Main Page for announcement that a new course is beginning, for description of the scope of that course, and for application instructions.