Food For Thought: Schema Applications
Living consciously requires the application of the idea of Schema.
Schema derives from the greek word Skhema, with a long ee, and it is the base for the word Schemata later developing to Schematic. Schema defined technically is a representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model. This definition alone is immensely useful in the pursuit of conscious life.
Outlining is always a good habit for planning and developing anything. From writing to movies, outlines have been an idea used over the years to get a basic idea of where everything fits. For example, the Constitution of the United States acts as an outline for how to govern and what laws can be legislated. We can extend this notion by applying a personal Constitution of sorts. This can be mental or physical, but it should govern your action in every situation and should act as a filter for your thoughts.
Creating this personal Constitution can lead to many advancements of one self. For one, you can learn about your body, soul, and mind. But you can also place reasonable restrictions on yourself, giving and it you something of a guide down your own, personal Neo-Monastic life.
Kantianism, or Kantian Philosophy, was started by a man named
Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher born in Prussia. The ethics in Kantian Philosophy are based around duty rather than emotions or end goals. Schema in relation to these principles is the conception of what is common to all members of a class; a general or essential type or form. This can get tricky to apply, but I think it is important to note that there are a few types or forms persistent in humans as a whole. The goal of a monastic is to get away from that form (which as a Christian I usually perceive as the non-spiritual side or the Gentile), so applying the Kantian philosophy of Schema becomes simple. Recognize that as a human we generally follow a form or type of non-spiritual and generally self-centered, or at least concerned with the well being of self over some or all others, and then after recognition you take steps to achieve a life not centered on yourself and in a more spiritual manner you can live.
The Kantian philosophy in no way was mentioned to support racism, or any other kind of hatred or bigotry against what someone might call classes or groups of people. This application of Schema was meant for entirely spiritual purposes — whatever religion, philosophy, or any other distinction you might identify with.
Schema, while a relatively unknown word as far as the demographic I have interacted with before, is a very strong principle. This simple redefinition of position and different forms and shapes can mean great change spiritually, becoming one of the many steps a new monastic can take to be more spiritual in every day life.