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There is a great divide in our modern world. The common notion is that faith and spirituality have absolutely no relation to science and fact. This wasn't always the case, however, as science and spirituality were once taught as the same subject. While advances in modern science and medicine shouldn't be discounted, empirical science can only explain a portion of our existence in this universe. There are so many questions that neither science nor faith alone can answer that it becomes clear that a synthesis of these two disciplines is needed to gain a true understanding of the universe.Metaphysics is, in essence, a philosophical study of the universe, its origins and its purpose. It seeks to explain the mysteries of life, the interconnectedness of all things and the true purpose of an individual's existence without the need to discount scientific fact. This is possibly the most important thing to understand about the study of metaphysics as the word, itself, literally means "beyond physics". It offers answers to those questions that even the most brilliant scientific minds have failed to find with empirical study alone.Most people have a feeling that there is more to the universe than what we can see, hear and touch. This is completely natural and is inherent to the human experience. Most people can't deny that there are certain experiences and coincidences in life that simply cannot be explained away by modern scientific notions of probability and chance. The key to understanding the unseen forces that influence our lives is stepping beyond what is accepted by empirical science and expanding the thought processes we use to determine the best course of action in life.