- Parent: Religion
The Cyclopt people have come to the belief that the gods themselves are just outward projections of the people who worship them. While they do not necessarily reject the idea of a deity, many of them believe that there is a presence in all things. This, they claim, is why magic works.
Instead of elaborate festivals and the trappings of cultic practice, they opt instead for a more “simple” contemplative approach. They wish to open the mind to deeper and deeper truths regarding the nature of the self, the world, and the relationship between the two. For in learning more about this relationship, one can manipulate reality in ever increasing fundamental ways.
But there are a variety of philosophical schools that focus their thoughts and meditations on particular aspects of reality.
Empty Eye: This school focuses its attention on emptiness, darkness, the void. Many meditations will be performed while blinded temporarily or permanently. The highest sages of this school remove their eyes in the hopes of learning the deepest mysteries of the universe.
Closed Eye: Focusing on dreams, sleep, and personal awareness, the practitioners of the Closed Eye enter into a trance to contemplate the internal self. The students of this order will use blindfolds in their meditations. The highest sages of this school enter into the trance permanently and actually would be considered sleepwalking.
Open Eye: Focusing on external perception, the present, and truth, practitioners of the Open Eye philosophy focus their attention on the here and now. They strive for ultimate perception of the reality they are currently experiencing. Their meditations typically involve an open eye and mudras (ritualized hand motions). The greatest sages of this philosophy remove their eyelid.
Eye Forward, Eye Behind: This particular school attempts to learn about the present in relation to past and future events. Their meditations are actually divination rituals where the subject either goes into the past or the future. The highest practitioners of this philosophy enter into a state where they become insubstantial as they exist in the past, present, and future at the same time.