“You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And, many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they fight to protect it.” — Morpheus, The Matrix
Don’t let this be you… Instead, embrace the idea of unplugging from the system. As long as you are part of the system you will not be ready to unplug. What is the system?
How to get Unplugged from the System
The system certainly includes your beliefs about reality. More importantly, it’s the beliefs you’ve been taught to protect. It’s the cultural narrative you’ve been sold. This is why you are not ready to unplug. However, your beliefs about reality are simply one of the symptoms of the system—the cultural narrative. And, more importantly, this is why you fight for the mythology behind the belief system. And, as long as you do so, you will never be ready to unplug from it. But, the mythology is nothing more than analogies, metaphors, and word pictures. That’s why it’s so important to question the cultural narrative. The cultural narrative uses some innocent communication tools. These tools include analogies, metaphors, word-pictures, and stories. We use these tools to help us talk about things when we don’t have a direct reference to the subject matter.
Imagine trying to explain to someone how to fall asleep and what it’s like to sleep for someone who has never slept. They would have no frame of reference for the consciousness we call sleep, they only know “awake.” You’d have to explain using things they could relate to that would help lead them to the state of consciousness outside of their frame of reference. So, it’s well worth some review of the tools that are used by the cultural narrative. These innocence communication tools are used to keep people plugged into religious ideologies. Many people are not ready to unplug from their cultural narrative. It’s well worth the time to review these tools.
An Analogy infers that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others and draws a comparison between things, in order to show a similarity in some respect, for example, the operation of a computer presents an interesting analogy to the working of the brain. Analogies play a significant role in problem-solving, decision making, perception, memory, creativity, emotion, explanation, and communication. Analogies help us with basic tasks such as the identification of places, objects, and people, for example, in face perception and facial recognition systems. It has been argued that analogy is at “the core of cognition”.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two or more things or ideas. An analogy should convey a concept or idea by way of a metaphorical word in place of some other word. For example: “Her eyes were like glistening jewels”.
A word-picture is a graphic or vivid verbal description of something that’s Important.
What’s important is not to confuse analogies, metaphors, and word-pictures with facts. Get yourself ready to see through these tools to the facts. The fact is, these are all simply fictional representations. By the way, many see the “Matrix” as an analogy, metaphor for religion. Some people think the Matrix is really a documentary of sorts. Perhaps it’s a literal reference.
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What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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