How is Spiritual exploration different from religion? This is a good question and, the answer may surprise you.
What Makes Spiritual Exploration Different
So, how is spiritual exploration different from religion? The simple answer; spiritual exploration is the use of processes versus religion is about belief.
Spiritual exploration is the application of processes. These are tools for expanding awareness and reaching higher states of consciousness. Whereas, religion is mythology and belief systems typically centering on a supreme being and afterlife doctrine.
Above all, the processes of spiritual exploration result from eons of pioneering research. This research was central to the community of many ancient cultures. Their practical research culminates in repeatable processes that work. Think of these processes like following a recipe, like baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right order, the result is something delicious. All you need to do is to follow the recipe. What’s more many of these processes provide measurable physiological data such as reducing heart rate, and increasing brainwave coherence.
Where Did These Processes Come From?
You can find these tools all around the world. For instance, Shamanism in one form or another show up is on every continent. And, you’ll find several meditative practices from Eastern cultures. For instance, Japa Meditation is from India and healing arts like Reiki come from Japan. There are also some processes from the Western cultural tradition, like The Enneagram Profile. Above all, the cultures focus on safeguarding this valuable knowledge. Thus, preserving the integrity of processes. The actions of these cultures help to raise the consciousness of man.
Some of these technologies have gone through a marketing re-branding effort. This makes them more ease to market. For example, you can find creative visualization or guided meditation techniques across many Western paradigms. These processes have their roots in the Shamanic traditions.
All of the above processes represent a significant body of consciousness development tools. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe them. They are the time-tested tools for altering, expanding and opening higher states of awareness.
What Are Spiritual Technologies?
There are many ways to list these processes. We like this simplified method. Some of these technologies could be in more than one category:
- First, the study of logical reasoning. This includes deductive and inductive reasoning along with companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. These tools sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important tool is The Enneagram Personality Profile. This tool enables us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. It’s also an important doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Centering exercises through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, this progression includes several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi, Tei Ke.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways of Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several Healing modalities, such as Pejut, Reiki, and Shiatsu.
What about Western Religion?
Western mythology includes the Abrahamic religions (The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). These belief systems are really combinations of earlier Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian and Babylonian traditions.
For many people, these belief systems are their personal identity. In other words, they willingly submit their ability to question or reason over to the power of groupthink manipulation. After all, religious doctrine is an effective control mechanism. The Abrahamic religions have enormous social reach. Almost every culture around the world feels their influence and effects either directly or indirectly. Some cultures are completely in their control. These religions can control every aspect of life. Religious devotes have three main concerns:
- Above all, mandatory membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being, (God or Gods)
- The justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
- Require belief in the afterlife, or life after death with either rewards or punishment
These concerns have little in common with the processes of spiritual exploration.
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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