My interest is in spirituality. Why should I enhance my critical thinking skills? Find out why.
The framework of spiritual exploration would seem to be an odd place for the study of critical thinking. However, critical thinking skills are essential for the serious “spiritual explorer”. These skills expand your awareness. Thus, helping you to avoid issues and overcome roadblocks in your path.
“Your life experience can only be as deep as your awareness.” — Bryant McGill
Logic reasoning is the core of critical thinking. So, enhancing these skills is essential to the field of spiritual exploration. Studying logical reasoning will help you avoid some of the most common issues in the arena of spirituality. We’ve put together a suite of tools that we use, logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacy and the logical axioms. These tools will enhance critical thinking enabling you to decern fact from fiction. Don’t overlook these tools.
Learn About Yourself
Everyone starts at a different place. Sorry, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. Even though everyone has their own way of expanding their awareness and “awakening” there are several tools that can be used which will enable you to be effective in this endeavor of spiritual exploration.
First things first. Find out about the place where you are starting. We each have our own unique world-view or paradigm. This is shaped by a number of factors which provide the filter through which we perceive. Our perception isn’t just about the physical world, it also includes our thought life. Learning about the default settings of our paradigm is the first step in enhancing your critical thinking skills. You need to understand the “thought scripts,” values and assumptions that you currently are using to filter everything. Many people think they don’t think you have any “filters” through which you view reality. This is, of course, a false judgment about your psyche which you will immediately dispel the use of our first recommend tool, The Enneagram Personality Profile and Instinctual Test.
The Enneagram Personality Profile
The Enneagram is a simple but effective set of test questions that will enable you to define your unique default personality and instinctual stack. Most people live fixated by this default setting because they haven’t had the opportunity to learn about the value scripts these settings have on our lives if we don’t “chose” to venture beyond them. There are several versions of the Enneagram which has been refined over the years. When people initially take the Enneagram test and review their chapter which then goes on to describe themselves in intimate detail it is often a eureka experience. If you are honest with the test you suddenly find that you can identify with the automatic thought processes and innate value judgments of your default personality and instinctual variants.
The initial purpose of the Enneagram is to show you that much of your self-talk and value judgments are tools of the mind. However, you have other choices and you more tools than you thought possible. The big takeaway for the beginning stages of this critical thinking process is to learn that you are NOT your default personality you are the “Observer.” The real “You” is the entity you are talking to inside your head. The Enneagram Personality Profile is an intellectual approach, using the analytical ability of the mind, to learn that the mind, the personality, and our instincts are not who we are, they are tools that link consciousness with our body.
How the Enneagram Enhances your Critical Thinking
Other tools provide an “experience” of this revelation. While the Enneagram shows the connections between personality, instinct, and our thoughts. Thus, demonstrating how our thoughts and values are a part of our default settings. So, the Enneagram Personality Profile and Instinctual variant tests are one the first tools. This definitely enhances critical thinking ability.
What you learn from understanding how your personality works also helps you understand how others use its basic drivers to influence and control how you think, what you think and how you ascribe value judgments on almost everything. If you learn how you can be manipulated by your personalities basic fears then you can spot the attempts to manipulate.
Once you have determined how your personality and instinctual stack then you are ready to employ the second set of “logical tools.” The second step is to study the use of argument as it relates to inductive and deductive logic. Learning to identify a fallacy within an argument is a life-changing, lifesaving tool. When you can see the facts from the fiction you won’t be manipulated to accepting spurious or unsubstantiated propositions. The landscape of spirituality is littered with bogus claims, but they work because people buy the false argument.
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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