Spiritual Exploration is the practice of processes for expanding awareness and opening the doors to other states of consciousness.
These processes we term, spiritual technologies can be divided into categories, although some of these ancient technologies could be included in more than one. Spiritual exploration can any of the following, in any combination. They all work together often complementing one another.
Spiritual Exploration is Consciousness Development
We find everyone has their own way of awakening and developing. We have a number of spiritual gifts just waiting to be discovered. There are a number of spiritual tools or technologies for developing your potential. These tools come from cultures around the globe. We call the processes in these traditions “spiritual technologies”. They are tools for exploring consciousness and investigating higher states of consciousness. This is the essence of spiritual exploration.
Above all these tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And, higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They are different from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process correctly.
Additionally, you’ll see similarities in our approach in other schools of thought. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to investigate and adopt what was already proven effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
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.
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