Does the topic of spiritual awakening resonate with you? Do you wonder about mystical or spiritual things? Or, have you had some type of spiritual experience? Some people believe that “spiritual awakening” is one of the main purposes of life.
“Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in a man’s life, and it is the sole purpose of being.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Spiritual Awakening Defined
Most importantly, spiritual awakening is a change in the way we view reality. It is moving beyond ordinary states of waking, dreaming and sleeping. It is a “Eureka” experience involving the altering, expanding and achieving higher states of consciousness.
Many people desire the experience defined above, but don’t know to find it. So, it is often a choice between two different paths, Spirituality in Western traditions and Spiritual Awakening in Eastern Traditions. There are two major paths which one may travel if seeking a spiritual awakening. Learn to choose the correct path and not be afraid to change it. Next, we’ll look at these two paths.
Spirituality in Western Traditions
First, the concept of spirituality in the Abrahamic religions (The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) is much different from the awakening experience we just described. Following doctrine and the afterlife are their main concerns. Doctrines are laws, rules, and guidelines telling us what we should value and believe. Consequently, these systems are not concerned with exploring or developing awareness or consciousness.
Spiritual Awakening in Eastern Traditions
Secondly, in general, the focus of Eastern religions (Eastern religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism Confucianism, and Animistic Indigenous Traditions) is the development of consciousness and connection. This contrasted with the Abrahamic traditions concerns. Many of Eastern traditions are the storehouses of ancient knowledge we call “spiritual technologies.” It is primarily these traditions which have diligently guarded the processes for expanding awareness and opening the doors of higher states of consciousness.
Pathways of Spiritual Awakening
As mentioned above, many people find spiritual awaking through the direct application of spiritual technologies. Here is one way to list or categorize them. Some could actually be in more than one category
Many people don’t understand that spiritual exploration is at the opposite end of the spectrum from religion. Spiritual exploration has nothing to do with doctrine or dogma. It involves the application of spiritual tools/technologies to expand awareness and open the doors of consciousness. These spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science as having repeatable common experiential phenomena.
There are many ways to list these processes. We like this simplified method. Some of these technologies could 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.
Sadly, there are many people who not want to become awake. They don’t want to know what lies beyond the five senses.
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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