Everyone thinks they are open-minded. A lot people fancy themselves Freethinkers. What is a Freethinker? See if you are, or if you can get there.
This is a self-test. Try it yourself. See if you reach the level of thinking proposed in the following definition.
Some people think the guidelines are impossible. If this is your conclusion, then you are right. You are not in a place where you can move beyond the boundaries of the programming of the cultural narrative. Many people are in this situation. Groupthink manipulation prevents you from the possibility of thinking beyond bias and prejudice.
However, if you think the guidelines are possible, then you are also right. It is possible to break the shackles of the cultural narrative.
What is a Freethinker?
This is someone who can see the bias and prejudice in the cultural narrative. More importantly, they can leave this negative programming behind. They cultivate the use of logical reasoning common sense. They improve their observational skills. This study results in a high level of intuitive and analytical reasoning.
The underlying elements of this level of perception are reason and common sense. Here again, if you ask most people, they would say I use common sense. But do they really?
The definition of reason and common sense are becoming fuzzy. We only see what we expect. And, if we are under the influence of the cultural narrative, we reflect its bias and prejudice. So, we assume a lot of things that are not factual. They are value judgements on a sliding scale.
For instance, ask a group of people if they are law-abiding citizens. 100% will answer yes. But then ask them if they went over the speed limit in the last week? Most people break some man-made law at least once a day.
Leo Tolstoy is the first to use the term and define it.
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…” ― Leo Tolstoy
So, being able to think with more clarity is about moving beyond the cultural narrative. But, this isn’t easy to do.
Why are there so few Freethinkers?
People live under the constant bombardment of propaganda. We are constantly being programmed not to think in terms of common sense or logic.
So, it is hard to shift perception unless you diligently and regularly apply one of the consciousness technologies of meditation or contemplation. Stepping outside of the programmed messages, suspending our constant internal chatter is like a reset button for the mind.
The Mind is a Muscle
The mind is like a muscle. It needs to be training to be strong. People do resistance training to build the strength of their muscles. So, what is a Freethinker? It is someone who trains their brain. They study and practice the use of reason and logic. You need not have the knowledge of advanced mathematics to understand when an argument is likely to be true or false.
Practicing the use of inductive logic and other analytical methodologies associated will give you a huge edge in life. They refer these processes to as the scientific method.
What is the Scientific Method?
Science doesn’t care what you believe. The scientific method is a process for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. We can describe this process in six steps:
- Make an observation
- Record and communicate the observation accurately as possible
- Form questions concerning what we observe to find out more
- Form a hypothesis based on the evidence and what it could mean
- Conduct an experiment
- Analyze the data and draw conclusions.
These Six Steps either confirm the hypothesis or lead us to more questions. The ability to make good observations is also essential to for development of other skills.
Although procedures vary from one field of inquiry to another, they share the same features of the process above.
So, here’s the process that will help you find the facts from the fiction. Study and use of logical reasoning, logical axioms and tools for spotting logical fallacy. These are the antidotes for the sickness within our cultural narrative.
Want to Join the Freethinkers?
Learning to be a Freethinker includes several processes we call “spiritual technologies”. These are process for expanding awareness and investigating other states of consciousness.
The application and practice of logic and logical tools is just one aspect that is available. The logical mind is just one of these technologies.Learning these skills of observation and analysis will enable you to see reality without overt prejudice and judgment. You probably won’t be able to eliminate 100%. But, you can get close. It’s a perspective which allows you to investigate ideas outside of your world-view.
Freethinkers have a unique ability to suspend the programming of the natural mind to see only what it expects to see or understand. They don’t automatically fear what they don’t understand. Or, fear ideas outside of their paradigm. They can see the mechanisms behind customs, beliefs, and paradigm boundaries of all types that others simply cannot. This is a skill you too can cultivate. It’s well worth the time because it will open doors to move beyond the programming you’ve accumulated living in our modern culture.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They will help to free your mind. These tools result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
What is a Freethinker? Are you one? Do you want to be one? Are you on the way? We hope you are. And, if you not that you are on your way to becoming one. The world needs more people who are open-minded thinkers.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Leo Tolstoy, Wikipedia