Everyone thinks they are open-minded. Many people fancy themselves, Freethinkers. What is a Freethinker? See if you are, or what you need to do to become one.
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
A Freethinker is someone who can identify the bias and prejudice in the cultural narrative. More importantly, they can leave this negative programming behind. They cultivate the use of logical reasoning and common sense. They improve their observational skills. This study results in a high level of intuitive and analytical reasoning.
- Can identify and avoid negative bias and prejudice in the cultural narrative
- Uses logic and reason as a basis thinking
- Makes decisions based on verifiable facts
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. We need more freethinkers who can do this. More Leaders who are open-minded and not persuaded by religious bias and prejudice.
The underlying elements of this level of perception are logical reasoning 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 judgments 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.
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.
If we are to shift perception, we must first fix the negative programming. This requires diligent and regular inner work. Inner work involves one or more consciousness-expanding techniques. 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, a Freethinker learns to train their brain. They study and practice the use of reason and logic. You don’t need advanced mathematics to understand when an argument is likely to be true or false. The world disparately needs more freethinkers in order to solve the complex problems of the modern society.
Practicing the use of inductive logic and other analytical methodologies associated will give you a huge edge in life. They refer to these processes as the scientific method.
What is the Scientific Method?
Science doesn’t care what you believe. The scientific method is a systematic way of exploring. It’s a process for investigating phenomena. We use it to acquire new knowledge, or correct and integrate previous knowledge. To be scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on empirical or measurable evidence. And, it must 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 for the 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 Become a Freethinker?
Learning to be open-minded requires a multidisciplinary approach. But, don’t worry. There are several processes you can use expanding awareness, increasing your critical thinking ability and even investigating other states of consciousness.
The application and practice of logic and logical tools is just one available aspect. The logical mind is just one of these technologies. Learning these skills of observation and analysis will help you see things more clearly. It will help 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 that 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 result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
The Results of Practicing Spiritual Technologies
When you practice these types of processes, you will discover several things about yourself. For example, the use of the Enneagram Personality Profile will show you the negative thinking processes of your mind. It will identify the programming that has effected your personality and instincts.
If you use the Comparative Analysis for the study of your religious beliefs you will discover the harmful programming of the cultural narrative. Here you will see how bias and prejudice are a part of religious sectarianism.
We hope you agree the world needs more Freethinkers 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.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Leo Tolstoy, Wikipedia