Begin Questioning the Cultural Narrative — The Starting Point to Freedom

Begin Questioning the Cultural Narrative — The Starting Point to Freedom

The starting point to freedom is to begin questioning the cultural narrative you have been sold. — Bryant McGill

Freedom is the basis for a healthy society.   There are many levels or types of freedom.  It all begins with freedom of thought.  The next level is freedom of expression.  Once we have the freedom to speak and express ideas, then it can grow into the freedom of behavior. Healthy freedom does not interfere or harm others. Healthy freedom does not show favoritism or sectarianism.

When corruption and favoritism exist, not everyone can be free.   This is why we should not blindly accept the fairy tales that are presented as facts by the culture.  We should be skeptical and doubtful.  This is the only way to expose and right the wrongs of an unjust system.

Begin Questioning

Questioning the cultural narrative is the starting point to freedom.  Some see this as the first step of the awakening process.  It requires courage and personal resolve.  You will encounter resistance as you start questioning the stories we are told.  People protect their ideas about our culture.  So, if you are outspoken you may become marginalized and isolated from your current circle of friends.  Your family may distance themselves or even reject you.  Once you start questioning the cultural narrative, people will notice.

People protect their cultural narrative or national folklore. They believe the narrative even if they don’t know the facts. Investigating the facts can be a difficult undertaking.   In some cultures, you may even put yourself in physical danger.  As a heretic or an outcast, you may find it the path of solitude is the best and only option. However, you will find that freedom is worth the cost.

Questioning the Cultural Narrative

questioning the cultural narrative and national folklore

Critical thinking is based on a foundation of logic. This is part of a holistic approach for developing the mind, body, and spirit.  Enhancing your critical thinking also includes doing what’s right for your health.  That means every day can be a starting point to freedom.

Logical Reasoning

To begin questioning the cultural narrative, you need the right tools.  We recommend starting with the study of logical reasoning.  This will give you a foundation of understanding of deductive and inductive logic. It gives an understanding of the correct use of these types of arguments and premises.  They help us understand how language is used to sell us everything from products to ideologies.

Next, we recommend the study of two other related mental tools, spotting logical fallacy and logical axioms.  The tool for spotting logical fallacy outlines the common misuse of logic.  The logical axioms help us spot other ploys and tactics that can deceive or mislead us.

Another important tool for questioning the cultural narrative is comparative analysis.

Comparative Analysis

A comparative analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious research.  It is based on the scientific model.  It’s a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews and religions. This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews.  Here we also learn why is it so important to use emotional checks.  It helps to research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.

Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.  So, these aren’t just for research.  You’ll find a use for these tools every day.  Besides their use of religion, politics these tools are helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.

Emotional Checks

An emotional check is a process to assess emotional equilibrium.  It helps to minimize the effects that our emotions have on our ability to assess and analyze data.  Stopping to assess ensures we minimize internal bias.

Any time you engage in spiritual research, we recommend the use of emotional checks.  This is a process to help you stay as unbiased as possible.

Emotional checks will reduce stress and increase the accuracy of our research. So, think of it as a safety net.  It will catch us when we fall into emotional distress. This is because when we face ideas conflicting with our current opinion, it creates a dilemma.  We instinctively react to protect our sacred ground.  You don’t want to research while in a state of distress.

Starting Point to Freedom

When we begin questioning the national folklore, one thing we discover is how much effort they spend on denying our spiritual side.  The cultural narrative suppresses and demonizes information about anything that threatens their control.  This could not be more true than the way it promotes the counterfeit worldviews which distract us from the inner journey.

We are creatures who have an undeniable drive to explore the unknown. But, the national folklore does not support this quest. It presents us with the counterfeit of Western organized religion.  These are the religions of Semitic origin, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.  There are many varieties within the Abrahamic religions.  They all sell a version of the afterlife as a way of diverting us from exploring the unknown existential fear of death.   There is a more direct way to explore the unknown. We call this approach spiritual exploration using a variety of spiritual technologies.

Spiritual Technologies

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.

Critical Thinking

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. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
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

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.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the 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

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, 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.

Questioning the Cultural Narrative

Begin questioning everything; government, religion, cultural standards, commercial practices on all levels. This will bring about the real independence of thought, even if you cannot fully exercise it in all actions. Many people undertake this journey solo or with others on the same mission.

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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.

References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia

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