Learn why faith in religious mythology and superstition is a trap.
The Mind Trap
A trap is something that prevents you from moving. It’s something concealed that stops you. They make a trap to capture prey or the unaware. The best type of mind trap is one that has no way out.
Circular Reasoning of Faith and Belief
The element of a circular argument is technically valid only when all the premises can be proven to be true. The correct form is: “A is true because B is true; B is true because A is true.” The circular form can be difficult to spot when the argument involves a long chain of premises.
So, the mind trap of circular reasoning is a narrow argument that is only correct when all premises in the argument are true. This is why it is the most common form of logical fallacy in religion. The subject matter of religion has its basis in mythology and superstition, for which there is no proof. Pick any of the major assertions of Western Religion. Look for the circular argument. Then look at each premise. This is how you spot the fallacy of their faith.
“Belief in things we can not prove require faith. So, faith masquerades as a place of comfort. Faith and belief require disbelief in all the facts that disproves their superstition and mythology. Belief and faith are the products of brainwashing. They are the mind trap of circular reasoning. Maintaining faith requires constant brainwashing.
Sometimes the brainwashing is this voluntary and self-inflicted and sometimes it comes through forced indoctrination. Both faith and belief are tactics of mind control. They are counterfeits that keep you wanting more. And neither are doorways to spiritual truth.” — Guru Tua
How to Find Spiritual Truth
Seeking the truth requires neither faith or belief. All spiritual truth is personal. You find truth looking within. You won’t find it following the stories of others. You won’t find in any sacred book. Seeking the truth requires an inward journey. You’ll be able to find it using the ancient spiritual technologies for expanding awareness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness.
There are a variety of systems of seated and moving meditation that can open up access to pure consciousness and break down barriers of perception. Using these tools is the essence of spiritual exploration. You learn these processes and then follow your heart and intuition. Then develop your own path. You decide on what you need. You decide how much, and when to do it and where.
Sometimes you can find these tools for opening perception cloaked in religious ideologies. But, be careful when investigating any religion. You must have the discretion and foresight not to get caught up in the mental traps of religion. Remember Faith is a trap. Belief is a trap.
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. 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.
Sadly, many people fall into the mind trap of faith and belief. Once they are in, it takes some work to get them out. Circular reasoning can be hard to break. You need to take them on a journey to search out the facts. The process of comparative analysis or comparative religious study is one of the best ways to approach this task.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia