The mind trap of faith and belief when circular reasoning rules

The Mind Trap of Faith and Belief

See why circular reasoning becomes the trap of faith and belief.  Then learn how to get out of this prison and set your mind free.

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 those who are unaware.  The best type of mind trap is one that has no way out.

Nothing is more confining than the boundaries we place in the mind.  We can only perceive what the mind allows.  We can only accept what the mind allows.  The mind is a trap when people confuse fiction and facts.  When you mistake the analogies and stories of mythology for factual events and people you create artificial boundaries.

Then once you create these boundaries based on mythology, the mind will defend them.

You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe. ― Carl Sagan

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. This is especially true when the argument involves a long chain of premises.
So, the mind trap of circular reasoning is a narrow argument. It 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.

Faith Masquerades As Comfort

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 belief and faith 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 does not use faith and belief. You find truth looking by looking within.  You won’t find it following the stories of others.  You won’t find it 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.

Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.  — Osho

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

Spiritual technologies are proven methods for exploring consciousness.  They are processes that can change or expand our awareness.  Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness.  In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change.  These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.

These tools stand up to the test of science.  That’s because they are repeatable.  Several produce measurable changes in our physiology.  It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.

Spiritual exploration does not involve belief in a religion.  This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process.  It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious.  The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.

There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups.  You could list some of these tools in more than one group.

    • Analytical Tools
    • Meditation
    • Awareness Expansion Tools
    • Healing Practices

Analytical Tools

The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest.  This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly.  In turn, this helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.

Logical Reasoning

The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly.  This keeps them fresh in our minds.

We use a set of three related tools.  The first tool is Logical reasoning.  This article summarizes logic.  It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies.  This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies.   The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together.

Comparative Analysis

Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model.  It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.

This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews.  Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks.  It helps us 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 fact from fiction.  So, these aren’t just for research.  You’ll find a use for these tools every day.  Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.

The Enneagram of Personality

The Enneagram of Personality is a tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct.  Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram with its nine processes of consciousness.

The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires.  If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate profile of our personality. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool.  The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs.  It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding.  It will lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.

Meditation

When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation.  Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.  The practice of meditation is now common knowledge.  Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices.  This includes a range of tools from basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM).  And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.  It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Moving Meditation

Moving meditation is action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection.  Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness.  This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi.  It also includes Forest Bathing.

Awareness Expansion Tools

This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception.  This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.  Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows.  This is your best coach.  It also includes exercises like automatic writing.  You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list separately because of their importance to awareness.

Shamanic Journey

The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology.  This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures.  It serves as evidence to the historical importance of the inner quest.

There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula.  Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing.  Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey. A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world.   However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.

This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand.  They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable.  So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.

Healing Practices

The last group is healing practices.  This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet from Indonesia, or Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan.  Vedic medicine is also available along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group.  Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.

Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest.  Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.

In Conclusion

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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References

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

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