“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” ― Brian Cox
This is “the tool” that connects our awareness to this reality. Consciousness is a marvelous tool which supports several states of awareness, from normal waking, sleeping and dreaming to altered or higher states. It’s a tool made for exploring. It takes us to a number of questions. Most importantly, who or what is doing the exploring? Is it “me” doing the exploring? Or, is it much more? Could it be our consciousness is really the ‘cosmos made conscious‘ in order to explore this realm in a unique way? Or is it both? Or, are both the same? Are we the cosmos exploring ourselves?
Different states of consciousness like rooms in a mansion
Here’s an analogy to help explore these questions. Think of consciousness like a mason with many rooms. Most people have access to the first three of the rooms in this mansion, waking, sleeping, and dreaming states. Each of these states of consciousness has unique physiological, psychological, and experiential parameters.
However, there are at least four other main rooms in this mansion with equally unique characteristics. These special suites include pure or transcendental consciousness, witnessing, god consciousness, and unity consciousness. Some people refer to these four rooms as “higher” states of consciousness, because the experiential bandwidth increases with each step. And, some mansions have even more additional rooms. In the same way, some large estates have additional guest houses/suites or specialized spaces like libraries, garages, etc.
Some people need tools and some do not
The philosophers and “spiritual scientists” of the ancient past devised techniques to assist us in accessing these additional rooms of consciousness. There are also those that have a natural ability to access these additional rooms without the aide of a key. These people are known as Seers, Shamans, Mystics, Prophets, or Witches. Whether the ability to access these extra rooms of consciousness is natural or learned, the purpose is always the same … spiritual exploration.
Generally speaking, most people do not have the ability to access these other rooms— with the aide of instruction. Think of this like using a key to enter a room. The reason is simple. When we are born, we only need the basic three states of consciousness to orient our Being to this identity in this reality. Most of us could not handle the extra bandwidth from these other states when we are just orienting ourselves to the confines of our human nature. However, for our being to understand the full range of experience, it makes sense to utilize these other doors of consciousness once we gain a certain level of familiarity and maturity. Unfortunately, some never go beyond the default set of three rooms.
Realizing You are The Cosmos Made Conscious
Many ancient cultures endeavored eons to fine-tune the processes to optimize how and when to introduce these techniques are taught. For that reason, these consciousness expanding processes are highly effective learning strategies. This is a very efficient and practical way of ensuring the best learning outcomes. The processes assess the readiness of the individual then employ multiple dissemination methods. Throughout the learning process, there are frequent quality checks to ensure the individual’s understanding and use of the techniques. It’s what we both recommend and use in our own blended learning process.
Every day we are awake, we should say, “thank you for this wonderful gift of consciousness! Join us on the path of spiritual exploration using the ancient wisdom of the spiritual technologies past down through the generations. This is where you’ll find the experience of “cosmos made conscious“. You’ll understand how our life is the Universe is understanding itself. And, perhaps understand what a wonderful spiritual experiment we are all a part of. You can explore this concept experientially through a number of ancient processes we call spiritual technologies.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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