Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Expanding Awareness

Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Expanding Awareness

Find out how these processes fulfill your inner spiritual quest.  See how you can create your own path.

The Origins of Spiritual Exploration

There are two layers to this topic.  First, the origins of the processes.  Second, how we use them in our organization.

The origins of the processes we use come from sources all over the world.  We call these processes spiritual technologies.  Some, like the Shamanic Journey, are from indigenous cultures.  Many forms of meditation come from Eastern traditions. Analytical processes like the Enneagram Personality Profile have origins in the East and the West, and it is still being refined.  The process we call comparative analysis is a scientific method for comparative religious studies.

Next, the origins of our organization, Seeker Project 4 Spiritual Exploration.  We started in the late 1070s as a way of collaborating and sharing research on self-development. Our focus is on sharing these tools of consciousness exploration.

Since no one person could investigate all the mind-expanding techniques available, we divided up the research.  Afterward, we met to discuss, share analyze our research findings.  We identified those methods that are sound and beneficial using the scientific method as a guide.

We identified similarities in the training methods of the most effective methods.  And, we discovered that many progressions work well together.  This enabled us to combine the training so that people could learn several processes together.  The result is the blended learning model of spiritual technologies.  It’s important to realize that we did not change any of the methods. We just fit them together in a way so they have the besting learning outcomes.  This model enables people from any background to learn these tools of self-development.

Explaining the Terms

When we discuss this topic, we are talking about processes for exploring higher states of consciousness and expanding awareness.  We call these processes spiritual technologies. Let’s define the main terms we use to describe what we do. This will clarify how we use the terms.

Spiritual Exploration

The word spiritual has a wide scope of meaning.  Spiritual and spirituality relate to all subjects concerning the spirit, the soul, and our nature.

We use this word for two main reasons.  First to honor the pioneers of awareness exploration.  The focus of many cultures was on exploring the mind, awareness, and consciousness.  These early researchers use “spiritual language” to convey these tools.

Secondly, we use the term spiritual to keep the training pure in its original form.  It is practical to keep the teachings intact using the original terminology.  Keeping the original form of the language maintains the integrity of the processes. Besides, there is no need to change what already works.

The word exploration is much easier to define.  Exploration is the act of traveling and learning about unexplored territory.  I think you’d agree exploring the thread of consciousness in the mind is an exciting opportunity.  In fact, this is probably the least explored territory for “modern man”.  Many people are drawn to the inner quest, and this by its very nature is the realm of the spiritual.   The unknown is the impetus for discovery.  So, the term spiritual exploration is a way of describing what we do.

Expanding Awareness

The term expanding is fairly straightforward.  It means to increase something.  When we are talking about awareness, it generally refers to an increase in our ability to perceive or learn.  We can experience the expansion of awareness in quantum leaps or small increments.  For example, a quantum leap is the eureka moment we have when we grasp the way a mathematical formula works. An Incremental expansion would be when we recognize we can remember more of our dreams when we sleep.

Awareness is a word that is synonymous with consciousness.  It is the capacity to know or our ability to perceive.  Consciousness is also synonymous with spirit.

We use terms like expanding awareness and exploring consciousness to describe the results of spiritual exploration.  This is because these processes enable us to explore the depth of our consciousness.  However, you could refer to these methods in a number of ways.  For instance, you could call it researching awareness, the investigation of human potential, a survey of the parameters perception, methods of studying cognition, etc.

We think expanding awareness is a good way to describe the growth of perception that comes with the use of these processes.  Exploring consciousness is a good way to describe almost every type of meditative process.

We’ve covered how we use the term spiritual exploration. Now let’s look at the specific processes that make up this interesting body of knowledge.

Spiritual Technologies

spiritual technologies

These tools 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.

In Conclusion

We hope you practice some of these spiritual technologies.  There are links on this page that will help you discover many processes that you can use to develop your own path.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. To find out more about our organization, see our page FAQ.

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 own path.

References

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

 

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