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Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Exploring Consciousness

One of the most common questions is about the origins of spiritual exploration.  It’s a term that describes the mission and legacy of our organization.  So, let’s see if we can clarify.

The Origins of Spiritual Exploration

Breaking Down the Terms

To make things easier let’s break down each word separately.  This will help us clarify how we use the terms.

Spiritual

Admittedly, the word spiritual can be somewhat confusing. This is because it has a wide scope of meaning.  Spiritual and spirituality relate to all subject matter concerning the spirit and the soul.

Many people confuse spiritual and spirituality with religion. They equate religious teaching, ceremony, and tradition with something spiritual.   But, that’s not really the case.  Some people are of the opinion that religion is the “fast food” of spirituality.  This is because some contend that religion a substitute or counterfeit for the true spiritual path.  Of course, your opinion on this depends on whether or not you belong to organized religion.

For some people being spiritual means, your life exhibits the higher virtues of the spirit such as love and kindness.  In other words, it’s not what you believe but what you do with your life that counts.

Spiritual is also the realm of Mystics, Seers, and Shaman. Additionally, there are many books and texts that have a spiritual connotation.  In fact, the word spiritual is used in reference to almost everything in the human condition. For some people, eating spicy food can be a spiritual experience.  For others, things like skydiving are spiritual.  This is why it can be so confusing.  The term spiritual needs to be defined in the context of the way it is being used.

Exploration

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 the inner quest and this by its very nature is the realm of the spiritual.   The unknown is the impetus for discovery.

How We apply the term Spiritual Exploration

If it’s so confusing why do we use the word spiritual? Well, for several good reasons.  The ancient traditions spent a lot of time developing ways to explore and investigate consciousness.  These pioneers of consciousness exploration use “spiritual language” throughout their teachings.  Thus, the origins of spiritual exploration are spiritual in nature.

So, we use the term spiritual exploration because it’s practical and honors the original tradition.  It is practical to keep the teachings intact using the original terminology.  By keeping the original form of the language we honor the original teaching.  After all, there is no need to change what already works.

Since these processes involve techniques for altering/expanding awareness and consciousness it could be referred to in a number of ways.  For that reason, you could call it research awareness, the investigation of human potential, a survey of the parameters perception, methods of studying cognition, etc.

So, to conclude, we call it spiritual exploration to keep the meaning of the original training intact.  We also honor the tradition of the people who pioneered and transmitted these teachings to us. It is for these reasons use us the term “spiritual exploration”.

What Spiritual Exploration includes

Finally, let’s talk about the processes involved in spiritual exploration.  We refer to the processes in spiritual exploration, as “spiritual technologies”.  We’ve already talked about spiritual exploration.  The technology part of spiritual technology is an easy step.  All of the ancient processes really are some of the first technologies developed or discovered by man.

So, 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.

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.

In Conclusion

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.

While you are here please also check out our page FAQ for information about our mission.  And, please consider donating to support our mission of providing these ancient spiritual development tools.

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