The Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Techniques for Expanding Awareness

The Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Tools for Expanding Awareness

Find out how these processes we call spiritual technologies are what you need to fulfill your inner 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 actual processes themselves.  Second, the origins of our organization and how we use these processes in our blended learning model.

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.  A comparative analysis is a scientific method for comparative religious studies.  So, the origins of spiritual exploration are international in scope.

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.

No one person could investigate all the mind-expanding techniques available. So, 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 between many systems.  This confirmed the most effective methods for training others. We discovered that many preparatory training progressions work well together.  This enabled us to combine the training so that people could learn several processes together. This strategy is at the origins of spiritual exploration. 

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 use the terms spiritual and exploration we are referring to processes. These are techniques for 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.  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 processes of this system.  These processes enable us to explore the depth of our consciousness.  You could refer to these methods in several ways.  For instance, you could call it researching awareness. Or, perhaps the investigation of human potential. Other people call it, a survey of the parameters perception. And, methods of studying cognition.

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

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.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

In Conclusion

We hope this clarifies the origins of spiritual exploration.  We hope you practice at least one of these spiritual technologies.  There are links on this page that will help you discover many processes that you can use to develop your 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 path.

References

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

 

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