The Origins of Spiritual Exploration ― Techniques for Expanding Awareness

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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 historical background of these processes.  Second, how we use these processes in our blended learning model.

The Historical Background

The processes we use come from sources all over the world.  We call these processes spiritual technologies. Many forms of meditation come from Eastern traditions. And there are some that have international roots.  Analytical processes like the Enneagram Personality Profile have origins in the East and the West, and it is still being refined. Comparative analysis is a scientific method for comparative religious studies. This latter method is a recent development from Western science.

The origins of spiritual exploration is international in scope.  These processes comprise a substantial body of work from many cultures.  Some of these processes date back before recorded time.  Some, like the Shamanic Journey, come from the earliest explorers of awareness.  Here there is evidence that many ingenious cultures took separate paths to the same conclusion.  They learned to combine rhythm and creative visualization to open a separate doorway of consciousness.

How We Define The Terms

Next, the history 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 behind 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 key 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 major 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.

Second, 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. This is the realm of the spirit.  This is where we get the term that explains exploring consciousness using these ancient techniques.

Exploring Consciousness and 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. Or you could call it 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.  All of these terms lead us back to the terminology we use to describe the origins of spiritual exploration.

We’ve covered how we use the terms, now let’s look at the specific processes that make up this interesting body of knowledge.

Spiritual Technologies

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.

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 they are not. They do 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. So, sciencentific proof is also part of the origins of spiritual exploration.

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

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.

We hope you found this article helpful, maybe even thought-provoking.  You will find more interesting posts on our blog page. Use the “search” option on the blog page to find articles by key terms, topics, or category.

Does spiritual exploration interest you?  If so, we offer both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  We use a blended learning process to get the best learning outcomes.  This blended approach aligns with what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.

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References

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

 

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