See what spiritual exploration and spiritual technologies are all about.
Many people don’t associate the term spiritual with consciousness. But, the term consciousness is synonymous with spirit in many ancient traditions. Many people don’t associate exploring with spiritual matters either. However, exploration is one of the primary human drivers. Even when we sleep, we are exploring. Our dreams are an exploration of our subconscious mind.
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 some have international roots.
Analytical processes like the Enneagram Personality Profile have origins in the East and the West, and it is still being refined. Another excellent tool is we call Comparative Analysis. This is a scientific method for comparative religious studies. This latter method is a recent development from Western science.
The origins of spiritual exploration go back to indigenous cultures around the globe. These processes comprise a substantial body of work from many cultures. Some of these processes date back before recorded time.
Shamanic Journey is an example of a process developed by the pioneers of consciousness exploration. In fact, many ingenious cultures independently developed the same process to delve into awareness. 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 1970s to collaborate and share 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 effective methods and used scientific methods to test them.
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 preparatory training enabling people to 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 term spiritual and exploration, we talking about these ancient processes. These are techniques for expanding awareness. We call them spiritual technologies because they enable us to investigate our spiritual nature. Let’s define the key terms we use to describe what we do. This will clarify how we use the terms.
There is no doubt; the word spiritual has a wide scope of meaning. Spiritual and spirituality relate to all subjects concerning the spirit, the soul, and nature. People use spiritual language because it gives them authority.
We use this word spiritual for two major reasons. First, to honor the pioneers of awareness exploration. Many ancient cultures focused on exploring awareness and consciousness. These early researchers use “spiritual language” to describe 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 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.
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 how 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 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 this system’s processes. 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 investigating the 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 using these processes. Exploring consciousness is a good way to describe almost every type of meditative process. 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 are what we call the tools for developing and exploring consciousness. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our own blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
These techniques do not involve faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. They don’t require belief. All you have to do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods, and we divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions. This helps us avoid many of the common obstacles to our path. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphone to review these tools every month. This keeps them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the basic use of logic in language. 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 by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. We incorporate the use of emotional checks with this process to maintain our emotional equilibrium. This helps us think more clearly by reducing interference from our emotions.
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 of cognitive science. It helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. This makes it a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has 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 personality profile. 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 your personal power.
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 is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness, and this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. These modalities help improve mind and body connection. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and grounding techniques, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse 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 them separately because of their importance to awareness.
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 of the historical importance of the inner quest. Many believe the origins of spiritual exploration have their roots in these practices.
There are many variations on this theme, but 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.
Modalities for Healing
The last group includes a diverse set of healing practices such as Vedic medicine, Pe Jet from Indonesia, Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan. Practical methods for Self-care techniques round out this a vital category.
The practice of any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They were not initially interested in learning or practicing the healing arts, but they find it enjoyable to give back and help others once they learn.
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.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia