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Actions as Experiments and Questions ― Life as Questions and Experiments

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions ― as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

To begin with, I think you’d agree this quote prompts several comparisons and questions Nietzsche’s concept of actions as questions and experiments seems like the concept of detachment in Buddhism.

Is there any advantage to viewing life as a series of experiments and questions?  If there is an advantage, does it distance you from ownership of things and ideas?  We’d have to say yes.  This way of thinking keeps you from taking a position.  When you “take a position” you automatically feel the need to defend it.  Thus, you are more judgmental, less open-minded.

Also, doesn’t the thinker approach have similarities to the scientific approach? Here, the researcher conducts tests.  Then formulates conclusions based on the results of the questions and experiments?  This is in contrast to cherry-picking data to fit a preconceived conclusion? What do you think?  Again, we’d have to agree.

Actions as Experiments and Questions

Attempting to find out something is the essence of what we call spiritual exploration.  So, the above quote aligns nicely with our philosophy.  Spiritual exploration is use of processes for exploring consciousness.

Questions and experiments are essentially what we do when we engage in meditation.  When we use methods to change awareness or explore other states of consciousness.  When we meditate, it is a way of asking questions about the boundaries of awareness.  When we meditate, we are experimenting with consciousness.  There are several types of seated and moving meditation that accomplish these changes.

Life's Questions and Experiments

Actions as experiments and questions also include the effects of several critical thinking tools.  A comparative analysis is an excellent example of this kind of process.  This is a scientific approach to comparative religious study.  This process enables you to confront the boundaries of their own beliefs by comparing them with the components of other systems.   The study of logic and mathematics also expands our awareness.  

Overall, actions as experiments and questions is one way to describe spiritual exploration.  This involves several processes we call 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.

Life’s Questions and Experiments

If we think about life as an experiment of consciousness, it gives us a unique perspective.

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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
Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

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