Religious freedom requires freedom from religion. Life without religious beliefs is true freedom. All you need are the tools of consciousness to live and explore life to its fullest.
Happiness is Living Life To The Fullest
Our original state is happiness and joy. We begin life a blank slate. We are born innocent and curious. This is how we come into life.
We begin life as explorers. It is our nature to seek answers for the unknown. This desire to investigate is what makes us excellent spiritual explorers. All we need is the proper tools and guidance.
I do not need to defend my path. I have no religious beliefs, just tools for exploring consciousness. These tools with all who are ready to receive them. — Guru Tua
I wish everyone could find a teacher like Guru Tua. I hope you find a resource that focuses on providing tools for developing your path. You don’t need beliefs to bind you or blind you. You only need tools to enlighten. Happiness is living life with the tools to explore.
But there is a problem. Religion comes with ideologies and doctrines filled with harmful prejudice and bias. When we are young, we are trusting. So, we believe what people tell us is the truth. We accept the prejudices as truth.
Religions By Population
Below is a chart listing religion by population. These estimates are from 2018. We want you to see the impact these systems have on the cultural narrative of people. Over 4 billion or about half of the population are in the Abrahamic traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These systems have the greatest impact on the culture of the world.
Concerns of Western Religion
The Abrahamic traditions dominate the religious population of Western culture. So, even if you aren’t a follower, you feel the effects of their influence because of their colossal social reach. They dictate can values and policies because they can integrate their doctrines into the cultures they dominate. It takes a lot of work to maintain this paradigm in the modern world.
Unbelief is necessary to protect the boundaries of their beliefs. They learn to reject all the facts that contradict their superstitions. The ongoing use of groupthink manipulation tactics makes the belief system their identity. This makes living life without religious beliefs impossible for many.
They are all significant for the absence of any tools of consciousness development. These religions aren’t new. They result from combining Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. Instead of tools, they offer mythology and superstition.
What’s often most important to these systems is what they can get you to believe. These beliefs take the form of three main concerns:
- Mandatory membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being, (God or Gods)
- The justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
- Belief in the afterlife, or life after death with corresponding rewards and punishments
Living Life Without Religious Beliefs
As we said in the beginning of this article religious freedom starts with freedom from religion. Freedom includes the ability to choose. Happiness is living without the fear of religious persecution. So, everyone should have the right to believe anything as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.
That being said, one of the ways to show religious freedom is to find humor in the absurdities and inconsistencies in some religions. Making fun of something does not prevent someone from believing. So, for example, if I tell you I believe in the existence of Oden, you have the right to make jokes about it. You have the right to point out the errors of my thinking.
If your comments lead me to question my beliefs, so much the better. Maybe it will lead to my awakening?
The Path of Awakening
Everyone has their own way of awakening. And each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. It sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Living life without religious beliefs is not just possible, it is preferable. With fewer boundaries to get in the way, you are free to explore your own spiritual truths. Happiness is living in the state of mind you enjoy by exploring your inner world.
These tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. This probably because their focus is on developing human potential.
You will find this eclectic in other systems. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Tools For Exploring Consciousness
Spiritual technologies are the tools 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. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
True happiness is living life without religious beliefs. All you need are tools for exploring.
Spiritual exploration does 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.
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
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
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.
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 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. 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 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.
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 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. techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
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.
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.
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.
You can find effective tools of consciousness in many traditions around the world. Sometimes a religion will safeguard these tools, preserving them for future generations. The stories of all the great Sages tell us to seek our path. Living life without religious beliefs is the authentic path of spirituality. Without boundaries, you can go farther.
Happiness is something you can find and live. Your joy does not depend on circumstances. It is a state of mind that gives you perspective to be grateful.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
List of religious populations by proportion, Wikipedia