“I do not need to defend my path. I have no religious belief, just tools of consciousness. These I share with all 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 own path. You don’t need beliefs to bind you or blind you. You only need tools to enlighten. This is the essence of spiritual exploration.
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.
The Beliefs and Concerns of 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 in order to maintain the boundaries of mythology and refute all the facts that undermine their superstitions. The ongoing use of groupthink manipulation tactics makes the belief system their identity. This makes life without religious belief is 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
Tools of Consciousness
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.
A spiritual life without religious belief is not just possible, it is preferable. With fewer boundaries to get in the way, you are free to explore your own spiritual truths.
Above all 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.
Other schools of thought have a similarly eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt the processes of ancient cultures. They have been tested and proven effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Life Without Religious Belief
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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. 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.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
We learn that we 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 our path. A life without religious belief is actually the authentic path of spirituality.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
List of religious populations by proportion, Wikipedia