seek the truth take off the blindfold

Seek the truth, not just the affirmation of what you believe

It’s difficult to seek the truth wearing a blindfold. Belief is like a blindfold.  So, the question is, “Do you really want to seek the truth? Or, are you just trying to convince yourself that your beliefs about spiritual reality are true?” There is a big difference between the two.  

Blindfold off or on?

In order to seek the truth, you must choose to take off the spiritual blindfold. This will take you on a path transcending cultural and religious boundaries. Seeking the truth will lead you to the proper teacher(s) at the right time.  You will learn the right spiritual technologies at the right time.  Consequently, this will open up your consciousness and reveal your unique spiritual gifts.  The virtues of the spirit will flow naturally from your heart.  As your mind opens you will begin to discern the facts from the fiction.  Then you will spontaneously spread love and compassion. No doctrine or dogma is necessary.

On the other hand, only seeking affirmation of what you believe is like choosing to wear a spiritual blindfold. You will not be able to see beyond the boundaries of what you already believe to be true. At first, this may seem comfortable, but it will require a lot of work on your part to keep this blindfold in place. The constant upkeep normally requires weekly or semi-weekly sessions of indoctrination, and memorization of various rules and regulations. All of this is intended to shape your thinking and behavior to conform to the boundaries within the spiritual blindfold.

So, do you keep the blindfold on, or take it off? The choice is yours.  Taking off your blindfold will involve some effort. It may be a little scary at first.  But, it is worth the effort.  Thankfully, there are a number of tools which are quite effective for this purpose.

Consciousness development tools
Consciousness development and investigation is the domain of spiritual exploration.  We call these tools used in this process “spiritual technologies”.  They are the tools for exploring consciousness passed down to us by many different cultures around the globe.  In some cases, some of these processes are found in the religious traditions of the East.  However, these traditions act as a storehouse preserving and protecting the integrity of these processes.
Above all these spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science.  They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena.  And, they also have unique physiological signatures different from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming).  So, they require no belief or faith in any religious doctrine.  All you need to do is follow the process correctly.
Spiritual Technologies to seek the truth

In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential.  In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness.  And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.

Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:

  • Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms.   Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer.  They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
  • Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile.  These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
  • Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice.  This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
  • Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
  • Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as  Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
  • And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
in conclusion

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.

While you are here please also check out our page FAQ for information about our mission.  And, please consider donating to support our mission of providing these ancient spiritual development tools.

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