Discovering who we are and learning how to realize it is the essence of awakening. How do we get in touch with the real you?
What if we are not what we think we are? What are there other possibilities? Are we simply not aware enough to grasp them?
The Inner Self Revealed ― The Observer
There are a number of ways to define the inner sense. Researchers like Carl Jung believe it is our subconscious mind. Other philosophers like Immanuel Kant refer to this inner sense of the real you as something beyond scientific inquiry. Joseph Campbell refers to this aspect as the real you.
They all describe this aspect of conscious in the same ways. This is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s that part of your awareness that reviews memories and your dreams. This is the observer of our experience. You could refer to it as our Soul or Spirit. Whatever you want to call it, revealing the wisdom of the inner self can help you with this spiritual journey called life.
The following is a practice we use in our blended learning process. It’s a brainstorming writing exercise. Some people refer to this as automatic writing. This is the process of allowing the subconscious mind to communicate with us through our own handwriting. This is, in contrast, to writing with conscious intention. It’s a highly effective process for exploring our inner thoughts and feelings. Even more important, it’s a way of exploring the inner self on our own terms.
All you’ll need for this exercise is a notebook and your favorite pen. However, we strongly suggest that you use a spiritual journal. You’ll be able to refer back to this document for further guidance.
Revealing the Observer of our Experience
The Practice – Brainstorming or Automatic Writing
This exercise is a short version of the automatic writing technique. You can find more in-depth information about this tool following this link.
The first thing to do is just start writing. Don’t think just write. Doodle on the page. Draw pictures. Also, don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. Later, you’ll see how your handwriting can reveal messages. The slant of the words, the pressure, the size of the letters. You can print or write with a cursive script. These things will give you information and clues about your inner thoughts, feelings, and attitudes.
For now, just write whatever comes up let it flow. Don’t think about what you are writing. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow. If you pause, that’s okay too. Keep at it. If this is the first time you’ve done this exercise, it can take 5 or 10 minutes to get comfortable with the process.
Once you are “in the flow” and you are writing, this means you are revealing your inner self. At this point, you can give your mind some gentle direction. Start by asking yourself a question like, “why am I alive?” Then, start writing any thoughts, feelings (pictures) that come up. The only guideline is to refrain from quoting religious doctrine. You want to get below all levels of cultural and social programming. Above all this exercise is about connecting to your intuition and finding the wisdom within your own spirit. It’s not about dogma.
You can use other questions as well. For example, we recommend questions like:
- What is a way I know I am present?
- Where or when do I feel the most peaceful?
- How do I know when I’m on the right path?
More importantly, listen to your intuition. Your intuition may bring up other questions you need to probe.
Reflecting on the discoveries of your automatic writing is where you are listening to intuition. This is how you open your spiritual gifts within your DNA. Some believe that our ancestors can also speak to us through this process.
You may discover drawings or uncommon phrases that seem to be trying to communicate with you. Listen to this inner voice. Learn “how to” listen to the voice of your intuition. This is a practice unto itself. The inner self revealed is the enemy of the Ego and the roadblocks on our path.
Removing the Roadblocks
The first time engaging in this exercise, it might take a while to comfortable with the process. Don’t let this deter you. Remember, your heart and soul want to speak with you. And you have a wealth of intuitive wisdom waiting for your discovery. Listen to the innate spiritual desire that is leading you to this practice. Listen to that small voice and be patient. Stay with it. The Observer of our experience wants us to know what we are. As we awaken more and more, it can come forward so that we can experience life more fully.
The main source of difficulty with a brainstorming process like this is the social and cultural programming. We live in a world where we are constantly subject to social programming. We are “told” and sold what we should believe. This conditioning places boundaries around what we think about spiritual reality.
So, we are not able to discover what other possibilities are available. Because of this, you should refrain from simply repeating a litany of spiritual or theological jargon. Always be questioning the cultural narrative. Never stop questioning it. Organized religion fears the inner self revealed.
Fear of Your Own Intuition
Secondly, this social conditioning is telling us we should fear our own inner voice. This is programming directing us to reject our own wisdom in place of external advice. No matter how well-meaning and authoritative the external source, it cannot know what gifts and possibilities exist for you. They cannot know the wisdom contained in your own intuition.
Inviting your intuition to speak
Lastly, feel like you are going in circles and repeating things, stick with it. You are inviting your intuition to speak to your conscious mind. Sometimes it takes a while for your intuitive self to come “online” especially if this the first time you are using this process. So, if you find that you can only reiterate religious doctrine, stay with it. Stay on the path of exploration. Do not let the obstacles deter your inner quest.
Once you get past these obstacles, there is a whole new level of spiritual awareness and wisdom.The above exercise is just one consciousness development tool. There are many more.
Consciousness Development Tools
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 mind to new potentials.
Finding ways to access 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.
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 due to the fact their focus is on developing human potential.
Other schools of thought have a similarly eclectic approach. 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.
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 a 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.
The inner self revealed is the expansion of our awareness to include the observer of our experience.
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