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
There are several ways to define the inner sense. Researchers like Carl Jung believe it is our subconscious mind. Other philosophers like Immanuel Kant (1) refer to this inner sense of the real you as something beyond scientific inquiry.
Joseph Campbell (2) refers to this aspect as the real you. They all describe this aspect of consciousness 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 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 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.
The Observer of our Experience
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. 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 spirit. It’s not about dogma.
You can use other questions as well. For example, we recommend questions like:
- What is the 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?
Listen to your intuition, it is likely to 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 resonate with you. Listen to this inner voice and learn “how to” listen to the voice of your intuition. Trusting your intuition is a practice unto itself. The absence of the Ego in our awareness is the inner self revealed.
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 we can experience life more fully.
The major 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.
Cultural programming blocks out our intuitive mind so we cannot discover what other possibilities are available. Because of this, refrain from repeating a litany of spiritual or theological jargon. Always question the messages from cultural narrative. Never stop questioning it. Organized religion (3) does not want the inner self revealed.
Fear of Your Intuition
Social conditioning is telling us we should fear our inner voice. They would prefer we listen to them and reject our wisdom. No one else knows what gifts and possibilities exist for you. They cannot know the wisdom of your intuition.
Inviting your Intuition to Speak
If it feels 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 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
The dimensions of time and space are not barriers for our consciousness. We do not exist between our ears, the real you, the person you talk to inside your head, has no limits. Our consciousness has a foundation of pure awareness which enables us to access to higher states of consciousness. All we need are the keys to open our awareness, and these tools exist. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their own way of awakening their spiritual gifts sleeping in their DNA. Awakening is a process. When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. The investigation of consciousness is something many ancient cultures thought was important, and we enjoy the benefits of generations of research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
We call the processes of these early explorers, spiritual technologies. These processes stand up to the test of science, they are repeatable and produce unique physiological changes. These tools enable us to reach higher states of awareness that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
We use a blended learning model incorporating those processes which are safe and reliable. We are not the first to use this eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt techniques proven to be effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
Spiritual technologies are ancient methods for exploring the human spirit. They come from cultures all around the globe. They are time-tested by generations of use. These practical mental tools help us expand awareness. Some open the doors to higher states of consciousness.
Anyone can use them, all you need to do is follow the process. They are like a cake recipe. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious. They do not the belief or faith in any religious doctrine.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone has their own path. You can start with any of these methods. The more you use, the better.
The natural progression of growth is the inner self revealed. This allows room for the observer of our experience.
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(1) The Cambridge Edition of the Work of Immanuel Kant in Translation
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
(3) Cary, Phillip, 2000, Augustine’s Invention of the Inner Self: The Legacy of a Christian Platonist, New York: Oxford University Press.