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 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 observer is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s that part of your awareness that reviews memories and your dreams. The observer of our experience is what some call Soul or Spirit. Whatever you want to call it, revealing the inner self can help you with this spiritual journey called life.
We use the following brainstorming exercise in our blended learning process. It’s a form of automatic writing. This process allows the subconscious mind to communicate with us through our handwriting. It does this by sidestepping our conscious intention. It’s a highly effective process for exploring our inner thoughts and feelings. Automatic writing is a proven technique for studying 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 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, and it is likely to bring up other questions you need to probe.
Reflecting on your automatic writing discoveries allows you to see how your intuition communicates, and 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 to experience life more fully.
The primary source of difficulty with a brainstorming process like this is social and cultural programming. We live in a world where we are subject to social programming and propaganda. We are “told” and sold what we should believe. This conditioning places boundaries around what we think about spiritual reality.
Cultural programming blocks 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 the cultural narrative and never stop. 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. Those in charge of the cultural narrative would prefer we listen to propaganda and reject our wisdom. No one else knows what gifts and possibilities exist for you. They do not want us to connect with the wisdom of our intuition. Because when we do this, we become less susceptible to their programming.
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 you are using this process the first time. 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, it opens a new level of spiritual awareness. The above exercise is just one consciousness development tool. There are many more.
Consciousness Development Tools
We do not exist between our ears. Our consciousness is unlimited by space or time.
Everyone has their unique way of awakening. We have unique spiritual gifts, and we are on different timetables. Awakening is a process. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. When we open them, 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.
We enjoy the benefits of generations of research, which resulted in a set of powerful tools. We call these tools spiritual technologies; they are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness. These tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. Many higher states of awareness also have unique, measurable physiological signatures that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
You will find others use this eclectic approach to developing a spiritual path. For example, Gurdjieff’s method was to adopt what has already 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.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
The natural progression of growth is a path of illumination. The result of this growth is the inner self revealed as 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.