Our perception is like a lens in a camera. If we set the lens for close ups, we cannot see the background. This is how our mind programs what we experience.
“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” — Henri Bergson
Your Eyes Only See
The default mode of perception for most people is ordinary reality. Most people are born with this default state of awareness. It gives us time to acclimate to our bodies. But it’s also limiting. Non-ordinary states of consciousness are available to everyone who prepares their minds.
We know when we are ready. The call to explore the unknown reaches of our inner self is what Joseph Campbell calls The Hero’s Journey. We must be ready to open our awareness to comprehend other realms of reality. This is where mythology is either useful or harmful. Your eyes only see what we expect.
The Mind is Prepared to Comprehend More
Mythology is useful when it points the way towards the possibilities of other realities, other states of awareness and consciousness. Or, mythology can be harmful. This is when mythology becomes a “religion.” Religion is another name for a spiritual trap. Instead of pointing the way it hypnotizes with promises of afterlife rewards. Your eyes only see the programming of the mass hallucination of religion.
The mind is capable of much more than the default mode. The mind is prepared to comprehend other realities. The dream state teaches us that we all have the capability.
Born with Access to Non-Ordinary Realities
Thankfully, there are always a few in every generation born with a unique skill set. They are born prepared to comprehend other realities. Ancient cultures considered this a blessing. And today indigenous cultures around the globe still recognize these gifted people and help them understand how to nurture them. These individuals find guidance and mentoring in their cultural settings. They become Shaman, Healers, and Seers.
In the modern world, this natural ability to shift between realities is a curse. The Western paradigm fears those with true spiritual gifts, for they don’t fit into the mythology of the Abrahamic religions. These are he Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The mind is prepared to comprehend more, but they do not want you accessing this knowledge.
If you have innate spiritual gifts and conform to the mythology, you become a mystic for the paradigm. But, if they will not confirm, or if you speak against the religion, then you become a target of persecution. Then depending on their other skills or worth, they could find themselves ostracized, in prison or even suffer torture up to and including death. The persecution continues to this very day. The enlightened world of the 21st Century is still in the superstition’s grip of the 1st Century. Gifted individuals find it hard to fit in. And, they rarely have a knowledgeable mentor to help them develop proper coping skills.
Blessed are those who are born prepared to comprehend other realities. But you need not be born with the ability to learn how. You can learn to do so if you are ready and are led in this direction. There are a number of “spiritual technologies” that can open this doorway. You too can become prepared to comprehend worlds beyond ordinary reality.
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 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.
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 similar 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.
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. Therefore, all you need to do is follow the process correctly.
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.
Set the stage to expand your awareness. Learn as many of the ancient spiritual technologies as possible. Don’t get trapped in religion. Remember, your eyes only see what your mind is prepared to comprehend.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia