Your eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend

Your eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend

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

the mind on religion

Mythology can be useful. It is useful when it points the way towards the possibilities and other realities. Some use analogies of altered 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.  Indigenous cultures 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 the Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  The mind is prepared to comprehend more, but they do not want you to access 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. 
 
A lot depends on your visibility, skills, and value to society. You are treated differently on this sliding scale. You could be 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 several “spiritual technologies” that can open this doorway.  You too can become prepared to comprehend worlds beyond ordinary reality.

Consciousness Development Tools

Everyone awakens differently.  We have unique gifts and we are on different timetables. Awakening is a process.  We of accessing the spiritual 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.  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.

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.

You will find this eclectic in other systems.  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

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.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

In Conclusion

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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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia

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