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 What YOu Expect
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 can be useful or harmful. Your eyes only see what we expect.
The Eyes are Useless if the mind is Blind
What is it that blinds our minds? It is the cultural programming that comes from the dominant cultural narrative. Western organized religion is the most influential in programming us with negative bias and prejudice. Bias and prejudice blind our minds to the limitless possibilities that exist beyond the boundaries of these religions.
Western organized religion is the Abrahamic religions (1), these religions are Judaism, Islam and Christianity. These three religions boast a worldwide membership of over 3 billion members. That means they have enormous power over the cultural narrative. Their social reach is used to insight everything from genocide and wars, to religious persecution, and gender discrimination.
The Mind is Prepared to Comprehend Limitless Possibilities
Mythology can be useful. It is useful when it points the way towards the possibilities and other realities. Some myths use analogies that help us understand altered states of awareness and consciousness. Mythology can be harmful when becomes a religion. Religion substitutes myths for facts, and attempts to make faith perform as knowledge.
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 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. The mind is prepared to comprehend more, but they do not want you to access this knowledge.
A lot depends on your visibility, skills, and value to society. If you don’t fit in, you are subject to a variety of punishments. 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 have the desire, and there are several “spiritual technologies” that can open this doorway. You too can become prepared to comprehend worlds beyond ordinary reality.
Consciousness Development Tools
We do not exist between our ears. The real you, the person you talk to inside your head, is not limited by the dimensions of time or space. Our consciousness is designed 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.
Accessing these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. We can trace the investigation of consciousness back to ancient cultures around the world. We enjoy the benefits of generations of their research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
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. Human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years, so the work of the ancient 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.
The methods we select are tools that can stand up to the rigorous test of science. They are repeatable processes. Several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include brainwave coherence, lower heart rates, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these states of consciousness differ from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
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.
Set the stage to expand your awareness. Remember, your eyes are useless if your mind is blind. Your eyes only see what your mind is prepared to comprehend. Learn as many of the ancient spiritual technologies as possible. Don’t get trapped in religion.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia