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“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 our inner self’s unknown reaches is what Joseph Campbell calls The Hero’s Journey. This undertaking does require proper preparation. And 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. Bigotry and bias blind our minds to the limitless possibilities beyond these religions’ boundaries.
Western organized religion is also known as the Abrahamic religions (1). These are the Semitic religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. These three religions boast a worldwide membership of over 4 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 to the possibilities and other realities. Some myths use analogies that help us understand altered states of awareness and consciousness. Mythology can be harmful when it becomes a religion. Religion substitutes myths for facts in an attempt 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.
We Are 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 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 real spiritual gifts, for they don’t fit into the Abrahamic religions’ mythology. 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 various 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, isn’t limited by time or space dimensions. Our consciousness is designed to access 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 method was to adopt techniques proven effective. Human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Therefore, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring human consciousness. These comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools. You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.
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.
The techniques we use are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. 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 divide these tools into four major categories:
Each person has a unique set of gifts and spiritual 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