The spiritual path is a way of life. The first step isn’t as hard as you think. You’ll find own way. You can do this.
create your own way
First, the most important thing is to realize you should develop your own spiritual path. Moreover, the stories of other Sages, Avatars, and Gods are only helpful to the extent they provide useful references. Once you decide to start, make your path your own. Yes, you’ll probably make some mistakes. Learn from these and move on. Don’t get sidetracked. Don’t confuse the spiritual call with religious doctrine. Constantly test your path. Decide your own pace. Create your own rituals, your own ways. You will find the right people to help guide your way.
Seek tools, not teachers
Find and learn all the spiritual tools you can. Your heart will tell you when are ready. Refine your path. Always strive to be a beginner, never an expert. If you find you are on the wrong path, change direction. Always ask yourself, “What is the lesson.” Seek teachers who are only interested in teaching methods not making disciples. You want to learn and practice as many of the processes which open the doorways of consciousness. We call these types of processes spiritual technologies.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
don’t get sidetracked
Another key point to remember, don’t get sidetracked by religion. Some traditions from the East contain spiritual technologies which are essential processes. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have very few constraints if any. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your own path.
Let your intuition lead you to the right teachers, but don’t become a follower. Remember, a guru is a boat to get you across the river. Leave when you reach the other side. Swim on your own if you need to. Don’t just float down the river just because you have a need to belong. Otherwise, keep moving but don’t forget to stop and rest. A point often overlooked is that you’ll need time to rest and normalize what you are learning. You need time to understand the lessons. Constantly ask yourself the question, “what is the lesson.” Life is all about lessons. Listen to your heart.
Above all, keep a Spiritual Journal
. Consider it your own bible. You’ll have serval over time, and they will be a useful resource. It’s your way of documenting your journey. And, it will help you see your incremental growth. Practice automatic writing often. Look for messages in your own writing.
help others on the path
It is equally important to help others find their own spiritual path. Helping others is part of the lesson. You’ll never understand something better than when you teach others. Don’t discount this part of your journey. You may be walking your own path, but that doesn’t mean you must walk it alone.
So, the spiritual path is a way of life. And, the first steps on this journey aren’t as hard as you think. You’ll find own way. You can do this. You don’t need religion. All you need are the proper tools.
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