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The Beginning of Freedom — Observing the Thinker

“The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.” ― Eckhart Tolle

The “Real you”

Yes, that is right. The “Real You” is the observer of the Ego.  The Observer is the thread of consciousness which is beyond the mechanisms of personality and instinct.  Learning to watch the thinker is the first step toward the beginning of freedom.  Otherwise, you are confined to the box of the Ego.

Most people identify with their personality and instinct as “being them.” But, this isn’t the case. Personality and instinct are the default mechanisms our consciousness uses to connect with our body. Our mind is much more than the thinking apparatus between our ears.

observation – the beginning of freedom

Observation is a skill you hone with awareness.  In order to observe, you must first be able to recognize the machinery of your Ego.  If you are able to observe the “thinker” mechanisms then you also able to move into “cosmic consciousness.” Otherwise, you are stuck in the thinking mechanism of personality and ego.

This means you can eventually be free.  No matter what your circumstances.  How is this possible?  It requires moving beyond Ego.  This enables you to move beyond circumstances.  The Enneagram Personality Profile system is one of the best spiritual technologies for learning about the mechanisms of personality and instinct.  This is just one of the basic technologies we use in our own blended learning process.

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 mind to new potentials. 

Finding ways to access 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 due to the fact their focus is on developing human potential.

Other schools of thought have a similarly 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.

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.
IN CONCLUSION

The beginning of freedom is realizing you are not “the thinker.” When you can observe the thinker, you move to a higher level of consciousness.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.

While you are here please also check out our page FAQ for information about our mission.  And, please consider donating to support our mission of providing these ancient spiritual development tools.

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