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
Observing the Thinker
We experience everything in the mind. But who is it that is observing what’s going on? The “Real You” is the observer of the Ego. Our mind is much more than the thinking apparatus between our ears. The real you is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s the Observer who experiences your dreams. This is the thinker that Eckhart Tolle is referring to.
The Observer is beyond the mechanisms of personality and instinct. 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 bodies.
When we are observing the thinker we are moving beyond the mechanisms of personality. True freedom starts when we disengage the autopilot of the Ego and become aware of who is witnessing what is going on.
Some people are born with the ability to “witness” from a separate state of consciousness. In ancient cultures, these people were the Seers, the Shaman, and Healers. Today, they are labeled as undesirable and considered mentally ill. Not so long ago, we burned them as Witches.
Sadly, we have lost the common knowledge and insight of reaching the observer. There have been many teachers and sages that sought to bring this knowledge into the open. But the programming of our cultural narrative gets in the way. It teaches us to fear awakening and the growth of consciousness. This fear comes from our friends who run the dominant cultural narrative.
Those in control of most of the programming of the cultural narrative are religions of Semitic origin, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They have over 4 billion members and control half the world’s population.
They fear those who are gifted because they direct knowledge of non-ordinary reality. Whereas, these religions are stories of other gifted individuals who went beyond organized religion. Observing the thinker is a doorway organized religion is afraid of.
The lack of this knowledge holds us back. There are well-proven methods for expanding awareness and understanding of Ego. There are several spiritual technologies for exploring other levels of consciousness. The fact is, we don’t even acknowledge non-ordinary reality although we have proof come to us every night. Our dreams are proof of non-ordinary reality. Think about it.
True Freedom Starts with Observation
Observation is a skill, which you can enhance. You can expand awareness. To observe, you must first be able to recognize the machinery of your Ego. If you can observe the “thinker” then you can move awareness towards the realization of 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 blended learning process.
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. True freedom starts when you use these tools.
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 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.
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.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
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 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.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a 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 are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, 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.
True freedom starts with the realization that you are not your personality. You are that which is observing the thinker. When we do this, we move to a higher level of awareness.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia