“Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason provides us with a basis for understanding the ineffable nature of the divine. As Kant observes, our experience comes to us within the fields of time and space.” — Joseph Campbell
Let’s examine this quote of Mr. Campbell to see if this is statement is complete? It begs the question, are we confined to space and time? Can we experience things outside the realm of the three dimensions of height, width, and length? Is our awareness of events stuck in the arena of time?
Are We Limited to Space And Time?
“We are separate from each other because there is space in which to be separate.” — Joseph Campbell
Life is an opportunity for our consciousness to explore as a single vantage point. Within this sphere of awareness, we embark on a mission searching for an experience of our true nature of divinity.
Remember, everything we experience takes place in the mind. The physical senses provide input. But, they are not the only means of experience. Experience is, therefore, something outside of space and time.
This quest is made more difficult because we have different skills and abilities. Many people don’t realize they are on this quest until it is too late. Some only get the big picture when they are on their t of use don’t know we are on this quest until we are on our deathbed. The path for our mission of discovery has several obstacles.
Not the Only Portals of Experience
“Time and space are the prime conditioning factors of our human lives.”
— Joseph Campbell
Don’t run past this last sentence too quickly. It contains an important element of wisdom. Notice that both space and time are prime conditioning factors. This means something or someone is purposely conditioning these limitations on our experience.
More importantly, it tells us that other factors affect our lives. Most people ignore the proofs of non-ordinary reality. Yet, they do not discount the fact that they have dreams.
The dream state is our own experiential proof of non-ordinary reality. We are conditioned by the culture to ignore this proof. This means space and time are factors of normal reality, not non-ordinary reality.
We call reality a construct of just two factors, but they are not the only portals of experience.
” If we do not or cannot experience anything outside of the fields of time and space. Kant calls this “the aesthetic forms of sensibility.” In India, they call it Maya. Maya is that which transforms that which is transcendent of the manifestation into a broken-up world.
When you think about what you have experienced in the apprehension of forms in space and time, you employ the grammar of thought, the ultimate categories of which are: being and non-being.” — Joseph Campbell
What is God?
“Is there a God? If the word “God” means anything, it must mean nothing. God is not a fact. A fact is an object in the field of time and space. God is no fact — God is a word referring us past anything that can be conceived of or named. Yet people think of their God as having sentiments like we do, liking these people better than those, and having certain rules for their lives. Moses received a great deal of information from what we might call this non-fact. As understood particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is a final term.”
— Joseph Campbell
In other words, the term God is a catch-all answer when the answer is beyond our knowledge or understanding. It is no more or less real than any imaginary friend. It is part of the conditioning of the cultural narrative. It keeps us from realizing space and time are not the only two portals of experience.
Beyond the Fields of Time and Space
So, we recognize that there are other possibilities besides normal reality. The question what other possibilities? Space and time are just limitations. They are human-made constraints that our culture uses to control us. It can’t control non-ordinary reality.
Everyone has their 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 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.
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 is probably due to 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 has already proven 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 developing and exploring consciousness. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphone to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. We incorporate the use of emotional checks with this process to maintain our emotional equilibrium. Keeping your emotional balance helps us think more clearly.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and grounding techniques, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Why The Focus on Space and Time?
If space and time are not the only two portals of experience, why is so much emphasis placed on them? It is simple. If you confine your experience of ordinary reality, you are easier to program, easier to control. If you experience non-ordinary reality, you will not fall for organized religion’s false arguments.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia