For best results, learn to practice without an agenda. Our expectations can impede real, eureka experiences. Learn how to practice expecting the unexpected.
A common issue in spiritual practice is unreasonable or inaccurate expectations. When we set expectations for our spiritual practice, we create roadblocks. We also miss other significant eureka occurrences because our expectations blind our experience.
Learn to Explore Without an Agenda
An excellent teacher refrains from giving you examples of what you may encounter. They understand expectations can cause roadblocks. Expectations distort your perceptions of experience. A wise teacher will instruct the processes but doesn’t tell you what to expect. Then, they ask a lot of questions about your practice because they know everyone is different. For that reason, learning to practice and explore without an agenda is essential.
It’s a “best practice” applied to almost every spiritual method. Some believe it is an excellent approach to life. For best results, learn to live in the moment without an agenda. This mindset helps to keep us present. Here are just some benefits of living without expectations.
First, it minimizes your anxiety over what is going on. Many people worry about doing it right. If you are engaging in the process to the best of your ability, that’s doing it right. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Spiritual practice is not about perfection. Everyone’s experience of spiritual exploration is different. If you are developing and walking your own path, be proud of yourself. You are doing it well! Will you make mistakes? Yes, but that is part of the learning process and lesson.
Second, pay attention and be in the moment; it will help you spot the lessons and roadblocks. Third, practicing without an agenda will help you recognize more synchronicities and omens. These guideposts are clues to your personal development.
“The most significant eureka occurrences come when you learn to explore without an agenda. Anxiety overreaching a preconceived experience will keep you from finding it. So, allow your practice to be easy and without expectation. Then, you will be more likely to have an authentic experience.” — Guru Tua
Seek out a positive learning environment that supports the development of your own practice. The right learning platform will encourage spiritual freedom and investigation. Beware. You won’t find spiritual freedom in the regiment of Western organized religion. These religions are systems of indoctrination and brainwashing, which create boundaries to real learning.
It starts with a healthy skeptical mindset. Whatever you do, approach it with a beginner’s perspective. Give it your attention; follow the process. It’s the mindset for expecting the unexpected.
Guess what? You are probably missing most of your growth’s significant aspects unless you are using a spiritual journal. A handwritten journal is a simple but effective device that will help you see incremental growth, spot trends, and roadblocks. A spiritual journal is the first tool for your spiritual toolbox. You’ll create several, and they will come in handy.
If you use a spiritual journal, it will open your eyes to the subtle eureka occurrences of incremental growth. We all long for those mind-blowing jumps of awakening, but it is a gradual process most of the time. Learn to explore without an agenda or expectations. Use a spiritual journal, and you’ll set a solid foundation for your practice.
Expecting the Unexpected
Practicing without expectations doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals. Everyone should have plans for their spiritual path. For example, developing a well-rounded practice is a goal we hope everyone will adopt. Perhaps the Enneagram Personality Profile is something you want to learn. So, a goal would be to read books by three different authors on the subject by the end of the year.
Maybe you want to learn Japa meditation, so you set a goal to research possible teachers. Perhaps topics like the virtues of the spirit or spiritual gifts are of interest. Here, you make lists of potential sources. Finding your personal truth may be among the primary purposes of your practice. So, you research the viable ways you can reach this long-term goal.
Use your intellect and intuition as your guides to develop a path of your own design. Explore this opportunity we call life. It’s all about awakening and developing our potential. Be open to new ideas and happy accidents; expecting the unexpected is the explorer’s mindset.
Consciousness Development Tools
The dimensions of time and space are not barriers to our consciousness. We do not exist between our ears. The real you, the person you talk to inside your head, have no limits. Our consciousness has a foundation of pure awareness, enabling us to access higher states of consciousness. All we need are methods to opening these doors. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their way of awakening the unique 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.
The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. The investigation of consciousness is something many ancient cultures thought was necessary, and we enjoy the benefits of generations of research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
We call the processes of these early explorers spiritual technologies. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable methods that produce measurable physiological changes. These tools enable us to reach higher states of awareness that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
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 strategy was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. 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 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. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Practicing without an Agenda For Best Results
Above all, learn to explore without an agenda. Anxiety will keep you from finding what you desire. So, allow your practice to be effortless. Use a spiritual journal and research, always expecting the unexpected.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia