We need people who know how to seek out new ideas to solve global problems. It’s the only way we will make the world a better place. So, are you on the side of progressive thinking, or do you see it as an enemy of your religious beliefs? Are you afraid to grow?
If you aren’t challenging yourself to re-examine your paradigm and beliefs ― you won’t grow. When you stay the same, you are easier to control. If you want to take back control of your mind, you need to challenge the cultural narrative and question the national folklore.
The Need to Grow Spiritually and Intellectually
We are creatures of habit. And, because we are creatures that like routines, we resist change. Therefore, the only way to grow is to challenge our patterns of belief. However, organized religion uses our habitual nature to control what we think. So, if you want to grow, you’ll need to break old ways of thinking.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
There’s a great debate going on about what spiritual awakening means. Just exactly how many people are moving beyond their comfort zones, stretching beyond the pale of organized religion. It takes courage and persistence to challenge the cultural narrative, so if you find yourself at the place where you are questioning this, it is beneficial for you!
“Belief in things we can not prove require faith. So faith masquerades as a place of comfort, not a place of truth. Faith and belief require disbelief in all the facts that disprove superstition and mythology. Belief and faith are the products of brainwashing. They are the mind trap of circular reasoning. To maintain faith requires constant brainwashing and self-hypnosis.
Sometimes the brainwashing is voluntary and self-inflicted and sometimes it comes through forced indoctrination. Both belief and faith are tactics of mind control. They are counterfeits that keep you wanting more. And neither belief nor faith provides doorways to spiritual truth.” — Guru Tua
Learning How to Seek Out New Ideas
We need to find solutions to global problems. We need people who can find answers to global issues. But, unfortunately, the superstitions of the most popular religions still control a significant part of the cultural narrative. They fight vigorously to maintain their customer base. They fight against the progress of science. These people are the true enemies of progress. They fight against the discoveries of the hard sciences and facts to keep you a paying customer.
The Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (1) are behind most anti-science rhetoric. They control much of the cultural narrative, which programs, negative bias, and prejudice. They justify everything from ethnic, religious, and gender discrimination to outright war and genocide.
Here is a chart of religions by population (2).
If you want to learn how to seek out new ideas, the first thing you need to do is examine the boundaries of your worldview. Ask yourself the question, “when was the last time I challenged my thinking and my beliefs?” Confronting your beliefs is the first step to spiritual and intellectual growth.
Perhaps you are one of those who aren’t satisfied with the answers or the circular logic often used to support the most popular approaches to spirituality. Instead, take steps to become a Freethinker. Learn to grow spiritually and intellectually by creating your path.
We don’t expect you to agree with everything. So we hope it is a catalyst to challenge the way you think. We encourage everyone to seek out new ideas about spirituality. It’s true. We’ll occasionally tread upon your “sacred ground,” hoping it will open your mind. That’s what an excellent teacher should do.
So, after you ask the question about challenging your thinking, then do it. Please do it now. Write down your most sacred beliefs. Then, do some independent research, specifically looking for sources that contradict or present a different view. By entertaining these opposite points of view, you will grow.
There are only two steps to the path of growth and development. First, identify your current opinions and beliefs. Then, the second step is the challenge them. You can do this. You need to grow. Your future and the future of the world depend on people who are awake. Learn how to seek out new ideas and grow spiritually and intellectually.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) World Religions by Population, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia