It is scary is to think that what you believe might be wrong. It takes courage to change your beliefs. But that’s how you grow it’s the beginning of freedom. See how you can do it.
The most profound questions are those that examine our boundaries of belief. Our group starts every meeting with this question. This is because your mindset affects your ability to learn.
Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?
When you entertain the notion that you might be wrong, this opens the door to consider other possibilities. This is a good thing. It’s a sign you are open-minded, maybe even a freethinker.
Are you willing to change your beliefs if they are wrong? If you answer yes, then you are ready for the adventure of your life. We call this adventure spiritual exploration. Joseph Campbell calls this quest The Hero’s Journey. If what you believe is wrong, you need to be able to change your beliefs when you get better information. This is how you grow. The fear you face is actually the beginning of freedom. Freedom to consider and grow.
Spiritual exploration has several elements that work together to open doors of perception and consciousness. But, not everyone is ready for this adventure. On the surface, many people think spiritual exploration would be an interesting excursion but soon discover that it inner work can be challenging. They have the misconception spiritual exploration will be like a boat ride on a gentle river when in reality it is more like base diving off a cliff. It takes courage to confront the possibility that you might be wrong about spiritual reality.
You Might be wrong, or you might be right
Ask yourself, has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong? You won’t be able to move past the boundaries of your current paradigm unless you are ready to leave behind the baggage that’s hindering growth. It takes courage to to leave behind beliefs when you encounter new data. When you examine your beliefs, it gives you choices. If what you believe is wrong, you can still hold onto them. Or, you can change or discard them altogether. But, if you do not examine them, then you miss the opportunity for change and growth.
This is actually the ideal mindset. Be ready to learn and change. The world is always changing. So, always be ready to accept new facts, then adjust your thinking to the new data. It keeps you in beginner mindset, always willing and able to change your mind based on the facts. Strive to be a beginner and never an expert.
The Beginning of Freedom Confronting Your Beliefs
To help participants in this endeavor, we use a blended learning approach containing a range of experiential and intellectual elements. For example, at the first meeting we start the process with an experiential element, a basic seated centering exercise, but then follow this with an intellectual exercise to document this experience and delve into the reasons for it. We ask them to list and examine their closely held beliefs. This will often show how they are maintaining a paradox.
The challenge is to seek, find and confront data, which provides opposing views to their own belief systems. We are not asking them to give up anything just honestly examine and weigh the facts that oppose their previously held ideas and beliefs. The reason for this is simple. The more spiritual boundaries and beliefs you have, the less likely you are to be able to have a positive experience with new spiritual technologies. We find it helpful to provide some guidance around the use of inductive logic.
When they are ready, the next step is a comparative analysis. This is a scientifically based system of comparative religious study. We take the main elements of the participants’ beliefs and compare them with other religions that have the same ideas. This brings the opening question up again, has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?
Use Emotional Checks
Emotional checks are a strategy to help minimize triggering negative emotions when you encounter ideas that conflict with your beliefs. Any time you engage in spiritual research, we recommend the use of emotional checks. This is a process to help you stay as unbiased as possible.
Emotional checks will reduce stress and increase the accuracy of our research. So, think of it as a safety net. It will catch us when we fall into emotional distress. You don’t want to conduct research while in a state of distress.
Enhance your critical thinking
Above all, these spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena. And, they also have unique physiological signatures different from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). So, they require no belief or faith in any religious doctrine. Therefore, all you need to do is follow the process correctly.
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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
The beginning of freedom begins when you ask the right questions. One of these is has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?
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 own path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia