The ability to confront what you believe is the beginning of freedom. See how to cultivate this mindset.
The most profound questions are those that examine our boundaries of belief. Our group starts every meeting with the question, if what you believe is wrong, would you change your beliefs? Your answer to this question tells a lot about your readiness to learn.
Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?
When you entertain the notion that you could 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. This adventure is what we call spiritual exploration. Joseph Campbell calls this quest The Hero’s Journey.
If what you believe is wrong, you need to have the freedom and wisdom 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 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.
Is It Possible You Could Be Wrong?
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 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 on to them, or you can change or discard them altogether. 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 a 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. Ask them to 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 have a positive experience with new spiritual technologies. They must be able to ask themselves, is it possible that my worldview isn’t correct?
When they are ready, the next step is a comparative analysis. This is a scientifically based system of comparative religious study, which takes the key elements of your beliefs and compares them with similar beliefs in other religions. This brings us back to the question, 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. Think of this process 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.
Is it possible our ideology is flawed? This emotional trigger cuts deep to the core of our psyche. If we could be wrong about some things, then we might be wrong about others. This shakes the foundation of our worldview. When this happens, follow the guidelines to help you regain emotional equilibrium.
Enhance your Critical Thinking
Spiritual technologies are ancient methods for exploring the human spirit. They come from cultures all around the globe. They are time-tested by generations of use. These practical mental tools help us expand awareness. Some open the doors to higher states of consciousness.
The methods we select are tools that can stand up to the rigorous test of science. They are repeatable processes. Several of these processes produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include brainwave coherence, lower heart rates, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these states of consciousness differ from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use them, all you need to do is follow the process. They are like a cake recipe. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious. They do not the belief or faith in any religious doctrine.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone has their own path. You can start with any of these methods. The more you use, the better.
The beginning of freedom begins when you ask the right questions. The hard questions are those that challenge our beliefs. Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong? Is It possible you could be wrong? Spiritual exploration is all about getting comfortable saying I don’t know.
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Does spiritual exploration interest you? If so, we offer both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. We use a blended learning process to get the best learning outcomes. This blended approach aligns with what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey (1).
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia