At first, it is scary is to think that what you believe about spiritual reality might be wrong. It takes courage to confront and change your beliefs. So, has it occurred to you that you might be wrong?
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.”
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
Our group starts every meeting with the same question. “If what you believe about spiritual reality might be wrong, are you willing to confront and change your beliefs? If you can’t answer yes to this question, then you aren’t ready to engage in the process of spiritual exploration. You won’t be able to move past the boundaries of your current paradigm unless you are courageous enough to be able to leave all or some part of it behind in favor of a new or greater truth. You might be wrong, but even if you right it costs you nothing to honestly confront your beliefs. This is actually the ideal mindset. Always looking for new facts, new ways of looking at the world. It keeps you in beginner mindset, always willing and able to change your mind based on the facts. Always a beginner and never an expert.
How to Confront your Beliefs
In order 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.
Use Emotional Checks
Anytime 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. This is because when we face ideas conflicting with our current opinion it creates a dilemma. We instinctively react to protect our sacred ground. You don’t want to conduct research while in a state of distress.
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What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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