How Religious Beliefs Differ from the Tools of Consciousness

How Religious Beliefs Differ from the Tools of Consciousness

There’s a lot of confusion about the differences between religion, spirituality and consciousness development  The following is an attempt to clarify some of the issues.

Tools of Consciousness

Everyone has their own way of awakening.  We have unique spiritual gifts and we are on different timetables. Awakening is a process.  We of accessing the spiritual gifts are sleeping in our DNA.  When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion.  It opens our minds to new potentials.
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. We enjoy the benefits of generations of research.  The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies.  These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
The tools of consciousness stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And, higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming).
You need not follow a religion to use these tools. All you need to do is follow the process.  For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions.  Their focus is on exploring consciousness and developing human potential.
You will find this eclectic in other systems.  For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective.  After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years.  So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools of 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.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

Religious Beliefs and Superstition

Superstition involves the belief in supernatural causality without any apparent link.  This is the essence of the mythologies that make up Western organized religion. Superstition and beliefs of religion cannot be substantiated by any independent evidence.  They can not be verified by any scientific method.  So, there is no difference between superstition and the beliefs behind the mythology of most religions.

Religious beliefs and superstition depend upon “divine agency” for the source of their authority.  Superstition gives weight to cultural programming.  It’s designed to elicit negative emotional reactions to any threat. This programming contains messages of prejudice and bias, hate of dissimilar people, or ideas; fear of the unknown, and false conceptions of causation.  The superstitions and prejudices of Western organized religion result in harmful social conditioning.

The Mythology of Western Organized Religion

Western organized religion includes the Abrahamic religions of Semitic origin.  These are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  These religions are the rebranding of the ancient Persia, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Greek mythologies.  Since its inception, Western theology has morphed into more than 5,000 mutually exclusive hierarchies.  Each one picks from a variety of teachings and sacred texts.  The programming centers on creation myths, eschatology, and prophecy.  All of this is superstition. Groupthink manipulation tactics make religious beliefs impervious to any evidence.

The goal of superstition is to control thought, values, and behavior. This tactic isn’t new.  It’s the creation of Hammurabi, the sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty circa 1790 BCE.  The Western theological construct uses his method of indoctrinating the most vulnerable in the culture.  This begins with children but has tendrils to adopt anyone in an emotional or financial crisis.

In Conclusion

It should be obvious that there are substantial differences between the superstition of religious beliefs and the tools of consciousness development.  This is especially true of the superstitions in the Abrahamic traditions. So, the question is, are you following mythological superstition or involving yourself in spiritual exploration? This topic also dovetails with the difference between spiritual exploration and religion.

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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Hammurabi, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia

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