There’s a lot of confusion around all spiritual terminology. Some of this is intentional. So, the following is an attempt to clarify some of these differences.
Tools of Consciousness Development
Everyone has their own way of awakening. And, each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. 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. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools of consciousness that anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Other schools of thought have a similar eclectic approach. 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 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. 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.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall 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. Furthermore, superstition and beliefs of religion cannot be substantiated by any independent evidence. They can not be verified by any scientific methodology. 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.
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. Groupthink manipulation tactics make religious beliefs impervious to any evidence.
It should be obvious that there are great 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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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia