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The Difference Between Spiritual Exploration and Superstition

Spiritual Exploration Verses Superstition

There’s a lot of confusion around all spiritual terminology.  Some of this is intentional.  So, the following is an attempt to clarify the difference between spiritual exploration and superstition.

What is Spiritual Exploration?

Spiritual exploration is the practice of processes we call 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.

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.


Superstition involves the belief in supernatural causality without any apparent link.  Furthermore, superstition it is not verifiable by independently repeatable experience or other physiology evidence. It is the belief that some divine agency is responsible for phenomena. Superstition is the result of cultural programming.  It’s designed to elicit negative emotional reactions. This programming contains messages of prejudice and bias, hate of dissimilar people, or ideas; fear of the unknown, and false conceptions of causation.  All in all, superstition is a form of harmful social conditioning.

Superstition and Mythology in Western Organized Religion

Much of western organized religion, The  Abrahamic religions (The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) contain superstitious beliefs. These center around mythologies borrowed from earlier cultures.  They can be traced directly to Persia, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Greek mythology.  Since it’s inception western theology has morphed into over 5,000 mutually exclusive hierarchies.  Each one picks and chooses from a variety of teachings and sacred texts.  The programming centers on creation myths, eschatology, and prophecy.

The goal of superstition is to control thought, values and behavior. This tactic isn’t new.  Its the creation of Hammurabi, the sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty circa 1790 BCE.  The Western theological construct employs his methodology 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 fact, many of his practices are quoted in what has become known as the Old Testament.

In Conclusion

It should be obvious that there are great differences between superstition and spiritual exploration.  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.

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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