There is more to forget than there is to learn. ― Guru Tua
We have limited time. We need to make room for what is important. This means we need to learn the things we should forget to make room for the things we should remember.
Some people measure their progress or success by the number of things they gather. But more and more we are learning it’s the quality, not the quantity that matters. It’s the same with spiritual matters. Some people measure their spiritual progress by how much they know and how much they memorize. But again it turns out it’s more about remembering the things that are important.
Learn The Things We Should Forget
This is a major life-hack. If you learn to apply it to your life, then you will benefit in many ways. You will save time and effort. You will be more productive and enjoy life more. Learning the things that we should eliminate from our lives and fresh opportunities have room to show up.
There are three things we need to learn to leave behind. First, the programming of the cultural narrative which contains bias, prejudice, and justification for the misuse of people and the planet. If you can’t see this operating in the environment, then you must enhance your observational skills. Because if you can’t see it, you can’t forget it.
The second is the unhealthy programming scripts of Ego, controlling our personality and instincts. Not all the programming of the Ego is unhealthy. It only gets that way when it warped out of shape, by the programming of the cultural narrative. We need to identify it, eliminate the harmful and then we should forget it.
The third is the things that are a waste of time and energy. This is is a de-cluttering exercise that involves the mind and the environment. Junk can be physical or mental. Most of the time, it is both. Getting rid of the clutter of the mind includes an attachment to physical objects.
Yes, there is much more to forget than there is to learn. Our institutions teach us mythology and history as facts. So, we should forget and unlearn these things. They sell us things and ideologies that clutter our lives. We must reject them. It’s important to learn the things we need to get rid of. Otherwise, they will obscure our perception of reality. ― Guru Tua
1) The Programing of the Cultural Narrative
The cultural narrative is the driving force in our lives. Although this narrative differs on the surface, it shares some common tactics. One of these tactics is to keep you busy and distract your attention. One way to engage you in the memorization of useless information. Then, use this to distort your memories and thinking. In this way, you are engaging your mind in things that keep you from observing what is going on. Heaven forbid if you start thinking for yourself. This is why you need to question the cultural narrative.
So, the key to becoming a freethinker is to learn what to learn. Learn which things are important to your heart and discard the things they are just distractions. Forgetting the things that are consuming your time and distracting you from what is going on.
2) Unhealthy Programing of Ego
The Ego isn’t evil. It is a necessary tool for connecting our consciousness to our bodies. It provides a default set of thinking patterns, behavioral modes, and values that we need to acclimate us to this life.
The problem is that none of us grow up in ideal situations. The more trauma we face, the more our programing gets twisted. The more levels of harmful cultural programing we receive easier, it is for these institutions to control us.
3) Decluttering the Mind and Our Environment
Commercialism starts its programming earlier in our lives. Companies and institutions sell us things by learning to trigger our basic instincts. Fear is the biggest motivator, they have devised many creative tactics to influence our thinking.
This is a very complicated process for many people. That’s because of our identity, our beliefs, our feelings are all tied together with the programming of the Ego and our dominant cultural narrative. So, there is no one size fits all approach. However, some excellent resources can help you through this process. Peter Walsh is an author we recommend.
The Things We Should Remember
If you think about it, we are our memories. If we lose our memories, we become a blank slate. However, studies show our memories change over time. We can color them in unique ways. So, one thing we want to hold on to is our memories. We can learn to adjust them to remember the important life lessons.
We recommend the use of an exercise for exploring memories. This is an exercise we work with at each session of our introductory phase one meeting. This will show you what you value and what you fear. It expands your awareness of dreams and memory.
Don’t overlook the important people in your life. Honoring your ancestors is a way of acknowledging the sacrifices of those who make our life possible. This is a common practice in many ancient cultures that we should not forget. Our lineage is part of our DNA.
Honor those who are in your life now. Don’t wait for them to become an ancestor before you acknowledge their presence. We should remember to tell those who have contributed to our growth.
Relationships are the source of many of our major life lessons. You should not try to forget these because they are part of who you are.
Memories are often anchors holding us hostage to the past. Memories can color the value of life and relationships. They can be tools for positive change, or they can hold us back. If we recognize their power, then we can use them to improve our life.
Memories can either bind us to the past or link us to the wisdom for living a more enlightened present. ― Guru Tua
3) Life Lessons of Wisdom
Creating lasting value in your life is about developing wisdom. Many believe we find the path to wisdom in understanding the lesson of these experiences. Your ability to learn depends upon the level of your awareness. Only then will you be able to understand their value. Perhaps the ones that don’t resonate with you are the ones you need the most. Lessons are one of the primary ways we learn the things we should remember.
4) Beneficial Spiritual Technologies
Spiritual technologies are the tools for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
These tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
Spiritual exploration does not involve belief in a religion. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly. In turn, this helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly. This keeps them fresh in our minds.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning. This article summarizes logic. It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks. It helps us research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate profile of our personality. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. The practice of meditation is now common knowledge. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing. techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory. Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows. This is your best coach. It also includes exercises like automatic writing. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures. It serves as evidence to the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey. A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand. They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable. So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet from Indonesia, or Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan. Vedic medicine is also available along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
More to Forget than there is to Learn
Learn the things we should remember and forget. Don’t get them mixed up.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Peter Walsh, Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life