We have limited time. We need to make room for what is essential. So it is best to learn the things we should forget to make room for the things we should remember.
“There is more to forget than there is to learn. Some things we should leave behind and some things we should keep fresh in our minds. Learn the difference.” ― Guru Tua
Some people measure their progress or success by the number of things they gather. More and more, we are learning it’s the quality, not the quantity, that matters. It’s the same with spiritual issues. 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
Many people find this a significant life hack. If you learn to apply it to your life, 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 cultural narrative programming contains bias, prejudice, and justification for the misuse of people and the planet. If you can’t see this operating in the environment, 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 the cultural narrative distorts it. 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. It 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 mind’s clutter includes an attachment to material 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 necessary to learn the things we need to discard. Otherwise, they will obscure our perception of reality.
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. So they 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, so you need to question the cultural narrative.
So, the key to becoming a freethinker is to learn what to learn. Learn which things we should remember. Remember those who are essential to your heart. Discard the things that are just distractions—forgetting the things that consume 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 programming gets twisted. The more harmful cultural programming we receive, the easier it is for these institutions to control us.
3) Decluttering the Mind and Our Environment
Commercialism starts its programming earlier in our lives. The TV is the babysitter for busy parents. So, companies and institutions sell children things by learning to trigger our basic instincts. They have devised many creative tactics to influence our thinking.
Unraveling your real needs from those programmed by advertising This is a highly complex process for many people. That’s because our identity, beliefs, and feelings are tied together with the Ego’s programming 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 (1).
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 important life lessons.
We recommend the use of an exercise for exploring memories. It’s an exercise we work with at each session of our introductory phase one meeting. It will show you what you value and what you fear. It expands your awareness of dreams and memory.
Don’t overlook the crucial people in your life. Honoring your ancestors is a way of acknowledging the sacrifices of those who make our life possible. It’s 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. Please don’t wait for them to become an ancestor before acknowledging 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. Don’t forget these because they are part of who you are.
2) Fond Memories
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, we can use them to improve our lives.
“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 the actual value of life is understanding the lessons of life. 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
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. We offer this curriculum through individually tailored virtual learning sessions and in our face-to-face meetings. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become helpful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language 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 truth-seekers axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
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 cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is 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 personality profile. 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 help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding exercises focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial 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.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. 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. They find it 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. So, please don’t get them mixed up.
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(1) Peter Walsh, Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia