Beware The False Light ― What is the False Light in Spirituality?

Beware The False Light ― What is the False Light in Spirituality?

If you don’t know what it is, you may end up following something that leads you nowhere.

Beware the False Light

Several things use this term.  For instance, law, physics, and engineering all use this term.  We want to know about a specific deceptive illumination that we find in spirituality.

This deception starts with misusing our desire to explore.  Every modern advancement results from our innate desire to explore things.  We want to explore unknown things.  This desire prompts us on our spiritual quest.

Beware the false light that denies credible evidence and facts.  This is what happens someone mistakes metaphors of mythology for real events.  This type of misuse is not only unproductive, but it also installs thinking and values that have negative results.  Unfortunately, this type of misuse is what gives spirituality a bad reputation.  It associates everything spiritual with religious mythology.

What is the False Light in Spirituality?

It is teaching or teacher without substance.  It is a counterfeit for spiritual substance.  A counterfeit leaves you empty and needing more.  A counterfeit teacher makes promises but cannot deliver.  Counterfeit teaching can never quench our natural desire to explore our awareness, seek our answers to the unknown.  A counterfeit distracts with contradictory messages that hide real intent to keep you a paying customer.

What is the false light in spirituality?  Could it be religion? Yes.  Religion is the source of most false spiritual light.  Not all religions, just those who divert us from our inner quest.  You can spot religions that sell counterfeits because they use a classic bate and switch tactic.  They use promises to bate, us and substitute something else because they fail to but fail to have tools we need for spiritual exploration.

Instead, they offer Afterlife promises in an attempt to divert us from our fear of death.  Some religions also make promises of prosperity.  But when you don’t get rich.  They tell you haven’t given them enough. These are all part of their brainwashing techniques we know as groupthink manipulation tactics.  They use these to shape your values and behaviors. Beware the false light!

None of this has anything to do with meeting your need for an inner quest.  Religious stories, doctrines, or beliefs are a poor substitute for a true spiritual quest.  These are nothing more than distractions.  You can spot those who use these ploys because they all use similar sales tactics:

1. Above all membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being (God or Gods)
2. Justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
3. Belief in afterlife rewards and punishment

Does this sound familiar? Beware the false light of Abrahamic religions.  These are the religions of Semitic origin which include Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.  And that’s why these religions are fast-food of spirituality.   They need you to believe their superstitions and mythologies are facts instead of metaphors.  If they can do this, they have a paying customer.  This is a classic bate and switch tactic.  Don’t fall for it.


Western Organized Religion created counterfeit commercialism.  They use smoke and mirrors to sell afterlife promises.  They don’t know how to meet our inherent spiritual need to explore our inner nature. What is the false light in spirituality?  It is commercialized spirituality.  This is selling the afterlife    It is a good example of false spirituality.  It is selling the afterlife as a substitute for the fear of death.

Unfortunately, our modern cultures model themselves similarly.  People seek happiness by purchasing things, but this joy is short-lived.  Things quickly lose their value.  That’s because things will never be an adequate substitute for our need to explore our consciousness. So, both Western religion and commercialism are a part of the same deceptive illumination. So, if someone asks, what is the false light in spirituality, now you know what to tell them.

The True Light

The True Light is consciousness exploration.  Many indigenous cultures center their efforts around techniques to explore this inner journey.  These early explorers are pioneers of consciousness and awareness.  So, not all religions sell counterfeit spirituality.  Some Eastern religious traditions are gatekeepers of spiritual technologies for exploring consciousness.  We salute those traditions that preserve and keep this knowledge pure.

In contrast, for many others being spiritual means living a life that exhibits man’s higher virtues of the spirit. It’s not what you believe but what you do with your life that counts.  It’s not about a part of an exclusive club, but about promoting equity and equality for all people.  In this case, spirituality relates to processes that expand awareness.  Rather, it’s about consciousness and spiritual development not adherence to dogma.  These are spiritual technologies of spiritual exploration.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring 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.

In Conclusion

What is the false light in spirituality?  It is anything that doesn’t illuminate our path for inner exploration.  It is superstition and mythology masquerading as a counterfeit for an authentic path of exploration.

In conclusion, you don’t need to believe in any religion to use the spiritual technologies listed above.  All you need to do is follow a process.  It’s just like baking a cake.  You follow a recipe and you get something delicious.

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

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