Treat your mind to something it will love. Help it see through the boundaries your beliefs keep in place. Love your mind enough to provide it with tools to expand the mind.
Enhancing Observational Skills
Our ability to perceive is in direct relation to our observational skills. So, by enhancing observation, you will expand your ability to perceive reality. Your mind is going to love this. It will change the way to view and value reality.
Expand your ability to observe, and you also enhance your thinking ability. When you increase both, your reality changes. To do this, you must conquer the inner world of the mind. It seems like an impossible task, but You can do this.
Before we get to the observational skills, let’s talk about what gets in the way. We need to identify and remove those first before adding the new skills.
Your Beliefs Are the Problem
Our beliefs are boundaries that limit our perception and so affect our powers of observation. We only perceive what we expect and our beliefs are the filter of perception. Beliefs filter out anything that doesn’t fit what we expect. If you cannot accept things that don’t fit your current reality, then the mind ignores them.
The more boundaries you have, the more difficult it is to “perceive” what is really there. So, those who entrench themselves in religious dogma are subject to selective blindness. Defining your own reality becomes an impossible goal because you are blind to the possibilities and opportunities that arise.
Some are comfortable being blind. Awakening these people is challenging. That’s because religious programming prevents them from considering anything outside their worldview.
Unlearning these boundaries isn’t easy. It requires courage to “get past” the current paradigm. However, your paradigm isn’t like a set of Legos. You can’t take it apart piece by piece. Your paradigm is like a piñata. You must smash to bits before you see what is inside. Seeing inside gives you clarity. So, you cannot define your own reality until you can learn to observe and fix your internal programming.
In the 1970s, people began the use of a process for confronting and removing the cultural narrative implanted by Western organized religion. They called this process deprogramming. It was an involuntary, painful process for the subject. It made them confront the inconsistencies and fallacies of their beliefs head-on.
This process works, but most people don’t want to be tied to a chair or confined to a room to undergo this type of intensive inner work. Doing it voluntarily takes more time, but it can be done. It’s like taking off a band-aide a little at a time. Our hats go off to those who are brave enough to confront their religious beliefs voluntarily.
Observation is a skill set you can learn. This starts with learning to observe your inner world. Many people make the mistake of working on external methods first. But before you can observe the outer world, you need to learn to observe your inner world.
You must clean up the lens through which you observe. All observation takes place in the mind. Sorry, there isn’t any simple way to do this because you’ve likely accumulated a lot of beliefs and expectations that get in the way of really seeing. So enhancing observational skills begins with the inward journey.
The first step is learning to “see” through what you “believe” should be “there.” Moving beyond expectations is important. Our mind sees only what it expects to see. It blocks out everything else that doesn’t fit. Thankfully, several spiritual technologies help us move beyond the boundaries of belief.
There are some specific tools excellent for enhancing observational skills. The first one we recommend is the Enneagram of Personality. This will show you the thought scripts of your personality and instinct. Then, you also must confront the programming of the cultural narrative that installs beliefs and values.
Finally, there are also specific observational tactics you can use once you’ve cleaned the lens of belief. This is the last step. Don’t skip ahead and try to use these before you deal with your programming. Otherwise, it will frustrate you when they don’t work.
Next is a list of all the ancient technologies that can help you break through the programming and enhance both your internal and external observational skills.
Tools for Defining Your Own Reality
Spiritual technologies are 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. 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 your 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 them 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 of 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, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come 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.
Defining your own reality seems like a great idea. But are willing to do the inner work necessary to achieve it. You must first identify and fix the programming of your self-talk and values. Enhancing observational skills requires inner work. People shy away from the path of inner observation. But those who create their new reality say it is worth the effort.
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