Hence, your ability to observe is in direct relation to the boundaries of your beliefs about reality. In effect, your powers of observation determine your reality. This may not reflect reality at all.
So, the boundaries of your beliefs limit your powers of observation. Beliefs filter out anything that doesn’t fit. If you are unable to see or accept the facts about reality, then you ignore what conflicts with your boundaries of belief. Beliefs about reality are the problem.
The Extent of the Problem
In the 1970s people began the use of a process for confronting and removing the cultural narrative implanted by Western organized religion. This type of process is referred to as “deprogramming.’” It was an involuntary painful process for the subject. This is because it made them confront the inconsistencies and fallacies head on. It worked but most people need to be tied to a chair or confined to a room to undergo this type of intensive work. In order to deprogram someone voluntarily takes much more time. 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.
Improving Your Powers of Observation
You can train yourself in the skills of observation. The first step is learning to “see” through what you “believe” should be “there.” In other words, moving beyond expectations. Thankfully, there are a number of spiritual technologies that help us move beyond the boundaries of belief. Using these will increase your powers of observation. There also specific observational tactics you can employ. These too help you to move beyond belief.
What are 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. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
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.
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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