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?
Many people don’t understand that spiritual exploration is at the opposite end of the spectrum from religion. Spiritual exploration has nothing to do with doctrine or dogma. It involves the application of spiritual tools/technologies to expand awareness and open the doors of consciousness. These spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science as having repeatable common experiential phenomena.
There are many ways to list these processes. We like this simplified method. Some of these technologies could be in more than one category:
- Firstly, the application of logical reasoning. This includes both deductive and inductive reasoning. In addition, there are several “logical tools” to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important tool is The Enneagram Personality Profile. This tool enables us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. It’s also an important doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Centering exercises through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, this progression includes several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi, Tei Ke.
- Lastly, there are a number of Healing modalities, including but not limited to Pejut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. This modality also includes awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
Finally, if this article resonates then please check out our blog. To see how this exercise fits into our blended learning process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Interested in learning these processes? Follow the link to learning options, and our page under FAQ.