Fact is, organized religions don’t want you to question their doctrines. That’s because you might discover things that would prompt you to leave. They don’t want to lose good paying customers. This is one of the best reasons to test your path.
Many organized religions are harmful. They use groupthink manipulation to program bias and prejudice. They justify this to make you believe it is alright to hate and discriminate. This is why it’s good to test your path. This is why you must learn to test your path.
I Test My Path — I Don’t Trust Blindly
The warrior who trusts his path doesn’t need to prove the other is wrong.”― Paulo Coelho
Mr. Coelho would have us believe that we should wear blinders and keep to our own affairs. Mostly, we agree. Our walk is our responsibility. However, we also have a social responsibility. We should also warn others of potentially harmful teachings or teachers.
Anyone who is socially aware will naturally want to help others avoid pitfalls. If you know of erroneous and harmful teachers, practices, by all means, help others avoid them. That’s why I test my path and those whom provide the teaching. This is why you need to test your path continually.
“A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you… Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question…. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”
Mr. Castaneda gives us an outline of how to approach testing and questioning spiritual road. To look deliberately is to assess the intent and goal of the spiritual route. Trying as many times as necessary means using all the resources to investigate. Identify the intention behind the system. Look at it from several points of view. Use different sources. Look into the meaning of its symbolism and history.
Finally, does this spiritual road have heart? To have heart means does it foster positive thinking and behavior for everything and everyone? If the road is selective, then it does not have heart. If the road is only for “the chosen few” then it is discriminatory. It does not have heart.
The Three Main Reasons to Test Your Path
The three main reasons for questioning your path:
- You only have so much time. Don’t waste it on the wrong road.
- Counterfeit roads and teachers are harmful. It’s smart to avoid getting misused and hurt.
- You miss opportunities to grow and to help others.
I test my path in this way. If what I believe is wrong, I want to know. I want to change what I believe if it is taking me in the wrong direction.
More Questions to Test Your Path
Here are some additional questions to ask yourself about your spiritual road. This will help you determine if you are going the right way.
- Why do you trust the road you are on? Do you trust it because you have been told to do so? Or, because you have ferreted out the truth for yourself and find it has heart?
- Does walking this spiritual road produce fruit in the present, or is its focus on Afterlife promises?
- Has your path awakened or expanded your awareness and conscience?
- Does it have methods for opening the doors to higher states of consciousness?
- Does if offer a way open the virtues of the spirit?
- Are your spiritual gifts available to you through this spiritual roadway?
- Has your path helped you to help others and the world?
- Assess your spiritual teacher. Make sure they are providing tools.
How to Find Accurate Sources
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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. 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.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
I test my path. You should test your path. There are many good reasons to test your path. So, make it a habit. Testing your path is smart. Don’t trust blindly.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia