Fact is, organized religions don’t want you to question their doctrines. This is because if you discover the facts you might leave. Religion is all about creating and maintaining paying customers.
Don’t Trust Blindly — Test Your Path Continually
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 indeed 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 you should test your path continually.
Questions to Test your Path
Here are some questions to ask yourself about your path. This will help you determine if you continue or seek another way.
- If you trust your path, why do you trust your path? Do you have trust in your path because you have been told to do so? Or, because you have ferreted out the truth of the path and its destination?
- Does your path produce fruit in the present, or is its focus on Afterlife promises?
- Has your path awakened or expanded your awareness?
- Does your path open the doors to higher states of consciousness?
- Does your path open your heart to the virtues of the spirit?
- Are your spiritual gifts available to you through your path?
- Has your path helped you to help others and the world?
How to Find Accurate Sources
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.
Most importantly, make it a habit to test your path. Don’t trust blindly.
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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