Why Testing Your Path Is Smart

Learn Why Testing Your Path Is Smart

Testing my path is a part of my routine; it ensures we get where we want to go. It’s a wise choice.  Come learn why and how to do it.

I Test My Path How About You?

It is wise to test and readjust your path accordingly. Let’s go over some reasons. When you find out you are going down a dead-end, get off and find a better way.  Testing confirms that you are on the right path.  More people find testing their beliefs is the intelligent thing to do.

I understand people get comfortable with their beliefs. You develop friends with the same opinions.  But, just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean it’s healthy.  Don’t stay on a destructive path because it’s the only one you known. Our comfort zone can be an unhealthy zone.

Testing Your Path Ensures We Are On The Right Path

It’s only natural to trust the spiritual road we are on.  It’s also natural to trust those who give us guidance and instruction.  It’s more important to be on the right path than one that’s comfortable.

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 paying customers.  It’s one of the best reasons for testing our path.

Some religions are harmful.  They use self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation techniques to program bias and prejudice.  They justify this to make you believe it is alright to hate and discriminate. It makes you think things like genocide and genital mutilation are just fine.  After all, their imaginary friend endorses it.

Therefore, it’s good to test your path.  When you ask the right questions, you determine if someone or some organization is using you.

I test my path I don't trust blindly

Here’s a typical response we get when someone tells us that they have no reason to question others’ beliefs.

“The warrior who trusts his path doesn’t need to prove the other is wrong.” ― Paulo Coelho (1)

We think this is a common misconception.  When someone tells us to wear blinders and keep to our affairs, it should prompt you to see why they don’t want us to prove something is wrong?

We have a social responsibility to warn others of potentially harmful things, including teachings or teachers.  If we know something is inherently dangerous, we should speak up.  When someone says, don’t question my beliefs, it’s time to start asking what they believe?

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 as a part of my regular annual routine.  Join me and make a habit of testing your path.

“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.” ― Carlos Castaneda (2)

Mr. Castaneda gives us an outline of approaching testing the spiritual road. To look deliberately is to assess the spiritual route’s intent and goal.  “Try 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 as many accurate sources as you can find.  Look into the meaning of its symbolism and history.

Finally, does this spiritual road “have a heart”? To have heart means does it foster positive thinking and behavior for everything and everyone?  If the road is selective, it does not “have a heart.”  If the road is only for “the chosen few,” then it is discriminatory and does not have a heart.

Top Reasons For Testing Your Path

The top reasons for questioning your path:

1) The cultural narrative controls you through programming. Those in control don’t want you to test your path.  If you start analyzing the cultural folklore’s doctrines, you’ll see how they use them to control you.

2) You want to develop.  If you’re going to progress, you must adjust your path from time to time. You add the tools you need and change the direction of your journey.

3) Time is limited use it wisely. Would you please not waste time on the wrong spiritual road?

4) Counterfeit roads and teachers are harmful.  It’s wise to avoid getting misused and hurt.  Test your sources often.

5) If you don’t test, you miss opportunities. 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 think if it takes me in the wrong direction.

Questions to Test Your Path

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your spiritual road.  It will help you determine if you are on the right path.

    • Why do you trust the road you are on? Do you trust it because of indoctrination as a child?  Or, because you have ferreted out the truth for yourself and find it has a heart?
    • Does walking this spiritual road produce fruit in the present, or is its focus on Afterlife promises? How much does it cost to gain afterlife rewards?  Is the afterlife an excuse not to face your existential fear of death?
    • Has your path opened your conscience helped others less fortunate to improve their life situation?
    • If you have a spiritual teacher, can you criticize and assess them?   Or is voicing a negative opinion off-limits?
    • Can you question the tenants of the system openly?  Or is this against the rules, even a crime?

How to Find Accurate Sources

If you research, always use sources outside the paradigm you are researching.  Those who align with a worldview are most likely to give misleading information.

When you are serious about spiritual exploration, find someone who provides tools.  Watch out for those who are looking for “followers.”  It’s only natural to seek out teachers.  Be sure to select teachers who provide the tools to find your way.

There are several ancient spiritual technologies useful for consciousness exploration.  These result from hundreds of years of research.  This kind of research is at the heart of many ancient cultures.  They are proven safe and effective through generations of use. Everyone can use these processes to find their path.  We recommend the use of a variety of spiritual tools.  Below is a list of the spiritual technologies that we suggest.

Spiritual Technologies

The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies.   They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit.   They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousnessCreate a path of your own design is the way to spiritual freedom.

These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine.  Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential.  All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake.  If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.

We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method.  These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology.  These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance.  Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

We divide these tools into four major categories:

Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods.  The more of them you use, the faster your progress.

Testing My Path

There are many good reasons to test your path.  So, make it a habit. “Testing your path” is wise.  Don’t trust blindly.  It’s the only way to ensure we are on the right road.

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References

(1) Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light, Wikipedia
(2) Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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