Testing Your Path is a Wise Practice
I test and readjust my path when I find I’m not getting the results I want. If I’m not on the right path, then I change it. Testing confirms that you are on the right path. More and more people are finding that testing their path regularly is prudent. Let’s go over some of the reasons.
I understand people get comfortable with their beliefs. It’s comfortable. You develop friends with the same beliefs. But, just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Our comfort zone can be an unhealthy zone.
Testing Ensures We Are On The Right Path
It’s only natural to trust the spiritual road we are comfortable with. It’s also natural to trust those from whom we receive guidance and instruction. It’s more important for us 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 good paying customers. This is one of the best reasons for testing our path.
Some 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 testing our path is so important. Testing ensures we are on the right path.
The warrior who trusts his path doesn’t need to prove the other is wrong.”― Paulo Coelho
This quote is a common misconception. Mr. Coelho would have us believe that we should wear blinders and keep to our affairs. Everyone’s walk is indeed their responsibility. However, we also have a social responsibility. We should also warn others of potentially harmful teachings or teachers. If we know something is inherently harmful we should speak up.
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 who provide the teaching. This is why you need to make testing your path something you do regularly.
“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.
Top Reasons For Testing Your Path
The top reasons for questioning your path:
- The cultural narrative doesn’t want us to test our path. That means they have something to hide.
- You want to reach the desired destination.
- 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.
Questions to Test Your Path
Here are some 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 it offer a way to 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. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
Why I Test 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. Testing our path ensures we are on the right path.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia