Testing my path is a part of my routine. Testing our path ensures we are on the right path. This is a wise choice. Come learn why and how to do it.
Testing Your Path is Smart
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 people find testing their path regularly is the smart thing to do. Let’s go over some 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 Our Path 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 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. Therefore, 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 (1)
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 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 testing my path is a part of my regular annual routine. 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. ― Carlos Castaneda (2)
Mr. Castaneda gives us an outline of how to approach testing the 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 as many valid 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, then it does not “have a heart.” If the road is only for “the chosen few,” then it is discriminatory, then it 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 of the cultural narrative don’t want you to test your path. If you do, you’ll see how they use the narrative to control you.
2) You want to develop. If you want to progress, you must adjust your path from time to time. You add the tools you need and adjust your path.
3) Time is limited use it wisely. You only have so much time. Please don’t waste it on the wrong road.
4) Counterfeit roads and teachers are harmful. It’s smart 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 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 on the right path.
- 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 a 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
There are several ancient spiritual technologies effective for consciousness exploration. These result from hundreds of years of research. This kind of research is at the heart of many ancient cultures. The results come through generations of continual teaching and testing. Everyone can use these processes to find their path. We recommend the use of a variety of spiritual tools.
How do you find those who are legitimate? Do your research. Here’s a link to help you find an excellent teacher. Below is a list of the spiritual technologies that we suggest.
Spiritual technologies are tools for developing and exploring consciousness. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our own blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers prove these partitions of awareness differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions. This helps us avoid many of the common obstacles of deception in our culture. The primary tools in this group are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphone to review these tools every month. This keeps them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the basic use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. We incorporate the use of emotional checks with this process to maintain our emotional equilibrium. This helps us think more clearly by reducing interference from our emotions.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. This makes it a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate profile of your personality. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. The practice of meditation is now common knowledge. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. This involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. Using these modalities helps improve mind and body connection, which positively affects our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This is a category with a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.
Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows. This is your best coach. It also includes exercises like automatic writing. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures. It serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand. They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable. So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.
Modalities for Healing
The last group includes a diverse set of healing practices such as Vedic medicine, Pe Jet from Indonesia, Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan. Practical methods for Self-care techniques round out this a vital category. The practice of any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy.
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. Testing our path ensures we are on the right path.
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(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