Should you seek your personal truth or love? If you pick the right one first, the other will follow naturally. However, if you pick the wrong one first, you lose them both. You have a 50/50 chance, but a lot is riding on this. So, make the right decision.
We are choice makers. Almost everything we do involves a choice. Sometimes simple choices can have a tremendous impact. What do we pursue in life to find happiness and fulfillment? Can we get both, or do we need to choose between the two? It would seem that truth is an analytical choice, and love would be a choice we make with the heart. But, this is incorrect.
Personal Truth or Love?
Your personal or individual truth is the gateway to the virtues of the spirit. These are gratitude, joyfulness, happiness, love, thankfulness, blissfulness, appreciation, mindfulness, and serenity. These are the higher values of the human state. When these positive values shine, everyone, and everything benefits. That’s why seeking our own individual truth is so important.
Once you open up these virtues of the spirit, several magnificent things happen. Important personal truths will become clear. And the truth may surprise you. You’ll likely find that your heart’s desire does not live in collecting things. Nor does it come from achievements or material success. Instead, it’s finding an outlet for the virtues that are surfacing. This could take the shape of many positive things. Compassion for other people and our world is a natural outcome. How you use these virtues depends upon your sphere of influence.
Should you seek personal truth or love? I say, seek your personal or inner truth. For all the virtues of the spirit come from opening the profound nature of your inner truth. — Guru Tua
Finding Your Inner Truth
Truth is always available. It is the awareness linking you to the transcendent. And the transcendent is the flame of consciousness living in your heart. It connects your spirit or Soul to your body. The more you open your heart, the greater your access to the virtues of the spirit. The key is opening the heart.
One point of advice, be wary of those who claim they have the secret to your personal truth. We cannot find this truth in any book or affiliation with any belief system. It is not to be found in any religion or ideology. Also, beware of those who say they have discovered a fresh way to this truth. In our experience, this turns out to be someone rebranding the ancient spiritual technologies.
Regular meditation opens the heart if you practice a form that embraces pure consciousness. There is only awareness in the state of pure consciousness – no thoughts. Regular meditation brings this personal truth into your waking and dreaming consciousness. When you do this, then the virtues of the spirit can flow in your life. Showing love, compassion, friendliness, respect, and understanding will be natural and effortless. In fact, many ancient spiritual technologies open up your awareness, making access possible.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
These tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
Spiritual exploration does not involve belief in a religion. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly. In turn, this helps us avoid many of the common obstacles.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s beneficial for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly. This keeps them fresh in our minds.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning. This article summarizes logic. 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.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks. It helps us research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
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 tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and 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 personality profile. 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 help you understand 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 together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. Using these modalities helps improve 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 group is a 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 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.
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. Vedic medicine is also available, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Opportunities for Daily Inner Work
Everyday life events are potential gateways to the knowledge of our personal truth. Our truth is our Soul or spirit lives in a place of peace and serenity. When something or someone frustrates or makes us angry, this is the Universe providing an opportunity. It’s telling us we have a unique event that we can use to open our hearts. When this negative emotion arises, stop and take a breath.
For example, if someone says something that makes you angry, stop. Take a breath and listen, instead of thinking about what you want to say. Simply listen. You’ll discover that often their words come from a place of pain or fear. They want you to join in with them. But don’t do it. Let your breathing make you calm. Just breathe and listen. Don’t let their words make you angry. If you do this successfully, the virtues of spirit will come forward. Often the other person will sense this peace and calmness.
Life’s frustrations give us moments to practice. Each of these events presents us with the gateway to the virtues of the spirit. Yes, as crazy as it seems, these are excellent events. Let’s say you are driving your car. And, you probably think your care is invisible. That’s because it seems like every slow driver is pulling out in front of you.
When you realize your frustration, stop, and breathe. Don’t automatically think the person ahead of you is an idiot. Ask yourself about the possibilities of their situation. Perhaps they are emotionally distraught over something, and they aren’t paying attention. Maybe they are physically ill or disabled. Send them some good vibes instead of cussing.
It’s not a choice between personal truth or love. Seek your inner truth first. Love will follow. Don’t miss the opportunities to cultivate the virtues of the spirit. Learn to turn negative emotions into events of positive change. Learn and use as many of the spiritual technologies as possible. Doing so will make your journey more pleasant and exciting.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia