Should you seek your “personal truth” or love? If you pick the right one first, the other will follow naturally, but you lose them both if you choose the wrong one first. Find out how to make the right choice.
We are choice makers. Almost everything we do involves a choice. Sometimes simple decisions 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” truth is so important.
Once you open up these virtues of the spirit, several magnificent things happen. Important personal truths will become clear. And what you find is true 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. It 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 thread of consciousness 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 within our nature. 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. You cannot find it in any religion, holy text, 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.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
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. Many ancient spiritual technologies can open up your awareness, making access possible.
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. 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 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 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. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools 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 smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become helpful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language 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 truth-seekers 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.
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. It makes the Enneagram 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 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 our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding exercises focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. 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 technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and 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 crucial 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.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
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. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. 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 to what someone is saying, and you’ll likely discover the words they speak trigger something associated with pain or fear in your worldview. For now, put this topic on the shelf for further research.
Let your breathing make you calm. Just breathe and listen. Don’t let allow someone else’s words to 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.
This encounter will lead you to investigate whether your opinion or position protects something worthy or unworthy of your reaction. The way you determine what is “worthy” is to determine if your situation is healthy for yourself, everyone, and everything. If your opinion doesn’t support a positive, inclusive, and non-discriminatory philosophy, then it is unworthy of your anger.
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 extraordinary 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 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