Perception is The Mask ― Confronting Our Illusions

Perception is The Mask ― Confronting Our Illusions

We don’t perceive reality. We see what we expect to find based on our beliefs.  So, our ability to perceive is in direct proportion to the size of our mask. Our limited perception is the mask hindering the truth.

The Mask

The larger the mask, the less we can see.  Our mask is made of beliefs.  And beliefs are nothing more than barriers.  As a result, spiritual work that confronts our beliefs will increase our insight and perception.  This is a destructive process.

“With spiritual work, the terms ‘is’ or ‘are’ become progressively replaced by the term ‘seems to’, which is due to the increasing realization of the degree to which perception is the mask that hinders truth.” — David R. Hawkins 

Confronting our Illusions

Good inner work confronts our beliefs.  The ability to see beyond or through our beliefs sets us free.  The goal of inner work enables us to take off the mask of illusions.  In this sense, the path is more about seeing our illusions than grasping the truth. This doesn’t mean the search for truth is unworthy.

The path of truth is a lifelong journey.  As we learn to discern the facts from fiction, that mask comes off a little more.  Even moving the mask to the side one or two degrees makes a life-changing shift possible. The shift allows us to notice other possibilities.  Confronting our illusions is the only way we grow.

Seers and Shaman teach us that other levels of reality exist. These are processes that expand awareness. Most people are born with access to three states of consciousness, waking, dreaming, and sleeping.  However, this is But the dominant Western cultural narrative does not want you to seek these possibilities.  They want to keep paying customers.  It’s all about control.  The cultural narrative is all about control.

Above all, fill your life with hope and allow yourself to become vulnerable.  Open your eyes to social injustice. Learn to live a courageous life.  Learn to face your fears.

Perception is the Mask of Mythology

The cultural narrative programs our beliefs.  Half of the population of the world is controlled by three religions. These are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. None of these are original paradigms.  They are the rebranding of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. This is the bedrock of mythological superstition in Western culture.

“One man’s myth is another man’s religion.” — Joseph Campbell

We understand mythology becomes powerful in a cultural narrative dominated by any religion.  However, not all religions are harmful. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have the least barriers to free-thinking.  In fact, many encourage the development of your own path. This contrasts with the concerns of Western organized religion, which are the heart of the Western cultural narrative.

Western organized religion has by far the most boundaries and restrictions dictating values and thought.  As a result, these are harmful.  They adversely affect our ability to think and reason.  So, they restrict our ability to move beyond the default settings of normal reality.

However, believers of these paradigms don’t view their religion as mythology. They would admit that it contains a great deal of myth.  But, they believe in its divine inspiration.  You can point out errors in fact and logic until midnight.  But unless they can admit to at least one of these problems, they will remain staunch believers. It’s a testament to the power of groupthink manipulation to skew the core of perception.  Their masks are firmly in place. Perception is the mask ― distorting the truth.  Confronting our illusions helps us see mythology as metaphors instead of facts.

There are tools that can help us remove the mask of mythology. These are what we can spiritual technologies.

Spiritual Technologies

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.

Critical Thinking

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. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
 
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to which to assist in exploring and comparing 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

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.  

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the 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

Healing practices are the final group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, 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.

Final Thoughts

Above all, perception is the mask that hinders the truth. And, the largest part of the mask is religious mythology.  So, moving beyond the barriers of mythology is one of the major goals of real spiritual work.  Confronting our illusions is the only way to take off the mask.

Likewise, we understand that leaving behind the falsehoods is just important as grasping the truths.  In fact, once you take off the mask you’ll find that your personal truth is the most important truth you will discover.

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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.

References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia

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