“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
Perception is the mask hindering the truth. 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. The larger the mask the less we can see. The mask is made of belief. And, beliefs are nothing more than barriers. As a result, spiritual work which confronts our beliefs will increase our insight and perception.
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.
Seers and Shaman teach us that other levels of reality exist. There are processes enabling the expansion of awareness and higher states of consciousness. 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.
Perception is the Mask Made of Mythology
The cultural narrative programs our belief systems. The programming for modern religions come from mythologies dating back to the earliest civilizations.
“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 freethinking. 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. These are Abrahamic traditions of Semitic origin including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. None of these are original paradigms. They are an eclectic combination of the ancient traditions of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian. This is the bedrock of mythological superstition in Western culture.
However, believers of these paradigms don’t view their religion as mythology. They would admit that it contains a great deal of myth. But, at the same time, 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.
There are tools which can help us remove the mask of mythology. These are what we can spiritual technologies.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
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. As you move beyond this mask you can see new horizons. Likewise, we understand that leaving behind the falsehoods is just important as grasping the truths.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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