We don’t perceive reality. We see what we expect to find based on our worldview. The masks of our worldview distort the experience of the observer.
The Mask Of Belief
The larger our mask, the less we can see. Beliefs about reality are boundaries and barriers. These barriers hinder our thinking and perception. They create a worldview that is a prison. As a result, spiritual work that confronts our beliefs will increase our insight and perception. But beware, actual spiritual work is a destructive process. When you break down these walls, they come crashing down.
“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
Unfortunately, many people are proud to live by faith to the exclusion of facts. They enjoy their exposure to self-hypnosis, which is how belief takes precedent over facts and logic. People learn not to trust the facts or what they see.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”— 2 Corinthians 5:7 New International Version
The Truth of The Observer
The “real you” is the person you talk to inside your heads. It’s the aspect of consciousness that in ancient traditions call spirit, soul, or the Observer. It is not our personality or instincts which are elements of Ego. Our Ego is a necessary tool of awareness that connects our bodies to the observer.
The observer is our truth, our essence. The Observer is the Real You! The real us is what some call spirit, soul, or Source. “Source” is the underlying consciousness in everything. You’ve probably heard the statements, “We Are One,” “We are all Connected.”
There are many theories about who we are and why we are here. Many ancient traditions tell us these basic questions prompt us to take the Hero’s Journey. It encourages us to explore the unknown. We need to take back the steering wheel of awareness to do this. We need to learn about what triggers our emotional overrides and what it takes to calm the mind so we can be in the driver’s seat.
We can understand oneness intellectually, but it is another thing to experience it firsthand. When we are present, we connect with the Source of pure consciousness. Bottom line, when you are present — the real, you can show up. Presence allows the Observer to come out of the background.
Confronting our Illusions
Using inner work techniques helps us confront the mask of belief. It doesn’t matter what you believe; engaging your opinions about reality is a good thing. The ability to see beyond or through our worldview sets us free.
The goal of inner work enables us to take our masks off. In this sense, the path is more about removing our illusions than grasping the truth. It doesn’t mean the search for truth is unworthy. To do it, we need to take off the masks that are distorting our perception.
Perception is the Mask of Mythology
We also need to investigate our sacred ground because religion comes in to program our values with mythologies and superstitions. Myths are harmful when it becomes a religion. Religion substitutes myths for facts in an attempt to make faith perform as knowledge. So, religion becomes yet another mask.
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 revealing part of our true self makes a life-changing shift possible. The modification allows us to see other possibilities. Now we can perceive the deceptions of our worldview. Once we can see them, we can begin confronting our illusions.
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, 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 powerful. Those who control the programming of cultural folklore can dictate values and thinking. Three religions command this social space which influences nations. These regions are the Abrahamic religions (1) of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They are the rebranding of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. And, it is these superstitions that are the bedrock of Western culture. They create and control the mask of belief.
“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. Taoism and Paganism have the fewest number of barriers to free-thinking. Many of these systems encourage the development of your path.
By far, Western organized religion has 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 ordinary reality’s default settings.
“With the radical advent of Christianity, this self-righteous intolerance was borrowed from the Jews, and a new twist was added. The conversion of infidels by any means possible became the newfound calling card of religious fervor, and this new experiment in human culture spread like wildfire. By its very nature, how could it not have?
Islam followed suit, conquering half the world in brutal warfare and, much like its Christian counterpart, it developed a new and convenient survival characteristic: the destruction of all images and practices attributed to other religions.
Muslims destroyed millions of statues and paintings in India and Africa, and forced conversion under pain of death (or by more subtle tricks: like taxing only non-Muslims), while the Catholic Church busily burned books along with pagans, shattering statues and defacing or destroying pagan art – or converting it to Christian use.
Laws against pagan practices and heretics were in full force throughout Europe by the sixth century, and as long as those laws were in place it was impossible for anyone to refuse the tenets of Christianity and expect to keep their property or their life. Similar persecution and harassment continue in Islamic countries even to this day, officially and unofficially.” ― Richard Carrier, Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
However, believers of these paradigms don’t view their religion as mythology. They would admit that it contains many myths, but they believe in its divine inspiration. You can point out errors in fact and logic until midnight. 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. These tactics can override our instincts and free will. Their masks are firmly in place.
Only when we confront our illusions can we see and understand mythology as metaphors instead of facts. Confronting our beliefs isn’t easy. Some tools can help us remove the mask of mythology. They allow us to engage the observer rather than running on autopilot. These are what we can spiritual technologies.
These processes are a collection of proven methods for exploring consciousness. We call them spiritual technologies. They help us expand awareness and unlock the gifts to reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Above all, the mask of belief hinders our ability to find the truth. And, the most significant part of this mask is religious mythology. Moving beyond the barriers of mythology is a goal of spiritual practice. Confronting our illusions is the only way to see beyond our current worldview.
Likewise, we understand that leaving behind falsehoods is just essential as grasping the truths. Once you can remove your mask, you’ll find that your “personal truth” is the most important truth you will discover.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia