What if you owned a beautiful mansion but only lived in the hallway? That would be crazy right? For many people, this is what life is like. Don’t be one.
The Analogy of the Hallway in the Mansion
In this mansion, there is a hallway with many doors. Behind them are rooms filled with unknown treasures. But, you live in the hallway without opening the doors. Wouldn’t that be a waste?
The hallway represents our normal default settings of awareness, waking, sleeping and dreaming states. The doors are higher states of consciousness. We are born with access to these default states. This enables us to learn about our body and this world. But, there are many other states beyond these default settings.
Many people stay in the hallway. They have good excuses. First, the doors have locks. And, they lead busy lives. However, the keys to these locks are in their possession. So, wouldn’t that be a lifetime of missed opportunities?
Guess what? Don’t be like most people. You can learn to use the keys to open those doors. This is the inward journey we call spiritual exploration. It’s what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. So, even if you don’t travel the world, you can take this journey no matter where you are.
What is Spiritual Exploration?
Spiritual exploration is the practice of processes we call 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.
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.
The analogy of the mansion is one way to understand consciousness. Most people start with access to the hallway. These default states of awareness (waking, dreaming and sleeping) acclimate us to our body. Then as we mature, we hear the call. At that point, we can use the keys of consciousness to open other doors. Some keys open corridors with other rooms. This mansion holds a lifetime of exploration.
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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