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Living in the Hallway of a Mansion ― A Wasted Life

Imagine you own a palace. But, you never go into any of the rooms. You spend your life living in the hallway of a mansion. That’s a wasted life. Learn to open the doors of consciousness.

The mansion is an analogy of our consciousness. The hallway represents our normal default settings of awareness. These are waking, sleeping, and dreaming states. We are born with access to these default states.  This enables us to learn about our bodies and this world.  But, there are many other states beyond these default settings.

The other doors represent higher states of consciousness.  These other states of awareness and consciousness are opportunities.  They give us access to explore the other available perspectives of reality.

Living in the Hallway of a Mansion

Imagine you live in a marvelous mansion.  And, in this mansion, there is the main hallway with many doors.  Behind them are rooms filled with treasures.  Even though this is your house, your mansion, you live in the hallway.  You know there are valuable things in the other rooms. But you live in the hallway without opening the doors.  Wouldn’t this be a waste of a great opportunity?

A Wasted Life

Sadly, most people live 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?

a wasted life

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.  Don’t miss this opportunity to open the doors and reveal hidden treasures.  A wasted life affects everyone in your circle of influence.

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
These are the tools that will enable you to unlock all the doors in the palace of your mind.  Living in the hallway of a mansion is such a waste.  Enjoy all the rooms.  
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.

In Conclusion

The analogy of the mansion is one way to understand consciousness. Living in the hallway of a mansion is a wasted life, a waste of opportunity.  Most people live their entire lives in the hallway.   These default states of awareness (waking, dreaming, and sleeping) acclimate us to our bodies.  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.

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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.


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

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