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Living in the Hallway of a Mansion ― A Wasted Life

Imagine you own a beautiful mansion with many rooms.  But you only go as far as the front hallway.  For many people, living in the hallway of a mansion is a way of life.  A wasted life.

The mansion is an analogy of our consciousness. The hallway represents our normal default settings of awareness, 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 a 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.  You have live a wasted life.

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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.  These are the tools that help you open the doors.  You don’t need to spend your life living in the hallway of a mansion.  Now, you have the keys to open the doors.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

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 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.

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


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