We call the processes for expanding awareness and investigating consciousness ― spiritual exploration. Here are the reasons.
Reasons for the terminology
First, and most importantly, because the cultures pioneering these methods used spiritual vocabulary to describe its various elements. They often use terms like spirit and soul when talking about elements we understand as Ego and consciousness. Secondly, because the processes delve into the spiritual territory of consciousness. So, we honor these traditions and keep the historical meaning intact. So, spiritual exploration is really all about processes. And, these are for expanding awareness and opening the doors of consciousness. Simple as that.
defining terms of spiritual exploration
Since spiritual exploration involves it could be referred to in any number of ways; awareness research, the investigation of human potential, survey of the parameters perception, studying methods of cognition, etc. Consequently, you can refer to it any way you like.
The exploration part of spiritual exploration is easy. Exploration is the act of traveling to learn about unexplored territory. The spiritual part is more complicated since the term has such a wide scope of meaning. This term relates to everything referring to the human condition. We call it spiritual exploration to honor the tradition of the people who pioneered and transmitted these teachings to us. Spiritual exploration as a collection of consciousness development tools.
Consciousness Development Tools
Everyone has their own way of awakening. And, each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. It sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our mind to new potentials.
Finding ways to access these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness. Another term for consciousness could be Spirit. Thus, the term Spiritual Exploration.
Above all these tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And, higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. This probably due to the fact their focus is on developing human potential.
Other schools of thought have a similarly eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
The term consciousness could be synonymous with Spirit. So, we could say that Spiritual Exploration is a collection of tools for exploring Spirit.
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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