What is Spiritual Exploration ― Where Does this Term Come From?

What is Spiritual Exploration ― Where Does this Term Come From?

This is the most asked question. Why do we use the terms spiritual and exploration to describe what we do? Come and find out what it is and why you should be involved.

What is Spiritual Exploration

Let’s start by clarifying and breaking down the terms.  This will help the meaning and way we use them to describe what we do.

Defining the Terms

The word spirituality has many meanings.  Its use depends upon the context.  Therefore, people are uncertain about our use of these words. This term relates to everything referring to the human condition.  We relate “spirituality” with the term Spirit or Soul.  And, the human Spirit or Soul is synonymous with consciousness.

Exploring or exploration. This means traveling, seeking, or searching in unfamiliar areas. Exploration is an action.    We call it spiritual exploration to honor the tradition of the people who pioneered and transmitted these teachings to us.

The confusion comes in because many people relate the term spiritual with religion.  But spirituality has nothing to do with religion.  Religion is a belief system typically based on mythology and superstition.  Everyone has consciousness (Spirit or Soul) regardless of what they believe. We believe the true spiritual path is the use of processes to explore consciousness.

So, we define spiritual exploration as the use of processes for exploring consciousness.  That’s because these tools delve into consciousness.  And again we see consciousness the same as Spirit.

Why We Use these Terms

First, because the cultures pioneering these methods used spiritual vocabulary to describe the elements of consciousness exploration.  Consciousness is a term synonymous with spirit in most ancient cultures. They often use terms like spirit and soul when talking about elements we understand as Ego and consciousness.

Second, we use the terms spiritual and exploration to honor these traditions and keep the historical meaning intact. So, it is all about processes. Simple as that.

It is a collection of methods for investigating awareness and consciousness.  You could call it many things such as awareness research, the investigation of human potential, the survey of the parameters perception,  methods of cognition, or processes for consciousness development.

Consciousness Development

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 minds to new potentials. 

What is spiritual exploration?  It is 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.  So, this is how we answer the question, what is spiritual exploration.

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). 
You do not need to follow a religion to use these tools. All you need to do is follow the process.  For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions.  Their focus is on exploring consciousness and developing human potential.
You will find this eclectic in other systems.  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. 

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.
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 help us explore and compare 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 last 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

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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.

References

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

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