What is this quest? This what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. It always begins with the call. Does this spiritual quest resonate with you?
What draws people to this spiritual journey? Perhaps everyone has this latent desire, but not everyone follows it. When we are ready, it calls us to act. This spiritual trek is what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (1). This is the desire to fathom the depths of consciousness. There is a longing within us that desires to explore the unknown. Are you ready for this journey?
Are You Drawn To The Inner Quest?
Many people think they can fulfill this inner quest by following a religion. But today, the trend is changing. Many create their own path. Either way, the journey always begins with the call, the desire to know the unknown.
The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land, Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts. — Joseph Campbell
We use the quote above to start every new group meeting. And, so sets the tone and mission for the Hero’s Journey. We recommend you use it too. It can be the spark that focuses everyone on learning and sharing. If you hear the call, join us. We can be a helpful resource on your journey.
If you are just starting or re-dedicating your journey, share it to your Facebook page, and pin it to the top. This will help keep you focused and remind you to check back and see if there are any other quotes or topics that resonate with you. To learn more about the Hero’s Journey and the blended learning strategy used to teach these tools in the “about” section on the Hero’s Journey.
Above all, listen to the voice inside. Your intuition is trying to tell you there is more to this thing called reality. If you can relate to this call, then you can use tools of spiritual exploration. We call these tools are the key to self-development, which is the essence of the inner quest.
There are tools for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, these are methods for altering, expanding, and exploring consciousness. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
These tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
The use of these spiritual technologies does not involve belief in a religion. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly. In turn, this helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly. This keeps them fresh in our minds.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning. This article summarizes logic. It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks. It helps us research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate profile of your personality. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. The practice of meditation is now common knowledge. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing. techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory. Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows. This is your best coach. It also includes exercises like automatic writing. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures. It serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey. A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand. They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable. So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. Vedic medicine is also available, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I create my own path? Yes. Most definitely.
- Can I follow a religion and embark on my own journey exploring spirituality? In most cases yes you can. Unless your religion forbids you.
- Where should I start my spiritual journey? We suggest you read the section below on spiritual technologies. Then get a journal and start writing. This is one tool everyone needs. It’s your best coach. Find out which of these methods resonates with you. Then find a resource close to you.
- Will the practice of these methods make me more spiritually aware? Yes. Many of these open your spiritual gifts.
- What is the spiritual journey called? We know it as the Path. Others call it the Hero’s Journey, as we mentioned above.
- Can this quest help me find my own spirituality? Yes. That is the goal.
- Is spiritual faith the same as the journey exploring spirituality? In a strict sense, no. Faith is a term describing belief in religious dogma. Religions try to reframe the term spiritual and associate it with their dogma. Exploring spirituality has nothing to do with religious dogma, belief, or faith.
Are you drawn to the Inner Quest? If so, you are in the right place. We hope you found this article helpful, maybe even thought-provoking. You will find more interesting posts on our blog page. Use the “search” option on the blog page to find articles by key terms, topics, or category.
We hope you found this article helpful, maybe even thought-provoking. You will find more posts on our blog. Use the search option on the blog pages to find articles by words, terms, topics, or category.
Want to learn the awareness expanding methods we are talking about? We offer both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions using our blended learning process. This is a learning process that ensures the best learning outcomes and aligns with what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey (1).
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia