What is the inner quest? It’s what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. It always begins with the call to explore your inner world. Does this Journey 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). It’s our innate desire to seek the unknown. There is a longing within us that desires to explore the unknown. Are you ready for this Journey?
The Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. His passion was the investigation of ancient cultures, where he taught comparative religious studies. He authored many books, but his crowning achievement is the work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” In this work, he discusses the archetypal hero that we find at the heart of my religions and stories which resonate.
The inner quest is the hero’s journey Joseph Campbell used to describe the spiritual Path that resonates through many stories, cultures, and religions. Several processes help us on this inward adventure; we call them spiritual technologies.
The reason this quest resonates with so many people is that we are creatures born to explore. We want to be the hero of our Journey.
Many people think they can fulfill this quest by following a religion, but this is not true. Unfortunately, many regions are counterfeits for the inner Journey. You cannot find your “personal truth” following the Path made by someone else.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
But today, the trend is changing. Many people are leaving the big three organized religions to create a spiritual path of their design. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism still control much of the cultural narrative in some parts of the globe.
The Journey always begins with the call, the desire to know the unknown. Religion provides answers to make people customers. The answers are substitutes for the true spiritual Journey. They are consciously absent any tools for fulfilling the inner quest.
“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 group meeting. This quote sets the tone for our use of the techniques to embark on 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.
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, you are ready to use spiritual exploration tools. We call these tools are the key to self-development, which is the essence of the inner quest.
We endorse their use because they do not require the use of religious doctrine or superstition. So, these processes are universally available regardless of your faith or beliefs. All it takes is the ability to follow a process.
We use the stages of the Hero’s Journey, the Alchemist, as a template for our blended learning process. It is a template that is the natural progression of learning and sharing knowledge for self-development. Mr. Campbell refers to the story of the Alchemist. It is the story of pursuing your inner desire to explore the unknown. It is the story of a boy who learns life’s lessons on the spiritual Path.
Tools for The Inner Quest
These are time-tested methods for exploring consciousness and developing our potential. We refer to them as spiritual technologies because we are spiritual beings and these ancient methods are indeed technologies that open portals to higher levels of consciousness.
These methods are vastly different from beliefs in religious mythology. Anyone can use those methods to increase their full potential. Think of it like baking a cake. If you follow the recipe, you’ll end up with a delicious cake.
Generations of people have used these techniques. They stand up to the rigorous exams of modern science, which are repeatable methods with expected experiential outcomes. Some produce measurable results on our physiology, such as expanded brainwave coherence, decreased heart, respiration, and even skin resistance charges. These physiological changes prove these states of awareness are notably from our default states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide them into four categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Tools and Techniques
- Modalities for Healing
The arena of spirituality seems like an odd place for Analytical and logical tools. However, they are essential tools for every spiritual explorer.
Each of these tools includes emotional checks. It’s essential to keep your feelings neutral when dealing with anything that requires critical thinking. The methods in this category include Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
Logical and Rational Thinking
Logic is the application of common sense and rational thinking. These tools assist us in searching for the truth. You’ll use these tools every day. They come in handy in subjects like politics and religion, even social media like your favorite news broadcasts.
We separate these critical thinking tools into three categories. The first is Logical and Rational Thinking Skills, which summarize the use of common sense in language. It shows how we use language to promote ideas. Next is a tool for recognizing Logical Fallacies. This module provides examples of the most used logical fallacies. The last module is the Spiritual Axioms. These are valuable tools to help us identify the most used ploys for undermining rational thinking.
Comparative Analysis is a scientific approach to comparative religious study. It is a technique of evaluating worldviews by comparing your own with others. You can use this process alone or in a group setting. We highly recommend you go to the public library, where you can access a wide variety of resources.
The Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell uses this process extensively. The comparison of belief systems by topic reveals the similarities and histories of many traditions.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a psychological methodology that helps us understand Ego, personality, and instinct. This system is easy to use and understand, yet it is deep enough for clinical use alongside any other method. It makes the Enneagram an effective system available to everyone.
Modern psychology and the Enneagram share the exact genesis. The early developers of psychology like Freud and Jung borrowed extensively from the tradition of the Enneagram for their work. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram with its nine processes of consciousness.
If you mention the term “spiritual practice,” most people will think of seated meditation. However, meditation involves a range of techniques, from traditional sitting forms to moving forms.
Meditation is a well-documented mind hack that makes use of mantras, sutras, and affirmations as equipment. These gadgets open the doors of awareness and consciousness.
Seated meditation is the primary method of spiritual exploration. Seated meditation consists of a continuum of practices starting with a simple two-step approach. You can progress through a range of Mindfulness Meditation techniques, including Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). It also includes advanced methods like the Siddhis Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
The seated form of meditation is only one dimension of mediation. Moving meditation includes any movement with a heightened degree of recognition; to perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a form of moving meditation. There are forms of the Shamanic Journey that involve dance.
This modality improves thoughts and frame connection. In turn, this has a tremendous impact on our fitness and health. This development consists of strength series modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Moving meditation often involves the concept of grounding, and it helps us connect with our source, with nature. This category includes Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category of methods deals with the bandwidth of our perception. This continuum of practices consists of the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, Lucid Dreaming, Third-Eye Awakening, and a host of strategies to enhance memory like Learning How to Learn.
This modality includes a range of techniques like using a spiritual journal or book of shadows, Automatic Writing and Exploring Memories.
The Shamanic Journey might be humankind’s first tool for exploring the subconscious mind. We can find this technique in many indigenous cultures, and it serves as proof of the historical significance of the internal quest.
There are many versions in this theme, however basically the equal formula using rhythm and imagination. The rhythm regulates heart rate and breathing, and then imagination provides the gateway to a lucid adventure.
A Shaman is someone who guides us on our spiritual quest. However, you may take this inward adventure through yourself using a drum or recorded drum track.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures to make it marketable. You will see it advertised as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.” These terms are apt descriptions of the process.
Modalities for Healing
This group of practices includes Pe Jet, from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We use Vedic medicine in conjunction with different conventional recovery forms. Self-care is an integral part of this category. Because to assist others, we should be in most fulfilling fitness.; Our typical fitness and health affect each component of lifestyles.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I create “my path?” Yes. Most definitely.
- Can I follow a religion and embark on my Journey exploring spirituality? In most cases, yes, you can unless your religion forbids you.
- Where should I start my spiritual quest? We suggest you read the section below on spiritual technologies. Then get a journal and start writing; it’s one tool every spiritual explorer 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 spirituality? Yes. That is the goal.
- Is spiritual faith the same as the Journey of 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 doctrine. Exploring spirituality has nothing to do with religious ideology or faith.
Are you drawn to the Inner Quest? If so, you are in the right place.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia