We all want happiness in our lives. Learn to live our lives grounded in joy and happiness if we follow some practical steps.
Regaining Happiness and Joy
It’s common for someone to ask, “how’s it going”. And the common response is, “I’m doing fine”. So, we assume people are happy. But, if you get below the surface, you’ll find many people aren’t fine. They say that they are fine because that’s what the culture expects.
Most people are struggling with something. And they experience a glimpse of happiness now and then. But, they do not ground their lives in joy and happiness. So, how did we lose this state? When did we lose it? And how do we get it back?
Above all, most people agree we originate from a state of happiness and joy. We come into this world happy to be conscious. After all, our consciousness comes from the transcendent. The transcendent is a place of silence, joy, and happiness. So, it’s not crazy to desire this as a foundation for our lives. Happiness is our original state of being.
The problem lies with the commercial nature of our culture. The cultural narrative teaches us to strive. It’s the only way can find happiness and joy. And the culture is there to sell us all the things it says will give us happiness. But, this joy is temporary.
So, we are always looking for the next thing. This is good for those who have things to sell us. This is how we lost happiness as a state of Being. It all started with the idea that we must look outside ourselves to find happiness. As a result, many lose touch with our natural state of happiness in adolescence. But, it’s not lost. We can get it back.
Many Eastern philosophies tell us that attachment is the root of unhappiness. That is why we cannot find happiness in things. Yet, there is a way to be happy for no reason. There is a way to find the contentment of our state of innocence.
Regaining Our Original State of Being
The way to regain this state is not through religion. It is not through the belief in mythology. The answer is closer and more personal. We need to look inside, not outside.
We all have amazing spiritual gifts that we carry in our DNA. The correct spiritual practice will unlock them. Everyone’s path back to this point is different because we all start in a different place.
There are tools that can help us find our way back to the original state of being. Using these processes can help you forge a path back to your natural state. This is where we return to our natural state of happiness and joy.
We call these processes or tools “spiritual technologies.” These tools make up the domain of spiritual exploration. Also, you may need some healing to get you through this process of we call awakening. Be sure to use emotional checks as you conduct your research. Be good to yourself and practice self-care. Forge your spiritual path with your own unique tools.
Spiritual technologies are proven methods 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, spiritual technologies are methods of change. 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.
Spiritual exploration 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. And, we also 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 with religion, politics the 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 with its 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 our 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. This includes a range of tools from basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And, also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali. It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
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.
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 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. And, so, it serves as evidence to 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 from Indonesia, or Reiki, and Shiatsu 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.
The accumulation of things does not result in long-lasting happiness. Returning to our natural state of Being is where we find happiness and joy. You can learn to live in our original state of Being. We just need to activate our spiritual gifts. And, we do this through spiritual exploration.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia