Find out why enhancing your higher cognitive processes can help you in all areas of your life. And why common sense and logic are essential for your spiritual journey.
Critical Thinking Skills
The field of spiritual exploration might seem like an odd place for the study of analytical processes. However, these vital reasoning tools are essential in this field. Practicing and enhancing these skills expand our awareness and increases our problem-solving ability. This will help us avoid many of the common roadblocks on our daily spiritual journey.
“Your life experience can only be as deep as your awareness.” — Bryant McGill
Critical Thinking Definition
You can define critical thinking as a step-by-step method of gathering, analyzing, validating and testing data. The focus is on the use of sound evidence and logic to make informed decisions.
Critical thinking skills are the mental strategies that use a range of cognitive tools to promote rational thought. They improve your overall ability to determine the fact from fiction. They help you sort out what is valid from the illegitimate.
If the above definition sounds like science, you’d be right. This is because the tools of critical thinking are at the basis of the scientific approach. But it’s not just for scientists. It comes in handy and day-to-day life. And it’s available to almost everyone who can use common sense. The only thing that hampers it, is the blinders of bias and prejudice.
What’s more, the study of these skill sets promotes clarity of thought and problem-solving ability. So, enhancing these skills is a way of enhancing the health of your mind. Furthermore, this is the type of thinking what brings us all the advances and achievements of the modern world. That means critical thinking is good for you and the world.
The Components of Critical Thinking Skills
Common Sense and Logic
Logical reasoning is at the core of this skill set. Common sense is the ability to make practical day-to-day decisions which yield positive outcomes. We think they are essential today more than ever in the area of spirituality. That’s because they will help you spot errors and fallacies in many areas. They help you discern fact from fiction and metaphor from mythology. You’ll find them handy in both your practical and spiritual life. So, learning and studying common sense and logic skills will help you in all aspects of life.
We’ve put together a suite of tools. Some think of them as short online books on critical thinking. These tools include Logical Reasoning, Spotting Logical Fallacy and The logical Axioms. These tools will enhance critical thinking enabling you to discern fact from fiction. Mark these articles in your favorites so you can return to them on a regular basis to refresh your skills.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It’s a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews. And, yes. It definitely is a critical thinking skill that can change your whole outlook on life.
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 it is also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
We all have different life stories. And so, everyone starts their spiritual journey in a different place. Similarly, there isn’t one path that fits everyone. However, we do think you should start with learning about yourself. There are several tools that will help you in this aspect of self-discovery.
One tool we like for self-discovery is The Enneagram of Personality. This tool uses a questionnaire to show you the default setting of your Ego. Your Ego includes the elements of your personality and instincts. In addition to our Ego, we also have the programming of the cultural narrative. Together these mechanisms make up our worldview or paradigm. This is the filter through which we experience and value everything.
Finding out about these default scripts, values, and programming will give you the power to change them. It will prove to you that we are not our Ego. It’s just a necessary tool for awareness and consciousness. This is a good starting place for your spiritual journey.
In the final analysis, our perception isn’t just about the physical world. It’s also a reflection of our thoughts, emotions, and dreams. Learning about who and what you are is key to your spiritual development. Above all, trust your intuition and common sense and logic to lead you to the right teachers and sources. Seek out those who can teach you about the spiritual technologies for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Above all, these spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena. And, they also have unique physiological signatures different from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). So, they require no belief or faith in any religious doctrine. Therefore, all you need to do is follow the process correctly.
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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
Critical Thinking skills are useful in many aspects of life. Studying them is good for our mental health, and so also for the world. They help us to spot the fallacies that plague much of the rhetoric of religion and politics.
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Some other excellent books to enhance your critical thinking include the following:
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 471st ed. Edition by Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Undiscovered Self: The Dilemma of the Individual in Modern Society by Carl Jung
The Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics)
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients by Sheldon B. Kopp
The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality by Michael Talbot (Author)
E=Einstein, His life, His thought and Influence on Culture by Donald Goldsmith and Marcia Bartusiak
Models For Critical Thinking: A Fundamental Guide to Effective Decision Making, Deep Analysis, Intelligent Reasoning, and Independent Thinking by Albert Rutherford