Find out how enhancing analytical thinking can help you in all areas of your life. Learn why common sense and logic are essential for your 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 for life in general. 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. Because we are spiritual beings on a physical journey.
What we think affects how we think. And, how we think affects the health of our mind. Our mind is only as healthy as the breadth and depth of our awareness. So, learning what and how to think will help us make better choices.
Your life experience can only be as deep as your awareness. — Bryant McGill
What is Critical Thinking?
This type of thinking is 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.
You would think everyone would want to enhance these skills. However, organized religion sees this as a threat to their customer base. If you start thinking critically, then you will start asking questions about the contradictory, illogical, and inhumane doctrines. They do not want you to think in this way.
So, for religion to keep you a customer they rely on tactics we know today as groupthink manipulation. These are the tactics of propaganda and censorship that are used to control thinking and values. This allows someone to program your thinking in ways that violate your natural abilities of common sense.
Critical thinking skills are a range of mental strategies and cognitive tools that 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. This is why organized religion wants to control what you see and hear. They want to keep you away from facts and logic that undermine they hold on you, their paying customer.
If the above definition of thinking critically sounds like science, you’d be right. These are the tools that are at the heart 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 religious belief that create unhealthy bias and prejudice.
Also, the study of these skills will increase the clarity of thought and problem-solving abilities. So, enhancing these skills is a way of enhancing the health of your mind. A healthy mind is less susceptible to the tactics of groupthink manipulation. Its a vaccination against bias and prejudice. This is the type of thinking what brings us all the advances and achievements of the modern world. That means learning to think critically is good for you and the world.
Critical Thinking Toolbox
A Suite of Logical Tools
The goal of these tools is to help us make decisions that yield accurate outcomes. We think they are essential today more than ever. You need it when swimming the waters of spirituality. But, it is also essential in our day-to-day living. Religion and politics are at the forefront of our lives.
So, the use of these tools will help you spot errors and fallacies in many areas. They help you discern fact from fiction and metaphor from mythology. You can use them with almost every type of social media, from the internet to TV. These tools are especially helpful with news and religious programming.
We’ve put together a suite of these helpful tools. These are actually short online books to enhance your thinking and reasoning capabilities. These resources include Logical Reasoning, Spotting Logical Fallacy, and The logical Axioms.
The first tool, Logical Reasoning helps us see how arguments are used to sell us everything from toothpaste to ideologies. It’s one thing to buy the wrong toothpaste. But, if you buy into a harmful ideology you can harm yourself and others.
Spotting Logical Fallacy shows us the most commonly misused forms of logical arguments. If we learn to recognize these ploys we are less likely to buy into an illogical argument.
Last but not least is Logical Axioms. This a list of the tactics and principals that you are most likely to encounter in the arena of religion and politics. Again, you learn to spot the misuse of common sense and logic then you are less likely to be sold on a bad idea.
These tools will enhance critical thinking enabling you to discern facts from fiction. Mark these articles in your favorites so you can return to them regularly 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. these critical thinking skills can change your entire 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 unique 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. Several tools 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. Besides 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.
Finally, 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 those who can teach you processes. Learn techniques for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Spiritual technologies are processes are the tools of consciousness. They enable us to expand awareness and explore higher states of consciousness. These processes stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena. And, many have unique physiological characteristics. These signatures are unique from waking, sleeping, and dreaming. Because they are processes, they do not the belief or faith in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process.
Each of the tools affects our mind, body, and spirit in a positive way. So, learning these technologies also enhances our ability to think. We are essentially choice-making machines. When we make better choices we affect not only our lives but those around us. When we learn to make socially responsible choices we make the world a better place.
Critical Thinking skills are a platform on which you build a better life. Studying and using them is good for us and the world. They protect us from falling prey to the tactics of harmful religious ideologies.
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Some other excellent books to enhance your critical thinking include:
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