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Critical Thinking Skills for Our Everyday Spiritual Journey

Find out why enhancing your critical thinking skills is not just for spiritual exploration, but your everyday life.  These skills help you to avoid issues and overcome common roadblocks.

Critical Thinking Skills for Everyday Life

What is critical thinking? It’s a step by step approach to gathering, analyzing, and evaluating data.  The focus is on the use of sound evidence, and logic for making decisions.  So, you can think of it as a mental strategy using logical tools to promote rational thought.

Does the above sound familiar?  Does it remind you of science?  If so, you’d be right. That’s 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 everyone who can use common sense.

What’s more, the study of critical thinking promotes clarity of thought and problem-solving ability.  This is the thinking process which is the basis for all the advances and achievements of the modern world.  Critical thinking is good for you and world.

So, the field of spiritual exploration might seem like an odd place for the study of critical thinking. However, critical thinking skills are essential in this field.  Practicing and enhancing these skills expand our awareness and increase 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

The Components of Critical Thinking

Logic

Logic reasoning is the core of critical thinking.  So, learning and studying these skills will help you to reason more clearly.  We think they are essential today more than ever.   They will help you spot errors and fallacies in every area of your life.  They help you discern fact from fiction and metaphor from mythology.  You’ll find them handy in both your practical and spiritual life.

We’ve put together a suite of tools that we use, logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacy and the logical axioms.  These tools will enhance critical thinking enabling you to decern fact from fiction.  Don’t overlook these tools.  Mark these articles in your favorites so you can return to them on a regular basis to refresher your skills.

Learn About Yourself

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 Personality Profile.  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 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.

What are Spiritual Technologies?

In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.

Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:

  • Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms.   Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer.  They can sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
  • Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile.  These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
  • Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice.  This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
  • Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
  • Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as  Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
  • And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.

In Conclusion

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.

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