Learn about the processes key to your journey exploring spirituality and creating your spiritual path.
The Hero’s Journey
Let’s define and clarify the meaning by breaking down the terms. The word spirituality has many implications, and its use depends upon the context. These terms are overused and misused, so this adds to the confusion.
Defining the Terms
We relate spirituality with the term Spirit or Soul, and the human Spirit or Soul is synonymous with consciousness. Therefore, we are spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience.
The word journey is the act of traveling, which relates to exploring. It means traveling, seeking, or searching in unfamiliar areas. Therefore, the term journey exploring spirituality is another of saying spiritual exploration. See, that was easy.
The confusion comes in because many people relate the term spiritual with religion. Exploring consciousness is the essence of the spiritual journey, and it has nothing to do with religion.
For the most part, religions are the belief system based on mythology and superstition. You must choose to follow a religion. It’s a choice, not a requirement. However, you don’t select consciousness; you are consciousness. Our consciousness is what some call Spirit or Soul. Therefore, everyone who has consciousness has a soul, our original state of innocence.
We define spiritual exploration as the use of processes for exploring consciousness. The original pioneers of these techniques used spiritual terms to explain them. These are tools that enable us to explore the inner world of consciousness. These tools aid in our exploration of our minds and develop our potential. Exploring our spirituality is a subject of interest to many people.
The Journey Exploring Spirituality
It is only natural to be curious about our consciousness and the inner world. We are born to explore the unknown, and our curiosity prompts us to ask questions and seek answers. Our natural curiosity leads us on a quest for inner discovery. You may have the same questions; who or what are we, where does our consciousness originate? What happens to our awareness when we die? Who is the person I talk to inside my head, who is experiencing my dreams when I sleep?
The questions above prompt us to find answers. It’s an inward quest we call spiritual exploration. And this journey exploring spirituality is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey (1). You can find this model around the world in many cultures. We use this same philosophy in our blended learning process.
“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
The above quote is what we use to at the beginning of every group session. It’s an important question that sets the tone and mission for beginning the Hero’s Journey steps. If you hear the call, then you are not alone. It is the desire to seek the unknown. It serves as a spark for our spiritual journey.
It reflects this process in three steps, awakening, transforming, and inspiring. You take these steps when you apply techniques to expand awareness. We’ve chosen the most effective strategies from around the globe for our blended learning method. We call these mind-expanding processes spiritual technologies because they alter and change awareness or consciousness.
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. We offer this curriculum through individually tailored virtual learning sessions and in our face-to-face meetings. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become helpful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language 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 truth-seekers axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
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, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has 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 personality profile. 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 help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding exercises focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial 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.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. 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. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I create a spiritual path? Yes, you can, most definitely.
- Where should I start my spiritual journey? The easiest way to start is to get a journal and start writing. A journal is a tool anyone can use to spot trends of growth or obstacles preventing your development. It’s your best coach. The next step would be to find a resource that provides tools for exploring consciousness. Read the section below on spiritual technologies. Find out which of these methods resonates with you. Then find a resource close to you.
- Will the practice of these spiritual technologies make me more spiritually aware? Yes, and many of these unlock your spiritual gifts.
- What else is the spiritual journey called? We know it as the Path or “the way.” Others call it the Hero’s Journey.
- Can this quest help me find my spirituality? Yes. That is the goal.
- Is spiritual faith the same as “the journey 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 ideology. Exploring our spirituality has nothing to do with religious doctrine, belief, or faith.
We thank all the ancient cultures that make these methods possible. They are the pioneers who bring us a bounty of techniques for exploring our inner world. We each have gifts living in our DNA. Gifts for healing, gifts of perception, and gifts for teaching. The tools of these ancient explorers help us unlock these gifts.
Are you interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. We offer this curriculum through our individually tailored virtual learning academy and our traditional face-to-face sessions. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (1). Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission.
(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia