Journey Exploring Spirituality Spiritual Exploration The Hero's Journey

Are You Ready For The Hero’s Journey?

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, 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 used 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.

Spiritual Technologies

These are time-tested methods for exploring consciousness and developing our potential.

These methods are vastly different from beliefs in religious mythology. Anyone can use those methods to increase their full potential. Think of it like baking a cake. If you follow the recipe, you’ll end up with a delicious cake.

Generations of people have used these techniques. They stand up to the rigorous exams of modern science, which are repeatable methods with expected experiential outcomes. Some produce measurable results on our physiology, such as expanded brainwave coherence, decreased heart, respiration, and even skin resistance charges. These physiological changes prove these states of awareness are notably from our default states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

We refer to them as spiritual technologies because we are spiritual beings and these ancient methods are indeed technologies that open portals to higher levels of consciousness.

We divide them into four categories:

Analytical Tools

The arena of spirituality seems like an odd place for Analytical and logical tools. However, they are essential tools for every spiritual explorer.

Each of these tools includes emotional checks. It’s essential to keep your feelings neutral when dealing with anything that requires critical thinking. The methods in this category include Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.

Logical and Rational Thinking

Logic is the application of common sense and rational thinking. These tools assist us in searching for the truth. You’ll use these tools every day. They come in handy in subjects like politics and religion, even social media like your favorite news broadcasts.

We separate these critical thinking tools into three categories. The first is Logical and Rational Thinking Skills, which summarize the use of common sense in language. It shows how we use language to promote ideas. Next is a tool for recognizing Logical Fallacies. This module provides examples of the most used logical fallacies. The last module is the Spiritual Axioms.  These core spiritual technologies help us stay on track by identifying the most used ploys for undermining rational thinking.

Comparative Analysis

Comparative Analysis is a scientific approach to comparative religious study. It is a technique of evaluating worldviews by comparing your own with others.  You can create a core values worksheet to help you understand your values.  You can use this process alone or in a group setting.  We highly recommend you go to the public library, where you can access a wide variety of resources.

The Enneagram of Personality

The Enneagram of Personality is a psychological methodology that helps us understand Ego, personality, and instinct. This system is easy to use and understand, yet it is deep enough for clinical use alongside any other method. It makes the Enneagram an effective system available to everyone.

Modern psychology and the Enneagram share the same authors and path of development. The early developers of psychology like Freud and Jung borrowed extensively from the tradition of the Enneagram for their work. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram with its nine processes of consciousness.

Meditation

If you mention the term “spiritual practice,” most people will think of seated meditation. However, meditation involves a range of techniques, from traditional sitting forms to moving forms.

Meditation is a well-documented mind hack that makes use of mantras, sutras, and affirmations as equipment. These gadgets open the doors of awareness and consciousness.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the primary method of spiritual exploration. Seated meditation consists of a continuum of practices starting with a simple two-step approach. You can progress through a range of Mindfulness Meditation techniques, including Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). It also includes advanced methods like the Siddhis Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

The seated form of meditation is only one dimension of mediation. Moving meditation includes any movement with a heightened degree of recognition; to perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a form of moving meditation. There are forms of the Shamanic Journey that involve dance.

This modality improves thoughts and frame connection. In turn, this has a tremendous impact on our fitness and health. This development consists of strength series modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Moving meditation often involves the concept of grounding, and it helps us connect with our source, with nature. This category includes Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.

Awareness Expansion Tools

This category of methods deals with the bandwidth of our perception. This continuum of practices consists of the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, Lucid Dreaming, Third-Eye Awakening, and a host of strategies to enhance memory like Learning How to Learn.

This modality includes a range of techniques like using a spiritual journal or book of shadows, Automatic Writing and Exploring Memories.

Shamanic Journey

The Shamanic Journey might be humankind’s first tool for exploring the subconscious mind. We can find this technique in many indigenous cultures, and it serves as proof of the historical significance of the internal quest.

There are many versions of this theme, including Aboriginal Dreamtime.  However, all forms use the same formula to combine rhythm and creative visualization. The rhythm regulates heart rate and breathing, and then the imaginary landscape provides the gateway to a lucid adventure.  A Shaman is someone who guides us on our spiritual quest. However, you may take this inward adventure through yourself using a drum or recorded drum track.

The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures to make it marketable. You will see it advertised as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.” These terms are apt descriptions of the process.

Modalities for Healing

This group of spiritual technologies includes Pe Jet, from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We use Vedic medicine in conjunction with different conventional recovery forms. Self-care is an integral part of this category. Because to assist others, we should be in most fulfilling fitness.; Our typical fitness and health affect each component of lifestyles.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Can I follow a religion and use these processes?  In most cases, you can.  However, some religions forbid you from doing so, and some have harsh penalties for not staying within the boundaries they dictate.  In which case, it’s time to test your path to see if it’s leading you where you want to go.
    • 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 dogmaReligions 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.

Final Thoughts

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.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. To find out more about our organization, see our FAQ page.

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.

References

(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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