Learn about the processes key to your journey exploring spirituality and creating your spiritual path.
The Hero’s Journey
Defining the Terms
Let’s define and clarify the meaning by breaking down the terms. The word spirituality has many meanings, and its use depends upon the context. These terms are overused and misused, so this adds to the confusion.
We relate the term 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 or exploration. This 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. This has nothing to do with religion.
Religion is a belief system typically based on mythology and superstition. You must decide to follow a religion. It’s a choice, not a requirement. However, you don’t decide to have consciousness. Our consciousness is what some call Spirit or Soul. Therefore, everyone who has consciousness has a soul, and this is 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.
Above all, the goal of these tools is to explore this inner landscape 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 our inner world. We are born to explore the unknown, and our curiosity prompts us to ask questions and seek answers. Some of the most important questions are meant to lead us on a quest of inner discovery, for instance, who are we, what are we, where does our consciousness come from? Who is the person I am talking to inside my head, who is experiencing my dreams when I sleep?
The questions above prompt us to find answers. This is the inward adventure 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 what we use to at the beginning of every group session. This is 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.
If you are just starting or re-dedicating your journey, link to our Facebook Page or Group. Along with our traditional face-to-face learning sessions, we also offer virtual learning options that teach the basics of these mind-expanding processes.
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 techniques 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 Exploration Processes
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world.
These tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
Using these processes does not involve belief in a religion. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one of these groups.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
Spiritual exploration seems like an odd place to find these analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly. This helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s beneficial for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly. This keeps them fresh in our minds.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning. This article summarizes logic. It shows how people misuse logic 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 logical axioms, ties everything together.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.
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, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. It’s common for people to borrow and then build on the work of others. 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 profile of your personality. 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 lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. The practice of meditation is now common knowledge. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory. Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows. This is your best coach. It also includes exercises like automatic writing. 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 spiritual technology. This traditional method of spiritual exploration is at the core of many indigenous cultures. It serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing, and 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.
This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand. They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable. So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet from Indonesia, Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan. Vedic medicine is also available, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. 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. Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I create my own path? Yes, you can, most definitely.
- Can I follow a religion and embark on my own spiritual path? In most cases, you can unless your religion forbids you. 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? We suggest you read the section below on spiritual technologies. Then get a journal and start writing. This is one tool everyone needs. It’s your best coach. 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 is the spiritual journey called? We know it as the Path. Others call it the Hero’s Journey, as we mentioned above.
- 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 dogma. Exploring our spirituality has nothing to do with religious dogma, belief, or faith.
We thank all the ancient cultures that make these methods possible. They are the pioneers of exploring our inner world and our spirituality. In fact, this is the focus of many ancient cultures. It is these tools that are the keys to unlocking our spiritual gifts. Our ancestors pass along to us many gifts living in our DNA. Gifts for healing, gifts of perception, and gifts for teaching. So, these tools develop our innate potential we otherwise would not have known about.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia