There is a point of harmony between the eternal and the temporal. This occurs when we find the sweet spot of awareness we call presence. This is why you are here. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot.
Are You Present?
The first and most important question is about presence. It’s important to find out if you are present most of the time, or on autopilot? Presence enables us to enjoy the simplest things and situations in life. That’s because the real you can show up instead of just your Ego.
There is more than one way to be present. You can be “jolted” into the present by a traumatic event, by mediation, and sometimes just by a glimpse of a sunset. Almost any experience can be a doorway. These are the calling-cards of our intuition. It’s trying to tell us to pay attention. It’s asking us to wake up!
The eternal and the temporal meet in harmony when we are present. — Guru Tua
Presence is the experience of a sense of harmony with our eternal nature. It’s an almost undefinable simple joy. It is possible to live in a state of continual presence. But something happens that gets in the way.
So, the question is, are you present? If you aren’t living your life with a sense of harmony and joy, there’s a problem.
The Problem — Living on Autopilot
Why do we live most of our lives on autopilot, missing these opportunities? Our soul seeks and craves these moments when we live in the present. However, our mind wants to maintain control, so it presents counterfeits to keep us busy. Our mind substitutes counterfeit superficial desires for the needs of the soul. This is why material possessions often seem empty when we finally get them. This is “buyer’s remorse.”
We feel the ache in our spirit when we’ve tried to substitute the temporal for the eternal. When we are present, we can experience without the filters of personality and instinct.
How Do We Solve This Problem?
The Real You — The Observer
These mechanisms of personality are tools, they are NOT who we are. The mind wants to maintain control because it is temporary and not eternal. So it presents the elements of Ego, our personality, and instincts as substitutes. The mind knows it is just a temporary tool. These tools are necessary. They are our default settings which allow our consciousness to manifest in our bodies.
The real you is the awareness that we talk to inside our heads. We are that element of consciousness which the ancients call spirit or soul. We are the Observer of this experience.
There are many theories about who we are and why we are here. Many ancient traditions tell us these basic questions prompt us to take the Hero’s Journey. It prompts us to explore the unknown. To do this we need to take back the steering wheel of our awareness. We need to learn about what triggers our emotional overrides, and what it takes to calm the mind so we can be in the driver’s seat.
The Observer is the Real You! The real us is what some call spirit, soul, or Source. “Source” is the underlying consciousness in everything. You’ve probably heard the statements, “We are One,” “We are all Connected.” This is how to begin to not only understand this intellectually but experience it first-hand. When we are present, we connect with the Source of pure consciousness. Bottom line, when you are present — the real you can show up. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot!
The Ultimate Goal of Presence
We are Observer the reflection of an infinite Source. So, the goal of presence is to unite us with our divine nature, our source. So, how do you stay connected with “source”?
When We Are Present
Being present isn’t hard to do. We just need to make it into a good habit. So, here are some simple by effective ways to increase your presence. Use a kitchen timer. Set it for 3 hours. Put a sticky note on it reminding you to “get present”. Move the timer to different places in your house. If you don’t have kitchen time place sticky notes on places that you will come across during the day. Best of all, if you are not at home but have a smartphone set a reminder on your smartwatch every 3 hours. In the reminder place the simple three-word question, “are you present“?
You can use a simple form of beginning meditation to bring your awareness to the present moment. This will also keep you present and aware for several minutes after the mediation. Being present makes you feel better. It encourages rational versus emotional thinking.
We are not new to discover the value of presence. Many ancient traditions developed techniques to reach and maintaining “presence”. We call these spiritual technologies.
Spiritual technologies are methods 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. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
Moreover, the tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
To emphasize, spiritual exploration is not a belief in religious dogma or doctrine. So, anyone from any background can use them. They do not require belief in any religion to use them. 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.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four main groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find 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. In turn, 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 especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. And, we also 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 with religion, politics the 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. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram with its 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 our personality. Furthermore, 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. This includes a range of tools from basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And, also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali. It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Moving meditation is 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.
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 separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures. And, so, it serves as evidence to 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. 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, or 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.
Remember above all, it’s important for the real you to show up. There is a point of harmony between the eternal and the temporal. This occurs when we find the sweet spot of awareness we call presence. This is why you are here. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot. This happens when we are present. Showing up and getting “present” isn’t that hard. We simply need to remember to do it. Set a reminder prompting you to ask, are you present? Allow the real you, the observer to show up.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia