There is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out. ― James Randi
To Believe or Not to Believe
Perhaps you think there isn’t enough evidence to support anything beyond this reality. This is a valid point of view. And perhaps you have an opinion different from anything mentioned here. That is fine, too. It’s all great. These are all valid positions. We all have different backgrounds. So philosophical and religious beliefs run a wide spectrum. Who is to say who is right or who is wrong?
The problem arises when your beliefs have negative consequences. If what you believe has negative consequences for someone or something please ask yourself an important questions before you act. Ask yourself, why do I believe that? Why do I need to do that?
You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe. ― Carl Sagan
Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.
— David G. Mcafee
Why Do I Believe That?
If you are seeking spiritual truth, what you believe does not matter. Your beliefs change nothing. To seek the truth, you need to cultivate a beginner attitude. Then apply processes to develop your awareness.
Spiritual exploration is all about the application of processes. It has nothing to do with belief. You follow processes for expanding awareness. Some of these open doors to higher states of consciousness. Processes do not need faith or belief. They work if you follow the process correctly. So, a better question to ask is, why do I believe that? So, to believe or not to believe doesn’t matter.
The only time your beliefs matter is when you use them to justify something. People use belief to justify bias, prejudice, and discrimination. If you think that you need to act to protect your beliefs, then before you act, please ask yourself, why do I believe that?
From the beginning, men used God to justify the unjustifiable. ― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
To believe or not to believe is one of our fundamental choices. If you believe in a religion that is fine. If you don’t that is fine, too. Not knowing what to believe is perfectly okay. In fact, this is for the best. If you have no beliefs, you are open to new experiences and revelations. A better way to approach religion or philosophy is to ask yourself the question, why do I believe that? Then, find out why. See if what you believe has valid evidence.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia