If you are a follower of a religion, that is fine. If you are not a follower, that’s fine too. Not knowing what is believable is perfectly okay. The question you should ask is, why do I believe this?
Those who follow a religion think they are part of an exclusive group. But this need not be a dividing issue. The reality is we are all going to Hell in someone else’s religion. To follow one God is to reject all the others. To believe or not to believe is simply a matter of numbers. The Atheist believes in one God less than the believer. But your beliefs matter because they have consequences.
If your beliefs are a source of bias and prejudice, it affects everyone. So, if you choose to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, “The Force,” God or Gods, that is fine. The real question you should ask is, why do I believe this?
“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
Perhaps you believe in some other type of higher power or universal force. That’s okay. These philosophical positions are all acceptable. Or, maybe you’ve concluded that Gods or higher powers don’t exist; that is all right too.
To Believe or Not to Believe
Perhaps you think there isn’t enough evidence to support anything beyond this reality that is a valid point of view. And maybe you have an opinion different from anything mentioned here. That is fine; these are all valid positions. We all have different backgrounds. So philosophical and religious beliefs run a broad spectrum. Who is to say who is right or who is wrong?
The problem arises when your beliefs have negative consequences. If what you are thinking will have a harmful result, please ask yourself important questions before acting. Ask yourself, why do I believe that? What is the evidence for my conclusion?
“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 This?
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 use methods for expanding awareness—some of these open doors to higher states of consciousness. Using a process does not require faith. They work if you follow the procedure correctly. So, a better question to ask is, why do I believe that?
So, to believe or not to believe doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t require others to accept what you think. If you have an imaginary friend, that’s all and good. But, don’t require others to share in your illusion.
“Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them.” ― Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion
Please don’t use your beliefs to justify bias, prejudice, and discrimination. If you think you need to protect your ideas, please ask yourself, why do I believe this?
“From the beginning, men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” ― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
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 is believable is perfectly okay. Not knowing for sure is often the result of exhausting all logical possibilities. When you have no beliefs, you are open to new experiences and revelations. A better way to approach religion or philosophy is to ask yourself why I believe that? Then, find out why. See if what you think has valid evidence.
Are you 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 (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