questions about enlightenment

Questions about Enlightenment — Signs of Awakening?

Student: Guru Tua, I have some questions. Does enlightenment occur without spiritual practice? Or, does it require the practice of some spiritual technologies like Japa meditation and the Siddhis?   You may have other questions.  Come and see.

Questions About Enlightenment

If you are not asking the right questions, you won’t get far on your spiritual journey.  If you don’t have questions about the goal of your journey, you probably haven’t started down the path.  Here are some common questions for those about the path and the goal of enlightenment.

Student:  Can we reach enlightenment if we only use meditation?  Or do we need to practice something else like Qigong, Reiki, and the Shamanic Journey?  Next, could I expect to have a life-changing enlightenment experience when I first learn Japa or the Siddhis?

It’s natural to have questions about enlightenment.  Your questions tell me you have already begun.  Above all, the spiritual tools of seated and moving meditation expedite our natural growth.  These are time savers.  Many Sages believe the reason we are here is to progress on the path toward greater awareness and enlightenment. ― Guru Tua

Incremental Growth

And, although it is possible to have a eureka experience the first time you learn these powerful techniques, that is not always the case. Enlightenment does not always come in giant leaps. It often comes in small almost imperceptible steps.
So, your teacher talks about what you could expect as a range of possibilities.   Otherwise, it sets up expectations that could hinder your ability to learn or use the technique.
So, this is also why it is important to test your path.  Don’t stop practicing.  People who don’t have questions about enlightenment aren’t on the path.  But, be sure you are on practicing those things which are expanding your awareness.  One of the best tools to help with this is keeping a spiritual journal.  This simple but effective tool is your best coach.  If you are honest in your writing, it will help you see how you are progressing.  Likewise, it will show you any patterns of thought or actions that are unhealthy.
More often than not growth is incremental. Therefore, a spiritual journal, or book of shadows, is important. We do not see how far we have come unless we see the progress in our thoughts, experience, and practice. We often fail to see the small incremental changes of presence in our lives. And, we also can spot trends in thinking or behavior that will help us adjust our practice. Having a hand-written document of our experience is an invaluable tool. ― Guru Tua

Everyone Has Unique Gifts

Second, learn as many spiritual technologies as you can.  These processes work together.  For example, someone comes to learn Japa meditation.  But, while in the learning process they are also taught Qigong, and the healing arts. They did not understand that they had a natural inclination for these gifts.  They enhance their experience of Japa by practicing these other arts. The presence they gain from Japa along with energy collection of Qigong provides energy to help others through the healing artsThe Shamanic Journey gives insight into the use of all spiritual tools. Each technique enhances the other.  ― Guru Tua
The key to self-development is in our daily experience.  We think we need to be on a spectacular retreat to have spiritual growth.  This isn’t the case.  As we awaken, it will make our spiritual gifts more available.  So, don’t discount the “normal day” as wasted time.  Find the lesson.  Be on the lookout for synchronicities.

Questions As a Sign

Enlightenment is a never-ending journey. As a result, you never “get there.”  You are always on the path.   Yes, more questions and more lessons. Everyone is different.  Hence, everyone needs to find the best way of awakening. There are a variety of spiritual tools or technologies for this specific purpose.

People have been investigating and exploring consciousness for eons.  This is the essence of spiritual exploration. Curiosity and the desire to explore are the driving forces. Their creativity and experimentation result in tools to expand awareness. They create doors to higher states of consciousness.

Spiritual Technologies

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.

Critical Thinking

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

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.

Moving Meditation

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.

Awareness Expansion

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

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.

In Conclusion

If you have questions about enlightenment, it means you are awakening.  Follow your intuition and use common sense.

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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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