Come and learn about the origins of spiritual exploration and what we call spiritual technologies.
Many people don’t associate the term spiritual with consciousness, but the term is synonymous with the concept of spirit or soul in many ancient traditions. And, most people do not associate the action of exploring with spiritual matters either. However, exploration is one of the primary drivers of human nature. Even when we sleep, we are investigating our awareness. Our dreams are an exploration of our subconscious mind.
The Origins of Spiritual Exploration
There are two layers to the topic of exploring our spiritual nature. First, the part is the historical background of these processes, and the second is how we use them in our blended learning model.
The Historical Background
The processes we use to explore consciousness come from sources from all around the globe. We call these processes spiritual technologies. Many forms of meditation come from Eastern traditions. And some have international roots.
Analytical processes like the Enneagram Personality Profile have origins in the East and the West. This process is still being expanded and refined. Another excellent tool we use in our blended learning process is Comparative Analysis. It is a scientific method for comparative religious studies. This latter method is a recent development from Western science.
The origins of spiritual exploration go back to indigenous cultures around the globe. These processes comprise a substantial body of work from many cultures. Some of these processes date back before recorded time.
Shamanic Journey is an example of a process developed by the pioneers of consciousness exploration. Many indigenous cultures independently developed the same methods to delve into awareness. They learned to combine rhythm and creative visualization to open a separate doorway of consciousness.
How We Define The Terms
The organization, Seeker Project 4 Spiritual Exploration, was born out of necessity. We began as a group of explorers in the 1970s who came together share to collaborate and share research on self-development. Our focus is on sharing these tools of consciousness exploration.
No one person could investigate all the mind-expanding techniques available. So we divided up the research. Afterward, we met to discuss, share, analyze our research findings. We began by identifying effective methods. We then used scientific methods to test them. We identified similarities between many systems. We used modern training theory to develop the most effective ways to training others.
We discovered many similarities in their preparatory steps and learning benchmarks by comparing these ancient training methods. It enabled us to create a blended learning model. This model allows for us to teach several processes simultaneously with the best learning outcomes. This strategy is behind the origins of spiritual exploration.
The result is the blended learning model of spiritual technologies. It’s important to realize that we did not change any of the methods. We just fit them together in a way, so they have the besting learning outcomes. This model enables people from any background to learn these tools of self-development.
Explaining the Terms
When we use the terms spiritual and exploration, we talking about these ancient processes. These are techniques for expanding awareness. We call them spiritual technologies because they enable us to investigate our spiritual nature. Let’s define the key terms we use to describe what we do. It will clarify how we use the words.
There is no doubt; the word spiritual has a broad scope of meaning. Spiritual and spirituality relate to all subjects concerning the spirit, the soul, and nature. People use spiritual language because it gives them authority.
We use this word spiritual for two significant reasons. First, to honor the pioneers of awareness exploration. Many ancient cultures focused on exploring awareness and consciousness. These early researchers use “spiritual language” to describe these tools.
Second, we use the term spiritual to keep the training pure in its original form. It is practical to keep the teachings intact using the original terminology. Keeping the original form of the language maintains the integrity of the processes. Besides, there is no need to change what already works.
The word exploration is much easier to define. Exploration is the act of traveling and learning about unexplored territory. I think you’d agree exploring the thread of consciousness is an exciting opportunity. It is probably the least explored territory for “modern man.” Many people feel the desire of the inner quest. It is the realm of the spirit.
Exploring Consciousness and Expanding Awareness
The term expanding is relatively straightforward. It means to increase something. When we are talking about awareness, it generally refers to an increase in our ability to perceive or learn. We can experience the expansion of awareness in quantum leaps or small increments.
For example, a quantum leap is the eureka moment we have when we grasp how a mathematical formula works. An Incremental expansion would be when we recognize we can remember more of our dreams when we sleep.
Awareness is a word synonymous with consciousness. It is the capacity to know or our ability to perceive. Consciousness is also synonymous with spirit.
We use terms like expanding awareness and exploring consciousness to describe this system’s processes. These methods enable us to examine the depth of our consciousness. You could refer to these methods in several ways. For instance, you could call it researching awareness or tactics for investigating our potential. Other people call it a survey of the parameters’ perception. Or you could call it methods of studying cognition.
We think expanding awareness is an excellent way to describe the growth of perception using these processes. Exploring consciousness is a perfect way to describe almost every type of meditative process. We’ve covered how we use the terms. Now let’s look at the specific techniques that make up this exciting body of knowledge.
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. The origins of spiritual exploration stretch back before recorded history.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
It is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become helpful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language 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 truth-seekers axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
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 cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. 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 personality profile. 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 help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding exercises focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. 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 technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial 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.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. 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. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
We hope this clarifies the origins of spiritual exploration. We hope you practice at least one of these spiritual technologies. There are links on this page that will help you discover many processes that you can use to develop your path.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia