Religious freedom requires freedom from religion. The doorway to spiritual freedom is finding and using the proper tools, a life without religion. Come and see why this is true.
Happiness is Living Life to the Fullest
Our original state is happiness and joy. We begin life with a blank slate, innocent and curious. It’s the perspective that allows us to experience life with an open mind.
We begin life as explorers. It is our nature to seek answers for the unknown. This desire to investigate is what makes us excellent spiritual explorers. All we need is the proper tools and guidance. We are already perfect in all of our imperfections.
“I do not need to defend my path. I have no religious beliefs, just tools for exploring consciousness. These tools with all who are ready to receive them.” — Guru Tua
I wish everyone could find a teacher like Guru Tua. I hope you find a resource that provides tools for developing your path. You don’t need beliefs to bind you or blind you. You only need tools to enlighten. Happiness is living life with the tools to explore.
Happiness is the state of being which gives us positive feelings such as joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. It’s essential to find out what exactly makes you happy and why.
Most people talk about happiness as it relates to their current situation or circumstances. Our experiences do impact our immediate mindset, but these often fall short of lasting happiness.
For example, you purchase a new car. You feel “good” about your purchase and how it feels to drive the vehicle. But, as time goes on, your enjoyment dwindles. Then the car has a major costly problem and suddenly your feelings about the car change. You do not find enjoyment in the auto.
On the other hand, happiness is a mindset that enables you to balance the positive and negative. So, you can be happy but still have a broken-down car. Happiness is living life with a realistic mindset that balances emotions.
Living Life Without Religion
But there is a problem. Religion comes with ideologies and doctrines filled with harmful prejudice and bias. When we are young, we are trusting we are susceptible to this programming. Our families and cultures often reinforce sectarian ideologies. We believe what people tell us is the truth. We accept prejudices as truth.
Religion robs us of our natural state of innocence and well-being. If we are lucky enough to choose a different path, we can find our way out of this trap. Unfortunately, some cultures are dominated and controlled by extremist religious sectarianism. In these cultures, you must demonstrate your allegiance to the religious dogma of a religion. The doorway to spiritual freedom is closed in these societies.
Religions By Population
Below is a chart listing religion by population (1). These estimates are from 2018. About half the population is involved in the Abrahamic traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These systems have the most significant impact on the cultural narrative.
Concerns of Western Religion
The Abrahamic traditions dominate Western culture, so even if you aren’t a follower, you feel the effects of their influence because of their colossal social reach. They dictate can values and policies because they can integrate their doctrines into the cultures they dominate. It takes a lot of work to maintain this paradigm in the modern world.
Unbelief is necessary to protect the boundaries of their beliefs. They learn to reject all the facts that contradict their superstitions. The ongoing use of groupthink manipulation tactics makes the belief system their identity. Some people live in cultures immersed in mythology, making living life without religious beliefs nearly impossible.
They are all significant for the absence of any tools of consciousness development. These religions aren’t new. They are a combination of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. Instead of methods to develop or explore consciousness, they offer mythology and superstition. What’s often most important to these systems is what they can get you to believe. These beliefs take the form of three primary concerns:
- Mandatory membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being (God or Gods)
- The justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
- Belief in the afterlife, or life after death with corresponding rewards and punishments
Find Your Doorway to Spiritual Freedom
At the beginning of this article, religious freedom starts with freedom from religion. You have the right to believe anything as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. One way to show religious freedom is to express humor in their absurdities and inconsistencies. Making fun of something does not prevent someone from believing. For example, if I assert that the God Oden is alive and well, you have the right to make jokes about how silly it is. You have the right to point out the errors of my thinking.
If your comments lead me to question my beliefs, so much the better. Maybe it will lead to my awakening?
The Path of Awakening
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a robust set of tools anyone can use for developing or exploring awareness. We call these tools spiritual technologies. Living life without religious beliefs is not just possible. It is preferable. With fewer boundaries to get in the way, you are free to explore your spiritual truths. Happiness is living in the state of mind you enjoy by exploring your inner world.
These tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And higher states of awareness also have unique, measurable physiological signatures. They differ from consciousness’s primary partitions of waking, sleeping, and dreaming. These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process. These tools come mostly from Eastern traditions, probably because their focus is on developing human potential.
You will find this eclectic in other systems. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt those techniques proven effective by years of practice. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Tools For Exploring Consciousness
These processes are a collection of proven methods for exploring consciousness. We call them spiritual technologies. They help us expand awareness and unlock the gifts to 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.
You can find practical tools of consciousness in many traditions around the world. Sometimes a religion will safeguard these tools, preserving them for future generations. The stories of all the great Sages tell us to seek our path. Living life without religious beliefs is the authentic path of spirituality. Without boundaries, you can go farther.
Happiness is living in a society that promotes religious choice. A healthy culture includes the freedom not to follow mythology or superstition. If you live in a culture where you can choose, the doorway to spiritual freedom is unlocked, don’t miss the opportunity.
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(1) List of religious populations by proportion, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia