Choosing your own path is what all the ancient sages recommend. If you have the choice, choose a doorway to spiritual freedom. All you need are the right tools.
Most people will tell you that freedom of thought is a high priority. Some believe it’s the most fundamental kind of freedom. Yet, almost half of the world’s population are followers, people who join an organized religion, which tells them what to believe. It’s the opposite of freethinking or freedom. Why does creating a path seem so hard? It’s not. Come and see how to do it.
“Dare to think for yourself.” ―
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” ― Albert Einstein
Why Create Your Own Path?
One of the most asked questions is, “why should I create a path of my own?” After all, there are hundreds of religions; why not just pick one? It’s a common observation. Here’s why choosing your own path is better than becoming a follower.
The fact is all the sages, even those whom people have created religions around, tell us to go our own way. For instance, Jesus of the New Testament was not a Christan. He was Jewish and renounced their organized religion nothing but unbearable religious demands.
Matthew 23 1-4 NLT 1″Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,2 The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
Buddha also opposed organized religion. He taught we must walk a path of our choosing. The act of choice and intention is essential to its functioning. If you follow a religion out of conformity or social convention, you do not align with Dhamma, the natural law of nature. His teachings centered around four noble truths, none of which relate to religion.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha
No matter where you are on your journey, it’s essential that you create your own path. You won’t find your truth following others.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
Creating Your Own Path
The first step is easy. Get an inexpensive notebook. You will create many of these journals. Keeping a journal is one of the best ways to track your progress and spot obstacles. It’s your spiritual life coach. See how easy it is to get started.
The second step is to assess your resources by answering the following questions. Write the answers in your journal.
- What resources are available?
- Where can I find tools for expanding awareness and exploring higher states of consciousness?
- What do I want to learn first?
The third step is, choosing a spiritual technology and getting started. Don’t waste another day. If you stop, start again. When you make mistakes, try something else. The most important thing is to realize that you should develop your spiritual path. If you have the freedom, use it!
The stories of other Sages, Avatars, and Gods are only helpful because they provide valuable references. With your first step, you open the doorway to spiritual freedom. You need not join any organization or religion. Yes, you’ll probably make some mistakes. Learn from these and move on.
Organized religions don’t want you creating your own path. If you do it, then others will too. They want to keep you a customer for life. Western organized religion does all it can to make sure you integrate your life into their belief system. They want your personal and business relationships tied to their chain of control.
There will be constant temptations to take the easy way. Resist the counterfeit spirituality of organized religion. Keep your focus on tools, not teachers. Some people will have tools to help you. Others will make promises and ask you to accept the truths they think you should believe. Learning to research is about trusting the process and your instincts.
No matter how long you study, always test your path. If you find you are not progressing, then move on. Don’t be afraid to change spiritual direction. Above all, don’t join a religion. Stay religion-free.
By choosing your own path, you decide the pace, tools, and teachers. You can create rituals and rites of passage. Take the time you need to normalize what you learn. Ask the Universe for help. You will find the right people to walk with you and help guide your way. That’s how easy it is.
So, more and more people are finding their way back. That’s because religion and authentic faith don’t always go hand-in-hand. Not all religions provide a pathway to genuine faith. Many forms of Paganism have the fewest constraints over freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your path. With these, you create your authentic faith.
The Doorway to Spiritual Freedom
Everyone and everything wants to be free. When you are free to think, you will automatically find the best path to take. Your intuition and your analytical mind can work together once you are free from the constraints of propaganda. So, we’ve put together the following tips to help you open the door that enables you to develop your spiritual potential.
Organized religion still controls much of the cultural narrative. The three most popular religions of the world control have 4 billion members controlling half the world’s population. These are the Semitic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (1).
These organized religions are nothing more than superstitions set up to make money. They aren’t even unique. They are the rebranding of the ancient mystery religions from Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, and Persia. We hope this article and the following tips will help you achieve as much spiritual freedom as possible.
Choosing Your Own Path is a Privilege
Being able to decide on a spiritual path is a choice that isn’t available to everyone. Many people live in cultures where religious indoctrination is standard practice. Children don’t get the option to choose. So, if you can make a choice, choose wisely.
Seek Tools, Not Teachers
Find and learn all the spiritual tools you can. Your heart will tell you when you are ready. Refine your path. Always strive to be a beginner, never an expert. If you find you are going the wrong way, change direction. Always ask yourself, “what is the lesson?” Seek teachers who are only interested in teaching methods, not making disciples. You want to learn and practice as many of the processes which open the doorways of consciousness. We call these types of processes spiritual technologies.
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.
Stay on Track
Another critical point to remember, don’t get sidetracked by religion. The doorway to spiritual freedom is outside of organized religion. Some traditions from the East contain spiritual technologies, which are essential processes. For example, Taoism and Paganism have the fewest boundaries on freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your path.
Let intuition lead you to the right teachers, but don’t become a follower. Remember, a guru is a boat to get you across the river. Leave when you reach the other side. Swim on by yourself if you need to. Don’t just float down the river just because you need to belong.
Otherwise, keep moving but don’t forget to stop and rest. A point often overlooked is that you’ll need time to relax and normalize what you are learning. You’ll need time to understand the lessons. Always ask yourself the question, “what is the lesson.” Life is all about lessons. Listen to your heart.
Above all, keep a Spiritual Journal. Consider it your bible. You’ll have several over time, and they will be a helpful resource. It’s the best way of documenting your journey. A journal will help you spot roadblocks on the path. I will also help you see your incremental growth. Practice automatic writing often. Look for messages of wisdom in your handwriting.
Help Others on the Path
It is equally important to help others find their spiritual path. Helping others is part of the lesson. You’ll never understand something better than when you teach others. Don’t discount this part of your journey. You may walk your path, but that doesn’t mean you must walk it alone.
We all want to be free. Creating “your own path” is the doorway to spiritual freedom. The first steps on this journey aren’t as hard as you think. You don’t need religion. All you need are the proper tools.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia