Discovering who we are and learning how to realize it is the essence of awakening. The inner self and the outer world seem miles apart. How do we get in touch with the real you?
What if we are not what we think we are? What are there other possibilities? Are we not aware enough to grasp them?
There are several ways to define the inner sense. Researchers like Carl Jung believe it is our subconscious mind. Other philosophers like Immanuel Kant (1) refer to this inner sense of the real you as something beyond scientific inquiry.
Joseph Campbell (2) refers to this aspect as the real you. They all describe this aspect of consciousness in the same ways. This observer is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s that part of your awareness that reviews memories and your dreams. The observer of our experience is what some call Soul or Spirit. Whatever you want to call it, revealing these mechanisms can help you with this spiritual journey called life.
The Inner Self Revealed
To reveal this aspect of awareness, we use the following brainstorming exercise in our blended learning process. It’s a form of automatic writing. This process allows the subconscious mind to communicate with us through our handwriting. It does this by sidestepping the conscious mind. It’s a highly effective process for exploring our thoughts and feelings. Automatic writing is a proven technique for studying consciousness on our terms.
All you’ll need for this exercise is a notebook and your favorite pen. However, we strongly suggest that you use a spiritual journal. You’ll be able to refer back to this document for further guidance.
Keys to The Inner Self and the Outer World ―
The disconnect many people experience is the product of our cultural programming. It is a deliberate act that allows others to manipulate you through brainwashing techniques. It’s this kind of manipulation that makes people consumers of things they don’t want our need. The key is learning how to reconnect the spirit, soul, or observer.
The Observer of Our Experience
Brainstorming or Automatic Writing
This exercise is a short version of the automatic writing technique. You can find more in-depth information about this tool following this link.
The first thing to do is start writing. Don’t think, write. Doodle on the page. Draw pictures. Also, don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. Later, you’ll see how your handwriting can reveal messages through the slant of the words, the pressure, the size of the letters. These things will give you information and clues about your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. It will bring the inner self and the outer world together in a tangible way.
For now, write whatever comes up; let it flow. Don’t think about what you are writing. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow. If you pause, that’s okay too. Keep at it. If this is the first time you’ve done this exercise, it can take 5 or 10 minutes to get comfortable with the process.
Once you are “in the flow” and writing, you are revealing your true nature. You can give your mind some gentle direction. Start by asking yourself a question like, “why am I alive?” Then, start writing any thoughts, feelings (pictures) that come up.
The only guideline is to refrain from quoting religious doctrine. You want to get below all levels of cultural and social programming. Above all, this exercise is about connecting to your intuition and finding the wisdom within your spirit. It’s not about dogma.
You can use other questions as well. For example, we recommend questions like:
- What is the way I know I am present?
- Where or when do I feel the most peaceful?
- How do I know when I’m on the right path?
Listen to your intuition, and it is likely to bring up other questions you need to probe below the surface. The inner self and the outer world can link through our intuition.
Reflecting on your automatic writing discoveries allows you to see how your intuition communicates, and this is how you open your spiritual gifts within your DNA. Some believe that our ancestors can also speak to us through this process.
You may discover drawings or uncommon phrases that resonate with you. Listen to this inner voice and learn “how to” listen to the voice of your intuition. Trusting your intuition is a practice unto itself. The absence of the Ego in our awareness reveals the inner self.
Removing the Roadblocks
The first time engaging in this exercise, it might take a while to comfortable with the process. Don’t let this deter you. Remember, your heart and soul want to speak with you. And you have a wealth of intuitive wisdom waiting for your discovery.
Listen to the innate spiritual desire that is leading you to this practice. Listen to that small voice, and be patient. Stay with it. The Observer of our experience wants us to know what we are. As we awaken more and more, we can come forward to experience life more fully.
The primary source of difficulty with a brainstorming process like this is social and cultural programming. We live in a world where we are subject to social programming and propaganda. We are “told” and sold what we should believe. This conditioning places boundaries around what we think about spiritual reality.
Cultural programming blocks our intuitive mind, so we cannot discover what other possibilities are available. Because of this, refrain from repeating a litany of spiritual or theological jargon. Always question the messages from the cultural narrative and never stop. Revealing the inner self is a threat to organized religion (3).
Fear of Your Intuition
Social conditioning is telling us we should fear our inner voice. Those in charge of the cultural narrative would prefer we listen to propaganda and reject our wisdom. No one else knows what gifts and possibilities exist for you. They do not want us to connect with the knowledge of our intuition. Because when we do this, we become less susceptible to their programming.
Inviting your Intuition to Speak
If it feels like you are going in circles and repeating things, stick with it. You are inviting your intuition to speak to your conscious mind. Sometimes it takes a while for your intuitive self to come “online,” especially if you are using this process the first time. So, if you find you can only reiterate religious doctrine, stay with it. Stay on the path of exploration. Do not let the obstacles deter your inner quest.
Once you get past these obstacles, it opens a new level of spiritual awareness. The above exercise is just one consciousness development tool. There are many more.
Consciousness Development Tools
We do not exist between our ears. Our consciousness is unlimited by space or time.
Everyone has their unique way of awakening. We have unique spiritual gifts, and we are on different timetables. Awakening is a process. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials. Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures.
We enjoy the benefits of generations of research, which resulted in a set of powerful tools. We call these tools spiritual technologies; they are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness. These tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. Many higher states of awareness also have unique, measurable physiological signatures that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
You will find others use this eclectic approach to developing a spiritual path. For example, Gurdjieff’s method was to adopt what has already proven effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time. These methods help us bring together the inner self and the outer world.
There are many benefits to awakening. Allowing the observer of our consciousness to come to the forefront of awareness is one of the most incredible benefits. When we do this, we also open our hearts. An open heart is a key to accessing the gifts of the spirit.
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.
Thank you for reading this article. We hope it provides some food for thought. You can find more mind-opening topics on our blog.
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(1) The Cambridge Edition of the Work of Immanuel Kant in Translation
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
(3) Cary, Phillip, 2000, Augustine’s Invention of the Inner Self: The Legacy of a Christian Platonist, New York: Oxford University Press.