Some sages say the beginning of freedom is learning to observe the active mind, the “thinking machine,” the Observer. Others say to be free, we must reject the cultural narrative. Which approach is better? Are there different ways to do it?
“The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the thinker. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.” ― Eckhart Tolle
What Exactly is True Freedom?
The state of being free is liberation from restraints. But, restraint is something we determine based on our level of perception. What one person thinks is hindering another person would not. It’s a valuation of reality that happens within the mind. Much of freedom is circumstantial and can fluctuate. Let’s say you move into a house and find it spacious. Then when several other people move in suddenly, it feels crowded.
Much of what we think and feel about reality comes from our instincts and personality. Another level of programming is the cultural narrative. So, what we believe is liberating is a function of our programming. We can learn to handle the programming of our Ego, and we can change the programming of cultural folklore.
Observing the thinker is the ability of our awareness to disconnect from the control of our Ego. We experience everything inside our minds. But who is it that is observing what’s going on? The “Real You” is the observer of the Ego.
So, do we remove the programming to be free of the Ego, or do we need to meditate or use other tools to get beyond the active mind?
Our brain is much more than the thinking apparatus between our ears. The person you talk to inside your head is the real you. The Observer who experiences your dreams is the real you. The thinker that Eckhart Tolle refers to is the Ego. So, achieving freedom of awareness from the Ego is the key.
The Observer is beyond the mechanism of Ego. However, most people identify with their personality and instinct as “being them.” But this isn’t the case. These are the default mechanisms our consciousness uses to connect with our bodies. The awareness that transcends these mechanisms is the real you.
To view the machine that’s “thinking,” we must find a way to move beyond the controls of personality and instinct. Several tools can help us achieve this inner peace.
True freedom starts when we disengage the autopilot of the Ego and realize who is witnessing what is going on. The goal is well worth the effort. Learning how to get beyond the Ego allows Observer to take its rightful place in our awareness.
Some people are born with the ability to “witness” from a separate state of consciousness. These people were the Seers, the Shaman, and Healers in ancient cultures. But the modern world has no place for them, nor does not understand their point of view, so they label them undesirables and treat them as mentally ill. Not so long ago, we burned them as Witches.
Obstacles to Observing the Thinker
Everyone has the latent ability to go beyond the constraints of Ego, but not everyone unlocks the doors that make this possible. The Ego itself is one obstacle because it wants to maintain control. So, that’s a hardcoded aspect of personality that we learn to overcome. The Enneagram is an excellent tool to identify these thought scripts.
Our culture also creates some barriers preventing us from observing the thinker. It’s the programming that comes from indoctrination and propaganda, which is more challenging. The reason being, we often continually expose ourselves to the source, which reinforces negative values and beliefs.
We have lost the common knowledge of how to reach the observer. There have been many teachers and sages that sought to bring this knowledge into the open. But the programming of our cultural narrative gets in the way. It teaches us to fear awakening and the growth of consciousness. This fear comes from those who run the dominant cultural folklore.
Western organized religions are in control of most of the cultural narrative. These are religions of Semitic origin, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They have over 4 billion members and control half the world’s population. Even if you are not a follower, these religions greatly influence your life.
They teach us to fear gifted people; they see things differently because they have direct knowledge of non-ordinary reality. At the same time, these religions contain stories of individuals who went beyond organized religion. Observing the thinker is a doorway that leads beyond organized religion. True freedom starts when we open these doorways.
The lack of this knowledge holds us back, and this is no accident. Organized religion does not want you to discover the real opportunity that exists. There are methods for expanding awareness and understanding of Ego. But, we don’t even acknowledge non-ordinary reality, although Our dreams are proof of it. Think about it.
The Beginning of Freedom
Some sages tell us true freedom starts when we learn to observe our thinking. Observation is a skill that you can enhance. You can expand awareness. The first step is recognizing the machinery of Ego. If you can observe the “thinker,” you can move towards realizing cosmic consciousness. Otherwise, you get stuck in the thinking mechanism of personality and ego.
It’s fantastic news; it means you can eventually be free. No matter what your circumstances. How is this possible? Everyone has the essential tools to go beyond Ego. Our Ego keeps our minds busy. Letting go of the Ego is akin to the philosophies found in Buddhism.
To let go of something, you must first recognize what “it” is. The Enneagram is one of the best tools to illuminate the Ego’s machinery. It’s one of the primary technologies we use in our blended learning process.
Other sages say freedom starts when we reject the dominant cultural narrative. When we leave mythology and superstition, we are free to create our “own” path. All we need are the right tools to help us explore consciousness.
Consciousness Development Tools
Everyone awakens differently. We have unique gifts, and we are on different timetables. Awakening is a process. We of accessing the spiritual gifts are sleeping in our DNA. When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. The investigation of consciousness is something many ancient cultures thought was necessary, and we enjoy the benefits of generations of research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
We use a blended learning model incorporating those processes which are safe and reliable. We are not the first to use this eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s method was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
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.
True Freedom Starts When We Learn To Observe
The realization that you are not your personality comes from the observer’s perspective. You are that which is observing the thinker. When we do this, we move to a higher level of awareness.
Don’t allow the fears of organized religion to hold you back. Find the courage to move beyond the confines of doctrine and dogma.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia