“Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason provides us with a basis for understanding the ineffable nature of the divine. As Kant observes, our experience comes to us within the fields of time and space.” — Joseph Campbell
Let’s examine this quote of Mr. Campbell to see if this is statement is complete? It begs the question, are we confined to space and time? Can we experience things outside the realm of the three dimensions of height, width, and length? Is our awareness of events stuck in the arena of time? It brings up the next obvious question.
Are There More Portals of Experience?
“We are separate from each other because there is space in which to be separate.” — Joseph Campbell
Life is an opportunity for our consciousness to explore as a single vantage point. Within this sphere of awareness, we embark on a mission searching for an experience of our true nature of divinity.
Remember, everything we experience takes place in the mind. The physical senses provide input. But, they are not the only means of experience. Experience is, therefore, something outside of space and time.
This quest is challenging because we have different skills and abilities. Many people don’t realize they are on this quest until it is too late. Some only get the big picture when they are on their t of use don’t know we are on this quest until we are on our deathbed. The path for our mission of discovery has several obstacles.
Not the Only Two Portals of Experience!
“Time and space are the prime conditioning factors of our human lives.”
— Joseph Campbell
Don’t run past this last sentence too quickly, as it contains an essential element of wisdom. Notice that both space and time are prime “conditioning factors.” It means something or someone is purposely conditioning these limitations on our experience.
More importantly, it suggests there are other factors or other portals of experience. Most people ignore the proofs of non-ordinary reality. Yet, they do not discount the fact that they have dreams.
The dream state is our experiential proof of non-ordinary reality. The culture conditions us to ignore this proof. And, this isn’t the only scientifically verifiable partition of experience outside of space and time. The fourth state of consciousness is a separate state of awareness with distinct physiological attributes. When in this partition, it is common to experience pure awareness with the conception of time.
We call reality a construct of just two factors, but they are not the only portals of experience. So, space and time are factors of ordinary existence, but they do not apply to our perception of non-ordinary states.
” If we do not or cannot experience anything outside of the fields of time and space. Kant calls this “the aesthetic forms of sensibility.” In India, they call it Maya. Maya is that which transforms that which is transcendent of the manifestation into a broken-up world.
When you think about what you have experienced in the apprehension of forms in space and time, you employ the grammar of thought, the ultimate categories of which are: being and non-being.” — Joseph Campbell
So, what we refer to as everyday reality is just a cultural construct or kind of “grammar” which gives us a shared context for “ordinary” experience. Some have the natural gift to move outside these limitations of cultural grammar.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”― Albert Einstein
Our Western culture uses names like Nomad, Sojourner, Wayfarer, Traveler, Wanderer, Gypsy, or Drifter to describe them. Does this resonate with you? If one of these titles feels like a “fit,” this is a clue in determining you may be on the Hero’s Journey.
“If you have a belief and you come against an experience which the belief says is not possible, or, the experience is such that you have to drop the belief, what are you going to choose — the belief or the experience?
What is God?
“Is there a God? If the word “God” means anything, it must mean nothing. God is not a fact. A fact is an object within the fields of time and space. God is no fact — God is a word referring us past anything that can be conceived of or named. Yet people think of their God as having sentiments like we do, liking these people better than those, and having certain rules for their lives. Moses received a great deal of information from what we might call this non-fact. As understood particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is a final term.”— Joseph Campbell
In other words, the term God is a catch-all answer when the answer is beyond our knowledge or understanding. It is no more or less accurate than any imaginary friend. It is part of the conditioning of the cultural narrative. It keeps us from realizing space and time are not the only two portals of experience.
Moving Beyond the Fields of Time and Space
So, we recognize that there are other possibilities besides everyday reality. The question is, what other opportunities exist? Space and time are just limitations we accept to fit in. They are human-made constraints that our culture uses to control us. We must remember that they can’t control non-ordinary reality.
We understand that the dimensions of space and time are not barriers to our consciousness. We do not exist between our ears. The real you, the person you talk to inside your head, have no limits. Our consciousness has a foundation of pure awareness, enabling us to access higher states of consciousness. All we need are methods to opening these doors. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their way of awakening the unique spiritual gifts sleeping in their DNA. Awakening is a process. 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 call the processes of these early explorers spiritual technologies. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable methods that produce measurable physiological changes. These tools enable us to reach higher states of awareness that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
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 strategy was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
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.
Why The Focus on Space and Time?
If space and time are not the only two portals of experience, why is so much emphasis on them? It is simple. If you confine your experience of ordinary reality, you are easier to program, easier to control. If you experience non-ordinary reality, you will not fall for organized religion’s false arguments.
The fields of time and space do not need to be boundaries. They are only a point of reference for the start of our spiritual journey.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia