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The Formula for Your Success — Explore Without an Agenda

Practicing without an agenda is a strategy that yields the best results because we bypass our expectations and let things happen naturally.  Want to learn how to apply this principle to your spiritual practice?

A common issue in spiritual practice is unreasonable or inaccurate expectations.  When we set expectations for our spiritual practice, we create roadblocks.  We also miss other significant eureka occurrences because our expectations blind our experience.

Expecting the Unexpected

An excellent teacher refrains from giving you examples of what you may encounter.   They understand expectations can cause roadblocks.  Expectations distort your perceptions of experience.

Our expectations can be good or bad.  For example, many people suffer from anxiety attacks just before they go to the dentist.  In this case, their expectations create fear.  What we want to happen can also color our experience.  So, when we explore consciousness, we want to do so with an open mind, expecting the unexpected.

We use surfing as an analogy to explain how to apply this principle.  When you surf, you paddle from the shore to deep water and watch for a wave to form.  When you find one you think will give you the level of experience you want, you paddle with it and catch it.  Then it’s a matter of going with the wave, you want to stay upright and have fun, but you aren’t sure what will happen.  The ocean waves can change, and you need to guide your way to keep upright and balanced.   You can’t have expectations about what the ocean will do.

Riding on a train is entirely different.  You show up at the right time and get in.  That’s it you can expect to reach your destination at a specific time.  The experiences of surfing and riding on a train are entirely different.  Spiritual exploration is like surfing, not taking a train ride.

A wise teacher will instruct the processes but doesn’t tell you what to expect.  Then, they ask a lot of questions about your practice because they know everyone is different.

Spiritual practice is not about perfection. Everyone’s experience of spiritual exploration is different.  If you are developing and walking your path, be proud of yourself.  You are doing it well!  Will you make mistakes?  Yes, but that is part of the learning process and lesson.

It’s a “best practice” applied to almost every spiritual method. Some believe it is an excellent approach to life.  Learn to explore without an agenda and live in the moment.  This mindset helps to keep us present.

Here are just some benefits of practicing without an agenda or expectations.

First, it minimizes your anxiety over what is going on.  Many people worry about doing it right.  If you are engaging in the process to the best of your ability, that’s doing it right. It doesn’t need to be perfect.

Second, pay attention and be in the moment; it will help you spot the lessons and roadblocks.  Third, practicing without expectations will help you recognize more synchronicities and omens.  These guideposts are clues to your personal development.

“The most significant eureka occurrences come when you learn to explore without an agenda.  Anxiety overreaching a preconceived experience will keep you from finding it. So, allow your practice to be easy and without expectation. Then, you will be more likely to have an authentic experience.” — Guru Tua

Seek out a positive learning environment that supports the development of your practice.  The right learning platform will encourage spiritual freedom and investigation.   Beware.  You won’t find spiritual freedom in the regiment of Western organized religion.  These religions are systems of indoctrination and brainwashing, which create boundaries to real learning.

It starts with a healthy skeptical mindset.  Whatever you do, approach it from a beginner’s perspective.  Give it your attention; follow the process.  It’s the mindset for expecting the unexpected.

Guess what?  You are probably missing most of your growth’s significant aspects unless you are using a spiritual journal.  A handwritten journal or book of shadows is a simple but effective device that will help you see incremental change, spot trends, and roadblocks.  A spiritual journal is the first tool for your spiritual toolbox.  You’ll create several, and they will come in handy.

Using a spiritual journal will open your eyes to the subtle eureka occurrences of incremental growth.  We all long for those mind-blowing jumps of awakening, but it is a gradual process most of the time.  Use a spiritual journal, and you’ll set a solid foundation for your practice.

Learn To Explore Without An Agenda

Practicing without expectations doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals.  Everyone should have plans for their spiritual path. For example, developing a well-rounded practice is a goal we hope everyone will adopt. Perhaps the Enneagram Personality Profile is something you want to learn.  An objective might be to read books by three different authors on the subject by the end of the year.  It doesn’t mean setting a goal of being enlightened in 90 days.

At the same time, apply the tools honestly and trust in the results.  Our plans and desires can get in the way.  When we answer the questions in the enneagram questionnaire, we must be honest with the answers.  Otherwise, we will skew the results and result in an inaccurate profile.  Here again, we project into the questionnaire what we “want” it to tell us. But this always leads to incorrect results that don’t reflect our true personality or instinctual stack.

Maybe you want to learn Japa meditation, so you set a goal to research possible teachers. Perhaps topics like the virtues of the spirit or spiritual gifts are of interest. Here, you make lists of potential sources.  Finding your “personal truth” may be among the primary purposes of your practice. So, you research the viable ways you can reach these realistic goals.

Use your intellect and intuition as your guides to design a unique spiritual path.  Explore this opportunity we call life. It’s all about awakening and developing our potential.   Be open to new ideas and happy accidents; expecting the unexpected and practicing without an agenda are the traits of a healthy spiritual explorer’s mindset.

Don’t worry; you’ll make enough mistakes or misjudge things that will provide you with life lessons.  Remember, spiritual practice isn’t about perfection; it’s about growth and development.

Consciousness Development Tools

Focus your goals on finding tools that develop your potential.  Don’t get sidetracked into becoming a follower.  Don’t follow a religion.  Don’t follow any teacher that bates you with unrealistic achievements.

Remember, 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. So, a good first goal is to reach the 4th state of consciousness, pure awareness.  We recommend Japa Meditation or this technique’s more commercially available form, Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Everyone has their way of awakening the unique spiritual gifts sleeping in their DNA.  Awakening is the process of expecting the unexpected.   When we open these gifts, we don’t know what will happen.  Here again, for best results, learn to explore without an agenda.

The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures.  We enjoy the benefits of generations of research from these early pioneers. 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.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for expanding awareness and unlocking the doors to higher states of consciousness. We divide these tools into four major categories:

Anyone can use these techniques.  All you need to do is follow the process.  It’s like following the recipe for baking a cake.  If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.

Practicing Without an Agenda

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Above all, learn to explore without an agenda. Anxiety will keep you from finding what you desire. So, allow your practice to be effortless.  Use a spiritual journal and research; always expecting the unexpected.

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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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