Imagine owning a beautiful palace, but you never open the doors to the other rooms. You spend your life in the hallway; that’s a wasted life. Want to learn to open the doors of consciousness?
The palace or mansion is an analogy of consciousness and the mind. The hallway represents our three default states. These are the partitions of waking, sleeping, and dreaming. These three states enable us to learn about our bodies and this world.
Living in the Hallway of a Mansion
Many people spend their lives in the hallway and never open the doors to the palace of their minds. They have good excuses. First, the doors have locks. They are easy to overlook because most people lead busy lives.
However, the keys to these locks are in their possession. So, wouldn’t that be a lifetime of missed opportunities? However, there are many other states of awareness beyond these default settings.
The rooms of a mansion represent higher states of consciousness. These other states of awareness and consciousness are ours to have and explore. All we need to do is unlock the doors and walk inside.
“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.” — Robin Sharma
“After all, what more does a true genius want? The mind itself is the palace where all the real treasures, the works of art, the indulgences exist.” — Alex Scarrow
“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” — Frank McCourt
A Wasted Life
Living in the hallway means living in default mode and never progressing, never opening these other partitions of awareness.
What are you missing because you venture beyond the default mode? Many sages tell us that spiritual exploration is the purpose of life.
So, imagine you own a marvelous palace. The rooms of a mansion contain many treasures. But, you are content to live in the hallway. You fail to enjoy all of the marvelous things locked away in those rooms.
“There is no humiliation worse than the consciousness of a wasted life. It stains the spirit, forestalls hope, and destroys any motive for action or change.” — Peter Ackroyd
“The hallway of every man’s life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live.” — Sean O’Casey
You know there are valuable things in the other rooms. You even have the keys to open the other doors, but you don’t. But it’s the waste of a great opportunity.
“The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that goal. Don’t get caught up in small things, and then it will be yours.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu
What’s Inside the Rooms of a Mansion?
There are several other levels or partitions of consciousness, and we all have access to them. Some are born with access to these rooms; they are the Seers and Shaman. The rest of us need to use the keys to open them.
What are the keys? The key may be as simple as a sound or mantra. These other rooms are what some call higher states of consciousness. We’ve talked about the default states of waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
The fourth partition is the state of “pure” or “transcendental” consciousness. It is a state characterized by awareness without the interference of the internal dialogue. It’s most beneficial for its profound rest and growth of awareness. We reach it via a mantra or sound.
The fifth higher state is the Shamanic State of Consciousness. We reach this partition using a drum’s rhythmic beat and creative visualization.
The sixth state is the first partition which combines the fourth state with waking, dreaming, and sleeping. It provides a unique perspective on life known as “witnessing.”
There are more beyond these six, but it gives you an indication of how your mind is capable of growing. It helps us see why living in the hallway of our minds is so limiting.
Once we begin to question things with a realistic or skeptical mindset, we understand how we limit ourselves. Living by self-limitation gives others the ability to take advantage of our lack of awareness.
“Questioning our own motives, and our own process is critical to a skeptical and scientific outlook. We must realize that the default mode of human psychology is to grab onto comforting beliefs for purely emotional reasons and then justify those beliefs to ourselves with post-hoc rationalizations.” — Steven Novella
Obstacles to Progress
Those who control the cultural narrative don’t want you to open the doors to these other planes of awareness. They can’t control you with propaganda if you start thinking rationally.
“If these distracted times prove anything, they prove that the greatest illusion is reliance upon the security and permanence of material possessions. We must search for some other coin. And we will discover that the treasure-house of education has stood intact and unshaken in the storm. The man of cultivated life has founded his house upon a rock. You can never take away the magnificent mansion of his mind.” — John Cudahy
Guess what? Don’t be like most people. You can learn to use the keys to open those doors, which is the inward journey we call spiritual exploration. It’s what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey (1).
Even if you cannot travel the world, you can take this journey no matter where you live. Don’t miss this opportunity to open the doors and reveal hidden treasures. A wasted life affects everyone in your circle of influence.
The Rooms Inside of a Mansion Are Yours
Most people aren’t born with These processes enable you to open the doors in the hallway. Now, you can begin living life in the rooms of the mansion. Living in the hallway gives you access and opportunity, but where do you start?
Assess where you are now and what tools are available. Some of these techniques, like Japa Meditation or Transcendental Meditation, require personal instruction. However, you can learn many other forms by reading a short script. We have several of these forms of meditation here on our site.
The first tool we recommend is a simple handwritten journal. Your handwriting contains the key to many other techniques. All you need to do is start writing. It’s a place to write about your experience.
Many people start by recording their dreams or dream fragments. You’ll soon discover themes and patterns that will help you understand your subconscious mind. It’s an asset with almost every spiritual practice as it becomes an accurate reflection of your thought life. Many people feel it’s your best life coach.
Start with the two-step beginning meditation script. It’s so easy children as young as two years old can do it. But, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t a powerful mind hack tool. It helps you to quiet the internal dialogue and allows you to rest. You’ll feel the effects immediately.
Once you’ve mastered the beginning meditation process and want something a little more powerful, you can learn mindfulness meditation. This process uses the foundation of the beginning meditation method and adds the ability to take this peace into daily life.
After you learn moving mindfulness meditation, you are ready to try some specialized uses of this technique. Forest bathing uses the foundation of mindfulness meditation. It takes the mindfulness process into places where you find old-growth trees. There’s some good research on the ability of a natural wooded environment to provide healing of body, mind, and soul. The forest bathing technique is the cornerstone of the Japanese wellness system.
Along with forest bathing, you can also move to a process called tree grounding.
You can learn of these meditation techniques from articles on this website. This suite of meditation techniques will help you open the doors of awareness and help you start using the other rooms of your consciousness.
Next is a process you can learn either from a book or cd is the Shamanic Journey. Some people refer to it as a guided meditation or creative visualization. This process is humankind’s first spiritual technology; you can find it in many indigenous cultures around the world.
We recommend Sandra Ingerman’s book, “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide Paperback — 2008, by Sandra Ingerman.” It comes complete with a CD, including drum tracks.
Critical Thinking Skills
Many people overlook critical thinking tools because they think they aren’t necessary to the spiritual journey. But, not using these mental tools can lead to trouble. The challenges of life require you make sound, rational decisions. Many of the most significant decisions you’ll make involve choices about your spiritual journey.
Learning to engage your analytical abilities will help you avoid some of the biggest traps. They will help you solve many of life’s issues. All it takes is a small amount of time and attention. They are simple to learn and easy to use. Once you start using them, you’ll find applications in almost every area of life.
We have a suite of critical thinking skill articles that are all you’ll need to enhance your analytical thinking capabilities. You’ll want to add these tools to your reading list for the future.
Start with the free logic and rational thinking skills training module. It will help you understand the difference between rational and magical thinking and show how people confuse and misuse deductive arguments to sell ideas and ideologies. It also explains the correct forms of deductive and inductive logic.
Next is a module on the most common logical fallacies people use in religion and politics. You’ll use this module to spot errors with TV broadcasts that pose as news but are sources of propaganda.
Last but not least are the spiritual axioms. These are some easy-to-use axioms to help you sort out the facts from the fiction. You’ll use these every day as well. When you read them, you’ll see what we mean. You’ll see how they apply directly to the issues that are dealing with today, like the pandemic, endemic situation with COVID. These are life-changing issues that require sound judgment.
Here are some links to all four of the major categories of these cognitive technologies.
What we like about them is that they work regardless of your philosophical or religious beliefs. They are processes that anyone can use. We use the analogy of baking a cake to describe them. All you do is follow the recipe. When you combine ingredients in the right way, you get something delicious.
As yourself, are you living in the hallway or the rooms of a mansion? Don’t live a wasted life.
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