Is awakening a natural progression? Does awaking relate to specific experiences or perceptions? Is there a way to tell if you are awakening, or is it all just an elaborate mind game?
“Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man’s life, and it is the sole purpose of being. Is not civilization, in all its tragic forms, a supreme motive for spiritual awakening?” — Khalil Gibran
Is Spiritual Awakening a Mind Game?
We are all explorers at heart; our very nature compels us to investigate everything. The inward quest is no exception. This innate desire is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. When we respond to this call, we set several things in motion that set us apart from the norm.
“Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.” ― Eckhart Tolle
Getting beyond the superficial level of conscious thought is one of the significant hurdles. But, the mind is an extraordinary instrument. We use “the mind” to go beyond “the mind.” Our consciousness is a flexible, expandable, and incredibly delicate device.
“Consciousness, when it’s unburdened by the body, is something that’s ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that’s the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that’s such a delicious feeling, but when it’s unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical.” — Jason Silva
“You can be awake but not aware. Awakening is the spark. This spark is the innate desire to explore the inner world of consciousness. It is a call to embark on a mystical journey. If you feel the need to explore, then you are aware. So, you’ll need to choose. You can fan that spark to become awake, or go back to sleep.” — Guru Tua
Stage 1 Realization of Being Asleep
The awakening process begins with the realization that we have been asleep.
“To awaken, one must realize that one is in a state of sleep, a state of self-hypnosis. And, in order to realize that one is indeed in a state of sleep, one must fully recognize and understand the nature of the forces, which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It is absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source in which you induce the hypnosis.” — George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
What was causing this hypnosis? Religious indoctrination is one of the primary sources of groupthink manipulation. The other is the indoctrination of commercialism. When both are prevalent in society, the vast majority are controlled by one or more types of propaganda.
“You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do.” — Neale Donald Walsch
Stage 2 Growth of Awareness and Perception
Perhaps awakening is a gradual process. It can go up and down. We can have plateaus where growth stagnates. We can also regress and fall backward or experience gradual, incremental change or great leaps. Nothing is guaranteed, not even the amount of time we have to make the trip.
“Spiritual awakening is the difficult process whereby the increasing realization that everything is as wrong as it can be flips suddenly into the realization that everything is as right as it can be. Or better, everything is as It as it can be.” — Alan Watts
“You have wakened not out of sleep but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
So, This is Your Awakening Opportunity
Assess your Current State
Life is your opportunity. So, will you awaken and take advantage of this chance to explore and evolve? Or, will you stay asleep?
Does your current practice change your perception? Does it make it possible for you to see and move beyond ordinary states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping? Can your practice produce an immediate “Eureka” experience?
Do you have a way of measuring your incremental growth? If you can’t answer yes to the above, it’s time to make some changes. If it’s not creating positive changes in your awareness, it’s likely just a psychological mind game.
Here’s another way to tell if you are on the path of awakening. Awakening involves our hearts, and as we become more awake, we can open the “virtues of the spirit.” These virtues are not goals; they are the gifts of our nature. These gifts are available to each of the nine basic personality types. So, each personality has its “own” path and challenges.
What exactly is awakening, and how can we measure it? The symptoms of awakening can differ slightly for everyone. Everyone starts in a different place; everyone has a unique set of spiritual gifts. But, you can measure your progress or lack of it if you document your thoughts and progress in a journal. A simple handwritten journal is one of the best tools for the spiritual explorer.
Many people desire to awaken but don’t know to do it. It is often a choice to stay asleep emersed in a combination of religion and commercialism or awaken.
It’s the stark difference between two paths of Western and Eastern traditions. These are the two primary paths that one may travel. If you want to awaken, you must pick the right one. And if you select the wrong one, don’t be afraid to change it. Next, we’ll look at these two paths.
Do You Align with Spirituality in Western Traditions?
The Western traditions are the Semitic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (1). These religions are not new constructs; these systems are the rebranding of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions.
The primary groupthink mind game of organized religion is to use faith and belief in place of facts and evidence. For example, these demonstrations manifest as talking in unknown languages, falling when prompted by the pastor or leader. It’s about pretending you have an imaginary friend. There aren’t any processes or measurable techniques. It is all based on self-hypnosis and the submission to groupthink manipulation.
These mythologies focus on doctrine and the afterlife. Doctrines are laws, rules, and guidelines that tell us what we should value and believe. These religious systems do not explore or develop awareness or consciousness.
Their main concern is controlling your mind and keeping you a paying customer. They do not want to think or grow or awaken to their hypocrisy. If you are aware enough to see this choice, you are on your way; then this is your awakening from the mind game of self-hypnosis and the subjugation of your mind to mythology and superstition. What is your choice?
Do You Align with Spiritual Awakening in Eastern Traditions?
The focus of most Eastern Traditions is on personal development. These Eastern traditions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Animistic Indigenous traditions.
Many Eastern traditions are the storehouses of ancient knowledge we call “spiritual technologies.” It is these traditions that have guarded the processes we call spiritual technologies.
“An intellectual understanding that is not backed by experiential knowledge can lead to mind games and deceptive states.” ― Sadhguru, Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
These traditions are the storehouses of most techniques for creating an authentic spiritual path. We divide these tools into four main areas.
You can use these tools to grow and explore if you have awakened.
So, This is Your Awakening Wake-up Call
After you assess which spiritual path you are on and which one you’d rather be on then, you can take action to realign your activities.
Sadly, many people do not want to become awake. They don’t want to know what lies beyond the five senses. So they are happy to live a life of delusion. But there is another path. If you want to know, then start practicing the spiritual technologies above. These processes help you awake from your slumber. Find someone to teach you one of the spiritual technologies.
You have two choices. The authentic path of spiritual exploration is not a mind game. It is quite a contrast from organized religion and faith and belief as a shell game. So, this is your awakening wake-up call. Will you answer it?
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia