the inner quest is your inner quest

The Hero’s Journey is Your Inner Quest

What is the inner quest, and what tools do you need?  This adventure always begins with the desire to explore your inner world.  Do you hear this message? Does this Journey resonate with you?

What draws people to this spiritual Journey?  Everyone has this latent desire, but not everyone follows it.  Some get sidetracked by counterfeits that provide easy answers. But, even the counterfeits of religion follow the universal pattern of this adventure.

When we are ready, the quest calls us to act. It’s that innate desire to seek and understand the unknown.  The inner quest becomes your inner quest when you answer the call.  So, what does answering the call entail?  What do I have to do?

The Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell

Mr. Campbell (1)  was a literature professor at Sarah Lawrence College.  His passion was the investigation of ancient cultures, where he taught comparative religious studies.   Mr. Campbell authored many books, but his crowning achievement is the work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” In this work, he discusses the archetypal hero that we find at the heart of my religions and stories which resonate.

The inner quest is the hero’s journey Joseph Campbell used to describe the spiritual Path that resonates through many stories, cultures, and religions.  Several processes help us on this inward adventure, called “spiritual technologies.”  It is a pattern that helps us make sense of the chaos of life.

This quest resonates with many people because we are creatures born to explore.  We want to be the hero of our Journey.

Many people think they can fulfill this quest by following a religion, but this is not true.  Unfortunately, many regions are counterfeits for the inner Journey.  You cannot find your “personal truth” following the Path made by someone else.

“The process of finding the truth may not be a process by which we feel increasingly better and better.  It may be a process by which we look at things honestly, sincerely, truthfully, and that may or may not be an easy thing to do.” — Adyashanti

But today, the trend is changing.  Many people leave the big three organized religions to create a spiritual path of their design.  Christianity, Islam, and Judaism still control much of the cultural narrative in some parts of the globe.

The Journey always begins with the call, the desire to know the unknown.   Religion provides simple answers to make people customers.  The answers are substitutes for the true spiritual Journey.  They are consciously absent any tools for fulfilling your inner quest.  However, they contain many empty promises.  For example, you’ll need to wait until after you die to cash in on the afterlife rewards.

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call.  One way or another,  a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land, Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.” — Joseph Campbell

This quote sets the tone for our meetings.  It reveals the perspective needed for a fearless spiritual quest.  We recommend you use it too.  It can be the spark that focuses everyone on learning and sharing.  If you hear the call, join us.  We can be a helpful resource on your Journey.

Above all, listen to the voice inside.  Your intuition is trying to tell you there is more to this thing called reality.  If you can relate to this call, you are ready to use spiritual exploration tools.  We believe these tools are the key to self-development, the essence of the inner quest.

We endorse their use because they do not require religious doctrine or superstition.  So, these processes are universally available regardless of your faith or beliefs.  All it takes is the ability to follow a process.

We use the stages of the Hero’s Journey, the Alchemist, as a template for our blended learning process.  It is a template that is the natural progression of learning and sharing knowledge for self-development.  Mr. Campbell refers to the story of the Alchemist.  It is the story of pursuing your inner desire to explore the unknown.  It is the story of a boy who learns life’s lessons on the spiritual Path.

The Inner Quest Becomes Your Inner Quest

the hero's journey joseph campbell

These are time-tested methods for exploring consciousness and developing our potential.  We refer to them as spiritual technologies because we are spiritual beings and these ancient methods are indeed technologies that open portals to higher levels of consciousness.

These methods are vastly different from beliefs in religious mythology.  Anyone can use those methods to increase their full potential.  Think of them just like a recipe for baking a cake.  When you follow the directions, you get something tasty.

Generations of people have used these techniques.  They are repeatable methods with expected experiential outcomes.  Some methods produce measurable results in our physiology, such as expanded brainwave coherence, decreased heart, respiration, and even skin resistance charges.  Science uses these markers to prove these partitions of awareness are different from default states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

The spiritual journey becomes your inner quest when you apply tools to investigate consciousness.  Applying these tools makes the journey real and not just an academic understanding.  (2)

The Spiritual Technologies

We divide them into four categories:

Analytical Tools

The arena of spirituality seems like an odd place for Analytical and logical tools.  However, they are essential tools for every spiritual explorer.

Each of these tools includes emotional checks.  It’s essential to keep your feelings neutral when dealing with anything that requires critical thinking.  The methods in this category include, but are not limited to, Logic and Rational Thinking, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.

Logic and Rational Thinking

Logic is the application of common sense and rational thinking.  These tools assist us in searching for the truth.  You’ll use these tools every day.  They come in handy in subjects like politics and religion, even on social media like your favorite news broadcasts.

We separate these critical thinking tools into three categories.  The first is Logical and Rational Thinking Skills, which summarize using logic and common sense in language.  It shows how we use language to promote ideas.  Next is a tool for recognizing Logical Fallacies.  This module provides examples of the most used logical fallacies.  The last module is the Spiritual Axioms.  These are valuable tools to help us identify the most used ploys for undermining rational thinking.

Comparative Analysis

Comparative Analysis is a scientific approach to comparative religious study.  It is a technique of evaluating worldviews by comparing your own with others.  You can use this process alone or in a group setting.  We highly recommend you go to the public library, where you can access a wide variety of resources.

In the Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell uses this process extensively.  The comparison of belief systems by topic reveals the similarities between many traditions.

The Enneagram of Personality

The Enneagram of Personality is a psychological methodology that helps us understand Ego, personality, and instinct.  This system is easy to use and understand, yet it is deep enough for clinical use alongside any other method.  It makes the Enneagram an effective system available to everyone.

Modern psychology and the Enneagram share the exact genesis.  Freud and Jung both used concepts from the Enneagram to devise their theories on personality.  For instance, the Enneagram profile is based on nine personality types; Jungian psychology has nine processes of consciousness with almost identical descriptions.

Meditation

If you mention the term “spiritual practice,” most people will think of seated meditation.  However, meditation involves a range of techniques, from traditional sitting forms to moving forms.

Meditation is a well-documented mind hack that uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as equipment.  These gadgets open the doors of awareness and consciousness.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the primary method of spiritual exploration.  Seated meditation consists of a continuum of practices starting with a simple two-step approach.  You can progress through a range of Mindfulness Meditation techniques, including Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM).  It also includes advanced methods like the Siddhis Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

The seated form of meditation is only one dimension of mediation.  Moving meditation includes any movement with a heightened degree of recognition; to perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination.  The Japanese Tea Ceremony is an example of a structured ritual designed to produce a form of moving meditation.  There are forms of the Shamanic Journey that involve structured rituals and dance.

Moving meditation builds mind-body connection and coordination.  In turn, this has a tremendous impact on our fitness and health.  This category of techniques consists of methods like Qigong and Tai Chi.  Moving meditation also involves the concept of grounding.  Grounding refers to the integration of body, mind, and spirit.  This category includes Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and the Tree Grounding process.

Awareness Expansion Tools

This category of methods deals with perception and contains such processes as the Shamanic Journey, Lucid Dreaming, Third-Eye Awakening, and a host of strategies to enhance memory like Learning How to Learn.

This modality includes several practical exercises around writing.  It includes recommendations for using a spiritual journal or book of shadows, Automatic Writing, and techniques for Exploring Memories.

Shamanic Journey

The Shamanic Journey might be humankind’s first tool to investigate the subconscious mind.  We can find this technique in many indigenous cultures, and it serves as proof of the historical significance of the internal quest.

There are many versions of this theme; the standard formula uses rhythm and imagination.  Rhythm regulates heart rate, and imagination provides the substance of an imaginary landscape.  A Shaman is someone who guides us on our spiritual quest.  However, you do this solo using a drum or a recorded rhythm track.

The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures to make it marketable.  It is advertised as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.” These terms are apt descriptions of the process.

Natural Healing Modalities

This group of practices, including Pe Jet from Indonesia, is a form of massage that uses trigger point massage and energy projection to realign and heal.

It includes healing massage systems from Japan like Reiki and Shiatsu.  Reiki is a recently developed healing art using Sigils to focus healing energy for touchless massage.  Shiatsu is a traditional form of trigger point massage.

We use Vedic medicine in conjunction with different conventional recovery forms.  Self-care is an integral part of this category.  Because to assist others, we need to be in a healthy place mentally and spiritually.  We should not forget that our physical fitness also affects every aspect of our lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • May I use these techniques along with belief in religion?  In most cases, yes, you can unless your religion forbids you.
  • Where should I start my spiritual quest?  Start with an inexpensive handwritten journal.  It’s one tool every spiritual explorer needs.  It’s your best coach.  Read about the spiritual technologies listed in this article.  Find out which of these methods resonates with you.  Then find a resource close to you.
  • What is the spiritual Journey called?  We know it as the Path.  Others call it the Hero’s Journey, as we mentioned above.
  • Can this quest help me find my spirituality?  Yes.  That is the goal.
  • Is spiritual faith in religion the same as the Journey of exploring spirituality?  In a strict sense, no.  Faith is a term describing belief in religious dogma.  Religions try to reframe the term spiritual and associate it with their doctrine.  Exploring your spirituality has nothing to do with religious ideology or faith.  It’s all about using tools to explore the mind and spirit.

In Conclusion

Are you drawn to the Inner Quest?  If so, you are in the right place.  There is something here for every spiritual explorer.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas for further research.

Take the desire to explore to the next level using these tools to explore and expand consciousness, making it your inner quest to find your spiritual truth.

References

(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces

(2) Theoretical Models of Consciousness: A Scoping Review: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8146510/

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