How is Spiritual exploration different from religion? This is a good question and, the answer may surprise you.
How Spiritual Exploration Differs from Religion
Spiritual exploration is the use of processes to develop awareness. It’s all about methods for exploring and developing the mind. Whereas, religion is about belief in myth and doctrine.
The processes we use in spiritual exploration come from many ancient cultures. These methods represent eons of practical research. What’s more, we can verify these methods with science. They are repeatable and provide measurable data such as reducing heart rate and increasing brainwave coherence. Many provide measurable health benefits, like reducing stress and the effects of PTSD for instance.
Think of these processes like following a recipe, like baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right order, the result is something delicious. All you need to do is to follow the recipe. You do not need to follow any religion to use them.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
Moreover, the tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
To emphasize, spiritual exploration is not a belief in religious dogma or doctrine. So, anyone from any background can use them. They do not require belief in any religion to use them. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four main groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I create my own path? Yes. Most definitely.
- Can I follow a religion and embark on my own journey exploring spirituality? In most cases yes you can. Unless your religion forbids you.
- Where should I start my spiritual journey? We suggest you read the section below on spiritual technologies. Then get a journal and start writing. This is one tool everyone needs. It’s your best coach. Find out which of these methods resonates with you. Then find a resource close to you.
- Will the practice of these spiritual technologies make me more spiritually aware? Yes. Many of these open your spiritual gifts.
- 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 own spirituality? Yes. That is the goal.
- Is spiritual faith the same as the journey 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 dogma. Exploring spirituality has nothing to do with religious dogma, belief, or faith.