“If you don’t control you mind, someone else will” – John Allston
There are many different ways to hone personal spirituality. Most if not all major organized religions have a certain dogma they present to be followed. The deeper I looked into religion, the more systems of control I found. You need not follow any form of organized religion, or preset rules to live a good life and to be a good person. On the other hand you do not need to coin yourself an atheist in order to balance out the crowd. Between the extremes you can find alternative sources to communicate with the divine, or just yourself. For thousands of years across the globe our ancestors have figured out different ways to connect to something deeper than our normal consciousness (altered states if you will). Simply focusing on a few deep breaths to gain composure in a stressful situation, Daily meditation practice to hone the mind and alleviate the “monkey mind” chatter of daily life, prayer to a higher power of any sort to express gratitude for the life that we have been given, or even visualization of things coming up in life that one wants to move towards. There are also more advanced techniques to explore if one is so inclined to. Dream recall from the subconscious can be a powerful tool to analyze what is happening under the surface of the conscious mind. One can also train themselves to Lucid dream (know that you are dreaming in a dream) this can help empower the dreamer to take control of a nightmare and resolve constant background issues, or simply wander around the dreamworld doing things that just are not possible in the waking world. Yoga and Martial arts to me are a form of moving meditation of different speeds. They can bring the mind/body/spirit together to create a better you. Psychedelics and plant teachers are one of the most powerful forms of these technologies and can crumble down walls you never knew existed. They can show one how the ego really controls the vehicle, and simultaneously crumble that ego. Some of the insights can be felt for the remainder of one’s life, and can ease the passing of death. It can be quite humbling, and is not for the faint of heart. What all these spiritual technologies have in common is they take away the day to day noise and leave you there to experience what is right there all along… a sense of peace and oneness. This is not some “pie in the sky” idea. There is evidence to support all these mentioned. Just so we are clear… if you are in for a trip you are in for a wild ride. This is your life. You are in control of your own dogma. Graham Hancock stated “If we are not sovereign over our own consciousness, then actually we are not sovereign over anything”. I recommend you do your own research before jumping in. You don’t have to be a priest or a monk to communicate with the divine, we all have the power. Choose you own adventure(s), and choose wisely.