The benefits of spiritual study are vast but not readily apparent to many people. Spiritual studies are NOT to be confused with religion. The principles here are universal, and the benefits they provide will serve adherents of any religion, or those who follow no religion at all. At Oculus, this facet is broken down into four modules:
Psychohacking – Like biohacking, this discipline uses experimentation as well as a combination of ancient and modern tools to consciously reprogram one’s mind rather than operate blindly on past conditioning that may not serve one’s goals. A prerequisite to all other spiritual studies, a key component of this process is disidentification – seeing oneself as an awareness/soul that has dominion over the mind and body rather than believing one is the mind and/or body. This is the module that is focused on in the internal portion of the Awaken program.
Mysticism – This is what most spiritual students are seeking. Despite some modern misconceptions about the term “mysticism,” the original meaning of the term (and that used by Oculus) is the study of cultivating connectedness, spiritual awareness, agape (the highest form of love), forgiveness, gratitude, and presence. It also includes transcendent experiences such as revelation, unity consciousness, and other similar states. This path ultimately leads through the ability to see balance in all things to an enduring mindset of nonduality, where even the notion of separate things to be balanced is left behind. Mysticism is the first part of the Ascendant program.
Practical Metaphysics – Many ideas have been put forth in this area: the Law of Attraction, karma, prayer, synchronicity, and manifestation, to name a few. What these people have realized, though not described in a complete and rigorous way, is that consciousness and intent have a significant effect on our world. How these forces work should be as well understood as gravity and electricity, but they aren’t. This module is designed to help you harness these effects to shape your life in a positive and proactive manner. Practical Metaphysics is the second part of the Ascendant program.
Spiritual Enlightenment – This term is used in a very particular way at Oculus; it means the abiding lack of ignorance, meaning both knowing what is true and, just as importantly, not believing what is false. Because challenging beliefs and accepting the limits of our knowledge can be uncomfortable for most people, this is a path that is only recommended if one has a “splinter in one’s mind” that drives a search for truth above all else. Spiritual Enlightenment is the third part of the Ascendant program.