Most faiths have wise people who breathe new life into their teachings.
The rest of the community might ignore them.
Or they might think of them as really good scholars and preachers.
With luck, they might earn the title of saint.
And, for rare individuals, they earn the title of prophet – someone who knows more about the universe than other people.
It takes tremendous inner wisdom to steer an entire religious community down a new path. Whether these new teachings are ‘good’ or ‘useful’ isn’t as important as them being accepted.
Because every religious person interprets their faith differently.
Some in subtle ways, others in ways the orthodoxy calls heresy.
Most of them aren’t considered prophets, though.
What makes someone a leader or founder of a religion, rather than someone who just tinkers with interpretation?
If a faith is a car, what separates the engineers designing it, from the mechanics who maintain them, to the people who buy them?
Many factors, obviously.
Charisma, dedication, luck…
But there’s more to it than that.
How do you revolutionise any field? If you think about science, you might say it’s through careful experimentation and measurement. Those are vital, sure, but every scientist does those.
Few are revolutionary pioneers who change everything.
The first step is to harness your inner wisdom.
Intellect is excellent for building, refining and calculating.
Imagination is excellent for delving into pure fantasy.
Wisdom straddles the two, allowing you to see what could be – what should be – but isn’t.
Every prophet, every revolutionary scientist, every entrepreneur who solves an unsolvable problem, every artist who transforms the way society sees itself – they all have this gift of rich, inner wisdom.
Any one of them could have this story in their biography:
“They struggled with a problem that dogged the land. Then they climbed a mountain or lived with a tribe in the forest, reflected on everything, overcame challenges, then returned to their life with new teachings.”
Details vary, obviously, but that pattern is common.
It all starts with a powerful experience.
An altered state of consciousness so profound, it reveals some hidden wisdom to them.
The author has to translate their epiphany into words.
The scientist has to translate theirs into mathematics and data.
As for the person of faith? They translate it into sermons, then followers, then texts.
First comes the wisdom, then comes the hard work.
Assume the thought of hard work doesn’t bother you (and maybe even excites you)… how do you get this wisdom?
You can increase your odds of having a soul-wrenching epiphany like this by practicing altered states of consciousness.
Religious people who pray – not just clamp their hands together and ask God for three wishes, I mean really pray – experience this.
With meditation, you can experience these altered states too – assuming you’re willing to wait years, you train hard and you have a great teacher.
Or you can use hypnosis.
It’s not a shortcut – you still need to put the work in. Especially if you want life-altering epiphanies like these.
But it can help you tap into your inner wisdom on Day 1.
You can begin to shed old emotional baggage, while other folks still struggle with how to sit comfortably.
Just as youth is wasted on the young, religion is often wasted on the religious. Too many practitioners use its power to close themselves off to new experiences and enriching perspectives.
With the right hypnotist, hypnosis taps into your inner wisdom and broadens your mind like nothing else.
And since science endorses hypnosis, even we atheists can use it.