I have become a phenomenologist because I believe that the basic tenet of phenomenology, that is that we can only know with and through the screen of consciousness, is irrefutable. Yet phenomenological methods give us rigor to get to an understandable level of "truth" or "truths" that are also directly related to practice and to life experiences. (p. 209)
Jacobs, D. T. (2008). The authentic dissertation: alternative ways of knowing, research, and representation. London; New York: Routledge, 2008.
A worldly person approaches life differently than a spiritual practitioner. A worldly person always looks at phenomena as if through a window, judging the outer experience; a practitioner, on the other hand, uses experiences as a mirror to examine their own mind repeatedly, in minute detail, to determine where the strengths and weaknesses lie, how to develop the former and eliminate the latter.