The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief — Guru Tua
Every belief system has parameters, boundaries, limitations… these are walls. Some belief systems have more boundaries than others. If you are not progressing in your spiritual walk, check out your beliefs. Beliefs are likely the wall that’s holding you back. — Guru Tua
Three religions represent about half of the population of the world. These are the Abrahamic (1) religions of Semitic origin Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Together they a membership of 4 billion people. If you ascribe to one of the three religions that dominate the cultural narrative, you won’t see belief as a wall. Instead, you see religion as a prison that is restricting free thought.
These religions are not new creations. They are the rebranding of the ancient mystery religions of the Mediterranean region, Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mythologies are the basis for all their doctrines and dogma. They also adopted the groupthink manipulation techniques from these superstitions. It’s a powerful kind of self-hypnosis that makes make people treat fiction as fact.
Belief and Your Spiritual Growth
Belief is the mechanism that religion uses to overcome rational thinking. The obstacles of belief are doctrines and dogmas that justify irrational and harmful beliefs. It creates the need to believe in the wall. So, believers see the boundaries of the wall as simple and easy answers. Unfortunately, these answers are counterfeits and boundaries to the truth.
Religion capitalizes on our most basic fears. For instance, our existential fear of death is something that could propel us on our spiritual journey. Instead, organized religion uses it to sell belief in the afterlife. They use our most basic fears as a way of selling an ideology. Hence, the wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief.
Many people compare religion to fast-food spirituality. Like fast-food, religion is readily available; it tastes good, but it has no spiritual nutrition. Like fast-food, religion is habit-forming. Religion promises to fulfill a need it can never meet. Religion requires frequent visits and demands your financial support. The dogma of religion can not quench your spiritual needs, but you can become addicted to cultural programming.
The Wall Preventing Your Spiritual Growth is Belief
All the great teachers, sages, and avatars of the ages have repeated this message again and again. They rejected organized religion. But instead of creating spiritual explorers, their teachings are used to create religions. More religious sects are being created every day.
Not all religions are the same. Religion becomes harmful when it programs religious bias and prejudice. The more bias and prejudice, the more harmful it becomes to its members and world. The obstacles of belief are the mechanism through which this programming takes place. It uses belief in its boundaries as a justification for hate.
Religion represents the single most influential social institution. This drives the programming of bias and prejudice. However, not all religions are harmful. Only those that create boundaries and restrictions dictating values and thought. As a result, these are harmful because they adversely affect our ability to reason. Some religions have more boundaries than others.
For example, Taoism and Paganism have the fewest constraints over freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your path. In comparison, the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have the most boundaries.
Western religion prohibits free thinking. You must follow their superstitions and mythologies. Step one is admitting that this cultural filter exists and that it is harmful. If you admit that the programming exists but think it’s okay, you are still under the influence of their brainwashing. They accomplish this brainwashing with the use of self-hypnosis and group hypnosis techniques.
Brainwashing is a method of systematic indoctrination. It all depends on the time and level of emotional attachment one has to the programming. Propaganda, mentioned earlier, is a form of covert brainwashing. Brainwashing creates the wall designed to prevent your spiritual growth. It takes a lot of effort and unbelief in facts to maintain belief in mythology.
Obstacles of Belief The Tendency of the Mind
If you have a belief and you come against an experience which the belief says is not possible, or the experience is such that you have to drop the belief. What are you going to choose — the belief or the experience? The tendency of the mind is to choose the belief, to forget about the experience. That’s how you have been missing opportunities when God has knocked at your door. — Osho
The Problem with the Easy Way Out
It’s important to remember the tendency of the mind is to believe because it’s the easy way out. But there’s no question about it, and our reality is ever-changing. Every day we awake to new knowledge. So, the easy way out is to stay behind the wall. It creates a blind spot of perception. And the physical reality is but a shadow representation of the spiritual.
If your beliefs about spiritual reality cannot grow and change, you face a wall that prevents your spiritual and individual growth. Once you’ve reached the boundaries of your spiritual wall, you cease to grow.
Your spirit, your consciousness cannot grow unless you climb the wall, go around the wall, or bring the wall down. So, no doubt about it, the wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief. There are two time-trusted ways to break the addiction to cultural programming.
One way to overcome this is through the study of logic. Enhancing your critical thinking capabilities will help you break the habit of religion. The critical thinking toolkit will help you discern fact from fiction. These tools include logical reasoning, logical axioms, and spotting logical fallacy. We’ve found these are the best tools to determine facts from fiction.
You’ll be well on your way to determining fact from fiction. Then you can reject prejudice and bias in these systems. Questioning the cultural narrative takes courage. Be measured and safe in your resistance. There are other tools to help you break free and develop your own path. We call these tools spiritual technologies. What are Spiritual Technologies? We’ll summarize these next.
Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring human consciousness. These methods come from all around the globe, and they comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools. You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science.
The techniques we use are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can develop their own path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Overcoming the obstacles of belief is difficult. Belief is the primary weapon of religion. It uses it to build a very effective wall against facts and logic. Are your religious beliefs the wall preventing your spiritual growth?
At the dawn of the 19th Century, many scientists and archeologists believed the truth would end the Abrahamic mythologies. They were wrong. The wall of belief is a powerful adversary against rational thought.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia