“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.
There is nothing new in the Abrahamic religions. They are a rebranding of earlier ancient mystery religions from the Medditrainian. The mythologies of Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, and Persia are the framework for the Semitic religions. The Abrahamic religions also adopted their recruiting and retention tools, self-hypnosis, and group hypnosis.
Belief and Your Spiritual Growth
The misuse of faith and belief are the mechanisms that religion uses to overcome rational thinking. The mythologies and superstitions create the “obstacles of belief.” These contradictory and illogical doctrines justify irrational and harmful actions. People come to love the wall that imprisons them. Believers see the boundaries of the wall as simple and straightforward answers to the more difficult questions. Unfortunately, these answers are counterfeits and limitations 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 and requires frequent visits to maintain control. The primary reason for control is 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 keep paying customers. Mythology can be harmful when it becomes a religion. Religion substitutes myths for facts in an attempt to make faith perform as knowledge.
Not all religions are the same. Religion becomes harmful when it programs religious bias and prejudice. The more racism and bigotry, the more damaging it becomes to its members and world. The obstacles of belief are the mechanism through which this programming takes place. It uses faith in its boundaries as a justification for hate.
Religion represents the single most influential social institution. It drives the programming of bias and prejudice. However, not all belief systems 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 walls than others. For example, Taoism and Paganism encourage you to develop a path of your own. Whereas, Western organized religion has rigid boundaries that prohibit any tools from developing an individual spiritual path.
How to Break Free
There are three primary steps to becoming a freethinker.
Western religion prohibits your free-thinking. After all, these religions want to keep you a paying customer. You must follow their superstitions and mythologies. Step one is admitting that this cultural filter exists and that it is harmful. You must recognize and identify the thought scripts that hold your mind hostage. Step two is to break the programming. If you acknowledge 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.
Step three is reprogramming with positive thought scripts. You’ll need to identify and remove the harmful programming first. Otherwise, the negative scripts will override the positive ones.
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 mind’s tendency 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 and consciousness cannot grow unless you climb the wall, go around the wall, or bring the wall down. So, no doubt about it, the barrier 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 essential thinking toolkit will help you discern fact from fiction. These tools include logical reasoning, the truth-seekers axioms, and spotting logical fallacy. We’ve found these are the best tools to determine the 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 a path of your own. We call these tools spiritual technologies. What are Spiritual Technologies? We’ll summarize these next.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. 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 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. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual 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 isn’t easy. Faith and belief are the primary weapons of religion. They use them to build a wall against facts and logic. The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief, and it is an insurmountable barrier in many people’s lives.
At the dawn of the 19th Century, many scientists and archeologists believed the truth would end the Abrahamic mythologies. They were wrong. The “need to believe” can overcome intelligence and science.
However, we are not without hope. We’ve mentioned some tools which can help us triumph over the brainwashing techniques of self-hypnosis and group hypnosis.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia