The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief ― Obstacles of Belief

The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief ― Obstacles of Belief

The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief.

Every belief system has parameters, boundaries, limitations, … walls. Some belief systems have more boundaries than others.  If you are not progressing in your spiritual walk, check out your beliefs. Beliefs are the wall that’s holding you back. — Guru Tua
Three religions represent about half of the population of the world.  These are the 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 it as a boundary of protection.

The Wall preventing your spiritual growth is Belief

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 wall as answers.  Unfortunately, these answers are 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 ideology. Hence, the wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief.

Many people compare religion to the fast-food of spirituality.  Like fast-food, religion is readily available.  It tastes good to the ego, 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.  Your spiritual needs cannot be quenched by the dogma of religion.  But you do become addicted to cultural programming.

Not all Religions are the Same

All the great teachers, sages, and avatars of the ages have repeated this message again and again.  They rejected organized religion.  Instead of creating seekers of spiritual truth, their teachings became the backbone of organized religion. There are more sects 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 programing takes place.  It uses belief in its boundaries as justification for hate.

Religion represents the single most influential social institution behind 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 many forms of Paganism have the fewest constraints over freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your own path. Whereas, most sects of Western organized religion Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, have the greatest number of boundaries. So, step one is admitting that this cultural filter exists and that it is inherently harmful.  If you admit that the programming exists, but think it’s okay then you really are still under the influence of the brainwashing.

Brainwashing is a method of systematic indoctrination.  Brainwashing can be overt or covertly used. It all depends on the amount of 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, our reality is ever changing.  Every day we awake to new knowledge. So, the easy way out is staying behind the wall.  It creates a blind spot of perception.  And, physical reality is but a shadow representation of the spiritual.
If your beliefs about spiritual reality are not able to grow and change, then you are facing a wall that prevents your spiritual 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.

The Antidote

One way to overcome this is through the study of logic.  Enhancing your critical thinking capabilities will help you to break the habit of religion. The critical thinking toolkit includes logical reasoning, logical axioms, and lastly the tools for spotting logical fallacy.   More than likely these tools will direct you to conduct your own research using sources from outside the religious paradigm you currently hold.  You’ll be well on your way to determining fact from fiction.  Then, resist the prejudice and bias in any way that you can do so within your circle of influence.  Questioning the cultural narrative takes courage.  Be measured and safe in your resistance.
Another way is to engage in genuine spiritual exploration.  This is the use of ancient spiritual technologies for expanding awareness and opening the doors of consciousness. What are Spiritual Technologies?

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

In Conclusion

Overcoming the obstacles of belief is not easy.  The clash of worldviews.  It has been going on for hundreds of years.  This is the clash between religion and mythology on one side against and science and rational thought on the other.  At the dawn of the 19th Century, many scientists and archeologists thought that the evidence against mythology would bring its influence to an end.  They were wrong.  Belief is a strong adversary against rational thought.

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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

 

 

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