The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief — Guru Tua
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
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 the 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 an 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. But instead of creating spiritual explorers their teachings are used to create religions. More 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 is what 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 many forms of Paganism have the fewest constraints over freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your path. Whereas, the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, have the most boundaries.
Free thought is prohibited in Western religion. You must follow their superstitions and mythologies. 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 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
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia