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 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 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.
Western religion prohibits free thinking. 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
The Problem with the Easy Way Out
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. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia