“The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief and faith.” — 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. Faith is a crutch keeping you from progressing.” — Guru Tua
The Obstacles of Faith and Belief
Three religions represent about half of the world’s population, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (1). Together they have a membership of 4 billion people.
But, if you ascribe to one of the three religions that dominate the cultural narrative, you won’t see belief as the wall preventing your spiritual growth. After all, they have all the answers. So, you see religion as a place of refuge, even if it is a prison that restricts free thought.
“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them”all the way through!” — Richard Rohr
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.
They conveniently confuse the concepts of faith and confidence. We have confidence that the sun will rise tomorrow. This confidence is based on the evidence of all the previous sunrise events. You don’t need to have faith that the sun will rise, and it has a high probability of doing so.
But, religion uses faith as an assertion against the pertinent facts and evidence. The very assertion of faith is the denial of facts. And many are proud to proclaim they live by faith. I correct them. I say, no sorry, to be more accurate, you live by the denial of facts.
You pretend that something which has no proof has occurred, such as talking snakes and donkeys and zombies rising from the grave. You pretend with all your might because your identity is tied to the mythology and superstition you hold dear.
“Religion as a source of consolation is an obstacle to true faith.” — Simone Weil
Mythology Instead of Spiritual Growth
The misuse of faith and belief are the mechanisms that religion uses to overcome rational thinking. The mythologies and superstitions create these barriers. 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 answers to the more difficult questions. Unfortunately, these answers are counterfeits and limitations to the truth.
Organized Religions capitalize 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 lacks 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.
If used correctly, mythology can be helpful. The important thing is to recognize mythology as fictional stories, typologies, and analogies, not the depiction of actual persons or events. If you understand it as a collection of metaphors, you can glean useful points. But, if you treat mythology as fact instead of fiction, it can be detrimental. This confusion of facts with fiction is what happens with the creation of organized religion. Some religions intentionally substitute myths for facts. It is part of the effort to make belief and faith perform as legitimate facts about reality.
It’s important to distinguish the difference between systems that are harmful and those that are not. Religion becomes harmful when it promotes and programs bias and prejudice. The more racism and bigotry, the more damaging it becomes to its members and world. The obstacles of faith and belief are the mechanisms through which this programming occurs. It uses faith in its boundaries as a justification for hate.
The major religions are still influential social institutions. They fight to maintain their control of the cultural narrative. Their programming contains a significant amount of bias and prejudice, from sectarianism to genital mutilation. You can draw direct lines to most of the world’s wars and genocides directly to religious sectarianism of these systems.
The Problem with the Easy Way Out
Joining a religion seems like an easy way to fulfill our spiritual needs, but it’s a trap. 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.
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.
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.
1) Step one admit this cultural filter exists and is harmful.
You must recognize and identify the thought scripts that hold your mind hostage. Realize the wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief in harmful programming. To do this takes both honesty and courage. Sit down and write down your core beliefs. We recommend the process known as comparative analysis.
Comparative analysis is a structured form of comparative religious study that helps you confront harmful and inconsistent beliefs by comparing yours with other similar beliefs. It’s always easier to see what’s broken if it belongs to someone else.
Once you have a worksheet of your core values, then you need to inspect them for anything harmful to yourself OR others. Just because a belief or value benefits you doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful to someone else. Here are some examples:
- You believe you have a disease, illness, or disability because of sin. In other words, God is punishing you because you have done something your religious beliefs condone. (2)
- You believe you can kill because your religious beliefs tell you it’s okay to eliminate those who believe differently or have a different ethnic background or lifestyle.
2) Step two is to identify and break the programming.
If you acknowledge that the programming exists but think it’s okay, you are still under the influence of their brainwashing. Organized religions accomplish this brainwashing using self-hypnosis and group hypnosis techniques.
Brainwashing is a method of systematic indoctrination. 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.
Last but not least is 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 Logic and Rational Thinking Skills Training, the Truth-Seekers Spiritual Axioms, and 10 Common Logical Fallacies. We’ve found these are the best tools to determine the facts from fiction.
3) Step three is reprogramming with positive thought scripts.
Don’t skip steps 1 and 2. If you try to reprogram without removing the defective programming, the old stuff will override anything new you try to change. Use mantras and affirmations to reprogram after you’ve decluttered your mind.
In Conclusion, The Obstacles of Faith and Belief are a trap
“Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes, you cannot see the truth.” — Osho
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. The battle between science and religion continues with more casualties mounting because they believe their political and religious pundits over scientists.
Overcoming the obstacles of faith and belief isn’t easy. Faith and belief are the primary weapons of religion. The wall preventing your spiritual growth is belief in mythology and superstition masquerading as facts and evidence.
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.
(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia