When your spiritual path is blocked, knowing what to do is critical. Overcoming spiritual roadblocks is a valuable skill set. Do you know how to recognize the signs of unhealthy thought patterns and stagnant growth?
When you feel stagnant or just not getting anywhere, it is time to diagnose what’s going on. It could be the Universe attempting to teach you something. On the other hand, it could be an issue from the past that needs attention. Still, it could also be interference from some unhealthy programming.
When Your Path Is Blocked
What is spiritual stagnation? It culminates in two primary ways. The first is feeling blocked, and this can be very frustrating. You may feel your life isn’t moving in the direction you think it should. Something’s blocking your path and holding you back. Notice I didn’t say if you get blocked, but when because if you are walking an authentic spiritual path, you’ll encounter roadblocks.
The second way stagnation culminates is when people are stuck in a comfort zone. If you’ve been studying and doing the same thing for years, that may be comfortable, but it’s a sign of stagnation.
It’s a comfort zone which is really an unhealthy zone. Some people follow routines ingrained by self-hypnosis. They aren’t growing; they get stuck in a rut and don’t realize it. It is because they follow a religion, a teacher, or both. That’s when it’s time to diagnose what’s going on.
If you are growing spiritually and intellectually, you’ll discover the potholes caused by living in modern culture that is permeated with enormous amounts of propaganda and negative programming.
“Allow for many paths to your goal. Do not fixate on one path, because then you are likely to give up when that path is blocked.” — Po Bronson
What is Spiritual Stagnation?
The signs of stagnant growth are related to unhealthy thinking and behavior. Read this list of behaviors and see if any of these seem familiar.
1) Reading the same book over and over is a sign of indoctrination that reinforces self-hypnosis. Studying the same text repeatedly while trying to convince yourself that you are learning is a waste of time. What’s really happening is just strengthening the hypnotic power of religious programming.
The more you study, the more likely you are to accept extremist views. Why? Because the fundamental aspects of organized religion are based on violent sectarianism. They preach peace but are behind almost all of the world’s ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
2) You spend time pretending and praying, which again is religious programming to reinforce their programming. You aren’t growing spiritually or psychologically by engaging in magical thinking. All you are doing is reinforcing the mythology and superstition of the imaginary friend who lives in the sky.
3) You attend worship services, another form of prayer, and pretending. You reinforce the hypnotic effect of superstition by singing songs that contain religious mythology.
4) You feel guilty about practicing meditation or other positive spiritual practices because of the doctrine or dogma of the rules in your religious paradigm. They want you to feel guilty for not supporting their dogma because you won’t support them financially if you don’t do that.
5) Worry and regret are telling you that you are wasting your valuable time. However, you are hesitant to break free because you fear the loss of personal relationships. You fear being labeled an outcast, an unbeliever, or even a heretic.
6) Anger at your situation in life is common when your spiritual path is blocked. You find many things irritating and frustrating because dogma and doctrine confine your growth. Negative emotions are a good sign your Soul or Observer is trying to get you to make a change.
7) Addiction to religious television is common among spiritually stagnated people. They don’t realize it because they are exposing themselves to the tactics of self-hypnosis that keep them paying customers.
If any of the above issues resonate with you, you know the source of the problem. Eliminating or minimizing your exposure to the source will give you space to repair your internal programming. You may see the source but aren’t sure of the exact issue or programming you need to fix. So, the following steps will help you identify what is holding you back.
“Every individual has to assume responsibility for his or her own actions, even the poor and the young. A social system that decrees otherwise is inviting intellectual atrophy and spiritual stagnation.” — Tom Robbins
Overcoming Spiritual Roadblocks
Start over if you are stuck and don’t know what to do. Reevaluate where you are in your spiritual walk, and don’t be afraid to start over again.
On the positive side, when your path is blocked, it shows you are making progress. It means you have new insight. Good for you.
The sources of your spiritual roadblock come from one or more of the following:
1) Unhealthy programming from the cultural narrative or our Ego
2) The Universe prompts you to move in another direction
3) An issue from the past that you need to resolve
4) You are stuck in a victim or survivor mindset and are ready to progress to a victor.
The Main Source of Spiritual Stagnation
Old myths are ancient mythologies and superstitions that still hold power over your life. Many people don’t recognize them as myths because they are so ingrained in their thinking that they believe them to be true.
When you believe something is true, when it is not, there are usually negative consequences. (1) People call this behavior the belief in alternative facts. They aren’t facts; they are the misinterpretation of data in such a way as to form an opinion based on error.
If you encounter facts that contradict your worldview, you have two choices. You can change your worldview your opinion to align with the new evidence. Or you reject the new evidence as a threat to your worldview.
The more often you reject new evidence, the more likely you will do it in the future. We teach the mind to interpret the boundaries of worldview as threats. It’s the slippery slope that leads from moderate to extremist religious views. It sounds hard to believe, weird, but that’s what happens.
Weird old myths are the mythologies and superstitions on which some religions are built. You can spot these systems because they rely on bate-and-switch tactics to substantiate their systems. They have two common ingredients that they need you to believe. The first thing they need you to do is believe in an imaginary friend who lives in the sky. Then, they need to establish their authority to interpret what this inviable man says because of divinely inspired texts.
If you are involved with religions with these characteristics, you are nothing more than a pawn to be used. You are a paying customer stuck in the mind game of weird old myths that date back to the ancient mystery religions of the Medditrainian region circa 2000 BCE. Let’s look at how these myths cause spiritual stagnation.
Removing and Overcoming Spiritual Roadblocks
Removing spiritual roadblocks is a process that requires some courage. You’ll need to be able to venture onto your sacred ground and examine what’s buried there that may be false.
First pause for a few minutes. Stop thinking about what the issue could be. Give the active mind a rest. Sometimes just pausing the active mind will clarify the issue or issues. Be sure to use a spiritual journal to document everything. If you don’t know what this is, follow the link first.
1) Pinpoint the Obvious Issues
First, try this simple exercise to help identify the issues.
Close your eyes. Sit up straight but comfortably. Allow your head to float above the shoulders. Bring your attention to your body posture and breath. Observe your breath but don’t change it. Breathe deeply and naturally.
Sit and breathe for 3 to 5 minutes. When thoughts invade, gently bring your attention back to the body and your breath. At the end of 3 to 5 minutes, ask yourself; what is blocking my path? What is the lesson? Then write the answers in your journal.
If this isn’t clarifying the issue, we suggest the automatic writing technique.
2) Automatic Writing
When you use the automatic writing technique, it will unlock everything subconsciously. We recommend you document your sessions in your spiritual journal so that you can spot patterns or issues. Follow this link to the automatic writing process.
Trust your subconscious to explore and bring new options and resources. An excellent place to start is asking yourself the question, “what is the lesson?” Again, it is crucial to document everything in your spiritual journal. It will help you identify any trends. It’s also a way of cultivating your intuitive powers.
It’s a simple but effective strategy for finding solutions to those issues blocking your path. However, even if you have identified the first two roadblocks, we recommend another tool to confirm your findings. Overcoming spiritual roadblocks is essential to your mental health and spiritual growth. If you are not using the Enneagram, you should add it to your spiritual tool belt.
3) Enneagram Personality Profile
The Enneagram Personality Profile is a tool that will identify the default programming scripts of your personality and instinctual type. If there is an issue here because of unhealthy thought patterns, this tool will show them to you.
Using the right spiritual technology will help you deal with the issue when your path is blocked. If you are using all the above diagnostic tools, you are already using some of these technologies.
Overcoming spiritual roadblocks is a common issue. A lot of people are influenced by those weird old myths. And, even if you aren’t a follower of these old myths, they still influence many cultures. So, you likely have some weird old myths tucked away in your subconscious mind. Mythologies like heaven and hell, demons, and devils are part of the superstition programmed into the cultural narrative.
The more we progress, the more likely to encounter things we need to resolve. The most significant problems come up first. However, if you repress them, it may take years of practice before they surface. It’s also not uncommon to have the same issues resurface. Don’t be discouraged.
You at least recognize that there is something in the way. The dominant cultural narrative fixates many people, and they do not see a trap. The mind trap of faith is a debilitating condition. We know that denial is an effective tactic to maintain any paradox.
The spiritual law of ebb and flow helps us understand how to push through the dominant cultural folklore’s roadblocks. The wave of negativity returns, but we learn to ride this wave and move forward.
We can solve most of the problems you encounter with meditation by using our meditation troubleshooting guide.
When your path is blocked, it is a sign that you have made progress. Don’t be discouraged. Overcoming spiritual roadblocks is something many warriors of light encounter. You can meet this challenge if you have the courage to remove the source of the negative programming.
(1) Why we believe in alternative facts: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/05/alternative-facts