Ganesh is right: there are no barriers. Any limitation we see is a mistake in perception. This mistake may be due to resistance to what is. We thus don’t see clearly and see barriers where there are none. Just in holding a “bad” feeling/ friction/ resistance about a circumstance or person reinforces this. The mistake can also be due to incomplete perception. Our vision is not good or clear enough to see rightly and thus we again create obstacles where there are none.
Clearly, these are basically the same thing. And those barriers we’re creating are just more resistance; more obstacles. Obstacles feed on themselves. By not liking what we see, we resist and essentially make it worse. We amplify the issues into monsters. We still have Boogey men under the bed. Contrast this to Santa Claus, for example. Which brings happiness?
In India, they tell the story of the Snake and String. You walk into a dark room and see a snake on the floor. You startle and experience fear. But when you turn on the light, you discover it was just a piece of string. Was there ever a snake or was it just a mistaken perception?
It can be quite a surprise when we see through the barriers we may engage, especially around things that are important to us. Relationships can be a good example. Has the person we fell in love with changed much when we fall out of love with them? Or is the change mostly in our perception of them?
Relationships can also be a great foil for overcoming obstacles as another person may see the situation differently and thus give us some insight. Light the darkened room, as it were. Resistance (karma) is notorious for giving us blind spots. But keep in mind that some of those blind spots are shared perceptions. Your partner or even the whole community may see the same way. One example here would be the amount of waste we produce that degrades our quality of life.
Now, certainly each of us is born with certain talents and a unique purpose they are aligned with. And we have what Buckminster Fuller called “special case” perception – we’re designed to be focused and experience one thing at a time. The key is putting that channel of focus into the larger context. And making the channel as clear as possible.
This way, we enjoy life much more, fulfill the purpose of our being, and are not obliged to come back over and over again until we get it right. 😉