I immersed myself in Kabbalah with a Rabbinic Kabbalist and synagogue. I met the top Rabbi in the world. I read dozens of books on Kabbalah including the sacred Zohar. I nearly became a Kabbalist. Why did I stop short? Why did I withdraw from studying Kabbalah any further?
I stopped my Kabbalah training because I learned and found the people in the inner sanctum of the Kabbalah synagogue, including the Rabbi, were in spiritual judgement where they believed that if you weren't in Kabbalah, you were spiritually mistaken or in some cases, inferior. From my awareness, my perception, I see that all people are on a path to spiritual awareness and it is misguided to judge where people are on their personal path to enlightenment no matter if they are in darkness.
This spiritual judgementalness is what I like to refer to as one of the biggest spiritual "traps." True spiritual awareness, in my experience, has no room for the lower ego's attachment to competition and comparison. No one is better than anyone else because they are further along on their spiritual path. That's human thinking, not spiritual awareness.
Here are ten spiritual "traps" to be aware of:
What I learned in Kabbalah is that no matter how steeped you are in the mystical trappings of spirituality, there's always more to know, more to learn, more to understand, more to be aware of. Thinking that you're "there" is a spiritual trap that blocks your further growth.