One develops tools which are practiced throughout life that puts them on a certain path. These tools are mostly developed unconsciously so usually they don’t provide the path that leads to the top of the mountain.
It’s not enough to occasionally do things that allows for one to become freer from the minds self serving grip. If a practice is only done when the “___ hits the fan” there won’t be anything to draw on in that time of need. When things occur, the way they re handled are through what’s practiced. The results of what occurs and how they’re handled is in direct relation to what’s being practiced. If the mind doesn’t settle in practice, it will be nearly impossible for it to settle in a time of need. Most of the time this will lead to drama which will have to run its course. The only way to prevent this is through the development of discipline. If this discipline isn’t developed, the drama has to run its course because there’s nothing to prevent this from happening.
Think of this, did you ever read or hear anything about Jesus or Buddha reading a book to find their answers? Maybe they did at one point, but there comes a time when what’s read or what’s known has to be put into practice. One has to be careful though, just because there’s a so called practice in place, it doesn’t mean it will lead to a state of enlightenment. It has to be a practice that leads one in that direction for this to even have the possibility of occurring. There are many paths, but not all lead to the top of the mountain, one will need to experiment to find which path does.
So keep practicing and when one comes to a so called dead end, understand it’s only a path that can now be eliminated from one’s practice. It isn’t a true dead end, it does have value; one will be able to eliminate it because it’ll be known it doesn’t lead to the top of the mountain. It will take trial and error to find the path that leads to the top and even then it doesn’t ensure one will get there.
It took the Buddha some years to become enlightened, but it only occurred because of the practice he had in place. It isn’t easy, it will take much courage, and inner resolve to stay the course. Even when it seems like a dead end it doesn’t mean it’s a mistake, it’s just part of the process. One by one the things that block one from the path to the top will need to be eliminated. One day there will only be one path left and you will know it leads to the top; not hope, know.
There will be no more dead ends because the necessary practice to eliminate them will be in place. What a beautiful place to be, but one can’t expect to get there if they’re not doing what needs to be done to allow for it to occur. It will not occur by sitting a little, reading a few books, or running around trying to save the world. One gets out of life exactly what’s put into it and if that entails having a practice in place that leads to the top of the mountain, than that will be one’s results.