Thomas Hübl describes vasanas (core issues) using an entirely-different language and from an entirely-different standpoint.
I imagine all spiritual philosophies describe core issues. They are what hold our everyday consciousness together. If we had no issues, I believe we’d be at stillpoint and enlightened.
So here’s another cut at the primary obstacle to our enlightenment.
I was asked to state briefly what Thomas is saying. Because I lack a short-term memory, I can only put what Thomas was talking about in my own words, from my reply:
Using my words, I think Thomas was saying that the barriers between us and the realization of our true identities are (1) our vasanas, core issues or old baggage, (2) the proliferating false beliefs arising from our vasanas, and (3) any innate laziness (thamoguna to Hindus) (1) that has us not do the work to cleanse ourselves of these densifying products of our thinking.
He and I both focus on vasanas and he was explaining that, if one could allow the vasanas to play upon oneself and just observe them, feel them, allow them full play, without being them, projecting them, or introjecting them – in other words, without “doing something” with them – then they tend to leave us, to depart.
Project them and we damage our relationships. Introject them and we damage ourselves. And in the process we re-energize our vasanas, extending their lifetimes.
(1) The gunas are the cosmic forces. Thamoguna is the cosmic force of slothfulness, lethargy, discouragement, despair. Self-deprecation: Thinking we cannot do it. Why us? We don’t matter. Etc.