a reply to: Evergreen
In your question there are 2 parts, one of the ego and one of the spirit/soul.
Obstacles are lessons where one once failed to decide right. its a chance to correct it if you learned how (sometime you fail because of
and its not the only chance, it will repeat itself over and over untill you get it right.
The cycle is a circle. if you watch back you will recognize your challenges which ever form they take.
Realm of god and souls are different than the ego's world where all seems to be linear and changeable but its actually circular.
God does not know of change, what he makes is perfect and unchangeable.
God is in the middle of the circle. your/mine thinking is atm based on past/future (which in reality doesnt exist).
In the now, which is different kind of thinking and needs to be learned, everything is different and possibile.
Because Everything is a Dream.
Because Everything you see is a form of Question manifested as answer.
Because There are no other people, everything is you.
Because once you made an error to create unlike god, and now you'r hiding.
Because You still look at ego, and not turn to god.
The Abrahamic religions (mostly) give you one chance and you pass or fail.
Can you explain more ? What happens if you pass and what happens if you fail ? then reread up please.
And if you fail why dont you do it again ? (circularity)
Other religions have an endless cycle of challenges.
You taught yourself wrong about life. You learned how many years to get you into beliving that what is that is ?
Endless cycle of challenges would unlearn your learned things so you can learn anew. (and hopefully get it right.)