In the end, the way out of the stupid path is to walk another path, emphasis on walk. If all you are doing is making up affirmations, praying, going to fortune tellers, paying bribes at the “church” of your choice, good luck. You’ll need it.
The straight-jacket of delusion is caused by an internal process. In other words, we are straight-jacketed by what goes on between our ears. Not all of our mental games, but assuredly the “knowing” part.
One of the things I’ve noticed is how quickly self-discipline gets hooked with some kind of torture. In other words, the ego, ever looking to maintain the status quo, immediately starts raising all kinds of red flags.