It is not impossible. Some people climbed the mountain without a guide and reached the top, others found a guide and never reached the top of the mountain.Tigersoap said:So this is near impossible to make progress without a group ?
Particularly in the beginning, a master is not compulsory : general teachings, writings, exercises can help a lot.
Later on you might feel this need to have a guide. Usually it takes a while between the appearance of this need and the appearance of the master. Maybe because patience is an essential quality for walking the path.
You probably know this phrase : the master appears when the student is ready. I think it's very true though for years I considered it as cruel, unfair and wrong.
The issue is that often we consider ourselves as ready but we are not really ready. It is very human to have a distorded vision of who we are.
And if we are not ready how could we identifiy our master(s). Some people say everything is guru, everything is teaching. But are we able to see the world this way ?
You seem to be on the way. This is a difficult but beautiful one. Often you think you're lost, it's hopeless, useless, you don't progress. And then when you expect it the least a little spark touches you and you find again hope, faith, motivation.
Maybe one day when you expect it the least, in the domain you expect it the least and in the person you expect it the least you will find a master / sensei / guru / nagual.
In this website (and its' not the only one) you will find a lot of information, you will have the opportunity to interact with a lot of people.
Keep on walking the path, it is a wonderful one.