There seems to be a mental block with new people coming into the Craft, that I've noticed in the past recent years. They have a difficult time distinguishing between their mundane life and their spiritual life. I heard them rationalize and make excuses as to why they can't attend Ritual, classes, Sabbats, or even find the time to do their own; because of their mundane job, family opinions, social status, stress that ordinary life puts in front of us, etc.... I usually let these slide without pushing them to grow beyond their limitation, unless they choose to. Then when they come to me for counseling, asking why they are in stagnation on their spiritual path, I explain it's because they see their mundane and spiritual lives as separate.
Most people are programmed that they have to fit their spiritual life around their mundane life and find time for it. The mundane then has priority over their Spiritual Path. What they haven't assimilated into their consciousness is the concept that "we are not physical beings searching for spiritual experiences; but rather, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience."
There is a difference between the reason you do something and the intent of why your doing something. You may have a job and go to it every day. The reason most people work a job is for the paycheck, the money. But if they looked at the job, with the intent of it being a spiritual experience, then the money would be a secondary gift from the experience. It doesn't matter whether your a butcher, baker, police officer, etc... it is all in how you perceive yourself. Therefore, are you a butcher, baker, police officer, who happens to be pagan, or are you a Pagan who happens to be a butcher, baker, police officer, etc... If you consider yourself as the mundane label first, then you have the perception that the mundane and spiritual worlds are separate. That the message your subconscious receives. If you put your spiritual path first then the two world are one. Hence the magical axiom of the great Magus Jesus, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you. "
We all have heard the old adage, "I'll believe it when I see it." Well in walking a Spiritual Path the magic works right the opposite: "When you believe it, That's when you'll see it!"