I would like to add something that MAY help against intrusive thoughts.
I have been battling intrusive thoughts too.
And also have been in treatment for OCD before, during which I have learned about the method of thought-stopping.
Just over the last few days I have found out that this may work also for intrusive temptations. Just been trying it out, it seems to me that this is a possibility that may help with scrupulosity related intrusive thoughts too.
That is, picture a red stop sign, maybe also tell yourself in your thoughts STOP along with picturing the sign.
I am not sure if this helps.
As for your question… something I have asked myself before too.
I have also felt that I have gotten more emptations lately because I have beomce MUCH MUCH stronger against my scrupulosity and won some ver yimportant battles against it… as if the “evil one” doesn’t want to let me win and be a happy person… But if that is the case, should I allow him to make my life hard like this and then forbid myself to do more and more things?
Something to consider.
Of course there is the question of near occasion of sin. But intrusive thoughts themselves are not sin. Maybe if you were sure the situationw ould lead you to real sin (that is, start enjoying and indulging on those thoughts) then again it would be different…
But such things really best to discuss with your confessor/spiritual advisor/pastor/priest who can help you. Because I would not want to say something wrong here, this is too delicate a topic, for me as well. I can find answers for myself better now, but still a little unsure to say “that is certainly so”; plus everybody’s situation again is different, and I would hope, and do believe, that the priest you will talk to will be lead by the Holy Spirit to tell you exactly what is good in YOUR CASE.
(Here a different way of putting what I emant above: Isn’t in some cases avoidance also dangerous (unless it is really something that leads to near occasion of REAL SIN)? in that it would make our life more and more narrow, take away more and more freedom? )
But then again, some situations may evoke such strong scruples that we know we are not ready to deal with, and in such situations maybe it really is better to not put oneself there. Let’s say… ha ha for example, if I know reading posts on this forum will put scruples into my head, maybe I should wait until I am stronger still… )
May God bless you and give you peace…
Just food for thought…