In part 3 of getting over blocks, we saw that a block may be an aspect of yourself that has a message, and needs more room to express itself. Another approach, for creative blocks in particular, is that they represents something that might not be the right path for you at this time. Perhaps it’s more an idea that sounds great – or something that was more alive for you in the past. Maybe this isn’t just the right time to bring a particular project forth.
Action: If you feel a block around a particular creative project or endeavor, it may a sign that your energies should be placed elsewhere. Think of different projects on your drawing board. With each one, notice how your body feels: tense? relaxed? energized? Move forward with the one that has the most positive energy within, and release – for now – whichever ones feel more constricted.
What happens when we have a hard time with something, such as a creative block? Generally, we want it to go away. Scram! Ciao!
Unfortunately, that usually doesn’t help – because it’s part of us. If you’re having an emotion, a thought pattern, or a physical sensation, even, that’s actually something within you that is sending an important message. And if you just tell it to go away, well… it’ll likely return with a vengeance.
Ironically, often the best way to move through something you wish to transform is to give it more space! Strange, eh? But by giving this energy within you much more room to express, it then has the needed room to change.
Action: The next time you have an undesired emotion or a creative block, visualize it expanding to fill your whole body… then the whole room… the building… the city. Keep breathing deeply into it, and let it expand as far as needed. Talk to it as if it had its own intelligence, and ask what it needs. Work with it. Then, see how you feel.
Part 4: listening to blocks’ messages.
Last we looked at how to get over blocks, we saw that blocks can be emotional or creative. They could also be mental, where we just think that something is in our way. Of course, this generally triggers an emotional block, because we have all sorts of feelings around the idea that what we desire is not accessible to us.
The movie The Secret and other Law of Attraction teachings often begin with the mental: by simply knowing what we really want, and visualizing it as if it were already here, it can simply come into our lives. Unfortunately, this oversimplification ignores the essential emotional component of manifesting (see this previous blog post). When we have an active block, though, we must work through it.
Next up: more strategies for dissolving blocks.
Oh, blocks, how we know ye well. You’re so good at surfacing when we want to move forward. But there it is. Perhaps it’s a creative block, and you can’t finish creating that poem / painting / song / macrame that’s awaiting. Or, it’s an emotional block, such as fear, frustration, anger, pessimism, or other negative feelings. Yes, those are blocks – they inhibit us from moving forward, and make us stop dead in our tracks.
So let’s look at some way to work with them. Here’s the first.
Look at your blocks. But rather than being upset, frustrated or, well, blocked, there’s another choice: honor them. Stop wishing they would go away. Perhaps they’re actually a gift in disguise. Like with anything negative, it’s possible to turn to it and say, “Like all things in my life, this is a lesson that seeks to bring me health and healing.” Ask what it’s wanting you to heal and shift within yourself, or possibly externally.
Part 2: mental blocks and the Law of Attraction