What's Standing in Your Way?

Are you preparing to start new and exciting chapters in your life? What do you find is holding you back the most? Often fears creep in the way. Perhaps external voices are contributing, but it’s usually an internal voice that stands in the way the most. It’s imperative to take time for observing the thoughts and negative voices that may be holding you back from living the life you desire and deserve.

Thoughts influence perceptions, and thus your life experience, moment to moment. Being aware of your thoughts and consciously rewriting the messages you are telling yourself is instrumental to your growth. I’d even invite digging a little deeper, as I believe there is another tool you can use to expedite the process of internal positive change which will then allow you to be an even better creator of your life.

To the best of my ability, I actively live what author Angeles Arrien coined as The Four Fold Path: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to outcome. This wonderful methodology can be applied not only to your everyday life, but also as a way to assist you in finding the barriers you carry within that could be holding you back.

After all, how can we ask ourselves to show up, pay attention, tell the truth and not be attached to outcome with others if we are not able to do so with ourselves?

It has been said that there are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

It’s time to love yourself enough to courageously face the underlying thoughts, emotions and beliefs holding you back.

First, show up for yourself by turning inward. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and turn your attention inside your body.

Secondly, pay attention to what is going on inside you by naming it. What is the emotion behind the thought? Everything is information. Can you allow yourself to observe with neutrality and receive the wisdom?

Thirdly, tell the truth. If the emotion is fear, embrace it. Jung advocated for giving fear its moment, and through that acknowledgement you can be stronger. Emotions are simply there doing a job, often to protect us, and ever to enlighten us. Be honest with yourself about what is behind the emotion.

The fourth and final step is not being attached to outcome. The opposite of attachment is release, and it is through release that we get to the other side. Know the emotion served a purpose, thank it, hug it, and say something like, “I see you! Thanks for the info. You are no longer needed.” When this is done with intention, it works surprisingly well.

It is time to take your own power back and face your barriers head-on. Know that you are fully worthy of having the most amazing life you can live. I invite you to go deeper to look at what you are letting stand in your way.

It’s time to courageously face that which is holding you back, embrace and release those blocks, and free yourself to move through life harmoniously and successfully on your true soul journey.